Morrow averaged fewer than six innings per start last season. In many cases this was due to the fact that he averaged 17.35 pitches per inning, second highest in the majors.
A better strategy on the mound that incorporates more pitches and actually allows the opposition to put the ball in play will help him get deeper into games and thus become a more successful pitcher.
During the spring and in his first start he has averaged less than 17 pitches per inning. He said: “That comes with changing speeds, getting guys out in front, more contact. I plan to continue to use that and hopefully get some quicker innings, quicker outs.”
His new strategy will definitely help him improve and he feels confident about it, saying: “I've been feeling really good about it. I think I've been doing a great job of changing speeds and throwing those pitches you know in fastball counts 2-1, 3-1 and getting some ground balls on it. Behind in the count and throwing that change-up and it's a great equalizer.”
He didn't show this full arsenal on Friday and he gave up the long ball.