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Wednesday Lineup Card: Another Catcher to Consider

Jack Moore

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

Phillies (Roy Oswalt – R) at Nationals (John Lannan – L), 1:05 PM
Rangers (Colby Lewis – R) at Rays (David Price – L), 1:10 PM
White Sox (Gavin Floyd – R) at Red Sox (Tim Wakefield – R), 1:35 PM
Astros (Brett Myers – R) at Cubs (Doug Davis – L), 2:20 PM
Yankees (A.J. Burnett – R) at Athletics (Gio Gonzalez – L), 3:35 PM
Orioles (Brian Matusz – L) at Mariners (Michael Pineda – R), 3:40 PM
Angels (Tyler Chatwood – R) at Royals (Felipe Paulino – R), 4:10 PM
Twins (Scott Baker – R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello – R), 7:05 PM
Indians (Josh Tomlin – R) at Blue Jays (Kyle Drabek – R), 7:07 PM
Brewers (Shaun Marcum – R) at Reds (Mike Leake – R), 7:10 PM
Padres (Clayton Richard – L) at Braves (Tommy Hanson – R), 7:10 PM
Pirates (Kevin Correia – R) at Mets (Chris Capuano – L), 7:10 PM
Marlins (Javier Vazquez – R) at Diamondbacks (Dan Hudson – R), 7:40 PM
Giants (Tim Lincecum – R) at Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R), 8:15 PM
Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez – R) at Dodgers (Jon Garland – R), 10:10 PM

Day game after a night game: PHI, WAS, TEX, TB, CHW, BOS, HOU, CHC, NYY, OAK, BAL, LAA, KC

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)
Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS – (Shoulder) Played Tuesday night.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS – (Back) Stiffness a recurring issue, but shouldn't force a missed start.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX – (Finger) Should start Thursday despite missing bullpen session.
Jesse Crain, SP, CHI-A – (Hip) Took a line drive off the hip Monday, but only sustained a bruise and shouldn't miss time.
Russell Martin C, NYY – (Toe) Returned to the lineup Tuesday night.
Casey Kotchman, 1B, TB – (Ankle) Out of Tuesday's lineup against Texas; should avoid DL.
Jason Kubel, OF, MIN – (Foot) Missed Tuesday's game against Detroit.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX – (Foot) Should return to the lineup Wednesday.
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR – (Toe) Should be ready to return Wednesday after having a toenail removed.
Adam Jones, OF, BAL – (Shoulder) Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA – (Back) Sat out for second straight day Tuesday.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD - (Knee) Out of the lineup again Tuesday; Padres to decide if DL is necessary soon.
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL - (Knee) Returned to the lineup Tuesday; may require occasional rest days to avoid DL.
Ryan Spilborghs, OF, COL – (Groin) Did not start Tuesday; remains day-to-day.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL – (Quad) Scratched from Tuesday’s lineup.

Players on the DL
Jeff Niemann, SP, TB – (Back) Will begin rehab assignment Friday.
Brandon Webb, SP, TEX – (Shoulder) Shelled in rehab start at Double-A Frisco.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN – (Leg) Went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as DH at extended spring training Monday.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B, MIN – (Leg) Went 0-for-3 at extended spring training Monday.
Rich Harden, SP, OAK – (Shoulder) Threw off mound Tuesday; will accompany team on upcoming road trip.
Franklin Morales, RP, BOS – (Forearm) MRI revealed no structural damage; should be activated as soon as eligible.
Marco Scutaro, SS, BOS – (Oblique) Cleared to resume baseball activities.
Dustin McGowan, SP, TOR – (Shoulder) Hit 95 MPH on radar gun, may be used as starter after rehab stint.
Adam Rosales, 2B, OAK – (Foot) Will begin rehab assignment Wednesday.
Josh Johnson, SP, FLA – (Shoulder) Will throw bullpen session later this week.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS – (Abdomen) Will take part in extended spring game Wednesday.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF – (Hand) On track to begin rehab assignment later this week.
Matt Garza, SP, CHC - (Elbow) Scheduled to return Monday against Cincinnati.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN - (Shoulder) Threw without pain Tuesday; will try again Wednesday.
Ike Davis, 1B, NYM - (Ankle) Will wear a walking boot to deal with bruise; shut down for three weeks.
Zach Braddock, RP, MIL - (Illness) Will pitch twice more in minor league rehab assignment; should return for upcoming series against Marlins.
Takashi Saito, RP, MIL - (Oblique) Threw a bullpen session Tuesday; slated to return in second half of season.
Juan Uribe, 2B, LAD – (Hip) Will begin rehab assignment Friday.
Vicente Padilla, P, LAD – (Forearm) Could be activated as soon as Friday.

