Jordan Tuwiner wrote:This is mostly directed at birdwatcher, but is still something to consider in general when discussing Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta.
Birdwatcher has campaigned all season for Arrieta and Matusz to never wear and O's uniform again. Looking back at birdwatcher's posts, he/she also said similar things regarding Zach Britton.
I think it's fairly obvious that the organization's patience with Britton has worked in their favor.
Britton's ERA, FIP, and xFIP are all in line with his totals last year and his stuff has looks outstanding over his last few outings.
Arrieta and Matusz both clearly have talent and I still hold out hope for them to become successful starters down the road.
I still have great confidence in Arrieta, it seems like he turned things around in AAA after working with Rick Peterson and Mike Griffin. His initial AAA numbers were poor but that was likely influenced by the fact that they had him working on specific things in games that might not have been most conducive to him putting up good numbers on that night. His numbers toward the end of his AAA stint were outstanding. If Hammel is going to miss time I think Jake should get a shot to move back into the rotation.
Arrieta needed to become more mentally tough and aggressive on the mound and according to a recent interview with one of the beat writers (Melewski or Ghiroli) that's exactly what they had him working on in AAA and he said it has worked wonders for him for whatever that's worth.
I'm not as high on Matusz but I agree with you Jordan that neither should be given up on at this point.