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Kyle McKeown

Kyle McKeown

Kyle McKeown is the Managing Editor of NBA Content for RotoWire.com. He hosts the Fantasy Basketball Podcast and writes about fantasy basketball once every blue moon. Kyle also serves as RotoWire's remote writer trainer and intern coordinator. He's the kind of person who dances first and asks questions later. kyle@rotowire.com

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Projected Starters – A look at Sunday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello – R), 1:05
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo – R) at Mets (R.A. Dickey – R), 1:10
Phillies (Roy Halladay – R) at Nationals (Chien-Ming Wang – R), 1:35
Reds (Mike Leake – R) at Pirates (James McDonald – R), 1:35
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter – R) at Braves (Tim Hudson – R), 1:35
Mariners (Michael Pineda – R) at Rays (James Shields – R), 1:40
Giants (Jonathan Sanchez – L) at Astros (Henry Sosa – R), 2:05
Yankees (Ivan Nova – R) at Twins (Nick Blackburn – R), 2:10
Red Sox (Jon Lester – L) at Royals (Danny Duffy – L), 2:10
Rangers (Derek Holland – L) at White Sox (Gavin Floyd – R), 2:10
Dodgers (Chad Billingsley – R) at Rockies (Kevin Millwood – R), 3:10
Orioles (Brian Matusz – R) at Angels (Jerome Williams – R), 3:35
Marlins (Anibal Sanchez – R) at Padres (Cory Luebke – L), 4:05
Blue Jays (Luis Perez – L) at Athletics (Guillermo Moscoso – R), 4:05
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R) at Cubs (Rodrigo Lopez – R), 8:05

Day game after a night game: CLE, DET, NYY, MIN, SEA, TB, BOS, KC, TEX, CHW, SF, HOU, PHI, WAS, AZ, ATL, FLA, SD, BAL, LAA, TOR, OAK


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)
Rod Barajas, C, LAD – (Groin) Left Friday’s game after tweaking his groin. His status for Saturday is unknown.
Edgar Renteria, SS, CIN – (Groin) May not be available to play throughout the weekend.
Andre Ethier, OF, LAD – (Toe) Not playing Saturday, but he should return to the lineup soon.
Mike Morse, OF, WAS – (Elbow) Returned to the starting lineup Saturday, but he may still get the occasional day off.
Cole Hamels, SP, PHI – (Shoulder) He said he’ll start Friday.
Jonathan Sanchez, SP, SF – (Ankle) Will miss his start Sunday and is unable to turn on his injured left ankle.
Jason Berken, RP, BAL – (Elbow) Will be evaluated by a doctor Sunday and is at risk of going on the DL.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX – (Hamstring) Returned to the lineup Friday and is playing Saturday.
Marco Scutaro, SS, BOS – (Back) Expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS – (Back) Will rest Saturday after being hit in the back with a pitch Friday. He should return to the lineup soon.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS – (Heel) Taking batting practice, but he’s unlikely to return until next weekend.
Shelley Duncan, OF, CLE – (Personal) Should return sometime next week.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS, MIN – (Back) Was a late scratch from Saturday’s lineup.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, MIN – (Neck) Could be available off the bench Sunday.

Players on the DL
Alex Presley, OF, PIT – (Hand) Will not return to the team until he is completely comfortable swinging a bat again.
Paul Maholm, SP, PIT – (Shoulder) Placed on the 15-day DL Saturday.
Logan Ondrusek, RP, CIN – (Forearm) Should come off the DL when eligible Tuesday.
Alex White, SP, COL – (Finger) Will be activated from the DL and start Tuesday’s game against the Astros.
Huston Street, RP, COL – (Triceps) Will begin a rehab assignment Monday, and should return to the Rockies when available on Aug. 27.
Matt Lindstrom, RP, COL – (Arm) Will begin a rehab assignment Monday, and should return to the Rockies when available on Aug. 25.
Chris Narveson, SP, MIL – (Thumb) Narveson is scheduled to start one of Monday’s doubleheader games.
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI – (Hip) Expects to be activated from the DL Monday.
Jose Contreras, RP, PHI – (Elbow) Had a setback and did not throw his scheduled bullpen Saturday.
Chris Denorfia, OF, SD – (Hamstring) Had a setback and will not return from the DL at this time.
Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE – (Knee) Hopes to return by early September.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE – (Hamstring/Oblique) Expected to return after the first week of September.
J.D. Drew, OF, BOS – (Shoulder) No date has been set for a rehab assignment, but he continues to take batting practice.
Bobby Jenks, RP, BOS – (Back) Will throw a simulated game early this week.
Michael Wuertz, RP, OAK – (Thumb) Won’t return to the A’s until September.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX – (Hamstring) Could start running the bases this weekend, but his return is still a ways off.
Trevor Crowe, OF, CLE – (Shoulder) Could return to the bigs this season if he makes it through his minor league rehab assignment.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY – (Knee) Expects to return to the Yankees’ lineup Sunday.


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)
NA

Activated from DL
Omar Infante, 2B, FLA

Called ,Up
Brandon Inge, 3B, DET
Wesley Wright, RP, HOU
Tony Watson, RP, PIT
Ezequiel Carrera, OF, CLE

Sent Down
Andy Dirks, OF, DET
Jeff Fulchino, RP, HOU
Osvaldo Martinez, SS, FLA

Designated for Assignment
NA


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

Boston – Alfredo Aceves collected an unconventional 3.2-inning save Friday. He pitched through enough batters in long relief to earn the save. That’s all there is to it. Jonathon Papelbon remains the uncontested closer in Boston.

