Pittsburgh Pirates news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:03:45 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano allowed seven earned runs, eight hits and four walks with just three strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings in a loss against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, July 26. He threw just 38 of his 72 pitches for strikes, as control issues continue to dog him.
Fantasy Tip: Liriano has struggled for most of the season. He looked good last time out, but it was back to the same old for Liriano in this one. At 6-10 with a 5.38 ERA and 1.61 WHIP it's time to use him only in the deepest of NL-only fantasy leagues until he can start to produce quality starts on a regular basis again.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:03:17 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Polanco has managed six hits over his past 12 at-bats, and he is re-emerging as a must-start fantasy option in all formats now that he is healthy again.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:02:40 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Ryan Vogelsong (face) will work Wednesday, July 27, with Class AAA Indianapolis. He has been sidelined since May 28 after being hit in the face due to facial fractures. He left his last rehab start due to a stiff neck. Manager Clint Hurdle said the plan is for Vogelsong to go seven innings or at least 95 pitches.
Fantasy Tip: Vogelsong is working his way back slowly. When healthy he is only worth a look in the deepest of NL-only fantasy formats.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:23:57 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Ryan Vogelsong (face, neck) is scheduled to start for Class AAA Indianapolis Wednesday, July 27. Manager Clint Hurdle said he hopes Vogelsong will be able to pitch seven innings or throw 90 to 95 pitches during the start.
Fantasy Tip: It appears Vogelsong is close to returning from his injury, but it is not known if he will be a starter or a reliever for the team. He should be decent starting option in NL-only leagues if he joins the starting rotation but would not have much value if joins the bullpen.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:45:37 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Kang has gone 24 games -- 16 starts -- since his last multi-hit showing with a .156/.250/.281 slash line during the span. Considering he also has some legal issues looming, Kang's fantasy stock is in a serious decline. He is replaceable in shallower leagues. Freese, on the other hand, is having a nice season and is worth starting in deep mixed and NL-only leagues.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:41:00 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Harrison is in a dreadful slump with an active 22-for-128 (.172 batting average) run at the dish with a .477 OPS, whereas Frazier has a .359/.405/.590 lash line over his first 42 plate appearances. This has the makings of a timeshare, and unless Harrison pulls out of his funk, he's in risk of losing his job. Frazier is a player on the rise in mixed leagues.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:05:36 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Although it wasn't his most effective start, Taillon's strikeout total was encouraging. His potential alone makes him worth owning in all but the shallowest of leagues.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:01:52 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Matt Joyce went 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk in a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, July 24, and he is slugging a career-best .563 for the year.
Fantasy Tip: Joyce doesn't play every day, but his power makes him an intriguing DFS option when he is in the lineup.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:12:36 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Odorizzi and Moore have been popular names in trade rumors, but the Pirates are looking to add a starting pitcher. Either pitcher would be an upgrade for Pittsburgh and would continue to be decent fantasy options in mixed leagues.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:44:49 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen, 3B Jung Ho Kang, C Francisco Cervelli and SS Jordy Mercer are not in the starting lineup against Philadelphia Phillies SP Vincent Velasquez Sunday, July 24. OF Starling Marte will start in center field, while OF Gregory Polanco will start in left field. 3B David Freese will start at third base and is batting third. OF Matt Joyce will start in right field and is batting fifth. C Elias Diaz will start at catcher and is batting seventh, while 2B Sean Rodriguez will start at shortstop and is batting eighth.
Fantasy Tip: Freese is hitting only .190 over the last seven games but should still be a decent starting option in some leagues. Joyce is hitting .207 in July and probably can be avoided in most leagues. Diaz was recently called up from the minor leagues and should not be used by owners at this point. Rodriguez is hitting .251 with 10 home runs this season but should only be used in NL-only leagues.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:08:20 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Glasnow left the game with right shoulder discomfort Saturday, July 23. Expect Pittsburgh to be overly cautious with their promising young hurler. Despite his upside, it isn't out of the question to cut ties with Glasnow in shallow formats, especially if you don't have the luxury of being patient with him. Stay tuned for updates.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:14:55 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates P Ryan Vogelsong (face, neck) played catch prior to the game Saturday, July 23. He was forced to leave his rehab start for Class AAA Indianapolis after four innings Wednesday, July 20, due to stiffness in his neck.
Fantasy Tip: Vogelsong is expected to be activated from the disabled list soon, although the veteran righty won't have much fantasy value in any format because he will be used in relief.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:49:43 -0700
Fantasy Tip: There's no word on the severity, but he's their top pitching prospect. There's no need to push it, and while it's premature, his season could be in jeopardy.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:12:14 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Glasnow hit two batters, one in the head, and allowed four hits and three walks in three innings. There's no word on what the ailment was, but we'll keep you posted.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:18:01 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Jung Ho Kang is not in the starting lineup against Philadelphia Phillies SP Aaron Nola Saturday, July 23. 3B David Freese will start at third base and is batting fifth in the lineup.
Fantasy Tip: Freese is hitting .275 with three home runs and eight RBI this month and continues to play well this season. He should be a solid starting option in daily fantasy leagues and some deeper mixed leagues.
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