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Charlie Morton 2014 Outlook


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#1 th3jok3r

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:01 PM

I searched and didn't find a Charlie Morton topic yet.

Has a really nice match-up tonight vs the Cubbies at PNC. I think he makes for a nice streamer option. Currently only owned in 1.4% of ESPN leagues. He is also set to face the Cubs again next TUE at Wrigley. The guy is a ground ball machine! He doesn't have a real strong K/9 rate, but with all the groundballs it helps keep the damage down. He did finish with a 3.26 ERA over 116IP last year. (2.8 BB/9 - 6.6 K/9) after making his way back from Tommy John in 2012.

Morton induced five ground balls in three scoreless innings against Detroit on Tuesday, unveiling a new offspeed pitch in addition to a biting, sinking fastball, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Spin: The righthander threw a hybrid split-change against a left-handed batter, trying to limit the damage lefties do against him. Morton compiled an excellent 62.9 percent ground-ball rate in 116 IP last season, but allowed lefties to hit .312 with an .844 OPS. Most likely, Morton will continue to be a better fantasy option against right-handed lineups.
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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — Pirates broadcaster Bob Walk

This week, he talked with the guys about Charlie Morton’s evolution. Of Morton, Walk detailed one change has fueled the rise in Morton’s stock.

“He’s doing better at being able to neutralize left-handed hitters by changing speeds a little better,” Walk said. “He has learned how to battle those left-handers better.”



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 07:10 PM

Fanning batters left and right!

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 07:12 PM

Good option whenever he's playing AAA teams like the Cubs.

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 07:20 PM

That Cubs lineup...that's quite a thing.
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SS- Ozzie Smith
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CF- Rickey
LF- Kirk Gibson
RF- Chili Davis
DH- Eddie Murray

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 07:40 PM

Ground Chuck is really toeing the rubber tonight.

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 07:52 PM

If he ever figures out lefties, watch out. No doubt PNC helps too. Regardless, pretty good pitcher with the potential to get even better.

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 07:53 PM

Getting pulled. Took a line drive to his glove hand and injured his thumb. Got the QS but he is out

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 08:17 PM

Damn it....that is all....

14 Team 7x7 H2H -Keep 12

​Asterisks are guys I kept to start the year. 

 

C- Castillo (13)

1B- Goldy (53), Votto* (24)

2B- Odor (19)

3B- Bryant* (1), Franco* (1)

SS- Castro (3), Desmond (8)

LF- Marte* (28), Dickerson* (1)

CF- Parra (12), Fowler (3)

RF- Harper* (33), Polanco* (1), Soler (5)

SP- Hamels* (10), Iglesias* (1), Iwakuma (16), Hammel (11), Pomeranz, [Streamer Spot]

RP- Kimbrel, Familia* (1) Perkins (14)

 

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:10 PM

Thinking about adding him for my injured Matt Moore.
What do people think about his next 4 matchups?

Reds, Mil, Reds, Mil

Disadvantage playing the same teams that close?

By the way, read this Rotoworld statement, and tell me it's not weird/confusing.

Morton should get a ton of grounders with his sinker, and if he's a decent strikeout pitcher, too, then he has legitimate All-Star potential.


It's like saying Erik Bedard should throw a baseball at some point this year, and if he pitches really well, too, then he can maybe be an All-Star.
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C - Yan Gomes

1B - Brandon Belt

2B - Anthony Rendon

SS - Trevor Story

3B - Todd Frazier

MI - Corey Seager

CI - Maikel Franco

OF - Carlos Gonzalez

OF - Gregory Polanco

OF - Jay Bruce

OF - Corey Dickerson

OF - Melky Cabrera

U - Brandon Drury

 

B - Kevin Kieramaier, Delino Deshields, Jed Lowrie

 

SP - Noah Syndergaard, Gerrit Cole, Chris Archer, Cole Hamels, Marcus Stroman, Patrick Corbin, Jon Gray, Ruby De La Rosa

CP - Steve Cishek, Jake McGee, Shawn Tolleson


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:17 PM

i saw that too the other day and thought it was weird, I was like WTF!

