Charlie Morton vs San Diego Padres


Morton Continues Rotation's Dominance

Charlie Morton helped lower the Astros starters' shared ERA to a Major League leading level.

April 08, 2018 - 4:50 pm

Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Astros offense had been sluggish the entire series against the Padres. Max Stassi snapped the team's three-game streak without a home run with a 3-run blast, which was later followed by a Josh Reddick solo shot. However Stassi's would be the difference in the game, and the run support that the starting pitching deserved, in a 4-1 victory to end Opening Week at Minute Maid Park.

"We didn't do a lot this series offensively but we did enough to win the series. So I think you can't complain too much about how you win, as long as you win," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said. 

On the mound, Charlie Morton allowed 3 walks, 4 hits, 1 unearned run and struck out 7 in 6 innings of work. He lowered the starting rotation's collective earned run average to 1.83. That is the lowest shared ERA of any starting pitching group in the majors and Charlie feels lucky to be a part of it.

"Really fortunate to be part of this staff... I feel like some guys are competitve with each other in a rotation. I'm not really, I just feel like I fit in pretty well," Morton said.

After running hard on a batted ball in the fifth inning, outfielder George Springer felt some discomfort in his leg and was removed from the game. There have been a few small injuries already this season, but Hinch does not feel like this is even one of those. In fact, he regretted his decision to take him out.

"He reported a little bit of leg soreness and I reacted accordingly. He's completely fine. He probably should have stayed in the game," A.J. said. "I wasn't going to take any chances when he said he stiffened up on that infield single that he had... I was planning to DH him tomorrow anyway."

The Astros are on the road for three games in Minnesota starting Monday. The weather is supposed to be borderline unplayable. 

"The elements are going to be horrible. So it's just cold, I mean there's no way around it. And we'll have to play, if they tell us to play, we're going to play," Hinch said.