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Monday Lineup Card: Johnny Be Good

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

White Sox (John Danks - L) at Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie - R), 7:05
Royals (Luke Hochevar - R) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R), 7:10
Red Sox (Tim Wakefield - R) at Twins (Scott Baker - R), 7:10
Braves (Derek Lowe - R) at Marlins (Brad Hand - L), 7:10
Padres (Tim Stauffer - R) at Mets (Mike Pelfrey - R), 7:10
Rockies (Jason Hammel - R) at Reds (Homer Bailey - R), 7:10
Mariners (Charlie Furbush - L) at Rangers (Matt Harrison - L), 8:05
Nationals (Chien-Ming Wang - R) at Cubs (Matt Garza), 8:05
Astros (Wandy Rodriguez - L) at Diamondbacks (Dan Hudson - R), 9:40
Phillies (Roy Halladay - R) at Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 10:10
Pirates (Charlie Morton - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 10:15

Day game after a night game: None

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

Day-to-Day
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK - (Calf) Strained calf Saturday; missed Sunday’s game.
Conor Jackson, OF, OAK - (Back) Got Sunday off to try and recoup in time for Tuesday’s game.
Victor Martinez, C, DET - (Knee) Suffered minor injury Saturday; sat out of Sunday’s game.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL - (Ankle) Out of Sunday’s lineup for third game in a row, but hopes to return Monday.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL - (Shoulder) Eying a Monday return to lineup.
Melky Cabrera, OF, KC - (Ankle) Out of Sunday’s lineup.
Jon Rauch, P, TOR - (Knee) Unavailable Sunday due to irritation in knee.
Craig Breslow, P, OAK - (Shoulder) Dealing with knot in shoulder.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA - (Thumb) Showing improvement; should be back Monday or Tuesday.
Brendan Ryan, SS, SEA - (Shoulder) Could return to lineup Monday.
Cesar Izturis, SS, BAL - (Groin) Left Sunday’s game with strain.
Derrek Lee, 1B, PIT - (Hand) Missed Sunday’s game.
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL - (Quadriceps) Not in Sunday’s lineup.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA - (Shoulder) Not in Sunday’s lineup.
Corey Hart, OF, MIL - (Hand) X-rays negative but missed Sunday’s game.
Yonder Alonso, 1B, CIN - (Ankle) Not in Sunday’s lineup after stepping on sprinkler.
Dee Gordon, SS, LAD - (Shoulder) Not in Sunday’s lineup but should not be out for long.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN - (Ankle) Sore after Saturday’s collision; did not play Sunday.
Miguel Cairo, 3B, CIN - (Oblique) Soreness keep him out of Sunday’s game.
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI - (Hip) Out Sunday, and likely a few more days.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM - (Lower Leg) Took cleat to leg Sunday; left game.
Jose Reyes, SS, NYM - (Hamstring) Underwent MRI Sunday.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD - (Finger) Will reportedly miss 4-to-6 weeks.

Players on the DL
J.D. Drew, OF, BOS - (Shoulder) Hit off a tee Friday; no rehab assignment announced yet.
Carlos Villanueva, P, TOR - (Elbow) No structural damage in MRI but could still be out for season.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CLE - (Thumb) Will begin rehab Monday.
Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS - (Shoulder) Will be activated Monday; will open in a timeshare with Marco Scutaro.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX - (Hamstring) Aggravated injury; out three more weeks.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY - (Knee) Not likely to be suspended for poker game incident.
Alexander Cobb - (Hand) Tested negative for blood clots in hand, so injury is still a mystery.
Ryan Spilborghs, OF, COL - (Foot) Heel injury could explain recent struggles.
Juan Nicasio, P, COL - (Head) Out for season following neck surgery.
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN - (Oblique) Placed on DL; Dave Sappelt steps in.
Nick Hundley, C, SD - (Elbow) Likely to return next weekend.
Barry Zito, P, SF - (Foot) Will start rehab Monday; however, no spot in rotation for him right now.

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)
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN
Alex Cobb, P, TB

Activated from the DL
Roy Oswalt, P, PHI

Called Up
David Sappelt, OF, CIN
Josh Roenicke, P, COL
Cesar Ramos, P, TB

Sent Down
Juan Perez, P, PHI
Greg Reynolds, P, COL

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (also check out our Closer Grid)
Los Angeles (NL) - Scott Elbert picked up Saturday’s save with Javy Guerra getting a day off. Guerra still looks like the closer, but he had pitched two of the previous three days.

