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Saturday Lineup Card: Time to Get a New Car-rasco

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)

Rockies (Aaron Cook - R) at Yankees (CC Sabathia - L), 1:05
Angels (Tyler Chatwood - R) at Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 4:10
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) at Giants (Matt Cain - R), 4:10
Mets (Jonathon Niese - L) at Rangers (Alexi Ogando - R), 4:10
Nationals (Tom Gorzelanny - L) at White Sox (John Danks - L), 4:10
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R) at Tigers (Justin Verlander - R), 7:05
Red Sox (Tim Wakefield - R) at Pirates (Jeff Karstens - R), 7:05
Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R) at Orioles (Brian Matusz - R), 7:05
A’s (Trevor Cahill - R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels - L), 7:05
Rays (Wade Davis - R) at Astros (Bud Norris - R), 7:05
Cubs (Carlos Zambrano - R) at Royals (Danny Duffy - L), 7:10
Twins (Francisco Liriano - L) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Carlos Villanueva - R) at Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L), 7:15
Braves (Jair Jurrjens - R) at Padres (Dustin Moseley - R), 8:35
Marlins (Chris Volstad - R) at Mariners (Jason Vargas - L), 10:10

Day game after a night game: COL, NYY, LAA, LAD, CLE, SF, NYM, TEX, WAS, CWS

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)
Josh Beckett, SP, BOS - (Illness) Expected to start Tuesday
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (Back) Returned to the lineup Friday
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B, MIN - (Hamstring) Returned to the lineup Friday
Hunter Pence, OF, HOU - (Elbow) Returned to the lineup Friday
J.R. Towles, C, HOU - (Leg) Returned to the lineup Friday
Marco Scutaro, SS, BOS - (Illness) Returned to the lineup Friday
Brandon Inge, 3B, DET - (Illness) Returned to the lineup Friday
Chris Capuano, SP, NYM - (Abdomen) Still sore; will throw bullpen session Sunday
Laynce Nix, OF, WAS - (Achilles) Returned to the lineup Friday
J.P. Howell, RP, TB - (Foot) Available Friday after leaving team Wednesday to get injury checked out
Carlos Quentin, OF, CWS - Scratched from Friday’s lineup due to personal reasons

Players on the DL
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY - (Hamstring) Has yet to begin running; may be out beyond minimum 15 days
Bartolo Colon, P, NYY - (Hamstring) Threw off a mound Friday
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS - (Back) Threw off flat ground Friday; team hopes to activate him July 4
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN - (Wrist) Will undergo neck surgery and be out until at least August
Jason Kubel, OF, MIN - (Foot) Could be activated before the end of the weekend
Jim Thome, DH, MIN - (Back) Still sore, but could be activated after Friday’s game
Kevin Slowey, P, MIN - (Abdome) Will throw a couple innings in rehab outing Saturday
Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS - (Shoulder) Will likely need a few weeks to recover completely
Bobby Jenks, RP, BOS - (Back) Will begin rehab assignment Tuesday
Mike Napoli, C, TEX - (Oblique) Reported no pain after taking swings Friday
Tommy Hunter, P, TEX - (Groin) Made another rehab appearance Friday
Darren O’Day, P, TEX - (Hip) Will make rehab appearances Friday and Saturday
Brandon McCarthy, P, OAK - (Shoulder) Will make another rehab start Tuesday
Rich Harden, P, OAK - (Shoulder) Will make second rehab start Saturday
Tyson Ross, P, OAK - (Oblique) Will throw a simulated game Saturday; on track to return after All-Star break
Chien-Ming Wang, P, WAS - (Shoulder) Scheduled to make rehab start Monday
Alfredo Simon, P, BAL - (Hamstring) Will make rehab appearance Sunday
Jake Arrieta, SP, BAL - (Elbow) Expected to throw side sessions Friday and Saturday

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)
Roy Oswalt, SP, PHI

Activated from DL
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
Joe Nathan, RP, MIN
Bruce Chen, P, KC
Brian Schneider, C, PHI

Called Up
Chase d’Arnaud, SS, PIT
Shelley Duncan, OF, CLE
Ryan Perry, RP, DET
Scott Atchison, RP, BOS
Scott Mathieson, RP, PHI

Sent Down
James Hoey, P, MIN
Eric Hurley, P, TEX
Dane Sardinha, C, PHI
Everett Teaford, P, KC

Released
J.C. Romero

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

New York (NL) - After blowing his previous two opportunities, Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 20th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Thursday’s game. Rodriguez has been fairly hittable lately - 11 of the 13 runs he has allowed have come in his last 12 outings - but he is not in any real danger of losing the closer’s role for the Mets.

Minnesota - Joe Nathan was activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, but Matt Capps remains the Twins’ closer. Nathan will join the middle relief corps initially.

