On Monday we detailed Brandon Morrow’s recent struggles, which have only been magnified in recent days. In case you missed it, the Mariners lost an afternoon game with the Texas Rangers earlier today when Morrow entered in the ninth and promptly gave up three runs to blow a 2-0 lead. Last night, the team endured a similar result when Morrow gave up two runs in the eleventh inning to cost the team a 5-4 lead.
Back-to-back blown saves have fans wondering what’s wrong with their closer and what can be done to fix it.
It’s entirely possible that Morrow is still being nagged by a sore right arm that has plagued him in the past. That’s arguably the most likely of circumstances, as evidenced by his tendency to leave his pitches unfinished, resulting in fastballs left up in the zone.
On top of that, Morrow has completely lost trust in his breaking pitches, meaning that even when he cranks his heater up into the high-90s, hitters are sitting on the fastball and know exactly what’s coming.
With all due respect to the coaching staff and the M’s front office, the best options at this point would be to either place Morrow back on the disabled list and let him get completely healthy, or send him to the minors to work on his command. At this point, he doesn’t appear capable of helping the bullpen even in a reduced role, and it would be better to give his spot away to a pitcher who can throw strikes.
Like we mentioned in Monday’s article, if Morrow can’t close and can’t start, then what does he become? Six months ago we were all so optimistic as to what this guy could do, and now just a short time later that perspective has been flipped upside down.