Pittsburgh Pirates

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Pirates.2446681514.22
NL Central5th5th5th4th
National League 14th13th14th7th

Schedule

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Fri Feb 23
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@TB
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Sat Feb 24
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NYY
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Sun Feb 25
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@DET
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Mon Feb 26
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BOS
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Tue Feb 27
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@ATL
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Wed Feb 28
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@BOS
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Thu Mar 1
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TOR
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Fri Mar 2
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@BAL
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Sat Mar 3
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PHI
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Sun Mar 4
1:05 pm ET
@MIN

Standings

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Overall
W-L
St. Louis0-00-0
Pittsburgh0-00-0
Chicago0-00-0
Milwaukee0-00-0
Cincinnati0-00-0
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Pirates' Steven Brault: May start season in bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brault's best chance to crack the Opening Day roster may be as a bullpen arm, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

As things stand now, the Pirates' rotation appears to be Jameson Taillon, Ivan Nova, Chad Kuhl, Trevor Williams and Joe Musgrove (shoulder). Due to this, there's been talk of a "bullpen apprenticeship" of sorts for Brault and right-hander Tyler Glasnow as a way to ease them into major-league action. The left-handed Brault has shown dominance over Triple-A hitters to the tune of a 1.94 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and an 8.2 K/9 last season, but his major-league numbers were much more tepid (4.67 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 6.0 K/9). His stock in redraft leagues would be relatively low if he is unable to crack the rotation, but there still seems to be hope for him to move into the rotation at some point if he finds success as a part of the relief corps.

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Pirates' Trevor Williams: Likely to open season in rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams appears to be in line for a rotation spot to begin spring training, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

The 25-year-old held his own during his first full season in the majors, sporting a 4.07 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP to go with a 0.8 HR/9. His strikeout numbers were less than stellar (7.0 K/9), but his 4.07 FIP suggests that what we saw from Williams last season is what we'll get. At the very least, he's worth a look as a streaming option when he's pitching at home since he produced a 3.45 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 88.2 frames at PNC Park last year.

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Pirates' Chad Kuhl: Likely to open season in rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kuhl appears to be in line for a rotation spot to start the season, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

The hard-throwing righty saw his fair share of struggles last season, but he finished strong by posting a 3.62 ERA and a 9.0 K/9 in the second half of the season. Overall, his lack of command (4.1 BB/9) and propensity to give up hard contact (36.1 percent) make him relatively unattractive for fantasy purposes, but Kuhl seems to have a rotation job on lockdown nonetheless barring any unforeseen events.

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Pirates' A.J. Schugel: Increased chance of landing MLB roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Schugel's chances of breaking camp with the big-league club improved following the trade of Daniel Hudson to the Rays, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Nothing is set in stone at this point, but this news added onto the fact that the right-hander is out of minor-league options certainly bodes well for his fate. Schugel's performance in the majors last season also gives him a strong case for a roster spot. He produced a 1.97 ERA in 32 innings pitched, although some regression should be expected given his 4.04 FIP. Schugel will have to fend off Rule 5 pick Jordan Milbrath and Josh Smoker among others to maintain his spot on the roster, but a strong spring showing could make the decision quite easy.

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Pirates' Adam Frazier: Heads into spring as reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Frazier will likely open the season as a bench player following the acquisition of Corey Dickerson, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

There was some speculation that the 26-year-old would get some time as the everyday left fielder following the trade of Andrew McCutchen, but that plan is likely void now that Corey Dickerson is in town. Frazier's roster spot isn't really in jeopardy given his expansive positional versatility and .276 batting average in 406 at-bats last season, but his fantasy stock takes a hit now that he doesn't have a path to regular playing time.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGAndrew McCutchen , CF.279
HRAndrew McCutchen , CF28
RBIJosh Bell , 1B90
OBPDavid Freese , 3B.368
SLGAndrew McCutchen , CF.486
RAndrew McCutchen , CF94
SBStarling Marte , LF21
WGerrit Cole , SP12
ERAIvan Nova , SP4.14
WHIPGerrit Cole , SP1.25
KGerrit Cole , SP196
SVFelipe Rivero , RP21

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