Found May 25, 2012 on
B-More Birds Nest:
Brian Matusz has been on a roller coaster since his first day in the big leagues. We have seen the young southpaw go from once highly touted prospect that would soon be the ace of the Orioles pitching staff to injury prone bust and now a bottom end of the rotation guy who could either implode or hurl a gem on any given night.
I have always liked Brian Matusz and wished success for him. This guy does have top of the rotation stuff and could one day be the Orioles number one or number two if only he can become more consistent. After watching Matusz throw a gem against Boston on Tuesday I wonder if he has finally turned the corner and moved on from a nightmarish 2011 campaign that saw him go 1-9 with an ERA of 10.69. If this proves to be the case, he picked a good time to turn that corner as the Orioles pitching staff has been having some struggles as of late.
Opening day starter Jake Arrieta has not won a game since May 2 and his only other win came on opening day as he sits on a 2-5 record for the year. Arrieta has not pitched horrible but has shown struggle with his command leading to the inability to make it late into games.
Jason Hammel, who should be a serious All Star contender, has also had some troubles since he was placed on the DL as he has not been able to make it into the 6th inning since his knee started to flare up.
Tommy “Big Game ” Hunter has, like Arrieta, not been awful as he can almost always go 6 or 7 innings but sits on top of a 2-2 record with an ERA over 5, making it hard to say hes been successful but also hard to say he has not been solid part of the starting rotation.
But getting back to Matusz…
This kid has been trending upward since a rough start to the season by slowly deflating his ERA down from 9 to 4.86 while accumulating a .500 record at 4-4. If Matusz can keep improving like he has been his name could become a reliable fixture in the 5 man rotation, a big improvement from being the first name brought up whenever anyone would ask the question “Who gets sent down when Britton is healthy?” Although it still may be Matusz when or if that day comes he still deserves some respect as the Brian Matusz of May seems like a night and day difference from the first month of the season.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
I am not sure what any of this means but I was amused watching Adam Jones and Robert Andino vandalize various structures (and people) in NYC.Your browser does not support iframes.
The Baltimore Orioles and the agent for center fielder Adam Jones are discussing an extension for the one-time All-Star, whose contract expires after this season.
Jones confirmed Friday that his representative, Nez Balelo, was in Baltimore. Jones also said he's taken a physical, a prerequisite to a contract extension.
But he could not confirm an agreement.
The Orioles, building on their early-season momentum have signed center fielder Adam Jones to a club-record contract extension.
Jones signed a six-year, $85.5 million contract with the Orioles on Sunday, ensuring that the 26-year-old center fielder will stay with the team through 2018.
The deal is well north of the two largest deals in team history -- Miguel Tejada's six-year...
According to MASNSports.com's Steve Melewski, the Orioles are implementing six-man rotations in their farm system from AA down:The Orioles seem to really like the fact that their starters can get two bullpen or side sessions between starts in a six-man and feel that is a good way right now for some of their young hurlers to get their work in and make improvements to their game...
Orioles fans have been clamoring for it all season, and the team seems to have finally locked up Adam Jones with a contract extension. I was a little worried that they would feel they "had" to keep Jones, and end up giving him a Matt Kemp type deal (8 years, $160 M), but was looking at 6 years, $80-90 M myself. Actual contract; 6 years, $85 M. Nicely done, Orioles...
The 2012 Orioles continue to be one of the more interesting teams in baseball right now. Despite the series loss to Boston this week the Orioles are opening up a weekend series against the Kansas City Royals with even more intrigue.
First, Brian Roberts. The man that I was sure was completely done at the beginning of the year has made two rehab starts in Bowie so far. How he has...
This is a piece I wrote for MASN Sports this morning. I've got a feeling this is going to be a hot topic for quite a while.
As we all know, veteran Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts returned to competitive baseball last night as he played three innings for the Double-A Bowie Baysox last night.
Roberts is playing for the Baysox as part of a rehabilitation assignment...
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jason Hammel pitched six shutout innings, Chris Davis homered and drove in three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles cruised past the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Friday night.
Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy had two RBIs apiece for the Orioles, now 28-1 when hitting a home run. Davis hit Baltimore's league-leading 70th homer of the season in the seventh inning with a man...
Baltimore Centerfielder & standout Adam Jones has signed a 6 year extension with the Orioles. The deal is the largest in franchise history & makes Jones the 2nd highest paid CF in baseball (Matt Kemp).
– The Baltimore Orioles designated for assignment veteran infielder Bill Hall. The 32-year old infielder was hitting .286/.545/.714 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and a 247 OPS+ in just 7 AB's with the Orioles in 2012.
– The Pittsburgh Pirates designated outfielder Nate McLouth for assignment. McLouth, 30, was hitting jus .140/.210/.175 with 2 RBI's and a 9 OPS+ in 57 AB's for...
Roy Oswalt is getting closer to signing a contract, and while his reported preference is to pitch for one of the Rangers, Cardinals or Braves, the surprising first-place Orioles are quickly emerging as a dark horse candidate for his services. The Orioles may have lost a recent waiver claim to the Rangers based on their better record — which is still strange to type — but an aggressive...
The Baltimore Orioles and Adam Jones are on the verge of agreeing to a contract extension according to sources close to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.
Jones is hitting .311/.357/.601 with 14 HR's, 29 RBI's and a 161 OPS+ in 183 AB's for the Orioles this season. He ranks third in the Majors in WAR behind Josh Hamilton and David Wright with 2.8. His UZR...