May 19, 2012
Morrow in the zone
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays have gone on a nice little run against the two teams from New York.
The Jays followed up two victories against the Yankees last week by taking the first two games of their series against the Mets.
That’s a modest four in a row, but it still represents their longest win streak this season, one they’ve accomplished three times.
“The pitching’s been good and obviously we’ve had some big offensive days,” Jays second baseman Kelly Johnson said of the streak. “They key to winning is just stay consistent and stay the same and when our starting pitching is like that it makes it easier on us.”
The key to the Jays' win Saturday was the performance of starter Brandon Morrow. who came up with his second complete-game shutout of the season.
The key to his success was his fastball command.
“Getting ahead with the fastball, getting back in counts with the fastball, locating well on both sides of the plate against left-handers and right-handers, it set the tone for the day,” Morrow said.
The fastball may have been king but he had every pitch working.
“I threw the curveball over for some strikes and had a couple of quick outs (with it), had a good slider when I needed it and when I mixed in my fastball, I was locating it,” Morrow added.
A big reason for his success this season — he’s 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA — is his ability to keep his pitch count under control. He was asked what they key is in that regard?
“Just getting ahead early and maybe after one or two tries I’ve just gotten back into throwing strikes instead of trying, if I get ahead of somebody, not trying to strike them out three pitches in a row. Just throw one in the dirt and then get back in the strike zone and get a quick out.”
It all leads to a feeling of greater confidence, which leads to success.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Morrow said. “As long as I’m locating my fastball I think I’m going to have a good game.”
Which is exactly what he did against the Mets.