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Brian Matusz

27-Year-Old Pitcher – Baltimore Orioles

2014 Stats

W-L

1-0

ERA

7.36

WHIP

2.18

K

2

SV

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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ERA

WHIP

K

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Matusz has transitioned from a failed starter to one of the better left-handed relievers in the league. The Orioles may still be disappointed given Matusz was once a No. 4 overall draft pick who breez...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 200   DOB: 2/11/1987   BORN: Grand Junction, CO   COLLEGE: San Diego   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Brian Matusz Contract Information:

Matusz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract with the Orioles in January of 2013.

April 13, 2014  –  Brian Matusz News

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Matusz pitched 0.2 innings Sunday after returning from hospitalization Friday and held the Blue Jays to a walk.

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Brian Matusz Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2009 22 A Fre 11 11 0 66.7 56 16 5 75 21 4 2 0 2.18 1.16
2009 22 AA BOW 9 9 1 51.7 34 9 2 51 14 8 0 0 1.57 0.93
2009 22 MAJ BAL 8 8 0 44.7 52 23 6 38 14 5 2 0 4.63 1.48
2010 23 MAJ BAL 32 32 0 175.7 173 84 19 143 63 10 12 0 0 0 4.30 1.34
2011 24 A Fre 9 1 0 4.0 2 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.25 1.00
2011 24 AA Bow 9 1 0 6.0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.67
2011 24 AAA Nor 9 9 1 54.2 51 21 4 41 19 2 3 0 0 0 3.46 1.29
2011 24 MAJ BAL 12 12 0 49.7 81 59 18 38 24 1 9 0 0 0 10.69 2.11
2012 25 AAA Nor 10 6 1 47.0 43 22 2 32 15 2 1 1 0 0 4.21 1.23
2012 25 MAJ BAL 34 16 0 98.0 112 53 15 81 41 6 10 0 0 5 4.87 1.56
2013 26 MAJ BAL 65 0 0 51.0 43 20 3 50 16 2 1 0 4 18 3.53 1.16
2014 27 MAJ BAL 6 0 0 3.7 4 3 1 2 4 1 0 0 0 1 7.36 2.18
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Brian Matusz
3-Year Averages MAJ   37 9 0 66.2 78 44 12 56 27 3 6 0 1 7 5.98 1.59
Career  (View All) MAJ   157 68 0 422.7 465 242 62 352 162 25 34 0 5.15 1.48

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Brian Matusz Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 13 Tor 0.7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.36 2.18
Apr. 9 @NYY 0.7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 9.00 2.33
Apr. 8 @NYY 0.7 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 11.57 2.57
Apr. 5 @Det 1.0 2 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 10.80 2.40
Apr. 2 Bos 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Mar. 31 Bos 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0.00 0.00
Last 14 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 0.6 IP/G
3.7 4 3 3 1 4 2 0 0 0 1-0 0 0 1 7.36 2.18
Last 30 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 0.6 IP/G
3.7 4 3 3 1 4 2 0 0 0 1-0 0 0 1 7.36 2.18
Last 60 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 0.6 IP/G
3.7 4 3 3 1 4 2 0 0 0 1-0 0 0 1 7.36 2.18

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Brian Matusz Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201311233717502.168
201212340820503.175
20116015418206.327

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20139617926301.302
201231841339221112.327
201118523206314012.387

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201326.710022811.351.13
201248.3250381695.031.53
201120.014015101011.702.30

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201324.311028825.921.19
201249.7450432564.711.59
201129.70502314810.011.99
Brian Matusz Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2009 22 A Fre 11 11 66.7 10.13 2.84 3.57 0.68 84.7% 2.18 2.87 .311
2009 22 AA BOW 9 9 51.7 8.88 2.44 3.64 0.35 84.8% 1.57 2.66 .253
2009 22 MAJ BAL 8 8 44.7 7.66 2.82 2.71 1.21 0.69 71.7% 91.5 MPH 4.63 4.22 .343
2010 23 MAJ BAL 32 32 175.7 7.33 3.23 2.27 0.97 0.85 70% 89.9 MPH 4.30 4.17 .304
2011 24 A Fre 9 1 4.0 4.50 4.50 1.00 0.00 75% 2.25 3.70 .177
2011 24 AA Bow 9 1 6.0 1.50 1.50 1.00 0.00 100% 0.00 3.37 .159
2011 24 AAA Nor 9 9 54.2 6.81 3.15 2.16 0.66 74.2% 3.46 3.81 .296
2011 24 MAJ BAL 12 12 49.7 6.89 4.35 1.58 3.26 0.55 52.9% 88.0 MPH 10.69 7.83 .382
2012 25 AAA Nor 10 6 47.0 6.13 2.87 2.13 0.38 64.3% 4.21 3.35 .290
2012 25 MAJ BAL 34 16 98.0 7.44 3.77 1.98 1.38 1.05 72.5% 91.1 MPH 4.87 4.79 .332
2013 26 MAJ BAL 65 0 51.0 8.82 2.82 3.13 0.53 1.08 69.6% 91.5 MPH 3.53 3.06 .299
2014 27 MAJ BAL 6 0 3.7 4.91 9.82 0.50 2.45 0.44 71.4% 89.1 MPH 7.36 8.93 .265
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Brian Matusz
3-Year Averages MAJ   37 9 66.2 7.61 3.67 2.07 1.63 65.6% 5.98 5.09 .335
Career MAJ   157 68 422.7 7.50 3.45 2.17 1.32 68.1% 5.15 4.63 .324

