Come on guys. Let’s win a series before the break. Stop losing ground. Stop the slide. Give everyone some hope going into the All Star Break. The mood is too gloomy for my liking. Just a little dash of positivity.
The Mets aren’t a very good team. They have been on a bit of a roll as of late though, winning seven of their last ten. No matter though, they are all but ready to start selling players. They are to the point where it’s more important to skip Matt Harvey on Sunday just so he can pitch in the All Star game. That’s a team that isn’t serious about clawing for every single win.
While Pedro Alvarez was added to the Home Run Derby after a whole lot of whining and complaining by Pirate fans, OUTRAGE to be sure, I’d still boo David Wright. Just because he talks like Michael Jackson.
Charlie Morton. Is he pitching for his spot in the rotation? Are people overreacting to five games? The answer to both of those questions is probably yes. Morton hasn’t been too bad. He hasn’t been too good either.
Part of the problem is the complete and utter boning he has been getting from just about everyone involved in playing baseball with him.
He has given up six unearned runs thus far. That might not seem like it would hurt him statisically but it truly does. All the errors lead to extra pitches. Extra pitches lead to less efficient outings and, for a groundball guy, more hits almost by default.
In the end though those are just excuses, no matter how valid they are. Morton needs to pitch better. He has yet to even record a quality start.
Trying something new with the charts. Bear with me.
One thing about Morton that I like but also scares me a bit is that his lefty/righty splits have closed up a bit. He doesn’t necessarily shut down righties but he also isn’t getting absolutely abused by lefties. That’s definitely a good thing.
The bad thing is there is still a substantial gap. It worries me because if the lefty splits get out of control again and he isn’t completely dominating righties he’s going to be very ineffective.
It is also kind of funny that of the six batters he’s hit all have been lefties. If you can’t get them out you might as well hit them I guess.
I joke, I joke. There is actually a good reason to explain that, and his effectiveness against lefties. He’s not afraid to go inside against lefties.
So maybe those HBP aren’t exactly a bad thing. And remember. One was on purpose.
I’d say Morton had a pretty decent outing against the Mets last season, but he lost.
That strong start is kind of an anomaly for Morton. He’s never gotten a win and his career numbers are kind of gross.
I think it’d be fun if Chaz hit David Wright. Just for the hell of it.
His opponent will be Jeremy Hefner. Feel free to pause now to create your own corny Hefner/Playboy joke here, I’ll wait.
Was it funny? I hope so. That’s low hanging fruit that everyone should pick. Sometimes you just need a little snack.
Since June 4th Hefner has the best ERA in the entire league.
Wanna see why? I’ll do something ESPN would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do. Link to an outside article. This time it’s an article from ESPN.
I hate linking to ESPN. It feels dirty. It’s like giving Walmart props for quality products. I’m sure Walmart has something of high quality though, I’ve never found it, but who likes Walmart? Who actually likes ESPN? Crazy people, that’s who.
You’d think with numbers like he has posted his season numbers would be outstanding but they’re not obscenely good. Don’t get me wrong, they are good, but not like you’d expect the best pitcher in baseball for a whole month to have.
He has a 1.64 ERA in those seven starts. His OPS against is .608 in that span with a BAbip of .269. Prior to that he had an ERA of 4.74 with an OPS against of .778 with a BAbip of .272.
I think he’ll come back down to earth. Hopefully today is when his luck runs out.
Last year he had one of the best starts of his career. It was his only career start against the Pirates and he flat out dominated them. Something rookie pitchers have a real knack for doing.
It’s like the Pirates can’t hit guys they’ve never seen before. Like it takes them longer to figure guys out than it does for the rest of the league. Almost like neanderthals. Not that the Pirates are necessarily neanderthals, sometimes they just play like it.
Unga Bunga… hit ball hard…. unga bunga
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