Texas - Pitching for the third day in a row, Neftali Felz surrendered three runs and retired just two batters while blowing Saturday’s save against the Indians. His job does not appear threatened, but the Rangers did acquire Koji Uehara and Mike Adams at the deadline. One of those two would be next in line.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ BAL
8/8 7:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 3-12 .250 1 1 3 0 2 .500 .357 .857
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ BAL
8/8 7:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 6-26 .231 3 4 4 2 4 .615 .276 .891
Alexis Rios - OF CWS @ BAL
8/8 7:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 11-35 .314 2 3 5 2 2 .514 .368 .882
Carl Crawford - OF BOS @ MIN
8/8 7:10 PM
Scott Baker 7-17 .412 1 3 1 2 3 .706 .474 1.180
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS @ MIN
8/8 7:10 PM
Scott Baker 5-12 .417 0 1 0 0 2 .500 .417 .917
Ramon Hernandez - C CIN vs COL
8/8 7:10 PM
Jason Hammel 9-17 .529 0 6 4 0 1 .941 .529 1.470
Drew Stubbs - OF CIN vs COL
8/8 7:10 PM
Jason Hammel 3-10 .300 1 3 2 0 5 .800 .300 1.100
Hanley Ramirez - SS FLA vs ATL
8/8 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 14-26 .538 1 7 3 5 4 .885 .613 1.498
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs BOS
8/8 7:10 PM
Tim Wakefield 5-14 .357 1 1 3 1 0 .571 .438 1.009
Denard Span - OF MIN vs BOS
8/8 7:10 PM
Tim Wakefield 4-10 .400 0 3 4 0 0 .700 .455 1.155
Orlando Hudson - 2B SD @ NYM
8/8 7:10 PM
Mike Pelfrey 5-10 .500 0 2 2 2 1 .700 .583 1.283
Carlos Pena - 1B CHC vs WAS
8/8 8:05 PM
Chien-Ming Wang 6-16 .375 1 4 7 1 6 .750 .389 1.139
Casey Blake - 3B LAD vs PHI
8/8 10:10 PM
Roy Halladay 7-17 .412 1 3 5 3 4 .706 .500 1.206
Jamey Carroll - 2B LAD vs PHI
8/8 10:10 PM
Roy Halladay 4-12 .333 0 1 0 1 3 .500 .385 .885
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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John Danks CWS @ BAL
8/8 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 26-120 .217 4 11 11 4 20 .388 .242 .629
Hiroki Kuroda LAD vs PHI
8/8 10:10 PM
Phillies Batters 9-68 .132 0 2 2 6 13 .172 .203 .374

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Vladimir Guerrero - DH BAL vs CWS
8/8 7:05 PM
John Danks 4-24 .167 2 3 2 0 3 .458 .167 .625
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs CWS
8/8 7:05 PM
John Danks 1-18 .056 0 0 0 1 3 .056 .105 .161
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs CWS
8/8 7:05 PM
John Danks 1-12 .083 1 1 2 0 2 .333 .083 .416
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ BAL
8/8 7:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 1-16 .063 0 1 0 4 2 .125 .250 .375
Omar Vizquel - 3B CWS @ BAL
8/8 7:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 1-13 .077 0 0 0 0 2 .077 .077 .154
Mike Aviles - 2B BOS @ MIN
8/8 7:10 PM
Scott Baker 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .400
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ MIN
8/8 7:10 PM
Scott Baker 2-12 .167 0 0 0 1 4 .167 .231 .398
Kevin Youkilis - 1B BOS @ MIN
8/8 7:10 PM
Scott Baker 2-11 .182 1 1 2 2 1 .455 .308 .763
Alfredo Amezaga - OF FLA vs ATL
8/8 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 1-11 .091 0 1 0 3 0 .182 .286 .468
Emilio Bonifacio - OF FLA vs ATL
8/8 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 2-15 .133 0 0 0 2 3 .133 .235 .368
Wes Helms - 3B FLA vs ATL
8/8 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200
Michael Cuddyer - OF MIN vs BOS
8/8 7:10 PM
Tim Wakefield 7-26 .269 0 3 3 1 9 .423 .286 .709
Jim Thome - DH MIN vs BOS
8/8 7:10 PM
Tim Wakefield 4-20 .200 1 2 2 1 4 .400 .238 .638
Delmon Young - OF MIN vs BOS
8/8 7:10 PM
Tim Wakefield 3-18 .167 1 2 2 1 5 .389 .211 .600
Johnny Damon - OF TB vs KC
8/8 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 1-13 .077 0 0 0 0 1 .077 .143 .220
Franklin Gutierrez - OF SEA @ TEX
8/8 8:05 PM
Matt Harrison 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .500
Xavier Nady - OF ARI vs HOU
8/8 9:40 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 2-17 .118 1 1 2 1 7 .294 .250 .544
Rod Barajas - C LAD vs PHI
8/8 10:10 PM
Roy Halladay 1-12 .083 1 1 1 0 2 .333 .083 .416
Juan Rivera - OF LAD vs PHI
8/8 10:10 PM
Roy Halladay 0-14 .000 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ LAD
8/8 10:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 0-11 .000 0 0 1 0 4 .000 .000 .000
Hunter Pence - OF PHI @ LAD
8/8 10:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 3-14 .214 0 0 0 1 3 .214 .267 .481
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ LAD
8/8 10:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 2-10 .200 0 1 1 2 2 .300 .333 .633
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
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Jason Hammel COL @ Cin
8/8 7:10 PM
Reds Batters 30-78 .385 1 19 9 3 13 .693 .407 1.100
Tim Wakefield BOS @ Min
8/8 7:10 PM
Twins Batters 32-112 .286 5 14 18 7 20 .523 .335 .858
 
Recommended Pickup

Johnny Giavotella, 2B, KC - The next in a long line of Royals prospects to debut this season, Giavotella seized the second base job after being called up Friday. Giavotella is a contact hitter with some speed upside. He is not the power hitter than Mike Moustakas is, nor is he the future MVP candidate that Eric Hosmer is. However, he can certainly contribute at the shallow second base position and went 5-for-11 with a home run, two RBI, and a stolen base in his first three games. Those in AL-only leagues should target him now, and those in keeper leagues should get ready to make an investment.

Other recent recommendations: Trayvon Robinson, Ivan Nova, Brett Lawrie, Jesus Guzman, Marlon Byrd

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C - Ramon Hernandez, CIN ($5,819)
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SS - Hanley Ramirez, FLA ($5,743)
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