STARLING MARTE NEWS

The most promising thing about Polanco right now

The funny thing is, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte are so good the Pirates would be in the conversation for baseball’s best outfield no matter who the third guy was. But more often than not, the third guy has been Gregory Polanco, and Polanco came with enormous hype. He’s had his good days and bad days, his good moods and bad moods, but these days Polanco’s on a tear....
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregory Polanco’s hot second half, and the confluence of future and present

With two outs in the third inning last night, something happened that Pirate fans have been dreaming about for three years. Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte both laced hard-hit singles off of Marlin starter Tom Koehler, then Andrew McCutchen brought them home with a double. The Pirates didn’t look back en route to a 5-2 win. Back in the last year of the Pirates’ Dark Age, it...
Via WHYGAVS?
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 123: Pirates 5 Marlins 2

It’s only the Marlins, but JA Happ’s Pirate resurgence continued tonight with six shutout innings, scattering four hits, striking out six, and issuing just one walk. Happ actually gave up half of those hits in the first inning, and he only allowed one base runner after the third. Happ’s now only allowed one run in his last three starts (17 1/3 innings), striking out 16, walking...
Via WHYGAVS?
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Waiver Wire: 3 to Catch, 3 to Cut, 3 to Keep

In the Week 21 edition of fantasy baseball 3×3, we’re appreciating Carlos Rodon, understanding Starling Marte, and running away from Ubaldo Jimenez. There are plenty of waiver wire columns out there that provide an exhaustive list of the most added players in fantasy leagues. This isn’t one of them. Here, we’ll run down a few of the most interesting players for fantasy owners...
Via The Fantasy Fix
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants-Pirates Preview

Jung Ho Kang keeps coming up big in tightly contested games, and the Pittsburgh Pirates keep coming out on top. They'll look for Kang and red-hot Starling Marte to help them to a series victory against the visiting San Francisco Giants on Sunday night. Kang went deep twice against San Francisco in his first career multihomer game Saturday before Marte hit a walkoff shot against George...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates beat Giants on Marte's walk-off HR; Kang goes deep twice

  Starling Marte hit a solo home run off George Kontos with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Marte sent the first pitch he saw from Kontos (2-2) into the sun-drenched seats in left field for his second career walk-off hit. Mark Melancon (3-1) needed six pitches to get through the top of the ninth...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Marte's 2-out HR in bottom of 9th lifts Pirates over Giants

PITTSBURGH (AP) Starling Marte hit a solo home run off George Kontos with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Marte sent the first pitch he saw from Kontos (2-2) into the sun-drenched seats in left field for his second career walkoff hit. Mark Melancon (3-1) needed six pitches to get through the...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

This could have been ugly: Bucs ball girl interferes on foul pop

The second-place Pittsburgh Pirates have a tough enough task of trying to chase down the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The last thing the Bucs need to do is deal with ball girls getting in the way on foul pops. Wednesday night, that's just what left fielder Starling Marte had to avoid during the Pirates' 4-1 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. With the Bucs up...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 117: Pirates 9 Diamondbacks 8

It’s 12:31 AM and I just watched Pedro Florimon hit a walkoff double or triple (I don’t know how it was scored, not sure it matters) so you’re getting bullet points: The Pirates just won an 15-inning game and only used two relievers from the tenth inning onwards. Arquimedes Caminero and Joe Blanton put their share of runners on base (a walk and a hit for Caminero, two walks...
Via WHYGAVS?
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 110: Cardinals 4 Pirates 3

Wins don’t come easily for the Pirates at Busch Stadium, and so it’s hard to feel any way but frustrated after the Pirates dropped the first game of this three-game set there in what felt like an avoidable fashion on Tuesday night. The short version is that the Pirates took a 3-1 lead on the Cardinals thanks to a first-inning Starling Marte double, a third inning Gregory Polanco...
Via WHYGAVS?
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 109: Pirates 13 Dodgers 6

Where on earth do I even start with this one? Charlie Morton struggled quite a bit early on in this game, and through most of his five innings I was thinking that he just had to keep it close enough to give the Pirate offense a chance to take over. I can’t take credit for seeing what was waiting in the seventh inning, though: that was a lot more than I dared hope for. Back to...
Via WHYGAVS?
23 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Marte's gems in 9th save Melancon's scoreless innings streak

Pirates closer Mark Melancon took the hill Friday night sporting a big-league best 32 saves and a nifty streak of 21 consecutive scoreless appearances. But his impressive streak was about to be snapped, or so it looked. With Pittsburgh up a run, Melancon came on to shut down the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth. But Melancon gave up a lead-off single to Brandon Phillips, followed by...
Via Fox Sports
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Bucs' new set-up man holds lead, outfielder Marte gets save

