MACKANIN ON PHILLIES’ MORGAN: ‘HE’S GOT STUFF, BUT A LOT OF GUYS HAVE STUFF’

By Sam Bush

The Phillies’ starting pitching, which through this season’s first 50 games, has kept the team afloat, is starting to crack under the pressure.

Phillies starter Adam Morgan trailed just 2-0 before giving up two home runs. They both came in the sixth inning when the game got away from him and the Phils. Morgan allowed two hits to open the inning then surrendered a three-run homer to Wilson Ramos. Two batters later, he gave up a solo shot to Danny Espinosa.

Morgan’s place in the rotation may be in jeipardy. He has lost four straight starts. His ERA over that span is 9.61. Overall, he is 1-4 with a 7.07 ERA in seven starts since his recall from Triple A.

“He seems like he’s on the verge of getting through it, but then he makes mistakes, too many mistakes out over the plate in the strike zone,” Mackanin said. “I’d like to see him pitch inside more to right-handed hitters. He hasn’t been effective. He’s made too many mistakes and he hasn’t finished hitters off.

“He’s got stuff, but a lot of guys have stuff. In order to be successful you can’t make mistakes. You’ve got to keep the ball down and hit the corners and change speeds. That’s how you become a good major-league pitcher. He’s got the stuff and the instincts, but this is a results-oriented business, especially here. You have to get results here and you can’t make mistakes.”

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