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|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||185.00||11.00||10.00||0.00||3.75||1.35||138.00||62.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs St. Louis|| 13.2||0||2|| 7.90||0||5||8|
|vs LHB|| 47.1||0||0|| 3.80||0||25||39|
|vs RHB|| 68.2||0||0|| 2.88||0||11||46|
|03/13/2014||Denard Span, CF WAS|
Charlie Morton, SP PIT
|Garrett Jones, 1B MIA|
|03/12/2014||Travis d'Arnaud, C NYM|
Christian Yelich, LF MIA
Allen Craig, 1B STL
Charlie Morton, SP PIT
Bobby Parnell, RP NYM
|Starling Marte, LF PIT|
Homer Bailey, SP CIN
|03/11/2014||Trevor Rosenthal, RP STL||Henderson Alvarez, SP MIA|
Domonic Brown, LF PHI
Charlie Morton, SP PIT
|Last 7 Games|
|Charlie Morton solid over three innings Sunday |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(3/9/14) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton was solid over three innings Sunday.
Morton gave up five hits and one earned run. He was hurt by a Pedro Alvarez error in the second inning. Morton should have been out of the inning if not for a fielding error, and two runs wound up scoring. Those two runs were not charged to Morton. He struck out one batter, and issued one walk.
Morton posted a 3.26 ERA in 116 innings last year.
|Charlie Morton throws three scoreless innings Tuesday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(3/4/14) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Tigers.
Morton has put together five scoreless frames over his first two spring appearances, giving up just one hit and one walk without recording a strikeout. He'll open the season in the rotation after going 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA and 85:36 K:BB ratio in 116 innings over 20 starts last season.
|Charlie Morton looks good in spring opener |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(2/27/14) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton got off to a solid start in his spring training debut Thursday, in an 8-2 loss to the Yankees.
Morton tossed a pair of scoreless innings in the start, limiting the Yankees to just one baserunner on a walk. He also struck out one batter while facing the minimum in his two innings of work, while picking up three outs via groundball.
Morton signed a three-year, $21 million contract this offseason and will be one of the team's top pitchers yet again. Morton posted a 7-4 record and 3.26 ERA in 116 innings over 20 starts a year ago.
|Charlie Morton motivated to live up to contract |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(2/16/14) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton said he's motivated to live up to the three-year, $21 million contract he signed in the offseason, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"There are new responsibilities that come with it, and that cancels out any relief I might have felt from it," Morton said. "I feel there is a greater responsibility on me to hold up my end of the bargain and earn it. It's almost like whatever load may have been taken off my back, I have a new outlook on things. I have a new responsibility.
“I don't want to think about money when I'm pitching. I don't think that's beneficial anytime. But it is healthy to set goals and have expectations for yourself that are based on some sort of objective thought process."
|Pirates sign Charlie Morton to three-year extension |
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
(12/11/13) Yahoo! Sports reports that the Pirates signed starting pitcher Charlie Morton to a three-year contract extension Wednesday. The deal will pay the sinkerballer $21 million through 2016 and includes a $9.5 million team option for 2017 as well as incentives and a $1 million buyout.
Morton was arbitration eligible and set to become a free agent after the 2014 season. In 2013, he made 20 starts in his return from Tommy John surgery, going 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA.
|Though Tommy John surgery has been known to renew a pitcher or two, helping them recapture their form from three or four years earlier (with John Lackey being a recent example), Charlie Morton's procedure seemed to change him completely. Returning last June, he emerged as a legitimate mixed-league option for the first time thanks to an improved hit rate and some of the best control he's ever exhibited. And considering he pitched seven-plus innings in seven of his final 15 starts, he was remarkably efficient, throwing 100-plus pitches only twice during that stretch. Of course, for all he did right, he was still more of a matchups type than an every-week option. An extreme ground-ball pitcher, he aims for contact, which keeps his strikeout rate as low as his margin per error. His improved hit rate would have still ranked in the lower half of qualifying pitchers, and that was with superb defensive play behind him. Plus, at age 30, he doesn't have much room to grow from here. Morton proved last year that he's capable of stringing together quality starts, making him plenty relevant on Draft Day, but he shouldn't be a high priority.
(Updated 1/6/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|3/13/14||@ TB||1:05 pm|| |
|3/14/14||PHI||1:05 pm|| |
|3/15/14||TB||1:05 pm|| |
|3/16/14||@ PHI||1:05 pm|| |
|3/17/14||NYY||1:05 pm|| |
|3/19/14||@ BOS||7:05 pm|| |
|3/20/14||BAL||1:05 pm|| |
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