San Francisco - Despite giving up his first run since May 18, Wilson was able to close out Thursday’s game and secure a 2-1 victory for the Giants. Wilson has allowed a lot more runners this year than last - 1.44 WHIP in 2011 compared to 1.18 in 2010 - but he has still been able to notch 21 saves and five victories while posting a respectable 2.65 ERA.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Orlando Cabrera - SS CLE @ SF
6/25 4:10 PM
Matt Cain 3-13 .231 2 3 3 2 0 .769 .333 1.102
Vladimir Guerrero - DH BAL vs CIN
6/25 7:05 PM
Bronson Arroyo 4-14 .286 0 2 3 3 2 .500 .412 .912
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs CIN
6/25 7:05 PM
Bronson Arroyo 7-26 .269 4 4 6 0 2 .731 .269 1.000
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL vs CIN
6/25 7:05 PM
Bronson Arroyo 4-11 .364 1 2 3 1 2 .727 .417 1.144
Luke Scott - DH BAL vs CIN
6/25 7:05 PM
Bronson Arroyo 4-15 .267 2 4 7 1 3 .933 .294 1.227
Lyle Overbay - 1B PIT vs BOS
6/25 7:05 PM
Tim Wakefield 9-27 .333 1 3 5 3 5 .519 .400 .919
Lance Berkman - 1B STL vs TOR
6/25 7:15 PM
Carlos Villanueva 5-18 .278 2 4 3 1 5 .722 .350 1.072
Orlando Hudson - 2B SD vs ATL
6/25 8:35 PM
Jair Jurrjens 4-11 .364 1 2 4 3 2 .818 .500 1.318
Ryan Ludwick - OF SD vs ATL
6/25 8:35 PM
Jair Jurrjens 6-15 .400 0 2 0 1 2 .533 .438 .971
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Francisco Liriano MIN @ MIL
6/25 7:10 PM
Brewers Batters 17-73 .233 1 4 9 4 22 .308 .274 .582

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jason Giambi - 1B COL @ NYY
6/25 1:05 PM
CC Sabathia 2-13 .154 0 0 5 3 3 .154 .294 .448
Andruw Jones - OF NYY vs COL
6/25 1:05 PM
Aaron Cook 2-12 .167 0 1 1 0 1 .250 .231 .481
Russell Martin - C NYY vs COL
6/25 1:05 PM
Aaron Cook 1-18 .056 0 0 1 2 3 .056 .143 .199
Austin Kearns - OF CLE @ SF
6/25 4:10 PM
Matt Cain 3-14 .214 0 0 0 1 3 .214 .267 .481
Juan Pierre - OF CWS vs WAS
6/25 4:10 PM
Tom Gorzelanny 1-13 .077 0 0 0 0 1 .077 .143 .220
Willie Bloomquist - OF ARI @ DET
6/25 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 6 .300 .200 .500
Melvin Mora - 3B ARI @ DET
6/25 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 2-10 .200 0 0 0 3 0 .200 .385 .585
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC vs CHC
6/25 7:10 PM
Carlos Zambrano 5-25 .200 2 3 9 1 13 .480 .231 .711
Yuniesky Betancourt - SS MIL vs MIN
6/25 7:10 PM
Francisco Liriano 4-20 .200 1 1 3 0 5 .350 .200 .550
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL vs MIN
6/25 7:10 PM
Francisco Liriano 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 5 .091 .091 .182
Yadier Molina - C STL vs TOR
6/25 7:15 PM
Carlos Villanueva 2-16 .125 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .176 .301
Ryan Theriot - SS STL vs TOR
6/25 7:15 PM
Carlos Villanueva 2-13 .154 0 1 0 2 1 .231 .267 .498
Nick Hundley - C SD vs ATL
6/25 8:35 PM
Jair Jurrjens 2-10 .200 0 0 1 2 2 .200 .333 .533
Cameron Maybin - OF SD vs ATL
6/25 8:35 PM
Jair Jurrjens 2-12 .167 0 0 0 1 1 .167 .231 .398
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Bronson Arroyo CIN @ Bal
6/25 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 27-103 .262 9 15 28 12 20 .601 .339 .940
Jair Jurrjens ATL @ SD
6/25 8:35 PM
Padres Batters 22-75 .293 2 8 6 10 14 .484 .377 .860
 

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

Recommended Pickup

Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE - The Indians have gotten strong performances from their young pitchers this season - Justin Masterson has a 3.18 ERA and Josh Tomlin already has nine wins - but Carrasco has been the most impressive of late. Over his last seven outings, Carrasco has posted a 6-1 record to go along with a 2.80 ERA and 29:10 BB:K ratio over 45 innings. Carrasco is not a big strikeout guy, but he has done a good job avoiding blow-ups, allowing more than three runs in a game just three times since Opening Day and giving up just four home runs on the season. Carrasco’s consistency, recent numbers, and the quality Indians team he plays for make him a potential add if you are looking for starting pitching help.

Other recent recommendations: Alexi Casilla, Jeff Keppinger, Mike Adams, Alcides Escobar, Andrew Miller

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Draft Street Lineup

C - Victor Martinez, DET ($7,156)
1B - Prince Fielder, MIL ($7,047)
2B - Rickie Weeks, MIL ($8,067)
3B - Mark Reynolds, BAL ($5,504)
SS - J.J. Hardy, BAL ($8,588)
OF - Matt Kemp, LAD ($9,452)
OF - Andrew McCutchen, PIT ($7,587)
OF - Josh Hamilton, TEX ($7,152)
UTIL - Jay Bruce, CIN ($6,491)
UTIL - Luke Scott, BAL ($4,355)
SP - Francisco Liriano, MIN ($12,389)
SP - Dustin Moseley, SD ($7,427)
RP - Carlos Marmol, CHC ($2,613)
P - Chris Volstad, FLA ($6,139)

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