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With Pirates' Morton, everything is different

Posted on: May 31, 2011 5:47 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 5:57 pm
 
NEW YORK -- Last year, Charlie Morton was the worst starting pitcher in baseball.

This spring, a scout who has followed his career told me he didn't understand how that could be.

Morton should be better than 2-12, 7.57, the scout said. And not just a little bit better, but way better.

And now he is.

May comes to an end Tuesday night, and while Morton won't be the pitcher of the month, he will be high on the list of candidates.

He had a 2.06 ERA in five May starts. He had a 1.21 ERA over his final four starts.

He has a new arm angle (think Roy Halladay) and a new reliance on his sinker, after working this spring with pitching coach Ray Searage and Pirates minor-league pitching coordinator Jim Benedict.

But he has something that may be more important than any of that. Somehow, after one of the worst seasons any pitcher has had, Morton showed up this year not thinking of himself as a bad pitcher.

"You could just see a difference in everything about him," teammate Paul Maholm said.

Morton agreed.

"Failure changes you, for good or for bad," he said. "I didn't go to the team doctor and ask for a confidence injection. It was just time to take the reins."

So he did.

"Struggling so much kind of forced my hand," he said. "It forced me to grow up, because baseball was dictating how I felt."

He had heard plenty of people say (as the scout said to me) that his stuff was too good for him to pitch that bad.

"His struggles baffled all of us," Maholm said.

His success this year has no doubt surprised many. But maybe it shouldn't.

And when that scout told me that Charlie Morton is a lot better than the numbers showed, maybe I should have told you about it then.

But would you have believed it?


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