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Ryan Eisner

Ryan Eisner

Ryan has been writing for Rotowire since 2007. He currently writes about baseball and covers the White Sox.

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Projected Starters - A look at Tuesday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R) v Indians (Mitch Talbot - R), 7:05
Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie - R) v Pirates (James McDonald - R), 7:05
Mariners (Doug Fister - R) v Nationals (Livan Hernandez - R), 7:05
Padres (Mat Latos - R) v Red Sox (Josh Beckett - R), 7:10
Yankees (Brian Gordon - R) v Reds (Johnny Cueto - R), 7:10
A's (Josh Outman - L) v Mets (Dillon Gee - R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Zach Stewart - R) v Braves (Mike Minor - L), 7:10
Angels (Ervin Santana - R) v Marlins (Javier Vazquez - R), 7:10
Astros (Jordan Lyles - R) v Rangers (C.J. Wilson - L), 8:05
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R) v Brewers (Zack Greinke - R), 8:10
Cubs (Matt Garza - R) v White Sox (Mark Buehrle - L), 8:10
Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders - L) v Royals (Luke Hochevar - R), 8:10
Phillies (Roy Halladay - R) v Cardinals (Kyle McClellan - R), 8:15
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) v Dodgers (Chad Billingsley - R), 10:10
Twins (Carl Pavano - R) v Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L), 10:15

AL teams without a DH: BAL, SEA, NY-A, OAK, TOR, ANA, TB, MIN, DET

NL teams with a DH: COL, SD, HOU, CHI-N, AZ

Day Game After a Night Game: None

Injuries - A brief look at players that have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns.

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)

AL
Josh Willingham, OF, OAK - (Achilles) Could play Tuesday
Danny Duffy, P, KC - (Leg) Said calf injury is not that serious
Luke Scott, DH, BAL - (Back) Feels better but remains day-to-day
Jeremy Guthrie, P, BAL - (Back) OK to start Tuesday
Yorvit Torrealba, C, TEX - (Fatigue) Not in Monday's lineup

NL
Shaun Marcum, P, MIL - (Leg) Cleared to throw side session, availability for next start uncertain
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL - (Abductor strain) Could play Tuesday
Mike Stanton, OF, FLA - (Eye) Should be able to go Wednesday
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN - (Neck) Start pushed from Monday to Tuesday
Eric O'Flaherty, P, ATL - (Back) Probably not heading to DL
Hunter Pence, OF, HOU - (Elbow) Not in Monday's lineup
J.R. Towles, C, HOU - (General soreness) Not in Monday's lineup

Players on the DL

AL
Bobby Jenks, P, BOS - (Back) Threw from about 200 feet Monday
Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS - (Shoulder) Will meet with Dr. Lewis Yocum
Bruce Chen, P, KC - (Back) Will probably come off the DL on Tuesday and start Friday
Tyson Ross, P, OAK - (Oblique) Will face live hitters in AZ
Brett Anderson, P, OAK - (Elbow) Received a plasma injection, yet to pick up a ball
Franklin Morales, P, BOS - (Forearm) Made a rehab appearance at Triple-A on Sunday
Kevin Slowey, P, MIN - (Abdomen) Sim game on tap for Wednesday
Rich Harden, P, OAK - (Shoulder) Threw three hitless innings in his first rehab start Monday
Phil Hughes, P, NY-A - (Shoulder) Rehab start on tap for Friday

NL
Kris Medlen, P, ATL - (Elbow) Has felt good since his scar tissue broke two weeks ago
Johan Santana, P, NY-N - (Shoulder) Has been playing long-toss on flat ground
Chris Coghlan, OF, FLA - (Knee) Placed on the 15-day DL on Monday instead of minors-bound, Dr. James Andrews will examine his knee
Albert Pujols, 1B, STL - (Wrist) Out for 4-6 weeks
David Wright, 3B, NY-N - (Back) Felt good after 20 throws Sunday
Mike Fontenot, 2B, SF - (Groin) Re-injured his groin June 10 and has yet to resume his rehab assignment
Nick Punto, SS, STL - (Forearm) Will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Springfield
David Freese, 3B, STL - (Hand) Minor league rehab assignment begins Monday
Marlon Byrd, OF, CHI-N - (Face) Could be back July 4-7?
Brian Schneider, C, PHI - (Hamstring) Caught seven innings Sunday, could return Friday
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL - (Oblique) Expected to come off DL on Wednesday
Mark DeRosa, OF, SF - (Wrist) Has started to hit off a tee
Tommy Hanson, P, ATL - (Shoulder) Could return from the DL as soon as he is eligible June 28

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

Activated
Jeff Niemann, P, TB

Placed on DL
Chris Coghlan, OF, FLA

Recalled
Michael Kohn, P, ANA
Jose Ceda, P, FLA

Sent Down
Sean Burroughs, 3B, AZ
Vin Mazzaro, P, KC
Daniel Ray Herrera, P, MIL
Brad Davis, C, FLA
Andrew Romine, SS, ANA
Brad Hand, P, FLA

Signed
Tim Redding, P, PHI (minor league deal)

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (check out our Closer Grid with the link to the left).

