Written by vatech1994
Brian Matusz was a tale of two pitchers today. He got knocked around good in innings 1-2 and was masterful in innings 3-5. Brian came out throwing fastballs and they came out swinging. In the first inning, he gave up a couple hits and two of the outs were smoked. He was throwing hard for him (91-92), but his location was up. Second inning was similar to the first. I was watching him closely and it appeared to me that his body was getting ahead of his arm just a bit which had him out of sync. Pitchers were up a bit and he wasn't getting good finish. He has a tendency to drift down the mound at times when he breaks his hands and I believe that is what was happening in the first couple innings. It will be interesting to see what he says.
In the 3rd I could tell something was different during the warm ups. His pitches were down and had much better finish. Sure enough, he started just tieing them in knots. He got 6-8 swings and misses on his change up in the last three innings. It was great to see. He threw a couple pitches up in the 5th and gave up two soft liners to put runners on 1st and 3rd but then closed out with very impressive at bats against Victorino and Pedroia. He struck Dustin out and fooled him so bad he threw his bat into the 3rd base dugout. He looked every bit the nasty pitcher we saw late in 2010 in innings 3-5. He tied up the best the Red Sox have to offer.
Gausman pitched the 6th and 7th. He was throwing gas. Every fastball was from 96-99. Bard pitched today and Gausman was 2-4 mph harder than him. The change is as good as advertised. Filthy is the only word to describe it. He overpowered several hitters completely, but Middlebrooks did turn him around on a 96 mph heater. That guy is very impressive.
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