Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 months ago

Morton gave up two earned runs in six innings Wednesday, allowing five hits and four walks while striking out five.

He got off to a rough start and wasn't very efficient, as evidenced by his 104 pitches (65 for strikes) in just six frames, but he gave his team a chance to win. Following a disastrous nine-run outing in Washington Morton has strung together three straight six-inning outings during which given up nine runs in 18 OP -- more in line with his career norms. He's not expected to start again until after the All-Star Game.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 months ago

Morton allowed three runs on four hits, walking three and striking out three over six innings of a 5-2 loss to the Indians on Friday night.

Morton (6-2, 4.30 ERA) ran off five consecutive wins after rejoining the Pirates' rotation, but was hammered for nine runs in two-thirds of an inning two starts back, and struggled again, albeit not nearly so badly, in his last outing. He has recently had problems commanding the strike zone (he needed 104 pitches - just 67 for strikes to get six innings in this one), but he is showing signs of putting the lacklustter outings behind him.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 months ago

Morton allowed four runs on 10 hits in six innings Saturday. He struck out four without issuing a free pass, though he hit a pair of Braves batters.

Considering he surrendered nine runs in two-thirds of an inning in his last start, Morton rebounded quite nicely. He was staked to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and pitched well until running into trouble to open the seventh. He threw 71 of 101 pitches for strikes and improved his record to 6-1.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 months ago

Morton was hit hard Sunday against the Nationals, failing to make it out of the first inning and allowing nine runs on eight hits and a walk while recording just two outs.

After posting a 1.62 ERA and picking up the win in each of his first five starts this season Morton ran out of magic Sunday. The rough outing saw his ERA rise over two full runs to 3.97 for the season. He'll try to bounce back next week against Atlanta.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 months ago

Morton won his fifth start in a row Tuesday against the White Sox, tossing seven shutout innings while allowing four hits and one walk while striking out three.

Morton has now gone seven-plus innings while allowing two runs or fewer in all three of his home starts this year. Morton will not be a major contributor in strikeouts, but he is excellent at generating ground balls and he should continue to have immense success with the Pirates' shift-heavy defense behind him, especially at home.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 3 months ago

Morton improved to 4-0 with 7.1 shutout innings Wednesday against the visiting Brewers. He struck out six, allowing three hits and three walks.

Well, that's four starts and four wins for Morton since his return from a season-opening hip injury. This was by far the best of them, as he'd only struck out a total of six batters over the first three. That substandard strikeout rate will come back to bite Morton, and with three walks in consecutive outings now, it's hard to say that he's shown a control improvement. This is a nice run, but Morton's peripherals and career tendencies point to him likely settling in as an approximately league-average starting option. However, he gets a nice matchup against the struggling White Sox offense Tuesday.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 3 months ago

Morton gave up four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over five innings against the Braves on Friday night to earn his fifth win of the season.

Overall, it was a lackluster performance for Morton, who recorded just one strikeout against a Braves lineup that has becomes one of the more difficult groups to whiff thanks to lineup rebuild this offseason. Morton has six strikeouts in 19 innings this season, but he could be a viable contributor in both ratio categories (2.84 ERA, 1.16 WHIP), at least in streaming situations. He'll get the Brewers at home Wednesday in his next start.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 3 months ago

Morton (2-0) delivered seven strong innings Saturday in San Diego, giving up just three hits and two runs (one earned) in the win. He walked one and struck out two.

Despite striking out just five batters in his first 14 innings this year, Morton has delivered a pair of highly effective outings. However, all those balls in play will certainly come back to bite him in due time if Morton can't improve his strikeout rate to something resembling last year's career-high 7.21 K/9. He draws the Braves -- who drafted him in the third round way back in 2002 -- on Friday.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 3 months ago

Morton made his 2015 debut a successful one, allowing two runs on eight hits, he did not walk a batter, and struck out three over seven innings of a 4-2 win against Miami on Monday night.

Morton allowed a run-scoring single, and a solo home run to the Marlins' primary threat, Giancarlo Stanton, but he induced 16 ground ball outs and came away with an impressive win. Perhaps most encouraging given his struggles this spring following hip surgery during the off season, he needed just 87 pitches (63 for strikes) and did not issue a free pass. Over the past couple of seasons Morton showed that he is capable of helping a fantasy team when healthy, and might be a very appealing flyer for teams seeking rotation options.

Charlie Morton SP PIT 3 months ago

Morton (hip) was activated from the 15-day DL and will start Monday against the Marlins.

Morton struggled throughout spring training after undergoing hip surgery late last season, but he convinced the Pirates he's good to go by tossing 6.1 innings of two-run ball with nine strikeouts in a start for Triple-A Indianapolis last week. He did walk four in that outing, but Morton had a good deal of success against Miami last season (two runs in 14 innings) and the Marlins have struggled to score runs this month (13th in NL).