When the Braves agreed to a one-year deal with Charlie Morton in November, the pact was universally praised. However, some concerns had arisen in 2020 with regard to Morton’s fastball velocity. The lanky right-hander was largely ineffective early on in the truncated campaign, but as his fastball velocity returned, so did the results. A strong finish drove up the asking price and restored confidence in Morton despite his age. On Wednesday, Morton squared off against the Orioles and fired 41⁄3 shutout innings. The most encouraging aspect of the outing was the consistent 93-95 MPH readings on the scoreboard, which should inspire confidence for both Morton and the club as the season grows closer.
In addition to Morton looking great, Ozzie Albies homered in the game on Wednesday.
Least impressed with Charlie Morton after Wednesday’s game: Charlie Morton. He was not thrilled with his command and felt that his breaking balls weren’t sharp. Either way, maintaining fastball velocity is a positive.
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