There remains an infatuation with Charlie Morton from GM Neal Huntington and Morton on Sunday continued to make his strong case of opening up the season in the starting rotation.
Morton blanked the Houston Astros, throwing 6 scoreless innings, while allowing 4 hits and striking out 5 in his outing. Morton had no walks and lowered his ERA to a team best 1.29.
Morton is battling free agent signee Scott Olsen who showed up to camp out of shape and has been ineffective in his limited action this spring.
One option believed to be under consideration from Pirates management is starting Morton in the rotation at the No. 5 spot and having Olsen begin the season in the bullpen as he works his way back into shape.
Also of note in today’s game, was Steve Pearce going 2-for-4 at the plate and is batting .306 this spring. Pearce is starting at third base and is in the running for a final roster spot.
Neil Walker continues to struggle this spring, going 0-for-4 at the plate. Walker is batting .196.