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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 1102 articles so far, you can find them below.


Gregory Polanco Jump Starts Pittsburgh Offense in Win

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 14-6 win over the Rockies. Polanco hit the first of four home runs on the afternoon for Pittsburgh. Polanco has been hitting the ball well after starting the season on the injured list with a shoulder injury, carrying a career-high .278... Read More

3 days ago

Starling Marte Hits Fifth Homer Thursday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored in Thursday's 14-6 win over Colorado. Marte was going through a rough stretch of late, recording just two hits in his last six games prior to Thursday's outburst. He's having a down season by his standards, hitting just... Read More

3 days ago

Josh Bell Crushes 16th Home Run in Blowout Win

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and three runs scored in Pittsburgh's 14-6 trouncing of the Rockies on Thursday. The home run was Bell's 16th of the season and is already four homers ahead of last year's total. His rebound season has been astounding thus far,... Read More

3 days ago

Jordan Lyles Earns Wins Despite Six Earned Runs

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jordan Lyles (5-1) fell apart late in his start on Thursday, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings. The Pirates provided 14 runs of support, helping Lyles escape with his fifth win. Lyles was working on a shutout through 5 2/3 but was unable to get... Read More

3 days ago

Felipe Vazquez Strikes Out Three In Earning 13th Save

Pittsburgh Pirates Closer Felipe Vazquez struck out the side while allowing just one hit, earning his 13th save of the season in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Padres. It was a good bounce-back performance from Vazquez, who allowed two runs in a non-save situation in Friday's game. His 13 saves rank third in the National... Read More

7 days ago


Elias Diaz Collects Three Hits Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz went 3-for-4 in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Padres. Diaz started his fourth straight game behind the plate, adding three singles in the close victory. The three-hit performance raised his average to .245, and the young catcher has raised his average by 86 points with two consecutive three-hit games. Francisco... Read More

7 days ago

Colin Moran Powers Pirates To Win

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Sunday's 6-4 over the Padres. Moran hit a three-run home run as part of the Pirates' four-run first inning. It was Moran's first multi-hit game since May 10th and first extra-base hit since May 12th. With Jung Ho Kang... Read More

7 days ago

Joe Musgrove Earns Third Win on Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (3-4) got the win on Sunday, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and one walk over 6 1/3 innings in a 6-4 victory over the Padres. Musgrove was cruising through six innings, allowing just one hit before losing steam in the seventh and allowing three runs on three... Read More

7 days ago

Bryan Reynolds Hits Two Run Home Run Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 5-3 win over the Padres. The home run was Reynolds' first since April 30th. Although he continues to receive regular starts, Reynolds' counting stats remain depressed due to the poor Pittsburgh offense. He is not worth an add in mixed leagues.... Read More

1 week ago

Jordan Lyles Throws Gem on Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jordan Lyles (4-1) picked up the win Friday night, giving up just one run in five hits and one walk while striking out 12 in a 5-3 win over the Padres. Lyles has given one up one in three consecutive starts, lowering his season ERA to 2.09. Lyles is owned is less... Read More

1 week ago


Trevor Williams Leaves Start Due to Right Side Discomfort

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams was removed from Thursday nights 4-3 loss to the Padres after 3 2/3 innings due to discomfort on his right side. Before leaving the game, Williams had allowed just one run, on two hits while striking out five. The Pirates will update his status on Friday. If he requires a... Read More

1 week ago

Adam Frazier Hits Second Home Run Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 2-1 win over the Cardinals. Frazier also struck out three times in the game. After a decent start to the season, Frazier had cooled down considerably but has managed to put together a seven-game hit streak. He doesn't have a... Read More

2 weeks ago

Felipe Vazquez Earns 11th Save Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez struck out one in a perfect inning to preserve the 2-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday night. The effort earned Vazquez his 11th save of the season, good for third in the National League. He has allowed just one run this season and remains one of the top closer... Read More

2 weeks ago

Trevor Williams Gives Up One Run in Victory

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on nine hits and one walk while striking out five in Friday's 2-1 win over the Cardinals. It was a good bounce-back performance for Williams, who had given up nine runs in his previous two starts. He doesn't possess ace upside due to... Read More

2 weeks ago

Gregory Polanco Hits a Home Run and Two Doubles on Thursday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBI in Thursday's 17-4 loss to the Cardinals. The homer was Polanco's second of the season, while the three-hit day brought his average up to .315. The right fielder is starting to heat up and has two home runs and... Read More

