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Charlie Morton | Starting Pitcher | #50

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (0) / ATL
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Charlie Morton took the loss Friday after giving up four runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Indians.
Morton held the Indians scoreless through the first three innings before giving up home runs in each of the next three innings. The 33-year-old continues to show intriguing stuff, but he appears to run out of steam in the middle innings. He’s now 5-3 with a 4.26 ERA through nine starts. He’ll get the Tigers next week. May 19 - 11:50 PM

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Charlie Morton earned his fifth victory of the season on Sunday, allowing four runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Yankees.

The hard-throwing right-hander punched out 10 batters on the night while walking four. All of the damage against him came in the fifth inning where Brett Gardner smacked an RBI single and rode home on Matt Holliday's three-run homer. Morton has shown impressive flashes of brilliance this season, but still owns a pedestrian 3.97 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He'll take on the Indians his next time out on Saturday.
May 14 - 11:43 PM

Charlie Morton earned his fourth win after allowing three runs -- one earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Braves.

Morton pitched five scoreless innings before a Carlos Correa error opened the door for a three-run sixth inning. Fortunately, Morton had six runs to work by that point. He has a 3.63 ERA and a 44/14 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings through his seven starts. He's due to face the Yankees in New York next time out, and that's not a good matchup for mixed leaguers.
May 9 - 11:23 PM

Charlie Morton held the Rangers to one run over six innings and struck out eight in a win Wednesday.

Morton is 3-2 with a 3.97 ERA and an impressive 39 strikeouts over 34 innings. He still doesn't figure to have the ERA and WHIP to be a real asset in mixed leagues, but he can be used as a streaming play, such as when he gets the Braves next time out.
May 4 - 12:16 AM

Charlie Morton gave up four runs over seven innings and struck out a career-high 12 batters in Friday’s 9-4 victory over the Athletics.

Khris Davis proved to be his nemesis on Friday, slugging a three-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the third, but otherwise Morton managed to keep the A’s in check. While the veteran right-hander hit a couple of batters, he only gave up five hits and didn’t walk anyone. This was his longest outing since August 2, 2015. Morton’s velocity uptick made him an interesting name to follow coming out of spring training, but he hasn’t done much to grab the attention of fantasy owners until now. He’ll try to build off this one when he brings a 4.50 ERA into a start against the Rangers next week.
Apr 29 - 1:27 AM

Charlie Morton was touched up for five runs in five innings in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.

He cruised through the first four innings before things started falling apart in the fifth. He surrendered a two-run double to Evan Longoria in that frame before the Rays strung together a bunch of singles in the sixth to plate three more runs charged to Morton. He gave up a total of eight hits and two walks while punching out six. This was the first clunker of the season for the 33-year-old. His record falls to 1-2 as his ERA climbs to 3.86 through four starts. He has 19 strikeouts and eight walks in 21 innings in his first campaign with the Astros.
Apr 22 - 9:24 PM

Charlie Morton scattered five hits over five innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout of the Angels on Monday.

All five hits were singles. Morton's win was his first as a member of the Astros. He has a 2.81 ERA after three starts. There isn't much mixed-league upside here, but he should remain quite solid if he can stay healthy.
Apr 17 - 11:47 PM

Charlie Morton allowed three earned runs over five innings Monday as the Astros fell to the Mariners.

Morton struck out six, but he gave up seven hits and walked two and the Houston offense couldn't manage a single run against James Paxton and the Seattle bullpen. Morton carried some fantasy hype into the 2017 season after his strong spring, but he stands 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA and 1.45 WHIP through two starts covering 11 innings. A road start versus the A's is next.
Apr 10 - 8:08 PM

Charlie Morton gave up two runs on five hits while working six innings against the Mariners on Wednesday.

He fanned four, issued two free passes and did not earn a decision in the extra-inning game. It was nice to see Morton back on the mound after he missed all but four games last season with a torn hamstring. He moved to the Astros as a free agent this offseason and has garnered some hype as a potential sleeper. He saw a velocity uptick last season in a small sample and it moved even higher this spring. He has a career 4.54 ERA in 893 innings but perhaps something better is in the offing for 2017.
Apr 6 - 1:06 AM

Charlie Morton allowed three hits over 4 1/3 innings in the Astros' 2-0 shutout of the Mets on Friday.

Morton struck out four in his latest strong outing. He's sporting a 1.05 ERA in 17 1/3 innings. There probably isn't any mixed-league potential here, but the Astros are probably going to be glad they signed him.
Mar 24 - 4:45 PM

Charlie Morton gave up two runs -- both unearned -- while striking out seven batters in four innings during a 5-4 win over the Nationals.

The 33-year-old has been electric so far this spring. He wields a 1.83 ERA with 13 punchouts in 13 innings. He signed a two-year free agent deal with the Astros this winter after missing most of last year to a hamstring injury that required surgery. He made only four starts in 2016, with a 4.15 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings. He has a rotation slot all but sewn up already.
Mar 18 - 5:53 PM

Charlie Morton pitched three hitless innings and struck out four Wednesday as the Astros trounced a Mets split-squad 12-2.

Morton has pitched six scoreless innings. It would have taken a disastrous spring to cost him a rotation spot, and it doesn't seem like that will happen. He's held on to the velocity gain he experienced before blowing out his hamstring last year, and he should be a solid starter for Houston, albeit one not particularly useful in fantasy leagues.
Mar 8 - 4:38 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Charlie Morton is "softly" in the starting rotation.

In other words, the job will be his to lose. Morton missed most of last year with a severe hamstring strain but has been throwing off a mound since November and will be ready in plenty of time for Opening Day. The right-hander holds a 4.54 ERA across 893 major league innings.
Jan 21 - 6:23 PM

Charlie Morton (hamstring) said at his introductory press conference with the Astros on Wednesday that he has already thrown six bullpen sessions.

Morton required season-ending surgery after tearing his left hamstring in late April, but he was able to land a two-year, $14 million contract with the Astros on Wednesday. "I'm where I would hope to be and expect to be," said Morton, who has already thrown three bullpen sessions of 50-plus pitches. The Astros are looking for the sinkerballer to hold down a spot in the back-end of their rotation.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 12:51:00 PM

Astros signed RHP Charlie Morton to a two-year, $14 million contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the terms involved. Morton threw just 17 1/3 innings with the Phillies this past season before requiring surgery for a severe hamstring strain. It's a bit surprising he was able to find a two-year deal, but the Astros were willing to go there to get the guy they wanted. The 33-year-old owns a 3.97 ERA (94 ERA+) in 111 starts dating back to the start of 2011, so he's capable of being a serviceable back-end starter if he gets back to full health.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 10:04:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
3Juan Centeno
1B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Marwin Gonzalez
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
LF1Nori Aoki
2Teoscar Hernandez
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Charlie Morton
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Luke Gregerson
3Chris Devenski
4Will Harris
5Tony Sipp
6Michael Feliz
7Jandel Gustave
8James Hoyt
9Brad Peacock
10Dayan Diaz
11Ashur Tolliver
12Jordan Jankowski