Morton is one of the front runners in the battle for the 5th starter role out of Spring Training.

It seems strange to start an article about the 5th starter battle with this statement, but here goes: far too much is made about the 5th starter out of Spring Training.

For one, how many teams use just five starters in a season?  Last year the Pirates had seven starters making ten starts or more, and two more starters making nine starts.  In 2009 they had seven starters making double digit starts.  In 2008 they only had five starters make double digit starts, although that was probably because the other eight starters weren't good enough to rack up that many appearances.

Second, if your options for a fifth starter are dim, you can usually go with four starters for the first few weeks ...

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