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Pirates | Andrew McCutchen striking out more

Sun, 29 May 2016 13:03:04 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen is striking out 23.3% of the time this season, which is nearly six points higher than his career average. "I'm a guy that has a good feel for the zone, and when I get good pitches to hit, normally I hit them. But more times than not lately, I've been getting them and I've been missing them. I'm getting to two strikes more and having to battle. When I'm on and I'm feeling good, I get a pitch to hit, I hit it," McCutchen said.

Fantasy Tip: McCutchen has a .289 batting average with four home runs and 12 RBI so far this season but has struck out 25 times in each of the first two months. McCutchen should still be a starting option in all fantasy leagues despite his struggles.

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Pirates | Jameson Taillon to skip start

Sun, 29 May 2016 12:40:56 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jameson Taillon recently skipped a start for Class AAA Indianapolis because the Pirates want keep him fresh for the end of the season when he may be pitching for the team. The team is also limiting SP Tyler Glasnow's work for the same reason.

Fantasy Tip: Taillon and Glasnow are expected to be recalled at some point this season and should have an impact in the starting rotation. Taillon may be the first prospect to be promoted, but both players will have fantasy value in deeper mixed leagues. Owners should add either pitcher they have roster space.

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Pirates | John Jaso, Gregory Polanco out

Sun, 29 May 2016 10:10:16 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B John Jaso and OF Gregory Polanco are not in the starting lineup against Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez Sunday, May 29. 3B David Freese will start at first base and is batting third, while OF Matt Joyce will start in right field and is batting eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Freese has slowed down a bit recently but does have at least one hit in four of his last five games. He can be a starting option for desperate owners but probably can be avoided in most leagues. Joyce has played well as a bench player this season but is a risky option because he has only nine at-bats against left-handed pitchers in 2016.

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Pirates | Francisco Cervelli will be DH

Sun, 29 May 2016 09:55:20 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli will serve as the designated hitter against Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez Sunday, May 29. C Chris Stewart will start at catcher and is batting ninth in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Cervelli is receiving a day off from the field but should still be a decent option in most leagues because he will receive his at-bats. Stewart has posted decent numbers in limited playing time but should be avoided in most fantasy leagues.

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Pirates | Josh Harrison still out

Sun, 29 May 2016 09:43:34 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Josh Harrison (illness) is not in the starting lineup against Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez Sunday, May 29. 2B Sean Rodriguez will start at second base and is batting seventh in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Rodriguez has received several starts in the past week but is hitting only .200 over the last seven days. Owners in most leagues should be able to find better options to use in their lineups.

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Pirates | Texas focres quick exit for Juan Nicasio

Sun, 29 May 2016 06:20:17 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Juan Nicasio allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four batters during the Pirates' 5-2 loss to the Texas Rangers Saturday, May 28.

Fantasy Tip: Nicasio has now allowed 17 runs -- 2 unearned -- through 20 innings over his past four starts, and his time in the Pittsburgh rotation could be nearing an end. While he continues to pad the strikeout column (9.0 K/9 for the season), his fantasy value is dwindling. It isn't out of the question to move on in the majority of formats.

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Pirates | Matt Joyce in at DH Saturday

Sat, 28 May 2016 14:20:43 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Matt Joyce will serve as designated hitter Saturday, May 28, against the Texas Rangers. Joyce will bat seventh against Rangers SP Yu Darvish.

Fantasy Tip: Although Joyce had five hits May 16 and 17, he has just one hit in the past six games. Joyce doesn't have enough fantasy value to merit ripping up your lineup and inserting him.

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Pirates | Josh Harrison out of Saturday lineup

Sat, 28 May 2016 14:09:39 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Josh Harrison is not starting Saturday, May 28, against the Texas Rangers. 2B Cole Figueroa is batting ninth against Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish.

Fantasy Tip: Harrison was sick earlier in the week, but this appears to be a normal night off. Harrison has a .538 average in the last week and is tearing the cover off the ball. Figueroa doesn't have a broad sample size to merit fantasy consideration and should be left off your lineup.

