LOS ANGELES -- Charlie Morton will take the mound at Dodger Stadium on Friday night with a record and ERA that he knows has cast skepticism about his abilities. What he won't do, though, is come out having made wholesale changes to his mechanics or approach.
As Morton noted on Thursday, if there were one particular issue to blame for his 0-4 record and 16.20 ERA, then that would be targeted and taken care of. Rather, his season struggles stem from a bad pitch selection here or lack of execution there or poor aggressiveness at other times.
The key in finding consistency in all of those areas, Morton insists, is being strong mentally.
"You can go out there and not have your best stuff, be a little off on your mechanics, but if what's between your ears is working, you'll be able to get through the game," Morton said. "My attitude just has to be aggressive. The biggest thing is the mental side.
"It's like a roller coaster. You throw and then you sit at your locker and think about it. All you know is you failed at what you did. But then you go through your work, throw your side, filter all the information and go into your next start."
Morton continues to have the management's backing, despite the fact that he has been able to finish four innings in just one of his four starts this season. The right-hander was away from the team earlier this week because of a death in the family, but he returned in time to pitch his normally scheduled bullpen session on Wednesday.
"I know there are doubters outside the organization," he said. "I know that. The support management has shown is unbelievable. Their confidence is unbelievable. They're treating it like this is a period that's rough and I'm going to get through it. It's a speed bump and I'm going to get over it."