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 […]
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Charlie Morton has sports hernia

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday by the score of 4-3. The win improved the Pirates to 65-62, six games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Pirates remain in the thick of the wild card race and have a shot to make a run at the Brewers. They need a pitching staff, that is ranked 18th in the league in ERA, to step it up. A...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole takes over for ailing Morton

According to manager Clint Hurdle, Charlie Morton has felt pain in his right hip for months. On Sunday, the Pirates took action, disabling the right-hander after the hip pain influenced Morton's production and simultaneously creating an opening in the rotation for Gerrit Cole. The Pirates put Morton on the 15-day disabled list because of what they called inflammation in the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Charlie Morton to DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed starting pitcher Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list.Beat writer Rob Biertempfel reported that not only is it peculiar considering that Morton said he felt healthy after his last start, but also because star pitcher Gerrit Cole is set to return on Wednesday. #pirates put rhp Morton on 15-day DL (hip) and recalled inf Morel from Indy. When...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates pitcher Morton heads to 15-day DL with hip inflammation

  The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list with right hip inflammation and recalled infielder Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates made the moves before Sunday's game at Washington. ''Charlie started feeling a level of discomfort a couple months ago,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''It's...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Slipping away

It is really hard to watch the Pirates’ season potentially slip away due to a pitching staff that has been obviously deficient since Day 0 of the 2014 season. It was clear in spring training that their starting pitching depth was suspect, and it’s been clear since May that the bullpen is not nearly good enough, and yet the rotation remains mostly unchanged and the bullpen has...
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Pirates put RHP Charlie Morton on disabled list

WASHINGTON (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list with right hip inflammation and recalled infielder Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates made the moves before Sunday's game at Washington. ''Charlie started feeling a level of discomfort a couple months ago,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. '...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals – Game 123

Losing right now is less than ideal.  Charlie Morton eating **** on the mound is less than ideal.  The bullpen sucking is less than ideal.  Michael Martinez is less than ideal.  Jayson Nix is less than ideal.  The Pirates are less than ideal right now.  That needs to change in a hurry. This is game 123, this is the stretch.  Less than a quarter of the season left.  I know...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats pounce early, hang on late to beat Pirates

One by one, they stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first, hoping to put together quality at-bats but fully aware the percentages said more of them would make outs than didn't. But then Denard Span beat out an infield single to get things started. And then Asdrubal Cabrera drew a walk to keep the pressure on Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton. And then Anthony Rendon...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Hang on to Big Lead, Beat Pirates

After grabbing an early five-run advantage, the Washington Nationals (67-43) made things interesting by giving up four runs, including one in the ninth, but the Pittsburgh Pirates (64-58) could not complete the comeback, and the Nats claimed a 5-4 win. Lackluster showings from Tanner Roark and Rafael Soriano and some missed opportunities in the later innings made this game closer...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats 5, Pirates 4

The Pirates dropped their third in a row on the road as they couldn’t dig out of a large early hole that Charlie Morton dug. Morton has been trending downward lately – in the second half, he’s gone from probably the Pirates’ most reliable starter to possibly their least reliable right now. Morton was in trouble from the start, as he struggled through a looooong first inning...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

What Can We Expect from Charlie Morton?

The Pirates are front and center in a playoff run and Charlie Morton has been their most valuable pitcher. Sadly, Charlie Morton has only posted 1.2 wins above replacement. So yes, he may lead the Pirates but he merely leads Mark Melancon by 0.1 wins above replacement and Vance Worley, who has made 14 less starts, by 0.3. Morton’s start yesterday against the Padres was a microcosm...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

While You Were (Day) Drinking 2014 Game 116 (SD at PIT)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy when you spend the morning at a Sunday champagne brunch.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (54-62) beat the Pittsburgh Pirates (62-55) handily yesterday by a score of 8-2.  Tyson Ross (11-10, 2.63) gave up both Pittsburgh runs in the first inning on a home run by Gregory Polanco...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres 8, Pirates 2

Of COURSE the first team outside the NL Central (actually, just other than the Reds and Brewers) to beat the Pirates in a series at PNC Park would be the Padres. The Padres don’t lose at PNC Park – seriously, they have never lost a series there since the place opened in 2001. They’ve only been a playoff team twice since then, and they have been dreadful these last few years...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins 6, Pirates 3

