Pittsburgh Pirates news, rumors and injuries
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:17:42 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gregory Polanco (groin) is considered "day to day" due to tightness in his groin, manager Clint Hurdle said Monday, April 27. He suffered the injury over the weekend while running the bases in Arizona.
Fantasy Tip: FantasyScore owners will want to play it safe and wait to see Polanco ($3,700; 7.4% of cap) officially return and prove his health in a full game without any setbacks before trusting him again.
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:54:22 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Polanco ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) has been playing well this season, so owners should watch for any updates over the next day or two. Andrew Lambo ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) could receive a few starts if Polanco is sidelined but is not a great option on FantasyScore.
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:33:28 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Owners should monitor the situation to see if Polanco ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) is dealing with an injury. Lambo ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) only has one hit in 18 at-bats this season and is not a starting option on FantasyScore.
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:49:55 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Cervelli ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) is likely receiving a day off and should return to the lineup in the next game. Stewart ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) has gone 2-for-9 so far this season and is not a great option on FantasyScore.
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:43:03 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen's 0-for-4 showing Saturday, April 25, extended his hitless streak to 16 at-bats. He has now gone five consecutive games without a hit, including a pinch-hitting appearance. Both are career worsts.
Fantasy Tip: The beauty of daily contests is being fully capable of avoiding slumps, and while McCutchen's ($6,200, 12.4% of cap) seasonal owners shouldn't worry about his slow start, FantasyScore players can avoid the headache and target other top-end hitters. McCutchen will turn things around, and likely in short order, so don't make any hasty decisions in yearly leagues.
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:27:45 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Polanco ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) hasn't exploded out of the gates, but he is two games removed from a nice 11-for-25 run where he scored six runs, had five extra-base hits, drove in four runs and stole three bases. While the uptick in stolen bases is a plus for seasonal owners, it is also a sneaky path to FantasyScore points, as they're worth 2.0 points. Keep Polanco in mind when facing a favorable pitching matchup, as he is a nice source of cap relief for daily contests.
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:33:40 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole allowed one run on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, April 24, to pick up his third win of the season. He struck out seven batters and walked two during the game.
Fantasy Tip: Cole ($7,300, 14.6% of cap) has allowed only one run in each of his last three starts and struck out 27 batters in 24 2/3 innings so far this season. He is scheduled to pitch against the Chicago Cubs in his next game and could be a solid starting option for FantasyScore owners.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:36:18 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (hand) is back in the starting lineup against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Josh Collmenter Friday, April 24. Marte is starting in left field and hitting fifth in the batting order.
Fantasy Tip: Marte ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) homered twice earlier this week before sitting out with a minor hand injury Thursday. After a slow start, he's hitting .400 (8-for-20) with four home runs since April 17, and you should continue to ride him in a hitter's environment against a pitcher that must be precise to avoid trouble.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:23:23 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (knee) is back in the starting lineup against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Josh Collmenter Friday, April 24, and he's starting in center field and hitting in his customary No. 3 spot.
Fantasy Tip: McCutchen ($6,200, 12.4% of cap) is playing at less than 100% health with an achy knee, and it's likely contributed to his slow start (.200-2-10) in 2015. Most FantasyScore owners might be avoiding Cutch because of his April slump, but facing Collmenter could be the perfect elixir to get things rolling, especially at hitter-friendly Chase Field.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:22:02 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (knee) was rested Thursday, April 23, as he deals with an achy left knee. The team will continue to monitor him after he admitted he's not 100%. However, the pain in his knee has been manageable.
Fantasy Tip: That might help explain McCutchen's ($6,200, 12.4% of cap) slow start this year (.204-2-10). At FantasyScore, you'll probably want to shy away from him until he shows signs of life and better health. Corey Hart ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) and Andrew Lambo ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) may see more playing time if McCutchen is rested more often or needs to miss significant time.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:20:33 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Mark Melancon set down the side in order to record the save over the Chicago Cubs Thursday, April 23, after blowing the save and getting hit with the loss against the Cubs Tuesday, April 21. He struck out one while throwing seven of his 10 pitches for strikes, but his ERA stands at 7.36 on the year.
Fantasy Tip: Melancon's velocity was still down a bit Thursday, but he had better location and movement on his pitches in the save. Don't panic just yet with him, but continue to monitor the situation. Should he continue to falter, Tony Watson may be in the slight lead for save opps, but this could easily become a committee approach including Jared Hughes and Arquimedes Caminero.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:16:03 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Mercer ($2,000, 4.0% of your cap) has done very little this young season, but he could have FantasyScore luster later in the year.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:43:51 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Marte was hit on the right hand with a pitch last night, but there hasn't been an update on it yet. Sean Rodriguez ($1,800 salary; 3.6% of cap) is taking his place but isn't a recommended FantasyScore play.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:40:22 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Just a day of rest in a day game following a night game. Gregory Polanco ($3,700 salary; 7.4% of cap) is taking his place in center field, while Andrew Lambo ($1,600; 3.2%) is in right field. Polanco is a useful FantasyScore play, but feel free to ignore Lambo.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:06:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Locke is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA this season, and 1-1 with a 3.81 ERA in five career starts against the Cubbies. FantasyScore players might want to take a flier on him at just $3,000 (or 6.0% of cap) for their second pitcher spot.
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