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Trevor Williams allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings in the Pirates' 2-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. He walked one and struck out four while falling to 1-1.

Fantasy Impact: Williams was a tough-luck loser in this one, but still secured his fifth straight quality start. His 2.59 ERA will certainly rise, but Williams could be a solid innings-eater type all season. His next start comes Sunday at the Dodgers.

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Colin Moran went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored in the Pirates' 12-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Moran has been good in limited playing time this season, with a .289 AVG and .386 OBP in 44 PA. He has seen time at first, second, and third base over the last week, so if an injury occurs he could be the next man up, but unless that happens he has little fantasy value.

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Joe Musrgrove allowed three runs on five hits over six innings in the Pirates' 12-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday. He walked two and struck out five in the no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: While this start wasn't overwhelming, Musgrove still secured is fourth straight quality start. He has been nothing but reliable for Pittsburgh and his owners this season, and now has a 1.59 ERA and 4.33 K/BB ratio in 28.1 innings. His next start comes Saturday at the Dodgers.

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Nick Burdi exited Monday's game in the top of the 8th inning with what appeared to be a serious arm injury. He grabbed his throwing arm right near the base of his bicep and appeared to be in considerable pain.

Fantasy Impact: Burdi returned this season after having Tommy John surgery and it would be a tough blow for the 26-year-old if the injury is as serious as it looked. Additional details will follow once they're made available.

Category: Injury Updates


Gregory Polanco was activated on Monday by the Pirates following off-season shoulder surgery. He will start in right field and bat third on Monday. As a result, Steven Brault was optioned to Triple-A. (Source: Rob Biertempfel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Polanco is a top-150 fantasy player and is entering his age 27 season. Last season Polanco slashed .254/.340/.499 with 23 home runs, 81 RBI and 75 runs scored. If you are needing quality outfield depth, Polanco is owned in just 19-percent of ESPN leagues. Pick him up if he is available.

Category: Injury Updates


Josh Bell went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Pirates' 3-2 loss to the Giants on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Bell has quietly been really good during the first month, and now has a .303 AVG and .288 ISO through 78 PA thus far. It would be easier to buy into a Bell breakout if he began elevating the ball, but he still has a 46% groundball rate this season. The power production is likely going to be short-lived.

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Chris Archer allowed three runs on six hits over five innings in the Pirates' 3-2 loss to the Giants on Sunday. He walked two and struck out two while falling to 1-1.

Fantasy Impact: This was an underwhelming return for Archer, who got an extra day's rest due to his five-game suspension. We expect him to allow hits and home runs, but the two strikeouts are really disappointing. His next start comes Friday at the Dodgers.

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Jung Ho Kang went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the Pirates' 3-1 win over the Giants on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Kang took Derek Holland deep in the fourth, and has been heating up a bit over the past week. He's not doing that well, but has gone 3-for-4 with two home runs since getting a three-day mental break last weekend. He still needs to do more to become mixed league viable.

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Cole Tucker went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Pirates' 3-1 win over the Giants on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Tucker was promoted after an injury to Erik Gonzalez, and unlike the other shortstops on Pittsburgh's 40-man roster, Tucker could have some fantasy appeal. He swiped 35 bases at Double-A in 2018, and had a .994 OPS at Triple-A before his promotion. In deeper leagues Tucker could be a good source of speed, and if he plays well he could easily usurp Gonzalez's role as the every day shortstop.

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Jameson Taillon improved to 1-2 after allowed one run on four hits over five innings in the Pirates' 4-1 rain-shortened win over the Giants on Saturday. He walked one and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: This game only lasted five innings due to weather, so technically this was a complete game for Taillon. He's been good from a run-prevention perspective, with just a 3.12 ERA on the year, but his 6.92 K/9 is a bit underwhelming. His next start comes Thursday vs. Arizona.

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The Pirates have placed Starling Marte on the 10-day IL with an abdominal injury. (Source: Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Marte suffered the injury after colliding with Erik Gonzalez in the field on Friday night. It's not clear yet how much time Marte will miss but this doesn't project to be a long term issue. Marte is batting just .203 with a .624 OPS this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Felipe Vazquez pitched a perfect ninth inning and struck out the side in the Pirates' 4-1 win over the Giants on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Vazquez has been dominant out of the Pirates bullpen this season. He hasn't allowed a run yet and has a 15.19 K/9 in 10.2 innings. He's everything his owners drafted him to be and more, and one of the top closers in fantasy baseball.

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Francisco Cervelli went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored in the Pirates' 4-1 win over the Giants on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Boy, Cervelli really needed this one. He'll raise his average to meager .167 after this game, and has just an .067 ISO in 65 PA. Cervelli has proven serviceable in the past, but doesn't have high enough upside to make him worth rostering during such a rough patch. He'll be a fringy catcher in standard leagues all season.

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Jordan Lyles fired six scoreless innings and picked up his second win in the Pirates' 4-1 victory over the Giants on Friday. He allowed four hits, one walk, and struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Lyles is on a roll, with 16 strikeouts and just one run allowed over his last two starts. He'll be a hot name on the waiver wire this week, and for good reason. If his curveball is on Lyles has shown the ability to be dominant, although he's struggled with inconsistently throughout his career. Still, he's definitely worth a look after his last two starts. He'll take the hill next Wednesday against Arizona.

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Adam Frazier went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored in the Pirates' 3-2 extra innings win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Frazier has been solid out of the leadoff spot for Pittsburgh, and now has a .274 AVG and .366 OBP on the year. He only has a .129 ISO and two steals, so he doesn't provide much in terms of either power or speed, but he could be a good volume play as a middle infielder.

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Nick Kingham pitched one inning perfectly and recorded one strike out and his first save of 2019.

Fantasy Impact: Kingham has little impact in the fantasy world with his current role. But the sophomore Pirate holds a 3.38 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP in just 5.1 innings pitched.

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Keone Kela pitched one inning and threw 21 pitches on Tuesday. Kela blew the save opportunity but did earn the win after giving up two hits, one earned run and striking out one batter.

Fantasy Impact: Kela should be avoided in fantasy leagues, especially if they do not credit holds. Kela has already blown 4 saves, given up three home runs and has a 8.10 ERA accompanied by a 1.65 WHIP.

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Jason Martin went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the Pirates' 4-3 win over the Nationals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Boy, it's must feel good to have a .500 BABIP. Martin is hitting .353 since being recalled from Triple-A thanks to some rather good fortune on batted balls. There's not much fantasy value to be had here.

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Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a pair of singles in the Pirates' 3-2 loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Cabrera is about as exciting as an un-toasted piece of plain white bread, but the Melk Man has delivered a .432 AVG in 38 PA for Pittsburgh so far. With injuries having decimated the Pirates' outfield, Cabrera could carve out a good amount of playing time in the short term. He's a good source of batting average, but won't provide much else.

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Kevin Kramer has been recalled to Pittsburgh following the injury to Kevin Newman. (Source: MLB Pipeline on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kramer is the sixth ranked prospect in the Pirates' system. The UCLA-product finished Spring Training with four runs scored, six RBI, two stolen bases, one home run and one double. He also slashed .207/.258/.345 as well.

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