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About Aaron Russell

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

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

Starling Marte Has Hit Safely In 11 Straight

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has at least one hit in 11 straight games, including a homer in both games of the doubleheader Saturday. During this hot streak he is batting .419 with four homers and nine RBI. Marte has a .733 slugging percentage in the month of July, and has moved into a tie... Read More

2 years ago

Jordan Luplow Homers Twice In Game 2

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jordan Luplow homered two times in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers. The right-handed batter is batting .214 with a .857 OPS in 14 plate appearances. The high OPS is due to the two homers on Saturday, but Luplow should still not be sought after by fantasy... Read More

2 years ago

Felipe Vazquez Gets 22nd Save In Game 1 Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vasquez secured the victory in Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday and notched his 22nd save of the season. He struck out the first batter he faced, and got the final two outs on batted balls. Vasquez is the 12th ranked closer in ESPN head-to-head leagues and... Read More

2 years ago

Starling Marte And Gregory Polanco Power Pirates In Game 1

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielders Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco hit back-to-back homers in the first inning of the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. That is all the Pirates would need as they went on to victory in Game 1. The homers would be the only hits for both players in the game. Marte and Polanco... Read More

2 years ago

Ivan Nova Will Take The Mound In Game 1

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova will take the ball for the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. Nova pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Washington Nationals in his last start, and will look to keep the starting pitching momentum going on Saturday when he takes on the Milwaukee Brewers. He is 2-3 with a... Read More

2 years ago

Matt Harvey Goes Five Strong Innings In Win

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey picked up his fifth win Friday with five innings of one-run baseball. He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out five. Since joining the Reds, the right-hander has dropped his ERA from 7.00 to 4.63, and his WHIP from 1.56 to 1.10. He has only given... Read More

2 years ago

Jake Cave Has Three Hits Friday

Minnesota Twins outfielder Jake Cave went 3-for-4 Friday in the win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He was a homer away from the cycle, and he drove in two runs. The Twins rookie is batting .329 with a .929 OPS. He has 3 homers and 10 RBI. Cave should definitely be on your watch list,... Read More

2 years ago

Trevor Story Drives In Four Runs On Friday

Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story hit his 19th homer of the year, doubled, and drove in four runs in the victory over the Seattle Mariners Friday. He is batting .293 with 63 RBI this season, and is 17-for-35 in the month of July . The All-Star is slugging .544 heading into Friday's game. He has... Read More

2 years ago

Zack Godley Gets Win Friday

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley pitched great on Friday and got the win over the Atlanta Braves. According to Tori McElhaney, "Godley finished his outing after six innings, striking out seven along the way. He retired 16 of the last 19 batters he faced." Godley is now 11-6 with a 4.61 ERA, but has... Read More

2 years ago

Alex Bregman Smashes 20th Homer Friday

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer in the first inning on Friday. He would get one more hit and finish Friday 2-for-4 with the two RBI. Bregman has a .923 OPS with 20 homers and 30 doubles this season. In points leagues, he is the sixth ranked shortstop and the seventh... Read More

2 years ago

Clay Holmes Will Start Game 2 Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Clay Holmes will make his first start at PNC Park Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader against the Brewers. Holmes made his first career start against the Dodgers on Independence Day, and got roughed up for four runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings. He should have better... Read More

2 years ago

Ryan Rua Powers Pinch-Hit Homer Friday

Texas Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua hit a pinch-hit homer on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles. The three-run homer was the difference in the game. Rua is 5-for-17 in the month of July, but is batting .189 for the season. He is not an everyday player, and is not relevant to fantasy owners.

2 years ago

Josh Bell Reaches Base Four Times Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell had a terrific night Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers. He went 4-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. He was a homer short of hitting for the cycle. Bell is carrying a .736 OPS with five homers and 44 RBI. Would like to see more power from the big... Read More

2 years ago

Nick Kingham Gets Quality Start Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Nick Kingham pitched 6 1/3 innings on Friday. He struck out nine batters and walked one. He also gave up three earned runs on five hits, including two homers. One was to relief pitcher Brandon Woodruff! Kingham now has nine starts this year, and should start to settle in. He has... Read More

2 years ago

Austin Meadows Will Not Start Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows will sit for the fifth straight game Thursday. Meadows has not started the past five games as the team has gotten a look at Jordan Luplow. According to Rob Biertempfel, Clint Hurdle said "We are getting to a spot where (Meadows) needs to play (every day). That's why we are... Read More

2 years ago

Jesus Aguilar Homers In Loss

Milwaukee Brewers All-Star first baseman Jesus Aguilar went 1-for-4 Thursday against Jameson Taillon and the Pittsburgh Pirates. His one hit was a homer in the fourth inning. In the past seven games, Aguilar is batting .370 with five homers and 12 RBI. He has a 1.019 OPS with 68 RBI and a National League leading... Read More

2 years ago

Albert Pujols Blasts Two Homers, Ties Ken Griffey Jr.

