Not a big surprise, but the Atlanta Braves have announced that Charlie Morton will go on short rest and start Game 4 of the NLCS Tuesday evening.
Morton started Game 1 on Friday and was lights out for six innings before allowing a two-run home run to Rowdy Tellez in the seventh. Those are still the only runs that the Brewers have managed to score in the series. Morton’s line was still impressive, six-plus innings while allowing three hits, two runs to go along with nine strikeouts.
Morton hasn’t made a start on short rest since his rookie season in 2008 but did toss four innings in relief on three days rest in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. It is unclear on how many innings the Braves can expect to get out of Morton but they will have plenty of options to cover the middle innings.
The Brewers will go with left-hander Eric Lauer as their starter for Game 4.
Eric Lauer will start today for the Brewers, per club.— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) October 12, 2021
Lauer has yet to pitch in the series but faced Atlanta back on May 14 where he allowed four hits and three runs in just three innings. With Milwaukee facing elimination, expect Lauer’s leash to be short.