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Thursday Lineup Card: September Callup Version

Andrew Fiorentino

Andrew Fiorentino

A degenerate fantasy-sports player since the age of 13.

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

Pirates (Brian Burres - L) at Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R), 2:20
White Sox (John Danks - R) at Tigers (Justin Verlander - R), 7:05
Mets (R.A. Dickey - R) at Nationals (Ross Detwiler - R), 7:05
Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova - R), 7:05
Phillies (Roy Oswalt - R) at Marlins (Brad Hand - L), 7:10
Rangers (Derek Holland - L) at Red Sox (Andrew Miller - L), 7:10
Orioles (Zach Britton - L) at Rays (David Price - L), 7:10
Dodgers (Chad Billingsley - R) at Braves (Brandon Beachy - R), 7:35
Brewers (Zack Greinke - R) at Astros (Lucas Harrell - R), 8:05
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) at Royals (Bruce Chen - L), 8:10
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Cardinals (Chris Carpenter - R), 8:15
Mariners (Jason Vargas - L) at Athletics (Guillermo Moscoso - R), 10:05
Rockies (Kevin Millwood - R) at Padres (Aaron Harang - R), 10:05
Twins (Carl Pavano - R) at Angels (Jered Weaver - R), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders - L) at Giants (Matt Cain - R), 10:15

Day Game After a Night Game:None

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

Day-to-Day(includes players expected to make their return from the DL)

Jair Jurrjens, SP, ATL (knee) - Will have Sunday start skipped
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN (oblique) - Activated before Thursday's game
Ryan Spilborghs, OF, COL (foot) - Rejoining the team Friday
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT (wrist) - Played Wednesday, but looked to be in pain
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (wrist) - Got Wednesday off due to soreness
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL (illness) - Getting skipped Saturday
Jason Hammel, SP, COL (personal) - On paternity leave
Cody Ross, OF, SF (hand) - X-rays negative; back Friday
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX (hamstring) - Back in the lineup and off the DL Thursday
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (thumb) - Out Thursday
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (quad) - Back in Thursday; doubled and homered
Russell Martin, C, NYY (thumb) - Back in Thursday's lineup
Felipe Paulino, SP, KC (back) - Won't miss extended time
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS (back) - On track for Friday return; homered in rehab Wednesday
Casey Janssen, RP, TOR (back) - Out the next few days
Tommy Hunter, SP, BAL (illness) - Hospitalized after last start; unlikely for upcoming road trip

Players on the DL

Casey Blake, 3B, LAD (neck) - Having season-ending surgery
Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA (shoulder) - No structural damage, but surgery still possible
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN (shoulder) - May not return from DL this weekend
Ryan Ludwick, OF, PIT (back) - Has been feeling fine; should return Sept. 7, when eligible
Jack Wilson, SS, ATL (heel) - Traded to Braves and expected to be activated Saturday
Joe Blanton, SP, PHI (elbow) - Starting rehab assignment Friday
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CLE (abdomen) - Nightmare season continues with another DL trip
Carlos Quentin, OF, CHW (shoulder) - Said he probably won't return Monday
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX (hamstring) - Would like to return in two weeks
Bobby Jenks, RP, BOS (back) - Transferred to 60-day DL
Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE (knee) - Started rehab Wednesday; will be re-evaluated over weekend
J.D. Drew, OF, BOS (shoulder, finger) - Hurt finger on rehab assignment, slowing return
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (wrist) - Successful surgery Wednesday; should be back for ST
Josh Johnson, SP, FLA (shoulder) - Will try to throw off mound soon, but still out for year

Transactions- Players that have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Called Up

Brandon Guyer, OF, TB
Logan Schafer, OF, MIL
Merkin Valdez, RP, TEX
Scott Proctor, RP, NYY
Esteban German, 2B, TEX
Luis Marte, RP, DET
Brian Burres, SP, PIT
Josh Satin, 2B, NYM
Josh Stinson, RP, NYM
Jesus Montero, C, NYY
Rick VandenHurk, RP, BAL
Efren Navarro, 1B, LAA
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
Kyle Hudson, OF, BAL
Dana Eveland, SP, LAD
Horacio Ramirez, RP, LAA
J.C. Boscan, C, ATL
Corey Kluber, RP, CLE
Jesse Chavez, RP, KC
Nick Hagadone, SP, CLE
Chris Dickerson, OF, NYY
Raul Valdes, RP, NYY
Sam Demel, RP, AZ
Russell Mitchell, 3B, LAD
Jason Jaramillo, C, PIT
Chris Valaika, 3B, CIN
Jeremy Horst, RP, CIN
Jared Burton, RP, CIN
Martin Maldonado, C, MIL
Andrew Romine, 3B, LAA
Carlos Fisher, RP, CIN
Lance Pendleton, RP, NYY
Anthony Varvaro, RP, ATL
Juan Francisco, 3B, CIN
Sandy Rosario, RP, FLA
Felix Doubront, RP, BOS
Ryan Cook, RP, AZ
Jeremy Moore, OF, LAA
Brandon Laird, 3B, NYY
Will Rhymes, 2B, DET
Matt Maloney, RP, CIN
Brandon Dickson, RP, STL
Jacob Turner, SP, DET
Andy Dirks, OF, DET

Sent Down

Fred Lewis, OF, CIN (Outrighted)
Pat Neshek, RP, SD (DFA)

Placed on DL
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CLE

Activated from DL
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
Dee Gordon, SS, LAD
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN
Doug Slaten, RP, WAS
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
Justin Ruggiano, OF, TB
Alberto Castillo, RP, AZ
Jon Rauch, RP, TOR
Andres Blanco, SS, TEX
Carlos Guillen, 2B, DET
Geoff Blum, 1B, AZ

Waiver Claims
Pedro Strop, RP, BAL (from TEX)
Jeff Fulchino, RP, SD (from HOU)

Traded
Daniel Herrera, RP, NYM (from MIL, completing Francisco Rodriguez trade)

Closer Watch- A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (check out our Closer Grid with the link to the left).

