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Pirates | Jordy Mercer misses game

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:37:45 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (chest) missed the game Monday, April 20, against the Chicago Cubs due to a bruised chest. He was injured by a hit by pitch Sunday, April 19. Mercer might be ready to return Tuesday, April 21.

Fantasy Tip: Mercer is the better of the two Pittsburgh shortstops from an offensive perspective, and worth a look at just $2,000 (or 4.0% of cap) when he is healthy.

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Pirates | Jameson Taillon nearing rehab stint

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:26:48 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jameson Taillon (elbow) continues to make progress and could begin a rehab assignment "sooner than later," according to general manager Neal Huntington.

Fantasy Tip: Taillon was one of the top pitching prospects in baseball before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He's worth monitoring in mixed leagues.

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Pirates | Gerrit Cole strikeout rate improving

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:24:57 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole has seen his strikeout rate per nine innings improve from 9.0 to 11.5, thanks to his slider being thrown twice as much as last year.

Fantasy Tip: Cole ($7,300, 14.6% of cap) has become a feared pitcher thanks to some strong performances for the Pirates. Daily leagues that count strikeouts will reward Cole for solid efforts, and you should start Cole in your leagues.

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Pirates | Francisco Cervelli sitting out

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:40:51 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli is not in the starting lineup Sunday, April 19. C Chris Stewart will be the starting catcher for the game.

Fantasy Tip: Cervelli ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) starting the previous four games, so he is receiving a day off. Stewart ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) recently came off the disabled list and probably should be avoided for now.

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Pirates | Francisco Cervelli batting second

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:01:13 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli is batting second against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, April 17.

Fantasy Tip: The lineup promotion is a nice fantasy boost for Cervelli ($2,000, 4.0% of cap). Cervelli is 7-for-23 to start the season, and at his cap hit, he makes a nice FantasyScore target Friday. It is unlikely Cervelli sticks in the two hole, though, as the order shuffle is likely because of Neil Walker's day off.

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Pirates | Sean Rodriguez starting at the keystone

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:58:08 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Sean Rodriguez is starting at second base and batting eighth against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, April 17.

Fantasy Tip: While his cap hit is a contest low, Rodriguez hardly moves the needle against right-handed pitchers. He has a .226/.297/.349 slash line against righties for his career, and FantasyScore players should aim higher Friday.

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Pirates | Charlie Morton to rehab Saturday

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:43:07 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (hip) will make a start at extended spring training Saturday, April 18. He will be on a 55-pitch limit as he makes his way back from offseason hip surgery.

Fantasy Tip: Morton has a while until he is able to return to the bigs, and itís uncertain if there will be a spot in the rotation for him or if he will work out of the bullpen. FantasyScore owners need not pay him any mind until he can officially return and prove his health.

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Pirates | Mark Melancon's velocity down

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:22:37 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates RP Mark Melancon has averaged 88.7 mph on his fastball through three innings thus far. His average fastball was 91.6 mph last season. Manager Clint Hurdle said he's not worried, but the situation will be monitored.

Fantasy Tip: Melancon has only had one rough outing in which he allowed three runs and four hits in one inning. He still has three strikeouts in as many innings. There isn't a lot of cause for concern unless the velocity dip lingers.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Stephen J. Nesbitt

Pirates | Starling Marte with day off

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:47:12 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte is not in the starting lineup against Detroit Tigers SP Shane Greene Tuesday, April 14. OF Corey Hart is starting in right field and hitting fifth in the batting order.

Fantasy Tip: Hart ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) had a pinch-hit home run in Monday's win, so he's entering with a little momentum. However, he's more of a low-end outfield option at FantasyScore against Greene and the Tigers.

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Pirates | A.J. Burnett has good history at PNC

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:46:53 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett is 14-12 with a 2.76 ERA in 35 career starts at PNC Park. He will face the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, April 14 after going 5 1/3 innings and recording a no-decision against the Cincinnati Reds last Thursday.

Fantasy Tip: While Burnett ($4,500, 9.0% of cap) is much better in the pitcher-friendly confines of PNC Park, he makes for a rather risky FantasyScore pitching option Tuesday against the hot-hitting Tigers.

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Pirates | Pedro Alvarez at ease at 1B?

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:03:20 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez is making the move across the diamond from third base to first base this year, and scouts who watched him in spring training said he looked much more comfortable at first base and thought he'd benefit offensively from the move. Alvarez hit just .231 with 18 home runs and a .405 slugging percentage in 2014. The Pirates can choose to start OF Corey Hart at first base against tough left-handed pitchers, and 2B Sean Rodriguez has been a defensive replacement for Alvarez at first four times in the opening week. "He's given a 100% effort to be a really good first baseman -- not just stand at the position between at-bats," general manager Neal Huntington said.

Fantasy Tip: Alvarez ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) is off to a fine start in 2015, with seven hits in his first 23 at-bats (.304) and three home runs. You'll only want to play him at FantasyScore against right-handed pitchers, though, as he hit just .175 with two of his 18 dingers against southpaws last year. He's an attractive play Tuesday against Tigers starter Shane Greene.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jerry Crasnick

Pirates | Andrew McCutchen in lineup Monday

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:11:24 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (knee) is in the lineup Monday, April 13, against the Detroit Tigers.

Fantasy Tip: It's a good sign that Cutch is back in there again after missing Saturday's game with a knee issue. He went deep Sunday, and at $6,200 (12.4% of your cap), he's an elite OF option on FantasyScore.

