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Saturday Lineup Card: Make a Move For Mujica

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

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

Astros (Wandy Rodriguez - L) at Cubs (Randy Wells - R), 1:05
A’s (Rich Harden - R) at Yankees (A.J. Burnett - R), 1:05
Braves (Derek Lowe - R) at Reds (Homer Bailey - R), 4:10
Tigers (Brad Penny - R) at Twins (Scott Baker - R), 4:10
Padres (Mat Latos - R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R), 4:10
Angels (Joel Pineiro - R) at Orioles (Brad Bergesen - R), 7:05
White Sox (Edwin Jackson - R) at Indians (David Huff - L), 7:05
Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L) at Pirates (Kevin Correia - R), 7:05
Mets (Chris Capuano - L) at Marlins (Clay Hensley - R), 7:10
Mariners (Blake Beavan - R) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett - R), 7:10
Rays (Jeff Niemann - R) at Royals (Jeff Francis - L), 7:10
Blue Jays (Carlos Villanueva - R) at Rangers (Matt Harrison - L), 8:05
Rockies (Jason Hammel - R) at Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R), 8:10
Brewers (Randy Wolf - L) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 9:05
Nationals (Tom Gorzelanny - L) at Dodgers (Ted Lilly - L), 10:10

Day game after a night game: OAK, NYY, ATL, CIN, DET, MIN, SD, PHI

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

Day-to-Day
David Ortiz, DH, BOS - (Suspension) Returned to the starting lineup Friday
Adam Dunn, 1B, CWS - (Knee) Returned to the starting lineup Friday
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF - (Quad) Returned to the starting lineup Friday
Jason Bay, OF, NYM - (Hamstring) Did not start Friday for the second straight day
Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL - (Calf) Noticed significant improvement Friday; could return Saturday if he feels even better
Chase Headley, 3B, SD - (Calf) Returned to the starting lineup Friday
Orlando Hudson, 2B, SD - (Head) Did not start Friday; remains day-to-day
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE - (Fatigue) Returned to the starting lineup Friday
Kyle Lohse, SP, STL - (Finger) Cleared to make scheduled start Sunday
Kevin Gregg, RP, BAL - (Suspension) Reinstated after missing three games; was available out of the bullpen Friday
Eric Thames, OF, TOR - (Ankle) Started Friday’s game
Ryan Theriot, SS, STL - (Suspension) Returned to the starting lineup Friday
Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL - (Finger) Did not start Friday
Scott Sizemore, 3B, OAK - (Face) Returned to the starting lineup Friday
Jay Bruce, OF, CIN - Did not start Friday after experiencing dizziness earlier in the day; considered day-to-day
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX - Exited Friday’s game with a strained left hamstring; will undergo MRI Saturday

Players on the DL
Buster Posey, C, SF - (Leg) Had screws removed from ankle Friday
Johan Santana, SP, NYM - (Shoulder) Will throw bullpen session Sunday
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL - (Knee) Will work out this weekend, but will not begin rehab assignment until next week
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS - (Back) Threw on flat ground Friday without setback
Roy Oswalt, SP, PHI - (Back) Threw three innings in simulated game Friday
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Concussion) Suffered another migraine and did not work out Friday
Eric Bedard, SP, SEA - (Knee) Will throw two innings in simulated game Saturday
Jonathan Sanchez, SP, SF - (Biceps) Made rehab start Friday
Rafael Soriano, RP, NYY - (Elbow) Could rejoin Yankees on Wednesday or Thursday
David Aardsma, RP, SEA - (Elbow) Underwent successful Tommy John surgery Friday
Denard Span OF, MIN - (Concussion) Has yet to play full game during rehab assignment
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA - (Hamstring) Set to be activated Saturday
Ivan Rodriguez, C, WAS - (Oblique) Suffered setback during the week; will undergo further tests
Ryan Doumit, C, PIT - (Ankle) Began rehab assignment Friday
Alex White, P, CLE - (Finger) Felt good after throwing bullpen session Friday; will likely begin rehab assignment soon
Brandon Webb, P, TEX - (Shoulder) Will undergo rotator cuff surgery August 1, which will end his season
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL - (Shoulder) Will undergo surgery Monday; could return before the end of the season
Ross Ohlendorf, P, PIT - (Shoulder) Will make rehab start Sunday with Double-A Altoona
Bill Hall, 2B, SF - (Leg) Will begin rehab assignment Sunday
Cesar Izturis, SS, BAL - (Elbow) Will play two more rehab games this weekend; set to be activated Tuesday
Brandon Kintzler, RP, MIL - (Forearm) Will have screw inserted into his arm Tuesday to help heal stress fracture

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)
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN

