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Gerrit Cole allowed four runs over five innings in Saturday's no-decision against the Mets. He allowed 10 hits and walked one while striking out just three.

Fantasy Impact: After looking like he was back to being an upper-echelon starter, Cole threw up a couple of clunkers in his two-start week, faltering against both the Mets and the Braves. A troubling sign is that he has struck out just eight over his last 16 2/3 innings, after having nearly a strikeout per inning in his previous starts. Cole will look to bounce back against the same Mets next weekend, this time at Citi Field.

Gregory Polanco homers Sunday

Sun, May 28th 11:37pm EDT
By Daniel Marcus


Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a home run, one RBI, and two runs scored in the Pirates' 7-2 loss to the Mets on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Polanco is now 5-for-13 in three games since coming off the DL with two home runs. While this is a small sample size, it should give owners the optimism that he is healthy and that he will produce the way it was hoped in the preseason. With his power seemingly back intact, Polanco has five-category potential.

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs, and one run scored in the Pirates 5-4 win over the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: McCutchen got a hold of his first home run since May 14 and also doubled in a run. He is riding a modest three-game hit streak, but his average still sits at just .212 for the season. His other production remains respectable, so he does still carry some fantasy value if owners can survive the batting average hit.

Josh Harrison went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored on Thursday. It was Harrison's third straight multi-hit game.

Fantasy Impact: Harrison is batting .304 and is on pace for 20 home runs and 14 steals, making him a solid fantasy starter in mixed leagues. The Pirates offense isn't anything to write home about, as evidenced by Harrison's low total of just 20 runs scored on the season despite batting leadoff. Still, those in need of batting average help or just steady production could look to Harrison for support.

Francisco Cervelli went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs on Thursday against the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Cervelli isn't anything special, but he's on pace to score 64 runs and knock in 68 RBIs, both fine totals for a fantasy catcher. His lack of power and upside keeps him relevant in only two-catcher leagues, but he won't hurt you in any category.

Jameson Taillon completed a 35-pitch bullpen session on Thursday. He's recovering from cancer, and there is still no timeframe on his return. (Source: Stephen J. Nesbitt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is certainly an encouraging step forward, but the team continues to caution that there is no real sense of when Taillon will be able to return. The former top prospect was off to a nice start prior to the devastating news of his cancer.

Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer had a nice day at the plate Thursday night, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, two RBIs and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Mercer raised his average to .239 for the season, but is not a recommended add for any teams outside of the deepest of leagues.

Adam Frazier went 1-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored in the Pirates 9-4 win over the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Frazier has now homered in two consecutive games, each being a three-run home run. He has hit exceptionally well since coming off the DL as he has six multi-hit games in his past ten games. The power surge is unexpected and isn't likely to continue, but if he continues to bat at the top of the Pirates lineup, he should score plenty of runs thanks to his ability to get on base. He is likely still best as a deeper league add, but for those thin on outfielders due to injuries, Frazier is a great option.

Ivan Nova went 8 1/3 innings against the Braves on Thursday, giving up four runs on ten hits while walking one and striking out one en route to his fifth win.

Fantasy Impact: Don't let the ten hits and four runs fool you, Nova dominated yet again. Three of the hits and two of the runs came in the ninth when the game was out of reach and Nova was going for the complete game. Before that, he threw 88 pitches over eight frames of masterful baseball. Nova will try to keep the good times rolling against the D-Backs on Tuesday.

Pirates first baseman Josh Bell had a strong showing Tuesday night, going 2-for-4 with two runs scores, one RBI and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: While he has been a little hit-or-miss this season, the power potential is clearly there.

Tony Watson took the loss against the Braves on Tuesday, surrendering two runs on three hits including the walk-off winner.

Fantasy Impact: He almost shut the door, but instead gave up a double to Nick Markakis and a single to Matt Adams to end the game with two outs. May has not been a good month for Watson as he has given up seven runs over eight innings of work. For now, he should still hold his job, but with Felipe Rivero shutting down batters in the eighth, the question for a change could come up early this summer.

Tyler Glasnow pitched six innings of two-run ball on Tuesday, striking out four and surrendering two runs on nine hits and issuing just two walks.

