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Saturday Lineup Card: Young Aces Square Off in Cinci

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

A’s (Trevor Cahill - R) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett - R), 1:10 PM
Cubs (Randy Wells - R) at Cardinals (Kyle Lohse - R), 4:10 PM
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L), 4:10 PM
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Reds (Johnny Cueto - R), 4:10 PM
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R) at Mariners (Doug Fister - R), 4:10 PM
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton - R), 7:05 PM
Rangers (Derek Holland - L) at Indians (Fausto Carmona - R), 7:05 PM
Blue Jays (Ricky Romero - L) at Orioles (Jake Arrieta - R), 7:05 PM
Braves (Jair Jurrjens - R) at Mets (Dillon Gee - R), 7:10 PM
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at White Sox (Edwin Jackson - R), 7:10 PM
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Marlins (Chris Volstad - R), 7:10 PM
Twins (Nick Blackburn - R) at Royals (Luke Hochevar - R), 7:10 PM
Nationals (Livan Hernandez - R) at Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders - L), 8:10 PM
Astros (Aneury Rodriguez - R) at Dodgers (Aaron Harang - R), 8:35 PM
Yankees (CC Sabathia - L) at Angels (Ervin Santana - R), 9:05 PM

Day game after a night game: OAK, BOS, CHC, STL, COL, SF, LAD, CIN, TB, SEA

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)
Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA - (Back) Will miss fourth straight game Friday; DL decision coming Sunday or Monday
Dan Haren, SP, LAA - (Back) Will not make scheduled start Saturday
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS - (Elbow) Did not start Friday
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, CHC - (Face) Did not start Friday
Casey Kotchman, 1B, TB - (Ankle) Unavailable Friday; hopes to return Saturday
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX - (Finger) Expects to make next scheduled start Tuesday
Grant Balfour, RP, OAK - (Personal) Will likely return Sunday
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR - (Toe) Returned to the lineup Friday
Juan Miranda, 1B, AZ - (Illness) Did not start Friday
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF - (Wrist) Did not start Friday for third straight day
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL - Did not start Friday in an effort to rest sore shoulder
Jack Hannahan, 3B, CLE - Scratched from Friday’s lineup with tightness in left hamstring

Players on the DL
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (Legs) Will not return until June 12 at the earliest after being moved to 60-day DL
Francisco Liriano, SP, MIN - (Shoulder) Will throw bullpen session Saturday
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B, MIN - (Leg) Played nine innings in extended spring game Thursday
Matt Garza, SP, CHC - (Elbow) On track to start Monday
Brad Lidge, RP, PHI - (Shoulder) Will resume throwing this weekend after experiencing minor soreness
Jason Kubel, OF, MIN - (Foot) MRI revealed no fracture or tendon damage
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, HOU - (Elbow) Felt fine after throwing bullpen session Thursday
Brandon Lyon, RP, HOU - (Shoulder) Will begin rehab assignment Sunday
Derrek Lee, 1B, BAL - (Oblique) Began rehab assignment Friday
Aaron Cook, SP, COL - (Shoulder) In line to start Wednesday
Jason Bourgeois, OF, HOU - (Oblique) Could return in a couple days
Eric Chavez, 3B, NYY - (Foot) Still yet to resume baseball activities
Brandon Webb, P, TEX - (Shoulder) Diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation
Brandon Inge, 3B, DET - (Illness) Could return in two weeks
Nick Johnson, 1B, CLE - (Wrist) Rehab assignment moved to Double-A Akron
Rich Hill, P, BOS - (Elbow) Will likely need Tommy John surgery
Brian Schneider, C, PHI - (Hamstring) Suffered setback last week; will have to restart rehab process

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)
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (transferred to 60-day DL)
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, BOS - (transferred to 60-day DL)
Chris Young, SP, NYM - (transferred to 60-day DL)
Brandon Inge, 3B, DET
Sean O’Sullivan, SP, KC
Clay Hensley, RP, FLA
Rich Hill, P, BOS

Activated from DL
Shane Victorino, OF, PHI

Called Up
Greg Halman, OF, SEA
Luke Hughes, 2B, MIN
Brian Dinkleman, 2B, MIN
Manny Acosta, RP, NYM
Omir Santos, C, DET
Osvaldo Martinez, SS, FLA
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL
Mark Hamilton, 1B, STL
Fautino De Los Santos, P, OAK
Jesse Chavez, P, KC
Tommy Hottovy, P, BOS

Sent Down
Julio Borbon, OF, TEX
John Mayberry, OF, PHI
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA
Pete Kozma, SS, STL
Maikel Cleto, RP, STL
Trevor Plouffe, SS, MIN
Erick Almonte, OF, MIL
Michael O’Connor, RP, NYM

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

Houston - Mark Melancon picked up the save Thursday with a scoreless ninth inning. Melancon has allowed just one earned run over his last 7.2 innings.

