The Best Development Of The Year

Dave · July 12, 2008 at 7:24 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Watching Brandon Morrow improve has certainly been one of the silver linings in this cloudy season, and while I’m not rooting for him to implode, I think we should all recognize that him blowing back to back save opportunities might be the best thing that’s happened all year long.

Really, Morrow was dangerously close to earning the proven closer label that gets stuck on anyone who racks up a few saves (just ask Joe Borowski). With his struggles giving up the long ball lately (which really shouldn’t be a huge surprise – he throws a hard four seam fastball up in the zone a lot), that label isn’t going to stick as easily now, and his chance of moving into the rotation in the future improve with every blown save.

That’s how baseball works – the worse Morrow does in the closer’s role, the more likely he’ll end up helping the team more as a starter. It’s a little messed up, but there you go – thanks for not being perfect, Brandon.


18 Responses to “The Best Development Of The Year”

  1. edgar for mayor on July 12th, 2008 7:40 pm

    Yay! I have secretly been rooting for this since he took over the closers role.

  2. pygmalion on July 12th, 2008 7:41 pm

    Yay for good unintended consequences!

  3. Sports on a Schtick on July 12th, 2008 7:49 pm

    A smarter organization is already stretching out an elite reliever. And last time I checked Joba was pretty awesome coming out of the pen. But the Yankees looked beyond the awesome numbers and understood his value as a starter.

    It’s really sad the M’s didn’t attempt to convert Morrow at least a month ago.

  4. pensive on July 12th, 2008 7:49 pm

    Yes, but it still hurts a little.

    Dave, Is there a game in Everett that will be a great match up?

  5. killer_ewok18 on July 12th, 2008 7:53 pm

    I think if they do it, it won’t be until Putz comes back from the DL. If they don’t do it then… I don’t think it will happen ’till ’09.

  6. Steve T on July 12th, 2008 7:58 pm

    Uncanny. I was thinking the same thing. Blown saves? Oh noes, make him a starter NOW PLEASE.

  7. J.L. White on July 12th, 2008 8:02 pm

    Can you believe that this theory works for hitters, too? It’s true! Every out by Jose Vidro is but one step closer to a mob of M’s fans storming Safeco Field, carrying him out of the stadium and tossing him into Puget Sound.

    (I can dream, can’t I?)

  8. MattThompson on July 12th, 2008 8:16 pm

    Here’s what is so disheartening about all of this: what if the M’s had a quality front office, one that all of us had confidence in? So that when Morrow recorded a couple of saves, we’d still all be encouraged about his prospects as a starter. A future the FO would have assured us, by stating publically that Morrow is only closing until Putz is back, and then they can start Morrow on the conversion path.

    I mean, the whole premise of Dave’s post is, ‘The Front Office is dumb! Hooray that Morrow failed, so maybe they’ll accidentally make the right decision!’

    This depresses me.

  9. BillyJive on July 12th, 2008 8:18 pm

    This season is a write-off. We are not going to even be .500 by the time it is all said and done. So why not convert Morrow to a starter now? Let him have his struggles if he has them, the team is losing anyways. He’s not going to get run support so he probably won’t rack up a tonne of wins – big deal, none of starters are going to.
    Come on, do something right this season M’s…
    Give us a reason to watch this team…

  10. praetor on July 12th, 2008 8:32 pm

    I just saw something that said the mets are looking for a corner outfielder, and ibanez is an option…

  11. praetor on July 12th, 2008 8:33 pm

    how is putzie

  12. MattThompson on July 12th, 2008 8:35 pm

    Um, ‘publically?’ That would be publicly, and yes, that is terrible posting on my part.

  13. Mere Tantalisers on July 12th, 2008 8:39 pm

    I’ve been wondering, now that you’ve had a chance to see Morrow’s non-fastball offerings quite a bit what you think he might do as a starter?

  14. gwangung on July 12th, 2008 9:12 pm

    Just remember…more than a few folks think that Morrow should be stretched out…but that it doesn’t have to happen NOW–that the winter league put a few innings on his arm that hasn’t been stretched out much before, and that as long he gets stretched out in a month or so, he’s OK as closer-of-the-moment.

  15. beastwarking on July 12th, 2008 10:34 pm

    To anybody who can answer this,

    How long, realisticly, whould it take Morrow or any reliever really to stretch out their arms?

  16. terry on July 12th, 2008 11:43 pm

    I think it’s kind of cute when Riggleman thinks he’s doing something effectual like giving the team a post-game “talkin’ to” about the need to stop the mental breakdowns…

  17. JMHawkins on July 13th, 2008 7:12 am

    …one step closer to a mob of M’s fans storming Safeco Field, carrying him out of the stadium and tossing him into Puget Sound.

    Marine Pollution laws are pretty serious. Could be some big fines.

    How long, realisticly, whould it take Morrow or any reliever really to stretch out their arms?

    With Morrow, I don’t think the real issue is “stretching out” his arm – it’s developing his secondary pitches. He can’t rely on his fastball (which will be a few mph slower) quite so much as a starter.

  18. G-Man on July 13th, 2008 3:04 pm

    They could stretch him out in a winter league somewhere, like they did with RRS … on second thought, never mind.

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