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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 Will Sit For A Couple Of Days

Updating a previous post, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte will not play for the next few days. According to Rob Biertempfel, "Hurdle says Marte is getting a couple of days down to work on his swing 'like we did with Andrew [McCutchen].'" Marte batted .183 in June with only two homers and 11 RBI. He... Read More

2 years ago

Colin Moran Mashes Grand Slam in Pirates Win

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran hit a grand slam in the top of the fifth inning off Tyson Ross Sunday in San Diego. Moran finished the day with a 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run. He has an OPS of .839 in the last 15 games. The Pirates will face the Dodgers Monday... Read More

2 years ago

Elias Diaz Has A Good Day At Plate

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI on Sunday in San Diego. Diaz is batting .272 with six RBI and only two strikeouts since taking over catching duties while Francisco Cervelli has been on the DL. Catchers are hard to predict, but fantasy owners should ride the hot streak... Read More

2 years ago

Nick Kingham Has Joined The Pirates, Will Start Monday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Nick Kingham has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, and will start Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kingham went 2-3 with a 3.82 ERA and 35 strikeouts in six starts earlier this year. He will take Chad Kuhl's spot in the rotation this time up. In his last three starts at... Read More

2 years ago

Austin Meadows Leading Off Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows will bat first in the lineup Sunday against Tyson Ross and the Padres. Starling Marte will get a day of rest. Meadows has a .614 OPS in the past 15 games; he has knocked in five and scored four times. Ross went 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 22 strikeouts... Read More

2 years ago


Trevor Williams Not His Best in San Diego

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams did not have his best stuff Saturday in San Diego. The righty went 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. The Pirates would try to make a comeback in the ninth when catcher Elias Diaz and outfielder Austin Meadows... Read More

2 years ago

Josh Harrison Is Clutch With Runners In Scoring Position

According to the Pittsburgh Pirates official Twitter account, "Josh Harrison is hitting .439 (29-for-66) with runners on base this season and .433 (13-for-30) with runners in scoring position... Harrison's RISP average ranks first among all Major League players (min: 30 at bats)." He is batting .625 against the Padres this year, and has a higher... Read More

2 years ago

Austin Meadows Gets Start Against Lefty Joey Lucchesi

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows will get the start Saturday in San Diego against Joey Lucchesi. He will replace Corey Dickerson, who didn't have a hit Friday in the 6-3 victory. Meadows is 7-for-25 in his last seven games, and is slashing .389/.450/.778 against left-handed pitchers this season.. Luchessi carries a 4.03 ERA at home,... Read More

2 years ago

Trevor Williams Pitching In Backyard Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams, a native of San Diego, will take the mound Saturday against the Padres. Williams is 6-5 with a 4.03 ERA and 64 strikeouts, but he is facing a team that is batting .233 against right-handed pitchers. They have only been scoring 3.71 runs per game this year, and are... Read More

2 years ago

Gleyber Torres Batting Cleanup Saturday

New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres will be batting in the fourth spot Saturday against Chris Sale. According to Moses Massena, "he is the youngest Yankee to start in the cleanup spot (21 yrs, 199 days) since Mickey Mantle in 1953." Putting the youngster in that spot speaks volumes about the confidence the Yankees... Read More

2 years ago


Gerardo Parra Riding Hot Streak, Starting Saturday

Colorado Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra has been absolutely mashing the ball in the past 10 days. He is 13-for-31 with 15 RBI and only six strikeouts. He is slashing .305/.341/.421 this season, and is owned by only 25 percent of fantasy players. Parra has two more games at Dodgers Stadium this weekend. There is not... Read More

2 years ago

Joe Musgrove Goes Seven Strong in Win, Vasquez Gets Save

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove got his third win of the season on Friday. The San Diego area hurler pitched seven scoreless innings with five strikeouts and only two walks. He has 36 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings pitched this year. Felipe Vasquez came on in the ninth for his 16th save in the... Read More

2 years ago

Josh Harrison Has Five Game Hit Streak

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison singled up the middle in the top of the first inning on Friday to extend his hit streak to five games. He went 2-for-4 with a run. Harrison has a .305 on-base percentage, and a 15 percent strikeout rate this season. He is owned in under half of fantasy... Read More

2 years ago

Gregory Polanco Keeps It Going Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with two RBI Friday night in San Diego. The outfielder has been a fantasy let down up to this point in the season, but recent results suggest he may be starting to come around. Fantasy owners have been treated to a very productive Polanco, who has a .342... Read More

2 years ago

Austin Meadows And Colin Moran Get Friday Off

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Austin Meadows are not in the lineup Friday against the Padres. Moran is batting .256 with two homers and four RBI in the 15 days. He is 6-for-27 against lefties this year. David Freese will man third Friday. Meadows is batting .280 with an RBI and a... Read More

