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We are now on the brink of the second half of the baseball season and whether you are a team in an existing keeper league looking for the next big thing or a yearly owner in the thick of the playoff race, the following six prospects projected to be called up after the break could impact any and all fantasy teams.
Starling Marte- CF/RF/LF Pittsburgh Pirates
Jose Tabata‘s recent demotion opens the door for a Starling Marte callup in the near future. the club promoted Gorkys Hernandez to replace Tabata but Hernandez is thought by most industry insiders to be nothing more than a stop gap until Marte is ready for the big leagues. Marte has recently played in right field, left field and center field the past week for the Indianapolis Indians, Pittsburgh’s AAA afflite. Marte’s natural position is center field but with Andrew McCutchen locked in center for the forseeable future Marte’s transition to right or left is needed to open at spot for him on the big league club. With Marte pl...
BEST OF MAXIM
One of the biggest surprises for the first place Pittsburgh Pirates (!) has been the outstanding performance of James McDonald. Before this year, McDonald had a career ERA above 4.00 and a strikeout-to-walk ratio below two, which caused McDonald to alter his arsenal before the season. This year, he has an ERA and FIP under 3.00, with an xFIP and SIERA just under 3.60, thanks to the...
Final: Pirates 3, Giants 1
WP: James McDonald (9-3, 2.37 ERA)
LP: Ryan Vogelsong (7-4, 2.36 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (23, 2.38 ERA)
James McDonald turned in perhaps his best pitching performance of the season today holding the Giants to just one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out ten batters and did not walk anyone.
The Pirates scored their three runs thanks to RBI...
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Since the inception of a league Most Valuable Player Award, there have been seven years in which a Pittsburgh Pirate has won the award:
1927: Paul Waner
1960: Dick Groat
1966: Roberto Clemente
1978: Dave Parker
1979: Willie Stargell
1990: Barry Bonds
1992: Barry Bonds
Let’s revisit how each of those players did in their first half.
1927: Paul Waner
73 G, .385 BA, .444 OBP, .612...
PITTSBURGH - The Pirates could be forgiven for wanting no part of any break, All-Star or otherwise. Neil Walker went 5-for-5, Andrew McCutchen blasted two more home runs, and A.J. Burnett won his 10th game in Pittsburgh's 13-2 blowout of San Francisco on Sunday at PNC Park. That sent the Pirates, whose streak of 19 consecutive losing seasons is a professional sports record...
Andrew McCutchen hit two home runs, Neil Walker homered among his five hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the All-Star break in sole possession of first place following a 13-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
The long-woeful Pirates have won six of seven and 10 of 12, and no team in the majors has a better record since May 12 than Pittsburgh's 34-19.
Final: Pirates 13, Giants 2
WP: A.J. Burnett (10-2, 3.68 ERA)
LP: Tim Lincecum (3-10, 6.42 ERA)
Man, what an amazing way to cap off the first half of the season. Outside of Casey McGehee‘s groin injury, this was as good a game as you can see.
A.J. Burnett rolled through six innings giving up just two hits. He gave up a two-run homer in the seventh before exiting, but the game was...
It’s hardly even a surprise anymore: AJ Burnett shut down the other team’s offense while the Pirates’ offense scored a lot of runs. Today’s 13-2 win over the Giants is what we’re getting used to. ”We were good all over the board today,” Clint Hurdle said after the game. ”Just a good finish.” Burnett pitched [...]
The Pittsburgh Pirates finished the first half of the 2012 season in first place in the NL Central, one game ahead of the Cincinnati Reds. At eleven games over .500, the Pirates are poised to end their streak of losing seasons at 19 years.
The turnaround in Pittsburgh can be attributed to solid pitching, and the emergence of NL batting average leader Andrew McCutchen. The 25 year...
It’s the mid-summer classic, and though we’ll be missing the real games for the next five days, we couldn’t be happier the season’s halfway point’s here. How can you be disappointed knowing the Pittsburgh Pirates are in first, and there’s a bunch of other small-market teams in the playoff hunt? The second half’s set-up to [...]