Monday, September 19, 2005
Morris in the Fall?
I have been hesitant to enter the Matt Morris postseason pitching foray, but I can't hold back any longer. In talking with a Giants-fan friend, we were laughing about the 2002 NLCS. He reminded me of Matty Mo's game one outing in which he surrendered 7 ERs! So I went to look at his postseason stats (as a starter), and let me tell you, they aren't good. 2001: 2 G, 2 GS, 0-1, 1.20 ERA, 15 IP, 13H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 5 BB, 12K Not to shabby. He was comeback player of the year in '01, getting 22 wins that year. It was Matt's highwater mark, and the last time he would put up stats like that in the postseason. 2002: 3G, 3 GS, 1-2, 4.50 ERA, 20 IP, 23 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 2 HR, 3 HBP, 8 BB, 9K He pitched well in game 1 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks, getting the win in 7 innings, with 7 hits against, 2 earned runs and 2 walks and 3 Ks. In the first game of the NLCS, he got murdered. His ERA against the Giants was 6.23. He fared better in game 5, but still took the loss. 2004: 4 GS, 0-2, 5.91 ERA, 21 IP, 21 H, 14 R, 14 ER, 5 HR, 2 HBP, 14 BB, 14 K Quick, who was the only team Morris didn't surrender a home run to last October? The Red Sox, oddly enough. The two no decisions he got were against Houston in the NLCS, games 2 and 6. He also never had a quality start in the postseason last year, and only made past five innings in game 3 of the division series against the Dodgers (he went seven). Those aren't very convincing numbers, but I have a feeling he's not going to be the odd man out come October. His veteran status with the team almost guarantee La Russa giving him the nod over Marquis. Perhaps, if he continues to falter over the next two weeks, that changes. However, if he makes two or three more starts, and pitches like Morris circa-June '05, I'd still be pretty nervous when he takes the mound.