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Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox (5/31/19)

Welcome to the Friday, May 31st Birthday edition of Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox. Discussing baseball is as fun as the game itself. It has a way of bringing people together to share different opinions about the sport we all love. A similar action can be done with fantasy baseball where we not only... Read More

7 months ago

Kevin Newman Collects One Hit From Leadoff Spot

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman continued to swing a hot bat as he went 1-for-5 in Thursday's 11-5 loss to the Brewers out of the leadoff spot. He now has hit safely in 21 of his 29 appearances. Newman, who has spent most of the season batting sixth or lower, has compiled a slash line... Read More

7 months ago

Adam Frazier Goes Hitless After Getting Dropped In Lineup

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier has struggled from the leadoff spot this season, so manager Clint Hurdle decided to change things around. It didn't help Frazier in his first game batting eighth, as he went 0-for-3 while leaving three on base in Thursday's 11-5 loss to the Brewers. He is hitting just .233 with... Read More

7 months ago

Bryan Reynolds Extends Hitting Streak to Nine Games

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Pittsburgh's 11-5 loss to the Brewers on Thursday. The rookie extended his hitting streak to nine games, a streak that has included four multi-hit games. Over the last 15 games, Reynolds is slashing .385/.458/.712. Owners in deep leagues in need of a consistent... Read More

7 months ago

Colin Moran Hits HR For Second Straight Day

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's 11-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. This was the second straight day that Moran his hit a home run, bringing his season total to six. With Jung Ho Kung on the injured list, Moran has played well,... Read More

7 months ago


Starling Marte Unable to Continue Hot Streak

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's 11-5 loss to the Brewers. Marte has recorded multiple hits in his last two games and had managed to raise his average by 40 points in May. Marte looks to be over his early-season slump and any may be a buy-low candidate from... Read More

7 months ago

Gregory Polanco Has Hitless Thursday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 with a walk, in Thursday's 11-5 loss to the Brewers on Thursday. Polanco's hitless day continues his recent slump and he is now hitting just .192 over his last seven games. Outside of a four-game stretch in early May in which he drove in eight of his 15... Read More

7 months ago

Joe Musgrove Gets Rocked by Brewers

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove was knocked around by the Brewers on Thursday, allowing five runs on 11 hits and two walks across six innings of work. Milwaukee scored all of their runs in the first three innings, taking Musgrove deep three times. The former Houston Astro has now sandwiched one gem of a start... Read More

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Jordan Lyles Will Throw Bullpen Session on Thursday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jordan Lyles (hamstring) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Thursday. Assuming everything goes well, Lyles is scheduled to make the start against the Brewers on Sunday. He was pulled from his start on Monday due to hamstring tightness. Hopefully everything turns out well because Lyles has been fantastic this... Read More

7 months ago

Melky Cabrera Sitting Out on Thursday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Melky Cabrera (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The veteran switch hitting outfielder is surprisingly hitting well this season. However, the Pirates will go with Bryan Reynolds in left field and batting fifth versus righty Chase Anderson. Reynolds is hitting for a high batting... Read More

7 months ago


Nick Kingham To Start Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Nick Kingham will make the start on Saturday against the Brewers, according to manager Clint Hurdle. If Jordan Lyles (hamstring) gets through his bullpen session on Thursday without issue, he'll make the start on Sunday. Kingham has an atrocious 8.28 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in 12 outings (three starts) for the Bucs... Read More

7 months ago

Joe Musgrove Looking To Get Back On Track Against Brewers

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (3-5, 4.27 ERA) will look to put his last start behind him when the right-hander toes the rubber against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night. The 26-year-old, who has been pounded in three of his last five starts, has posted a 1.54 WHIP along with a .310 BABIP and an... Read More

7 months ago

Adam Frazier Dropped To Eighth, Kevin Newman Leading Off

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier is being dropped from the leadoff spot to the No. 8 spot in the batting order on Thursday against Brewers starting pitcher Chase Anderson. Shortstop Kevin Newman will become a DFS sleeper in the leadoff spot on Thursday. Newman isn't known for his bat really, but he's hit .347/.410/.493... Read More

7 months ago

Cole Tucker Goes 2-for-2 Off The Bench

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker has struggled all season long at the plate, but for one night all was well. The 22-year-old rookie, who began the game with just four hits in his last 41 at-bats, went 2-for-2 with a run scored in Wednesday's 7-2 victory over the Reds. He entered the game at short... Read More

7 months ago

Elias Diaz Continues To Take Advantage Of Playing Time

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's 7-2 win over the Reds. Diaz has collected four hits in his last two games and has 18 hits since taking over as the starter behind the plate for Francisco Cervelli (concussion) on May 15. Overall, he has posted a slash line of .340/.368/.377 with six... Read More