2 years ago


Chad Kuhl To 10-Day DL, Pirates Recall Max Moroff

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a right forearm strain. He was removed from last Tuesday's game after the fifth inning. The DL move is retroactive to June 27. The Pirates have recalled infielder Max Moroff in place of Kuhl. Moroff went 8-for-37 with two homers... Read More

2 years ago

Sandy Alcantara Makes First Career Start Friday

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara will make his MLB debut Friday against the N.Y. Mets. Alcantara was the major piece in the Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis trade. He was 5-3 with a 3.71 ERA in 14 starts (85 innings) for Triple-A New Orleans. He had 64 strikeouts. Alcantara will face a Mets lineup... Read More

2 years ago

Zack Cozart On 60-Day Disabled List

Los Angeles Angels third baseman Zack Cozart was moved to the 60-Day DL on Thursday. According to Maria Guarded, "The Angels announced on Wednesday that infielder Zack Cozart will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The Angels did not release a timetable for Cozart's return, but the rehab for... Read More

2 years ago

Gregory Polanco On Fire In Recent Games

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco has been lighting up the scorebook in the past 10 days. He has a .458 batting average with three homers and six RBI during this span. Polanco is starting to live up to some of the pre-season expectations. If you can land him or have him on your bench, this... Read More

2 years ago

Ronald Acuna Back With Atlanta

According to his own Twitter account, Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. is back with the Atlanta Braves Friday. From RJ Stacy here at Rotoballer, "The 20-year-old phenom has been out since late May with a mild ACL sprain but will be back in the lineup Friday following their day off of Thursday." Acuna has... Read More

2 years ago


Jung Ho Kang to DL

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang was placed on the seven-day disabled list Wednesday with a sprained left wrist. According to director of sports medicine Todd Tomcyzk "We are probably going to shut him down from baseball activities and take a little closer look in the coming days." Kang would have been a great... Read More

2 years ago

Gregory Polanco Continues To Get On Base

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the come-from-behind victory over the Mets on Wednesday. In the past 10 days, Polanco has gone 11-for-24 with three homers, six RBI and eight walks. He has raised his batting average a full 20 points during this time. The low average... Read More

2 years ago

David Freese's Pinch-Hit Base Hit Turns Game For Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman David Freese pinch hit in the top of the ninth inning. He would knock a single to right field that would score two runs and give the Pirates the lead. They would tack on one more run and win the game 5-3. Freese now has 18 RBI on the season. Playing... Read More

2 years ago

Mitch Keller Promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Mitch Keller got called up to the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday. He is the Bucs No. 1 prospect and is the No. 12 overall prospect, according to Baseball America. While at Double-A, Keller went 9-2 with a 2.72 ERA, 76 strikeouts and 32 walks. He went 4-0 with a 0.69... Read More

2 years ago

Jung Ho Kang Slowed by Wrist Injury

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang "will be shut down for a bit because of left wrist soreness," director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said. Kang has been trying to make his way back to the Pirates lineup but has been set back a couple of times by this wrist injury. Hopefully, the injury... Read More

2 years ago


Francisco Cervelli Cleared to Work Out

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (head) has been cleared to participate in workouts. He was placed on the seven-day concussion list on Saturday, June 25. Elias Diaz has done a great job filling in for Cervelli, but we imagine the minute he can return, Cervelli will take the majority of the starts behind the plate. Cervelli... Read More

2 years ago

Sean Rodriguez Is On The DL

Pittsburgh Pirates utility player Sean Rodriguez was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a right quadriceps strain. The Pirates super sub is batting an abysmal .145 this year and is 1-for-25 in the month of June. He will be replaced by right-handed pitcher Tanner Anderson. Anderson is 1-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 34... Read More

2 years ago

Gregory Polanco With Dinger In Loss

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 on Tuesday against the Mets. Polanco got an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning, and then hit his 11th big fly of the season in the seventh. It was a solo shot. Polanco has now hit homers in back-to-back games. He is hard to own... Read More

2 years ago

Chad Kuhl Leaves With Forearm Discomfort

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl left Tuesday's game against the Mets with right forearm (throwing arm) discomfort. Kuhl came off the mound after the first out in the fourth and shook his arm. The trainer and manager came out to check on Kuhl, but he stayed in the game. He finished the fourth, and... Read More

2 years ago

Josh Bell And Colin Moran Not In Lineup Tuesday

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell and third baseman Colin Moran are both out of the lineup for Tuesday's matchup against the Mets. There has been no mention of injuries to either, so it looks like just a day of rest for both players. Bell, who hit his first homer in two months, will be... Read More

2 years ago


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