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Starling Marte | Outfielder

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 184
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Starling Marte hit a ninth-inning solo home run, but it was too late to help the Pirates stage a comeback against the Cubs on Monday.
Marte belted a Zac Rosscup offering to left field in the ninth to make it a 5-2 game, but it was too little, too late for the Pirates. Marte, who finished 1-for-4 on Monday, has been on a power surge lately, homering in three out of his last four games. Other than that, though, he hasn't done much at the dish as he's batting .178/.208/.467. Apr 20 - 10:58 PM

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Starling Marte hit his third home run of the season while driving in five runs in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Brewers.

Marte almost single-handedly sent Brewers' starter Kyle Lohse to the showers. In the first inning, the outfielder hit a two-run single to center. Then, in the fifth, he launched a three-run shot to left. If this wasn't enough, he also chipped in a stolen base just for fun. This was his second home run in as many days (and his second steal in as many days, to boot). All of this came after an icy start to the season. Even with the recent pyrotechnics, he's still hitting just .189/.225/.459 on the year. Marte was a .291 hitter last year. Don't worry too much about the early struggles.
Apr 18 - 10:04 PM

Starling Marte blasted his second home run of the season on Friday, powering the Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Brewers.

Marte connected on his two-run blast off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning, pushing the Pirates advantage to 6-2. He filled up all areas of the box score on Friday, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, two RBI and his first stolen base of the season.
Apr 17 - 10:13 PM

Starling Marte is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

Marte is just 3-for-26 (.115) with 14 strikeouts across seven games, so a day off to clear his head is probably a good idea. Gregory Polanco will slide over to left field while Corey Hart will make the start in right.
Apr 14 - 3:25 PM

Starling Marte went 0-for-4 and struck out two more times Monday against the Tigers.

Marte has fanned 14 times already, collecting just three hits and one walk in the process. He was also a strikeout machine early last year (37 in 105 AB during April), but he was still hitting reasonably well then. It's too early to overreact to his struggles now, but the Pirates might opt to drop him in the lineup until he figures it out.
Apr 13 - 4:42 PM

Starling Marte homered and knocked in two runs in Friday's win over the Brewers.

Marte gave the Pirates some extra insurance with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and a solo homer in the eighth. The 26-year-old is batting fifth for the Pirates this season, which could cut into his runs scored and stolen bases, but he's in good position to surpass his career-high of 56 RBI from last season.
Apr 10 - 11:52 PM

Starling Marte tripled, doubled, walked and scored twice in the Pirates' 5-2 win over the Red Sox on Saturday.

From a real baseball standpoint, we like that the Pirates plan on batting Marte fifth this year. However, from a fantasy perspective, it won't help his fantasy value, since it will cost him at-bats and runs scored (while allowing him to drive in more runs). The interesting thing to see will be how much running he does. It makes sense for him to attempt more steals with weaker hitters coming up, since the failures aren't quite as costly. However, it's rather rare to see a No. 5 hitter do that much running.
Mar 14 - 5:02 PM

Starling Marte went 2-for-4 and drove in the game-winning run with an RBI double in a win over the Braves Tuesday.

Marte came up with the biggest hit in the game, knocking in Andrew McCutchen with a double in the sixth inning. He also played a part in the team's first run, stealing second -- his 27th stolen base of the year -- and forcing an errant throw from Christian Bethancourt that allowed McCutchen to score from third. Marte has hits in eight straight games to raise his overall line to .290/.356/.455.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:37:00 PM

Starling Marte hit a solo home run on Thursday as the Pirates finished off a sweep of the Red Sox with a 3-2 victory.

Marte's fifth-inning solo homer off of Brandon Workman turned out to be the deciding factor in the game. It's the 25-year-old's 13th of the season and fourth of September. Marte is now batting .289/.358/.458 with 53 RBI and 69 runs scored in what has been a productive 2014 showing.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:34:00 PM

Starling Marte, starting for the first time since Thursday, went 2-for-4 with a solo home run as the Pirates defeated the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Marte had missed a handful of games after being hit on the elbow by A.J. Burnett on Thursday. The fourth-inning solo homer, off of Anthony Ranaudo, extended the Pirates' lead to 3-0. Marte now has 12 home runs, 51 RBI, 26 stolen bases, and a .287/.358/.453 slash line on the season.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 10:42:00 PM

Starling Marte (elbow) is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Marte was hit in the left elbow by a pitch Thursday and didn't start a game over the weekend against the Cubs, but he's ready to go it a go. He'll bat sixth in his return Tuesday.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 03:35:00 PM

Starling Marte (elbow) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's series finale with the Cubs.

Marte didn't start a game the entire series due to the left elbow bruise that he suffered last Thursday when he was struck by a pitch. He should be fine to return to the Pirates' starting lineup early this week.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 08:46:00 AM

Starling Marte (elbow) remains out of the Pirates' starting lineup Saturday versus the Cubs.

Marte has been sidelined taking a pitch off his left elbow Thursday. X-rays were negative but he has a significant contusion and some swelling. The speedster will be available as a pinch-runner on Saturday, but there is no timetable for his full-time return.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 04:20:00 PM

Starling Marte has been diagnosed with a left elbow contusion.

It presumably means that he passed an X-ray or it was determined that he didn't need one. Marte was unsure whether he'd be ready to play on Friday, but it sounds like he can safely be considered day-to-day.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 10:52:00 PM

Starling Marte left Thursday's game versus the Phillies with left arm discomfort after being hit by a pitch.

Marte was plunked by A.J. Burnett in the first inning, and although he initially stayed in, he eventually exited after the top of the third. It's not clear at this point how long he might be out, but the Pirates should provide more on his status after the game.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 07:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
2Jaff Decker
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jared Hughes
5Radhames Liz
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Rob Scahill
8Brandon Cumpton