Liriano strikes out six as Pirates tie Red Sox 2-2

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Francisco Liriano struck out six in four scoreless innings and Starling Marte had two hits in the Pirates' 2-2 tie with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. Marte entered the game with eight hits in his previous 15 at-bats and went 2 for 3 with a single and a double. Pirates pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts. Liriano scattered two hits and three walks. Boston's...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tons of Huntington Notes on Taillon, Garcia, Marte, Stewart, Sanchez, Sadler, and More

The Pittsburgh Pirates made their second round of cuts this morning, sending down eight players, including top prospects like Jameson Taillon, Alen Hanson, and Willy Garcia. Neal Huntington talked with the media after the roster moves, discussing the plans for each player, along with a few other roster issues on the big league squad. Here are the notes. Jameson Taillon’s Tommy...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates hit three home runs, beat Tigers 8-7

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Tony Sanchez, Starling Marte and Willy Garcia homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Detroit Tigers 8-7 Wednesday night. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen missed his fifth straight game because of lower body soreness. Outfielder Jose Tabata fouled a pitch off his left foot in the third inning and left the game on a golf cart. Marte also doubled...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates hit 3 HRs, beat Tigers 8-7

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Tony Sanchez, Starling Marte and Willy Garcia homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Detroit Tigers 8-7 Wednesday night. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen missed his fifth straight game because of lower body soreness. Outfielder Jose Tabata fouled a pitch off his left foot in the third inning and left the game on a golf cart. Marte also doubled...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Super Two/Service Time Issues, and Why They’re Not Big Issues

I didn’t think I’d be writing about service time or Super Two this year. The Pirates have had this issue the last three years with Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole, and Gregory Polanco. The top prospect is expected to debut later that summer, gets cut in Spring Training, and then there’s nothing but outrage for two months saying that the team won’t win unless the prospect comes...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Best Outfield in Baseball, and Maybe Eventually the Best Rotation?

For the last year, Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been looking forward to the “Dream Outfield” of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco. McCutchen was already an MVP, Marte was quietly becoming an annual 4-5 WAR player, and I think Polanco has the upside to eventually be the best of the group. That combination looked like it could be the best outfield in baseball...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Offseason in review, part 1

A few thoughts during a Spring Training writing cameo.  (Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit USA Today)  It was over with one swing of the bat; image credit cityofchampionssports As the dust settled on October 2nd after a humbling 8-0 thumping by the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card game, most expected the offseason to bring the departures of both C Russell...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The strange weight of optimism

When Parks and Rec ended its run on NBC last week, I spent a little bit of time thinking about what it was that I liked about the show so much. Given that the show dedicated most of its second half to making references to sabermetrics and once made an entire episode dedicated to Infinite Jest, it could be that I was more or less the show’s target demographic. If I think about...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

View image | The following is a team preview for the Pittsburgh Pirates from a fantasy baseball perspective, contributed by Brian Dunshee. Offseason Overview The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2015 campaign as one of the few standout NL powers, having two MVP caliber players on their team in Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. Though they lost the productive...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #35: Starling Marte | OF | PIT

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! It says a lot about the Pirates that Starling Marte isn’t the best player on his team. Hell, he isn’t even the best guy in his team’s outfield. When you play next to Andrew McCutchen, you’re always going to be the second dog, but seeing as how McCutchen is a top five player in all of baseball, being...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #39: Jacoby Ellsbury | OF | NYY

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Oddly enough, one of the worst things Jacoby Ellsbury ever did for his fantasy value was hit 32 HR in 2011. We know he’s not a 30-homer hitter, but then again I believe it was Ron Shandler who said, “once you display a skill, you own it,” so by that logic Ellsbury is a 30-homer hitter. Not that 30...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

An Attempt to Explain Yasiel Puig’s BABIP

Been talkin’ about BABIP lately. Let’s talk about BABIP again. Let’s talk about Yasiel Puig, and his BABIP. Last week, I wrote a post on Starling Marte, in which I examined his extraordinary high batting average on balls in play. I had a hypothesis, and that hypothesis was confirmed. It was far from revolutionary. I […]
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Starling Marte and the Quest for the Perfect Batted Ball Profile

What follows is a brief excerpt from the latest edition of FanGraphs Audio featuring Kiley McDaniel, and also the approximate moment when I started conducting research for this post and subsequently stopped giving my undivided attention to the aforementioned podcast: A very literal transcript, for those unable to listen to the embedded audio for whatever […]
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Pittsburgh Pirates have the best outfield in baseball?

