One key stat to know: This is a different Morton than the one who pitched for the Pirates. He had a career strikeout rate of 16 percent before 2017, but suddenly fanned 26.4 percent of batters faced in 2017. Morton used to rely heavily on his sinker, but he’s throwing more four-seamers and throwing a lot harder. His fastball averaged 95.5 mph compared to 91.6 in 2015 (he was injured most of 2016). His sinker is even harder, averaging 95 mph. His curveball turned into his wipeout pitch, holding batters to a .119 average with a 44 percent K rate. So here’s your key stat: The curveball was especially dominant against lefties, a key reason he had a big reverse platoon split (.561 OPS compared to .805 for righties).
Thrown into the fire after injuries to Cleveland’s top three quarterbacks (Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn and Ken Dorsey), Gradkowski started Romeo Crennel’s final game as Browns head coach in 2008. He threw three interceptions in a 31-0 loss to Pittsburgh.
Tatum, who quite often tweeted his love of Imo’s throughout his high school and college days, has frozen pizzas shipped to his Boston-area apartment so he can enjoy the unique style of pie.
The Saints have had some good recovery time after the London trip, and it should mean more things coming together for their young defense. Because of that development and Drew Brees, this team can’t be forgotten to make things interesting in the NFC South.
The Ravens are winning while not doing much offensively beyond some power running and a few big pass plays. Whatever Joe Flacco isn’t doing in the passing game, they’re countering that with terrific pass defense.