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Morales gave up a run on seven hits and a walk while striking out six over six innings against the Giants on Wednesday.
Morales pitched well enough to win, but was out-dueled by Tim Hudson on Wednesday. The game would ultimately be decided when Buster Posey un-broke the tie with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Despite the solid outing, Morales has had a disappointing season with a bloated 5.14 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 124.1 innings. He'll face the Giants and Tim Hudson again Monday, but this time at home.
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Morales (5-7) saw his ERA jump up to 5.32 on the season after he took the loss on Friday against the Marlins, pitching four innings while giving up six runs on eight hits.
It was an ugly night for Morales who had previously strung together some decent outings as a starter and reliever before Friday's doozie of a game. Morales is currently scheduled to pitch in San Francisco next Wednesday, but the Rockies may want to shuffle their rotation up at this point with nothing to play for in 2014.
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Morales (personal) returned to the Rockies for Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds, tossing two innings in relief in Game 1. He gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in the appearance.
Morales was scratched from Friday's start in anticipation of the birth of his child, resulting in middle reliever Matt Belisle taking the ball for the Rockies. Though he pitched out of the bullpen in his return, Morales still seems to have a grasp on the starting role, even though his 5.04 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 21 homers allowed over 114.1 innings would hardly seem to warrant it. Even so, don't be surprised if the Rockies skip his next turn in the rotation with the team having two off days this week.
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Morales will not start Friday against the Reds.
Matt Belisle will instead toe the rubber in the opener against Cincinnati, with Morales leaving to attend to the birth of his child. He could end up on the paternity list, but Morales figures to miss just the one start.
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Morales held the Diamondbacks to three runs (two earned) over six innings, but came away with a no decision Sunday.
With the solid turn, Morales was able to bring his ERA under 5.00 for the season, but he's still far from a reliable starting pitching option. He's struck out only 75 batters and has given up 20 homers in 112.1 innings.
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Morales will start Sunday's game against Arizona, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
With the Rockies awaiting the results of an MRI for Brett Anderson, the only question with Morales was a matter of when he'd slot back into the Colorado rotation as a temporary replacement. He may be a viable streaming option Sunday against an Arizona lineup depleted by Paul Goldschmidt's broken hand and the departure of Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado at the trade deadline.
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Morales is expected to return to the Rockies' rotation, after Brett Anderson suffered back spasms in Tuesday's start and is likely headed for the disabled list as a result.
The Rockies had announced earlier in the day that Yohan Flande would remain in the rotation at the expense of Morales, but he'll likely once again be appointed to a starting role due to attrition more than merit. Staying healthy has been Morales' greatest attribute this season, as his 5.08 ERA and 1.58 WHIP would probably have prompted the Rockies to drop him from their 40-man roster long ago, if not for a slew of injuries to their starting staff. Morales stepped in to help out in long relief following Anderson's short outing Tuesday, allowing his team-leading 20th home run in his three innings. Look for him to make his return to the rotation Sunday vs. the Diamondbacks.
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Morales has been moved back to the bullpen, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Yohan Flande is now listed as the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Cubs, with Morales headed back to the bullpen after five turns in the rotation. In 103.1 innings this season, Morales has posted a 5.14 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and .291 BAA, but he'll likely remain the Rockies' top spot-start and injury-replacement option.
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Franklin Morales allowed just two runs but walked five over four innings in Sunday's no-decision against the Pirates.
Morales needed 99 pitches to get 12 outs, as the Pirates also collected six hits against the left-hander before he departed. Morales has just two wins since April as he's shuttled between the bullpen and the starting rotation, owning a 5.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP on the year. He'll face the Tigers on Friday, but fantasy owners have no reason to take notice of his schedule at this point.
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Franklin Morales allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in a no-decision as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers on Thursday.
Morales, making his first start since May 31, pitched well in opposition to Zack Greinke. The lefty replaced the injured Jhoulys Chacin in the rotation. Morales allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out four in the effort. He sports a 5.51 ERA, a 1.54 WHIP, and a 56/33 K/BB ratio. He'll start against the Padres at home next week. While he is a poor fantasy option, the light-hitting Padres do make him an interesting one-off candidate.