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)
Alfonso Soriano, OF, CHC

Activated from DL
Bobby Jenks, P, BOS

Called Up
Anthony Slama, P, MIN
Alex Cobb, P, TB
Mike Zagurski, P, PHI
Chad Reineke, P, CIN
Tyler Colvin, OF, CHC

Sent Down
Brandon Gomes, P, TB
Vance Worley, P, PHI
Michael Bowden, P, BOS
Pat Misch, P, NYM

Designated For Assignment
Tom Cochran

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

Los Angeles (AL) – With Jordan Walden unavailable, Fernando Rodney picked up his third save of the season Monday. Walden should be called upon for the next ninth inning opportunity, however.

Kansas City – Joakim Soria blew his fifth save of the season against the Angels on Monday. Manager Ned Yost has decided to give Soria a break, so Aaron Crow will be the new closer for Kansas City. Soria has been too good in the past to just outright drop, and projections still have him among the best relievers in the league. Look to stash him if at all possible, particularly in keeper leagues.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Raul Ibanez - OF PHI @ WAS
6/1 1:05 PM
John Lannan 11-20 .550 2 5 4 1 4 1.050 .591 1.641
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI @ WAS
6/1 1:05 PM
John Lannan 6-12 .500 0 0 2 1 0 .500 .500 1.000
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ WAS
6/1 1:05 PM
John Lannan 11-25 .440 2 3 6 3 5 .720 .548 1.268
Laynce Nix - OF WAS vs PHI
6/1 1:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 9-17 .529 2 6 4 1 2 1.176 .556 1.732
Johnny Damon - OF TB vs TEX
6/1 1:10 PM
Colby Lewis 3-10 .300 0 2 2 3 2 .600 .462 1.062
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs CWS
6/1 1:35 PM
Gavin Floyd 5-17 .294 2 2 2 0 8 .647 .294 .941
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ BOS
6/1 1:35 PM
Tim Wakefield 6-24 .250 1 3 5 4 3 .500 .357 .857
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS @ BOS
6/1 1:35 PM
Tim Wakefield 8-25 .320 1 3 3 3 2 .520 .393 .913
Alexis Rios - OF CWS @ BOS
6/1 1:35 PM
Tim Wakefield 11-51 .216 3 5 5 1 8 .451 .245 .696
Omar Vizquel - 3B CWS @ BOS
6/1 1:35 PM
Tim Wakefield 6-14 .429 0 1 3 0 1 .500 .429 .929
Tyler Colvin - OF CHC vs HOU
6/1 2:20 PM
Brett Myers 5-17 .294 2 4 2 0 5 .765 .294 1.059
Clint Barmes - 2B HOU @ CHC
6/1 2:20 PM
Doug Davis 3-11 .273 1 1 1 1 1 .545 .333 .878
Daric Barton - 1B OAK vs NYY
6/1 3:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-10 .300 1 1 3 4 3 .600 .467 1.067
Ryan Sweeney - OF OAK vs NYY
6/1 3:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 5-13 .385 1 2 2 1 2 .692 .429 1.121
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET vs MIN
6/1 7:05 PM
Scott Baker 9-28 .321 2 4 6 3 7 .607 .375 .982
Jason Kubel - OF MIN @ DET
6/1 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 10-20 .500 1 4 2 0 2 .800 .500 1.300
Delmon Young - OF MIN @ DET
6/1 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 6-17 .353 1 2 3 1 3 .588 .389 .977
Edgar Renteria - SS CIN vs MIL
6/1 7:10 PM
Shaun Marcum 4-10 .400 1 2 1 1 1 .800 .455 1.255
Matt Diaz - OF PIT @ NYM
6/1 7:10 PM
Chris Capuano 4-10 .400 0 0 1 0 0 .400 .400 .800
Cameron Maybin - OF SD @ ATL
6/1 7:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 3-10 .300 1 3 2 1 0 .800 .417 1.217
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF @ STL
6/1 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 9-24 .375 0 2 5 4 0 .458 .433 .891
Miguel Tejada - SS SF @ STL
6/1 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 13-37 .351 1 2 8 2 3 .459 .400 .859
Albert Pujols - 1B STL vs SF
6/1 8:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 5-14 .357 0 2 0 1 4 .500 .400 .900
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL vs SF
6/1 8:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-19 .316 1 2 1 1 4 .526 .350 .876
Dexter Fowler - OF COL @ LAD
6/1 10:10 PM
Jon Garland 4-10 .400 0 1 1 1 2 .600 .455 1.055
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ LAD
6/1 10:10 PM
Jon Garland 11-18 .611 0 7 3 1 2 1.000 .632 1.632
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ LAD
6/1 10:10 PM
Jon Garland 5-10 .500 0 2 4 1 1 .700 .500 1.200
Matt Kemp - OF LAD vs COL
6/1 10:10 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 11-32 .344 1 5 3 4 6 .594 .432 1.026
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Roy Oswalt PHI @ WAS
6/1 1:05 PM
Nationals Batters 33-137 .241 3 12 9 11 41 .377 .303 .679
Gavin Floyd CWS @ BOS
6/1 1:35 PM
Red Sox Batters 16-83 .193 6 9 13 6 22 .464 .252 .715
Brett Myers HOU @ CHC
6/1 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 25-125 .200 4 10 12 3 35 .343 .223 .566

