Pittsburgh Pirates news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 24 May 2016 19:57:55 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Polanco has really been breaking out in his third major league season, as he actually leads the National League in doubles with 17, and his six homers in 163 at-bats are already almost as much as the nine he hit last season in 593 at-bats. While Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen get most of the attention, Polanco has pretty much been as steady as any outfielder in the bigs thus far.
Tue, 24 May 2016 19:49:14 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano improved to 4-3 after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks in his start Tuesday, May 24. He tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on two hits and five walks. He also had two strikeouts.
Fantasy Tip: Liriano didn't really have his command on this night, as he walked five batters for the third time this season, but fortunately for him, the offense provided three runs in the first inning to make things a bit easier. He's now allowed two runs or fewer in three of four starts this month, so while his current season numbers are off from his usual output, the left-hander is still worth deploying in fantasy on a regular basis.
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:10:07 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Stewart is sporting a .219 average (7-for-32) with one home run and four RBI. While hitting at the bottom of the order, Stewart is nothing more than a desperation daily play to save salary cap space.
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:05:57 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Kang is showing that his power in 2015 was for real with five home runs in just 39 at-bats after starting the season late. He's a fine daily pick against the struggling Miller, and Kang should be immediately returned to all starting lineups in seasonal leagues.
Tue, 24 May 2016 11:30:48 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Vogelsong was hit in the face by a pitch during his spot start against the Colorado Rockies Monday. His fantasy value was already extremely limited serving mainly as a long relief guy out of the bullpen. He's likely to return to that role when he's recovered.
Mon, 23 May 2016 14:27:21 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It's an unfortunate break for the 38-year-old, who was looking solid in his second start of the season before having to leave the contest after being drilled by a pitch while up at bat. It remains to be seen how long he'll be out, but regardless, Vogelsong isn't someone to monitor, as he was simply getting a spot start here.
Mon, 23 May 2016 10:24:31 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Ryan Vogelsong (head) was removed from his start early after taking a ball to the head while batting in the bottom of the second inning against the Colorado Rockies Monday, May 23. He was carted off the field.
Fantasy Tip: It didn't sound or look good. Vogelsong was making a spot start in a makeup game Monday, so his fantasy value is minimal and should remain on the waiver wire. He'll likely undergo concussion testing. Stay tuned for more information on his status moving forward. If he lands on the DL, it could be the opportunity Pittsburgh was looking for to call up prospects Tyler Glasnow or Jameson Taillon. Both youngsters should already be stashed in most leagues.
Mon, 23 May 2016 09:13:51 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said he does not want to rush SPs Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon to the major leagues this year. However, Huntington also said they both "probably" will be up with the Pirates this year. Pittsburgh's starters have combined for a 4.27 ERA, which is sixth highest in the National League. Glasnow has a 2.16 ERA in nine starts for Class AAA Indianapolis and leads the International League with 63 strikeouts in 50 innings. Taillon has posted a 1.82 ERA in eight starts for Indianapolis. Huntington also said the team could use Glasnow or Taillon to help their bullpen
Fantasy Tip: Both Glasnow and Taillon have similar high strikeout upside at the next level and are likely to be stashed already in the majority of seasonal leagues. Taillon has been set back in recent years by Tommy John surgery, so Glasnow has a little more hype surrounding him entering this year. There's a good chance we see one or both within the next month.
Mon, 23 May 2016 08:16:27 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Kang has a .263-5-11 line in 38 at-bats, and he's a midrange option with power at the position.
Mon, 23 May 2016 07:37:28 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Rodriguez has cooled a bit, but he's hitting .429 with a couple homers in 21 home at-bats this season. He's a low-end option against Jordan Lyles.
Mon, 23 May 2016 07:36:28 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Freese is hitting .349 at home, where he faces Jordan Lyles. He has upside as a lower-middle option in DFS.
Sun, 22 May 2016 08:53:00 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen is back in the starting lineup against Colorado Rockies SP Chad Bettis Sunday, May 22, batting second. In addition, INF David Freese will bat fifth and play third base, while INF Sean Rodriguez will play shortstop and bat eighth. 3B Jung Ho Kang (hand) and SS Jordy Mercer are receiving the day off.
Fantasy Tip: Freese is 4-for-12 at the plate over the past week and is batting .349 at home this season, so he should be viewed as a potential value play at the hot corner in daily fantasy contests. Rodriguez is another source of productive cap relief, with four homers and 14 RBI in just 54 at-bats.
Sat, 21 May 2016 18:56:24 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It appears Kang has avoided a serious injury. David Freese should be assured of regular playing time while Kang is out, but he should still be reserved for NL-only leagues.
Sat, 21 May 2016 18:40:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: An error didn't do Melancon any favors, and despite the loss, he remains one of the more reliable and productive fantasy closers.
Sat, 21 May 2016 18:35:03 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Stay tuned for an update on Kang's injury, but he is worth holding on to in all formats for now.
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