Change Team:

2017 RECAP

Record: 75 - 87

Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights

Despite a stint on the disabled for the first time in his career, Andrew McCutchen cemented his status as a top-three overall hitter. Starling Marte took another step towards upper echelon status. Top honors go to Josh Harrison as he filled in admirably all over the diamond, hitting homers and stealing bases left and right (and third and short). The whiffs many Expected from Gerritt Cole came to fruition, putting him on the verge of ace status.

What Has Changed?

Defensive-minded Francisco Cervelli replaces the departed Russell Martin behind the dish. Pedro Alvarez is slated to move across the diamond, taking his first baseman’s mitt with him, leaving the hot corner for Josh Harrison. Jung-Ho Kang comes over from Korea though his role is flux. He could usurp shortstop from Jordy Mercer, take over the utility vacated by Harrison or play third, leaving Harrison as the super-sub. A.J. Burnett returns to the Bucs’ rotation.

What to Expect:

The Pirates have made the wild card game the past two seasons, failing to capture either contest. A 180-200 inning campaign from Gerritt Cole would help and he looks ready to make that leap. As is, Starling Marte is a nice player but if he can shave off a few whiffs while coaxing a couple more walks, he could be special. That’s not a bad bet to make. Gregory Polanco should be given every opportunity to be the regular right fielder but if he continues to struggle against southpaws, Travis Snider looms. That said, Polanco’s modus operandi is to struggle initially at a new level then become acclimated and produce.

This Year’s Surprise:

Pedro Alvarez continues to strike out at an elevated rate giving Corey Hart a chance and he displaces El Toro at first base.

2017 STANDINGS

# TEAM W L
1 Chicago Cubs 92 70
2 Milwaukee Brewers 86 76
3 St. Louis Cardinals 83 79
4 Pittsburgh Pirates 75 87
5 Cincinnati Reds 68 94

2017 YTD STATS

Catcher

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jacob Stallings (R) PIT C 5 14 3 5 3 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 .357
Francisco Cervelli (R) PIT C 81 265 31 66 31 13 2 5 32 0 65 0 2 .249
Chris Stewart (R) PIT C 51 131 8 24 4 1 2 0 8 1 22 0 0 .183
Elias Diaz (R) PIT C 64 188 18 42 19 14 0 1 11 0 38 1 0 .223
John Bormann (R) PIT C 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Josh Bell (B) PIT 1B 159 549 75 140 90 26 6 26 62 4 117 2 4 .255

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Max Moroff (B) PIT 2B 56 120 19 24 21 4 1 3 16 0 43 0 1 .200
Josh Harrison (R) PIT 2B 128 486 66 132 47 26 2 16 26 2 90 12 4 .272

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
David Freese (R) PIT 3B 130 426 44 112 52 16 0 10 53 5 116 0 1 .263

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jordy Mercer (R) PIT SS 145 502 52 128 58 24 5 14 38 13 88 0 4 .255
Chris Bostick (R) PIT SS 20 27 6 8 1 2 0 0 4 0 9 0 1 .296
Gift Ngoepe (R) PIT SS 28 54 10 12 6 2 1 0 8 0 26 0 0 .222

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Adam Frazier (L) PIT LF 121 406 55 112 53 20 6 6 34 2 57 9 5 .276
Danny Ortiz (L) PIT LF 9 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .083
Jordan Luplow (R) PIT LF 27 78 6 16 11 3 1 3 6 0 22 0 1 .205
Starling Marte (R) PIT LF 77 309 48 85 31 7 2 7 20 0 63 21 4 .275

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Andrew McCutchen (R) PIT CF 156 570 94 159 88 30 2 28 68 5 116 11 5 .279

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Grégory Polanco (L) PIT RF 108 379 39 95 35 20 0 11 23 4 60 8 1 .251
Sean Rodríguez (R) PIT RF 54 132 18 22 8 2 0 5 15 1 57 1 0 .168
John Jaso (L) PIT RF 126 256 28 54 35 19 0 10 38 2 66 1 1 .211
Jose Osuna (R) PIT RF 104 215 31 50 30 13 4 7 9 0 40 0 0 .233

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Gerrit Cole (R) PIT SP 33 33 12 12 0 203.0 199 31 96 54 196 4.26 1.25
Josh Lindblom (R) PIT RP 4 0 0 0 0 10.1 18 0 9 3 10 7.84 2.03
Antonio Bastardo (L) PIT RP 9 0 0 1 0 9.0 16 5 15 9 8 15.00 2.78
Jack Leathersich (L) PIT RP 7 0 0 0 0 4.3 4 0 2 6 7 0.00 8.65
Dan Runzler (L) PIT RP 8 0 0 0 0 4.0 7 2 2 2 4 4.50 2.25
Edgar Santana (R) PIT RP 19 0 0 0 0 18.0 16 2 7 11 20 3.50 1.56
Steven Brault (L) PIT RP 11 4 1 0 1 34.2 41 3 18 13 23 4.67 1.59
Daniel Hudson (R) PIT RP 71 0 2 7 0 61.2 57 7 30 32 66 4.38 1.46
George Kontos (R) PIT RP 65 0 1 6 1 65.4 61 9 25 18 70 1.84 2.15
Angel Sanchez (R) PIT RP 8 0 1 0 0 12.1 16 5 12 1 10 8.76 1.38
Chad Kuhl (R) PIT SP 31 31 8 11 0 157.1 159 17 76 65 142 4.35 1.47
A.J. Schugel (R) PIT RP 32 0 4 0 0 32.0 31 3 7 12 27 1.97 1.41
Felipe Rivero (L) PIT RP 73 0 5 3 21 75.1 47 4 14 20 88 1.67 0.89
Dovydas Neverauskas (R) PIT RP 24 0 1 1 0 25.1 24 4 11 8 17 3.91 1.26
Iván Nova (R) PIT SP 31 31 11 14 0 187.0 203 29 86 34 131 4.14 1.28
Trevor Williams (R) PIT SP 31 25 7 9 0 150.1 145 14 68 48 117 4.07 1.31
Joaquín Benoit (R) PIT RP 52 0 1 6 2 50.1 43 7 26 21 46 7.56 3.18
Wade LeBlanc (L) PIT RP 50 0 5 2 1 68.0 64 10 34 16 54 4.50 1.19
Johnny Barbato (R) PIT RP 24 0 0 1 0 28.2 25 4 13 18 23 4.08 1.50
Tyler Glasnow (R) PIT SP 15 13 2 7 0 62.0 81 13 53 42 56 7.69 2.02
Jameson Taillon (R) PIT SP 25 25 8 7 0 133.2 152 11 66 43 125 4.44 1.48
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