Linking to an article in which Brandon Morrow refers to preferring "nerd stats" is pretty much a Pavlovian response at this point. The paper reports it, I liberally blockquote from it and we all go about our business.
The piece in question is more of a notes article with, what, 200 words on Morrow? It alludes to Morrow's appreciation of advanced stats (though it ignores FIP, which LOVES him) without mentioning his Cal education, making Morrow smarter than 90% of SABR dudes anyway.
This is supposed to be the part where I gush over Morrow for embracing stats, even if he does seem to appreciate them on a more Greinkian level i.e. they make him look good.
The most telling and enjoyable part of this tiny Bellingham Herald piece is actually a quote from Morrow on Vernon Wells, after Morrow threw a terrible pitch which Vernon used to bookend his career by taking it deep to left-center field.
“He stepped out, tipped his cap, and when he got back in I threw him the single worst slider of my career,” Morrow said.I dunno, that's just a decent and real thing to say. I appreciate his candor and honesty. Sue me.
“The only good thing was the crowd cheered him all the way around the bases,” Morrow said.
P.S. He struck out 50% of the batters put before him against the Mariners on Wednesday night. That helps too.
Update! Oh hey look! Another reason to appreciate Brandon Morrow! These are really starting to pile up.
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