Phillies – Ryan Madson imploded in epic fashion against the Nationals on Friday. He came into the game with a two-run lead and proceeded to give up six runs, including a walk-off grand slam to Ryan Zimmerman. The Phillies shouldn’t overreact to Madson’s bad outing, but manager Charlie Manuel also hasn’t been the most patient person when handling his closers (outside of Brad Lidge’s reign).


KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Travis Hafner - DH CLE @ DET
8/21 1:05 PM
Rick Porcello 4-14 .286 2 2 4 0 1 .714 .286 1.000
Melky Cabrera - OF KC vs BOS
8/21 2:10 PM
Jon Lester 7-18 .389 0 1 2 1 4 .444 .421 .865
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ MIN
8/21 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 4-14 .286 1 2 1 4 1 .571 .444 1.015
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ MIN
8/21 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 6-15 .400 1 1 3 4 2 .600 .526 1.126
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ MIN
8/21 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 10-13 .769 1 3 6 1 0 1.154 .786 1.940
Mike Napoli - C TEX @ CWS
8/21 2:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 2-10 .200 1 2 1 2 2 .600 .333 .933
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs LAD
8/21 3:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 8-21 .381 2 4 6 5 3 .762 .500 1.262
Jamey Carroll - 2B LAD @ COL
8/21 3:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 6-14 .429 0 1 0 1 2 .500 .467 .967
Juan Rivera - OF LAD @ COL
8/21 3:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 9-26 .346 1 1 5 2 4 .462 .393 .855
Carlos Pena - 1B CHC vs STL
8/21 8:05 PM
Jake Westbrook 10-32 .313 4 9 8 3 10 .844 .361 1.205
Rafael Furcal - SS STL @ CHC
8/21 8:05 PM
Rodrigo Lopez 10-26 .385 2 5 7 0 4 .769 .385 1.154
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ CHC
8/21 8:05 PM
Rodrigo Lopez 4-10 .400 1 4 2 0 1 1.000 .400 1.400
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL @ CHC
8/21 8:05 PM
Rodrigo Lopez 4-10 .400 0 2 1 0 0 .600 .400 1.000
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
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BB K Opp
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R.A. Dickey NYM vs MIL
8/21 1:10 PM
Brewers Batters 12-63 .190 2 2 4 5 6 .322 .263 .585
Roy Halladay PHI @ WAS
8/21 1:35 PM
Nationals Batters 28-133 .210 2 8 10 6 29 .310 .247 .558

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Luis Valbuena - 2B CLE @ DET
8/21 1:05 PM
Rick Porcello 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 0 .300 .200 .500
Nyjer Morgan - OF MIL @ NYM
8/21 1:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 1 .091 .167 .258
Ronny Paulino - C NYM vs MIL
8/21 1:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 2-12 .167 0 1 3 0 2 .250 .154 .404
David Wright - 3B NYM vs MIL
8/21 1:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 2-11 .182 1 1 2 2 6 .455 .308 .763
Henry Blanco - C ARI @ ATL
8/21 1:35 PM
Tim Hudson 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 2 .091 .091 .182
Lyle Overbay - 1B ARI @ ATL
8/21 1:35 PM
Tim Hudson 2-10 .200 0 0 3 1 1 .200 .273 .473
Alex Cora - SS WAS vs PHI
8/21 1:35 PM
Roy Halladay 4-29 .138 1 1 2 1 3 .241 .167 .408
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs PHI
8/21 1:35 PM
Roy Halladay 2-14 .143 0 0 1 2 5 .143 .235 .378
Danny Espinosa - 2B WAS vs PHI
8/21 1:35 PM
Roy Halladay 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Clint Barmes - 2B HOU vs SF
8/21 2:05 PM
Jonathan Sanchez 4-25 .160 1 3 3 2 6 .360 .222 .582
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ MIN
8/21 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 2-14 .143 0 1 2 0 0 .214 .143 .357
Seth Smith - OF COL vs LAD
8/21 3:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 2-11 .182 0 2 0 1 4 .364 .250 .614
Rod Barajas - C LAD @ COL
8/21 3:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 1 .083 .083 .166
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs STL
8/21 8:05 PM
Jake Westbrook 3-21 .143 0 0 1 1 1 .143 .182 .325
Albert Pujols - 1B STL @ CHC
8/21 8:05 PM
Rodrigo Lopez 0-11 .000 0 0 1 1 3 .000 .077 .077
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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Nick Blackburn MIN vs NYY
8/21 2:10 PM
Yankees Batters 32-90 .356 3 8 14 12 10 .518 .431 .949
Kevin Millwood COL vs LAD
8/21 3:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 22-69 .319 2 4 8 4 9 .434 .356 .790
 


Recommended Pickup

Mike Trout, OF, LAA – We made this recommendation earlier in the season when Trout was originally called up, and we’re making it again because he was recalled Friday. Trout is only projected to get 3-4 starts per week, so he’s only going to be of use in AL-only leagues with daily transactions and keeper leagues. If you’re looking toward next season already, Trout should be on your roster as a keeper candidate. Depending on how well he finishes the season, he could be keeper worthy in most leagues.

Other recent recommendations: Stephen Strasburg, Will Venable, Mike Carp, Brandon Belt, Ben Revere


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