Activated from DL
David Wright, 3B, NYM
Brad Lidge, RP, PHI
Jason Kubel, OF, MIN
Kevin Slowey, P, MIN - optioned to Triple-A
Wade Davis, P, TB
Jose Arredondo, RP, CIN
Steve Pearce, 1B, PIT
Jason Bourgeois, OF, HOU
Luke Scott, OF, BAL
Ronny Cedeno, SS, PIT
Fernando Rodney, RP, LAA

Called Up
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
Kyle Blanks, OF, SD
Eric Young, Jr., 2B, COL
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
Cristhian Martinez, RP, ATL

Sent Down
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, SD
Brian Bogusevic, OF, HOU
Dane De La Rosa, P, TB
Cory Gearrin, RP, ATL
Jeremy Horst, RP, CIN
Trevor Bell, P, LAA
Chris Leroux, RP, PIT
Matt Angle, OF, BAL
Scott Diamond, P, MIN

Designated For Assignment
Nick Evans, 1B, NYM
Danys Baez, RP, PHI

Signed
Aaron Heilman, P - minor league deal with PHI

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

Atlanta - Craig Kimbrel has been nothing but a fantasy beast over the last few weeks. In 17.0 innings since June 14, Kimbrel has given up four hits, walked six, and struck out 29 batters. He has also picked up 12 saves since that date, giving him a league-leading 30 for the season. Kimbrel is making a strong push for the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

Los Angeles (AL) - Jordan Walden struggled a bit at the end of June, but he has been lights out in the month of July. In 5.1 innings over six appearances, Walden has allowed just three hits while posting a 4:0 K:BB ratio. He has also picked up a win and five saves, the most recent which came Thursday to lock up a 1-0 victory over the streaking Rangers. Walden’s job is plenty secure.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jeff Baker - 2B CHC vs HOU
7/23 1:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 7-14 .500 0 4 3 1 2 .786 .533 1.319
Geovany Soto - C CHC vs HOU
7/23 1:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 7-16 .438 1 1 2 4 3 .625 .571 1.196
Hunter Pence - OF HOU @ CHC
7/23 1:05 PM
Randy Wells 6-14 .429 1 2 3 4 0 .714 .556 1.270
Derek Jeter - SS NYY vs OAK
7/23 1:05 PM
Rich Harden 6-16 .375 0 2 1 4 3 .500 .500 1.000
Ryan Sweeney - OF OAK @ NYY
7/23 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 5-13 .385 1 2 2 1 2 .692 .429 1.121
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET @ MIN
7/23 4:10 PM
Scott Baker 9-28 .321 2 4 6 3 7 .607 .375 .982
Carlos Guillen - 2B DET @ MIN
7/23 4:10 PM
Scott Baker 11-30 .367 1 4 3 2 5 .600 .424 1.024
Magglio Ordonez - OF DET @ MIN
7/23 4:10 PM
Scott Baker 23-49 .469 2 7 11 1 1 .714 .480 1.194
Derrek Lee - 1B BAL vs LAA
7/23 7:05 PM
Joel Pineiro 7-13 .538 1 4 1 0 1 1.000 .538 1.538
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL vs LAA
7/23 7:05 PM
Joel Pineiro 3-11 .273 1 1 4 1 3 .545 .333 .878
Travis Hafner - DH CLE vs CWS
7/23 7:05 PM
Edwin Jackson 7-20 .350 2 2 3 4 5 .650 .458 1.108
Vernon Wells - OF LAA @ BAL
7/23 7:05 PM
Brad Bergesen 8-18 .444 0 2 1 0 0 .556 .421 .977
Albert Pujols - 1B STL @ PIT
7/23 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 5-15 .333 0 1 2 5 4 .400 .500 .900
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL @ PIT
7/23 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 6-13 .462 0 2 1 2 2 .615 .533 1.148
Ryan Theriot - SS STL @ PIT
7/23 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 5-11 .455 0 0 0 3 0 .455 .571 1.026
Rafael Furcal - SS LAD vs WAS
7/23 10:10 PM
Tom Gorzelanny 7-15 .467 0 0 2 1 3 .467 .500 .967
Aaron Miles - 2B LAD vs WAS
7/23 10:10 PM
Tom Gorzelanny 9-21 .429 0 1 1 2 0 .476 .478 .954
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ LAD
7/23 10:10 PM
Ted Lilly 4-15 .267 1 1 3 3 7 .467 .389 .856
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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A.J. Burnett NYY vs OAK
7/23 1:05 PM
Athletics Batters 19-92 .206 2 4 8 11 18 .293 .291 .584
Derek Lowe ATL @ CIN
7/23 4:10 PM
Reds Batters 16-72 .222 1 6 4 7 9 .346 .299 .645
Josh Beckett BOS vs SEA
7/23 7:10 PM
Mariners Batters 21-95 .221 1 5 5 7 31 .295 .274 .570
Jason Hammel COL @ ARI
7/23 8:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 17-78 .218 1 2 9 7 17 .258 .287 .545
Randy Wolf MIL @ SF
7/23 9:05 PM
Giants Batters 17-87 .195 4 7 10 6 13 .387 .247 .634

