It’s rare a starting pitcher records a career year at the age of 35, but Charlie Morton bucked the trend. Signing a free agent deal with Tampa Bay, Morton tweaked his repertoire en route to 16 wins, a 3.05 ERA, 2.81 FIP, and 1.08 WHIP. More importantly, Morton notched a career high 240 strikeouts over his 194.2 innings. Morton’s an accumulator in regards to strikeouts, so any peak in innings will carry over to his strikeout total. 

Beneath his surface numbers, Morton averaged almost six innings per outing, an uptick compared to his more managed innings by Houston. Morton also raised his swinging strike percentage to 12.9, and his O-Swing rate to 33.5 percent. His contact percentage allowed and Z-Contact (in the strike zone) remained...