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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 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

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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

Charlie Morton lasted just 3 2/3 innings and was charged with seven runs in Monday’s loss to the Yankees.

Morton deserved a much better fate in this one. In the second inning, the Yankees got a two-out infield single and a bloop single ahead of a one-handed, three-run homer from Todd Frazier that just cleared the short wall in right field. In the fourth, Cameron Maybin misplayed a ball into a double and the Yanks cashed in a run on a 15-hopper that barely left the infield. Morton was pulled after hitting the next batter to load the bases and then watched three more runs get charged to his ledger after Will Harris threw a wild pitch and served up a three-run homer. It’s unfortunate that Morton wound up with an ugly line in a playoff start where he actually pitched pretty well.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 12:05:00 AM

Charlie Morton will start Game 3 of the ALCS for the Astros.

He'll be preceded by Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. Brad Peacock started Game 3 of the ALDS for the Astros, but he'll be available in relief for Game 1. It's expected to be either Peacock or Lance McCullers who starts Game 4, depending on who is needed in relief.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 04:28:00 PM

Charlie Morton ran into a lot of trouble but wound up yielding just two runs across 4 1/3 innings in Monday’s 5-4 ALDS Game 4 victory over the Red Sox.

Xander Bogaerts took Morton deep in the first inning. In the second the righty was able to pitch out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam with the help of a couple borderline strike calls by home plate umpire Mark Wegner. Morton dodged more trouble in the third with a lineout double play and a runner getting thrown out at home. He rebounded to strike out the side in the fourth but was then pulled after a one-out walk in the fifth, with that run being charged to him after Justin Verlander came on to immediately serve up a dinger to Andrew Benintendi. Morton will probably get Game 4 of the ALCS.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 05:52:00 PM

Charlie Morton moved to 14-7 after allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings Friday against the Red Sox.

Morton limited the Red Sox to four hits while walking none and striking out four. He won each of his last three starts and allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last six starts. Some were caught off guard when the Astros signed Morton to a two-year, $14 million contract coming off an injury-shortened season, but he’s rewarded their faith with a 3.62 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 163/50 K/BB ratio in 146 2/3 innings over 25 starts.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 10:45:00 PM

Charlie Morton let in just one run in seven innings to earn a 6-2 win over the Angels on Saturday.

He didn't have much trouble handling the Angels' lineup today despite not racking up strikeouts in bunches like he usually does. The only run he allowed came on a Justin Upton solo home run in his final inning of work. He took a one-hitter into the sixth inning and finished his stint having allowed just four hits on the day. He struck out five and walked one in the gem outing. He improves to 13-7 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through 24 starts. He has amassed 159 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 04:47:00 PM

Charlie Morton earned a 5-2 victory over the Mariners by tossing six innings of one-run baseball on Friday.

He notched seven strikeouts while allowing five hits and one walk in the quality start. The only run he allowed came on a fielder's choice comebacker to the mound in the fifth inning. Morton improves to 12-7 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.24 WHIP through 23 starts. His strikeout rate has spiked to 10.32 K/9 this year due to a large velocity jump.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 12:46:00 AM

Charlie Morton allowed three runs - two earned - and three walks with eight strikeouts across five innings in a loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Oakland on Saturday.

Morton has picked up the pace with 17 strikeouts across 10 innings in two starts in September, but he still has just two wins across his past seven starts and he hasn't lasted longer than five innings in each of his past three outings. He also didn't help his own cause by committing an error and recording a wild pitch. He'll look to get back on track next Saturday afternoon at home against the Mariners.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 09:02:00 PM

Charlie Morton took home a win after allowing two runs in five innings against the Mets on Saturday.

He punched out nine batters against one walk. The only runs he allowed came on a two-run dinger by rookie first baseman Dominic Smith. Morton burned through 102 pitches in quick fashion to eliminate any chance of pitching deep into the ballgame. He improves to 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 21 starts. He's displayed a big jump in his strikeout rate this year compared to his previous career. He has a 10.14 K/9 in 2017 after coming into the season with a 6.35 career rate. A large velocity spike has been the major driver behind his improved performance.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 06:19:00 PM

Charlie Morton surrendered three runs on four hits over five innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's win over the Angels.

Morton struck out five and walked one on the afternoon. All three runs on his line scored in the fifth inning, when Ben Revere made him pay for loading the bases via a clearing double. He will put a 3.88 ERA and 1.22 WHIP on the line in a home start against the Mets next time out.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 06:56:00 PM

Charlie Morton was saddled with his sixth loss of the season on Tuesday, giving up four runs on five hits over six innings against the Nationals.

The veteran right-hander struck out six and walked one on the night. The Nationals struck for two runs on a Howie Kendrick triple in the third inning then added a two-run blast from Matt Wieters in the fourth that stood as the difference in the game. Morton will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Angels in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 01:13:00 AM

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