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First Pitch: Charlie Morton Should Be the Number Three Playoff Starter

First Pitch: Charlie Morton Should Be the Number Three Playoff Starter

Charlie Morton is the number three starter in the Pirates rotation right now. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

It's hard to believe that it was only about three weeks ago that I was arguing for Charlie Morton to stay in the rotation. At the time, Morton was coming off a horrible start where he gave up five runs on ten hits in six innings, sending the Pirates to a brutal loss against St. Louis. That outing raised his ERA to a 4.07 mark, which for some reason was completely unacceptable for some Pirates fans.

Morton bounced back in his next start, but people still wanted him gone, so I pointed out how Morton would start for almost every team in baseball today. A few things have happened since that article:

**Wandy Rodriguez suffered a setback, and will be visiting Dr. James Andrews.

**Gerrit Cole has started to fade and has passed his 2012 innings totals.

**Jeff Locke has been hit hard in his last two starts and is regressing.

**Charlie Morton continues to pitch well, puttin...

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