7 months ago


Colin Moran's Three Run Home Run Propels Pirates To Win

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran ended a two-game hitless streak by launching a three-run home run in the fifth inning to put the team up 3-0 in their 7-2 victory over the Reds on Wednesday. It was his only hit in five at-bats, although he did not strike out once, marking the first time... Read More

7 months ago

Champ or Chump: Bryan Reynolds and Cavan Biggio

Prospects continue to be called up faster than we can look at them, so we have two more on the docket this week. Bryan Reynolds was a second-round pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2016, but nobody seems to have noticed him raking for the Pirates. Cavan Biggio has big league bloodlines, and his... Read More

7 months ago

MLB DFS Top Value Plays for Thursday May 30th, 2019 (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. Below you will find our Premium DFS value plays for May 30th, 2019. These picks will target low-priced players in the main slate. These are daily outlier value plays or lesser thought of guys. They normally lay outside of the main pool of players that... Read More

PREMIUM 7 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (5/30/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Another 10 games for us on Thursday, with another interesting split. There are three afternoon games, five traditional evening slate games and then another two games out on the West Coast. As for the DFS slates this has been split into two, with the afternoon games on one slate and the remaining seven on the... Read More

7 months ago

FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (5/30/19): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

There are 10 games on the schedule today, but there are smaller contests for a two-game early slate. I will be focusing my research on the seven-game main slate. In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for FanDuel on 5/30/2019. The picks will range from some of the elite... Read More

7 months ago


Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox (5/30/19)

Welcome to the Thursday, May 30th edition of Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox. Discussing baseball is as fun as the game itself. It has a way of bringing people together to share different opinions about the sport we all love. A similar action can be done with fantasy baseball where we not only discuss... Read More

7 months ago

Melky Cabrera Strikes Out Twice

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Melky Cabrera singled once and struck out twice in five at-bats during Wednesday's 7-2 victory over the Reds. He has now struck out three times in his last eight at-bats, which is kind of surprising as the 34-year-old had struck out just five times in his previous 62 at-bats. Cabrera, who is... Read More

7 months ago

Josh Bell Hits 18th Home Run

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell continued swinging the bat well this year in Wednesday's 7-2 victory over the Reds as he went 3-for-5, including a three-run bomb in the seventh inning. It was the fifth time this season he has collected at least three hits in a game. The 26-year-old now has hit 12... Read More

7 months ago

Bryan Reynolds Scores Two Runs In Win

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in Wednesday's 7-2 victory over the Reds. The 24-year-old left fielder is enjoying a fantastic rookie campaign, but the Vanderbilt product has been even better over the last 15 games, posting a slash line of .367/.446/.714 with four home... Read More

7 months ago

Jordan Lyles Expected to Start on Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jordan Lyles (hamstring) is expected to make his next scheduled start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Lyles left Tuesday's game due to left hamstring tightness. He was able to play catch on Wednesday, so it appears he's heading in the right direction. Lyles has been fantastic this season and should... Read More

7 months ago


Steven Brault Goes Five Strong Innings

Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Steven Brault had his best outing as a starter in Wednesday's 7-2 victory over the Reds, scattering three hits and two walks while tying a season high with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. The key for the 27-year-old was throwing strikes, as he averaged 13.3 pitches an inning, and keeping... Read More

7 months ago

Trevor Williams Resumes Throwing

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams (side) is throwing again and has been stretched out to 105 feet and off a slope. Barring setbacks, Williams should be able to return to the Pirates rotation sometime in June. The right-hander was having a fine season before his injury, going 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA, 1.13 WHIP... Read More

7 months ago

Adam Frazier Back, Gregory Polanco Out Wednesday

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier (foot) is back in the starting lineup at second base and is hitting leadoff against Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani, while outfielder Gregory Polanco has the day off. Melky Cabrera is hitting fifth and playing right field. Even in the leadoff spot, Frazier has a limited DFS ceiling with... Read More

7 months ago

Jordan Lyles Plays Catch on Wednesday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jordan Lyles (hamstring) played catch on Wednesday morning following Tuesday's early exit against the Reds. Lyles was removed from Tuesday's start after the fourth inning due to left hamstring discomfort. The 28-year-old has recorded a 5-2 record along with a 3.09 ERA and 56 strikeouts through 55 1/3 innings, making him... Read More

7 months ago

Power Hitting Risers & Fallers for Week 9 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to this week's Power Hitting Risers & Fallers. All stats are full season through Monday, May 27th (unless otherwise noted). In what amounts to mostly an accident, this week is almost entirely about fallers in one sense, because three of the five risers are players that Statcast isn't very enamored with despite double-digit home... Read More

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