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Week 3 Starts & Sits - All Starting Pitcher Matchups

Mid-April means trends are rounding into form and you can start to believe in stats, aren't you excited? Welcome back everyone to our starts/sits column for Week 3. We here at RotoBaller set out to ease your decision-making with our weekly starting pitcher matchups and recommendations. In case you missed it, this is our sixth year now... Read More

8 months ago

Jameson Taillon Cleared To Start Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (head) has passed all the necessary concussion tests after being hit by a comebacker in his last start and has been cleared to make the start on Sunday against the Nationals. Taillon hasn't experienced soreness or headaches, so he's good to go. The right-hander has a 3.00 ERA, 1.07... Read More

8 months ago

Jung Ho Kang Will Have Three-Day Break

The Pittsburgh Pirates are giving third baseman Jung Ho Kang a three-day break this weekend. He's hitting just .108 with a .438 OPS and isn't in the starting lineup on Saturday. The 32-year-old hit 21 home runs in the major leagues, but that was back in 2016, and he missed most of the last two... Read More

8 months ago

Jung Ho Kang Out Of The Lineup On Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang is getting the day off on Saturday against Anibal Sanchez and the Washington Nationals. Kang has had a slow start to the season after a hot spring, batting just .108 with one home run and four RBI. In his absence, Colin Moran will start at third base and... Read More

8 months ago

Prospect Stock Watch with Fantasy Implications - Week 2

Well, the Major League season is already 6% of the way done. Some owners think that they are on their way to victory while others are patiently waiting for things to turn around. Still, while all the victory laps are being taken, the smart owner is looking forward to the rest of the year and... Read More

8 months ago


Gregory Polanco Moving Rehab To Triple-A

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco (shoulder) is moving his rehab stint to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday. Polanco was 2-for-13 with one RBI, four walks and two strikeouts in his time with High-A Bradenton, but he appears to be making good progress. It was initially expected that he would make his season debut sometime in May,... Read More

8 months ago

Adam Frazier (2B/OF, PIT) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: The 27-year-old is often overlooked, and it's easy to see why. He only hit three home runs in the minors and plays on a Pirates team that isn't nearly as strong as it has been in recent years. But Frazier's elite contact skills (86.5... Read More

8 months ago

Sauceda's Slants - Take Action on Early Season Trends

Someone recently DM’d me on Twitter asking where I’ve been. Where had my writing gone? I must admit, I was flattered that someone enjoyed my work and was curious why we hadn’t seen more. So what? Why am I telling you this? All for the glorification of my massive ego? (And perhaps to suggest you’re... Read More

8 months ago

Closers and Saves Report - Week 2 Waiver Wire

If the first two weeks are any indication, this should be a good baseball season. There are fans of some teams that may dispute that claim, and as a Marlins fan myself...well, bullpens have been crazy haven't they? Smart baseball minds have been saying for years that a team's best relief pitcher shouldn't be pigeonholed... Read More

8 months ago

Top 30 Impact Prospects for 2019 Redraft Leagues (Week 2)

Can you believe the baseball season is already flying by?! Some teams already have a dozen games in hand at the MLB level, while the minor league season has been underway since last Thursday. With minor league games now underway, it’s time for another update of the ‘Impact Prospects for 2019.’ Since last we visited... Read More

8 months ago


MLB DFS Prop Picks for 4/12/19 - Monkey Knife Fight

It’s a funny thing about early in the baseball season. Some trends might just carry on all year, and they are easy to accept, but what do you do when a star stumbles out of the gate? It may be one thing when it’s older guys like Albert Pujols and Robinson Cano because age catches... Read More

8 months ago

Week 2 Start/Sit Matchups - Starting Pitchers

Baseball is in full swing, didn't you miss it? Welcome back everyone to our starts/sits column for Week 2. We here at RotoBaller set out to ease your decision-making with our weekly starting pitcher matchups and recommendations. Below are the projected starting pitching matchups for Week 2, which will be updated as rotations are announced and... Read More

8 months ago

Kevin Newman Placed On Injured List, Kevin Kramer Recalled

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman (finger) has been placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 9, the team announced on Thursday. In his place, Pittsburgh has recalled infielder Kevin Kramer from Triple-A and he will join the team immediately in Chicago. Kramer is the Pirates sixth-ranked prospect, according to MLBPipeline. In six games... Read More

