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Mitch Keller (1-5) took the loss Tuesday against the Mariners, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out seven.

Fantasy Impact: This was a step in the right direction for Keller, who has been dreadful in a limited sample size this season. He has a brutal 7.74 ERA and 1.84 WHIP in 43 innings, but he has shown his strikeout upside by posting 58 strikeouts in that span. He lines up to start next against the Brewers on Sunday, which will likely be his last start of the season.

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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


Chris Archer (shoulder) has been shut down for the remainder of the season. (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After going on the injured list on August 21 with shoulder inflammation, Archer was cleared to begin a throwing program less than two weeks later. However, the team decided that Archer likely wouldn't be able to build up to a starter's workload in time for a 2019 return. He had a disappointing 2019, posting a 5.19 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 143:55 K:BB across 119.2 innings.

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.

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Pablo Reyes went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Reyes made an impact with the bat Sunday, but the Pirates' offense failed to make much happen in the weekend series. Reyes is batting .204 with 17 RBI in 113 at-bats this season.

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Trevor Williams (7-7) took the loss Sunday against the Cubs, allowing seven runs on six hits and three walks over 2.1 innings. He struck out none.

Fantasy Impact: Williams caught the Cubs' offense at a bad time, as they scored double-digit runs in all three games of the weekend series. He surrendered two homers in this contest, and struggled to generate weak contact. He now owns a 5.59 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP in 133.2 innings this season. He lines up to face the Brewers on the road next weekend.

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Adam Frazier went 2-for-4 with two singles in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: The Pirates have been embarrassed for two consecutive games. Frazier is batting .357 in September with two home runs, so he'll look to end the season on a positive note. Overall, he's batting .282 with 47 RBI and 74 runs scored.

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James Marvel (0-2) took the loss Saturday against the Cubs, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits and no walks in four innings. He struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: With the Pirates limping to the end of the season, Marvel was trotted out for his second big league start. He struggled through four innings, surrendering nine hits including two homers. In nine total innings, Marvel has a 9.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. He lines up to take on the Brewers next on Friday.

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Starling Marte is not in the Pirates' lineup for their Saturday game against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Marte continues to battle his wrist injury, but is reportedly available to pinch run. There's little reason for the Pirates to push Marte, so expect him to play sporadically, at best, down the stretch.

Category: Injury Updates


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.

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Kevin Newman went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored Friday against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Newman collected three hits, but it was nowhere near enough to overcome the 17 runs scored by the Cubs. On the season, Newman is batting .315 with 10 homers, 56 RBI, and 15 steals.

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Steven Brault (4-5) allowed 10 runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts across 2.2 innings Friday against the Cubs, taking the loss.

Fantasy Impact: Over his last eight innings, Brault has allowed 15 earned runs. He allowed five home runs Friday, which matches the total he's allowed in his previous 12 starts combined. He now owns a 4.89 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 84 strikeouts in 103 innings this season. He'll take on the Mariners next on Thursday.

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Dario Agrazal allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out two in Wednesday’s 6-3 win over the Giants. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Agrazal threw only 64 pitches in Wednesday’s contest, but did toss four scoreless frames before exiting in the fifth. He owns a 4.91 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 13 appearances. Agrazal is currently not scheduled to start next week.

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Jacob Stallings went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Stallings tied up the game in the fifth with his fifth homer of the season. He's been used primarily as the Pirates' backup catcher this season, in which he's batting .268 with 11 RBI and 23 runs scored.

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Alex McRae allowed two runs on three hits and two walks and one strikeout across five innings during a no-decision against the Cardinals on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: It wasn't enough for a win, but this may have been McRae's strongest outing of 2019. He's susceptible to the long ball, having allowed seven homers in 20.1 innings, and he allowed one Friday night. He is 0-3 with a 8.41 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts in 20.1 innings this season.

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Joe Musgrove was scratched from Friday's start against the Cardinals with right foot discomfort. (Source: Rob Biertempfel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Musgrove was the scheduled starter for Friday's matchup against the Cardinals, but should be considered day-to-day for now until more details of his injury are revealed. Alex McRae will start Friday in his place.

Category: Injury Updates


Gregory Polanco will receive a series of plasma injections in his shoulder, and will miss the rest of the season. (Source: Rob Biertempfel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was reported in August that Polanco would likely miss the remainder of the season, and this was confirmed on Tuesday. He was limited to a career-low 42 games in 2019, posting six homers and 17 RBI.

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Elias Diaz went 1-for-1 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz went deep in the ninth as part of a Pirates' three-run comeback in the inning. On the season, Diaz is batting .254 with two homers, 25 RBI, and 28 runs scored.

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Colin Moran hitless Tuesday

Wed, Sep 4th 8:31am EDT
By Connor Rooney

Colin Moran went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Moran is quietly turning in a decent season for the Pirates, batting .288 with 13 homers, 77 RBI, and 43 runs scored. His numbers aren't eye-popping, and he is probably a better real-life player than fantasy player.

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Jose Osuna went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Osuna got the start in right field, and contributed his 10th homer of the season in the fourth inning. On the season, Osuna is batting .290 with 31 RBI and 28 runs scored.

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