2023 Player Outlook
The veteran of the staff in his age-39 season, Morton still has the goods to be a number three starter. Following an early exit in the 2021 World Series, Morton came back to pitch 172 innings over 31 starts for Atlanta in 2022 with a 10.73 K/9 (28.2% K%). While that was a healthy strikeout rate, seeing better run prevention from him given the 4.34 ERA, 4.26 FIP, and 4.11 xERA would’ve been nice. The main culprit was the 28 home runs he allowed which was the highest total of his career. Had the nine multi-run home runs been solo shots, his ERA would’ve dropped to 3.87. In 2023, we should see Morton cut down on the homers while everything else stays roughly the same. That in and of itself should help the ratios only improve his value.