Brandon Morrow
RP CHC
3 days ago

Morrow is seen as the Cubs' would-be closer, barring further offseason additions, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wittenmyer goes on to say that the Cubs are keeping the door open for an affordable Wade Davis reunion, in which case Morrow would move to a setup role. Even if the Cubs don't add another closer between now and Opening Day, Morrow would be a shaky fantasy option, given his injury history and the presence of Carl Edwards Jr. and Justin Wilson, who are also very capable options for the ninth inning. Morrow notched a 2.06 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 43.2 innings as a setup man with the Dodgers last season.

Brandon Morrow
RP CHC
4 days ago

Morrow agreed to a two-year deal with the Cubs on Sunday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Morrow is coming off of a magnificent season with the Dodgers and will provide a much-needed reliable option at the back end of the Cubs' bullpen. In 43.2 innings of relief last season, the veteran righty posted a 2.06 ERA (1.55 FIP) with a 50:9 K:BB. The Cubs' closing situation is still in a bit of flux following the departure of Wade Davis, but Morrow figures to see plenty of high-leverage relief work for the Cubs in 2018.

Brandon Morrow
RP CHC
3 months ago

Morrow struck out two batters over a perfect inning to convert the save in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Kenley Jansen was getting extra rest after converting consecutive saves on Thursday and Friday, opening the door for Morrow to pick up his second save of the season. The 33-year-old has elevated himself into a setup role after posting a sparkling 2.11 ERA through 42.2 innings this season. The Dodgers may opt to give their closer extra rest with nothing left to play for in the final week of the regular season, so Morrow could wind up seeing another save opportunity or two down the stretch.

Brandon Morrow
RP CHC
3 months ago

Morrow should see increased hold opportunities with Pedro Baez (coach's decision) being held out of action for a couple of games, Bill Plinkett of The Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 32-year-old was already pitching his way into a larger role after posting a 2.21 ERA and 5.8 K/BB ratio through 42 appearances, but with Baez out of the picture, Morrow clearly becomes the top option for hold chances -- and potential vulture saves -- in Los Angeles.

Brandon Morrow
RP CHC
3 months ago

Morrow (back) is available to pitch Thursday against the Rockies, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

A back issue sidelined Morrow for several days, but he's been given the green light to return, meaning the Dodgers' bullpen will be pretty much at full strength for the start of the series. Morrow has pitched very well this season and has been trusted more in higher-leverage spots lately (six holds since the All-Star break).

Brandon Morrow
RP CHC
3 months ago

Manager Dave Roberts said Morrow (back) is unavailable to pitch Wednesday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Morrow apparently told McCullough that he would be available prior to Roberts ruling him out, so the issue doesn't appear to be anything overly serious. Look for him to reclaim his role as one of the Dodgers' primary setup men once he returns, which will likely be in the coming days.

Brandon Morrow
RP CHC
3 months ago

Morrow was unavailable to pitch Tuesday due to a minor back injury, J.P. Hoornstra of The Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Dodgers could have used Morrow in an extra-inning loss to the Diamondbacks, but he wasn't healthy enough to make an appearance. It doesn't sound like the veteran reliever's back issue is a serious one, but the club didn't provide a timetable for his return. Morrow has posted a 2.55 ERA and 5.0 K/BB ratio while serving as one of manager Dave Roberts' top right-handed options out of the bullpen.

Brandon Morrow
RP CHC
4 months ago

Morrow pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Pirates on Thursday for his first save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

It was his 17th career save, but his first since 2009. Morrow has pitched very well this season with a 2.25 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in 32 innings, but this will likely prove to be a one-off appearance in the ninth. Kenley Jansen was unavailable after recently pitching four times in a five-day span.

Brandon Morrow
RP CHC
5 months ago

Morrow struck out two batters over a scoreless inning to pick up his third hold in Friday's 6-4 win over the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

The 33-year-old has been pitching well in Dodger blue, posting a 1.66 ERA and 13.5 K/BB ratio over 21.2 innings. Morrow's 1.12 FIP ranks best amongst all of the club's relievers -- including Kenley Jansen -- which could be why he is seeing more high-leverage situations of late. The veteran arm has accrued just three holds this season, but that number could grow quickly as he continues to gain manager Dave Roberts' trust.

Brandon Morrow
RP CHC
5 months ago

Morrow fired a scoreless inning while striking out two batters in Friday's win over the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

The 32-year-old has been effective out of the bullpen with the Dodgers, posting a 1.80 ERA with an impressive 9.5 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. His success can be partially attributed to his fastball, which has been averaging 97.3 mph, over two mph faster than his previous watermark. Morrow's rank in the bullpen will not lead to many saves or holds, but he has done enough as a ratio booster to help out some deep-league owners.