Morton (5-3) yielded four runs on four hits and four walks over four innings Friday, striking out three and taking a loss against the Marlins.
Morton had allowed just one run through three innings before coughing up RBI base hits to Jon Berti and Jazz Chisholm in the fourth. He threw just 48 of 84 pitches for strikes and snapped his three-game winning streak. The veteran right-hander now owns a 4.50 ERA through 66 innings this season. Morton is projected to face the Cardinals at home next week.
Morton (5-2) allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five innings, earning the win Saturday versus the Dodgers.
Atlanta's defense was directly responsible for two of the four runs on Morton's line, which likely played a part in a somewhat short outing. Despite the inefficiency, he's now won three straight starts. The right-hander owns a 4.21 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 72:22 K:BB in 62 innings across 12 starts. He lines up for his next start in Miami during next weekend's series.
Morton (4-2) allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts in five innings to earn the win Monday versus Washington.
Morton had a shaky fourth inning -- he gave up a two-run home run to Josh Bell and an RBI single to opposing pitcher Joe Ross. Other than that, it was a decent effort for Morton's second consecutive win. The right-hander has a 4.11 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 67:21 K:BB across 57 innings this year. He lines up to face the Dodgers this weekend in his next start.
Morton (3-2) earned the win Tuesday against the Red Sox after allowing an unearned run on three hits and two walks while fanning nine across seven innings.
Morton has given up one or fewer runs in three of his last four starts and also tied his season-high mark for strikeouts in this one. The veteran lowered his ERA to 3.98 and will try to extend his hot streak in his next start, scheduled for Sunday against the Mets on the road.
Morton allowed a run on two hits and struck out eight over six innings versus the Mets on Wednesday. He did not factor in the decision.
The only damage on the right-hander's line was a Jonathan Villar solo home run in the fourth inning. Morton hadn't posted a quality start since April 20. The 37-year-old has a 4.60 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 52:16 K:BB across 45 innings this season. He'll look to maintain this level of performance next week versus Boston.
Morton allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four in 4.2 innings in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays. He didn't factor into the decision.
Morton has been quite inconsistent to begin the season, and he's now allowed at least three runs in each of his last four starts. The right-hander hasn't pitched more than six innings in any of his first eight starts of the year, and he's posted a 5.08 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 39 innings. Morton tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against the Mets on Tuesday.
Morton (2-2) took the loss Friday in a 12-2 rout at the hands of the Phillies, coughing up six unearned runs on four hits and two walks over only two-thirds of an inning. He struck out one.
A William Contreras passed ball on a Rhys Hoskins strikeout allowed the Philly first baseman to get aboard, and Morton seemed to unravel after that. The right-hander finally exited the game after he walked Zach Eflin. The Contreras gaffe saved Morton's ERA, but he isn't giving Atlanta the length and consistency it was hoping for when it signed him in the offseason. He'll carry a 4.98 ERA and 40:14 K:BB through 34.1 innings, numbers right in line with last year's performance for Tampa Bay, into his next outing.
Morton allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six across 5.1 innings in the loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday. He did not factor in the decision.
Morton allowed a two-run home run to George Springer in the third inning. He also ran himself into trouble in the sixth inning after hitting Vladimir Guerrero and walking Teoscar Hernandez with no outs. However, the 37-year-old has consistently provided strikeouts, totaling 39 in 33.2 innings this season.
Morton (2-1) picked up the win in Monday's 8-7 victory over the Cubs, coughing up five runs on four hits and three walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out six.
Atlanta handed the veteran right-hander a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but Morton gave it all back in the top of the third by serving up a grand slam to Kris Bryant before his offense took the lead for good in the fifth. Morton threw only 53 of 89 pitches for strikes, and he'll take a 4.76 ERA and 33:10 K:BB through 28.1 innings into his next outing this weekend on the road against the Blue Jays.
Morton didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Yankees after allowing one run on three hits and two walks over six innings while striking out six.
The veteran righty served up a solo homer to Gio Urshela but was otherwise sharp, tossing 64 of 99 pitches for strikes. Unfortunately for Morton, Atlanta's hitters couldn't get much going either. He'll carry a 3.91 ERA and 27:7 K:BB through 23 innings into his next outing, set for Monday at home against the Cubs.
Morton didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Marlins, coughing up five runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out nine.
The veteran righty got taken deep by Jazz Chisholm in the third inning and left the game in line for the loss after tossing 96 pitches (62 strikes), but two answering blasts from (who else) Ronald Acuna eventually tied the game and got Morton off the hook. He'll take a 4.76 ERA and 21:5 K:BB over 17 innings into his next outing, set for Tuesday on the road against the Yankees.
Morton (1-1) picked up the win Friday, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over six innings in an 8-1 victory over the Phillies. He struck out seven.
