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First Pitch: Charlie Morton is Jeff Locke With Regression

First Pitch: Charlie Morton is Jeff Locke With Regression

Charlie Morton always seems like the unluckiest pitcher on the staff.

Last night Jeff Locke put 13 batters on base. Only one of those batters scored.

Tonight Charlie Morton put 9 batters on base. Four of those batters scored.

Locke was bailed out by his defense and balls being hit to the right spot. Starling Marte threw out a runner at home. With the bases loaded and one out a liner was hit directly to Gaby Sanchez who had shifted away from the first base bag. That prevented two runs from scoring, while putting runners at first and third with one out.

Tonight Morton was the opposite. He didn't get help from his fielders, with a few errors that led to some additional runs. He didn't get the benefit of fortunate positioning, as a few balls either found their way through a hole, or were hard to handle for his fielders.

Morton also didn't have the best command, which led to a lot of those hits, and led to a few harder hit balls that went for singles instead of outs. But it's...

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