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Charlie Morton | Starting Pitcher | #50

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Charlie Morton pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out eight in the Astros' 9-2 drubbing of the Mariners on Thursday.
Morton settled for eight strikeouts today after coming through with 12 against the Rangers last time out, but it was another brilliant outing. He's gone without allowing an earned run three times in his four starts, leaving him 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA. We'll just have to see if this is the year he stays healthy; his career highs are 29 starts and 172 innings from way back in 2011. Apr 19 - 6:53 PM

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Charlie Morton notched 12 strikeouts and allowed two runs in six innings but had to settle for a no-decision against the Rangers on Saturday.

He yielded six base hits -- two of which left the yard as solo homers. Those were the first two earned runs Morton has allowed this year through three starts. He now has 25 strikeouts and six walks in 18 innings of work. His record holds at 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.
Apr 14 - 7:47 PM

Charlie Morton allowed just an unearned run over six innings, striking out seven in a win over the Padres on Sunday.

Morton scattered four hits and walked three, with an unfortunate series of events -- a HBP, a fielding error, a walk and an RBI groundout -- leading to the only Padres run. Morton has yet to allow an earned run this year, going 12 innings with 13 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP. He'll try to run his streak to three when he faces the Rangers on Saturday.
Apr 8 - 6:14 PM

Charlie Morton struck out six batters over six scoreless innings in his season debut Monday night against the Orioles.

Morton scattered two walks and three hits in the dominant 91-pitch outing as the defending World Series champions rolled to an easy 6-1 victory in their home opener. Morton generated 17 swing-and-misses, matching his career high. The 34-year-old right-hander was a nice value in drafts this spring and should have no trouble taking care of the Padres in his next scheduled start.
Apr 2 - 10:19 PM

Charlie Morton dominated the Brewers' lineup on Tuesday, giving up just one hit in 5 1/3 innings while striking out eight.

Morton didn't walk anyone. It's been a bit of a rough spring for the 34-year-old right-hander, but he looked like the hurler we saw for much of the 2017 postseason on Tuesday against a lineup of Brewers regulars. He'll make his regular-season debut on Monday when the Astros take on the Orioles.
Mar 27 - 3:56 PM

Charlie Morton was pounded for nine runs in 3 1/3 innings by the Marlins on Thursday.

Morton had allowed just one earned run in 9 2/3 innings this spring, so we'll forgive him the off day. He's lined up to start the Astros' home opener.
Mar 22 - 7:01 PM

Charlie Morton will start the Astros' home opener on April 2 against the Orioles.

"I wanted Charlie to pitch the home opener," Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. "I think that’s something special that he’s earned." Justin Verlander was previously announced as the Opening Day starter, and he'll be followed by Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Gerrit Cole and finally Morton in the rotation. While Morton won't pile up the innings, the 34-year-old right-hander might strike out enough hitters to be worth a roster spot in deeper fantasy formats.
Mar 18 - 10:48 AM

Charlie Morton surrendered four runs -- one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings versus the Marlins on Saturday.

The Astros made three errors behind him in critical situations but Morton wasn't on top of his game either. He issued three walks and allowed three hits while striking out four batters. The earned run was the first he's allowed through three spring starts. He went 14-7 with a 3.62 ERA in 25 starts for the Astros last year.
Mar 17 - 5:18 PM

Charlie Morton excelled again Tuesday, striking out six in three scoreless innings versus the Nationals.

Morton has pitched five scoreless innings in his two starts this spring. He should be a nice asset in mixed leagues early on this year, though the potential for injury is high.
Mar 6 - 5:28 PM

Charlie Morton blanked the Red Sox for two innings in his start Thursday.

Morton's velocity was terrific today, and it looks like he'll go into the season resembling the pitcher was down the stretch last year. Health remains a question; the 34-year-old has never made 30 starts or thrown 180 innings in a season and it'd be defying the odds if he became more durable at this stage of his career.
Mar 1 - 5:00 PM

Charlie Morton gave up just one run in the last four innings to earn the win in the Astros 5-1 victory over the Dodgers in Game 7 on Wednesday.

Morton was excellent in this series, giving up just one run in 10 1/3 innings. He tore up the Astros bats with his hard, boring fastball, and he gave up just two hits while striking out four. There was lots of talk about Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander coming in to pitch on Wednesday, but in all honesty, they weren't necessary. The improvement Morton showed this year is a key reason why the Astros were able to hoist the trophy after the game.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 12:20:00 AM

Charlie Morton struck out seven while allowing a lone run over 6 1/3 innings, settling for a no-decision in Saturday's World Series Game 4 against the Dodgers.

Morton was the starter carving up the opposition, but it was his counterpart, Alex Wood, who actually carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The Astros got to Wood for a run in the sixth, giving Morton another opportunity to cement himself in Astros postseason lore after his sharp ALCS Game 7 win, but the Dodgers were able to push across a run of their own in the seventh, chasing Morton from the game and denying him the chance at another victory. Morton allowed just three hits and didn't walk a batter on the night. Given Morton's dominance and Lance McCullers' shaky Game 3 start, it will be interesting to see how manager A.J. Hinch handles a potential Game 7 situation.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 11:31:00 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that Charlie Morton will start either Game 3 or 4 of the World Series.

It's no surprise after Morton tossed five scoreless innings in Saturday's decisive ALCS Game 7 victory over the Yankees. Whichever game Morton does not start is expected to be started by Lance McCullers. Dallas Keuchel is going in Game 1 and Justin Verlander is taking the ball in Game 2.
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 09:01:00 PM

Charlie Morton delivered the biggest start of his life Saturday, tossing five scoreless innings as the Astros shut out the Yankees in a decisive 4-0 win in Game 7 of the ALCS.

History was made, as the shutout was the first ever in a Game 7 in the ALCS. Morton gave up a single and a double and walked one over his five innings, striking out five -- including two in a tone-setting first inning -- in the win. The only real danger he faced all night was in the top of the fifth, when Greg Bird doubled to lead off the frame and advanced to third on a wild pitch with one out. But a great play by Alex Bregman and Brian McCann to nail Bird at home on a ground ball erased the threat, and Morton was able to escape the inning unharmed. The strong start was a stark contrast from his Game 3 start, in which Morton gave up seven runs over 3 2/3 innings. Morton will likely start Game 3 of the World Series, which will be in Houston on Friday.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 11:21:00 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Charlie Morton will start Game 7 of the ALCS versus the Yankees on Saturday.

He will oppose starter CC Sabathia of the Yankees. Morton is fresh off a beatdown at the hands of the Yankees on Monday in Game 3 of the series. He was shelled for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in that one and seems like a shaky choice in a must-win game. He has a 10.13 ERA in eight post-season innings across two starts. Morton pitched well in the regular season, turning in a 14-7 record with a 3.62 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 146 2/3 innings. He will likely be on a short leash in this game as Hinch stated the pitching staff will be "all hands on deck" in Game 7.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 12:53:00 AM

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C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
3Max Stassi
1B1Yuli Gurriel
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
LF1Derek Fisher
2Jake Marisnick
CF1George Springer
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Marwin Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Dallas Keuchel
3Gerrit Cole
4Lance McCullers
5Charlie Morton
6Brady Rodgers
7Dean Deetz
Relief Pitcher
R1Ken Giles
2Chris Devenski
3Joe Smith
4Brad Peacock
5Will Harris
6Hector Rondon
7Tony Sipp
8Collin McHugh
9James Hoyt
10Jandel Gustave