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September 25, 2020 12:16 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Smacks eighth homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the 7-0 win over the Cubs on Thursday.

Batting right-handed, Bell took Kyle Ryan deep to extend the Pirates' lead to 6-0 in the fifth inning. It marked the slugger's eighth long ball and brought him to 21 RBI on the campaign.

September 23, 2020 02:40 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Day off Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

Bell sits after going 0-for-19 with nine strikeouts in his last seven games, dragging his season slash line down to .221/.296/.354. Colin Moran starts at first base Wednesday, with Jose Osuna serving as the designated hitter.

September 18, 2020 12:44 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Not starting Game 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

Bell started the past 14 games and has a 1.024 OPS during that stretch, but he'll take a seat for Friday's matinee. Jose Osuna receives the start at first base in Game 1.

September 15, 2020 01:40 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Strong stretch continues Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 2-for-6 with a walk and his seventh homer in Monday's doubleheader loss to the Reds.

He's hit three home runs in his last five games. The 28-year-old has also lifted his batting average to .242, the highest its been since Opening Day. Bell is slashing .464/.516/.821 during an eight-game batting streak covering his last 32 plate appearances. He's 6-for-18 with a double and a homer against Tuesday's starter, Michael Lorenzen.

September 13, 2020 10:08 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Socks sixth homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Royals.

His second-inning shot, Bell's sixth homer of the year, got the Pirates on the board. The first baseman has now hit safely in five straight games and gone yard in two straight, pushing his slash line on the season up to .231/.301/.374.

September 12, 2020 10:44 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Continues mini-surge
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 4-3 loss to the Royals on Friday.

Bell is 7-for-14 over his last four games, including his first home run since late August. Bell has been a bit of an enigma in 2020. After strong campaigns to begin his career and a breakout in 2019, he has limped to a .224 average over 143 at-bats this year. Furthermore, Baseball Savant places him in the top 10 percentile for exit velocity while simultaneously near the bottom quarter of the league in expected slugging.

September 9, 2020 12:12 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: First two-hit game since August
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 2-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the White Sox.

The double represented his first extra-base hit in September and the two hits pushed his batting average (.206) back over the Mendoza Line. Bell has had plenty of false starts this season, but he's compiled more walks (three) than strikeouts (one) over his last three games for the first time in 2020.

September 3, 2020 10:40 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Out of Thursday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is not in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.

Bell is hitting .292 with two home runs and an 8:4 K:BB in 24 at-bats over his last seven games. Colin Moran will start at first base while Gregory Polanco gets the nod at designated hitter.

August 31, 2020 04:00 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Goes yard in second straight
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 5-1 win over Milwaukee.

Bell took Brandon Woodruff deep to give Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning. After belting 37 long balls in 2019, expectations were sky high for the first-baseman entering this season. The switch-hitter has had a tough time finding his power stroke thus far, with just four homers across his first 110 at-bats.

August 30, 2020 04:16 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Goes deep in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, an additional RBI and a walk in a loss to the Brewers on Saturday.

Bell drove home Pittsburgh's first run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and drilled a 413-foot solo shot in the fifth. The long ball ended a power drought for the first baseman as he had last homered Aug. 5 versus Minnesota. Bell has put together a modest three-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 5-for-9 with only one strikeout.

August 24, 2020 09:56 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Day off Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers.

Bell started the past 14 games and had a .578 OPS and 29 percent strikeout rate during that stretch, but he'll take a seat for Sunday's series finale. Colin Moran will cover first base while Gregory Polanco serves as the designated hitter.

August 22, 2020 12:56 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Heating up?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell reached base three times Friday, going 2-for-3 with a walk in a 7-2 win over Milwaukee.

He also scored a pair of runs for the first time since Opening Day. Bell, who has shown to be a streaky hitter, could be on the cusp of a turnaround. If nothing else, he's got his batting average back up over the Mendoza Line (.217).

August 18, 2020 11:52 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Drives in two
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI on Tuesday against Cleveland.

