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Morrow enters today’s game against Pittsburgh with a 3-4 record, a 4.90 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts in 68 innings. The WHIP isn’t terrible, but it’s not likely to lower your team’s mark. The win total and ERA are of little use as well. The only category that Morrow excels in is strikeouts. If you pick your spots, Morrow can be beneficial to your fantasy team.
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For starters, be very careful when using Morrow at home. I was considering using him as my streaming option today (click to see who I chose), but a number stood out for me. That number is 8.13. No, I’m not talking about his strikeouts per nine innings. That’s actually 10.7. That 8.13 number represents his home ERA. Another unpleasant number is 1.71, which represents his home WHIP.
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In Morrow’s defense, his home ERA took a pounding at the hands of Boston, Cleveland when they were hitting, Detroit, and Tampa Bay. I wouldn’t write him off completely at home though. Last year he was 8-1 with a 2.74 ERA at Rogers Centre. He only has one quality start in his six starts at home (four of six on the road) so I would like to see some proof that he can get the job done at home before I rely on him there. Perhaps Pittsburgh is the start of the turnaround, but I’m too chicken to take the risk.
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Perhaps even more coincidental, but Morrow is 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA at night and 1-2 with a 7.09 ERA during the day. I wouldn’t go as far as his home/road splits in determining whether or not to start him, but it’s something to keep in mind.
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If you’re looking for a sabermetric to hint for a return to numbers closer to last year, you have the wrong guy. Due to his high strikeout rate, his BABIP is generally going to be high. It was .342 last year and is .337 this year. His WHIP is actually a little lower, his BB/9 is lower, and his HR/9 and HR/FB are down. One area that he has regressed is his strand rate. Last year it was 69.0 percent and this year it’s at 63.5. If he can get out of the inning more frequently the ERA will come down.
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We know what Morrow can do. He will help you significantly in the strikeout department. It’s a roll of the dice every time you start him, but if you are selective, you can minimize any damage he might cause.
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The Seattle Mariners have had enough of the roller coaster ride that Brandon Morrow has put them on.  They have relegated him middle relief duty.  He has six saves in eight opportunities, but he sports a 9.72 ERA and a 2.28 WHIP.  He has been particularly bad in May, after coming of the DL, allowing 6 Runs in 1-2/3 Innings.

The Mariners will go with a Bullpen by Committee approach with David Aardsma as the primary option.  Aardsma has four Saves, a 1.53 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP.

Seattle Mariners’ Closer Brandon Morrow landed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 24th, because of tendinitis in his bicep.  He is eligible to come off the DL on May 9th.  Until then David Aardsma will handle the Closer duties.  Morrow is 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.  He has five Saves.  Aardsma is 0-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.  He has three Saves on the year.  He’s a good short-term solution for those needing help in the Saves category.


Written by Eric Stashin the Rotoprofessor

On the eve of Opening Day, there’s a little bit of closers news worth noting:

  • According to Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times (click here for the post), Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu has named Brandon Morrow (pictured) the team’s closer from the outset of the season.  If you were holding onto a few of those relief pitchers in hopes of stealing a few saves over the first week or two, it is safe to move on.  Morrow has the potential to be among the elite closers in the game.
  • According to mlb.com, the A’s have placed Joey Devine on the 60-day DL, with a visit to Dr. James Andrews scheduled on Wednesday.  Obviously, the team is not expecting very good news, leaving Brad Ziegler as the team’s closer from the outset.  Ziegler is obviously unlikely to repeat last seasons remarkable performance, but is obviously usable in all formats now that he should have the closers job to himself early on.

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