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Charlie Morton is out of the Pirates rotation

Sep 8, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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At least for now. He’s bring moved aside in favor of lefty Jeff Locke.

I realize that this of little interest to non-Pirates fans and non-fantasy players (uber deep league fantasy players if guys like Morton and Locke are implicated), but a story like this interest me because they shows us just how damn long the baseball season is.

Remember back in April how Charlie Morton was doing so well? How he had turned it all around because he re-did his delivery to ape Roy Halladay?  And it worked for a while too.  Yet here we are now in September and Morton’s stuggles are being attributed to his delivery being weird to him and his body suffering as a result.

Better to have a little success for a while than none at all, and it’s possible, of course, that Morton will figure it out again.  But man, there is just nowhere to hide in a 162-game season.  Over time, the truth, often the painful truth, comes out.

  1. dailyrev - Sep 8, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Having seen him numerous times when he was going good and otherwise, I can’t see this as anything more than a losing club checking its future stock (which is obviously what it should be doing this time of yr.). Morton was and can be a reliable mid-staff, #3 or 4 starter. What I’ve seen of him suggests he needs to develop/refine his secondary pitch(es). That low-90’s sinker carried him a long way through much of the season; if he adds a slider or curve that he can go to when hitters are looking for that sinker (as in, to take it, as often happened when he started getting beat up), then he could even be a good #2.

    Thus far, until Cole matures enough, J-Mac is their best shot at an ace, if he can learn how to pitch deeper into games. Karstens also seems for real as a #2 or 3, but I have serous doubts about Correia and Maholm.

  2. The Common Man - Sep 8, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    I look forward to next year, when we can start reminding fanboys and homers, yet again, that the latest flavor of the week probably isn’t going to last.

  3. everybodyhitswoohoo - Sep 8, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    But I thought that Charlie Morton threw like Roy Halladay and looked like Roy Halladay and was secretly Roy Halladay’s spawn and therefore would eventually end up turning into Roy Halladay. Shame that hasn’t happened yet…

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