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About Jonathan Chan - Rotoballer

Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

Jonathan Chan - Rotoballer has written 1138 articles so far, you can find them below.


Joe Musgrove Shelled By Mets On Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (8-10) was hit hard Sunday, allowing eight runs on 10 hits while striking out five over 3 1/3 rough innings in a 13-2 loss to the Mets. If there's a silver lining to the otherwise awful outing, it's that Musgrove did not walk a batter. The outing brought Musgrove's ERA... Read More

3 months ago

Jose Osuna Has Two Hits Off The Bench Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Jose Osuna went 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI in Sunday's 13-2 loss at the hands of the Mets. Osuna came into the game as a defensive replacement for Josh Bell in the sixth inning and proceeded to hit a double and a home run in his only two at-bats.... Read More

3 months ago

Bryan Reynolds Smacks Eighth Home Run

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds went 1-for-4 with two RBI and his eighth home run of the season in the Pirates' 8-7 loss to the Mets on Sunday. The outfielder's two-run shot in the ninth inning brought Pittsburgh to within three runs but they were unable to complete the comeback. The rookie in now hitting... Read More

4 months ago

Chris Archer Torched Early By Mets

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Chris Archer (3-8) took the loss on Sunday afternoon, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out four over five innings. Five hits, two walks, and an error allowed the Mets to bat around in the first inning, resulting in a 6-0. Archer settled down and... Read More

4 months ago

Starling Marte Collects Three Hits Against Cardinals

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the Pirates' 6-5 loss to the Cardinals on Monday. Marte has now collected a hit in five of his last six games. Although Marte has begun to hit the ball more often, he has not contributed the speed that he... Read More

4 months ago


Trevor Williams Bounces Back, Allows One Run In No Decision

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams (3-3) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks, while striking out seven over five solid innings on Monday night. It was a good rebound performance for Williams, who was knocked around for eight runs in his last outing. The start brought his ERA back under five.... Read More

4 months ago

Jung Ho Kang Hits 10th Home Run Monday

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in the Pirates' 6-5 extra-innings loss to the Cardinals. Kang did not start the game but pinch hit for Colin Moran in the eighth. Kang's home run came in the 10th inning, closing the deficit to one run. Despite flashes of... Read More

4 months ago

Corey Dickerson Goes 3-for-3 On Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Friday's 6-1 loss to the Phillies. Dickerson is one of the Pirates' most prominent trade pieces and he did well to increase his trade value on Friday. It was Dickerson's first multi-hit game since July 1st and the outfielder will... Read More

4 months ago

Jordan Lyles Allows One Run In No Decision Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jordan Lyles allowed just one run on seven hits and one walk over 5 2/3 innings in Pittsburgh's 6-1 loss to the Phillies on Friday. Lyles struck out seven batters in the no-decision. Lyles was able to bounce back nicely from his last outing in which he allowed seven runs in just... Read More

4 months ago

Bryan Reynolds Tallies Three Hits In Loss

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds went 3-for-4 in Monday's 7-0 loss to the Cardinals. Reynolds is now hitting .343 on the season and is starting to turn around a rough July with two consecutive multi-hit games. He needs to be owned in all fantasy formats.

4 months ago


Joe Musgrove Allows Four Runs In Loss

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (6-8) allowed four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out seven over 4 2/3 innings in Monday's 7-0 loss to the Cardinals. Musgrove's season ERA is up to 4.31, but he will look to bounce back and pitch closer to the 3.51 ERA he had in June.

4 months ago

Trevor Williams Gets Crushed by Cubs Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams (3-3) took the loss on Sunday, allowing eight runs on 11 hits and three walks across 5 1/3 innings against the Cubs. Both the hits and runs were a season high for Williams, who also allowed three home runs. After an excellent start to the season, Williams has seen his... Read More

4 months ago

Felipe Vazquez Takes First Loss On Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez (2-1) took the loss on Saturday night, allowing one run on three hits in the tenth inning of a tough 7-6 loss to Milwaukee. Vazquez has now given up a run in two consecutive appearances, raising his ERA to 2.19. Despite his recent scuffle, Vazquez is still one of the... Read More

4 months ago

Josh Bell Sets New Career High with 27th Home Run

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, and three RBI in Friday's tough 7-6 loss to the Brewers. Bell's three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth brought the Pirates to within one run, a deficit they would eventually erase. Bell has now set a new career high... Read More

4 months ago

Trevor Williams Allows Four Runs In Loss

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams (2-2) surrendered four runs on eight hits and no walks in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros. Williams was excellent through three innings, but the rejuvenated Astros lineup chipped away at him over the rest of his outing. He has now allowed 11 runs in his last two starts... Read More

