Pittsburgh Pirates

NL Central

Starling Marte went 1-for-5 with a stolen base in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: The steal was Marte's seventh on the season to go with three home runs and a .841 OPS. Marte is performing the way fantasy owners drafted him to and should expect more of the same all season long.

Category: Game Recaps


Trevor Williams allowed two earned runs on one hit and five walks while striking out seven over six innings Sunday vs. the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: The five walks are a concern but Williams has been a fine starter for the Pirates so far this season. He now sits at a 3-1 record to go with a 2.5 ERA with 21 strikeouts over 29 1/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Josh Bell went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit triple Sunday afternoon vs. the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Bell was getting the day off on Sunday but came off the bench to hit his first triple of the year. The young first baseman has not performed to expectations so far, hitting just .253 with one home run.

Category: Game Recaps


Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts Sunday vs. the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: After a red hot start, Polanco has been ice cold as of late bringing his average all the way down to .197 for the year. He does have five home runs and 15 RBI but fantasy owners would like to see a bit more consistency out of the young outfielder.

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Ivan Nova allowed one run on five hits with three strikeouts over six innings in a no decision Friday night vs. the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Nova pitched well, he just couldn’t get the run support he needed tonight. The outing brings his ERA down to 4.20 on the season. Nova will take on the Tigers at home next week.

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Jameson Taillon lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and two walks Thursday vs. the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: It was an outing Taillon will look to forget as soon as possible. Rhys Hoskins opened the flood gates with a home run in the bottom of the second followed by Taillon walking Nick Williams and hitting Scott Kingery. It all went downhill from there. The Pirates' right-hander will look to bounce back next week against the Tigers.

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Chad Kuhl allowed one run on four hits and three walks to get the win in Wednesday afternoons victory over the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: The lone earned run came on a solo home run off the bat of Chris Iannetta in the third. It was Kuhl’s best start of the season, bringing his ERA down to 4.57. He will look to keep this momentum going when he takes on the Tigers next week at home.

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Corey Dickerson went 0-for-4 on Tuesday night to end his 11-game hitting streak.

Fantasy Impact: Dickerson has been hot out of the gate batting .328 with a home run, 12 RBI, and two stolen bases for the Pirates. He is getting the day off Wednesday vs. the Rockies and will look to continue his early season success when the Pirates travel to Philadelphia on Thursday.

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Jordy Mercer went 2-for-3 with a double in Tuesday nights loss to the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: The Pirates' shortstop is now batting .260 with just three RBI through 50 at-bats this season. The 31-year-old is locked into the starting role for Pittsburgh but is unlikely to hold much fantasy value this season outside of the deepest of formats.

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Colin Moran went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly Monday vs. the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Moran has been consistently productive this year, batting .295 with a home run, two doubles, and nine RBI for the Pirates. The rookie holds a 39.5% hard contact rate with only a 6.7% HR/FB ratio. The power should start to show up for the young third baseman, who could end up being mixed league relevant.

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Josh Harrison will be out of action for six weeks after suffering a broken bone in his left hand caused by being hit by a pitch Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: This was the same bone that Harrison broke last season that cost him almost two months. Harrison’s return should come near the beginning of June. No corresponding move has been announced by the Pirates.

Category: Injury Updates


Felipe Vazquez tossed a scoreless ninth to secure his fifth save Saturday vs. the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: After a tough start to the year Vasquez is locked in and looking more like the elite closer he was in 2017. Fantasy owners should feel comfortable relying on him for the rest of the season.

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Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-5 with a home run, triple, and three RBI in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: The veteran catcher is now batting .250 with a .848 OPS on the young season. Cervelli's value is limited to NL-only leagues, but he could be used as a match-up only streamer for those dealing with a starter on the DL such as Salvador Perez or Mike Zunino.

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Adam Frazier went 2-for-5 with a solo home run Thursday afternoon vs. the Cubs

Fantasy Impact: It was Frazier's first home run of the year and he is now hitting .292 with just 2 RBI. The Pirates' young second baseman holds little to no fantasy value as long as Josh Harrison remains a Pirate, the at-bats are just not there and he started just two out of 10 games this year.

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Joe Musgrove has begun throwing, but there is still no timetable for him to begin throwing off a mound, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Musgrove was an intriguing late-round draft pick this year, especially in points leagues where he qualified at relief pitcher. His lack of progress has been frustrating, and it appears he is at least several weeks away from returning.

Category: Injury Updates


Steven Brault allowed one run on three hits and four walks over five innings Thursday night to get the win over the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Brault also struck out four batters in his sport start. He was replacing the injured Joe Musgrove and should return to the bullpen soon. He can be ignored in all formats.

Category: Game Recaps


Tyler Glasnow gave up one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out five over three innings Wednesday night vs. the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Glasnow has looked impressive so far this season coming out of the bullpen. The truth is he needs to be in the Pirates rotation as he is certainly one of their best five. Glasnow is sure to end up a starter the minute a need would arise for Pittsburgh.

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George Kontos threw a scoreless inning to pick up his first save in Monday’s win over the Twins. Felipe Rivero was unavailable after pitching two innings on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: This was just a vulture save, but it is always nice to know who would get trusted with the ninth if something were to happen to Felipe Rivero. Kontos has thrown two scoreless innings so far this season.

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David Freese went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in game two of Sunday's doubleheader vs. the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Freese started game two in place of Colin Moran, who should get most of the at-bats for the Pirates at third base. He is unlikely to be useful in fantasy leagues this season unless an injury occurs, and maybe not even then.

Category: Game Recaps


Andrew McCutchen has been traded to the San Francisco Giants, pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 31-year-old McCutchen is coming off a bounce-back season in 2017. He hit .279/.363/.486 to go along with 28 homers and 11 stolen bases. He's also playing for a new contract this season, so there are reasons to be optimistic about his 2018 fantasy prospects.