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Pirates | Jung-ho Kang not starting Saturday

Sat, 28 May 2016 14:00:04 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Jung Ho Kang is not starting Saturday, May 28, against the Texas Rangers. 3B David Freese will bat fourth against Rangers SP Yu Darvish.

Fantasy Tip: This is a normal day off for Kang, who has a .412 batting average and .706 slugging percentage in the last week. Freese has a .288 average and six hits in his last four games. He's worth starting in all formats from DFS to annual, as Freese finds his way into the lineup pretty much every day.

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Pirates | Jon Niese cruises again

Fri, 27 May 2016 22:38:40 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jon Niese held the Texas Rangers to one run on seven hits over six innings of work on Friday, May 27. It was Niese's fourth quality start, and he moved his record on the year to 5-2.

Fantasy Tip: Ever since taking a pounding from the Chicago Cubs on May 3, Niese has been a different pitcher, allowing seven runs in 25 2/3 innings to lower his ERA from 5.94 to 4.42 and earning a pair of wins. He's definitely worth adding in larger mixed leagues.

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Pirates | David Freese batting third vs. Rangers

Fri, 27 May 2016 14:07:05 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B David Freese is starting at third base and batting third against Texas Rangers SP Cole Hamels Friday, May 27.

Fantasy Tip: Freese has handled left-handed pitchers well with a .272/.351/.457 slash line dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season and is a potential value play in daily contests Friday, especially hitting in the heart of the lineup. Freese has lost a lot of fantasy value since Jung Ho Kang has returned from the disabled list, though, as Freese has received just 44 plate appearances over eight starts. Freese should be left to cavernous mixed and NL-only formats going forward.

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Pirates | Jordy Mercer leading off again

Fri, 27 May 2016 13:59:09 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer is leading off against Texas Rangers SP Cole Hamels Friday, May 27.

Fantasy Tip: Mercer won't help in the power or speed categories, but he is reaching base at a .377 clip this season and has a .395 on-base percentage against left-handed hurlers this season. Still, Mercer is nothing more than a low-priced flier in daily contests Friday, and a low-end option in cavernous mixed and NL-only seasonal leagues.

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Pirates | Sean Rodriguez in the lineup vs. Texas

Fri, 27 May 2016 13:45:49 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Sean Rodriguez is starting at first base and batting ninth against Texas Rangers SP Cole Hamels Friday, May 27. 1B John Jaso is not in the starting lineup Friday.

Fantasy Tip: Rodriguez owns a respectable .752 OPS against left-handed pitchers dating back to the beginning of last season, which makes him a potential against-the-grain flier in daily contests Friday. Just keep your expectations in check. In seasonal leagues, he is a low-end option in cavernous mixed and NL-only setups.

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Pirates | Josh Harrison returns as pinch-hitter

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:30:07 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Josh Harrison (illness) returned to action in a pinch-hitting role Thursday, May 26, against the Arizona Diamondbacks and delivered a two-run double in his only at-bat.

Fantasy Tip: This should indicate Harrison is very close to returning to the starting lineup, and perhaps he'll be back in there for the club's next game, if not by the end of the weekend. He's been having a strong season, batting .319 with 25 RBI -- his most runs driven in this early in the season.

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Pirates | Jung Ho Kang collects three hits

Thu, 26 May 2016 15:12:01 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI Thursday, May 26, opposite the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Tip: This was one of Kang's best games since making his season debut a few weeks ago, so hopefully this is a sign he's heating up for an extended period much like he did all throughout last summer. In 16 games, the South Korean import is hitting .298 with five home runs and 14 RBI.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Player News

