Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 days ago

Marte was hitless in 10 at-bats against the Mets before belting a three-run dinger -- his ninth of the season -- in Sunday's 9-1 win.

New York intentionally walked Andrew McCutchen to get to Marte and the left fielder delivered. Despite a 7:45 BB:K ratio, Marte has answered questions about whether he can handle hitting cleanup. The .330 BABIP is actually his lowest mark in four seasons -- he holds a career .359 BABIP -- as his breakout campaign continues.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 weeks ago

Marte went 3-for-4 Saturday with a double and his sixth steal of the season.

The streaky Marte is collecting hits in bunches at the moment, and he's now slashing .362/.406/.534 in 58 May at-bats.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 weeks ago

Marte will hit cleanup and play center field Thursday afternoon against the Phillies, Root Sports in Pittsburgh reports.

Marte has five singles in 12 career at-bats against Thursday starter, Aaron Harang. He could be good for a stolen base or two with the big righty on the mound.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 weeks ago

Marte went 1-for-4 with a three-run shot -- his eighth dinger -- Monday in Philadelphia.

He batted out of the cleanup spot once again, a spot typically reserved for Neil Walker (who hit second Monday). Marte's homer was just his second in his last 11 contests, but he's driven in nine runs over the span.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 weeks ago

Marte (dizziness) is back in Sunday's lineup, batting fourth against the Cardinals and Tyler Lyons.

Marte had left Saturday's game with severe dizziness, but apparently he's good to go for Sunday.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 3 weeks ago

Marte went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts before leaving due to dizziness or dehydration.

The outfielder has dealt with severe migraine headaches throughout his career. It's possible the team gives him a break Sunday, with his availability limited to coming off the bench. Either way, he's not expected to miss much time.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 3 weeks ago

Marte was removed from Saturday's game with severe dizziness and will receive treatment.

He was 1-for-2 Saturday before leaving with this ambiguous ailment, and was replaced by Sean Rodriguez. It's hard to say how serious this could be, but the fact that the dizziness was labeled "serious" by the team is not a good indicator for his status for Sunday's game. Consider Marte day-to-day until we learn more.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 3 weeks ago

Marte raised his batting average to a season-high .275 Friday, going 3-for-4 with an RBI single against the Cardinals.

He hit cleanup for the sixth time Friday, as opposed to fifth in the lineup -- where he's slotted in 21 of 28 contests. Marte has also swiped three bases in the last eight games after getting off to a slow start in the stolen bases category.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 3 weeks ago

Marte belted his team-leading seventh homer Tuesday, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

While the 102.3 mph bat speed was the slowest of any of his homers, it's doubtful fantasy owners are complaining. Interestingly, Marte's .309 BABIP is well off his career mark of .360. He's also successfully stolen four bases in five tries. Marte has been plunked by 41 pitches over the last two seasons. If he can stay healthy -- he's been hit by just two pitches in the early going -- then the five-tool talent should continue providing elite fantasy numbers.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 4 weeks ago

Marte went 3-for-6 Saturday with a double.

He's already shown an improved power stroke with six home runs in April, and now the hits are starting to come in bunches for Marte too, as he's now hitting .314 (11-for-35) over his last 10 games. If you invested heavily in him this season expecting a breakout performance, he's beginning to provide some dividends.