The Best Development Of The Year
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.