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Charlie Morton improved to 1-1 on Tuesday against the Red Sox, allowing one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings pitched.
Morton struck out five and didn't walk anyone. His velocity still hasn't reached the heights it did back in 2019 but the 36-year-old has improved every start this year. Overall Morton will carry a 5.52 ERA into his next outing against either the Yankees or Red Sox, but he'll still be must-start in fantasy.
Charlie Morton rebounded from an ugly first start of the year to throw five innings of two-run ball while striking out seven on Wednesday against the Braves.
Morton wasn't at his absolute best in this one but it's a step in the right direction. The only runs he gave up came via a Freddie Freeman homer in the third inning. Of course, it's nice to see Morton striking out more than a batter per inning in this one. He remains a "buy low" right now. Morton's next start is scheduled to come against the Boston Red Sox.
Charlie Morton was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Blue Jays, giving up six runs on seven hits over four innings.
It's certainly a letdown for fantasy owners who used an early-round draft pick on Morton. However, the Blue Jays are an underrated offense and we certainly expect the 36-year-old ace to bounce back next time out. Morton draws the Braves in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated that Charlie Morton will likely be the team's Opening Day starter next Friday.
Morton had the best season of his career in 2019, posting a 3.05 ERA with 240 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings. He's a top-12 fantasy starter entering drafts next week and should be ready for his usual workload on Opening Day.
Rays manager Kevin Cash says Charlie Morton threw five innings in an off-site workout on Monday.
Morton said last week that he expects to go 4-5 innings in his first start of the regular season. However, he'll apparently be able to surpass that based on today's workload. The 36-year-old had a career year with the Rays in 2019. He deserves to be a top-12 starter in fantasy drafts right now.