CINCINNATI With a perfect throw and a jarring dive, left fielder Starling Marte saved the Pirates' rebuilt bullpen. Marte threw out a runner at the plate in the ninth inning, then made a diving catch to end it, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates hold on for a 5-4 victory on Friday night that let the new-look bullpen save face its first time out. ''Does he get the save?'' manager Clint...
Via AP on Fox
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Marte’s first career save

Mark Melancon still has his ridiculous scoreless streak and save streak…but he got a major assist on this one. Actually, an assist doesn’t even really sufficiently describe it. Here’s both plays back-to-back by @Starlingmart with @gbrowniepoints commentary. pic.twitter.com/NBBkJMGRxx — Zack D’Ulisse (@740JZD) August 1, 2015 That sequence tells you all you need to know...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds can't break through in 9th, lose to Pirates 5-4

CINCINNATI (AP) Starling Marte threw out Brandon Phillips at the plate for the second out in the ninth. Then he made a diving catch to end it. Marte helped the Pirates' retooled bullpen hold on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, Pittsburgh's first in five games at Great American Ball Park this season. ''In this case, we didn't beat ourselves,'' manager Bryan...
Via AP on Fox
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 93: Royals probably 3 Pirates probably 0 or 1, I don’t know, I turned it off after Polanco dropped that ball

Here is the reality of the Pirates current situation: they are badly short-handed. They probably won’t be this way for longer than a week, but they’re not in a situation with a ton of room for error and it’s happening against two of the best teams in baseball. That sucks, but it’s how pennant races work. One way to get through a period like this is to have the unexpected...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The Greatest Game in PNC Park History(?)

I feel pretty comfortable saying that at this point. Go ahead an add the “regular season” caveat if you want – that’s fine. But when you add up the implications, the energy in the ballpark, the crazy amount of ridiculous things that happened, and the epic finish….it does not get any better (for July). Like, I mean, c’mon. A.J. Burnett hit a freaking home run!  That happened...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

This is what AJ Burnett came back for

After a year in baseball purgatory, AJ Burnett made a beeline back to the Pirates in the hopes of closing out his career on a winning baseball team. Today, Burnett gets the ball with a chance to move the Pirates within 3 1/2 games of the first place Cardinals in front of a national TV audience and a full house at PNC Park. I’m sure that Burnett’s happy with the way he’s started...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Don’t look past the Padres

This is a big week for the Pirates, because the universe has no regard for Josh Harrison’s torn thumb ligaments or Starling Marte’s strained oblique. The second half of the week is obviously the more exciting part, with the Pirates closing out the pre-All Star Break portion of their season with four games at PNC Park against the Cardinals. The first part of the week, three games...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Quick Hits: Bucs' Marte exits early

With 13 home runs and 16 stolen bases so far, Starling Marte has been one of fantasy's elite outfielders. Marte's owners should keep their fingers crossed, as he left Sunday's game with "left side discomfort." The Pirates didn't sound too concerned after the game, but an oblique injury seems possible. Marte will be re-evaluated today. In other news ... Speaking of oblique strains...
Via Fox Sports
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Marte leaves game with discomfort in left side

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte left Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians because of discomfort in his left side while batting in the fourth inning. Marte motioned for a trainer after swinging and missing at a pitch from Danny Salazar. Gregory Polanco inherited a 1-2 count as a pinch hitter, grounded out to end the inning then remained in the game in left...
Via AP on Fox
July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Recapping a weekend: when progress feels like treading water and treading water is drowning

Sorry for the lack of WHYGAVS this weekend: I spent the weekend out in the mountains and then when I got back on Sunday, I was far too exhausted to do much of anything other than sit around. Taking the weekend as a whole instead of breaking down into three individual one-game units makes for a curious experience. The Pirates took two out of three from the Braves, a team that they...
Via WHYGAVS?
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

GIFS: Pirates' Marte faceplants, flips, dances

Saturday was far from any typical day at the ballpark for Pirates outfielder Starling Marte.Sure, it was another game day -- something he experiences at least 162 times a year, but it was what took place during the game that made Saturday unique.First, while trying to steal second base (the pitch was fouled off) Marte opted for a headfirst slide and as you can see that may not have...
Via Fox Sports
June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Cutch gets mad, Bucs get win

It was an eventful (and rainy) day at the ballpark on Saturday. The headline was Andrew McCutchen being hit by yet another high and tight pitch, knocking him out of the game and prompting some noteworthy comments: “Maybe I need to go drop-kick a pitcher.” Pirates win, but Cutch smarting after another HBP: http://t.co/3v7aNfEbWy pic.twitter.com/Yv9vMQjHn4 — Stephen J. Nesbitt...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Friday, Jun 26

Yesterday’s Official Lineup got some late changes for two reasons: The weather in the CIN@PIT game started to look a little poorer than I’d hoped (the game started under a one hour delay) Starling Marte wasn’t playing For those two reasons I decided to remove most of my Pirates and add a couple Cardinals to Kolten Wong and Jason Heyward, who were already in my lineup. Unfortunately...
Via Baseball Professor
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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