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ WAS
6/1 1:05 PM
John Lannan 5-30 .167 2 3 5 2 13 .400 .286 .686
Wilson Valdez - SS PHI @ WAS
6/1 1:05 PM
John Lannan 3-16 .188 0 0 0 1 1 .188 .235 .423
Rick Ankiel - OF WAS vs PHI
6/1 1:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 6-24 .250 0 0 0 1 5 .250 .280 .530
Rogearvin Bernadina - OF WAS vs PHI
6/1 1:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 2-10 .200 0 1 0 2 1 .300 .333 .633
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs PHI
6/1 1:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 0-11 .000 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000
Jerry Hairston Jr. - SS WAS vs PHI
6/1 1:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 2-12 .167 0 1 0 0 0 .250 .167 .417
Ivan Rodriguez - C WAS vs PHI
6/1 1:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 2-11 .182 0 2 0 0 4 .364 .182 .546
Matt Stairs - OF WAS vs PHI
6/1 1:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 5-21 .238 1 1 4 1 9 .381 .273 .654
Casey Kotchman - 1B TB vs TEX
6/1 1:10 PM
Colby Lewis 2-10 .200 0 0 1 1 1 .200 .273 .473
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ TB
6/1 1:10 PM
David Price 2-11 .182 0 1 0 0 4 .273 .182 .455
J.D. Drew - OF BOS vs CWS
6/1 1:35 PM
Gavin Floyd 2-14 .143 1 2 4 4 7 .500 .333 .833
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS vs CWS
6/1 1:35 PM
Gavin Floyd 2-11 .182 0 1 1 1 1 .273 .308 .581
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS vs CWS
6/1 1:35 PM
Gavin Floyd 3-14 .214 0 1 0 0 0 .286 .214 .500
Kosuke Fukudome - OF CHC vs HOU
6/1 2:20 PM
Brett Myers 2-14 .143 0 0 0 1 1 .143 .200 .343
Koyie Hill - C CHC vs HOU
6/1 2:20 PM
Brett Myers 1-10 .100 0 1 1 0 7 .200 .100 .300
Aramis Ramirez - 3B CHC vs HOU
6/1 2:20 PM
Brett Myers 9-40 .225 2 4 6 1 11 .425 .244 .669
Geovany Soto - C CHC vs HOU
6/1 2:20 PM
Brett Myers 3-11 .273 0 0 1 1 4 .273 .333 .606
Coco Crisp - OF OAK vs NYY
6/1 3:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-19 .105 1 1 3 1 4 .263 .150 .413
David DeJesus - OF OAK vs NYY
6/1 3:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-11 .182 0 0 1 2 0 .182 .308 .490
Hideki Matsui - DH OAK vs NYY
6/1 3:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-17 .176 0 0 0 3 4 .176 .300 .476
Brandon Inge - 3B DET vs MIN
6/1 7:05 PM
Scott Baker 8-40 .200 1 2 4 1 8 .300 .214 .514
Victor Martinez - C DET vs MIN
6/1 7:05 PM
Scott Baker 8-31 .258 0 1 2 1 4 .290 .281 .571
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs MIN
6/1 7:05 PM
