If the Braves draw the Pirates in the NLDS, Charlie Morton would likely get the start in a Game 4, behind some combination of Liriano, Burnett and Gerrit Cole. While Morton had done little to impress before this year, the former Braves farmhand — traded along with All-Star Jeff Locke for McLouth in 2009 — is finally producing results to match his stuff.
Last night he twirled a beauty for the Bucs in Wrigley, allowing three hits and walking none in 7 shutout innings. It does not appear to be an aberration. Morton has a 3.12 ERA in the second half, though he’s been consistently solid all season.
Whether this holds long-term remains to be seen. Morton has been injury-prone throughout his career — he’s surpassed 100 innings only twice in his career. But he’s coming into his own at just the right time, supplanting Locke — whose 6.12 second half ERA indicates the league has caught up to him — in the rotation.
Too bad he can’t supplant Freddy Garcia or Paul Maholm, his likely mound foe if the Braves and Pirate meet in October.