Brian Matusz makes me happy. I know he didn't take the majors by storm the way some thought he would in 2010, but when you look at his numbers in the majors relative to the division in which he pitches, his age, and the fact that he only made nineteen minor league starts, it's easy to see that this kid is special. I've compiled a plethora of stats for you. Some are intended to remind you of how he did the last few years to help you in your projections. Some are just because I enjoy them.
First, his major league stats over the last two seasons. I personally feel the 2010 line is a bit deceiving because he, like the other young starters, really finished the season well. Unlike the other young starters, I am quite confident that Matusz will be able to repeat his success. Everyone likes to talk about how well the starters did after Buck Showalter arrived, and they did, but if you go back to Matusz's last three months of the season, beginning with his gem against the Red Sox on July 4th, Matusz pitched to a 3.63 ERA and held opposing batters to .225/.304/.359 and had a K/9 of just over 8. That includes the game he pitched after the All Star break on eight days rest in which he allowed 6 runs in just 1.2 innings. I know you can't cherry pick stats like that and expect them to mean anything, but if you do take that horrible outing out his ERA drops to just 3.01 from July 4th on. The kid is good.
And finally, because it's a hoot, here is David Ortiz's career line against Matusz: