Bryan Morris has stranded 22 of his 25 inherited runners this season. (Photo by: David Hague)
Hey, y'all prepare yourself // For the Rubberband man // You never heard a sound // Like the Rubberband man // You're bound to lose control // When the Rubberband starts to jam
The Spinners' 1976 song "The Rubber Band Man" would ring from the speakers of Three Rivers Stadium when Kent Tekulve entered for one of his league-most 94 appearances in the Pirates' 1979 championship season.
While Bryan Morris is certainly not the bullpen ace on Tekulve's level and is only on pace to pitch about 54 games this year, he has been just as rubber-band flexible in his usage. Over his rookie season, Morris has had seven outings in which he has faced only one or two batters. He has also had 11 appearances where he stayed for multiple innings and threw at least 25 pitches.
"I do enjoy the shorter outings a little more," Morris said. "As weird as it sounds, I enjoy coming in and getting the guy in fr...
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