Scott Baker 12-47 .255 2 6 7 2 10 .468 .280 .748
Michael Cuddyer - OF MIN @ DET
6/1 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 2-17 .118 1 1 3 2 3 .294 .250 .544
Ramon Hernandez - C CIN vs MIL
6/1 7:10 PM
Shaun Marcum 3-19 .158 1 1 1 1 2 .316 .200 .516
Ronny Cedeno - SS PIT @ NYM
6/1 7:10 PM
Chris Capuano 3-18 .167 0 2 1 1 1 .333 .211 .544
Jason Giambi - 1B COL @ LAD
6/1 10:10 PM
Jon Garland 2-22 .091 0 1 0 5 3 .136 .259 .395
Seth Smith - OF COL @ LAD
6/1 10:10 PM
Jon Garland 2-10 .200 0 0 1 1 3 .200 .333 .533
James Loney - 1B LAD vs COL
6/1 10:10 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 7-40 .175 1 3 5 3 7 .300 .250 .550
Aaron Miles - 2B LAD vs COL
6/1 10:10 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 3-13 .231 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .231 .462
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
John Lannan WAS vs Phi
6/1 1:05 PM
Phillies Batters 55-168 .328 8 17 28 12 29 .530 .389 .919
Rick Porcello DET vs Min
6/1 7:05 PM
Twins Batters 30-97 .309 4 10 15 6 14 .493 .353 .846
Tim Lincecum SF @ StL
6/1 8:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 36-120 .300 1 8 7 14 26 .378 .373 .751
Jake Westbrook STL vs SF
6/1 8:15 PM
Giants Batters 33-103 .320 2 7 17 9 12 .437 .379 .816
Jon Garland LAD vs Col
6/1 10:10 PM
Rockies Batters 31-103 .301 0 13 11 11 18 .431 .370 .801
 

***For a deeper look at the matchups please consult the new Batter v. Pitcher tool in the left hand menu.***

Recommended Pickup

Chris Iannetta, C, COL - Given how difficult it is to find a true five-stat (or even four-stat) producer at the catcher position, particularly in the wake of Buster Posey's season-ending injury, sometimes fantasy owners need to take hits at some positions to get production there. Iannetta is a black hole when it comes to average - he's a strikeout machine and doesn't have any special skills to bring his batting average above .250 - but when he makes contact, he makes it count. In 166 plate appearances, Iannetta already has seven home runs, 21 runs scored, and 22 RBI. If he keeps mashing like this, he'll force manager Jim Tracy to keep him in the starting lineup essentially every day.

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C - Kurt Suzuki, OAK, $4,310
1B - Albert Pujols, STL, $6,797
2B - Neil Walker, PIT, $5,411
3B - Placido Polanco, PHI, $6,163
SS - Alexei Ramirez, CHW, $7,493
OF - Carlos Gonzalez, COL, $8,181
OF - Logan Morrison, FLA, $6,714
OF - Josh Hamilton, TEX, $7,327
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