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Obviously, Charlie Morton leaned heavily on his sinker last night in St. Louis. According to Brooks Baseball, 68 of his 94 pitches were sinkers (Brooks officially labels them as two-seam fastballs). The pitch was effective, with 15 of 18 balls in play ending up on the ground. The Cardinals were unable to do much with the sinker, so Morton just kept serving it up. In addition to leaning heavily on one pitch type, Morton also focused on one side of the plate. He repeatedly pounded the arm-side portion of the zone (right side of the zone from the pitcher’s viewpoint, left side from the catcher’s perspective). That did not change, whether he was facing a left-handed batter or a right-handed batter. Morton pounded righties in on the hands, and worked mostly away from lefti...
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