Here’s how the Pirates fared in the world of fantasy baseball this week, with the top scorers at each position:
C – Rod Barajas 2 points
1B – Matt Hague 2 points
2B – Neil Walker 2 points
3B – Pedro Alvarez 7 points
SS – Clint Barmes 0 points
OF – Alex Presley 8 points
OF – Andrew McCutchen 12 points
OF – Jose Tabata 5 points
U – Casey McGehee 6 points
Pitching Staff – 29 points
Overall: 73 points
It was a short week in fantasy baseball, and the Pirates didn’t muster much offense in their three games against the Phillies. However, they did put together some solid pitching. The offense didn’t get much production until Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 4 on Sunday. Alex Presley racked up hits in each game this weekend. Pedro Alvarez put some points up when he launched a homer over the Clemente Wall on Sunday. The pitching staff followed a perfect recipe for success and fantasy points: few runs allowed and a decent amount of strike outs. They also picked up two out of the possible three wins this week.
It was a great first weekend of Pirates baseball. The bats didn’t wake up on Thursday but Bedard pitched a great first outing. Karstens pitched very well on Saturday and the Bucs won in extras. J-Mac pieced together a good start before the bats woke up late in the game. The pitching staff needs to build upon this sucess. Once the bats wake up, there is a lot of potential to win some ballgames.
What’s next: The Pirates travel out west this week to face the Dodgers (Tuesday-Thursday) and the Giants (Friday-Sunday).
Check back next week for another edition of Pirates fantasy baseball.