Matusz: The right stuff
Brian Matusz looked very composed during his five-inning performance against the Detroit Tigers tonight, though it wasn't a cakewalk in in Comerica Park. He was pitching with runners all over the place, but he was fearless with his fastball, wily with his changeup and nasty with his breaking stuff when it counted.
Nick Markakis punctuated his performance with a long two-run homer off newly acquired Tigers starter Jarrod Washburn that gave the Orioles a four-run lead in the sixth inning, improving the probability that Matusz will become the fifth rookie pitcher to win his major league debut for the O's this year.
Of course, if something goes wrong in the O's bullpen, you can still complain about Dave Trembley taking him out after 99 pitches. It was the right move, since it was a very strenuous five innings and Matusz looked beat, but won't stop anybody from second-guessing the move if this game blows up like so many others recently.