Charlie Morton SP PIT 1 Day
Charlie Morton fell to 0-3 on the season after allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings as the Pirates lost to the Reds on Wednesday.
Opposing base runners hadn't attempted a steal against Morton in four starts entering Wednesday, but the Reds ran roughshod on him and catcher Chris Stewart. They stole four bases in five attempts. Perhaps an odd fluke, but interesting nevertheless. Overall, Morton allowed four hits, walked five, and struck out four. Morton also hit his league-leading fifth batter. If he wants to bounce back, he'll have to do so against the Orioles on the road next.
Charlie Morton SP PIT 6 Days
Charlie Morton had a rough outing in Friday's loss to the Brewers, surrendering five runs on eight hits in his six innings of work.
Morton walked a pair while striking out three on the night. Most of the damage came during a three-run uprising in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Scooter Gennett. Morton, still winless on the season, will carry a 4.32 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Reds at home.
Charlie Morton SP PIT 16 Days
Charlie Morton allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Cubs on Tuesday.
After six scoreless innings in his first start, Morton was victimized largely by Starlin Castro in Tuesday's game. Castro hit a three-run homer in the third inning before launching a solo shot in the sixth, accounting for four of Morton's five runs allowed. He did strike out five while walking only one. Morton will try to get back to his stingy ways Sunday at the Brewers.
Charlie Morton SP PIT 22 Days
Charlie Morton tossed six scoreless innings and struck out six in his start versus the Cubs on Wednesday.
Morton should get a ton of grounders with his sinker, and if he's a decent strikeout pitcher, too, then he has legitimate All-Star potential. He allowed four hits tonight, all of them singles, and he walked one.
Charlie Morton SP PIT 27 Days
Charlie Morton allowed just one hit over three innings in a win over the Phillies on Friday.
It's the end of a fantastic spring for Morton, who allowed just one run over 11 innings. The 30-year-old will be an important member of the Pirates' rotation if they're going to make a return trip to the postseason in 2014.
Charlie Morton SP PIT 2 Months
Charlie Morton retired nine of the 10 hitters he faced Tuesday in the Pirates' 5-2 win over the Tigers.
Morton allowed just a Don Kelly double in three scoreless innings. He should be a decent NL-only pitcher this year with his ability to get grounders.
Charlie Morton SP PIT 4 Months
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Pirates and pitcher Charlie Morton have agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract extension.
The extension covers Morton's final year of arbitration and two years of free agency. Morton, who recently turned 30 years old, missed time over the last two seasons due to surgery on his labrum as well as his right elbow. The Pirates are banking on the performance they saw from Morton after he returned in June, as he posted a 3.26 ERA in 116 innings over 20 starts.
Charlie Morton SP PIT 5 Months
Pittsburgh will tender a contract to Charlie Morton.
It's a no-brainer call for the Pirates. Morton had a cool 3.26 ERA in 116 innings this year while earning a salary of $2 million. He'll get a bump in pay in 2014.
Charlie Morton SP PIT 7 Months
Charlie Morton limited the Cardinals to two runs over 5 2/3 innings but took a loss in Monday's NLDS Game 4.
Morton was a little wild, walking four, but he allowed just three hits, struck out four and got 11 outs on the ground. Unfortunately for the sinkerballer, one of the hits he gave up was a sixth-inning blast to Matt Holliday that proved to be the difference. Morton should get another start in the NLCS if the Pirates advance.
Charlie Morton SP PIT 7 Months
Charlie Morton gave up three runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Reds on Saturday.
Morton was very shaky, giving up five hits while matching a season-high with five walks. He was pulled after loading the bases in the fifth inning and failed to qualify for the victory. Still, there's no denying that Morton has been a pleasant surprise for the Pirates this season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. He'll finish the regular season with a 3.26 ERA and 85/36 K/BB ratio over 116 innings.