May 6, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at PNC Park. The Cincinnati Reds won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
David and I just ended up talking about this on the latest edition of the podcast, which will be out later today, but it's probably worth its own post.
"The one thing that I was really good at last year was getting ground balls from righties," he said. "They weren’t hitting me. To have given up four home runs now — all to righties and to deep parts of the park — it’s the kind of feedback where you have to look at it objectively and say there’s something you have to do a little bit different" ...
"I’m not saying I’m going to overhaul anything, but I’ve got to tweak something to get my bread and butter back, because that’s what it is," he said. "That sinker is what I am. It will come. It’s just frustrating."
Just purely on the numbers, Morton is right, and it's not just the homers. In his two best starts of the year, against the Cardinals April 20 and the Rockies April 25, Morton had a total of 28 grounders and nine fly balls. In his two starts since then, he has 14 grounders and 17 fly balls. That probably isn't a ratio that will work for him.