San Francisco - Jeremy Affeldt entered Thursday’s game in the eighth inning with a three-run lead, and though the Giants extended the lead to five runs in the top of the ninth, Affeldt picked up the save by closing out the game. Brian Wilson’s job is more than safe.

Texas - Neftali Feliz picked up his second save in as many days in the Rangers’ victory over the Indians on Thursday. Feliz has tossed two scoreless innings after giving up a run in each of his previous two outings before Wednesday’s.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mark Ellis - 2B OAK @ BOS
6/4 1:10 PM
Josh Beckett 7-21 .333 1 3 5 1 7 .571 .348 .919
Hideki Matsui - DH OAK @ BOS
6/4 1:10 PM
Josh Beckett 9-32 .281 3 4 5 2 5 .625 .324 .949
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs LAD
6/4 4:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 6-10 .600 0 0 0 1 2 .600 .636 1.236
Dexter Fowler - OF COL @ SF
6/4 4:10 PM
Madison Bumgarner 4-10 .400 0 1 0 0 0 .600 .400 1.000
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ SF
6/4 4:10 PM
Madison Bumgarner 4-11 .364 2 3 4 2 1 1.000 .462 1.462
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ SF
6/4 4:10 PM
Madison Bumgarner 4-10 .400 0 0 2 0 2 .400 .400 .800
Vladimir Guerrero - DH BAL vs TOR
6/4 7:05 PM
Ricky Romero 8-13 .615 0 1 0 0 1 .692 .615 1.307
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs TOR
6/4 7:05 PM
Ricky Romero 8-23 .348 1 2 2 0 5 .522 .348 .870
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs TOR
6/4 7:05 PM
Ricky Romero 8-26 .308 1 4 7 1 1 .538 .333 .871
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX @ CLE
6/4 7:05 PM
Fausto Carmona 4-10 .400 2 3 3 0 2 1.200 .455 1.655
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX @ CLE
6/4 7:05 PM
Fausto Carmona 6-14 .429 0 5 3 1 0 .857 .467 1.324
Michael Napoli - C TEX @ CLE
6/4 7:05 PM
Fausto Carmona 4-13 .308 1 2 1 1 3 .615 .357 .972
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS vs DET
6/4 7:10 PM
Justin Verlander 17-52 .327 3 7 12 1 5 .577 .340 .917
Carlos Quentin - OF CWS vs DET
6/4 7:10 PM
Justin Verlander 8-26 .308 3 4 5 3 5 .692 .400 1.092
Don Kelly - OF DET @ CWS
6/4 7:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 6-13 .462 1 1 3 0 1 .692 .462 1.154
Alexi Casilla - SS MIN @ KC
6/4 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 4-10 .400 0 4 3 1 0 1.000 .455 1.455
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ KC
6/4 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 2-11 .182 1 2 2 4 4 .545 .400 .945
Willie Harris - OF NYM vs ATL
6/4 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens 7-14 .500 0 2 2 2 2 .714 .563 1.277
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM vs ATL
6/4 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens 6-18 .333 0 3 2 1 0 .556 .368 .924
Xavier Nady - OF ARI vs WAS
6/4 8:10 PM
Livan Hernandez 7-15 .467 1 2 2 0 0 .733 .500 1.233
Michael Bourn - OF HOU @ SD
6/4 8:35 PM
Aaron Harang 7-20 .350 1 1 3 2 4 .500 .435 .935
Bill Hall - 2B HOU @ SD
6/4 8:35 PM
Aaron Harang 17-49 .347 3 10 10 3 10 .694 .396 1.090
Carlos Lee - OF HOU @ SD
6/4 8:35 PM
Aaron Harang 16-43 .372 1 6 8 1 5 .581 .378 .959
Maicer Izturis - 3B LAA vs NYY
6/4 9:05 PM
CC Sabathia 5-10 .500 0 0 2 2 1 .500 .583 1.083
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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BB K Opp
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Clayton Kershaw LAD @ CIN
6/4 4:10 PM
Reds Batters 15-75 .200 1 3 7 10 29 .284 .291 .575
Ricky Romero TOR @ BAL
6/4 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 30-113 .266 4 11 15 4 21 .430 .290 .720
Jair Jurrjens ATL @ NYM
6/4 7:10 PM
Mets Batters 24-110 .218 0 9 12 16 15 .323 .315 .638
Nick Blackburn MIN @ KC
6/4 7:10 PM
Royals Batters 20-88 .227 2 7 10 0 15 .364 .234 .598
Justin Verlander DET @ CWS
6/4 7:10 PM
White Sox Batters 54-221 .245 9 19 30 12 44 .413 .289 .702
Aaron Harang SD vs HOU
6/4 8:35 PM
Astros Batters 56-172 .326 5 22 26 9 33 .523 .362 .884

