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Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L) at Braves (Tim Hudson – R), 7:00
Twins (Francisco Liriano – L) at Tigers (Rick Porcello – R), 7:05
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R) at Pirates (James McDonald – R), 7:05
Cubs (Rodrigo Lopez – R) at Astros (Henry Sosa – R), 8:05
Dodgers (Ted Lilly – L) at Brewers (Randy Wolf – L), 8:10
Yankees (A.J. Burnett – R) at Royals (Felipe Paulino – R), 8:10
Marlins (Clay Hensley – R) at Rockies (Kevin Millwood – R), 8:40
Orioles (Tommy Hunter – R) at Athletics (Gio Gonzalez – L), 10:05
Mets (R.A. Dickey – R) at Padres (Aaron Harang – R), 10:05
Rangers (Alexi Ogando – R) at Angels (Garrett Richards – R), 10:05
Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez – R) at Mariners (Michael Pineda – R), 10:10

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
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS – (Illness) Missed Sunday’s start, but looks like he will start Monday.
Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW – (Personal) Out due to death in the family; should return Tuesday.
Freddy Garcia, P, NYY – (Finger) Scratched Sunday; Burnett moved up a day to start.
Brennan Boesch, OF, DET – (Thumb) Out of lineup agains Sunday.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE – (Wrist) Missed Sunday’s game; expected back Tuesday.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, MIN – (Neck) Not in Sunday’s lineup.
Denard Span, OF, MIN – (Concussion) May be shut down for the season.
Jeff Mathis, C, LAA – (Hand) Available, but was not in the lineup Sunday after being HBP Saturday.
Conor Jackson, OF, OAK – (Neck) Scratched Sunday.
Brian Wilson, P, SF – (Back) Unavailable Sunday.
Jesus Guzman, 1B, SD – (Elbow) Missed second game in a row Sunday.

Players on the DL
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA – (Nose) Expects to be back in about two weeks.
Mike Pelfrey, P, NYM – (Elbow) Left Saturday’s start after comebacker got him on arm; X-rays negative.
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI – (Hip) Fielded grounders Saturday and thinks he can avoid DL.
Carlos Beltran, OF, SF – (Hand) Remained out Sunday; becoming a concern.
Dontrelle Willis, P, CIN – (Forearm) Left Sunday’s game with soreness.
Humberto Quintero, C, HOU – (Back) Scratched from Sunday’s lineup.
Jason Marquis, P, ARI – (Leg) Fractured fibula in Sunday’s start; will head to DL.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL – (Shoulder) Precautionary day off Sunday.
Xavier Nady, OF, ARI – (Hand) Out 4-to-6 weeks; D’Backs sign Lyle Overbay.
Chase D’Arnaud, 3B, PIT – (Finger) Rehab continues at Triple-A.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL – (Shoulder) Rehab going well; will return this season.
Pat Burrell, OF, SF – (Foot) May be activated in September.
Andrew Cashner, P, CHC – (Shoulder) Threw simulated game; hoping to return this season.
Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL – (Ankle) Took ground balls for first time Sunday; still eying late-August return.
Tommy Hanson, P, ATL – (Shoulder) Placed on DL, but should be able to return when eligible next week.
Jason Castro, C, HOU – (Knee) Won’t return this season.
Kenley Jansen, P, LAA – (Chest) Could start minor league rehab in less than a week.
Barry Zito, P, SF – (Ankle) Sprained ankle in rehab Saturday.
Jose Reyes, SS, NYM – (Hamstring) Won’t return when eligible next week.

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)
Tommy Hanson, SP, ATL
Rajai Davis, OF, TOR

Activated from the DL
Brian McCann, C, ATL
Scott Linebrink, P, ATL

Called Up
Trevor Plouffe, SS, MIN
Will Rhymes, 2B, DET
David Huff, P, CLE
Pat Neshek, P, SD
Osvlado Martinez, SS, FLA
Jose Lopez, 2B, FLA

Sent Down
Logan Morrison, OF, FLA
Blake Tekotte, OF, SD
Anthony Varvaro, P, ATL
Shelley Duncan, OF, CLE

Released
Wes Helms, 3B, FLA

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

Baltimore – Kevin Gregg has been awful and everyone knows it. He managed to allow four hits and walk two without retiring a batter Sunday before Jim Johnson came in to finish things off. The Orioles tried Johnson as the closer last year and did not like the results, but there is nowhere else to turn after the club traded Koji Uehara.

Chicago (AL) – Chris Sale has turned his season around after a slow start. After striking out 13 batters over 11.2 scoreless innings, Sale was given a save opportunity Saturday. He finished off the Royals without a problem, but though he is throwing the ball well, Sergio Santos is as well. The White Sox maintain Santos is the closer.

