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About Aaron Russell - RotoBaller

I live in Denver and love baseball. I am married to my beautiful wife and we have two boys.

Aaron Russell - RotoBaller has written 207 articles so far, you can find them below.


Francisco Cervelli Will Start At First Base Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli will play first base Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. He will bat fifth in the lineup, just in front of catcher Elias Diaz. Cervelli has played seven major league games at first base, but has stated repeatedly that he would rather be a catcher. Cervelli is 7-for-19 with five... Read More

8 months ago

Corey Dickerson Reinstated, Not in Lineup

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Saturday. Adam Frazier will start in left field, however. Frazier has been a decent replacement for Dickerson, but Dickerson is batting .318 with 11 homers and 44 RBI. He had a six-game hitting streak just before being placed on the disabled list with... Read More

8 months ago

Chris Archer Not Great In First Pirates Start

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer was less than great in Friday's start against the St. Louis Cardinals. Archer went 4 1/3 innings and gave up four earned runs on seven hits. He walked four batters and struck out six. Archer pitched around potential disaster all night, including having a lead off baserunner in all... Read More

8 months ago

Keone Kela on Pirates 25-Man Roster

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Keone Kela arrived in Pittsburgh and will be active for Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. To make room for Kela, the Pirates optioned Nick Kingham to Triple A Indianapolis. Kela was the closer for the Texas Rangers before being moved at the trade deadline. He throws the traditional three-pitch... Read More

8 months ago

Nick Kingham Has Rough Start on Wednesday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Nick Kingham was roughed up in Wednesday's start against the Chicago Cubs. Kingham went one inning, and gave up four runs on three hits. The good news is that only two of them were earned. He walked one and struck out one. His next start should come on Tuesday against the... Read More

8 months ago

Chad Kuhl Moved To 60-Day Disabled List

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday. Kuhl was originally placed on the 10 day DL back in June. Kuhl was 5-5 with a 4.55 ERA and 81 strikeouts. This will end any chance of getting any fantasy value from Kuhl this year for fantasy players. Joe... Read More

8 months ago

Chris Archer Pitched Well Against NL Central

The Pittsburgh Pirates newest addition, Chris Archer, has good numbers against the National League Central. He pitched against the division in 2017 and went 1-0 in three starts, with 23 strikeouts, six walks, and five earned runs in 19 innings. His best start came against the Milwaukee Brewers. Archer has been less than stellar this... Read More

8 months ago

Corey Dickerson Placed on Disabled List

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday. It is retroactive to July 25. Dickerson was on a hot streak, going 13-for-28 in six games including four straight games with a homer, prior to his hamstring injury. Jordan Luplow was in left field Saturday. Although Luplow went 1-for-4 with two... Read More

8 months ago

Khris Davis Clubs Two Homers Wednesday

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis smashed two homers in the win on Wednesday. He went 2-for-5 with five RBI against the Texas Rangers. He now has 27 homers and 77 RBI for the season. The biggest concern with Davis is his strikeout rate, an unsightly 27 percent of the time. He has struck out... Read More

8 months ago

Charlie Blackmon Hits Walk-Off Homer

Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning off Collin McHugh to defeat the Houston Astros on Wednesday. It was his first walk-off homer. Blackmon was officially 1-for-2, but walked twice. He is batting .288 with an .861 OPS. He has 19 homers and 76 runs. Blackmon... Read More

8 months ago

Jon Gray Gives Up One Hit In Seven Innings Wednesday

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray pitched a great game Wednesday against the Houston Astros. He went seven innings, gave up two runs (one earned), had six strikeouts, and only walked two batters. He wound up getting a no decision in the Rockies win. Gray is 1-0 with a 1.27 ERA since returning from the... Read More

8 months ago

Albert Pujols Homers Wednesday

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit a homer on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. With the homer, Pujols passed Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth on the all-time home run list with 631. Pujols has 17 homers on the year and is slugging .435. He has a .289 on-base percentage. Pujols awful OBP... Read More

8 months ago

Starling Marte Leaves Game Wednesday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte left the game Wednesday after being hit in the hand by Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer. He initially stayed in the game, but did not go out to play the field. During his 17-game hit streak, Marte has raised his batting average from .265 to .292, and has 20 RBI.... Read More

8 months ago

Corey Dickerson Is Out Wednesday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Indians. Dickerson felt some left hamstring discomfort in Tuesday's win, and is listed as day-to-day. Dickerson is super hot right now, batting .318 with 11 homers and 44 RBI. Jordan Luplow will replace him in left field. Luplow is... Read More

8 months ago

Josh Harrison Homers In Return

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer on Monday. The homer came off Corey Kluber in the top of the second inning after an infield fly ball was not caught by the Indians infielders. Harrison has been nursing a hamstring injury since the final game before the All-Star break, but... Read More

