More expected from Morrow
By The Sports Xchange
|Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow reacts after giving up a run against the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass., Sep. 13, 2011. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters)
It is time for Brandon Morrow to live up to his potential.
The right-handed starter has given tantalizing glimpses at what he can do, but has yet to do so consistently.
Last year, he was 11-11 with a 4.72 ERA.
This year, the 27-year-old will enter the season armed with a three-year contract that guarantees him $20 million.
He also goes into the season knowing the team has improved the bullpen. The outfield defense will be better than the comedy act that played out much of the season, particularly in left and center and sometimes in right when Jose Bautista was forced to vacate that spot to play for a spell.
But a lot of it falls on Morrow who has lacked consistently. He did finish strong going 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA in his final three starts when he became more aggressive.
“I think that’s the difference between an everyday player and an all-star — the consistency,” he said. “There’s days where I’ve gone out there and pitched like Cy Young, and days when I’ve gone out and there and looked like I should have been in Single A.”
Despite the inconsistencies, general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who acquired him in a trade with the Mariners two years ago, had the confidence in his ability to offer the three-year deal with a club option for a fourth season.
“I think our outfield defense last year certainly didn’t help him, being a fly ball guy,” Anthopoulos said. “And I think he continues to get better. I think he’s going to get better and there’s tremendous upside and tremendous ceiling.”
The environment has never been better for Morrow to show that.