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Pirates | Tony Sanchez receives start

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:24:42 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Tony Sanchez will be the starting catcher against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, April 12.

Fantasy Tip: Sanchez ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) has not gotten a hit in his four plate appearances this season. Owners on FantasyScore should be able to find better options to use for their lineups.

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Pirates | Jung-Ho Kang starting at 3B

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:15:32 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung-Ho Kang is starting at third base against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, April 12.

Fantasy Tip: Kang ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) will receive starts at shortstop and third base during the season but is not an everyday player at this point. Owners on FantasyScore probably will be able to find better options to use.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Travis Sawchik

Pirates | Josh Harrison sitting out

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:10:31 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Josh Harrison is not in the starting lineup Sunday, April 12.

Fantasy Tip: Harrison ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) is receiving a day off after struggling in the last few games. Harrison should be back for the next game but may not be a great option on FantasyScore until he heats up at the plate.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Player News

Acosta Jose P
Adams Terry RP
Alduey Darlin P
Allie Stetson 3B
Almonte Hector P
Alvarez Pedro 1B
Amato Gary P
Andino Robert 2B
Aneudy Darlin P
Antelo Derek P
Aponte Kelly 1B
Baker Nate P
Baker Nathan P
Balester Collin SP
Bankston Maurice P
Barnes Barrett OF
Barrios Gustavo 3B
Bastardo Antonio RP
Bell Joshua OF
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
Broxton Keon OF
Bullinger Kirk P
Burnett A.J. SP
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
Decker Jaff OF
Del Castillo Angelo OF
DeLaCruz Michael OF
Delaney Jason INF
DeLeon Cristopher P
Diaz Francisco C
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
Fernandez Erick C
Fields Caleb OF
Figuera Luis P
Fitzpatrick John 1B
Florimon Pedro SS
Forrer Daniel P
Foster Zachary P
Freeman Wesley OF
Fuesser Zac P
Garabito Eddy INF
Garcia Christopher INF
Garcia Juan C
Giblin Sean P
Glasnow Tyler P
Gonzalez Issael 2B
Gryboski Kevin RP
Guerra Deolis RP
Guerrero Emilis P
Guillory Matthew P
Guzman Edwards C
Hafner Ryan P
Hagan Thomas OF
Hamilton Clayton P
Hamman Corey P
Hanson Alen SS
Harris Justin SS
Harrison Josh 3B
Hart Corey OF
Hart Kevin SP
Harts Jeremy P
Harvey Kris RP
Henriquez Cristian P
Henriquez Ralph C
Herbort Ryan P
Heredia Luis P
Hernandez Anderson 2B
Hernandez Christopher P
Hernandez Gorkys OF
Herrera Johan 3B
Hill Josh P
Holdzkom John RP
Holliday Brian P
Hollingsworth Ethan P
Holmes Brett OF
Holmes Clay P
Hughes Jared RP
Inman Jeff P
Ivany Devin C
Jackson Steven P
Jones Mitch OF
Jones Rodarrick OF
Joves Julio 1B
Julio Jorge RP
Kaminista Kyle RP
Kang Jung-Ho SS
Keel Jared 3B
Keller Mitch P
Kingsbury Robert OF
Kinney Josh RP
Kleis Kevin P
Klinger Brent P
Knotts Allan P
Krebs Eric P
LaFromboise Bobby P
Lakind Jared 1B
Lambo Andrew 1B
Lara Pedro OF
Lee Taber 2B
Lee Wilson P
Leesman Charlie RP
Leon Jose INF
Linares Serguey P
Lincoln Brad RP
Liriano Francisco SP
Liz Radhames SP
Locke Jeff SP
Lomack Jermal 2B
Lombardozzi Steve 2B
Lopez Cesar P
Lorenzo Arquimedes P
Mallette Brian P
Mann Brandon P
Marte Starling OF
Mathisen Wyatt C
McClung Seth RP
McCullen Matthew P
McCutchen Andrew OF
McGuire Reese C
McPherson Kyle SP
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
Morton Charlie SP
Mulhern Ryan OF
Myles Candon OF
Myrow Brian 1B
Neverauskas Dovydas P
Newsom Randy P
Norman Anthony OF
Nunez Gustavo SS
Oliver Zachary P
Padilla Fredys 2B
Palmeiro Patrick 3B
Parrish David C
Parry Craig OF
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
Richard Clayton SP
Rivera Maximo SS
Roberts Kevin P
Roberts Willis P
Robertson Nash P
Robles Moises P
Rodriguez Leandro P
Rodriguez Nerio P
Rodriguez Sean 2B
Rojas Chris SP
Romero Deibinson 3B
Ronco Jesus SS
Roneberg Brett OF
Rooi Vince 3B
Rosario Melvin P
Rubinstein Dave OF
Ryan Michael OF
Sadler Casey SP
Sakamoto Kent 1B
Salas Marino RP
Salcedo Edward 3B
Sanchez Angel P
Sanchez Tony C
Sanz Luis P
Scahill Rob RP
Sellers Justin SS
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
Tabata Jose OF
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
Volstad Chris SP
Von Rosenberg Zack P
Walcott Damian OF
Waldron Tyler P
Waldrop Kyle RP
Walker Andrew C
Walker Neil 2B
Wall Josh RP
Watson Tony RP
Webster Anthony OF
Welch Stefan 1B
Whiteside Matt RP
Williams Brandon P
Williams Michael P
Wood Blake RP
Worley Vance SP
Yang Yao-Hsun P
Yates Tyler RP

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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