Fantasy Impact: Just after he finished his sixth inning of work, the sky opened in Atlanta and a rainstorm caused a long delay so that finished Glasnow's solid day. The most telling stat from tonight was the fact that he only threw 91 pitches through his six innings and 61 were for strikes. Although he is the ultimate boom-or-bust play, expect another strong start against the Mets on Sunday.

David Freese was credited with driving in the sole run of Sunday's game against the Phillies after being hit by a pitch in the 6th inning with the bases loaded.

Fantasy Impact: Freese has struggled since his return from the DL, if you're in a deep enough league to consider adding him, it might be wise to give him a little bit of time to sort his issues out.

Jung-Ho Kang had his appeal denied as his DUI sentence was upheld in Korea. His suspended sentence of eight months of jail time was upheld in the process. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Kang would avoid jail time if he's able to avoid further infractions over a two-year period, but the loss of the appeal is a blow to the infielder's chances of returning to the United States and MLB. He's very unlikely to play for the Pirates in 2017, and his prospects for future playing time are murky at best.

Chad Kuhl expects to make his next start despite exiting his previous outing early. He took a line drive off his right knee, prompting the early exit. (Source: Stephen J. Nesbitt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's good to see that all seems to be well, and that Kuhl isn't expected to be skipped after taking the liner off his leg. His numbers are ugly overall (6.26 ERA and 1.74 WHIP), but most of that damage was done in a short appearance against the Cubs in which he surrendered a whopping eight hits, four walks and nine earned runs over only 1 2/3 innings. He was pitching well prior to that appearance, and he's a pitcher to monitor in deeper leagues.

Daniel Hudson's struggles continued on Monday, surrendering the game winning RBI-single to Billy Hamilton and the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: He had a crucial throwing error that allowed a runner to get to second before giving up the hit to Hamilton. Hudson without a doubt has a live arm but does not have command right now as he regularly throws 20 or more pitches when he enters the game. He is now a safe drop even in deep leagues and NL-only leagues if there are any upside relievers on the waiver.

Felipe Rivero tossed a clean seventh inning on Friday against the Yankees, setting them down in order en route to his second -most-in-the-MLB sixth hold.

Fantasy Impact: Rivero can hang on the waiver wire in most leagues, but his stellar 0.90 ERA and 0.90 WHIP should warrant at least keeping an eye on just in case something were to happen to Tony Watson.

Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance. (Source: MLB on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a remarkable development for the Pirates and MLB, as Marte is one of the more significant names to be suspended under baseball's drug-testing policy. Marte is an exceptional talent and fantasy asset, so if there's any way to hold him on your roster for the 80-game suspension, he will almost assuredly provide dividends down the stretch. In the meantime, it's possible that Austin Meadows will get a look, but he's currently batting just .162 at Triple-A. As for other Pirates, other hitters, such as Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco, get a small downgrade with Marte's absence from the lineup.

The Reds have claimed Nefi Ogando off waivers from the Pirates. (Source: Zach Buchanan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In a corresponding move, Homer Bailey was moved to the 60-day DL to free up space for Ogando on the Reds' 40-man roster. Ogando posted a 2.30 ERA in just 15.2 IP for the Marlins in 2016. He will compete for a spot in the middle of the Reds' bullpen.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired RHP Frank Duncan from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for INF Phil Gosselin. (Source: Arizona Diamondbacks on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Duncan will have an opportunity to make the Diamondbacks roster during spring training but as fantasy outlooks go it doesn't seem like Duncan will have a big impact this season. In Triple-A last season Duncan started 20 games and gathered a 2.33 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP. Dynasty wise Duncan may be someone to look into but not a big deal if you pass on him. In season long formats Duncan can be ignored.

Ryan Vogelsong took his fourth loss of the season against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Vogelsong threw five innings (six hits), walked three, and gave up five earned runs.

Fantasy Impact: Vogelsong was not a recommended fantasy start in most leagues going into Wednesday's matchup against the Cubs, and he proved why with five earned runs in five innings. The veteran is only worth a roster spot in the deepest of fantasy leagues.