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Marlon Byrd - OF CHC vs HOU
7/23 1:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 5-25 .200 1 3 5 1 2 .400 .231 .631
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs HOU
7/23 1:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 3-29 .103 1 1 4 3 9 .207 .188 .395
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs OAK
7/23 1:05 PM
Rich Harden 2-11 .182 0 1 1 1 1 .273 .231 .504
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ NYY
7/23 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-19 .105 1 1 3 1 4 .263 .150 .413
David DeJesus - OF OAK @ NYY
7/23 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-11 .182 0 0 1 2 0 .182 .308 .490
Hideki Matsui - DH OAK @ NYY
7/23 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-17 .176 0 0 0 3 4 .176 .300 .476
Ramon Hernandez - C CIN vs ATL
7/23 4:10 PM
Derek Lowe 3-17 .176 0 0 0 0 0 .176 .176 .352
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs ATL
7/23 4:10 PM
Derek Lowe 1-11 .091 0 1 1 1 2 .182 .167 .349
Edgar Renteria - SS CIN vs ATL
7/23 4:10 PM
Derek Lowe 2-13 .154 0 0 1 1 3 .154 .214 .368
Jim Thome - DH MIN vs DET
7/23 4:10 PM
Brad Penny 2-12 .167 1 1 2 0 5 .417 .167 .584
Ryan Ludwick - OF SD @ PHI
7/23 4:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 1-11 .091 1 1 3 0 1 .364 .091 .455
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs LAA
7/23 7:05 PM
Joel Pineiro 3-16 .188 0 1 0 2 2 .250 .278 .528
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs CWS
7/23 7:05 PM
Edwin Jackson 4-26 .154 1 3 3 1 8 .346 .179 .525
Yadier Molina - C STL @ PIT
7/23 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 2-12 .167 0 0 1 2 1 .167 .286 .453
Hanley Ramirez - SS FLA vs NYM
7/23 7:10 PM
Chris Capuano 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 2 .083 .083 .166
Billy Butler - 1B KC vs TB
7/23 7:10 PM
Jeff Niemann 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Jose Reyes - SS NYM @ FLA
7/23 7:10 PM
Clay Hensley 2-10 .200 0 1 1 0 3 .300 .200 .500
David Wright - 3B NYM @ FLA
7/23 7:10 PM
Clay Hensley 3-14 .214 0 1 1 0 4 .286 .214 .500
Jack Cust - DH SEA @ BOS
7/23 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett 2-10 .200 0 1 1 2 5 .300 .333 .633
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA @ BOS
7/23 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett 5-24 .208 0 0 1 0 7 .208 .208 .416
Justin Upton - OF ARI vs COL
7/23 8:10 PM
Jason Hammel 2-12 .167 1 1 4 2 5 .417 .286 .703
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF vs MIL
7/23 9:05 PM
Randy Wolf 2-11 .182 0 0 2 1 2 .182 .250 .432
Jerry Hairston Jr. - SS WAS @ LAD
7/23 10:10 PM
Ted Lilly 2-16 .125 0 1 0 1 2 .188 .176 .364
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ LAD
7/23 10:10 PM
Ted Lilly 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 6 .167 .167 .334
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Scott Baker MIN vs Det
7/23 4:10 PM
Tigers Batters 82-240 .342 9 30 35 14 42 .552 .380 .932
Kevin Correia PIT vs StL
7/23 7:05 PM
Cardinals Batters 32-106 .302 2 11 12 19 13 .451 .413 .864
Tom Gorzelanny WAS @ LAD
7/23 10:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 29-85 .341 0 4 10 5 14 .399 .376 .775
 

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

Recommended Pickup

Edward Mujica, RP, FLA - Though he remains in a setup role for the time being, Mujica can help your fantasy team right now - and he could pay even bigger dividends down the road. Mujica currently owns a 2.85 ERA, a sparkling 0.87 WHIP, and a dominant 35:5 K:BB ratio, but his most impressive stat may be the team-leading eight wins he has picked up in relief. Those numbers make Mujica one of the more valuable non-closers as things stand, and Friday’s announcement that Mujica would take over as the closer if Leo Nunez is traded means he could become much more valuable, and much less available, by the end of July. Mujica is only owned in a few leagues, so if are still looking for potential closers, he is worth a speculative add if you have an open roster spot.

Other recent recommendations: Cameron Maybin, Travis Snider, Jose Altuve, Joe Nathan, Mark Ellis

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Draft Street Lineup

C -Miguel Montero, AZ ($6,047)
1B - Ryan Howard, PHI ($5,216)
2B - Robinson Cano, NYY ($6,956)
3B - Evan Longoria, TB ($6,488)
SS - Hanley Ramirez, FLA ($8,448)
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