The Orioles have used Matusz often recently. He made four appearances during the team’s six-game road trip, pitching in all three games against the
So as the Yankees and their lefty-heavy lineup come to
But Matusz seems to be the most important left-handed pen arm. He's been used in pivotal situational slots to get a key out and in multiple innings.
Over six relief appearances spanning five innings, Matusz has allowed just two hits and one run while striking out eight and walking one. He got two key outs – both on strikeouts – in the seventh inning of the Orioles’ 6-4 loss to
“He’s done a good job,” Orioles manager
Matusz said he's still learning to get adjusted to the new role, but called the transition "pretty smooth."
"I've been able to learn and be in the bullpen every day and kind of watch other guy's routines as they get ready for their outings," Matusz said. "I'm still feeling my way through finding out how many pitches I need to get loose so I'm ready to go out there and bring my best stuff. That's something I've kind of been working with and observing with other guys and feeling out the other guys.
“I’ve had fresh innings where [I] had a whole half inning where I was able to pace myself and get ready and then the other night in New York, it was like, ‘Get ready right away, you’re facing the next lefty, so you’re facing [
For Matusz, moving to the bullpen proved to be his best opportunity to get back to the majors after struggling as a starter. And while the organization still feels Matusz has promise as a rotation arm, he is enjoying playing a key role in the Orioles' postseason push.