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Mark Melancon walked one and allowed a hit in Saturday's contest with the Diamondbacks, but did not allow a run in picking up his fifth save of the season.

It was a less than clean outing for Melancon, though despite the struggles, he still picked up the save for the third straight game. Even with the string of saves, we would stay far, far away from Melancon in mixed leagues. He's allowed six runs in 9 1/3 innings pitched and his diminished velocity doesn't portend things getting much better.
Apr 25 - 11:26 PM

A.J. Burnett pitched well on Saturday, allowing just one run on five hits against the Diamondbacks.

Rubby De La Rosa matched him every step of the way, though, and neither pitcher ended up with a decision in the 2-1 Pirates win. Burnett struck out four and walked two in the contest. The former flamethrower has been great through four starts and currently holds a 1.80 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, with a 18/7 K/BB ratio over 25 innings. Despite the solid start, he has yet to pick up his first win of the year. He'll try for it (again) when the Pirates face off with the Cardinals.
Apr 25 - 11:12 PM

Justin Sellers will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.

Sellers is working his way back from an Achilles injury. Once he is deemed ready, it's unclear if he'll rejoin the Pirates or function as organizational depth in the minor leagues.
Apr 25 - 3:29 PM

Starling Marte (hand) went 1-for-4 in his return to the Pirates lineup on Friday.

Marte left Wednesday's game after being hit by a pitch on his hand and received a day of rest on Thursday as a precautionary measure. The 26-year-old has been scuffling at the plate in the early going, slashing .226/.276/.547 with a 19/2 K/BB ratio in 59 plate appearances, though he does have five homers and 12 RBI.
Apr 25 - 8:30 AM

Gerrit Cole upped his record to 3-0 by limiting the Diamondbacks to one run in 7 2/3 innings on Friday.

Cole struck out seven and walked two in the gem. He's allowed exactly one earned run in each of his last three starts, and he's struck out 27 batters in 24 2/3 innings for the year.
Apr 25 - 12:51 AM

Mark Melancon pitched a flawless ninth in a three-run game for his fourth save against the Diamondbacks.

Melancon will remain quite shaky while dealing with diminished velocity, but the Pirates don't want to make a switch unless they have to. He's helped the cause with easy saves the last two days.
Apr 25 - 12:49 AM

Josh Harrison had two hits, including a two-run double, Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Harrison was thrown out trying to advance on the double, but that's okay. He also had two hits Thursday, so he's upped his average from .196 to .234 the last two days.
Apr 25 - 12:48 AM

Jeff Locke yielded four runs over five innings in a no-decision in Thursday's victory against the Cubs.

Locke allowed a bunch of base runners, as the Cubs tallied seven hits and three walks. However, the lefty was able to use seven strikeouts to his advantage to limit the damage. The Cubs lucked into two runs in the second inning when Andrew Lambo misplayed a ball in left-center, leading to a two-run Jonathan Herrera triple, which -- aside from the hard contact -- wasn't really Locke's fault. Locke heads into next week's Wrigley Field start versus the Cubs with a 3.32 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and a 15/4 K/BB ratio in 19 innings.
Apr 23 - 3:56 PM

Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with a stolen base, an RBI single, and an RBI double to help the Pirates take down the Cubs on Thursday.

Polanco doubled in a run in the sixth inning, sparking a three-run rally to tie the game at 4-4. In the seventh, Polanco singled in what turned out to be the game-deciding run. Back-to-back productive games move the 23-year-old's triple-slash line to .300/.323/.450.
Apr 23 - 3:52 PM

Mark Melancon retired the Cubs in order to pick up his third save of the season in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Melancon's velocity was still low, but the Cubs were ineffective nevertheless. The right-hander got a flyout, strikeout and then ground out to end it. Melancon got a vote of confidence from manager Clint Hurdle on Thursday, a day after melting down in the ninth inning. However, fantasy owners will want to continue monitoring Melancon's velocity and the bullpen situation in Pittsburgh as the calendar turns to May.
Apr 23 - 3:49 PM

Starling Marte (hand) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

Marte left Wednesday's game after taking a pitch off his hand. X-rays came back negative, but he'll get a day of rest Thursday while Sean Rodriguez handles left field. Andrew McCutchen is also off Thursday, so Gregory Polanco will start in center field.
Apr 23 - 11:34 AM

Jordy Mercer (ribs) is in the Pirates' lineup Thursday.

Mercer sat out Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday after taking a pitch off his ribs on Sunday afternoon. Jung Ho Kang filled in at shortstop for the Bucs.
Apr 23 - 11:03 AM

Andrew McCutchen is out of the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.

It's merely a day of rest for the star center fielder, who has battled a left knee issue since spring training. McCutchen is hitting just .204/.322/.367 in 59 plate appearances this season, though he does have two home runs, 10 RBI, and eight runs scored.
Apr 23 - 10:54 AM

Gregory Polanco's solo home run was the deciding factor as the Pirates topped the Cubs 4-3 on Wednesday.

Polanco clubbed a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the fifth, pushing the Pirates' lead to 4-1 at the time. The bullpen would leak later in the game, though, so the home run proved important. Polanco, who finished 2-for-4 with a double along with the homer, had been rather quiet at the plate prior to Wednesday's game. He's batting .268/.293/.411 with just the one home run and four RBI.
Apr 22 - 10:49 PM

Tony Watson tossed a pair of scoreless innings for his first save of the season in Wednesday's win versus the Cubs.

Jared Hughes got into some eighth-inning trouble, allowing the Cubs to stage a rally, but Watson came in and put out the fire. After allowing an inherited runner to score on a fielder's choice, the lefty got Jonathan Herrera to foul out and Addison Russell to line out to end the frame. In the ninth, he worked around a two-out Anthony Rizzo single by striking out Kris Bryant to end the contest. Regular closer Mark Melancon has struggled while showing diminished velocity, perhaps why he wasn't used. Manager Clint Hurdle stuck by Melancon when prompted by the media prior to Wednesday's game, but if Melancon continues to struggle, Watson could see increased save chances. As a result, he's worth stashing in leagues with deep rosters.
Apr 22 - 10:46 PM


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