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Saturday Lineup Card: Promising Pitcher Surprisingly Available

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Projected Starters – A look at Saturday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Astros (Brett Myers - R) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R), 1:07 PM
Dodgers (Jon Garland - R) at White Sox (Mark Buehrle - L), 2:10 PM
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R) at Royals (Nathan Adcock - R), 2:10 PM
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Indians (Josh Tomlin - R), 4:05 PM
Nationals (John Lannan - L) at Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie - R), 4:05 PM
Rays (David Price - L) at Marlins (Javier Vazquez - R), 4:10 PM
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) at Pirates (Kevin Correia - R), 7:05 PM
Cubs (Carlos Zambrano - R) at Red Sox (Alfredo Aceves - R), 7:10 PM
Rockies (Clayton Mortensen - R) at Brewers (Shaun Marcum - R), 7:10 PM
Mets (Chris Capuano - L) at Yankees (A.J. Burnett - R), 7:10 PM
A’s (Brett Anderson - L) at Giants (Tim Lincecum - R), 7:10 PM
Rangers (Colby Lewis - R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee - L), 7:10 PM
Braves (Tommy Hanson - R) at Angels (Joel Pineiro - R), 10:05 PM
Mariners (Michael Pineda - R) at Padres (Clayton Richard - L), 10:05 PM
Twins (Scott Baker - R) at Diamondbacks (Micah Owings - R), 10:10 PM

Day game after a night game: HOU, TOR, LAD, CWS, STL, KC, CIN, CLE, WAS, BAL, TB, FLA

Injuries – A brief look at players who have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL - (Shoulder) In the lineup Friday despite leaving Thursday’s game early
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Groin) Injury not believed to be serious, but did not start Friday
David Wright, 3B, NYM - (Back) Has yet to resume baseball activities
Matt Holliday, OF, STL - (Quad) Returned to the lineup Friday
Lance Berkman, OF, STL - (Wrist) Did not start Friday for the second straight day; remains day-to-day for now
Joe Blanton, SP, PHI - (Elbow) Will likely be placed on the DL before his next scheduled start
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL - (Wrist) Did not start Friday’s game after being hit by a pitch Thursday
Brendan Ryan, SS, SEA - (Leg) Sat out Thursday for the second straight day
Chris Dickerson, OF, NYY - (Concussion) Unlikely to be placed on the disabled list
Matt Diaz, OF, PIT - (Leg) Not expected to miss any time due to injury
Endy Chavez, OF, TEX - (Hamstring) Could be placed on the disabled list

Players on the DL
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL - (Elbow) Has regained range of motion in pitching arm; will resume throwing in about a month but is still out for the season
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI - (Knee) Went 0-for-2 in a rehab game Thursday
Brad Lidge, RP, PHI - (Shoulder) Threw off a mound Thursday for the first time since March; hopes to return in June
Jose Contreras, RP, PHI - (Elbow) Tentatively scheduled to make rehab appearance Saturday
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF - (Hand) Played catch Thursday
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR - (Back) Expected to resume baseball activities Saturday
Ike Davis, 1B, NYM - (Calf) Has yet to resume running
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE - (Oblique) Likely out 3-to-4 weeks
John Lackey, SP, BOS - (Elbow) Received cortisone shot Monday
Scott Kazmir, SP, LAA - (Back) Next appearance will likely be in a minor league game
Andrew Cashner, SP, CHC - (Shoulder) Will seek second opinion on his injury
Scott Feldman, P, TEX - (Knee) Threw six innings in a rehab start Thursday
Mitch Talbot, SP, CLE - (Elbow) Threw four innings in a rehab start Thursday
Brian Schneider, C, PHI - (Hamstring) Feeling better and hoping to return earlier than expected

Transactions – Players who have been demoted, called up, traded , released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Shane Victorino, OF, PHI
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE
Tyson Ross, SP, OAK
Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK
Jesse Litsch, SP, TOR

Activated from DL
J.P. Howell, RP, TB
Dan Wheeler, RP, BOS
Brian Tallett, RP, STL

Called Up
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL
Drew Sutton, 3B, BOS
Matt Daley, RP, COL
Ryan Adams, 2B, BAL
Justin Ruggiano, OF, TB
Frank Herrmann, RP, CLE
Ezequiel Carrera, OF, CLE
Mike McCoy, SS, TOR
David Herndon, RP, PHI
Joey Devine, RP, OAK
Fautino De Los Santos, RP, OAK
Jerry Blevins, RP, OAK

Sent Down
Jose Iglesias, SS, BOS
Michael Bowden, P, BOS
Luis Valbuena, SS, CLE
Mark Hamilton, 1B, STL
Chris Jakubauskas, P, BAL
Troy Patton, P, BAL
Rob Delaney, RP, TB
Scott Mathieson, RP, PHI
Trystan Magnuson, RP, OAK

Designated For Assignment
Dan Johnson, 1B, TB
Hideki Okajima, RP, BOS
Daniel Nava, OF, BOS

Traded
Franklin Morales - from COL to BOS

Closer Watch – A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (also check out our Closer Grid)

St. Louis - Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday to pick up his fifth save of the season. Salas has not officially been named the Cardinals’ closer, but he has emerged as the top option after giving up just one earned run and recording five saves and two wins since April 28.

Texas - After converting his first eight opportunities of the season, Neftali Feliz blew the save for the second straight day Thursday. Feliz has posted a 1.26 ERA and struck out 12 batters over 14.1 innings this season, but he has also allowed 10 hits and issued eight walks in those outings. Feliz’s success last year, and in his 12 appearances prior to Wednesday's, will keep in the closer’s role for now, but he will have to do a better job limiting baserunners to solidify his hold on the job and keep his ERA down.

