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Charlie Morton | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Charlie Morton limited the Cardinals to one hit over seven innings in a no-decision Monday.
Morton must have known he wouldn't get much support matched up against Adam Wainwright, and he's used to it anyway; the Pirates have scored one or no runs in five of his 18 starts. That's why Morton is just 5-9 with his 3.10 ERA. Jul 8 - 12:23 AM

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Charlie Morton improved to 5-9, allowing one run over six innings as the Pirates defeated the D'Backs 5-1 on Wednesday.

Morton has now tossed quality starts in four out of his last five outings. The right-hander allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out five in the effort. The D'Backs didn't mount much of a threat against him. Morton now has a 3.30 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and an 89/38 K/BB ratio. He'll look to continue pitching well in his next start on the road against the Cardinals.
Jul 2 - 10:33 PM

Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 11 but took a loss versus the Rays Wednesday, allowing three runs -- two earned -- over seven innings.

Morton was great after the first inning, but he was touched up for three runs on three hits in that frame and that was enough. It was the first double-digit strikeout game of the sinkerballer's career, and he lowered his ERA to 3.41 in the tough-luck loss. Morton will take on the D'Backs at home the next time out.
Jun 25 - 4:00 PM

Charlie Morton allowed six runs over six innings Friday in a loss to the Cubs.

Morton was touched up for eight hits (including two home runs) and allowed a pair of walks while notching six strikeouts. Friday's outing ended a string of five straight starts with two earned runs or fewer allowed. Now the owner of a 3.47 ERA over 15 starts, Morton should have a good chance to bounce back next week against the struggling Rays.
Jun 20 - 7:16 PM

Charlie Morton pitched seven innings of one-run ball and struck out seven in a victory over the Cubs on Monday.

Morton's luck is evening out some after his 0-6 start, with three victories in his last four starts. Really, though, he's been pretty solid throughout, and while one could hold it against him that he's allowed 10 unearned runs, we choose to hold it more against the mediocre infield defense behind him. He should last as a decent fifth or sixth starter in mixed leagues.
Jun 9 - 11:42 PM

Charlie Morton punched out nine batters and surrendered two runs on three hits over five innings in Monday's victory over the Padres.

Morton walked three. Something had to give tonight: Morton entered 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA over three career starts against the Padres, but he had really struggled on the road in 2014, coughing up 20 runs over 30 2/3 innings and going 0-4 across five outings. Morton brought the better half of his arsenal, but he wasn't terribly efficient, requiring 98 pitches to complete five frames. Coming into the night, Morton had been given only 16 runs of support in his last nine starts, so it was nice to see his offensive mates come through with 10 runs. The nine whiffs tied two other outings as Morton's career-high. The right-hander squares off with the Brewers on Sunday.
Jun 3 - 2:18 AM

Charlie Morton labored through 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mets Wednesday, allowing three runs -- two earned -- over four hits and four walks.

He also threw a couple wild pitches, including one to pitcher Bartolo Colon that resulted in the first run of the game. Morton still sports a nice 3.29 ERA for the season, but he's now fallen to 1-7. He'll try to get back in the win column next week in San Diego.
May 28 - 4:33 PM

Charlie Morton notched his first win of the season Friday after holding the Nationals to one run over 5 2/3 innings.

It was actually his first win since September 2 of last season. Morton unraveled a bit in the end before being replaced by Jared Hughes, but the Nationals failed to capitalize. He struck out four and walked four in the victory and now holds a 3.29 ERA across 10 starts. He'll look to keep up his winning ways when he faces the Mets next Wednesday at Citi Field.
May 23 - 10:33 PM

Charlie Morton dropped to 0-6 after giving up four runs in seven innings against the Yankees on Sunday.

Three of the runs scored in the first, an inning that started with a walk, a bunt single and then a HBP on a curveball. Morton was plenty good otherwise, but once again, the run support simply wasn't there. His 0-6 record has come with a nice 3.45 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
May 18 - 4:46 PM

Charlie Morton pitched well in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Sunday, allowing four runs (one earned) on seven hits over six innings of work.

Morton punched out three while walking one on the evening. All of the damage against him came in the first inning, but he was able to settle in nicely afterwards and did enough to keep his team in the ballgame. While he’s still winless on the season at 0-5, he sports a solid 3.22 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 31/17 K/BB ratio over his first 50 1/3 innings. He’ll try again to get in the win column when he does battle against the Yankees in New York on Saturday.
May 11 - 11:47 PM

Charlie Morton got the tough-luck no-decision, allowing one unearned run in eight innings as the Pirates walked off winners against the Giants on Tuesday.

Morton had his sinker working, getting 13 of his 24 outs on the ground. Overall, he allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out three as he lowered his ERA to 3.45. Morton will face the Brewers on the road in his next outing.
May 6 - 10:09 PM

Charlie Morton surrendered four runs -- two earned -- in 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Orioles.

Morton was cruising along until the fifth, when a single, a walk and an error on a sac bunt got him into a big jam. The Orioles ended up scoring three times then and once more after another error from the sixth. As much as Morton relies on his infield to get outs, he needs better play from Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez. The Pirates are a fine defensive team overall, but that's mostly because of their outfield.
May 1 - 8:00 PM

Charlie Morton fell to 0-3 on the season after allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings as the Pirates lost to the Reds on Wednesday.

Opposing base runners hadn't attempted a steal against Morton in four starts entering Wednesday, but the Reds ran roughshod on him and catcher Chris Stewart. They stole four bases in five attempts. Perhaps an odd fluke, but interesting nevertheless. Overall, Morton allowed four hits, walked five, and struck out four. Morton also hit his league-leading fifth batter. If he wants to bounce back, he'll have to do so against the Orioles on the road next.
Apr 23 - 11:11 PM

Charlie Morton had a rough outing in Friday’s loss to the Brewers, surrendering five runs on eight hits in his six innings of work.

Morton walked a pair while striking out three on the night. Most of the damage came during a three-run uprising in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Scooter Gennett. Morton, still winless on the season, will carry a 4.32 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Wednesday’s start against the Reds at home.
Apr 18 - 10:14 PM

Charlie Morton allowed four runs -- two earned -- over seven innings in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Morton was largely solid, as the Brewers' biggest offensive outburst came on a two-run throwing error by Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez. He gave up six hits and three walks while striking out three in the outing. The loss was his first of the season, and he'll take a 3.32 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into a rematch with the Brewers next weekend.
Apr 13 - 4:32 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
1B1Ike Davis
2Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
2Josh Harrison
3Michael Martinez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Pedro Alvarez
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Travis Snider
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Ernesto Frieri
3Tony Watson
4Justin Wilson
5Jared Hughes
6Stolmy Pimentel
7Jeanmar Gomez