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S. Marte
M. Joyce
J. Harrison
S. Rodriguez
A. McCutchen
S. Marte
G. Polanco
M. Joyce
J. Harrison
S. Rodriguez
D. Freese
J. Harrison
S. Rodriguez
J. Rogers
J. Mercer
S. Rodriguez
Rotation
1. G. Cole
2. F. Liriano
3. J. Niese
4. J. Nicasio
5. J. Locke
J. Harrison
S. Rodriguez
J. Jaso
S. Rodriguez
J. Rogers

DL
J. Ho Kang
C. Luebke
F. Cervelli
C. Stewart
E. Diaz
  Bullpen
M. Melancon (CL)
T. Watson
N. Feliz
A. Caminero
K. Lobstein
R. Scahill
A. Schugel
R. Vogelsong
J. Hughes
Last Updated: 04/26/2016
 
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Last Five Games
5/2 vs. CHC
J. Jaso1B
A. McCutchenCF
D. Freese3B
S. MarteLF
F. CervelliC
G. PolancoRF
J. Harrison2B
J. MercerSS
G. ColeP
 
5/1 vs. CIN
J. Jaso1B
A. McCutchenCF
J. Harrison2B
S. MarteLF
G. PolancoRF
S. Rodriguez3B
J. MercerSS
C. StewartC
J. LockeP
 
4/30 vs. CIN
J. Jaso1B
A. McCutchenCF
D. Freese3B
S. MarteLF
F. CervelliC
G. PolancoRF
J. Harrison2B
J. MercerSS
F. LirianoP
 
4/29 vs. CIN
J. Jaso1B
A. McCutchenCF
D. Freese3B
S. MarteLF
F. CervelliC
G. PolancoRF
J. Harrison2B
J. MercerSS
J. NicasioP
 
4/27 vs. COL
J. Jaso1B
A. McCutchenCF
D. Freese3B
S. MarteLF
F. CervelliC
G. PolancoRF
J. Harrison2B
J. MercerSS
J. NieseP

Most Frequent Lineup
 AvgHRRBI
J. Jaso1B.30628
A. McCutchenCF.227510
D. Freese3B.29019
S. MarteLF.327313
F. CervelliC.321012
G. PolancoRF.315315
J. Harrison2B.326115
J. MercerSS.303113
 
Notes
  • 7 different lineups used this season.
  • Most frequent lineup used in 4 games.

Other Frequent Lineups
1 Game(s)
J. Jaso1B
A. McCutchenCF
J. Harrison2B
S. MarteLF
G. PolancoRF
S. Rodriguez3B
J. MercerSS
C. StewartC
1 Game(s)
J. MercerSS
A. McCutchenCF
D. Freese3B
S. MarteLF
J. Rogers1B
S. Rodriguez2B
G. PolancoRF
C. StewartC
1 Game(s)
J. MercerSS
A. McCutchenCF
D. Freese3B
S. MarteLF
F. CervelliC
J. Rogers1B
J. Harrison2B
G. PolancoRF
1 Game(s)
J. Jaso1B
A. McCutchenCF
D. Freese3B
S. MarteLF
F. CervelliC
G. PolancoRF
J. Harrison2B
S. RodriguezSS
1 Game(s)
J. Jaso1B
M. JoyceLF
D. Freese3B
S. MarteCF
F. CervelliC
G. PolancoRF
J. Harrison2B
J. MercerSS

 
 
 

Jung Ho Kang, #27
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
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Injuries
Knee - Expected to be out until at least May 6 (Updated - 4/29/16)
News
Kang (knee) is scheduled to play two out of every three days upon his return, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

On days where Kang is not in the lineup, he is still expected to be available off the bench as a pinch hitter, so his at-bats are not expected to take a major dip. The real question is where he'll see most of his reps upon his return, as he appeared in over 60 games at both third base and shortstop in the 2015 season. Both Jordy Mercer and David Freese have exceeded expectations during the first month of the season, but both of those players could see their playing time at risk if they hit a slump before Kang's scheduled return.

Jared Hughes, #48
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
001.00.0000
 
News
Hughes made his 2016 debut Sunday, allowing one unearned run in one inning against the Reds.

