Charlie Morton is the number three starter in the Pirates rotation right now. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
It’s hard to believe that it was only about three weeks ago that I was arguing for Charlie Morton to stay in the rotation. At the time, Morton was coming off a horrible start where he gave up five runs on ten hits in six innings, sending the Pirates to a brutal loss against St. Louis. That outing raised his ERA to a 4.07 mark, which for some reason was completely unacceptable for some Pirates fans.
Morton bounced back in his next start, but people still wanted him gone, so I pointed out how Morton would start for almost every team in baseball today. A few things have happened since that article:
**Wandy Rodriguez suffered a setback, and will be visiting Dr. James Andrews.
**Gerrit Cole has started to fade and has passed his 2012 innings totals.
**Jeff Locke has been hit hard in his last two starts and is regressing.
**Charlie Morton continues to pitch well, putting up a 2.28 ERA...