8 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (4/11/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Another Thursday split slate for us to break down here in this article. The opening slate kicks off at 12:35 with the Athletics @ Orioles, before handing over to the late at 7:10 pm when the Blue Jays and Red Sox face off. Oakland is the biggest favorites on the early slate but there are... Read More

8 months ago

FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (4/11/19): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

We have a split slate of Major League Baseball games, with five games on the early slate and five games on the main slate. We'll have selections today for the main slate contests. In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for FanDuel on 4/11/2019. The lineup picks will range... Read More

8 months ago


Jose Osuna Cleared For Baseball Activities

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jose Osuna (neck) has been cleared for full baseball activities in extended spring training and will likely move to a simulated game next week. Osuna has yet to play in 2019 and will mostly just be outfield depth when he returns to the Pirates. His chance to see more playing time would've... Read More

8 months ago

Gregory Polanco Plays Nine Innings

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco (shoulder) played nine innings with High-A Bradenton and is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter on Thursday. Polanco is recovering from serious left shoulder surgery last year, but he looks to be on track to make his season debut with the Pirates early next month. He hit .254 last... Read More

8 months ago

Jameson Taillon On Track For Next Start

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (head), who was hit in the head by a line drive on Monday, continues to pass his concussion tests and played flat-ground catch on Wednesday. He's still on schedule to start on Sunday against the Nationals. The right-hander is 0-2 but has a decent 3.00 ERA with 13 strikeouts... Read More

8 months ago

Chris Archer To Appeal Suspension, Could Make Next Start

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer plans to appeal his five-game suspension and as a result should make his next scheduled start Saturday. The 30-year-old was suspended as the Pirates and Reds were involved in a brawl that resulted in multiple ejections. The appeal will be heard and weighed, allowing Archer the opportunity to make... Read More

8 months ago

Colin Moran Starting Wednesday And Batting Fifth

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran will start at the hot corner and bat fifth on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs and starter Yu Darvish. Batting from the left side, the 26-year-old draws the start against Darvish, as Jung Ho Kang has struggled early on. Moran has four hits so far, including a home run... Read More

8 months ago


NL-Only Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

Every week in baseball, a significant player will hit the disabled list, slip into a slump, or get traded out of a good spot. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long-term standing of a team, but failing to... Read More

8 months ago

Chris Archer Suspended Five Games

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer was suspended five games for "intentionally throwing a pitch at Derek Dietrich" over the weekend. He will appeal the suspension and remains eligible to play during the appeal. Archer's suspension may not be overturned, so expect to be without him for a little bit in fantasy leagues. The right-hander... Read More

8 months ago

Jameson Taillon To Be Re-Evaluated Tuesday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon was nicked in the head by a tipped line drive during his start on Monday against the Cubs and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. He was examined after the game by a doctor and the results were normal. Taillon wound up going only two innings in the contest, allowing... Read More

8 months ago

Kevin Newman Starting At Shortstop, Batting Eighth

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman will make his third start of the season and hit eighth on Monday against the Cubs. Fellow shortstop Erik Gonzalez gets the day off, as he has just four hits in the early going. Newman recorded his first career walk-off hit on Saturday and has two runs batted in over... Read More

8 months ago

1B and 3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

The second week of the 2019 fantasy baseball season is upon us. If your first week went poorly, it is officially time to cut or trade everyone on your roster. Kidding, naturally. But we've already had a bunch of injuries, which while unfortunate also creates opportunities to play the waiver wire lottery. Snagging the next... Read More

8 months ago


2B and SS Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

The 2019 MLB campaign has officially arrived in full swing, and though the offensive sample size has been extremely limited so far, the shaking out process has already begun between assets of real value and those not worth the time or effort for fantasy baseball managers. Players have come into 2019 either looking to build... Read More

8 months 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

8 months ago

Chris Archer Has Quality Start in Sunday Victory

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Chris Archer (1-0) pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks in Sunday's 7-5 victory over the Reds. He struck out seven in the win. After a disappointing spring, Archer has looked like his usual self through his first two starts. His next start will come on... Read More

8 months ago

Josh Bell Crushes Another Home Run Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Bell led the comeback for the Pirates, who went on to score four straight runs after Bell's homer. It was the second straight day Bell hit a home run. Bell also added... Read More

8 months ago

Buy or Sell - Undervalued and Overvalued Players for Week 2

The first official week of fantasy baseball is coming to an end and many of you are celebrating your draft hits and lamenting the misses. Realistically, there is no way to definitively know whether you made the correct decision or not for at least another month. It's a tormenting feeling at times because you may... Read More

8 months ago


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