The Atlanta Braves have added another pitcher to their team through free agency. The Washington Nationals have had some good games in the past against Charlie Morton.
Winning the National League East Division three years in a row isn’t good enough for the Atlanta Braves. Even though they were just one win short of a trip to the World Series this past year, they are determined to get to the Fall Classic one way or another. The latest move has them bringing in veteran pitcher Charlie Morton on a one year contract.
The Nationals are looking for one, possibly two starters to put at the back end of their rotation before the 2021 season starts. While the Braves move takes another starting pitcher off the market, the Nationals were not directly tied to the services of Morton.
I’m not sure much can be derived from looking at Charlie Morton’s career splits in terms of how he has fared when facing the Nationals, as players change and situations change. Morton has struggled in his career against the team from DC, though.
This past year, while pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays, Morton tossed five innings against the Nationals surrendering three runs and losing the game.
Before that point the last time Morton faced the Nationals was when he was a member of the Houston Astros World Series winning team of 2017. The Astros and Nationals met in August of that year, where Morton gave up four earned runs in six innings, again taking the loss. Matt Wieters touched him for a two-run home run in that game.
All told, in ten starts against the Washington Nationals, Morton has a career record of 2-6 with a 6.14 earned run average. He has given up eight home runs to the Nats, the second most by any team against him.
Again, there are too many variables involved to say this is the way it will go this year as the Nationals are bound to face Morton multiple times. Having pitched in two World Series in the past four years, the Nats will try and do their part to make sure it’s not three in the last five.