San Francisco – With Brian Wilson unavailable Sunday due to back pain, Ramon Ramirez stepped in to close things out. Wilson is considered day-to-day.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Carlos Beltran - OF SF @ ATL
8/15 7:00 PM
Tim Hudson 19-61 .311 4 7 13 8 7 .574 .391 .965
Jeff Keppinger - 2B SF @ ATL
8/15 7:00 PM
Tim Hudson 5-10 .500 0 1 0 0 2 .600 .500 1.100
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET vs MIN
8/15 7:05 PM
Francisco Liriano 7-20 .350 2 5 6 2 4 .800 .391 1.191
Victor Martinez - C DET vs MIN
8/15 7:05 PM
Francisco Liriano 8-18 .444 0 5 1 1 5 .722 .474 1.196
Magglio Ordonez - OF DET vs MIN
8/15 7:05 PM
Francisco Liriano 10-26 .385 2 5 11 1 6 .731 .407 1.138
Jason Kubel - OF MIN @ DET
8/15 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 10-20 .500 1 4 2 0 2 .800 .500 1.300
Delmon Young - OF MIN @ DET
8/15 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 6-17 .353 1 2 3 1 3 .588 .389 .977
Juan Rivera - OF LAD @ MIL
8/15 8:10 PM
Randy Wolf 5-14 .357 1 2 1 0 1 .643 .400 1.043
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs LAD
8/15 8:10 PM
Ted Lilly 9-25 .360 2 5 3 1 2 .720 .385 1.105
Corey Hart - OF MIL vs LAD
8/15 8:10 PM
Ted Lilly 6-23 .261 2 5 4 1 5 .652 .292 .944
Casey McGehee - 3B MIL vs LAD
8/15 8:10 PM
Ted Lilly 6-12 .500 0 4 2 0 1 .917 .500 1.417
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs FLA
8/15 8:40 PM
Clay Hensley 6-14 .429 1 3 3 7 1 .786 .619 1.405
Mike Cameron - OF FLA @ COL
8/15 8:40 PM
Kevin Millwood 5-14 .357 1 3 2 1 2 .714 .438 1.152
Jason Bay - OF NYM @ SD
8/15 10:05 PM
Aaron Harang 17-46 .370 5 12 9 1 11 .870 .408 1.278
David Wright - 3B NYM @ SD
8/15 10:05 PM
Aaron Harang 8-12 .667 1 3 5 2 3 1.083 .714 1.797
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK vs BAL
8/15 10:05 PM
Tommy Hunter 5-13 .385 0 2 0 0 0 .538 .385 .923
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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A.J. Burnett NYY @ KC
8/15 8:10 PM
Royals Batters 10-63 .159 1 1 6 4 11 .199 .219 .418
Aaron Harang SD vs NYM
8/15 10:05 PM
Mets Batters 31-92 .337 6 16 16 4 26 .660 .377 1.037

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF @ ATL
8/15 7:00 PM
Tim Hudson 4-20 .200 0 0 3 2 2 .200 .261 .461
Cody Ross - OF SF @ ATL
8/15 7:00 PM
Tim Hudson 4-19 .211 0 0 1 0 5 .211 .211 .422
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF @ ATL
8/15 7:00 PM
Tim Hudson 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 0 .100 .100 .200
Wilson Betemit - 3B DET vs MIN
8/15 7:05 PM
Francisco Liriano 2-11 .182 0 1 1 1 4 .273 .250 .523
Michael Cuddyer - OF MIN @ DET
8/15 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 2-17 .118 1 1 3 2 3 .294 .250 .544
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ DET
8/15 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 2-11 .182 0 1 0 2 2 .273 .308 .581
Carlos Lee - OF HOU vs CHC
8/15 8:05 PM
Rodrigo Lopez 3-19 .158 0 1 2 3 5 .211 .261 .472
Melky Cabrera - OF KC vs NYY
8/15 8:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-16 .125 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .125 .250
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs NYY
8/15 8:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-15 .133 1 1 1 1 4 .333 .235 .568
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL vs LAD
8/15 8:10 PM
Ted Lilly 9-27 .333 1 2 2 1 7 .481 .367 .848
Jerry Hairston Jr. - SS MIL vs LAD
8/15 8:10 PM
Ted Lilly 2-16 .125 0 1 0 1 2 .188 .176 .364
Felipe Lopez - 2B MIL vs LAD
8/15 8:10 PM
Ted Lilly 3-15 .200 1 1 2 0 3 .400 .250 .650
Vladimir Guerrero - DH BAL @ OAK
8/15 10:05 PM
Gio Gonzalez 4-21 .190 0 1 1 1 3 .238 .227 .465
Scott Hairston - OF NYM @ SD
8/15 10:05 PM
Aaron Harang 2-10 .200 0 1 0 1 4 .300 .273 .573
Ronny Paulino - C NYM @ SD
8/15 10:05 PM
Aaron Harang 2-13 .154 0 0 1 0 6 .154 .154 .308
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Francisco Liriano MIN @ Det
8/15 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters 47-142 .331 6 20 25 15 38 .551 .408 .960
Kevin Millwood COL vs Fla
8/15 8:40 PM
Marlins Batters 33-99 .334 1 6 11 6 12 .429 .383 .812
 
Recommended Pickup

Brandon Belt, 1B, SF – The Giants again recalled Belt after placing Andres Torres on the DL, and Belt promptly hit two home runs Sunday. Belt has done his job at Triple-A, hitting .309 with eight home runs. The Giants can use Aubrey Huff to indirectly fill in for Torres in the outfield (Huff wouldn’t play center) and as Belt’s backup at first base, but Huff’s numbers don’t necessarily scream that he deserves to start right now. It would appear Belt could be used every day from here on out.

Other recent recommendations: Brandon Allen, Rafael Betancourt, J.D. Martinez, Robinson Chirnos, Kyle Blanks

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Draft Street Lineup

C – Victor Martinez, DET ($8,171)
1B – Prince Fielder, MIL ($8,008)
2B – Dustin Ackley, SEA ($6,052)
3B – Casey McGehee, MIL ($5,083)
SS – Troy Tulowitzki, COL ($9,094)
OF – Carlos Beltran, NYM ($5,430)
OF – Jason Kubel, MIN ($6,522)
OF – Mike Stanton, FLA ($5,720)
UTIL – Todd Helton, COL ($7,473)
UTIL – David Wright, NYM ($6,766)
SP – Randy Wolf, MIL ($10,012)
SP – Alexi Ogando, TEX ($9,451)
RP – Brandon League, SEA ($1,784)
P – Gio Gonzalez , OAK ($10,138)

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