Morton (2-2, 4.60 ERA) will start Tuesday night’s game. He is coming off a six-inning outing against the New York Mets last week in which he allowed just two hits and one run while walking none and striking out eight. It was his third start this season of at least six innings with no more than one run allowed, but it followed two starts in which he allowed nine runs (only three of them earned) across 5-1/3 innings.
Smyly (2-2, 5.11) will start Wednesday night’s game. He has three consecutive quality starts, compiling a 2.00 ERA across those games after pitching to an 8.05 ERA in his first four starts of the season.
The rotation’s recent success has lowered the Atlanta starters’ ERA for the season to 4.01, which ranks 13th among the 30 MLB teams. That’s down from 5.30 on May 3, the third worst among MLB starting staffs at the time.
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