Tag: Charlie Morton
Charlie Morton was a polarizing figure among Pirates fans and Pittsburgh media members during the first month of the season. His ERA was in double-digits, but his peripheral stats indicated that he was among the unluckiest pitchers in baseball. Since then, he has simply been mediocre. Right now, he is struggling just to stand out against Triple-A competition.
A couple weeks ago, I speculated that Charlie Morton was tipping his pitches from the stretch. My theory was that when he came set, he was moving his glove prior to fastballs and keeping his hands still when he prepared to throw an off-speed pitch. Well, I noticed a change on Monday night in Philadelphia. Is Morton attempting to address this issue?
On April 30, Charlie Morton served up a first inning, two-run home run to the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier. The blast came on a decent pitch, 92 MPH with good movement, painting the inside corner. During the next at-bat, the camera cut to the Dodgers dugout, where Ethier was having a discussion with a coach. Did he give us a clue to the mystery behind Morton's struggles?