Morrow is the guy you want it all to line up for. Romero is the bulldog, ripping and tearing his way through every start, max effort, he’s WORKING, and its great.
A couple of days later its B. Morrow. He’s like a concert pianist, calm, poised, still very focused. And then the lights come up and there are rockets coming out of his hands. 97, 98, 95MPH. A quick 90mph slider, go have a seat, sir, and think about where that baseball was that you were trying to hit.
Morrow is the anti-Stieb. The un-Lackey. Stuff happens, he loads up again and fires away.
And on twitter, the dry wit you hear about in the clubhouse comes through. After a very long wait on the tarmac, RickyRo and Joeybats and 2Morrow23 are answering questions and re-tweeting rapid fire. “What was your first appearance like in the majors?” Morrow: “I’m not sure, I think I blacked out.” and then, just as the twitter session ends he begs Ricky for a retweet. Who wouldn’t want a retweet from Ricky Romero?
So, yes, I think I understand how Morrow might be in ‘real life’. At least, a lot more than I understand 90 percent of the athletes in the spotlight.
“He’s basically just allowing baserunners in bunches.”
Isn’t that normal for someone who pitches much better out of the wind-up than the stretch? His xFIP is almost a run higher from the stretch, his BAA is 60 points higher and his HR rate doubles. Seems to me like he’s the type of pitcher who can have a 1-2-3 inning pretty often, but as soon as someone’s on base he’s simply not as good.
I’d imagine most pitchers are worse out of the stretch, but he might be a little worse off than the typical pitcher.
Comment by vivalajeter — August 19, 2011 @ 11:32 pm
Yeah, but light years better. He actually has a MLB caliber fastball, and one of the best fastballs in the league. Not sure why the results aren’t there.
I have no idea what you’re trying to say here, RM.
Comment by vivalajeter — August 20, 2011 @ 10:15 pm
Brandon Morrow has made me nervous twice before, once rooting for him and once rooting against. I believe this year on August 6th (Brian Matusz bobblehead night if wrong date) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards he pitched well but eventually allowed a few runs. He’s exciting to watch in person and when I saw him at the Roger for Roberto Alomar bobblehead night (July 31st?) he pitched well then.
Comment by My echo and bunnymen (Dodgers Fan) — August 22, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
You are much more likely to give up runs with guys on base than with the bases empty.