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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 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

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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

Franklin Morales yielded three runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday afternoon in a no-decision against the Marlins.

Morales, who won the fifth starter job in the spring, was pulled at 90 pitches with two on in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Rockies had the lead at the time, but the bullpen eventually gave it up. The southpaw gave up eight hits and two walks and notched four strikeouts. We're not expecting much fantasy value here, especially with Jhoulys Chacin slated to return fairly soon.
Apr 3 - 4:07 PM

Franklin Morales held the Mariners to one run over 5 1/3 innings on Saturday.

Morales struck out five while also walking five batters on the day. He finishes spring with a 2.10 ERA that earned him the Rockies' fifth starter job to begin the year. That spot may be in jeopardy when Jhoulys Chacin returns next month.
Mar 29 - 6:36 PM

Franklin Morales will be the Rockies' fifth starter to start the season.

Morales owned the competition for the job, posting a 2.21 ERA and 23/6 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 Cactus League innings this spring. There's enough working against the left-hander that he remains a non-factor for fantasy purposes, though.
Mar 28 - 8:10 PM

Franklin Morales allowed only one unearned run in five innings during Monday's start against the Royals.

Morales allowed three hits and walked one while striking out seven. His spring ERA falls to 2.21 and he now has 23 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings in the Cactus League. He certainly seems to have performed well enough to merit inclusion in the Rockies' starting rotation.
Mar 24 - 6:04 PM

Franklin Morales pitched decently against the Mariners on Friday, surrendering a pair of runs on two hits in four innings of work.

Morales punched out four on the afternoon without issuing a free pass. He's making a strong case for inclusion in the Rockies Opening Day rotation, posting a 3.97 ERA and 13/2 K/BB ratio through 11 1/3 innings thus far in Cactus League play.
Mar 15 - 12:58 AM

Franklin Morales got the loss as the Rockies fell to the Padres 5-0 on Monday.

Morales allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three in 2 1/3 innings. The lefty is converting back to starting after having been used mostly as a reliever lately. With a solid spring, he hopes earn a spot at the back of the Rockies' rotation.
Mar 10 - 7:16 PM

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Starting Pitcher
S1Jhoulys Chacin
2Jorge De La Rosa
3Brett Anderson
4Tyler Chatwood
5Jordan Lyles
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