mweir145 wrote:Morrow's not striking guys out and getting groundballs? I don't even know who he is anymore.
Yeah, I'm really puzzled by Brandon Morrow’s pitching right now. His stuff is basically the same as it’s ever been, but he’s not getting the same results with that stuff at all through four starts. Morrow’s swinging strike rate and strikeout rate are way down from what they’ve been in the past, but his GB% is way up.
Also in the past, Morrow has gotten a ton of whiffs and infield flies off his FB. That just hasn’t happened so far this year (even before tonight’s game, his infield fly rate was significantly down at 3.4% compared to the usual 9.4% and I mentioned the lower than normal strikeout rates).
And looking at the PitchFX for tonight’s game, he actually got zero whiffs tonight on his fastball, a statistic that’s hard to believe considering what he did in 2010 and 2011 with that pitch. While the velocity is still clearly there, could it be that he’s throwing his four-seamer differently in a way that’s made it more hittable? In any case, he seems to be making a concerted effort to change his approach and pitch deeper into the games (as the Jays apparently wanted him to). We’re only four starts in, but if this is the beginning of a trend, I’m not sure it’s a good one at all.