Cincinnati took advantage of a pair of Pittsburgh errors. Hughes pitched well despite completing a somewhat sketchy minor-league rehab stint. Expect Hughes to pitch in high-leverage situations in need of a ground ball out between the fifth and seventh innings going forward.

A.J. Schugel, #31
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
0011.04.09111
 
Gregory Polanco, #25
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
26.312183152
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 25
News
Polanco went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two walks Sunday against the Reds.

Polanco's third homer of the season gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning of a game they'd go on to lose. After a slow start in the power department, he's now hit three homers in his last nine games to raise his slugging percentage to.539.

John Jaso, #28
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
23.29211280
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 21
News
Jaso went 1-for-6 with a solo homer Sunday against the Reds.

Jaso's second homer of the season tied the game in the ninth inning to force extra innings in a game the Pirates would go on to lose. He's now homered in back-to-back games to bring his slugging percentage to .471.

Andrew McCutchen, #22
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
25.228186121
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 24
News
McCutchen, who went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored Sunday, appeared to tweak a knee while sliding into home plate -- though he stayed in the game.

He stuck in the wet dirt and was attended to by the team's trainer. Since socking three homers in one game against Colorado, the center fielder has just three hits in his last 17 at-bats. McCutchen is too good to be sitting at .227 much longer. He's certainly happy to put April in the rear view mirror: he's compiled his worst numbers in the month (.255/.343/.423).

Kyle Lobstein, #53
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2020.03.60014
 
News
Lobstein allowed three hits and one earned run in three innings Monday, striking out one.

He hit Addison Russell with an 87-mph fastball -- home plate Laz Diaz warned both benches following the pitch. It was thought the Bucs would send Lobstein to the minors when the bullpen's health improved, but the lefty has pitched better than most of Pittsburgh's relievers. His ability to contribute multiple innings -- he's given up just one run in his last 11 innings covering four games -- may keep him on the staff indefinitely.

Tony Watson, #44
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
0012.23.55011
 
News
Watson gave up one hit in a scoreless eighth inning against the Reds on Friday.

Watson has uncharacteristically struggled in the early going, allowing five runs in 6.1 innings over six outings prior to Friday. Pittsburgh has periodically pitched him in the seventh inning rather than the eighth -- if the situation calls for a high-leverage out, marking a change from the past. Watson's clean showing Friday gives fantasy owners hope that he's putting his early-season struggles behind him.

Francisco Liriano, #47
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
2128.03.861729
 
News
Liriano (2-1) surrendered five hits and an earned run over 6.2 innings in Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Reds. He struck out six.

The Pirates ace turned in his best performance since Opening Day, surrendering less than three earned runs for the first time since that outing. He reached a new high-water mark in pitch count (109) but was relatively sharp, getting 72 of those offerings across the strike zone. The most encouraging aspects of his effort may well have been the fact that he surrendered neither a homer or free pass, after having yielded a pair of gopher balls in each of his last two starts and multiple walks in all four previous appearances this season.

Cory Luebke, #26
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
003.18.1002
 
Injuries
Hamstring - Expected to be out until at least May 4 (Updated - 5/2/16)
Jason Rogers, #15
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
7.1002020
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 4
Elias Diaz
No Stats Available
Jordy Mercer, #10
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
25.326131131
 
Position Breakdown
SS - 24
News
Mercer reached base four times Monday, going 3-for-3 with a walk.

Batting eighth, he nearly accounted for half of the Pirates' seven hits. The lifetime .262 batter is hitting .326. He makes for an interesting pick Wednesday, when the Bucs face lefty John Lester. Mercer has holds a career batting average of .327 against southpaws and is 1-for-3 off Lester.

Francisco Cervelli, #29
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
23.309110121
 
Position Breakdown
C - 20, 1B - 2
News
Cervelli is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

With the Pirates' first pitch set for early Sunday afternoon, Cervelli will get the day off while Chris Stewart takes over behind the plate. Cervelli has been one of the more pleasant surprises among catchers this season, slashing .321/.438/.385 with 12 RBI and 16 walks compared to 14 strikeouts. Look for Cervelli to rejoin the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Cubs following his off day.

Jonathon Niese, #18
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
3028.15.08922
 
Mark Melancon, #35
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
0010.12.61710
 
News
Melancon notched a one-out save, his seventh, by striking out Zach Cozart on three pitches in Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Reds.

