A couple weeks ago, I speculated that Charlie Morton was tipping his pitches from the stretch. My theory was that when he came set, he was moving his glove prior to fastballs and keeping his hands still when he prepared to throw an off-speed pitch. Well, I noticed a change on Monday night in Philadelphia. As a reminder, here is the photo that I used in my original post, from Morton’s first start in Arizona. Notice the location of Morton’s hands.
Let’s move to Morton’s start against the Reds on May 11th at PNC Park. Cincinnati scraped across three runs against Morton in this game, including two in the first inning. He was definitely tipping his pitches on this day, particularly in that first inning. Again, notice the location of his hands.
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.