LA - Javy Guerra picked up a flawless save against the Astros on Sunday, which was the same day that Hong-Chih Kuo came off the disabled list. Kuo was supposed to immediately inherit the Dodgers' closer role, but it looks like Guerra is still in the mix. The situation could become messier once Jonathan Broxton returns.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Miguel Olivo - C SEA @ WAS
6/21 7:05 PM
Livan Hernandez 8-23 .348 2 5 6 0 3 .739 .348 1.087
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA @ WAS
6/21 7:05 PM
Livan Hernandez 6-10 .600 1 1 2 1 0 .900 .636 1.536
Bobby Abreu - OF LAA @ FLA
6/21 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 18-45 .400 8 11 13 6 7 1.022 .471 1.493
Russell Branyan - 1B LAA @ FLA
6/21 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 4-11 .364 4 4 5 2 3 1.455 .500 1.955
Hunter Pence - OF HOU @ TEX
6/21 8:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 4-10 .400 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .455 .955
Reed Johnson - OF CHC @ CWS
6/21 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 10-27 .370 0 3 1 0 3 .481 .370 .851
Johnny Damon - OF TB @ MIL
6/21 8:10 PM
Zack Greinke 8-25 .320 0 3 2 3 5 .480 .393 .873
Andre Ethier - OF LAD vs DET
6/21 10:10 PM
Max Scherzer 5-12 .417 0 1 1 2 1 .500 .500 1.000
Pat Burrell - OF SF vs MIN
6/21 10:15 PM
Carl Pavano 6-22 .273 1 4 7 5 3 .545 .407 .952
Miguel Tejada - SS SF vs MIN
6/21 10:15 PM
Carl Pavano 5-12 .417 1 2 3 1 2 .833 .429 1.262
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Ervin Santana LAA @ FLA
6/21 7:10 PM
Marlins Batters 15-73 .205 2 6 9 2 13 .341 .248 .589
Zack Greinke MIL vs TB
6/21 8:10 PM
Rays Batters 23-114 .202 2 8 6 7 35 .329 .259 .588

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jack Wilson - SS SEA @ WAS
6/21 7:05 PM
Livan Hernandez 4-17 .235 0 0 3 0 2 .235 .235 .470
John Buck - C FLA vs LAA
6/21 7:10 PM
Ervin Santana 1-14 .071 1 1 1 1 3 .286 .188 .474
Jose Lopez - 3B FLA vs LAA
6/21 7:10 PM
Ervin Santana 12-54 .222 1 4 6 1 10 .333 .250 .583
Torii Hunter - OF LAA @ FLA
6/21 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 10-46 .217 2 4 7 2 10 .391 .250 .641
Jason Bartlett - SS SD @ BOS
6/21 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett 9-33 .273 0 2 2 1 6 .333 .286 .619
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ CWS
6/21 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 5-33 .152 1 1 2 0 7 .242 .147 .389
Alexis Rios - OF CWS vs CHC
6/21 8:10 PM
Matt Garza 4-21 .190 0 1 0 2 2 .286 .261 .547
Mark Teahen - 3B CWS vs CHC
6/21 8:10 PM
Matt Garza 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 4 .182 .250 .432
Billy Butler - 1B KC vs ARI
6/21 8:10 PM
Joe Saunders 1-10 .100 0 0 0 4 1 .100 .357 .457
Casey Kotchman - 1B TB @ MIL
6/21 8:10 PM
Zack Greinke 0-11 .000 0 0 1 1 4 .000 .077 .077
Evan Longoria - 3B TB @ MIL
6/21 8:10 PM
Zack Greinke 2-13 .154 1 1 1 0 2 .385 .154 .539
Kelly Shoppach - C TB @ MIL
6/21 8:10 PM
Zack Greinke 0-11 .000 0 0 0 1 7 .000 .083 .083
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ MIL
6/21 8:10 PM
Zack Greinke 3-16 .188 0 1 0 0 6 .250 .235 .485
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ MIL
6/21 8:10 PM
Zack Greinke 3-14 .214 0 1 0 1 6 .357 .267 .624
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET @ LAD
6/21 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 0-12 .000 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .077 .077
Matt Kemp - OF LAD vs DET
6/21 10:10 PM
Max Scherzer 0-13 .000 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Livan Hernandez WAS vs Sea
6/21 7:05 PM
Mariners Batters 27-74 .365 4 10 13 5 8 .620 .405 1.025
Javier Vazquez FLA vs LAA
6/21 7:10 PM
Angels Batters 50-174 .287 17 26 33 11 32 .654 .332 .987
 

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

Recommended Pickup

Alcides Escobar, SS, KC - For pretty much the entirety of his major league career, Escobar has had the reputation of being a glove-first, glove-second, bat-10th sort of guy, and it looks like he is in prime position to earn a Gold Glove in his first AL season (he ranks first among AL shortstops in range factor, assists and putouts and third in fielding percentage). So it would be understandable if you had not noticed that Escobar has tallied more hits (22) than outs (21) over his last 12 games, which is good for a .512 batting average and .543 OBP in 43 at-bats. The increased on-base opportunities has permitted him to nab six bags over that span and score 11 runs. While it would be totally unrealistic to expect him to hit anywhere near this level going forward, it looks like his bat is no longer a guaranteed hole in the lineup and shortstop is one of the few positions at which the Royals do not have a hot-shot prospect waiting in the wings.

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