LHP Brian Matusz (3-2, 5.28) today will make his 7th Major League start of the 2009 season, his 3rd at home and the 1st of his career vs. Texas.
Matusz is coming off his best start of the year. He got his 3rd win Sunday vs. Cleveland when he allowed just four hits and one run over seven innings.
It was his longest outing of the year, the fewest hits he had allowed and he had a season-high eight strikeouts. He threw 96 pitches vs. the Tribe.
Matusz took a no-hitter into the fourth Sunday and threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of 26 batters.
Over his last four starts, covering 23 innings, he has walked just six and fanned 25.
Right-handed batters hit .359 off Matusz and lefties bat .192. The Orioles are 3-3 when he starts.
In the minors this year, in 19 starts between Frederick and Bowie, Matusz was 11-2, 1.99 in 113 innings.
RHP Kevin Millwood (10-8, 3.61) today makes his 27th start of the year, his 14th on the road and the 13th of his career vs. the Orioles.
Over his last three starts, Millwood is 1-1, 6.23. He has won just two of his last ten starts, going 2-3, 5.63 in that span.
Millwood has recorded 15 quality starts and has held opponents to three runs or less in 12 of his last 17 starts.
Millwood, 2009 season:
At home: 7-2, 2.83 in 13 starts
On road: 3-6, 4.44 in 13 starts
He began today 10th in AL in ERA and 18th in innings. In seven starts this season vs. AL East teams, he is 4-1, 3.02.
Millwood has won ten games or more eight times.
Millwood has thrown 100 or more pitches in 22 of 26 starts. He averages 106.7 pitches per start, that is the 4th highest figure in the AL.
Millwood vs. Orioles:
2009: No appearances
2008: 2-0, 3.00, 2 starts
Career: 9-2, 3.42, 12 starts (81 2/3IP, 72H, 24B, 46K)
O's hitters, career vs. Millwood:
Jones: 4-8, rbi
Markakis: 5-18, 2 rbi
Mora: 2-16, rbi
Roberts: 9-25, hr, rbi
Scott: 1-8, rbi
Wigginton: 8-24, 2 rbi