Toronto - Frank Francisco picked up his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning Thursday. He has given up a run in three of his seven outings this month, but with three saves since last Friday it’s clear he is the ninth-inning guy right now in the Blue Jays’ bullpen.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs WAS
5/21 4:05 PM
John Lannan 4-10 .400 0 0 0 1 0 .400 .455 .855
Johnny Damon - OF TB @ FLA
5/21 4:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 8-25 .320 2 6 5 4 5 .720 .414 1.134
Matt Joyce - OF TB @ FLA
5/21 4:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 3-10 .300 1 1 1 1 2 .600 .364 .964
Casey Kotchman - 1B TB @ FLA
5/21 4:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 5-10 .500 0 2 2 0 0 .700 .545 1.245
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ FLA
5/21 4:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 9-19 .474 0 2 1 2 3 .579 .524 1.103
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET @ PIT
5/21 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 5-10 .500 1 2 5 1 0 .900 .462 1.362
Jason Giambi - 1B COL @ MIL
5/21 7:10 PM
Shaun Marcum 5-10 .500 2 3 7 2 1 1.200 .615 1.815
Jason Bay - OF NYM @ NYY
5/21 7:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 8-21 .381 1 3 5 2 2 .619 .435 1.054
Andruw Jones - OF NYY vs NYM
5/21 7:10 PM
Chris Capuano 6-18 .333 4 4 6 1 3 1.000 .368 1.368
Russell Martin - C NYY vs NYM
5/21 7:10 PM
Chris Capuano 7-11 .636 1 5 7 0 0 1.273 .636 1.909
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ PHI
5/21 7:10 PM
Cliff Lee 9-20 .450 0 2 5 0 4 .600 .450 1.050
Michael Napoli - C TEX @ PHI
5/21 7:10 PM
Cliff Lee 4-14 .286 1 2 2 3 4 .571 .474 1.045
Russell Branyan - 1B ARI vs MIN
5/22 10:10 PM
Scott Baker 4-13 .308 0 3 2 2 5 .538 .400 .938
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
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Jeremy Guthrie BAL @ Was
5/21 4:05 PM
Nationals Batters 12-64 .187 3 3 5 4 13 .334 .256 .590
A.J. Burnett NYY @ NYM
5/21 7:10 PM
Mets Batters 15-70 .214 1 3 7 7 11 .279 .286 .565
Cliff Lee PHI @ Tex
5/21 7:10 PM
Rangers Batters 37-128 .289 1 9 14 7 30 .386 .332 .718

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B TOR vs HOU
5/21 1:07 PM
Brett Myers 2-10 .200 1 1 2 2 4 .500 .333 .833
Corey Patterson - OF TOR vs HOU
5/21 1:07 PM
Brett Myers 1-19 .053 0 1 1 0 3 .105 .053 .158
Melky Cabrera - OF KC vs STL
5/21 2:10 PM
Jake Westbrook 1-14 .071 1 1 1 0 1 .286 .071 .357
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs WAS
5/21 4:05 PM
John Lannan 1-10 .100 0 0 0 2 0 .100 .250 .350
Alex Cora - SS WAS @ BAL
5/21 4:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 3-15 .200 0 0 0 2 2 .200 .294 .494
Matt Stairs - OF WAS @ BAL
5/21 4:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 4-21 .190 1 1 1 1 7 .333 .227 .560
Evan Longoria - 3B TB @ FLA
5/21 4:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 2-12 .167 0 1 2 0 2 .250 .154 .404
Kelly Shoppach - C TB @ FLA
5/21 4:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 1-10 .100 0 0 1 1 4 .100 .250 .350
Jose Reyes - SS NYM @ NYY
5/21 7:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 0-17 .000 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ PHI
5/21 7:10 PM
Cliff Lee 4-29 .138 0 3 3 1 4 .241 .167 .408
Willie Bloomquist - OF ARI vs MIN
5/22 10:10 PM
Scott Baker 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .334
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Javier Vazquez FLA @ TB
5/21 4:10 PM
Rays Batters 34-103 .330 3 15 12 10 18 .540 .399 .939
 


Recommended Pickup

Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF - Though Bumgarner is hardly an unknown, it is a bit surprising how available he is at the moment. Bumgarner’s 0-6 start likely scared some owners off, but keep in mind he entered last season as Baseball America’s 14th rated prospect and posted a 3.00 ERA in 18 starts for the World Champions. Plus, though Bumgarner did not pick his first win until Thursday - by pitching 8.2 innings in a victory over the Dodgers - he has given up just six earned runs over his last five starts (1.60 ERA) and has a respectable 3.71 ERA on the season. Bumgarner is a free agent in roughly 50 percent of leagues on both ESPN and Yahoo!, so though he is taken in a lot of formats, it would certainly be worth your time to see if he is available.

Other recent recommendations: Brad Hawpe, Coco Crisp, Danny Duffy, Laynce Nix, Tyson Ross

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Draft Street Lineup

C – Russell Martin, NYY ($7,100)
1B – Albert Pujols, STL ($6,405)
2B – Ian Kinsler, TEX ($7,462)
3B – Alex Rodriguez, NYY ($6,456)
SS – Jose Reyes, NYM - ($8,941)
OF – Drew Stubbs, CIN ($8,411)
OF – B.J. Upton, TB ($6,646)
OF – Jason Kubel, MIN ($6,017)
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UTIL – Andruw Jones, NYY ($3,656)
SP – Cliff Lee, PHI ($14,047)
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