Following Tulsa’s 6-3 win over Corpus Christi on Sunday, I had the chance to talk with Drillers starting pitcher Tyler Matzek. The left-hander started on Sunday and allowed no hits in 4.2 innings of work, walking four and striking out six. It was Matzek’s second start of the season and he has compiled a 2.08 ERA in 8.2 innings of work.
He was on a 90-pitch count on Sunday, and finished his day by throwing 86 pitches.
Kevin Henry: How did you feel on the mound today?
Tyler Matzek: I felt alright. My feel wasn’t 100 percent there, but my goal was to give my team a shot at a win and I was able to do that so I’m happy.
Henry: How are you feeling at the Double-A level?
Matzek: Baseball is baseball. It doesn’t matter what level you are at. If you make a mistake, the hitter is going to hit it.
Henry: If you had stayed in the game to face one more batter, you would’ve gotten the win. Would you have liked to have stayed in for the W?
Matzek: That really doesn’t matter to me. I’m all about the team W. My goal when I leave the game is to give my team a shot at a win and I did that today.
Henry: What did you focus on in the offseason?
Matzek: Staying healthy was my main concern. I wanted to have good sessions in the pen and keep the ball down. I didn’t do that well today but I am working on it. I’m also developing my changeup. It’s getting better, but it still can be a question mark on some pitches. I want to see it be more consistent and I am working on that.
Henry: What’s your focus when you step on the mound?
Matzek: I’m just trying to hit the glove. See glove, hit glove. It sounds simple, but that’s what I am trying to do. Sometimes I lose that focus but I have to get it back and feel the ball in there.
Henry: This was your first time pitching at ONEOK Field. What did you think of it?
Matzek: I loved it. We had great fan support today. I really had the blood flowing early and I had to calm myself down.
Henry: What are your personal goals for the season?
Matzek: I want to get deeper into games and get more efficient with my pitches. I want to be able to help the bullpen by staying in games longer. I’m feeling good and I feel like I am on the right path.