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July 11, 2014 6:30 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Buy or Sell: Charlie Morton

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Wilson Karaman

The sinkerballer has seen his strikeout rate spike recently, but can he keep it up?

For those of you who loyally read my weekly Starting Pitcher Planner column (which will return at its regularly scheduled time next week, incidentally), it should come as no surprise that I’m a fan of Charlie Morton’s work. And lately that’s been an easier position to embrace, as the sinkerballer has turned in an outstanding stretch since the calendar flipped to June. Over his past seven starts he’s thrown 45 innings of 2.80 ERA, 1.02 WHIP baseball—and that includes one poor start against the Cubs that singlehandedly accounts for 42 percent of the runs he’s allowed during the period. But what is perhaps most interesting about this string of starts is that he has bucked a career strikeout rate that hovered just north of 6.0 K/9 to whiff 49 batters across those 45 frames. Morton emerged from his Tommy John cocoon as a consistent back-end starter in medium-depth leagues last year, and looked to be on a nice path towards reprising the role again through the first couple months of this season. But the strikeout rate gains over an increasingly intriguing sample size suddenly make him a much more attention-grabbing option for mixed leaguers. So what’s going on? Where did all these whiffs come from, and is this a sustainable development?

Let’s start with the usual suspects. Quick glances at Morton’s velocity and pitch movement by month don’t yield much in the way of explanation. After seeing his two-seam velocity peak at 92.9 miles an hour in May he’s actually seen that number drop down 92.1 in June and 91.8 so far in two July starts. So that’s not moving in the right direction at all. And speaking of movement, when we take a peek at his horizontal movement we find that after manipulating about 10 1/2 inches of horizontal movement on his two-seamer back in May he’s down to about 9 1/4 inches now. Huh. So basically, Morton’s hot stretch coincides with lower velocity and less movement on his pitches, usually two signs reserved for situations in which a pitcher may be unhealthy or otherwise experiencing a period of unproductivity.

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June 3, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Masterson Makes an Adjustment

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Daniel Rathman

Justin Masterson makes a mid-game change, Jose Abreu returns, and an update on Charlie Morton's HBP pace, plus what to watch today.

The Monday Takeaway
The Red Sox lost 10 in a row. Then they won seven straight. On Monday, they had a chance to make it eight—but an old friend stood in the way. And Justin Masterson had no intention of letting his first professional employer earn its longest winning streak in two years.


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March 25, 2014 9:35 am

The Darkhorses: ERA

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BP Fantasy Staff

A look at the pitchers the fantasy crew expects to outperform their PECOTA projections in ERA.

One of the fun ways we all try to outsmart our opponents in fantasy is by searching for hidden value in players who, for one reason or another, we suspect have the ability to outpace their projections (and, relatedly, their draft cost). Our Darkhorses series features staff picks for players who could very well outpace their PECOTA projections for the year and provide the top overall production in one of the standard five-by-five categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall outside of the top 10 and one longer-shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’re taking a look at pitching this week, following our run on offense a week ago. To read the earlier editions in this series, click below:

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December 12, 2013 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: More Morton

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Sam Miller

The Nationals get their lefty reliever, the A's test the Rexrode Threshold, and the Pirates bring back Charlie Morton.

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October 7, 2013 4:22 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Four Preview: Cardinals at PIrates

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Ben Carsley

The Cardinals try to stave off elimination.

Cardinals (Michael Wacha) vs. Pirates (Charlie Morton) – 3:00 p.m. ET
PECOTA Odds of Winning: Cardinals 65.2% , Pirates 34.8%


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August 30, 2013 7:41 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23

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Paul Sporer

Paul helps you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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July 25, 2013 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 17

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Mike and Bret suggest possible additions to your fantasy rosters, including the late-blooming Justin Smoak and Devin Mesoraco.

12-Team Mixed

Justin Smoak, 1B, Seattle Mariners

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