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Marte's single in 9th lifts Pirates over Diamondbacks 2-1

PHOENIX (AP) Starling Marte singled home Neil Walker with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Saturday night. Walker doubled to the center-field wall against Addison Reed (0-1), his second double of the game, before Marte hit a grounder past diving shortstop Cliff Pennington. Tony Watson (1-1) pitched out of trouble in the...
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What’s Wrong With Marte’s Average?

Starling Marte has had an interesting season this far, producing numbers you may have expected more from a power hitting first baseman such as Lucas Duda or Chris Carter. Currently, Marte has as many as home runs as Paul Goldschmidt, Adam Jones, and J.D. Martinez. Of course, that’s not a bad thing. However, he also has just two stolen bases and isn’t inspiring anybody with a...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 16: Pirates 5 Cubs 4

When the lineups were announced before this game and I saw Starling Marte on the bench with his hand problem and Andrew McCutchen out with a scheduled off day, I thought to myself, “Well, this is doable if Gregory Polanco does everything by himself.” As it turned out, he almost did, though he got a helping hand from Josh Harrison. With the Pirates down 4-1 in the sixth inning...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte listed as day-to-day

Getting hit in the hand always has the potential for disaster, but it appears Starling Marte will be just fine. According to, Marte is dat-to-day after he was hit in the hand Wednesday. “X-rays on the hand were negative, and Marte was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury. The club will see how he feels for Thursday's matinee finale.” (h/t:
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte shoulders the load, Cole looks to lead Pirates to sweep

There’s something particularly wonderful and gratifying about what’s happened at PNC Park the last two nights: the Pirates came into this series against the Brewers mired in a terrible offensive slump with an ugly record. The starting rotation got off to an excellent start, but there just weren’t many runs to go around. Two games in a row, it’s been Starling Marte and Gregory...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Saturday night Partay

Starling Marte came in to this series in a slump. It’s safe to say he’s no longer in a slump: Marte and the Pirates broke out the bats for the second straight night for another big win over the struggling Brewers. He hit that big blast – his second in as many nights – and also capped a three-run first with a two run single. The Pirates used to be absolutely terrible against...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Marte's big day at plate leads Pirates past Brewers

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Starling Marte homered for the second game in a row and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Saturday night. The Brewers lost their fourth straight game and are off to their worst start since also going 2-9 in 2002. Marte hit a two-run single to cap a three-run first inning that included an RBI...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s time to string some wins together

There were a lot of positives in last night’s game for the Pirates; with the offense mired in a pretty ugly funk, both Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte had multi-hit games to help spark the Pirates to score some runs against a pitcher that shut them down just a few days ago. Polanco had three hits including a double, Marte had two hits including a monster homer in the eighth...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Bold Predictions

After a long and cold winter, spring has finally arrived bringing baseball with it. Monday is Opening Day and the start of the season is almost here. With the season set to start, it’s time for bold predictions to be made. In this article I will make three bold predictions for the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 season. Neil Walker finally makes an All-Star appearance Neil Walker The...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte doesn’t need to break out to be good; he’s already there

This is an oft-repeated pre-season 2015 Pittsburgh Pirate trope: If Starling Marte can play like he played in August and September last year, he’ll be a star.  This is a list of the outfielders in Major League Baseball to have more than 10 WAR (Baseball-Reference WAR, at least: UZR haaaaates the Pirates’ outfield defense and so both McCutchen and Marte score quite a bit lower...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

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