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Charlie Morton | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
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Charlie Morton served up five runs in two-plus innings, losing the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
Morton allowed two runs in the first inning. In the third, he gave up a leadoff double, hit a batter, and walked a batter to load the bases before exiting. Reliever Bobby LaFromboise allowed all three inherited runners to score on Jason Heyward's grand slam. Overall, Morton gave up four hits and a walk while striking out one. He has a disappointing 4.81 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP and a 96/41 K/BB ratio over 129 innings. Sep 30 - 10:15 PM

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Tuesday's game between the Pirates and Cardinals has been postponed due to rain.

It's been pouring all day in Pittsburgh and the rain is expected to continue falling through the night. Charlie Morton was scheduled to face Michael Wacha in a potential clincher for the visiting Redbirds. The two teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday at PNC Park.
Sep 29 - 4:33 PM

Charlie Morton was roughed up by the Rockies on Wednesday, allowing six runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Morton has struggled in back-to-back starts, pushing his ERA up to 4.54. His spot in the postseason rotation might be in jeopardy at this rate. Should the Pirates advance to the NLDS, they could pick Jeff Locke over Morton. It doesn't help matters for Morton that the Cardinals, the most likely NLDS opponent, hit righties better than lefties.
Sep 24 - 1:08 AM

Charlie Morton was lit up in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Cubs, yielding six runs (five earned) on nine hits over four innings.

After the Pirates clawed back from an early 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead, Morton let it all slide back as the Cubbies posted a six-run fifth inning. The tough start drove his ERA to 4.26 and his WHIP to 1.32. He did strike out five, but obviously, this was a less-than-ideal outing for the veteran right-hander. A road trip to Denver for a date with the Rockies shows next on his schedule.
Sep 17 - 3:50 PM

Charlie Morton yielded two runs over six innings in Friday's 6-3 win over the Brewers.

Morton served up a two-run homer to Adam Lind in the first inning, but held the Brewers off the board the rest of the way. He gave up just three hits in all while striking out two batters and issuing two walks. Morton improved to 9-7 with the victory and now owns a 4.02 ERA and 85/37 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings over 20 starts on the year. He'll get the Cubs in an NL Wild Card battle next week.
Sep 11 - 10:52 PM

Charlie Morton fell to 8-5 in Sunday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering five runs (three earned) over six innings.

Morton scattered six hits while striking out six and walking two, with three runs scoring in the fourth and another two in the sixth. This marks two stinkers in a row for the veteran right-hander, who has now allowed 10 runs in his last 11 1/3 innings. For the season, he's pitching to a 4.22 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. A tough Saturday afternoon road outing against the Cardinals shows next on his schedule.
Aug 30 - 4:39 PM

Charlie Morton allowed eight hits and five runs -- four earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

Morton was solid early but fell apart late, allowing runs in each of his last three innings worked. The big one was a three-run sixth inning that was marked by three RBI doubles. The loss was Morton's first in over a month, dropping him to 8-5 overall. The right-hander will carry a 4.20 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into Sunday's contest against the Rockies.
Aug 25 - 10:18 PM

Charlie Morton allowed four hits over 6 2/3 innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout of the Giants on Thursday.

Morton's followed up Saturday's nine-strikeout game against the Mets with eight K's tonight. It's a surprising surge from him; he had a total of three eight-strikeout games in 68 starts since the beginning of 2012. The Pirates certainly won't complain, and neither will his fantasy owners. He's 8-4 with a 4.06 ERA.
Aug 20 - 10:39 PM

Charlie Morton was dealing in a Saturday no-decision against the Mets, striking out nine while allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits over 6 1/3 innings in his team's 5-3 win.

Morton walked just one on the evening. He held a 3-0 lead entering the seventh inning, but allowed a solo home run to Juan Uribe to lead off the inning and, following an error, a two-run homer to Michael Conforto. Conforto's shot tied the game up and deprived Morton of what looked like a probable win. The Pirates would eventually win on the strength of two runs in the 14th inning. With a 4.36 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, Morton'll face off with the Giants in a home start next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 16 - 12:07 AM

Charlie Morton was tagged for five runs on 10 hits over his five frames in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday.

The right-hander also issued three free passes while punching out six on the evening. This start was polar opposite from his last outing when he spun seven shutout innings in a victory against the Reds. Morton will look to improve upon his 4.48 ERA and 1.36 WHIP when he does battle against the Mets in New York on Saturday.
Aug 9 - 11:51 PM

Charlie Morton got the win on Sunday after delivering seven scoreless innings against the Reds.

Morton scattered five hits, didn't issue a walk, and struck out seven in the effort, which featured both benches emptying. The right-hander needed the start, as he had struggled in his previous three outings. He's currently sitting on a 4.19 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a 48/24 K/BB ratio over 77 1/3 innings. Morton starts at home against the Dodgers next.
Aug 2 - 4:36 PM

Charlie Morton allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday.

Morton gave up six hits and walked four while striking out five in the outing. The start was the third straight in which Morton has failed to register a quality start. Morton didn't factor in the decision, remaining 6-4 with a 4.61 ERA and 1.34 WHIP through 12 starts. Morton will take on the Reds on Sunday.
Jul 28 - 11:52 PM

Charlie Morton fell apart late, allowing five runs in 6 2/3 innings in a losing effort versus the Royals on Wednesday.

Morton limited the Royals to one run on an Eric Hosmer home run in the fourth inning, but gave up a four-spot in the seventh and could not finish the frame. Overall, he gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Through 11 starts, Morton has a 4.59 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a 36/20 K/BB ratio over 64 2/3 innings. He'll match up with the Twins on the road next.
Jul 22 - 10:53 PM

Charlie Morton struggled in a losing effort against the Pirates on Friday, giving up four runs on five hits over his six-plus innings of work.

The right-hander walked three in the ballgame and punched out two. Now 6-3 on the season, Morton will look to improve upon his 4.34 ERA and 1.31 WHIP when he squares off against the Royals in Kansas City on Wednesday.
Jul 17 - 11:06 PM

Charlie Morton limited the Padres to two runs in six innings but was saddled with a no-decision in the Pirates' win on Wednesday.

Both runs scored early, as Matt Kemp hit a solo home run in the first inning, and Melvin Upton, Jr. drove in a run with a double in the second. It wasn't exactly a sterling outing from Morton, as he walked four along with giving up five hits, but he did strike out five as well. The right-hander heads into the All-Star break with a 4.15 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a 97/36 K/BB ratio over 108 innings. Morton's next start will occur in Milwaukee against the Brewers.
Jul 8 - 10:07 PM

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