i did some research on Morris earlier in the season and heres some of what i found-
IP H WHIP BA OBP
2001 216.1 218 1.26 .265 .314
2002 210.1 210 1.30 .261 .315
2003 172.1 164 1.18 .252 .294
he actually has been more efficient in not allowing hitters to get on base... notice the whip, ba and obp trends.
another thing that i like is that he's gotten better at getting quick outs (P/PA from 01-04: 3,67, 3,6, 3,67, 3.49) which is comforting and explains the K numbers. however if he hadn't become more effective at getting through innings quicker, i think the low K's would've been a thing to worry about from a real life standpoint. they stilll damage his value fantasy-wise tho.
i think both him allowing less runners on base and getting quicker outs are positive growth signs.
of course, the main thing is that he def has lost some serious velocity over the years cos of injury troubles. which is the main reason for the higher XBH's (HR's in particular this year... 23 in 101 IP,lol so im not f'kin kidding when i say that the HR pace will go down). But i think if the Cards do a good job with him, he should get stronger as the season goes on and maybe gain a few miles on his fastball and get his stuff to be more consitantly lively which'll help a ton. he also traditionally somewhat of a second half player like hat said. but in the long run, if doesnt get his velocity up these XBH's will hurt him..
anyways, i didnt see Griffey's 500 game yesterday but i agree that him not allowing a lot of runners on base and getting more K's is a good sign. people prolly have very little faith in him right now, so its ob not worth trying to deal him (unless you find someone like me whos still somewhat of a believer). he might be buy low guy tho for some.
and as for Webb, his fantasy prospects look pretty grim this year.. hes walkin people like a madman, fewer K's, crappy Sexson less offense and unreliable pen dont look good.