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September 24, 2011

Buck Showalter on the Matusz decision

Here's what Buck Showalter had to say about giving Brian Matusz one more start this season. Matusz is 1-8 with a 10.68 ERA in 11 big league starts this year.

"He’s attacking a lot of things that have been a challenge for him, and hopefully he can get a return for it. It might be next year, but I’d like to see him end the year on a good note."

How important would that be for Matusz -- to end this disastrous season well.

"It’d be a nice way to end the season for him. But thinking about what could be, we all know he’s capable of better. I just would like to see him get a return for all the hard work he’s putting in," Showalter said. "I said many times, the way he’s attacked this, there’s not any ‘Woe is me.' It’s 'OK, what do I have to do to get better?' And hopefully, it’ll carry over. Unfortunately, the other team, Detroit, Boston, New York, these aren’t places to be experimenting with [things], so they will tell you real quickly how you are doing."

Posted by Dan Connolly at 7:01 PM | | Comments (10)


how could you fault Buckaroo's logic here? Put in the work, let's see what happens. If the manager is not terribly afraid of anybody or anything being irreparably damaged, why should we? We might not like the results, or we might...

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Buck could let Brian's season end on a good note by not giving him another start this year. The upside is so insignificant it needs to be ignored.

Sara, I could not disagree more. Let him get out there one more time, the team is playing well, and maybe some of that good karma will rub off on him. Let him see if there's any progress from what he was doing wrong. This is not a 39 year-old guy trying to hang on, this a first round draft pick who everyone says is going to be a top of the rotation starter, so let him give it a shot.

To me, it's a no brainer. If he does well, he can go into the off-season seeing that hard work might indeed pat off. If he doesn't do well, he will that he needs to work that much harder to obtain his goals. Either way, it's a winner.

And based upon his performances lately, is it more likely that he'll end his year on a good note, or that he get his brains beat out again? Shut him down for the year.

He's going to get slaughtered. Whatever is ailing him cannot be fixed until the off-season - if even then. Don't pitch him.

Ken, if you believe this is a "no brainer" to start Matusz again this season, you are no student of history. The thought that Matusz can benefit from another beat down is laughable.

His only hope will be that Leyland gives ALL his starters the day off. Otherwise, you can expect the Tigers to look to pad their stats in a feeding frenzy.

I hope Stringbean does not get hit with any line drives today.

The Brian Matusz regression analysis:

9/25 at DET---??????

9/19 at BOS----1.2 IP---6 ER----6H---2BB--1HR

9/5 at NYY---1.1 IP----5 ER----5H----2BB---1HR

8/28 NYY---5.1 IP----6 ER----6H---2BB---3 HR

8/21 at LAA---4.0 IP---5 ER---9 H----1BB---1 HR

8/16 at OAK ---6.2 IP---5 ER---8H---3 BB---1 HR

6/30 STL---3.1 IP---8 ER---9H---1BB---2 HR

6/25 CIN ---4.2 IP---6 ER---9H---1BB---3HR

6/18 at WAS---5.1 IP---4 ER---6H---3BB---2HR

6/12 TAM---1.1 IP---4 ER---5H---4BB---1 HR

6/6 OAK---5.1 IP---2 ER---7H---2BB---1 HR

Matusz didn't even show he could get AAA hitters out when sent down to Norfolk. This makes no sense at all to start him again, unless you enjoy watching the Christians being thrown to the lions.

Basically Buck is saying "I don't care if the kid's arm falls off, or if he curls up in the corner and rocks himself while sup supping. We may play five outfielders."

Well Ken, in hindsight, how does this look now?

9/25 at DET---5.0 IP---6 ER---7 H---3 BB---2 HR

I don't see anything positives coming from this, other than Brian was able to leave the mound under his own power. I'm assuming.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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