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As we reach or pass the midway point of the fantasy baseball season (for most leagues, at least), we’re able to see where our strengths and weaknesses reside. If you’re struggling in a category in a roto league, it’s too late to vault to the top. You can, however, move up a few spots and improve your overall standing without too much trouble. In H2H leagues, your situation in the standings is more fluid. This is due in part to the volatility of the H2H format; your ability to effectively play matchups to your advantage will influence your upward mobility. Grey’s preached the word of SAGNOF since 2007; this week, I thought I’d help with the power categories.
With that, in week 13 I’m calling on the bat of Garrett Jones. Jones sports a 1.4% ownership rate in ESPN leagues, and he’s also widely available in Yahoo leagues, owned by 4% of managers. The Pirates are up for a full week of games on the road: 4 in Philly, and a weekend series of 3 games in St. Louis. Six of the scheduled start...
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Wow. Karstens to start Monday, Lincoln to bullpen–Hurdle. Color me surprised. #Pirates
— David Todd (@DTonPirates) June 24, 2012
It looks like Brad Lincoln will be heading back to the bullpen and Kevin Correia will remain in the rotation as Jeff Karstens returns from his injury.
Lincoln is coming off an excellent start where he took a no-hitter into the 6th inning against...
Ugh. Sunday was an acceptable loss. It was Kevin Correia against Justin Verlander and the Bucs still almost won. Monday was just one of those nights where nothing seems to go right. Shake it off and move on. But fans have every right to be upset with this one, as the Bucs squandered a ton of chances and fell by one run.
The theme began developing early on, when the Pirates quickly...
I didn't see most of this one when it happened, but I knew that the Pirates lost a close game and when I came home, literally the first thing I saw on my TV was a highlight of Mike McKenry getting thrown out at home plate by a mile and a half on a sac fly in the seventh inning. Of course, the first thing I did after that was bring the box score up to try and get some context...
The bad news is tonight’s game was rough. ”They outplayed us again tonight,” Clint Hurdle said after the game. The Pirates left 17 runners on base, blowing far too many scoring opportunities. Erik Bedard gave up 4 runs, and Juan Cruz gave up 1. The Pirates’ first 2 hitters, Jose Tabata and Neil Walker, were [...]
Pirates (38-33) at Phillies (34-40)
7:05 PM EST–Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
After a pretty successful homestand, the Bucs are on the road for a week as they look to continue their winning ways. Their first stop is a place that hasn’t been kind to them lately: Citizens Bank Park. They are just 5-18 in CBP, have been swept there...
Although Monday night’s series opener featured a much better Pirates team and a much worse Phillies team than we’re used to seeing at Citizens Bank Park, the game didn’t quite go as planned. Instead, it turned into the typical Phillies blowout the Pirates have endured a number of times on the eastern side of the state.
Jeff Karstens‘ return to the rotation did not go well...
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The Weekend Takeaway
In the March 5 BP First Take, I wrote, “On the heels of his first All-Star Game appearance last season, [Andrew McCutchen] has the potential to contend for MVP honors in the near future.” That wasn’t exactly the boldest of predictions, given McCutchen’s talent and career path, and it appears the near future has arrived.
After a relatively slow start...
On Friday, the Tigers bumbled their way to a loss. Yesterday afternoon, Brad Lincoln pitched maybe the best start of his young career and Andrew McCutchen came up big when the Pirates needed him to and the Pirates pulled out a second win against the Tigers. That's honestly one more win than I expected from the Pirates in this series, so a sweep would be gravy.Given that the pitching...
A trip to Philadelphia usually doesn't turn out well for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but this could be a different year.
This is definitely a different Phillies club in 2012.
The Pirates plan to give Jeff Karstens his first start in two months Monday night as they begin a four-game series against the last-place Phillies.
Pittsburgh (38-33) has dropped 18 of 23 at Citizens Bank...
I’m of the opinion that anything less than a series win against the Phillies is a pretty big disappointment. The Pirates really made that disappointment likely by losing last night. Recap. First Pitch: 7:05 PM EST Where to watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, CSN Vance Worley, RHP (24) Worley has been shockingly good this year. He [...]