In April, Charlie Morton went 0-5 with a 12.57 ERA. Those results had a polarizing effect on fans and media. Some wanted him shipped out of Pittsburgh immediately. Others pointed to a strong strikeout rate and average walk numbers, along with an unsustainably high BABIP and HR/FB rate, and predicted improved results as we moved into the summer months. When the calendar turned to May, Morton’s fortunes showed signs of improving. He won his first game on May 5th, and he managed to start the month with 14 homer-less innings. He gave up six runs in four innings on May 17th in Philadelphia, but he pitched better than his final line indicated that night. It seemed that the disastrous start to Morton’s season was finally fading away.
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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.