8 months ago

Rick Porcello Picks Up 12th Win Monday

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello went six innings without giving up an earned run against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. He did give up six hits while striking out six and walking one. His new ERA is 3.93, and he is 12-4. Porcello's high ERA has been a huge let down for fantasy... Read More

8 months ago

Daniel Poncedeleon Pitches Absolute Gem In Debut Monday

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon threw a no-hitter for seven innings on Monday. The right-hander, who was struck in the head with a baseball last year in the minors, threw 116 pitches and only walked three Cincinnati Reds batters while giving up no hits in his Major League debut. He would ultimately end... Read More

8 months ago

Trevor Williams Throws Six-Inning Shutout Monday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams picked up the win in Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians. His line for the game is six innings pitched, four hits, two walks, one strikeout and no runs scored. He will get credited with a shutout. The game was officially called after three rain delays, and the bottom... Read More

8 months ago

Josh Harrison Will Be In Lineup Monday

According to Adam Berry, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that second baseman Josh Harrison will be back in the Pirates lineup Monday, and Colin Moran will serve as the designated hitter with David Freese starting at third base. Harrison has been out of the lineup since the All-Star break with a hamstring injury. Harrison is... Read More

8 months ago

Four Homers Lead Pittsburgh Pirates Past Reds Sunday

The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their offensive dominance in Cincinnati on Sunday with four homers. Outfielder Gregory Polanco smashed a two-run homer in the first inning off Matt Harvey to give the Pirates the early lead. Outfielder Corey Dickerson extended his homer streak to four games in a row with a bomb in the second. He... Read More

8 months ago

Josh Bell Gets Four Hits Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run on Saturday. The Cincinnati Reds pitchers just seemed to struggle to get the big Texan out every time he was at the plate; he had three singles and a  double in the game. Bell is hitting .267 with five homers and... Read More

8 months ago

Nick Kingham Has Strong Outing Saturday In Cincinnati

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Nick Kingham had a terrific outing Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched into the seventh inning with four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. His last pitch was a two-run homer from Curt Casali. Kingham contributed offensively with a two RBI single in the sixth inning. He is a talented... Read More

8 months ago

Corey Dickerson Blasts Homers In Third Straight Game

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson hit two homers in Saturday's game against the Cincinnati Reds. The first homer, a solo shot off Anthony DeSclafani, extended his streak of games with a home run to three. Dickerson is batting .308 with 10 homers and 40 RBI on the season. He is the 157th overall player in... Read More

8 months ago

Francisco Cervelli Cleared For Baseball Activities

According to Rob Biertempfel, "[Pittsburgh] Pirates [catcher] Francisco Cervelli (concussion) has been cleared to resume baseball activities. At the moment, he is taking grounders at first base at GABP." Cervelli spent some time on the disabled list in late June and early July, and was placed on the DL again, July 14. Cervelli may not... Read More

8 months ago

Colin Moran Gets Four Hits Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran collected four hits Friday against the Cincinnati Reds and according to the Pirates official Twitter account, Moran is now hitting .306 in 15 games this month. He ranks fourth among all National League rookies in hits (74), RBI (37) and total bases (111). Moran seems to be the Bucs... Read More

8 months ago

Starling Marte Hits Grand Slam Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte stretched his hit streak to 13 games on Friday. Marte went 2-for-6 with a grand slam in the eighth inning. The homer was Marte's 14th of the season. He has a 1.162 OPS during the streak with five homers and 14 RBI. Marte will face Anthony DeSclafani on Saturday. He... Read More

8 months ago

Jameson Taillon Will Take The Mound Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon will get the start against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. Taillon is 6-7 with a 3.91 ERA. He has 103 strikeouts and 30 walks in 106 innings pitched. In his last start, the right-hander struck out 10 batters in six innings while only giving up one run on a... Read More

8 months ago

Josh Bell With Two RBI In Sunday Sweep

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell hit a walk-off two RBI double to complete the five-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. His second hit of the game came in the pouring rain against left-hander Dan Jennings. In the past two weeks, Bell is hitting .326 with five RBI and eight walks. The Bucs,... Read More

8 months ago

Josh Harrison Leaves Game On Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison left Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with what the Pirates are calling "left hamstring discomfort." Harrison is a huge part of the Bucs defense, but is hitting .251 with four homers and 23 RBI. Max Moroff came into the game to replace Harrison. Maybe the time off with... Read More

8 months ago

Austin Meadows Optioned to Triple-A

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. As many have rumored, the Pirates made official on Sunday. Meadows has not been in the starting lineup for several days after struggling at the plate. He was 7-for-30 in July with eight strikeouts and no RBI. The Bucs have recalled Tanner Anderson in... Read More

8 months ago

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