O's: Matusz on a leash
If you think it's impressive that top pitching prospect Brian Matusz pitched three scoreless innings of relief against the Marlins today, consider this: He shut the Marlins out in the third inning without one of his out pitches.
“The third time he went out there, we took his curveball away from him, because he’s so good with his curveball he’s going to fall in love with it,’’ Trembley said. “For his development and ours, it’s fastball/changeup, but he’s had – obviously – a very nice spring.”
Matusz went to the well with his curveball too many times against the second hitter he faced -- Dallas McPherson -- and gave up a solid hit.
"I made a mistake in my first inning when I gave up that hit,'' he said. "I threw three curveballs in a row. What he wants to do is really focus on my fastball and changeup and that's what we did. That's something I have to work on, because I depended a lot on my breaking stuff in college."