Pittsburgh Pirates

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Pirates.2577291534.21
NL Central1st3rd5th4th
National League 5th6th12th9th

Last Game

Sat, February 25
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Schedule

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1:05 pm EST
Today
W 6 - 2BAL
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1:05 pm EST
Today
W 7 - 2at TB
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1:05 pm EST
Sun Feb 26
at BAL
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1:07 pm EST
Mon Feb 27
at TOR
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1:05 pm EST
Tue Feb 28
TOR
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1:05 pm EST
Wed Mar 1
at MIN
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1:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 2
at DET
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1:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 3
BAL
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1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 4
MLB NetworkBOS
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1:05 pm EST
Sun Mar 5
at NYY
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1:05 pm EST
Mon Mar 6
NYY
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1:05 pm EST
Tue Mar 7
ATL

Standings

NL
Central
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Pittsburgh0-02-0
Chicago0-11-1
St. Louis0-10-1
Milwaukee0-00-1
Cincinnati0-10-2
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Pirates' Gerrit Cole: Officially named Opening Day starter
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Cole has officially been named the Pirates' Opening Day starter, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

It will be the first career Opening Day start for Cole, who will take the mound on Apr. 3 against the Red Sox. The 26-year-old struggled with injuries last season and will look to rediscover his 2015 form, which saw him win 19 games while posting a 2.60 ERA.

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Pirates' Gerrit Cole: Set to throw simulated game
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Cole will throw two innings in a simulated game Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Cole dealt with bouts of elbow inflammation last season and has been cautiously eased into spring training activity. After finishing fourth in Cy Young voting in 2015, he recorded a career-worst 3.88 ERA last season and was shut down in September. Nonetheless, if all goes well, expect the former All-Star to see Grapefruit League action soon.

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Pirates' Drew Hutchison: Change changing places
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pirates are working to improve Hutchison's delivery, a move which the team believes would add velocity to the right-hander's fastball, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Hutchison is working on a more direct stride to home plate, something he did successfully early in his career with Toronto. "We're not out of the woods yet, but we're in a really good spot and we're building," pitching coach Ray Searage said. "He feels comfortable. It puts his arm in the best position to maximize his velocity (92.0 mph avg). With that adjustment to his delivery, he's able to get the fastball down and away instead of over the middle of the plate." GM Neal Huntington also commented that Hutchison is one of two pitchers in the early lead for the fifth starter's spot. "A couple of guys are probably ahead of others - Hutchison, in terms of the experience he has; Tyler Glasnow, in terms of the ceiling he has," Huntington noted.

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Pirates' Daniel Hudson: Second in line for saves
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hudson will serve as Pittsburgh's closer on days Tony Watson is unable to close, CBS Pittsburgh reports.

Pirates GM Neal Huntington announced the team's pecking order for saves, listing Watson first and then Hudson and Felipe Rivero. Huntington typically doesn't permit his relievers to pitch three straight days, giving Hudson the chance to potentially close after Watson has thrown in back-to-back calendar days. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Pirates move Watson (who will become a free agent after 2017) at the trade deadline, freeing up Hudson to close in the second half of the season.

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Pirates' Tyler Glasnow: Cultivates new mechanics, pitches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Glasnow said he spent the last six months cleaning up his delivery, and that he's added a two-seam fastball and has switched his changeup grip from a four-seamer to a two-seamer, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The 23-year-old pauses on the first step of his windup, rocking on his left foot, before finishing the delivery. This helps restore his balance and prevent him rushing toward the plate. He's also established a quicker leg lift and stride toward the plate to try to contain baserunners. As for the new pitches, the results of such changes often varies, but adding versatility to his arsenal can help the right-hander's ability to keep hitters guessing. He's expected to compete for a starting job but could wind up at Triple-A Indianapolis to start 2017. Still, fantasy players justifiably can take a late-rounds chance on him in mixed leagues, hoping he can correct his control (5.04 BB/9 with Indy last year and 5.01 in his small MLB sample) to complement his elite strikeout potential.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGStarling Marte , LF.311
HRAndrew McCutchen , CF24
RBIGregory Polanco , RF86
OBPStarling Marte , LF.362
SLGGregory Polanco , RF.463
RAndrew McCutchen , CF81
SBStarling Marte , LF47
WIvan Nova , SP12
ERAIvan Nova , SP4.17
WHIPIvan Nova , SP1.25
KJuan Nicasio , RP138
SVTony Watson , RP15

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