Pittsburgh Pirates

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Pirates.2577291534.21
NL Central1st3rd5th4th
National League 5th6th12th9th

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BAL
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Sun Feb 26
at BAL
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1:07 pm EST
Mon Feb 27
at TOR
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Tue Feb 28
TOR
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Wed Mar 1
at MIN
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Thu Mar 2
at DET
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BAL
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MLB NetworkBOS
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Mon Mar 6
NYY
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Tue Mar 7
ATL

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St. Louis0-00-0
Pittsburgh0-00-0
Chicago0-00-0
Milwaukee0-00-0
Cincinnati0-00-0
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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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Pirates' Josh Bell: Cleared for most baseball activities
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Bell (knee) has been cleared for everything except running at full speed, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Bell has been making gradual improvements throughout spring training after undergoing minor left knee surgery in February. He slashed .273/.368/.406 over 45 games in his rookie season and fully expects to be ready for Opening Day, where he'll form a platoon at first base with David Freese. After facing live pitching Tuesday, the road to recovery looks bright for the young switch-hitter.

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Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Cleared for modified baseball activities
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cervelli (foot) is making progress in his recovery and has been cleared for "modified baseball activities," Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Pirates want Cervelli to work out for them before deciding whether he should play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. The progress, nonetheless, is a positive sign going forward and could point to the veteran catcher being ready for Opening Day on April 7. Cervelli missed multiple games last season with foot discomfort, so this is a situation worth monitoring in the coming days.

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Pirates' Josh Bell: Making progress from injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell (knee) faced live pitching Tuesday and continues to recover from February surgery. "It's all structurally stable," Bell told DK Pittsburgh Sports. "It's just the incision marks still scarring over. Just from that, waiting for that to heal. But for the most part I feel great. I'm putting the same motions it happened with initially. I'm all cleared there, so I feel good."

Spring training holds special value for Bell, as the former outfielder looks to improve upon his defensive skills at first base. "I'm just trying to get back to that reaction time and first-step quickness," Bell said. "If I can get those reads in, hopefully I can make up for this last week that I missed." He enters 2017 as left-handed batting side of a first base platoon with David Freese. Bell slashed .273/.368/.406 with Pittsburgh in 2016 after compiling a Triple-A line of .295/.382/.468. His ability to read the strike zone is probably his greatest strength, giving him extra value in OBP leagues.

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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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