Results tagged ‘ Charlie Morton ’

Miller light strategy takes center stage

andrew_miller.jpg

It pays to take chances every once
in a while.

 

Those of you who seized on last
week’s recommended spot-starters — namely, Ricky Romero and Dallas
Braden
— know exactly what I’m talking about.

 

And to those of you who went with Luke Hochevar instead, I don’t know what you’re
talking about.

 

But last week is last week. Let’s
check out this week’s slew of arms facing favorable matchups:

 

Andrew Miller, LHP, Marlins

Matchup: June 23 vs. Baltimore, at
Tampa Bay

Summary: Control has always been
Miller’s Achilles’ heel, but he seems to be making some good headway in that
area, illustrated by his 19/5 K/BB ratio in his last three starts and 17 1/3
innings. Look for continued progress when Miller plays host to the Orioles at
home, where he’s gone 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA this season compared to a 6.10 ERA
elsewhere. If your league allows daily roster moves, though, consider benching
him against the Rays later in the week. 

 

Brandon Morrow, RHP, Mariners

Matchup: June 24 vs. San Diego

Summary: Last week, Morrow struck
out six Padres and walked one in four innings of two-run ball, a fine, albeit unspectacular,
return to the Mariners rotation. This week, he again takes on the light-hitting
Padres, only this time at home, where he boasts a career 2.92 ERA against a
5.52 ERA on the road.

 

Brett Cecil, LHP, Blue Jays

Matchup: June 25 vs. Cincinnati

Summary: Replacing Roy Halladay in
the Blue Jays rotation might intimidate some starters, but Cecil took it in
stride, tossing seven innings of three-run ball against the Nationals over the
weekend. The 22-year-old lefty doesn’t garner the hype of, say, Tommy Hanson,
but make no mistake — he’s one of the top pitching prospects around. Plus,
four of his five starts have been quality starts, and he brings a 22/7 K/BB
ratio back to Toronto to square off against the middling Reds.

 

Brad Bergesen, RHP, Orioles

Matchup: June 26 vs. Washington

Summary: Without much fanfare,
Bergesen has been surprisingly effective in an otherwise ineffective Orioles
rotation, relying heavily on his sinker and a pitch-to-contact approach that’s
allowed him to last seven-plus innings in four of his last five starts. That
makes him an appealing target Friday, when he goes up against the last place
Nationals in Baltimore, where he’s gone 4-1 with a 3.30 ERA and a 25/7 K/BB
this year.

 

Charlie Morton, RHP, Pirates

Matchup: June 26 vs. Kansas City

Summary: OK, so Morton doesn’t have
a ton of service time, and he’s just getting his feet wet in Pittsburgh after
being included in the Nate McLouth trade earlier this month. Still, if his
Minor League stint offers any clues (7-2, 2.51 ERA, 55/16 K/BB ratio), he’s
more than capable of holding his own against an uninspiring Royals lineup in
Steeltown.

 

Jason Hammel, RHP, Rockies

Matchup: June 26 at Oakland

Summary: Pitchers typically hate
leaving home. Hammel, however, can’t get out of Colorado enough. And who blames him? He’s routinely gotten hammered at Coors Field (7.12 ERA), but continues to
excel everywhere else (2.06 ERA). Banking on more of the same could leave
owners pleasantly surprised Friday, when he visits Oakland to face an erratic
A’s lineup.

 


Alex Cushing, MLB.com