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  1. That is simply the best graphic representation of pitch distribution I’ve seen yet. Usually they’re totally illegible. Thanks!

    Comment by Oliver — May 4, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

  2. FML

    Comment by Andre the Angels Fan — May 4, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

  3. Brandon Morrow- you’re doing it wrong.

    Worse peripherals, better results. Me= confused.

    Comment by Pat — May 4, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

  4. Fun fact: Brandon Morrow has not walked a better in his last two games. If I’m not mistaken, he had walked at least one batter in all 73 of his previous career starts.

    Comment by Peter — May 4, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

  5. The usefulness is heightened by also showing a good number of pitches, not a crazy smear of dozens. I second the motion: nice work.

    Comment by gobears — May 4, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

  6. Another fun fact: It took Morrow until his last start last season, 173.1 innings, to induce a double play. He has 5 so far this season. It goes without saying that he’s made a conscious effort to induce contact, to be more efficient on the mound. I think he described it as “pitching”.

    I liked rooting for the old Brandon, but I’m not complaining about this one. I’ll gleefully ride the results for now.

    Comment by Coodle — May 4, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

  7. The start against the Angels wasn’t his first truly dominant performance….he went six scoreless with 9 K and no BBs in his previous start on 4/28. Sure, it was the Mariners, but I describe that as dominant.

    Comment by Caleb W — May 4, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

  8. Everyone points to his 17K 1 hitter against TB. It was an amazing start, but it took 137 pitches. Also, how often does a guy strike out 17 Batters? Not often.

    This performance was, for lack of a better word, can be sustainable. Above average Ks but not 10K/9, lots of grounders, quick innings. This was Roy Halladay type dominance. Almost brought a tear to my eye.

    Comment by Damaso's Burnt Shirt — May 4, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

  9. he basically only threw 2 pitches yesterday (not totally true: he threw 2 curves, the rest were FB/SL). this is basically his approach in the past, as you indicate. not sure i’d expect the results to differ from the past, and would more inclined to chalk yesterday up to the element of surprise and throwing off the advanced scouts than morrow actually “figuring it out”.

    Comment by soupman — May 4, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

  10. His approach yesterday was excellent. His fastball command was nearly flawless. So what that yesterday was a “similar approach in the past”, he threw first pitch strikes, and the article clearly stated that this was the difference. And it was.

    Comment by Zer — May 4, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

  11. He actually was pitching down at 92-93 most of the night and was more effective then when he has been sitting 94 for the rest of his career. He’s getting more movement and control by pitching with less velocity. He has figured it out. Earlier in the year he was doing the same things, same approach, but hadn’t learned how to keep the ball down in the zone.

    Comment by ddriver80 — May 5, 2012 @ 8:44 am

  12. Cobweb Woward!

    Comment by Zach — May 5, 2012 @ 9:59 am

  13. As much as I like Brandon, one word of caution: he was facing a preponderance of righthanded batters. That aside, he is awesome and will continue to be so.

    Comment by jessef — May 5, 2012 @ 11:36 am

  14. Also helping out Morrow is that by keeping his BB% down he isn’t having to pitch out of the stretch as often. This has been the bane of his existence in the past.

    Comment by Infield Fly — May 7, 2012 @ 11:07 am

  15. 4 BBs in the last 11 innings. Yesterday (5/14/12) against the Rays he was seemingly throwing 40% changeups, and something resembling a 89mph sinker. 4-seamer sat at 90-91, touched 94 maybe twice. Didn’t see the slider much.

    Very confused.

    Comment by Andrew — May 15, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

  16. *8 BBs (4 each start)

    Comment by Andrew — May 15, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

  17. You win the small sample size award. And that 89 mph sinker you thought you saw, was a slider.

    Comment by SSS — May 24, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

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