Pittsburgh Pirates

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Colin Moran went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run and five RBI in the Pirates' 11-0 win over the Marlins on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: The Pirates laid the smack down on the Marlins in this one, and Moran was a big part of this blowout. Moran has come alive over the last three weeks, hitting .322 with seven home runs and a .969 OPS since May 19. With just 10% ownership in Yahoo leagues, Moran is out there begging to be added during this hot streak. Do both himself and yourself a favor and pick him up.

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Steven Brault fired six scoreless innings and improved to 3-1 in the Pirates' 11-0 win over the Marlins on Friday. He allowed eight hits, no walks, and struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: This was by far Brault's best start of the season, and he delivered back-to-back quality starts. Some may scoff at the eight hits allowed, and while that number is high, Brault did not allow an extra base hit or a walk in this game. We can live with eight hits if they are all singles knocked periodically throughout the game. Brault looks to have graduated from never use territory to stream-able in the right matchup. He draws another soft opponent next time out, facing Detroit at home on Wednesday.

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Brian Reynolds went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and a run scored in the Pirates' 6-5 loss to the Braves on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Reynolds boosted his average to a robust .350 after this game. Sure, his .439 BABIP will regress at some point, but with a 48% hard-hit rate and 23.5% line drive rate, Reynolds could maintain a solid batting average even when regression hits.

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Joe Musgrove allowed six runs on nine hits over four innings in the Pirates' 6-5 loss to the Braves on Thursday. He walked two and struck out three while falling to 4-7.

Fantasy Impact: Musgrove made this start on a quick turnaround because he last just four batters before being ejected on Monday. Perhaps the disruption in his routine threw him off, but it's tough to watch him get pounded like this with regularity. He has just one quality start in his last five outings, and has a 7.59 ERA since May 1. He's hard to trust right now, and only usable in the softest of matchups. Luckily, he gets a soft matchup next time out, home against Detroit on Tuesday.

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Kingham was traded to the Blue Jays on Thursday for cash considerations. (Source: Shi Davidi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kingham is expected to join the team for its weekend series against the Houston Astros. The 27-year-old right-hander went 1-1 with a 9.87 ERA, a 2.05 WHIP and seven home runs allowed over 34 2/3 innings; it isn't known how Toronto will use him, but you can safely leave him unowned in all fantasy formats.

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Starling Marte went 2-for-6 with a homer and a strikeout in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Marte now has three homers over his last three games. He's up to 10 on the season to go with 11 stolen bases in 12 attempts. If he's able to stay healthy, Marte could approach a 25/30 season, but he should be a sure bet for at least a 20/20 campaign.

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Josh Bell launches 19th homer

Thu, Jun 13th 11:39am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Josh Bell went 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored, an RBI, and a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Bell's impressive first half continued Wednesday. The slugger now has 19 homers on the season to go with a triple slash of .325/.392/.663. Most metrics point to this breakout being legitimate, so owners that are wary shouldn't sell too low on Bell, if at all.

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Adam Frazier went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Frazier got off to a fast start this season, but he's since tailed off. He's now splitting time atop the lineup, and he's more of a DFS option in good situations rather than someone to consider for season-long purposes, even with the struggles at 2B in general.

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Corey Dickerson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and an RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Dickerson has only two hits in 12 at-bats since returning from the disabled list. A popular late-round OF option on draft day, Dickerson has gotten off to a rough start for the Pirates and fantasy owners, but he's still only seen 25 at-bats due to the early-season injury. Given his solid lineup placement and track record, he's someone to monitor in deeper leagues.

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Kevin Newman went 3-for-5 with a double, walk, two RBIs, and a stolen base Wednesday against the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Newman now has six hits over his last two games. He's up to a triple slash of .321 .371 .435 on the season with two homers and three stolen bases in as many attempts. He's hit atop the Pirates' lineup over the team's last three games, which should only help his run-scoring opportunities.

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Felipe Vazquez appeared in a tie game and struck out three batters while allowing a walk in a scoreless inning of work.

Fantasy Impact: Vazquez lowered his ERA and WHIP to 2.22 and 1.20 on the season to go with his 15 saves. He has now struck out 46 batters in 28 1/3 innings as he continues to be one of the best closing options in baseball.

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Mitch Keller roughed up again

Thu, Jun 13th 11:25am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Mitch Keller allowed six runs on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts over three innings against the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Keller once again labored, as he threw 71 pitches over the three frames. The outing raised his ERA to 15.43 on the season. It's unclear what Keller's future holds, but he has dominated the minors and doesn't have much more to prove at that level. Given his pedigree, he's worth holding in deeper and keeper leagues despite the poor results thus far.

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Chris Archer allowed seven runs on six hits over six innings in the Pirates' 7-5 loss to the Braves on Tuesday. He walked two and struck out eight while falling to 3-6.

Fantasy Impact: Archer served up five home runs in this game, each more painful than the one before it. He's also allowed at least one home run in eight straight starts and in all but two of his starts this season. Track record isn't enough for owners to endure Archer's blowups anymore. He at least gets a soft matchup next time out, Sunday at Miami.

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Lyles was placed on the 10-day injured list with tightness in his left hamstring. (Source: Adam Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a big loss for Pirates fans and fantasy owners alike, with Lyles off to one of the best starts of his career. The 28-year-old is 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 66 strikeouts over 64 1/3 innings this season.

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Jung Ho Kang went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Pirates' 5-2 loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: This was Kang's first start since returning off the injured list, and it was nice to see him play shortstop. It remains to be see whether Kang can handle shortstop every day, but it would be a nice boost to his fantasy value if he did. This is a situation worth monitoring in deeper leagues.

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The Pirates have optioned Cole Tucker to Triple-A Indianapolis. (Source: Adam Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tucker was an interesting fantasy option in deeper leagues when he first came up but ultimately struggled to hit enough. The 22-year-old hit .196 with a .565 OPS through his first 38 big league games. He could get another chance with the Pirates later this year if he gets it going in Triple-A for now.

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Rookie Davis allowed three runs on four hits over three innings in the Pirates' 10-4 loss to the Brewers on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: It was a rough outing for Davis, something he is no stranger to based on his history. He had a 5.35 ERA at Triple-A prior to his promotion, and put up an 8.63 ERA in six starts for Cincinnati in 2017, his only prior big league experience. His next start comes Wednesday at Atlanta, but no fantasy owner should deploy him in that or any situation.

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Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Pirates' 6-1 win over the Braves on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Polanco ended a long homer drought, having not gone deep since May 23. His performance in general has been slipping lately, though he did raise his ISO to .206 after today. He is in the OF3-4 range in mixed leagues.

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Jose Osuna went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the Pirates' 12-10 loss to the Brewers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Osuna is a bench player for Pittsburgh, and doesn't have a clear path to playing time. It would take injuries at either corner infield or outfield positions for Osuna to sniff regular playing time. Even if he finds himself with regular ABs, he has a career .693 OPS and wouldn't be more than an NL-only play.

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Elias Diaz went 3-for-7 with four RBI in the Pirates' 12-10 loss to the Brewers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz did most of his damage with a bases-clearing, three-run double in the third. He's hit well in Francisco Cervelli's absence, owning a .287 AVG in 99 PA. His .313 OBP and .043 ISO leave much to be desired, but with how poorly Cervelli performed before his injury, Diaz could easily usurp Cervelli as Pittsburgh's primary catcher.

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