Charlie Morton's final season with the Pirates was impacted by injury, as he missed the first quarter of the schedule while he recovered from hip surgery. Missed time wasn't the only factor to dampen his 2015 campaign, as Morton was battered for 12 home runs over his final 95 2/3 innings -- an unexpected distinction for one of the game's pre-eminent ground ball pitchers. Health and consistency are perennial concerns for Morton, but he will try to rebound in his first season with the Phillies. Morton only needs to be drafted in NL-only leagues.
Morton was acquired by the Phillies via trade for a minor league pitcher. Morton is a fairly sensible acquisition for the rebuilding Phillies. Despite a very underwhelming 2015 with a 4.81 ERA, he should still be able to deliver innings and that's what Philadelphia will need in 2016. He does however face a downgrade in park as far as pitchers go, moving to the hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. He also loses the Pirates' strong outfield defense, but his ability to induce groundballs should mitigate that. The 32-year-old figures to slot in somewhere between the No. 3 and 5 spots of a shallow rotation.
Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton will start Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. As expected, Morton will just move back to Wednesday after Tuesday's game was postponed due to rain. However, Morton is now slated to oppose Tyler Lyons rather than Michael Wacha, with the Pirates opting to flip Morton and Gerrit Cole.
Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton was bailed out of a poor start Wednesday, receiving a no-decision after giving up six earned runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out five in a 13-7 win over the Rockies. Staked to a 7-1 lead by the fourth inning, Morton walked in a run only to give up homers to Corey Dickerson and Tom Murphy the following frame. Coors Field outings should always be taken with a grain of salt, but Morton has now given up at least five earned runs in each of his last two starts; terrible timing, considering the Pirates have yet to announce a rotation for the playoffs.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton allowed nine hits, six runs (five earned) and two walks in five-plus innings in a 9-6 loss to the Cubs on Thursday. He struck out five. Morton broke his string of three consecutive quality starts and also surrendered a homer for the second straight outing after a stretch in which he'd prevented a long ball in seven of eight trips to the mound. The veteran right-hander wasn't missing many bats Thursday, as evidenced by the paltry four swings-and-misses he induced over 76 pitches. Morton has now dropped four out of his last five decisions despite not pitching poorly in each instance. It remains to be seen how he will fit into the team's postseason plans.
A fourth consecutive defeat seemed quite possible for Pirates starter Charlie Morton when Brewers slugger Adam Lind slammed a two-run homer off him in the first inning Friday night. Morton, however, settled down and ended up with his ninth victory instead. He pitched shutout ball over the next five innings and finished having given up just three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The right-hander did not yield a hit after Logan Schafer singled to lead off the second. Despite the three-game losing streak, Morton now has five quality starts in his last six outings and has shrunk his ERA to 4.02.