Acosta Jose P
Adams Terry RP
Alduey Darlin P
Allie Stetson 3B
Almonte Hector P
Amato Gary P
Aneudy Darlin P
Antelo Derek P
Aponte Kelly 1B
Baker Nate P
Baker Nathan P
Bankston Maurice P
Barnes Barrett OF
Barrios Gustavo 3B
Bell Josh 1B
Benitez Deybis SS
Bernero Adam RP
Biela Andrew OF
Bishop Harrison P
Bleich Jeremy P
Bloom Kyle P
Boeve Adam OF
Bomback Daniel 2B
Bonifay Josh 2B
Boone James OF
Boscan Wilfredo SP
Bouknight Kip P
Brault Steven P
Brito Jesus 3B
Brolsma Owen P
Bromberg David SP
Bullinger Kirk P
Buttler Vic OF
Cameron Taylor P
Caminero Arquimedes RP
Cardenas Eliecer P
Cardona Rodolfo INF
Carrasco Roman P
Carver Mark C
Castellano John C
Castillo Wilkin C
Castro Orlando P
Cavagnaro Matt INF
Cave Kevin P
Cervelli Francisco C
Chaves Brandon INF
Chen Yung-Chi INF
Chi Ping-Hung OF
Chiaffredo Paul C
Child Dylan C
Claggett Anthony P
Clapp Brad P
Cofield Kyle P
Cole Gerrit SP
Copley David P
Corey Mark P
Corley Brad OF
Corsaletti Jeff OF
Cortes Jorge OF
Covington Christopher OF
Cox Tyler P
Craig Dustin P
Cuffman Jacob P
Cumpton Brandon SP
Curry Matt 1B
Davis Blake SS
De Aza Miguel OF
Del Castillo Angelo OF
DeLaCruz Michael OF
Delaney Jason INF
DeLeon Cristopher P
Diaz Elias C
Diaz Francisco C
Diaz Juan SS
Dodson Zackry P
Dorta Melvin INF
Durham Miles OF
Edwards Mike 3B
Enochs Chris P
Erickson Casey P
Escobar Elvis OF
Escobar Elvis OF
Esqueda Carlos SS
Evans Tom INF
Fagan Albert P
Falcon Omar C
Fallon Ed P
Farrell Jeremy INF
Feliz Neftali RP
Fernandez Erick C
Fields Caleb OF
Figuera Luis P
Figueroa Cole 3B
Fitzpatrick John 1B
Florimon Pedro SS
Forrer Daniel P
Foster Zachary P
Freeman Wesley OF
Freese David 3B
Fuesser Zac P
Fuller Jim P
Garabito Eddy INF
Garcia Christopher INF
Garcia Juan C
Giblin Sean P
Glasnow Tyler P
Gonzalez Issael 2B
Gryboski Kevin RP
Guerrero Emilis P
Guillory Matthew P
Guzman Edwards C
Hagan Thomas OF
Haley Trey RP
Hamilton Clayton P
Hamman Corey P
Hanson Alen SS
Harris Justin SS
Harrison Josh 2B
Hart Kevin SP
Harts Jeremy P
Harvey Kris RP
Hayes Ke'Bryan 3B
Henriquez Cristian P
Henriquez Ralph C
Herbort Ryan P
Heredia Luis P
Hernandez Anderson 2B
Hernandez Christopher P
Herrera Johan 3B
Hill Josh P
Holliday Brian P
Hollingsworth Ethan P
Holmes Brett OF
Holmes Clay P
Hughes Jared RP
Inman Jeff P
Irving Nate C
Ivany Devin C
Jackson Steven P
Jaso John 1B
Jones Mitch OF
Jones Rodarrick OF
Joves Julio 1B
Joyce Matt OF
Julio Jorge RP
Kaminista Kyle RP
Kang Jung Ho 3B
Keel Jared 3B
Keller Mitch P
Kingsbury Robert OF
Kinney Josh RP
Kleis Kevin P
Klinger Brent P
Knotts Allan P
Knudson Guido RP
Krebs Eric P
Lakind Jared 1B
Lara Pedro OF
Lee Taber 2B
