Charlie Morton
SP HOU
5 days ago

Morton (1-2) allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six batters over five innings during Saturday's loss to Tampa Bay.

EDGE Analysis

This was an underwhelming outing, and Morton's ERA climbed to 4.29 in the loss. His ability to induce groundballs (49.3 percent for the year) and respectable 8.14 K/9 make him a low-end starter for mixed leagues, but avoiding him against tough opponents isn't out of the question, either. He lines up to face Oakland next, so that will be a telling start, as the Athletics don't project as a daunting matchup.

Charlie Morton
SP HOU
1 week ago

Morton allowed five hits while walking two and striking out three over five scoreless innings for his first win of the year in Monday's 3-0 win over the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Morton, a popular sleeper pick this spring, hasn't allowed more than three runs in his first three starts of the year and is now sporting a 2.81 ERA and 7.3 K/9 in 16 innings. He's gaining even more traction now in mixed leagues after his best start of the season to date. An increase in velocity following a serious hamstring injury last year has helped his strikeout numbers, and his excellent groundball rate should keep him relevant all year. Morton finishes off his two-start week against the Rays this Saturday.

Charlie Morton
SP HOU
2 weeks ago

Manager A.J. Hinch said that Morton would start Monday against the Angels after he had his scheduled start Sunday against the Athletics postponed by rain, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hinch wouldn't confirm that all five of the Astros' starters would move back a day due to the rainout, but Morton will at least line up for a two-start week following Sunday's postponement. After taking the hill Monday, he's on track to pitch a second time Saturday against the Rays.

Charlie Morton
SP HOU
2 weeks ago

Morton's scheduled start for Sunday's game against the Athletics was postponed due to rain.

EDGE Analysis

A make-up date for the game has yet to be announced. The Astros are back on the schedule Monday against the Angels, and though manager A.J. Hinch hasn't revealed his rotation plans for the series, it's possible that Morton will just be pushed back a day, putting him in line for a two-start week.

Charlie Morton
SP HOU
2 weeks ago

Morton allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six over five innings in Monday's 6-0 loss to the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

Morton was an escape artist early on, emerging unscathed through four innings, three in which the Mariners placed runners in scoring position. But the right-hander flirted with danger one too may times in the fifth inning when Seattle plated three runs and pushed Morton's pitch count up to 89. That was it for him. He certainly could have pitched better, but he and the rest of the starters are getting little support from the bats -- Houston is hitting .232. If the offense gets going as many expected, Morton might be able to survive a game like Monday's. He's next scheduled to start Sunday, April 16, at Oakland.

Charlie Morton
SP HOU
3 weeks ago

Morton held the Mariners to two runs on five hits and a pair of walks over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

Morton generated some preseason buzz in fantasy circles thanks to his increased velocity in a tiny sample last year, and he hit 96 mph in this one. It's a bit hard to believe in him as a 33-year-old sleeper, but Morton has a strong curveball to go with that heater, so he could be a credible starter in some formats. Just don't get too excited too soon, as he's been alternately injured and ineffective for the last two seasons. There's some upside here, but plenty of downside too.

Charlie Morton
SP HOU
1 month ago

Morton threw about 95 pitches in a minor-league game Wednesday, his final outing before he starts next Wednesday against the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

Morton allowed just two earned runs and struck out 17 batters over 17.1 spring innings. The 33-year-old right-hander is not known for his power arm, but Morton experienced increased velocity this spring, continuing a trend he showed last year in Philadelphia before suffering a season-ending injury in April.

Charlie Morton
SP HOU
1 month ago

Morton will start the Astros' third game of the season against the Mariners, the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan reports.

EDGE Analysis

He will take the ball on Apr. 5, after Lance McCullers and before Joe Musgrove in the competitive Astros rotation. Morton has really impressed this spring, sporting a 1.04 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 17.1 innings.

Charlie Morton
SP HOU
1 month ago

Morton will pitch either the second game of the regular season or the third, Brian McTaggart of the Astros' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager A.J. Hinch sketched out the first few games of the season, naming Dallas Keuchel the Opening Day starter followed by Morton and Lance McCullers in an order to be determined. Morton made his penultimate spring start Friday, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four over 4.1 innings. He's allowed two earned runs, 10 hits and six walks while striking out 17 over 17.1 innings this spring.

Charlie Morton
SP HOU
1 month ago

Morton's fastball topped out at 97 mph during Saturday's game against the Nationals, Philip Fishman of the Houston Chronicle reports. The right-hander allowed two unearned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out seven over four innings.

EDGE Analysis

Morton is unfazed by the velocity increase of his fastball, which in previous years sat in the 92 mph range. "It's nice to throw hard, but at the end of the day, it's all about getting outs," he said. And getting outs is what's he's been doing this spring. He's allowed seven hits and four walks over 13 innings and sports a 1.38 ERA with 13 strikeouts. Morton has solidified his hold on the No. 4 spot in the rotation. And if he continues to maintain increased velocity with movement, we could see an uptick in Ks for a pitcher that's averaged 6.3 K/9 for his career.