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Charlie Morton (SP, PIT) - Waiver Wire Analysis

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ANALYSIS: Despite having an up and down season, Charlie Morton has hit quite a high the past few starts. After striking out nine Mets, he followed up with another eight over a combined 13 innings while only giving up two earned runs in that span. On the year, he is 8-4 with a 4.06 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and a 71/30 K/BB rate. Morton is nothing if not consistent when it comes to his Swinging Strike%. Since his rookie year in 2008, he has never gone higher than 8.1% or lower than 6.8%. He is on the high end this season at 7.9%.

It’s no secret the Marlins have been possibly the biggest disappointment this season. Their .683 OPS at home is the worst in the National League this year, and the same can be said for their .116 ISO. Their .371 SLG% is second-worst only to Atlanta. It’s safe to say the Marlins miss their star hitter Giancarlo Stanton, who will not be ready to return until around September 1st. After trading away Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies have clearly not been the same team offensively. Since August 1st, their 80 wRC+ is the third worst in baseball. Along with playing away from their home launching pad in Colorado, their .671 road OPS this year is a far cry from their home .841.I have total confidence in playing Morton knowing the Rockies are far less dangerous away from Coors Field.

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