rjforlife wrote:And the crap starts against Cleveland/Houston/Minnesota/Detroit? He rarely pitches more than 6 innings, he walks a MINIMUM of 2 per start, you can quote all the saber stuff but the point is that he is not getting it done.
Why would either of those things surprising to somebody who drafted Brandon Morrow? He was a high K/high BB pitcher with huge upside when you drafted him. Nothing has changed.
I don't care if the Sox are hot, you don't throw Adrian Gonzalez an inside fastball on 0-2.
Molina asked for him to throw an inside fastball and he through it in the exact location that Molina asked for. If there was a mistake there (there wasn't, btw, they were attempting to jam Gonzalez inside after he hit a slider hard in his first AB), that's on Molina, not Morrow.
And you don't hit pathetic Jed Lowrie on an 0-2 pitch. Those are bad mistakes, uncorrectable by xFip.
So you're pissed because he got ahead of Lowrie and then one of his sliders moved a bit too much and hit Jed Lowrie in the knee? It happens.
I see that he doesn't really give up the HR this season, which is nice, and hitters are actually only hitting .241 against him, but they are hitting .263 with runners on, .306 with RISP and .346 with RISP/2 Out. Last season hitters hit only .248 against him, but .280 with runners on and .293 with RISP. It's a bad trend and highly noticeable when watching his games. I am unsure if he is uncomfortable out of the stretch or he presses too much with runners on or RISP, but there is something that changes in him with people on base and I don't know if you can explain it with stats. He is a human, not a robot, and he seems to have a flaw.
He does better out of the wind up. This isn't that unusual for many pitchers, though.
This is not all to say that he cannot correct it, or that your saber stats may normalize, but I am of the opinion that I can do without waiting for him. Under your advice I will hold onto him for 2 more starts but if he can't string together something decent, he's is gone.
Hey, you were the one asking for advice. I gave it. If you really want to drop him in 2 more starts, somebody else will reap the benefits when his ERA corrects itself in the 2nd half (as it did last season).