Coming into the game on Monday night against the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates are bringing the possible National League Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen to town. When a team is pushing to make the playoffs, especially a team like the Pirates who haven’t seen playoff baseball since the departure of Barry Bonds, you need not one but several players who are playing like MVPs. Even with the play of Andrew McCutchen, the Pirates have had one player who no one thought would be doing what he has done in the second half of the season.
Pirates’ pitcher Charlie Morton has been nothing but “Good Stuff Chuck” for the better half of the second part of the MLB season. Morton is 7-4 on the season with a 3.35 ERA. However, over his last nine starts, he is 4-1 with a 2.73 ERA. He has been more consistent than other Pirates’ pitchers of late even including aces A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano and especially All-Star Jeff Locke.
Over the span of his last nine starts, Morton has gotten stronger and stronger each time he goes to the mound. Morton’s fastball is hitting the speeds that they were before he needed Tommy John Surgery. Charlie’s sinker is getting hitters to ground out and his curve ball is making batters look like little leaguers at the plate.
The resurgence of Charlie Morton has been a welcome sight to Pittsburgh Pirates’ fans. He makes the Pirates’ rotation an awesome weapon going into the last week of the playoffs and going into a potential playoff series.
If Morton’s two last start against the San Diego Padres and the Cubs is any indication of how he is going to perform down the home stretch, then the Pirates have an awesome third man in the rotation that is already filled with great arms.