Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 2/6/12
After a very strong start to 2011, Charlie Morton started to come back to earth quite as the summer wore on. There are plenty of ways to explain how this happened -- his peripherals caught up with him, hitters got used to his new delivery and changed repertoire, etc. -- but perhaps none is as compelling as the most obvious. After a couple of months, clubs figured out that Morton's sinker wasn't nearly as effective against left-handed hitters and started stacking their lineups against him with lefties. The results were often strange to watch; teams didn't seem to be scorching the ball off of him, but it often seemed like they could find holes that didn't exist when he pitched against righties. More than a couple times, he got dinked to death on the mound. His splits on the season bear those memories out. Morton gave up 18 more hits to lefties than he did to righties in 93 fewer plate appearances, and of those 18 hits extra hits, 13 were singles. Against Morton, righties hit like Chas...
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