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Adam Frazier went 2-for-4 with a walk in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: None of the Pirates hitters could muster much on Sunday afternoon, but Frazier did his part as the leadoff hitter. He's enjoyed a nice start to the season, batting .323 with 13 RBI and three steals.

Category: Game Recaps


Mitch Keller (2-5) was saddled with the loss Sunday against the Giants. He allowed two runs on six hits and three walks over five innings, while striking out eight.

Fantasy Impact: Keller had a decent bounce-back performance on Sunday, scattering six hits over five innings. He was still inefficient, needing 92 pitches to get through five-plus innings. Keller has had a rough start to the season, posting a 7.16 ERA and 1.81 WHIP across 32.2 innings. He also owns a 34:20 K:BB in that span. He'll look to put things together in his next start, projected for late next week in Atlanta.

Category: Game Recaps


Pirates GM Ben Cherington says 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (wrist) will begin a minor league rehab assignment "some time in the next several days." (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is excellent news as Hayes is finally ready to return to game action. Pittsburgh is still mapping out exactly what this rehab assignment will look like. The timeline for an actual return to the big leagues is still up in the air.

Category: Injury Updates


Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings left Sunday's matchup vs. the Giants early after a foul ball hit his left knee. He was able to walk off under his own power. (Source: https://twitter.com/jmackeypg/status/1394012319705935877?s=21)

Fantasy Impact: The injury is brutal news for fantasy owners. Stallings had been enjoying a very good season with a .257/.370/.446 slashline with three home runs and 15 RBIs. Catcher Michael Perez came into replace Stallings and would be the supposed starter if Stallings misses any time.

Category: Injury Updates


Bryan Reynolds went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Reynolds continues to put 2020's struggles in the rearview mirror. In 2021, Reynolds has posted a .301/.400/.481 slash line with three homers, 15 doubles, 15 RBI, and 24 runs scored.

Category: Game Recaps


Richard Rodriguez (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Giants, striking out one and allowing one hit while picking up the win.

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez was called on to protect a tie game, and he did so by swiftly retiring the side. He's been dominant this season, posting six saves and a 0.53 ERA in 17 innings.

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Tyler Anderson didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's win over the Giants. He allowed four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out seven.

Fantasy Impact: The southpaw was taken deep twice in the first inning, giving the Pirates a 3-0 hole. The Pirates rallied later in the game to save Anderson from taking the loss. This start snapped a streak of three straight quality starts for Anderson, who sports a 3.50 ERA and a solid 44:14 K:BB across 46.1 innings this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Miguel Yajure did not factor in the decision in Friday's win over the Giants. He threw five scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and one walk. He struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: Yajure was a major piece the Pirates received in the Jameson Taillon trade. He looked sharp Friday, scattering just one hit and one walk across five dominant innings. He may be headed back to the minors, but he's been serviceable with a 3.86 ERA and eight strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

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Will Craig went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Craig got the start at first base after Phillip Evans was placed on the injured list with a hamstring issue. Craig may see increased time with the hole left at first base.

Category: Game Recaps


Wil Crowe (0-2) was saddled with his second loss Thursday against the Giants, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk across five innings. He struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: Crowe was cruising through the first four innings, then ran into trouble in the fifth by allowing three runs on two extra-base hits. In 20.2 innings this season, Crowe sports a 4.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, to go along with a 17:10 K:BB. He takes the ball every fifth day for the Pirates, but doesn't offer anything worthwhile from a fantasy perspective.

Category: Game Recaps


The Pirates placed INF Phillip Evans on the 10-day injured list Thursday. (Source: Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Evans exited Wednesday’s game against the Reds early with a left hamstring strain. He has no timetable for a return and will miss at least the next ten days. Will Craig was recalled in a corresponding move and should see additional playing time while Phillips is sidelined.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Kevin Newman went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: After a blistering Spring Training, Newman has been sluggish to start the season. He's batting .208 with one homer and seven RBI in 120 at-bats this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Trevor Cahill did not factor in the decision Wednesday against the Reds, allowing one run on three hits and no walks in 5.1 innings. He struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: Cahill was pretty effective on Wednesday, only allowing a solo homer to Mike Moustakas in the second inning. He kept hitters off balance, but did not generate many whiffs. Overall, Cahill sports a 5.97 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and and a 27:9 K:BB in 34.2 innings. He'll take the ball every fifth day for the Pirates, but isn't an intriguing fantasy option.

Category: Game Recaps


Chad Kuhl (shoulder) is slated to pitch in a simulated game in the near future. (Source: Mike Persak on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kuhl was placed on the injured list on April 22 with shoulder discomfort, and appears to be progressing to a return in the near future. To the extent that fantasy managers were waiting on Kuhl's return, it looks to be scheduled for roughly a week from now.

Category: Injury Updates


Colin Moran (groin) resumed light baseball activities Wednesday morning, and is progressing well for his return. (Source: Mike Persak on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moran was placed on the 10-day injured list on May 9, and appears poised for a short stay on the shelf. Pirates' staff expressed optimism that he'll be able to return sooner rather than later.

Category: Injury Updates


Troy Stokes Jr. went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a run scored, two RBI, and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Stokes collected his first big-league hit, RBI, run, and steal on a productive night Tuesday. He's flashed some elements of a power-speed combination in the minors, and may see consistent playing time for the Pirates if he produces.

Category: Game Recaps


JT Brubaker (3-2) picked up the win Tuesday against the Reds. He allowed one run on five hits and one walk in six innings. He struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: Brubaker is quietly on a roll this season, and he hasn't allowed more than three runs in any outing this season. He sports a 2.58 ERA and 41:9 K:BB through 38.1 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Pirates reliever Kyle Crick landed on the 10-day injured list with a right triceps strain. (Source: Rob Biertempfel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2021, Crick has a 1.59 ERA, 0.62 WHIP, 24.4% strikeout rate, and 14.6% walk rate in 11.1 innings. His .043 BABIP allowed looks like that ERA is unsustainable given his career .254 BABIP. Last year, Crick landed on the IL with a lat strain and shoulder strain, so hopefully, this isn't serious for those in saves plus holds leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


The Pirates activated outfielder Gregory Polanco from the injured list. He didn't start on Tuesday but struck out in his one pinch-hit appearance. (Source: Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Polanco is hitting .198 with three home runs, 11 runs, five RBI, and four steals in 91 plate appearances. He boasts the best max exit velocity of his career at 116.2 mph. The four steals are nice to see since he hasn't stolen more than four bases since 2018.

Category: Injury Updates


Wilmer Difo went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Difo got his second consecutive start in center field and made the most of it. Difo has done most of his damage as a pinch hitter this season, going 6-for-17 with a triple, home run, and three RBI.

Category: Game Recaps