The veteran right-hander got a lot more run support than he did in his season debut, but Morton didn't need much in the strong outing. He fired 58 of 83 pitches for strikes, and Morton will carry a 3.27 ERA and 12:3 K:BB through 11 innings into his next start, set for Wednesday at home against the Marlins.
Morton (0-1) took the loss Saturday as Atlanta fell 4-0 to the Phillies, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings while striking out five.
The veteran right-hander turned in a respectable performance, tossing 50 of 76 pitches for strikes, but he had no margin for error with Atlanta managing only one hit against Zack Wheeler and the Philly bullpen. Morton will try to get some revenge in a rematch against the Phillies on Friday back in Atlanta.
Morton sat 93-95 mph with his fastball during Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. "In spring training last year, I don't know if I ever got [to that velocity]," Morton said afterward. "Last year, I just never got going. ... I came into [summer camp] and I didn't feel good."
The veteran right-hander didn't have his typical fastball velocity until September last year, so it's very encouraging to see that he should head into Opening Day already firing his usual heat. Morton built up to 4.1 innings Wednesday, and he has a 0.00 ERA and 7:2 K:BB through 7.1 frames this spring.
Morton struck out three and walked one over three scoreless innings during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.
The veteran right-hander got his spring off to a flying start. Morton stumbled to a 4.74 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in an abbreviated 2020 campaign with some serious regression in his strikeout rate (23.0 percent, after a career-high 30.4 percent in 2019), but Atlanta is counting on him to rebound to something closer to his 3.45 FIP and shore up the middle of the team's rotation after signing him to a one-year deal this offseason.
Morton will no longer pitch in Saturday's spring game against the Rays after the game was canceled due to inclement weather, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Morton was slated to make his spring debut Saturday, but his start will be pushed back due to rain. It's not yet clear when the 37-year-old will make his first Grapefruit League appearance in 2021.
Morton agreed Tuesday with the Braves on a one-year, $15 million contract, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
As the 37-year-old prepares for what could be his final season in the big leagues, he'll return to the organization that originally drafted him back in 2002. While Morton never found success at the MLB level during his time in Atlanta, he's quietly emerged as one of baseball's more reliable starters over the back nine of his career, submitting sub-4.00 ERAs and sub-1.20 WHIPs in three of the past four seasons. While missing time with a shoulder injury in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, Morton finished with a 4.74 ERA and 1.39 WHIP across 38 innings, but the underlying peripherals (18.8 K-BB%, 0.9 HR/9, 3.89 xERA) were generally encouraging. After having his $15 million club option declined by the Rays earlier this offseason, Morton will end up taking home the same payday while he moves on to Atlanta.
Morton's team option was declined by the Rays on Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Morton's option would have paid him $15 million. While the Rays are famously hesitant to spend, and while the pandemic is expected to suppress wages this offseason, that's still seemingly quite a good price for a pitcher who has posted a 3.34 ERA over the last four years, so the decision is something of an odd one. Morton will turn 37 in November, and he did post a 4.74 ERA in nine regular-season starts in 2020, though his 3.45 FIP indicated that was likely a small-sample blip, and he bounced back with a 2.70 ERA in four playoff starts. It's conceivable that this transaction foreshadows a retirement for the veteran righty, though no such decision has been announced by the team or the player.
Morton allowed five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out six across 4.1 innings to take the loss against the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.
Morton never settled into the start after allowing a solo home run to Justin Turner in the first inning. He then surrendered a pair of runs in both the third and fourth frames, with the final result being a short and subpar outing. Other than this effort, Morton has been excellent in the postseason, maintaining a 2.70 ERA with a 23:5 K:BB across 20 frames.
Morton threw 5.2 shutout innings to pick up the win in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday, striking out six while allowing just two hits and one walk.
Morton was dominant against his former team, not allowing a single runner to reach scoring position until there were two outs in the sixth inning. He's built up quite an impressive postseason resume in recent years, earning victories in Game 7 of both the ALCS and World Series as a member of the Astros in 2017 as well as a wild-card win with the Rays last season. He's now the first pitcher with four career wins in winner-take-all postseason games.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/11||@ MIA||L 3-4||1||4.0||4||4||4||3|
|06/05||vs LAD||W 6-4||1||5.0||4||2||1||5|
|05/31||vs WAS||W 5-3||1||5.0||6||3||3||6|
|05/25||@ BOS||W 3-1||1||7.0||4||1||2||9|
|05/19||vs NYM||W 5-4||6.0||2||1||0||8|
|05/13||vs TOR||L 4-8||4.2||7||3||2||4|
|05/07||vs PHI||L 2-12||1||0.2||4||0||2||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||4.1||1||1||0||0||0||0||5||2||1||0.00||0.732|