Matt Joyce LF/DH PIT 3 days ago

Joyce hit a two-run pinch-hit home run in Pittsburgh's win over the Reds on Friday night.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte manning the corner outfield spots, Joyce doesn't get a lot of opportunities to swing the bat, but he's making the most of it when he does. He now has three homers and nine RBI to go with a gawdy .357 average in part time duty this season.

Matt Joyce LF/DH PIT 1 week ago

Joyce homered, his second, as part of a 2-for-5 game with three RBI in Monday's win over the Rockies.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Joyce took just two plate appearances in the Pirates' last series against Arizona, and this was his first start in over a week. Joyce made the most of it, as he has done all year. He is now hitting a robust 8-25 (.320) with three extra-base hits and a 1.085 OPS. Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco are locked into the starting corner outfield slots for now, but Joyce is doing as much as he can to make a bid for playing time.

Matt Joyce LF/DH PIT 2 weeks ago

Joyce went 3-for-4 against the Brewers on Sunday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After hitting a three-run homer as a pinch hitter Friday, Joyce got the starting nod in right field Sunday. He reached base four times, including a walk. He struggled mightily with the Angels in 2015, but he's rebounding nicely with Pittsburgh.

Matt Joyce LF/DH PIT 2 weeks ago

Joyce stroked a three-run, pinch-homer Friday against the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's 3-for-11 with two extra-base hits and five walks in the early going. Joyce's success at the plate will likely lead to more opportunity against tough right-handed pitching. Thus far he's started just two of the team's first 11 contests.

Matt Joyce LF/DH PIT 3 weeks ago

Joyce will remain in the lineup for Tuesday's game and bat out of the leadoff spot against the Tigers, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With the Pirates in an AL ballpark for a four-game set, Joyce will get to serve as the DH for the second game in a row Tuesday. Batting out of the third spot in the order Monday, Joyce collected two hits, including a double, and drove in a run in four at-bats. He'll lead it off Tuesday against right-hander Anibal Sanchez; in 18 career at-bats against Sanchez, Joyce has collected five hits, four of which were for extra bases, and driven in four runs.

Matt Joyce LF/DH PIT 3 weeks ago

Joyce, getting the start at DH in an AL park, went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Monday's win against the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Joyce had been hitless in three at-bats prior to Monday's two-hit day. The outfielder struggled mightily with the Angels last season, hitting just .174. With a star-studded starting outfield in Pittsburgh, playing time could be hard to find for Joyce in 2016.

Matt Joyce LF/DH PIT 3 weeks ago

Joyce will serve as the Pirates' designated hitter in Monday's game against the Tigers, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Joyce has been limited to pinch-hit duty thus far, but he owns six hits -- including two home runs -- in 17 career at-bats against Tigers starter Justin Verlander, so he will make his first start of the season Monday with Verlander on the mound for the opposition. He will hit third in the Pirates' batting order in between Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte.

Matt Joyce LF/DH PIT 1 month ago

Joyce will be on the Opening Day roster, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Joyce followed his nightmare 2015 with a poor start this spring, but he's come on strong over the last week or so, piling up three home runs and two doubles in his last seven games. He doesn't figure to get many starts in the outfield but should have plenty of opportunities to pinch-hit against right-handed pitchers.

Matt Joyce LF/DH PIT 1 month ago

Joyce went 2-for-2 with a homer and a walk Monday against the Twins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's making a case for the fourth outfielder's spot with three homers and two doubles in his last seven games. Joyce would also give Pittsburgh a left-handed batter of the bench, something it currently lacks.

Matt Joyce LF/DH PIT 1 month ago

Joyce went 2-for-4 with a homer, walk and a stolen base Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Joyce will make the Opening Day roster if the team decides to go with a traditional backup outfielder. There's been some talk of versatile players like Cole Figueroa -- who can play both infield and outfield spots -- cracking the roster, but Pittsburgh faces such a dearth of left-handed hitting that Joyce is a good bet to open 2016 with the Bucs.