It almost took the veteran closer longer to make it out from the bullpen than to dispose of the Reds' shortstop, as he converted his third consecutive save opportunity. Considering he only needed two pitches against the Reds on Friday to notch a save on Friday, Melancon has clearly been optimally efficient in his role over the last two days.

Sean Rodriguez, #3
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
21.314104140
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 14, 2B - 2, SS - 2, 3B - 3, OF - 2
News
Rodriguez provided a pinch-hit two-run homer in his only at-bat in Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Reds.

Rodriguez stepped into the batter's box against reliever Caleb Cotham in the eighth after Matt Joyce had opened the inning with a single, and promptly launched a 390-foot shot into left field to extend the Pirates' lead to 5-1. It had been uneventful week for the 31-year-old until that point, as he'd gone hitless in five at-bats since notching at least one RBI in each of the four games prior. The eight-year veteran has gotten off to an excellent start in his part-time role in 2016, slashing .333/.444/.800 over his first 31 at-bats.

Neftali Feliz, #30
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1011.04.91015
 
Rob Scahill, #52
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
006.06.0005
 
News
Scahill has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Scahill spent just over two weeks with the big league club, but he'll return to Indianapolis, where he began the season, as Jared Hughes (lat) returns from the disabled list. In eight appearances for Pittsburgh, Scahill amassed a 6.00 ERA, allowing six hits and four earned runs across six innings of work.

Juan Nicasio, #12
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
3227.03.331229
 
News
Nicasio spun seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out eight in a 4-1 victory against the Reds on Friday night.

Nicasio (3-2) was clearly on his game throwing 63 of 97 pitches for strikes as he cruised through seven innings. After creating a lot of buzz with an eye-popping spring, he has been somewhat inconsistent in the regular season. It's all about throwing strikes as he has walked nine over eight innings in two sub-par outings while issuing just three free passes over 19 innings in three quality starts.

David Freese, #23
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
26.29215190
 
Position Breakdown
3B - 24
News
Freese is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

Sean Rodriguez will get the start at the hot corner Sunday in place of Freese with the Pirates facing Tim Adleman. Freese being out of the lineup Sunday may have more to do with the fact that he's played in each game this past week while Rodriguez has only gotten one start than it has to do with the matchup. Regardless, Freese figures to rejoin the lineup Monday against the Cubs.

Ryan Vogelsong, #14
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1113.03.4609
 
Arquimedes Caminero, #37
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
0213.25.27113
 
Jeff Locke, #49
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1226.24.731721
 
News
Locke allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings, but received no decision Sunday against the Reds.

Locke left the game with a two-run deficit, but the offense scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to take him off the hook for a possible loss. He's now allowed three or fewer earned runs in four of his five starts to lower his ERA to 4.73. He'll make his next start Saturday against the Cardinals.

Josh Harrison, #5
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
26.313131155
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 25
News
Harrison is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

After starting the last four games and seeing a bump up to third in the order, it looks to be just a normal day off for Harrison with the Pirates set to face Jake Arrieta. Sean Rodriguez will man the keystone in his stead Tuesday.

Chris Stewart, #19
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
6.2271120
 
Position Breakdown
C - 6
Gerrit Cole, #45
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
2327.13.951025
 
News
Cole (2-3) allowed six runs in 4.2 innings in a losing effort against the Cubs on Monday. He allowed six hits and four walks while striking out six.

The six runs were the most Cole has allowed in a single start in his career. The 25-year-old had allowed a total of seven runs in his first four games this season, which indicates Monday's dud was just a speed bump for the 2015 All-Star. Cole will try to right the ship Sunday against the Cardinals.

Matt Joyce, #67
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
25.38763100
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 6, DH - 2
News
Joyce hit a two-run pinch-hit home run in Pittsburgh's win over the Reds on Friday night.

With Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte manning the corner outfield spots, Joyce doesn't get a lot of opportunities to swing the bat, but he's making the most of it when he does. He now has three homers and nine RBI to go with a gawdy .357 average in part time duty this season.

Starling Marte, #6
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
26.327163137
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 25
News
Marte is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

Marte continues to hit the ball well in the early portion of the season, as he has a .327/.379/.505 slash line, but he'll be given a day off Tuesday. Gregory Polanco will slide over to left field in his absence, while Matt Joyce is drawing the start in right.