Charlie Morton Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 5" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 11/12/1983 (39)
Charlie Morton Season Stats
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Charlie Morton News
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton (arm) was removed early during Saturday's start against the Philadelphia Phillies. The veteran right-hander exited with the training staff after finishing the third inning. The 38-year-old was struck by a comebacker on the arm in the second inning. The team hasn't given an update on his status, but there should be more news soon. The Braves have been eliminated from the postseason, so Morton will get the entire offseason to rest and recover.
Atlanta Braves right-hander Charlie Morton will make the start in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. With rookie Spencer Strider (oblique) getting the nod in Game 3 on Friday, Morton will be pushed back a day in the series. The 38-year-old veteran had a rough finish to the regular season and finished the year 9-6 with a 4.34 ERA (4.26 FIP), a 1.23 WHIP and a 205:63 K:BB in 172 innings over his 31 starts for Atlanta. The two-time All-Star has extensive playoff experience and faced the Phillies for five starts this year, allowing 17 runs (16 earned) on 31 hits while walking 11 and striking out 26 in 26 1/3 innings of work. Morton went 0-1 against them with a 5.47 ERA.
The Atlanta Braves and starting pitcher Charlie Morton have agreed to a one-year, $20 million contract extension for the 2023 season, with a $20 million club option for 2024. The 38-year-old righty will be back in the Braves rotation for at least another year, and maybe two, with the new deal. Morton hasn't quite lived up to expectations this season, but he has been solid and has shown the occasional glimpse of dominance. He has a 9-6 record, 4.29 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 200:62 K:BB ratio over 167 IP. He will likely be drafted in the mid-late rounds of next year's draft and could provide good value that late.
Charlie Morton had a disappointing 2020 season for the Rays, going 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA in 38 IP. Advanced metrics liked him a little bit more with a 4.01 xFIP, but the now 37-year-old saw his average fastball velocity decline (93.8 mph vs. 95 in 2019) and threw it more often (35.6% of the time vs. 30% in 2019) at the expense of his curve. Morton's curve is probably his best pitch, generating a 16.2 SwStr% and 37.4% chase rate in 2020. He might be able to get his K% closer to his impressive 2019 rate of 30.4 than last season's 24.7% with a tighter pitch selection, but the ability to last deep into games is another matter. Morton averaged just over four innings per start in 2020, a figure that's too low to earn wins or quality starts in our game. Leaving Tampa Bay for the Atlanta Braves may help address this issue, but we're talking about a guy who struggled the second time through the order (5.28 ERA over 15 1/3 IP vs. 3.00 over 18 IP first time through). The veteran may simply not have it in him to pitch deep into games anymore, making him a poor value at his current ADP of 145.43.