As the Pittsburgh Pirates attempt to make the post season for the third consecutive year in 2015, their success will ultimately hinge on the production of their most talented unit: the starting outfield. Often touted as one of the best outfields in all of baseball, the trio of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Gregory Polanco will need to deliver big numbers if Pittsburgh hopes...
February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates Ranked as the Third Best Team in Baseball

On on Friday afternoon, David Schoenfield wrapped up his rankings on all 30 teams in baseball and he placed the Pittsburgh Pirates third in all of baseball. They are also third in the National League, falling behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals. Schoenfield put a lot of work into these rankings, splitting them up into five separate articles. In his evaluation...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Starling Marte < 500

Besides Gerrit Cole, the two players that will have the most bearing on whether the 2015 Pirates are a good team or a great team are most likely their corner outfielders. Just like you can track the club’s mad dash in August and September to the NL’s second wild card with Gerrit Cole’s return from the disabled list, you can do almost the same thing with Starling Marte’s...
February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Why Starling Marte Might Be an MVP Candidate

Starling Marte was already one of the kings of hidden value. Metrics like Wins Above Replacement (WAR) have loved him, despite his average power, and despite his ugly ratios of strikeouts to walks. One contributing factor has been that he’s played half the time in an extremely pitcher-friendly ballpark, but this goes well beyond that. […]
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Starling Marte might be an MVP candidate

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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Starling Marte Ranks Near the Top Among All Left Fielders

On MLB Network, they are in the middle of their Top Ten Right Now, ranking the top ten players for each position in the Majors. On Thursday night, they did both the right fielders and left fielders. Gregory Polanco wasn’t even mentioned for right field, which shouldn’t be a surprise based on how deep the position is and his prolonged slump, plus no track record. For left fielders...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015

For the last two years on New Year’s Eve, I’ve written about the boom or bust players who could make a difference for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the upcoming season. The 2013 group included players like Francisco Liriano, Starling Marte, and Mark Melancon. The 2014 group had guys like Jordy Mercer, Travis Snider, and Edinson Volquez. All of those guys helped the Pirates making...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Starling Marte and Russell Martin Named Gold Glove Finalists

Rawlings has announced their Gold Glove finalists, naming three players at each position in the AL and NL. The Pittsburgh Pirates had two finalists, with Starling Marte and Russell Martin being named finalists at their respective positions. This is the second year in a row that Marte and Martin were named as finalists. Last year Andrew McCutchen was also named a finalist, although...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball

Prior to the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen to a big extension. The deal paid him $51.5 M, locking up all of his arbitration years and buying out control of three free agent years. That season, McCutchen responded with a 6.8 WAR, went on to win an MVP award the next year, and the extension started looking like a massive value for the Pirates. They might...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Offseason Notes and Potential Non-Tender Candidates

The first natural reaction to the end of every Pittsburgh Pirates season always seems to be, “Ahh these guys are going to suck next year.” Yeah, it’s true the Pirates don’t have a ton of flashy players outside of Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen but they are still a very good team. I remind you that they’ve gotten tons of production and value out of guys like Harrison...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Cursory Thoughts on 6 Breakout Seasons

For anyone who’s stumbled upon our site prior to this April, you probably have seen our Top 200 Countdown. During the offseason we release around three intense player profiles per day counting down the top 200 players in our rankings for the upcoming season. We get pretty detailed with our analysis in these profiles, and we do it for us just as much as we do it for you. While the...
Via Baseball Professor
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte not starting Saturday

Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is out of the starting lineup again for Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs, but is available to pinch run, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Marte was hit in the left elbow during Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Pirates enter play 2.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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