It’s almost appropriate a curve accompanies the terminology of “the yakker”, Lord Charles or Uncle Charlie. This segues perfectly to Charlie Morton . Among pitchers to throw at least 200 curves last year, Morton finished fifth in baseball, according to Baseball Prospectus, with a 46.27 whiff per swing rate with the pitch. He also finished seventh in the American League in ERA (3.13), 10th in wins (15) and 12th in strikeouts (201). Not too shabby for a pitcher in his Age-35 season.

Morton did leave Houston signing a free agent deal with Tampa Bay. His new ballpark should help his ratios, but starts versus the Yankees and Red Sox lineups will test Morton’s mettle. Keep in mind, it’s difficult to win 15 of 18 decisions as Morton did last year but his 201 strikeouts in 167 innings keep him relevant in fantasy. Morton also recorded a 1.16 WHIP and he’s won 29 games the last two years.

Within his numbers last season, Morton did increase his strikeouts minus walks percentage to 19.7...