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The rare stinker

When you go to PNC Park these days, you don’t expect…well, that. The Pirates are a pretty good bet at home to give us something fun to watch every night – but it’s just that: a good bet, not a guarantee. There’s still going to be the occasional awful game, and that happened on Sunday. Charlie Morton was, eh, OK I guess. The big hits the Rockies got probably weren’t awful...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Morton looks to lead the Pirates to a sweep of the Rockies

For much of the first half of baseball’s season, I tend to obsess over what the Pirates’ wins and losses look like. Are the Pirates winning close games against bad teams and getting blown out by good ones? Are they blowing leads late in games they could otherwise win? Are their wins blowouts and their losses close? All of this matters early on in the season, because the games...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Charlie Morton’s War

Anyone own Edwin Encarnacion yesterday? Yup me neither, but if you did congrats on winning some money. This, my friends, is one of the greatest parts of playing DFS. It's the eternal hope that you're going to find that guy, pair him with a couple of decent games from a few others and whamo you got yourself a $10,000 grand prize in a GPP. It's just that easy. Problem is it never happens...
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 119: Pirates 4 Brewers 0

Charlie Morton’s sinker gets most of the press, and because of that it’s easy to forget that his curveball was once supposed to be his out pitch. Against the strongest lineup in the National League last night (at least statistcally speaking) it was the curveball that was generating a ton of whiffs for Morton, though, enabling him to put together one of the most impressive recent...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Morton, Walker lead Pirates over Giants

PITTSBURGH (AP) Charlie Morton combined with two relievers on a six-hitter and Neil Walker hit a two-run home run to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Thursday night. Morton (8-4) scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out eight and walking two. He was pulled in the seventh inning with a four-run lead after the Giants loaded the bases...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The math is easy now

The Pirates play the Giants this weekend. The Pirates are first place in the Wild Card race. The Giants are third, seven games behind the Pirates. This math is easy: if the Pirates win three or four games this weekend, they’ve put a huge down payment on a playoff spot with five weeks left in the season. If they lose three or four, the door is open for the Giants. Charlie Morton...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Back to back big ones

All that stuff I talked about on Friday, about how great it feels to see the Pirates pull out late, close games on the road against a good team? Same thing again on Saturday. Just tremendous stuff – we really have seen the Pirates turn it around. Remember when they were winless in extra innings for the first month or so of the season? Now they’re 9-7 in extras, and this was their...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Ground balls galore for Charlie Morton

Travis Sawchik, an MLB reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, just recently published a book about titled Big Data Baseball. It deals with how the Pittsburgh Pirates reinvented themselves in 2013 by using sabermetrics and unconventional ways — like discovering hidden talent — in order to find a way to end their winning drought. One of the ways the Pirates got into the...
Via The Outside Corner
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The End of Charlie Morton’s Run at History

As of this writing, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a better than one-in-four chance of making the postseason. One of their pitchers, Charlie Morton, was recently placed on the disabled list with hip discomfort. Morton’s value is not necessarily reflected in his win/loss record, but he’s been an extremely serviceable pitcher this year, worth over a […]
Via Fangraphs
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates' Charlie Morton (thumb) leaves game; X-rays negative

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton was brilliant in his season debut against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. However, his outing was cut short due to a line drive off the bat of Nate Schierholtz.By Donball09 via Wikimedia CommonsThe liner hit Morton in his glove hand, injuring his thumb. After the infield turned an inning-ending double play to close out the sixth...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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