Pittsburgh Pirates news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 26 May 2016 16:30:07 -0700
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.
Thu, 26 May 2016 15:12:01 -0700
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.
Thu, 26 May 2016 14:48:52 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole picked up a no-decision in his start Thursday, May 26, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He worked five innings, yielding only one unearned run on seven hits and three walks. He also struck out five.
Fantasy Tip: Cole only went five innings because he was pretty much as inefficient as can be, in needing 106 pitches to get through his day. He was actually in line for the win when he departed, but the bullpen coughed it up right away. Even so, this wasn't a bad outing by any stretch, as Cole still helped out owners with ERA and strikeouts. The Pirates ace is in the midst of putting together another nice campaign overall.
Thu, 26 May 2016 09:00:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Mercer is hitting .400 the last week and is a prosperous choice in the midrange today.
Thu, 26 May 2016 07:41:44 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Cervelli is hitting just .193 this month, but he hits lefties at a .391 clip. He's a midrange option against Patrick Corbin.
Thu, 26 May 2016 07:41:23 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Freese homered yesterday and is hitting .350 against lefties this year. He's a solid option against Patrick Corbin. Rodriguez is hitting just .258 this month after a fast start. He hits lefties much better than righties, though, and he's a low-end option.
Wed, 25 May 2016 21:16:33 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Melancon has recorded a save in nine of his last 10 appearances and has allowed only two earned runs this month. He should receive plenty of save opportunities moving forward and should be a starting option in all leagues.
Wed, 25 May 2016 21:00:54 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Freese has become a bench player since Jung Ho Kang has returned but has received starts at first base against left-handed pitchers. He is hitting .277 this season and can be used by owners in daily fantasy leagues when he is in the lineup.
Wed, 25 May 2016 20:51:54 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with one RBI against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, May 25. He is hitting .343 with 16 RBI since being moved to the No. 3 spot in the starting lineup.
Fantasy Tip: Polanco has recorded at least one hit in eight of his last nine games and has five multi-hit games during that span. He is a must-start option in all leagues as long as he is on his hot streak.
Wed, 25 May 2016 14:56:36 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Josh Harrison (illness) was scratched from the starting lineup with an illness Wednesday, May 25. 1B Sean Rodriguez is replacing Harrison at second base and is batting sixth against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Rubby De La Rosa.
Fantasy Tip: S-Rod isn't a bad replacement, as he's hitting .298 with four home runs and 14 RBI. De La Rosa has improved this season but isn't exactly a daunting matchup, making Rodriguez worth a look as a midrange flier in daily contests.
Wed, 25 May 2016 12:39:57 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Jung Ho Kang and C Francisco Cervelli are not in the starting lineup Wednesday, May 25. 3B David Freese is starting at third base and is hitting fifth, while C Chris Stewart is behind the plate and batting eighth against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Rubby De La Rosa.
Fantasy Tip: This is Cervelli's second straight day sitting, so he may be dealing with an injury. Check back for more updates. Stewart is batting .229 after going 1-for-3 last night and is a very low-end catching option in DFS action. Freese has been respectable for the Pirates this year, batting .276 with two home runs and 12 RBI, and he could have an opportunity to drive in plenty of runs as a value pick.
Wed, 25 May 2016 11:20:02 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Watson is the primary eighth-inning setup man for Mark Melancon in Pittsburgh. The left-hander has been stellar with a 2.18 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He's valuable in much deeper leagues and as a handcuff for Melancon owners.
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.
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