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If you drafted Starling Marte, you're probably doing pretty well right now. (Credit)
Week two of "Dingers and Stingers" includes an early-season high draft pick who hasn't lived up to expectations. Shall we?
Manny Machado (3B BAL), 84% owned in Yahoo! – Machado’s been one of the hottest players in baseball lately. He’s now up to .314 with 5 homers, 21 RBI, 24 runs and 3 stolen bases. He’s batting in a very dangerous O’s lineup and bats second. He might regress a bit, but he will stay very productive the rest of the way with his potential. Do what you can to acquire him.
Jedd Gyorko (2B/3B SD), 30% owned in Yahoo! – Gyorko got off to a rough start this year, but he has turned it on lately. Over the past week, he’s hitting .370 with 3 homers and 6 RBI. He’ll be up and down all year since he’s a rookie, but his potential and multi-position eligibility are worth taking a chance on.
Starling Marte (OF PIT), 86% owned in Yahoo! – Marte has done it all this
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What should the Pirates do with Jordy Mercer when Neil Walker returns?
Neil Walker is starting a rehab assignment with the Altoona Curve on Thursday, and could be in line to rejoin the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend. Walker being out has created an opportunity for Jordy Mercer to get some playing time in the majors. So far, Mercer is 3-for-15 with a double and a home run in...
Andy Oliver could be an option to take over for James McDonald.
The Pittsburgh Pirates had Jeanmar Gomez in the rotation after dropping Jonathan Sanchez last week. Gomez was expected to be replaced this weekend by Francisco Liriano. Today, James McDonald went on the 15-day disabled list, which put Gomez back in the rotation for the short-term.
Liriano is still set to join the rotation...
Kyle McPherson received a PRP injection.
Travis Sawchik of the Trib has an update on Kyle McPherson:
Kyle McPherson visited Dr. James Andrews Mon. Andrews treated Kyle’s elbow with a PRP injection& prescribed additional rest before throwing
— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) May 8, 2013
This is the second time that we’ve heard of a Pirates prospect receiving a PRP injection...
Quinton Miller has been promoted to Altoona.
The Pirates have made the following minor league pitching moves, most likely as a chain reaction to the Duke Welker promotion.
**Tim Alderson has been promoted from Altoona to Indianapolis. Alderson has been with Indianapolis once already this year, and gave up one run in 3.2 innings of work. In his time with Altoona he had a 1.32 ERA...
Jeanmar Gomez will start on Sunday. Photo Credit: David Hague
Jeanmar Gomez’s start last night appears to have bought him an additional start. Michael Sanserino reports that the right-hander will also get the start on Sunday.
Jeanmar Gomez will start Sunday. #Pirates
— Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) May 8, 2013
I went over the options to replace James McDonald yesterday, and...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have released pitcher Jonathan Sanchez after he cleared waivers. In four starts and one relief appearance for Pittsburgh this season, he went 0-3, 11.85, giving up 25 hits and eight walks in just 13.2 innings. The Pirates designated him for assignment on April 30th.
The Pirates will be responsible for the remainder of his $1.375M contract if no other team signs...
Mariners (15-19) at Pirates (18-14)
12:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
TV: ROOT, MLBN
The Bucs go for a two game sweep of the Mariners this afternoon as they wrap up this very brief interleague series at PNC.
Some more pregame roster news:
Josh Harrison – who was called up last night and was 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter – was sent right back down to AAA today.
For Altoona today, Jameson Taillon will get the start in Harrisburg. He is winless in his last three outings and hasn’t been dominating like he did early on when he posted a 1.00 ERA in his first three outings. West Virginia was rained out yesterday. They will make up the game today as part of a doubleheader. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check...
James McDonald will not be making his scheduled start against the Mariners tonight and will instead be headed to the disabled list with what's being described as shoulder stiffness. Jeanmar Gomez will start in his place tonight. Last week, I would've told you that this made the impending Francisco Liriano (who should be back on Saturday ) and Charlie Morton decisions easy...
Scouts who have watched Pittsburgh Pirates top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole pitch tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that "he could go now" directly into the team's starting rotation. While Pittsburgh is likely to give veteran arms -- including Francisco Liriano, Charlie Morton and Jeff Karstens -- shots at the rotation first, it appears that Cole could soon push...
There are early morning start times today for Indianapolis, Altoona and West Virginia, while Bradenton has the only night game. Nick Kingham will be on the mound for the Marauders, trying to win his fourth game in a row. West Virginia was rained out on Monday. Then they planned to make it up on Tuesday as part of a doubleheader, but weather forced them to move the doubleheader to...
Pirates (18-15) at Mets (13-17)
7:10 PM–Citi Field, New York
TV: MLB.TV (Free today, but blacked out in Pittsburgh)
The Bucs are in the Big Apple for the weekend as they get set to take on the Mets in a four game series. The Mets aren’t all that interesting of a team and it looks like they’re going to be stuck battling Philly for 3rd in the NL East behind the...
While they're getting some solid performances on the mound, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been let down by a slumping offense.
The Pirates hope to shake off a disappointing homestand and get back on track at the plate Thursday night when they open a four-game set at Citi Field against a New York Mets team having its own problems offensively.
Following a promising 14-5 stretch...
There was much excitement for todays anticipated pitchers’ duel between AJ Burnett and “King” Felix Hernandez. Hernandez was the better pitcher today as the Mariners edged the Pirates 2-1 to split the 2-game series. The first inning went the Pirates’ way. After a perfect top of the inning by AJ, Starling Marte doubled to lead…
It’s pretty rare that you hype a pitchers duel and it actually happens. It did yesterday. A few dopey Hurdle decisions and maybe the outcome is different. What’s done is done though. Did you hear that Pitt is going to host Penn State in basketball next season? This is awesome news for a formerly huge…