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The Pirates are exercising the $9 million 2020 club option on Chris Archer. (Source: Nubyjas Wilborn on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Archer posted a 5.19 ERA in 23 starts this season but it still made sense to pick up this option in hopes of a turnaround. The 31-year-old has mostly been a disappointment since the Pirates acquired him, especially considering who they sent to Tampa Bay when acquiring him. Both Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows have shown star potential with the Rays.

Category: Transactions


Starling Marte's $11.5 million club option for 2020 was picked up Thursday. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Marte hit a career-high 23 home runs with 82 RBI in 2019. The Pirates have decided to pick up his option, but could move Marte during the off-season as they continue to rebuild.

Category: Transactions


Trevor Williams (7-9) took the loss Sunday against the Reds, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: Williams's start Sunday characterized his season pretty well; flashes of efficiency, but struggles to maintain consistency. He allowed two homers Sunday, bringing his season total to 27 in 145.2 innings. Overall, he will finish with a 7-9 record, a 5.38 ERA, and 113 strikeouts in 145.2 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Steve Baron went 1-for-1 with an RBI double in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Baron was called up in the beginning of September for depth at the catcher position, and has batted .200 with one double and one RBI.

Category: Game Recaps


James Marvel allowed two runs on six hits and two walks across five innings during Saturday's loss to the Reds. He struck out two and did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Marvel surrendered 12 runs in his previous two starts, but he'll end the season on a positive note. In four starts, he posted an 0-3 record with a 8.31 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, and nine strikeouts in 17.1 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Kevin Newman went 2-for-4 with a walkoff home run, five RBI, and a walk in Friday's win over the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Newman delivered his fourth walkoff moment this season with a two-run blast in the ninth, and he also added a three-run homer in the fifth. Newman is batting .310 with 12 home runs, 64 RBI, 61 runs, and 16 steals in 484 at-bats in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps


Steven Brault struck out 10 while allowing four runs on four hits with four walks across five innings during a no-decision against the Reds on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Brault pitched very well in June, July, and August, but tarnished his good season with a brutal September. He ends the season with a 5.16 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 100 strikeouts in 113.1 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Pablo Reyes went 3-for-4 with a two-RBI triple and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Reyes drove in two with a triple in the first inning off Jose Quintana. Reyes heads into the final few games of 2019 batting .214 with two homers and 19 RBI in 131 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Joe Musgrove (11-12) picked up the win Thursday against the Cubs, allowing three runs on three hits over six innings, striking out eight and walking two.

Fantasy Impact: It was a rocky 2019 for Musgrove, but he ended on a positive note. He'll need to be more consistent moving forward to be considered a reliable fantasy option, but hopefully he can build on his 2019 season hype. He finishes with a 4.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 157 strikeouts in 170.1 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Keone Kela allowed one walk in the ninth inning en route to his first save of the season Wednesday against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: With Felipe Vazquez on the restricted list, Kela is likely filling in as closer for the Pirates. Kela owns a 2.20 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 32 strikeouts in 28.2 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Dario Agrazal allowed two runs on six hits and no walks over six innings against the Cubs Wednesday. He struck out five and did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Agrazal was in sharp form Wednesday, tallying a decent strikeout total. He struck out 11 batters in 11 innings to end the season. He will finish the year with a 4-5 record, a 4.91 ERA, and a 1.36 WHIP in 73.1 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Erik Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez has played only 48 games this season, and hit his first home run Tuesday night. He is batting .236 with four RBI, 13 runs, and four steals in 123 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Mitch Keller allowed one run on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts across five innings Tuesday against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Keller pitched well, but the Pirates' offense did not get on the board until the seventh inning, so he could not earn the win. Keller has shown signs of greatness, especially with strikeouts, recording 41 in 26.2 innings this season. Overall, he is 1-5 with a 7.13 ERA and 1.83 WHIP.

Category: Game Recaps


Cole Tucker went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Bouncing back and forth between the majors and minors, Tucker has had a disappointing season, batting .211 with two homers in 147 major league at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Elias Diaz exited Saturday's game early with a right knee injury. (Source: Adam Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Diaz was removed in the fourth inning due to the injury. The extent of the injury is not yet known, though he is expected to rest for at least a couple days.

Category: Injury Updates


Adam Frazier went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Frazier's homer came in the seventh inning when the Pirates trailed 6-0. Frazier is batting .279 with 10 homers and 75 runs scored this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Jake Elmore went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

Fantasy Impact: Elmore was recalled from the minors earlier this week, as the Pirates seem to be experimenting towards the end of the season. He's batting .154 in 26 at-bats this season, and is not a highly-touted prospect.

Category: Game Recaps


Felipe Vazquez has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, soliciting a child, and one count of providing obscene material to minors. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Pirates have yet to issue a statement on this matter. MLB will likely launch its own investigation and work with the local police. According to Passan, Vazquez will be put on administrative leave by MLB.

Category: Injury Updates


Bryan Reynolds went 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the Pirates' struggles as a team, Reynolds continues to put up solid numbers as a rookie. He's batting .322 with 16 home runs, 67 RBI, and 83 runs scored.

Category: Game Recaps


Josh Bell is out of the Pirates' lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Bell was removed from yesterday's game with the groin issue and is reportedly unavailable today. With the Pirates long gone from playoff contention, expect the team to be careful with Bell. In other words, don't expect much from him for the remainder of the season.

Category: Injury Updates


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