Los Angeles Angels first baseman and designated hitter Albert Pujols hit two homers Thursday and tied Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth on the all-time home run list. They are tied with 630 homers. Pujols will need 30 more to catch the next player on the list, Willy Mays, who has 660 homers. Pujols has 16... Read More

2 years ago

Aroldis Chapman Gets 25th Save Thursday

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman notched his 25th save of the season Thursday against the Cleveland Indians. He struck out Rajai Davis, then got Yan Gomes to pop out and Brandon Guyer to groundout to secure the win for the Yankees. Chapman has 67 strikeouts to 15 walks. He is still one of the best... Read More

2 years ago

Blake Snell Done After Three Innings

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell only went three innings Thursday. He gave up three earned runs on five hits and three walks. He only struck out two batters. Snell has been stellar this season with a 12-4 record and a 2.09 ERA entering Thursday's contest. On a team that struggles to find any... Read More

2 years ago

Starling Marte Moves Hitting Streak To Eight Games

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been on fire lately. Marte was given a couple days off before Independence Day, and has been absolutely killing it since. He has an eight game hit streak, and during that span is 19-for-34 with two homers and seven RBI. He also has five steals and is tied for... Read More

2 years ago

Jordy Mercer Gets Three Hits and Four RBI

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer had a fantastic Thursday, going 3-for-4 with four RBI. He drove in the first four runs for the Pirates. Mercer is batting .265 with 26 RBI and five homers. He does have a .304 on-base percentage, but is not someone to go out and grab. Thursday was a flash in... Read More

2 years ago

Jameson Taillon Earns Win Thursday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon pitched six innings on Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers. He gave up a solo homer to Jesus Aguilar in the fourth inning, but otherwise shut down the Brewers. Taillon struck out a career-high 10 batters and only walked two. He is now 6-7 with a 3.91 ERA, and is... Read More

2 years ago

Elias Diaz Gets Nod Over Francisco Cervelli

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz will start behind the plate and bat third Thursday. Diaz is perfect against Wade Miley in two plate appearances, and Cervelli is 0-for-3. This is probably just a matter of starting the better hitter, but Cervelli did take a 100 mph fastball of the chest yesterday. Diaz is batting .290... Read More

2 years ago

Jordan Luplow Starting Again

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jordan Luplow will start in right field Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Outfielders Austin Meadows and Gregory Polanco will have Thursday off. Luplow has gone 1-for-6 in the past week, so it is a mystery why he continues to get starts over Meadows and Polanco. Luplow should not be started

2 years ago

Kenta Maeda Strikes Outs Nine

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda threw 5 2/3 innings and struck out nine Wednesday in the victory over the San Diego Padres. Maeda walked one and gave up one earned one, and is now 6-5 with a 3.13 ERA. Kenley Jansen got the save, his 25th of the season. When healthy, Maeda should be... Read More

2 years ago

Marco Gonzales Gets 10th Win Wednesday

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales got his 10th win of the season Wednesday with a stellar outing against the Angels. Gonzales went seven scoreless endings with two hits, four strikeouts, and zero walks. He is 10-5 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. The lefty is owned is two-thirds of leagues and should... Read More

2 years ago

Edwin Diaz Gets 36th Save

Seattle Mariners closer Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his 36th save of the season Wednesday. The Mariners blanked the Los Angeles Angeles 3-0 Wednesday behind seven shutout innings by Marco Gonzalez. Diaz is the Major League leader in saves, and is on pace to break the single-season saves record of... Read More

2 years ago

Ian Desmond Collects Five RBI Wednesday

Colorado Rockies first baseman/outfielder Ian Desmond was part of a 19-run outburst Wednesday in Colorado. Desmond went 3-5 with a homer and five RBI. He has raised his batting average to .223, and has a .730 OPS. Desmond started the season very slow, but has come on strong before the All-Star break. The 32-year-old has... Read More

2 years ago

Carlos Gonzalez Homers Off Daniel Descalso

The Colorado Rockies destroyed the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday at Coors Field by a score of 19-2. Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez hit two homers in the game and had six RBI. His second homer, a three-run smash, came off position player Daniel Descalso. Gonzalez is a streaky hitter that makes him hard for DFS players, but... Read More

2 years ago

Wade Miley Will Come Off Disabled List Thursday

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wade Miley will come off the 60-day disabled list Thursday. He has been dealing with an oblique strain, but will make the start Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Miley has only pitched in two games for a total of 6 1/3 innings this season. He has a career 4.36 ERA, and... Read More

2 years ago

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