2 weeks ago


Jameson Taillon Placed on 10-Day IL

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jameson Taillon has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a flexor strain in his right elbow. The Pittsburgh ace will be getting a second opinion from Dr. David Altchek next week. Altchek performed Taillon's Tommy John Surgery in 2014 and any bad news from the doctor would mean an extended... Read More

3 weeks ago

Melky Cabrera Swats Two Home Runs in Sunday's Loss

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Melky Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI, and three RBI in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Dodgers. Cabrera hit his first homer in the first inning to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. He later padded the Pittsburgh lead in the second with a two-run shot that gave the... Read More

4 weeks ago

Trevor Williams Gives Up Five Runs On Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams received a no-decision in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Dodgers, allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out six over six innings. Williams was pitching well into the fifth inning but allowed four hits and three runs in the inning. This was the first time all... Read More

4 weeks ago

Joe Musgrove Loses Saturday Despite Quality Start

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (1-2) took the loss on Saturday night, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out five over 6.2 innings. Musgrove was cruising through six innings but feel apart in the seventh, allowing four hits and all three runs before being pulled. The former Astro, who now has an... Read More

4 weeks ago

Jameson Taillon Allows Five Runs in Loss Thursday

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jameson Taillon allowed five earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out five over five innings in Thursday's 5-0 loss to the Diamondbacks. The outing caused Taillon's ERA to jump from 3.12 to 4.06. The 27-year-old has had an up-and-down season far and will look for more consistency (and... Read More

1 month ago


Francisco Cervelli Drives in a Run Tuesday Against Arizona

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI double in the second inning of the Pirates 2-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. The hit was only his second in his last 35 at-bats. He is hitting just .138 in April and should not be owned until he starts... Read More

1 month ago

Trevor Williams Allows Two Runs in Loss

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams (0-1) took his first loss of the season on Tuesday despite pitching well in a 2-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. Williams allowed just two runs on four hits and one walk over seven innings while striking out four. The 26-year-old has been excellent this season, posting a 2.59 ERA... Read More

1 month ago

Colin Moran Collects Two Hits on Monday

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in Monday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Moran has drawn starts at third, first and second base in the last week, starting in five of Pittsburgh's last eight games. His role as a starter is not solidified yet, but it's clear the... Read More

1 month ago

Josh Bell Records Triple, RBI in Loss the Diamondbacks

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell went 1-for-4 with a triple, a walk, a run scored and an RBI in Monday's 12-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. Bell's triple to center in the fifth cashed in Gregory Polanco to put the Pirates up 3-1. Bell has recorded a hit in 10 of his last 11 games... Read More

1 month ago

Joe Musgrove Settles for Another No-Decision

Pittsburgh Pirates start Joe Musgrove (1-1) pitched six innings on Monday, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking our five. Musgrove was cruising until the seventh inning, having given up just one run through six. He allowed the first two batters to get on base to start the seventh, and both... Read More

1 month ago


Gregory Polanco Records Two Hits In Return to Lineup

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored in Monday's 12-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. It was Polanco's first game of the season, as he had been on the IL recovering from shoulder surgery. The outfielder sparked the Pirates' offense and will be a good source of... Read More

1 month ago

Jung Ho Kang Collects First Hit Since April 6

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. Kang's single in the second inning broke a 0-for-18 slump and was his first hit in over a week. Kang is slashing just .143/.217/.333 on the season and should be left... Read More

1 month ago

Starling Marte Hits Second Home Run in Tuesday's Extra-Inning Win

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Tigers. Marte hit the go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning to put the Pirates ahead for good after blowing a 3-2 lead in the ninth. The outfielder is looking to... Read More

1 month ago

Joe Musgrove Continues Hot Start to Season

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove was saddled with a no-decision in Tuesday's 5-3 win against the Tigers. He allowed just two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out six across seven strong innings. The two runs were the first that Musgrove has given up in 20 1/3 innings as a starter. He'll... Read More

1 month ago

Adam Frazier Extends Hitting Streak to Six Games

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Reds on Sunday. Frazier started things off with a leadoff home run and scored off Josh Bell's double in the fifth. With the home run, Frazier now has four extra-base hits in his... Read More

2 months ago


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