Friday, 4 May 2012
So that was nice to see, huh? I mean, this Angels' lineup isn't really firing on all cylinders at the moment, but hey, kick 'em when they're down, right? Morrow threw a complete game shutout, allowing just 3 hits (with a little help from the defense), walking none and striking out 8. Morrow was straight up nasty, and really only relied on his fastball and slider, throwing 2 changeups to boot. He topped out at 96MPH a few times, but sat around 91-94 for most of the night. He used his slider very effectively as a strikeout pitch, getting 7 whiffs on it, 5 of those coming on pitches in the dirt or at least below the knees out of the zone. Most importantly, he kept the ball in the strikezone, keeping his walks and pitchcount down, ending the game on pitch 102.
Morrow allowed a homerun to Eric Hosmer to lead off the 2nd inning on April 23rd vs. Kansas City, and then shut them down for 4.2 more innings. He then shutout Seattle for 6 innings before throwing a complete game shutout last night, giving him 19.2 shutout innings in a row, and he has 1 walk during that span. Not bad.
Thumbs up to JP Arencibia for his 3-run homerun, and to Lawrie and Johnson for each getting on base thrice, but the Zaunhead goes to Morrow, quite obviously.
It's another late game tonight, as Henderson Alvarez goes against Ervin Santana, of Blue Jays crushing fame. Having said that, he's been terrible so far this season.
Sergio Santos rejoined the team yesterday, though that may have been because he's from California and happened to be in the area when the Jays showed up to LA the other night. He hopes to throw this weekend.
The Angels traded two prospects for reliever Ernesto Frieri. He'll join the team today.
The Dodgers have signed Bobby Abreu to be a backup outfielder and bench bat.
If you've somehow missed it, Mariano Rivera tore his ACL shagging flyballs yesterday and will miss the rest of the season. He's 42 years old, and has hinted at retirement after this season, but this would be a shitty way to go out.
Finally, Kyle from Driveline Baseball and Baseball Prospectus has a piece on BP about Ubaldo Jimenez' mechanics and velocity decrease. Good stuff.