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David DeJesus - OF OAK @ BOS
6/4 1:10 PM
Josh Beckett 5-25 .200 0 2 2 1 5 .280 .231 .511
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK @ BOS
6/4 1:10 PM
Josh Beckett 2-10 .200 0 0 1 1 1 .200 .333 .533
Edgar Renteria - SS CIN vs LAD
6/4 4:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-11 .091 0 1 3 3 4 .273 .286 .559
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs LAD
6/4 4:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-10 .200 1 1 1 1 6 .500 .273 .773
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL vs CHC
6/4 4:10 PM
Randy Wells 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 4 .167 .167 .334
Luke Scott - DH BAL vs TOR
6/4 7:05 PM
Ricky Romero 1-12 .083 1 1 2 0 3 .333 .077 .410
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs TOR
6/4 7:05 PM
Ricky Romero 2-13 .154 0 1 1 1 4 .231 .214 .445
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs DET
6/4 7:10 PM
Justin Verlander 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 2 .200 .182 .382
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs DET
6/4 7:10 PM
Justin Verlander 5-41 .122 1 1 2 3 12 .195 .200 .395
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs DET
6/4 7:10 PM
Justin Verlander 5-28 .179 1 1 1 1 4 .286 .207 .493
Omar Vizquel - 3B CWS vs DET
6/4 7:10 PM
Justin Verlander 3-13 .231 0 0 2 0 1 .231 .231 .462
Alex Avila - C DET @ CWS
6/4 7:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 5-16 .313 0 1 4 1 4 .438 .353 .791
Brennan Boesch - OF DET @ CWS
6/4 7:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 3-16 .188 0 1 0 1 7 .250 .235 .485
Victor Martinez - C DET @ CWS
6/4 7:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 4-20 .200 0 0 1 1 3 .200 .238 .438
Chris Getz - 2B KC vs MIN
6/4 7:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 2-11 .182 0 0 2 0 1 .182 .167 .349
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs MIN
6/4 7:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 2-11 .182 0 1 1 0 4 .273 .250 .523
Nyjer Morgan - OF MIL @ FLA
6/4 7:10 PM
Chris Volstad 2-12 .167 0 0 1 0 3 .167 .214 .381
Michael Cuddyer - OF MIN @ KC
6/4 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 5-20 .250 0 2 3 1 4 .350 .273 .623
Denard Span - OF MIN @ KC
6/4 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 3-22 .136 0 2 1 2 5 .273 .208 .481
Delmon Young - OF MIN @ KC
6/4 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 3-18 .167 1 2 3 1 3 .389 .211 .600
Carlos Beltran - OF NYM vs ATL
6/4 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens 2-16 .125 0 0 1 3 0 .125 .263 .388
Angel Pagan - OF NYM vs ATL
6/4 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens 2-24 .083 0 1 2 3 6 .125 .185 .310
Jose Reyes - SS NYM vs ATL
6/4 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens 3-17 .176 0 1 2 3 3 .235 .300 .535
Hunter Pence - OF HOU @ SD
6/4 8:35 PM
Aaron Harang 8-25 .320 0 1 2 1 4 .360 .346 .706
Russell Branyan - 1B LAA vs NYY
6/4 9:05 PM
CC Sabathia 2-13 .154 0 0 2 1 8 .154 .214 .368
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
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BB K Opp
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Fausto Carmona CLE vs Tex
6/4 7:05 PM
Rangers Batters 30-85 .353 4 14 16 13 15 .625 .448 1.074
Luke Hochevar KC vs Min
6/4 7:10 PM
Twins Batters 23-99 .232 2 12 13 14 16 .427 .325 .752
 


Recommended Pickup

Brian Matusz, SP, BAL - Though he is already taken in many formats, Matusz is still available in about half of both ESPN and Yahoo! leagues after missing the first two months of the season. Matusz was decent in his rookie season, posting 10 wins and averaging 7.33 K/9 IP, and he was sharp in his first outing this year, allowing just one earned run over 5.2 innings. Matusz won’t be available in deeper formats, but it is at least worth your time to check and see if a pitcher of his quality is still a free agent in your league.

Other recent recommendations: Ben Revere, Jon Jay, Chris Iannetta, Eric Young Jr. Jarrod Saltalamacchia

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C – Wilson Ramos, WAS ($5,310)
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