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2014 Stat Review for Brian Matusz    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2013 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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0.50 K/BB
TERRIBLE
4.91 K/9
TERRIBLE
9.82 BB/9
TERRIBLE
89.1 MPH Fastball
TERRIBLE
2.5 HR/9
TERRIBLE
0.44 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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7.36 ERA
TERRIBLE
2.18 WHIP
TERRIBLE
8.93 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.265 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
71.4% Strand Rate
LOW

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Brian Matusz (by OPS against, min 6 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Billy Butler KC 6 4 1 1 2 0 0 .667 1.500 2.250
Albert Pujols ANA 6 3 1 2 1 0 0 .500 1.333 1.905
Yunel Escobar TB 7 5 1 4 1 0 0 .714 1.143 1.893
Nelson Cruz BAL 10 6 1 3 0 2 0 .600 1.200 1.800
Adrian Gonzalez LA 8 6 0 3 2 2 1 .750 1.000 1.800
Peter Bourjos STL 8 4 2 5 0 0 1 .500 1.250 1.750
Jed Lowrie OAK 6 2 2 5 0 0 0 .333 1.333 1.667
Denard Span WAS 8 4 0 5 1 1 1 .500 1.000 1.556
Victor Martinez DET 15 7 2 6 1 1 0 .467 .933 1.433
Curtis Granderson NY-N 19 6 4 8 2 5 0 .316 1.000 1.381

Best Matchups for Brian Matusz (by OPS against, min 6 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Colby Rasmus TOR 11 1 0 0 0 5 0 .091 .091 .182
David Ortiz BOS 20 1 0 0 0 12 1 .050 .100 .150
Bobby Abreu NY-N 6 0 0 0 1 5 0 .000 .000 .143
Carl Crawford LA 10 0 0 1 1 4 0 .000 .000 .083
Josh Hamilton ANA 10 0 0 1 1 6 0 .000 .000 .083
Mike Moustakas KC 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Alex Avila DET 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Mike Aviles CLE 6 0 0 1 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000
Ike Davis NY-N 6 0 0 1 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Eduardo Nunez MIN 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

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Brian Matusz: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Matusz (illness) is available to pitch in Sunday's game if needed, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

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Matusz (illness) was released from the hospital late Friday night, after experiencing flu-like symptoms, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

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Matusz was hospitalized with an illness Friday night, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

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Matusz was awarded the win Wednesday after he entered the game in relief of Evan Meek, and walked one batter in two-thirds of an inning.

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The Orioles have not committed to a closer as the team prepares for Opening Day, MASN Sports reports.

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Matusz (finger) left the team and is having his wart removed in Philadelphia, MASN Sports reports.

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Matusz (finger, illness) threw two innings and retired all six batter he faced with three strikeouts in Tuesday's spring training game. He threw less than he was expected to after dealing with an illness Sunday night, MASN Sports reports.

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The Orioles delayed Matusz's wart removal due to the travel complications but he still threw two scoreless innings Sunday, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

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2014

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2013

There was a time that Matusz was supposed to be the crown jewel among several top flight pitching prospects in Baltimore's system. Instead Matusz followed a horrendous 2011 with a subpar first half in 2012. After he lost five games in a row, Matusz was sent down and converted to be a reliever that the Orioles could use down the stretch. Matusz flourished in the role, allowing three runs in 24 appearances spanning 18 innings, including the playoffs, where he threw in all six games. Now the Orioles have a decision to make - attempt to return Matusz to the rotation or continue to use him as a lefty specialist. There will be starters in spring training that had better seasons as a starter than Matusz, so he will really need to wow the coaching staff if he plans on returning to the rotation.

2012

Most Orioles pitchers had a down year in 2011; Matusz completely imploded. The 24-year-old set the single-season record for highest ERA (minimum 40 IP), posting a 10.69 ERA in 12 starts with the Orioles. His mid-90s fastball devolved into a high-80s cookie and hitters routinely teed off. Matusz allowed an unreal 18 home runs in 12 short starts. Injuries may have been the culprit, however, as he battled an intercostal strain early in the year and experienced hamstring trouble soon after returning from the disabled list. It seems like Matusz may be back to Triple-A for 2012 to work out the kinks - he'll need to regain the velocity to recoup his top prospect status.

2011

On the surface, Matusz's season looks pretty mediocre, but keep in mind that he posted a league average ERA as a rookie in the AL East while pitching for a sub-.500 team. His strikeout rate dipped to 7.3 K/9IP innings pitched, and his walk rate went up 3.2 BB/9IP. Some adjustments have to be made both due to the level of competition and his lack of experience (remember, he skipped Triple-A entirely after pitching just 51.2 innings at Double-A Bowie). But when you look at Matusz's numbers, consider the steps that fellow division pitchers Clay Buchholz and Phil Hughes had to take before they reached their current level. Matusz has another level to reach, even if he doesn't quite get there in 2011.

2010

The top pitching talent in the 2008 draft, Matusz started the season in High-A, moved to Double-A, and skipped Triple-A altogether in his rise to the Orioles. He finally showed growing pains in Baltimore, but closed the season with three strong starts. Matusz has four pitches that can be effective at the major league level and having last season under his belt should pay dividends in the long run. Don't expect a painless transition, but there is no finer rookie pitcher to bank on in 2010.

2009

The second overall pick in the 2008 draft, Matusz was regarded by many to be the top talent available. He should also be ready for the majors sooner than most of his peers. He had a good but not great season in the Arizona Fall League and will probably start the year at High-A, with a good chance of moving through the system quickly. Don't bank on a debut this season, but he should get a chance in Baltimore by 2010. Matusz will be among the top pitchers taken in most keeper leagues.