5 months ago


Josh Bell Hits League-Leading 28th Double

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Sunday's 11-10 victory over the Padres. Bell's single in the 11th inning started a rally for the Pirates, and the league leader in doubles eventually scored the tying run before the Pirates walked it off. Bell is now hitting... Read More

5 months ago

Kevin Newman Extends Hit-Streak to 12 Games

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman went 2-for-6 with a pair of RBI and the game-winning walk in the 11th inning of the Pirates 11-10 victory against the Padres on Sunday. Newman has been a consistent starter for the Pirates and has rewarded their faith with a 12-game hit streak. He doesn't provide much in the... Read More

5 months ago

Bryan Reynolds Has Another Multi-Hit Performance

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI in Sunday's thrilling 11-inning comeback victory against the Padres. Reynolds' average now sits at .362 having smacked eight hits in his last four games. Reynolds has been the Pirates' second best hitter this season, providing consistent on-base skills near the top of... Read More

5 months ago

Steven Brault Allows Three Runs Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Steven Brault (3-1) allowed three runs on six hits and three walks across five innings of work on Sunday. Brault was left with a no-decision despite leaving the game with the lead. Brault has now allowed just six runs in his last four starts. Although he pitches well in short stretches, Brault... Read More

5 months ago

Felipe Vazquez Earns 18th Save

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez allowed one hit in an otherwise good outing, slamming the door on the Padres to earn his 18th save of the season. The performance brought his ERA below 2.00 for the first time since the beginning of June. Vazquez's 18 saves rank seventh in the league and he should continue... Read More

5 months ago


Joe Musgrove Strikes Out Eight In Victory

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (5-7) was excellent on Friday, spinning seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just five hits in the outing. Musgrove has been very inconsistent, but was good on Friday, allowing just one run on a Manny Machado home run before shutting down the Padres. His ERA has now dropped to 4.57... Read More

5 months ago

Josh Bell Smacks 19th Home Run On Wednesday

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 8-7 extra-inning loss to the Braves. Bell's home run in the top of the ninth gave the Pirates the lead, but reliever Kyle Crick blew the save, leading to the eventual loss. After just 66 games played, Bell is only... Read More

5 months ago

Starling Marte Homers In Loss

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 2-for-6 with a solo home run in am 11-inning loss to the Braves on Wednesday. Marte's 10th homer of the season was brought the Pirates to within one run in the fifth inning. Marte is on fire in June, hitting .400 in 10 games this month. Any buy-low window... Read More

5 months ago

Mitch Keller Knocked For Six Runs

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Mitch Keller was shelled by the Braves on Wednesday, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits and two walks over three innings of work. Keller has struggled in his young career, having allowed 12 runs over his first two starts. The Pirates' top prospect has not looked comfortable in the majors and... Read More

5 months ago

Jordan Lyles Scheduled To Throw Bullpen Session This Weekend

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jordan Lyles (hamstring) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session over the weekend in Miami as he attempts to return from a strain in his left hamstring. Lyles was placed on the injured list Monday and should be activated once eligible to be activated.

5 months ago


Jameson Taillon Progresses In Rehabilitation

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (right elbow) showed progress in his rehabilitation on Wednesday, increasing the range of motion in his exercises. Taillon has not played since May 1st due to a flexor strain in his throwing elbow. Despite the good news, there is still no timetable for Taillon's return.

5 months ago

Elias Diaz Continues Scorching June on Tuesday

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's 12-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Diaz has now collected multiple hits in five consecutive starts, bringing his average up to .293 for the season. The hitting streak has earned him a spot higher in the lineup, and he is now hitting... Read More

5 months ago

Melky Cabrera Smacks Fourth Home Run Tuesday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Melky Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk in Tuesday's 12-5 loss to the Braves. Cabrera's first inning two-run home run was part of a four-run inning for Pittsburgh. Cabrera is now hitting .335 for the season but doesn't hold much value in fantasy leagues thanks to... Read More

5 months ago

Elias Diaz Has Another Multi-Hit Game Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz went 3-for-7 with four RBI in Saturday's 12-10 loss to the Brewers. It was Diaz's fourth straight start with multiple hits, bringing his average up to .287. With Francisco Cervelli's struggles continuing, Diaz has gained nearly full control of the starting role for the Pittsburgh. He's yet to hit a... Read More

6 months ago

Starling Marte Hits Three Run Home Run on Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 4-for-7 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 12-10 extra-inning loss to the Brewers. Marte's home run gave the Pirates a 10-8 lead in the eighth inning. After a rough start to the season, Marte has raised his average to .272. Hitting in front of May's player of the... Read More

6 months ago


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