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Franklin Morales | Starting Pitcher

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Franklin Morales has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start versus the Reds.
Morales is expecting the birth of his child. Matt Belisle will start in his place and will be followed by a host of relievers. Morales has not been placed on paternity leave. Aug 15 - 4:56 PM

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Franklin Morales allowed three runs -- two earned -- over six innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Morales gave up five hits and two walks on the afternoon. He left without factoring in the decision, leaving him winless since July 8. He was able to get his ERA below 5.00, a good step for the left-hander. Morales will next take on the Reds on Friday.
Aug 10 - 10:53 PM

Franklin Morales will start for the Rockies on Sunday.

Morales was bumped to the bullpen with the return of Jordan Lyles, but with Brett Anderson back on the shelf he gets another opportunity. He owns a 5.14 ERA and 1.62 WHIP on the year and should continue to be avoided in most fantasy formats.
Aug 8 - 11:01 PM

Franklin Morales has been moved back to the Rockies' bullpen.

He's being moved there to accommodate the return of Jordan Lyles from the disabled list. Morales has been decent in his most recent stint in the rotation but holds a 5.14 ERA and 1.62 WHIP overall this season, so the move comes as no surprise. Yohan Flande will keep a spot in the rotation.
Aug 5 - 7:20 PM

Franklin Morales posted a quality start in Friday's loss to the Tigers, allowing three runs on six hits over his six frames.

The hard-throwing southpaw also issued four walks on the evening and struck out a pair. He made it through the first four innings unscathed, but the Tigers broke through for three runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run single from Rajai Davis. Morales will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Cubs at home on Thursday.
Aug 1 - 10:09 PM

Franklin Morales allowed just two runs but walked five over four innings in Sunday's no-decision against the Pirates.

Morales needed 99 pitches to get 12 outs, as the Pirates also collected six hits against the left-hander before he departed. Morales has just two wins since April as he's shuttled between the bullpen and the starting rotation, owning a 5.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP on the year. He'll face the Tigers on Friday, but fantasy owners have no reason to take notice of his schedule at this point.
Jul 27 - 9:18 PM

Franklin Morales allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in a no-decision as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers on Thursday.

Morales, making his first start since May 31, pitched well in opposition to Zack Greinke. The lefty replaced the injured Jhoulys Chacin in the rotation. Morales allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out four in the effort. He sports a 5.51 ERA, a 1.54 WHIP, and a 56/33 K/BB ratio. He'll start against the Padres at home next week. While he is a poor fantasy option, the light-hitting Padres do make him an interesting one-off candidate.
Jul 3 - 11:24 PM

Franklin Morales will take Jhoulys Chacin's (shoulder) spot in the Rockies' rotation on Thursday against the Dodgers.

Morales has been awful in the rotation this season, putting up a 6.13 ERA over 11 outings. However, unless they want to promote Jonathan Gray (and it's clear at this point that they don't), the options are limited. Morales can be avoided in fantasy circles.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 30 - 7:41 PM

Franklin Morales has been moved to the Rockies' bullpen.

He's clearing space for Eddie Butler, who will join the rotation on Friday. The move comes as no surprise, as Morales holds a 6.03 ERA on the season. He should fare well in a middle relief role.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 3 - 9:55 PM

Franklin Morales was shelled for six runs in 5 1/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Indians.

Cleveland didn't pull ahead until the eighth inning, so Morales avoided his fifth loss. He has a brutal 6.03 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 62 2/3 frames this year and should remain ignored in fantasy leagues for his next outing at home (Coors Field) against the Dodgers.
May 31 - 6:46 PM

Franklin Morales allowed five runs, including three home runs, over 4 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

All five of the runs allowed came by way of the homer. Morales was tormented by Evan Gattis, who took him deep twice, and Justin Upton also got in on the action with a two-run shot. The lefty walked three and gave up five hits on the afternoon. He's now 3-4 with a 5.65 ERA and 1.55 WHIP on the year. He's got an interleague date with the Indians on Saturday.
May 25 - 9:57 PM

Franklin Morales allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

Morales wasn't fooling anyone, as he failed to strike out a batter while walking four. What's more, two of his eight hits allowed left the park. Given his ineffectiveness, Morales was fortunate to escape with only four runs allowed. It's been more bad than good for the left-hander, who will take a 5.40 ERA and 1.61 WHIP into his start against the Giants on Tuesday.
May 13 - 11:47 PM

Franklin Morales took the loss in Thursday's start, allowing five runs (four earned) in six innings as the Rockies lost to the Rangers.

Morales has now strung together three mediocre starts in a row, pushing his ERA up to 5.18 and his WHIP to 1.51. The lefty allowed six hits, walked three, and struck out five in the effort. Control has always been a problem with Morales, making him a frustrating starter for fantasy owners. Given his home park, Morales is a big gamble, even in NL-only leagues.
May 8 - 11:20 PM

Franklin Morales pitched six innings of one-run ball to earn his first win as the Rockies topped the Padres 3-1 on Thursday.

It was Morales' first win as a starter since last May 30 and his first win as a Rockie since 2009. He had lost each of his last eight decisions for the Rockies since Aug. 2, 2009. Of course, he did spend the last 2 1/2 years with the Red Sox before being traded back to Colorado over the winter. Morales isn't currently worth owning in NL-only leagues.
Apr 17 - 10:02 PM

Franklin Morales allowed six runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.

None of the Rockies' pitchers were particularly effective, but it started with Morales. The southpaw gave up eight hits -- including two home runs -- and four walks in the outing, striking out just three. Morales won a starting job with a strong spring, but he's now got a 6.94 ERA and 1.89 WHIP after two turns in the rotation. With Tyler Chatwood on the verge of returning, it could be Morales who finds himself back in the bullpen.
Apr 9 - 12:41 AM

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LF1Corey Dickerson
CF1Charlie Blackmon
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Starting Pitcher
S1Jhoulys Chacin
2Jorge De La Rosa
3Brett Anderson
4Tyler Chatwood
5Jordan Lyles
6Christian Bergman
7Tyler Matzek
8Franklin Morales
Relief Pitcher
R1LaTroy Hawkins
2Rex Brothers
3Adam Ottavino
4Matt Belisle
5Boone Logan
6Brooks Brown
7Nick Masset
8Juan Nicasio