Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 6/13/13
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It seems like poor form to try and take something positive out of this game because this game was pretty terrible, but, well, why dwell on the obvious?  Really, the only positive from this whole game is that despite the lackluster result, Charlie Morton does appear to be stronger as a result of his Tommy John surgery. Morton's average fastball velocity in 2010 was almost 93 mph, in 2011 it dropped to 91.4, and last year it was only 89.9 mph. Tonight, his fastball averaged between 93 and 94 and it got as high as 97. It's been a long time since Charlie Morton could rare back and bring that kind of heat, and I suspect that it's something that's going to be beneficial for him once he settles in a bit. He threw some really nice-looking curveballs tonight, too, and his curve generated seven swings and misses. Combined with the extra heat from his fastball and he got five strikeouts in his five innings. The sinker worked pretty well, too, since six of his eight non-strikeout outs he re...
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