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The Daily Chop: Morton, Loss to Orioles, Bench Spot, and more

Charlie Morton looked great in his spring start on Wednesday.

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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 413 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.

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