Day one of the McCutchen-less stretch was looking pretty good for seven innings. Charlie Morton dealt with some wildness to deliver a very solid start, and an ugly lineup was able to scratch out two runs and put him in position for a hard-earned victory. Then the Pirates bullpen let the collective air out of a packed PNC Park as the game slipped away in slow, miserable fashion....
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates series primer

Another series, another chance to gain ground in the National League Wild Card race. After opening their homestand with a series victory over the Washington Nationals, the Miami Marlins (54-57) dropped three of four to the Cincinnati Reds. They scored just eight runs over four games. Miami begins a six-game roadtrip in Pittsburgh where the Pirates (59-52) sit a half game back of...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates game preview

TV: FOX Sports Florida Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. The Pittsburgh Pirates could be without the reigning NL MVP as they open an eight-game homestand. With Andrew McCutchen's status uncertain, the Pirates hope they can at least rely on Charlie Morton's home success when they face the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. Pittsburgh (59-52) wrapped up a 5-5 road trip...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Tuesday, Aug 5

Charlie Morton’s dream season continues as he comes in second in Tuesday’s rankings in his start against the Marlins and sandwiched between Felix Hernandez vs. the Braves and Clayton Kershaw vs. the Angels. The biggest reason is the formula projects seven strong from Morton and 6.1 apiece for Hernandez and Kershaw against stiffer competition. David Price at the Yankees is intriguing...
Via Baseball Professor
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Offense Wakes Up, Giants Win a Wild One at Home

The Giants offense finally came alive to beat the Pirates 7-5 and avoid being swept on a six-game homestand for the first time ever at AT&T Park. It all started out well for San Francisco, as they tagged Charlie Morton for three runs in the bottom of the first. Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey hit one-out singles, and Pablo Sandoval’s walk loaded the bases. Michael Morse...
Via BaySportsNet
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Giants

Monday, 10:15 (ROOT): Vance Worley vs. Madison Bumgarner Tuesday, 10:15 (ROOT, MLBN): Francisco Liriano vs. Tim Hudson Wednesday, 3:45 (ROOT, MLBN): Charlie Morton vs. Tim Lincecum The Pirates’ second and final west coast swing of the season continues this week at AT&T Park, where they’ll face off in the wee hours (in the East) against the San Francisco Giants – one of...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies 8, Pirates 1

Not a great start to the road trip against the NL-worst Rockies. This wasn’t a blowout most of the way – it was a nice pitcher’s duel between Charlie Morton and Brett Anderson, much like their matchup last Saturday. Morton eventually faltered in the seventh, though, and then things got really messy after Ernesto Frieri took over. Frieri had looked better recently and had been...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies – Game 102

Hey!  It’s the Colorado Rockies again!  Didn’t take the freaking hint last time, eh?  Back for more!  Alright Rox, you’re on! Rockies were swept by the Pirates in the last series they had, the first series after the All Star break, the series right before the Dodgers series. I guess you’d call him the Ace, Charlie Morton gets the start in the first game of a pivotal series...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Rockies 2

For the second straight night, the Pirates overcame some nervous moments and a couple mistakes to win a game that they should. Once the Rockies took the lead in the seventh inning, the mentality throughout the park just seemed a little different. There wasn’t a “doomed” feel to the game – obviously it was not a sure thing the Pirates were going to come back, but I think everyone...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The second half climb continues

Last night was a nice win for the Pirates, in the way that it’s always nice when a good team finds a way to beat a bad team. The Pirates probably played closer to poor than they did to well, but Francisco Liriano pulled himself together after two rough innings and the Pirates’ offense strung some hits together against the Rockies’ bullpen, and the Pirates got a win. Liriano’s...
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies – Game 97

Yeah babayyyyy!   Series win tonight?  That would be ideal,  especially against a team as bad as the Rockies. In fact,  with the way they play against division foes they gotta make hay against these types. Alright, Charlie Morton. Report Created on Gotta be happy with his first half, at least I was. That last start was a real turd. Report Created on...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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