Morton pitched 3.1 innings and didn't factor in the decision during the Game 4 victory over the Brewers in the NLDS on Tuesday. He gave up two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. The right-hander was never likely to pitch deep in Tuesday's contest while on short rest, and he was pulled during the fourth inning after giving up one run on two hits and a walk. Jesse Chavez then entered in relief and allowed another of Morton's baserunners to score. Max Fried figures to start Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday, while Ian Anderson and Morton (on regular rest) will be in the mix to pitch Sunday in Game 2.
Morton is starting Tuesday's Game 4 of the NLDS against the Brewers on short rest. Atlanta is going for the kill in what could be a pivotal Game 4, as the Brewers are saving Corbin Burnes for a potential Game 5 in Milwaukee. Huascar Ynoa could piggyback Morton if he can't log a full starter's workload.
Morton (0-1) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out nine in six innings to take the loss against the Brewers in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Morton was incredibly sharp in Friday's outing and held the Brewers scoreless across the first six frames. However, he hit Avisail Garcia with a pitch to begin the bottom of the seventh before giving up a home run to Rowdy Tellez. Although the right-hander was charged with an unlucky loss in Friday's pitching duel, he's a strong candidate to appear later in the series if needed.
Morton (14-6) allowed three hits and two walks while striking out 10 across seven shutout innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Phillies. Morton dominated the Phillies, generating 16 swinging strikes to record his second double-digit strikeout effort of the season. He has been the model of consistency since the All-Star break, as he's worked at least six innings in 11 of his 14 outings and surrendered three or fewer earned runs in all but one of those appearances. The 37-year-old has had an impressive 2021 campaign, maintaining a 3.39 ERA with a 213:58 K:BB across 183 innings.
Morton allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings Thursday against Arizona. He also had eight strikeouts but did not factor in the decision. The 37-year-old limited the Diamondbacks to a single run through six innings but finally ran into trouble in the seventh, allowing consecutive base hits to open the frame before reliever Jacob Webb served up a three-run homer to Carson Kelly. Still, the end result was Morton's fourth quality start in his last five outings, and his best strikeout total in four September appearances. Morton, who is 13-6 with a 3.53 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 176 innings this season, is slated to face Philadelphia at home next Wednesday.
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