Bell came through with the majority of the Pirates' offense when he drove a double into the gap in the fifth frame to drive in two. While his performance has been underwhelming this season, Bell now has seven RBI in his last eight starts. Still, his overall line is an abysmal .205/.253/.315 with nine RBI and eight runs scored through 79 plate appearances.

August 5, 2020 11:28 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Comes alive at plate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double Wednesday against the Twins.

Bell was one of the few Pirates' hitters able to solve Randy Dobnak, as he smacked a double deep to left field in fourth inning. However, the highlight of his performance came in the final frame, when he caught up to a fastball up in the zone and drove it out of the park to straightaway center field for his second home run of the campaign. Bell has reached base just 11 times in 47 plate appearances to begin the season, though Wednesday's performance showcases the power he is capable of providing.

August 5, 2020 12:16 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Rough day at plate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Twins.

He has just one extra-base hit in 43 plate appearances thus far in 2020. Furthermore, Bell is batting .224 in his last 459 at-bats, dating back to July of 2019. He's a streaky hitter and could be primed for a strong run, but fantasy owners looking for consistency have been let down by the switch hitter.

August 2, 2020 11:00 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Out of Sunday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.

The 28-year-old started the first eight games of the season between first base and designated hitter, but he'll head to the bench Sunday as he is 5-for-31 with a .440 OPS and 11 strikeouts. Jose Osuna will operate at first base for the Pirates in the series finale.

July 22, 2020 10:00 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Ready for action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell hit his second summer-camp homer Wednesday against Cleveland.

The 27-year-old has hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the three-game set against the Indians. Bell batted fifth as the team's designated hitter Wednesday, with Jose Osuna playing at first base. Pittsburgh is looking for a repeat start similar to 2019 from the slugger. Through the team's first 60 contests last year, Bell slashed .333/.398/.685 with 18 homers and 52 RBI.

June 25, 2020 11:40 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: More than a DH
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Derek Shelton said that he expects Bell to rotate with Gregory Polanco and Colin Moran as the team's designated hitter, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Whether he plays first base or serves as the DH, Bell will be in the lineup nearly every day. "Instead of maybe rest someone that we were going to play in our regular lineup that day, they'll have the ability to get four or five ABs, and I think that's extremely important for us," Shelton said. "We won't go with one person there." While he ranked last in 2019 among qualified first basemen in defensive WAR (-17.5), the 27-year-old figures to retain positional flexibility at first heading into 2021, given Shelton's comments.

April 1, 2020 05:24 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Will likely bat fourth in lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Although new manager Derek Shelton hasn't revealed his preferred lineup, Bell is expected to bat cleanup for the Pirates in 2020, Adam Berry of reports.

With No. 3 hitter Starling Marte traded to Arizona, the team will likely turn to Adam Frazier, Kevin Newman or Gregory Polanco to bat ahead of Bell. After a red-hot start to 2019, Bell hit just .232/.342/.476 with 19 homers in his final 371 plate appearances. The switch hitter's splits against left-handed pitching were disappointing -- he slashed just .224/.313/.448 with nine homers in 166 plate appearances. Against right-handers, however, he batted .297/.387/.615 with 32 doubles and 28 homers in 384 PA. He may get pitched around, given that Polanco, Colin Moran and Jose Osuna are likely candidates to bat fifth. As Pittsburgh's only bona fide power hitter, the organization will be counting upon Bell to produce big numbers in 2020.

February 15, 2020 06:56 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Makes offseason adjustments
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is working to improve his throwing mechanics at first base during spring training, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

He's throwing from a three-quarters slot in hopes of making better throws from first base to second. Bell ranked last in the majors among 14 qualified first basemen with a minus-18.2 defensive WAR. The switch hitter enters his age-27 season with a reason as to why he feels he slumped offensively in last year's second half (he hit .224 after July 6). Bell claims he struggled because he went from synching up fastballs to synching up breaking balls. "I feel like if you're not synching up to the fastballs, you can't hit either," the slugger noted. "But once I started focusing more and more on offspeed pitches, I just went downhill for a stretch of time." Bell's name surfaced in trade talks, but it's likely the new management team in Pittsburgh will want to see what it has in its players before making any rash moves.

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