Pittsburgh Pirates starter
Charlie Morton has came crashing back to earth this month. It was evident against the Baltimore Orioles last night as Morton was pulled after giving up six earned runs and eight hits in two innings pitched.
Bats weren’t breaking. The electricity was gone in Morton’s offerings.
Morton simply didn’t have it tonight. His command was poor as pitches were left up in the zone, the Orioles hitters watched first pitches thrown low, crucial two strike pitches found holes, and a couple balls were rocked. Damn SI.
In the month of April, Morton threw 33 innings, allowed 27 hits, 11 earned runs, and walked 18.
In the month of May, Morton threw 35 innings, allowed 37 hits, 8 earned runs, and walked 11.
In the month of June, Morton has now thrown 18 innings, allowed 32 hits, 17 earned runs, and walked six.
In his last three starts, he has an ERA of 12.27. So the month of June hasn’t been going Morton’s way, but there is still this to hang our hat on, Morton has pitched 64 innings without giving up a home run. Heh, that counts right? Of course everyone remembers the last one came in the ninth inning against the Reds way back in April when Morton was surprising Major League Baseball with his electric stuff.
Last night against the Orioles, Morton threw 38 pitches in a rocky first inning. He came back out in the second and fired 17. He was pulled for Daniel McCutchen with the Pirates in a big hole.
Perhaps his lively heater could be thrown a bit more this weekend when he faces the Red Sox? It’s obvious Morton is still finding his comfort zone with the mechanics and his sinker.
But let’s just trust Morton can keep his head this month.