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Marte's blast backs Cole's solid start as Pirates down Phillies

View image | One swing turned the tide for good. Starling Marte connected on a 1-2 curveball that stayed up in the zone. It sailed over the left-center field wall in a hurry. The Pirates never looked back. Behind a strong outing from Gerrit Cole, the Pirates used the...
Via Philliedelphia
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Marte’s Ceiling

In Episode 190, Professors Bryan Curley (@BaseballProf) and Dan Marcus (@DanMarcus3) discuss some fantasy baseball news from Wednesday. Topics include: Updates on some injured pitchers Bryce Harper’s three-homer effort and where he ranks among all OF Where Starling Marte and George Springer could be drafted in 2016 A potentially surprising evaluation of Manny Machado You can...
Via Baseball Professor
15 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s Wrong With Marte’s Average?

Starling Marte has had an interesting season this far, producing numbers you may have expected more from a power hitting first baseman such as Lucas Duda or Chris Carter. Currently, Marte has as many as home runs as Paul Goldschmidt, Adam Jones, and J.D. Martinez. Of course, that’s not a bad thing. However, he also has just two stolen bases and isn’t inspiring anybody with a...
Via Baseball Professor
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte listed as day-to-day

Getting hit in the hand always has the potential for disaster, but it appears Starling Marte will be just fine. According to, Marte is dat-to-day after he was hit in the hand Wednesday. “X-rays on the hand were negative, and Marte was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury. The club will see how he feels for Thursday's matinee finale.” (h/t:
Via Fox Sports
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Bold Predictions

After a long and cold winter, spring has finally arrived bringing baseball with it. Monday is Opening Day and the start of the season is almost here. With the season set to start, it’s time for bold predictions to be made. In this article I will make three bold predictions for the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 season. Neil Walker finally makes an All-Star appearance Neil Walker The...
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Starling Marte doesn’t need to break out to be good; he’s already there

This is an oft-repeated pre-season 2015 Pittsburgh Pirate trope: If Starling Marte can play like he played in August and September last year, he’ll be a star.  This is a list of the outfielders in Major League Baseball to have more than 10 WAR (Baseball-Reference WAR, at least: UZR haaaaates the Pirates’ outfield defense and so both McCutchen and Marte score quite a bit lower...
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Offseason in review, part 1

A few thoughts during a Spring Training writing cameo.  (Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit USA Today)  It was over with one swing of the bat; image credit cityofchampionssports As the dust settled on October 2nd after a humbling 8-0 thumping by the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card game, most expected the offseason to bring the departures of both C Russell...
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Pittsburgh Pirates have the best outfield in baseball?

As the Pittsburgh Pirates attempt to make the post season for the third consecutive year in 2015, their success will ultimately hinge on the production of their most talented unit: the starting outfield. Often touted as one of the best outfields in all of baseball, the trio of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Gregory Polanco will need to deliver big numbers if Pittsburgh hopes...
February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Why Starling Marte Might Be an MVP Candidate

Starling Marte was already one of the kings of hidden value. Metrics like Wins Above Replacement (WAR) have loved him, despite his average power, and despite his ugly ratios of strikeouts to walks. One contributing factor has been that he’s played half the time in an extremely pitcher-friendly ballpark, but this goes well beyond that. […]
Via Fangraphs
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Starling Marte the strikeout machine

Pirates left fielder Starling Marte The Pittsburgh Pirates’ offensive woes continue, and Starling Marte has not been much help in the leadoff spot. The left-fielder leads all the major league with 37 strikeouts, just one month into the season. That puts Marte on pace for about 236 strikeouts, according to NBC Sports. This would easily smash Mark Reynolds 223 strikeouts in 2009...
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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