Morton should get a ton of grounders with his sinker, and if he's a decent strikeout pitcher, too, then he has legitimate All-Star potential

It's like saying Erik Bedard should throw a baseball at some point this year, and if he pitches really well, too, then he can maybe be an All-Star.
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#11 Gumbo_Ghost

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:21 PM

Code of Hammurabi should have a good fantasy year, and if all his players can be all-stars, too, he has league winning potential.

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C - Yan Gomes

1B - Brandon Belt

2B - Anthony Rendon

SS - Trevor Story

3B - Todd Frazier

MI - Corey Seager

CI - Maikel Franco

OF - Carlos Gonzalez

OF - Gregory Polanco

OF - Jay Bruce

OF - Corey Dickerson

OF - Melky Cabrera

U - Brandon Drury

 

B - Kevin Kieramaier, Delino Deshields, Jed Lowrie

 

SP - Noah Syndergaard, Gerrit Cole, Chris Archer, Cole Hamels, Marcus Stroman, Patrick Corbin, Jon Gray, Ruby De La Rosa

CP - Steve Cishek, Jake McGee, Shawn Tolleson


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:31 PM

Hahaha!

Code of Hammurabi should have a good fantasy year, and if all his players can be all-stars, too, he has league winning potential.


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:45 PM

Just wonder how much he plays against LHP with that brutal Stubbs on the roster... I hope a lot
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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:00 PM

Just wonder how much he plays against LHP with that brutal Stubbs on the roster... I hope a lot


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:08 PM

wrong thread.
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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:09 PM

Just wonder how much he plays against LHP with that brutal Stubbs on the roster... I hope a lot


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I was wondering the same thing....Maybe wrong thread?

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:09 PM

I posted this in the sleeper thread. It got lost in there. I'm bringing it back here where it belongs.

Okay, I have lots of guys I could list. I tend to go with deep sleepers as I do deeper leagues over just your standard value plays.

One guy that has me intrigued is Charlie Morton. I just drafted him at pick 430 in a league which means he won't be drafted in like 2/3rds of most leagues. You should see the lepers that are out there at 430.

Last season his velocity ticked up a notch and his K/9 increased to a respectable 6.59 (which is what you want for an average from your starters even in a standard mixed league). His GB% was crazy good at 62.9%, which means less HR allowed (He only gave up 6 in 116 innings last year). His peripheral stats suggest that he wasn't overly lucky when posting that 3.26 ERA last season. He might legitimately be a 3.5 ERA guy moving forward.

He is a nice pick to fill out your staff at the end of a draft, especially a 20-teamer like the one I was in. I feel like I nabbed Tim Hudson numbers, but 150 picks later in the draft. I'm thinking he will make a nice $1 play in NL only leagues as well.

Not an exciting pick necessarily but a guy that is basically free in drafts and should have value for sure this year, maybe even in mixed leagues.

I drafted this guy on 3 teams. I think he will be rostered in all formats by the end of the year and is more than just your standard streaming option.
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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:26 PM

Great streaming option tomorrow

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 12:27 AM

I'm a wee bit skeptical of streaming him tomorrow. His era is significantly worse on the road as opposed to home
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2B - Daniel Murphy
3B - Wilmer Flores
SS - Ian Desmond
IF - Jose Abreu
OF - Carlos Gomez, Jose Bautista, Bryce Harper, Corey Dickerson, Michael Brantley
UTIL - Matt Holliday
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SP - Max Scherzer, Zach Greinke, Julio Teheran, Derek Holland, Gerrit Cole, Jake Arrieta, Jose Quintana, Dallas Keuchel, Mike Fiers
RP - Drew Storen, Tony Watson, Kevin Quackenbush, Delin Betances, Wade Davis, Ken Giles
DL - (3 spots) - Matt Harvey, Cliff Lee, Garrett Richards

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:29 AM

I'm a wee bit skeptical of streaming him tomorrow. His era is significantly worse on the road as opposed to home


Hopefully he has a good outing, but I'm starting Bonifacio against him regardless.