Lee Wilson P
Leesman Charlie RP
Leon Jose INF
Linares Serguey P
Liriano Francisco SP
Lobstein Kyle SP
Locke Jeff SP
Lomack Jermal 2B
Lopez Cesar P
Lorenzo Arquimedes P
Luebke Cory SP
Mallette Brian P
Mann Brandon P
Marte Kelvin P
Marte Starling OF
Masterson Justin SP
Mathisen Wyatt C
McClung Seth RP
McCullen Matthew P
McCutchen Andrew OF
McGuire Reese C
Meadows Austin OF
Medina Jhondaniel P
Melancon Mark RP
Melhuse Adam C
Mendez Mauricio P
Mercer Jordy SS
Miller Matt J. RP
Miller Quinton P
Moeves Mark P
Montero Yunior P
Montilla Richard P
Morales Jose C
Morel Brent 3B
Morris Hunter 1B
Mulhern Ryan OF
Myles Candon OF
Myrow Brian 1B
Neverauskas Dovydas P
Newman Kevin SS
Newsom Randy P
Nicasio Juan SP
Niese Jon SP
Norman Anthony OF
Nunez Gustavo SS
O'Flaherty Eric RP
Oliver Zachary P
Ortiz Daniel OF
Padilla Fredys 2B
Parrish David C
Parry Craig OF
Partch Curtis P
Paulino Carlos C
Payne Matthew 3B
Payne Vincent P
Pena Ramses SS
Perez Miguel C
Pevny Logan P
Polanco Gregory OF
Polo Tito OF
Polonia Rodney SS
Pond Simon OF
Ponder Allen P
Powell Jeremy P
Prasch Eddie 3B
Pribanic Aaron SP
Quarles Jason P
Ramirez Elvin P
Ramirez Harold OF
Ramirez Harold OF
Ramos Jhonathan P
Reames Britt RP
Reddinger Brandon C
Reichert Dan P
Reid Justin P
Reith Brian P
Reyes Milver C
Rice Chad SS
Rivera Maximo SS
Roberts Kevin P
Roberts Willis P
Robertson Nash P
Robles Moises P
Rodriguez Leandro P
Rodriguez Nerio P
Rodriguez Sean 1B
Rogers Jason 1B
Rojas Chris SP
Ronco Jesus SS
Rondon Jorge RP
Roneberg Brett OF
Rooi Vince 3B
Rosario Melvin P
Rubinstein Dave OF
Ryan Michael OF
Sakamoto Kent 1B
Salas Marino RP
Salcedo Edward 3B
Sanchez Angel P
Sanz Luis P
Scahill Rob RP
Schugel A.J. P
Serrano Elio RP
Shortslef Josh P
Simon Keanon OF
Simpson Allan P
Singh Rinku P
Sinkbeil Brett P
Smith Gregory 1B
Spain Robert SS
Stein Blake SP
Stevenson Trent P
Stewart Chris C
Suarez Steven C
Sucre Antonio OF
Sues Jeff RP
Taillon Jameson SP
Tarpley Stephen P
Tejeda Oscar SS
Thompson Mike P
Tucker Cole SS
Urena Luis OF
Valdez Alex 3B
Valdez Luis Alfonzo P
Valdez Yunior OF
Valiquette Phillippe P
Valle Sebastian C
Vogelsong Ryan SP
Von Rosenberg Zack P
Walcott Damian OF
Waldron Tyler P
Waldrop Kyle RP
Walker Andrew C
Watson Tony RP
Webster Anthony OF
Welch Stefan 1B
Whitehead David P
Whiteside Matt RP
Williams Brandon P
Williams Michael P
Williams Trevor P
Yang Yao-Hsun P
Yates Tyler RP
Zarate Robert P

Branson Jeff TO
Dorante Luis TO
Fischer Brad TO
Huntington Neal GM
Hurdle Clint MAN
Jauss Dave TO
Leyva Nick TO
Livesy Jeff TO
Searage Ray PC
Sofield Rick TO

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