Charlie Morton might be the best story that nobody is talking about on the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates. After 90 innings pitched, the Pirates right-hander is starting to show what most everyone saw flashes off over his career. The Electric Stuff.
After hitting 96 mph on the radar gun in rehab starts in April, Bucco fans were buzzing. But on May 3, Morton had right shoulder tightness in his rehab start in Indianapolis and a return from his Tommy John surgery seemed derailed.
We admit it. We were crushed. And looking at it now, what would the Bucs be without Charlie Morton?
Morton battled through the pain, and now we think he’s the Bucs best starter in the second half of the season. The only hiccup has been the walks against left-handers and even that isn’t over the top.
It’s easy to gather a list of all the things we like about Ground Chuck, the hard part is keeping it to ten. We think one of the best things is,
Morton isn’t afraid to plunk a batter. He has 14 this season, but one really stood out.
I just can’t envision Charlie Morton starting a beanball war tomorrow. But he should.
— Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) June 18, 2013
Morton is the owner of the Reds Great American Ballpark. . Morton has the velocity back on his sinker, but the 80 mph breaking ball is just dirty. [ForbestoFederalGIF] . Morton eats pancakes,
Every time I see Charlie Morton on TV I’m like, I SERVE THAT MAN PANCAKES! — Patty Hudeck (@pattyhudeck) September 5, 2013
and is very sneaky with gum
while also reading Baseball Prospectus.
Awesome. RT @Sawchik_Trib: Charlie Morton: “You can pull up that information on Baseball Prospectus.” First Pirate to tell me that this year
— Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) September 2, 2013
We’re a big fan of when Morton makes Brandon Phillips look like THIS
Morton pitched in 2012 without carrots being dangled in front of his nose.
The $2.445M contract for #Pirates RHP Charlie Morton does not include any bonus clauses.
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) January 16, 2012
The greatest parody video of all time by Mercerboy was about ElectricStuff.
Charlie Morton never, ever gave up.
how can charlie morton have a 16.20 ERA and still be in bigs? #evenbadforbucs
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 1, 2010
Congrats to the Bucs for their conviction and patience with Charlie Morton.
But thanks most of all to Charlie Morton. Thanks to Morton for making the believers who felt it was just bad luck, poor defense, tipping pitches, and lack of faith in his stuff that was holding him back.
Morton probably has an important start Sunday, two in between, and then, what should be two more ultra-important trips to the bump against the Reds.
Make it electric Chuck. We will be counting on it.
We need a few more Morton photoshops…