Blue Jays - Jon Rauch is back from the DL, which may mean that Frank Francisco's closing days are numbered. Again. It was Francisco who pitched a scoreless ninth Thursday, though, for his 12th save; Rauch fired a scoreless eighth with a strikeout in his return. Meanwhile, dark horse Casey Janssen is hurting. It all adds up to Francisco closing until his next implosion.

Mets - Bobby Parnell converted for the third time Wednesday, and despite claims of a platoon with him and Jason Isringhausen, Izzy hasn't seen the ninth inning since Parnell's first save.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Marlon Byrd - OF CHC vs PIT
9/2 2:20 PM
Brian Burres 3-13 .231 2 3 5 1 2 .769 .333 1.102
Carlos Pena - 1B CHC vs PIT
9/2 2:20 PM
Brian Burres 6-18 .333 2 2 7 1 6 .667 .368 1.035
Ronny Cedeno - SS PIT @ CHC
9/2 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-12 .417 0 1 2 1 2 .500 .462 .962
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ CHC
9/2 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-16 .313 1 2 5 2 2 .563 .389 .952
Carlos Guillen - 2B DET vs CWS
9/2 7:05 PM
John Danks 6-13 .462 0 1 3 2 2 .538 .533 1.071
Victor Martinez - C DET vs CWS
9/2 7:05 PM
John Danks 6-23 .261 3 3 5 1 2 .652 .292 .944
Magglio Ordonez - OF DET vs CWS
9/2 7:05 PM
John Danks 15-26 .577 2 6 7 1 2 .962 .593 1.555
Delmon Young - OF DET vs CWS
9/2 7:05 PM
John Danks 11-36 .306 2 5 5 1 2 .556 .333 .889
Brett Gardner - OF NYY vs TOR
9/2 7:05 PM
Brandon Morrow 3-11 .273 1 2 2 2 7 .727 .385 1.112
Jorge Posada - C NYY vs TOR
9/2 7:05 PM
Brandon Morrow 7-15 .467 0 3 1 4 3 .667 .579 1.246
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY vs TOR
9/2 7:05 PM
Brandon Morrow 6-18 .333 1 4 5 2 3 .667 .381 1.048
Rick Ankiel - OF WAS vs NYM
9/2 7:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 5-14 .357 0 2 1 0 0 .500 .357 .857
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs NYM
9/2 7:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 6-17 .353 1 3 1 2 4 .647 .421 1.068
Nick Markakis - OF BAL @ TB
9/2 7:10 PM
David Price 6-17 .353 0 2 2 2 6 .529 .400 .929
Shelley Duncan - OF CLE @ KC
9/2 8:10 PM
Bruce Chen 3-10 .300 1 1 1 2 1 .600 .417 1.017
Melky Cabrera - OF KC vs CLE
9/2 8:10 PM
Justin Masterson 6-11 .545 1 1 2 2 0 .818 .615 1.433
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC vs CLE
9/2 8:10 PM
Justin Masterson 4-10 .400 0 0 1 0 0 .400 .400 .800
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs CLE
9/2 8:10 PM
Justin Masterson 5-13 .385 0 4 2 0 1 .769 .385 1.154
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ STL
9/2 8:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 8-22 .364 2 3 3 3 6 .682 .462 1.144
Lance Berkman - 1B STL vs CIN
9/2 8:15 PM
Johnny Cueto 5-15 .333 2 4 6 9 5 .867 .583 1.450
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs CIN
9/2 8:15 PM
Johnny Cueto 5-11 .455 0 1 5 2 1 .545 .500 1.045
Yadier Molina - C STL vs CIN
9/2 8:15 PM
Johnny Cueto 6-14 .429 1 2 2 0 1 .714 .438 1.152
Ryan Theriot - SS STL vs CIN
9/2 8:15 PM
Johnny Cueto 11-28 .393 1 3 2 1 3 .571 .433 1.004
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA vs MIN
9/2 10:05 PM
Carl Pavano 12-26 .462 2 7 8 2 3 .923 .500 1.423
Vernon Wells - OF LAA vs MIN
9/2 10:05 PM
Carl Pavano 9-23 .391 4 5 8 0 2 .957 .375 1.332
Jason Kubel - OF MIN @ LAA
9/2 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 4-15 .267 1 2 3 3 4 .533 .389 .922
Hideki Matsui - DH OAK vs SEA
9/2 10:05 PM
Jason Vargas 4-17 .235 3 3 7 2 5 .765 .300 1.065
Orlando Hudson - 2B SD vs COL
9/2 10:05 PM
Kevin Millwood 7-14 .500 0 2 2 1 2 .643 .533 1.176
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ SF
9/2 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 6-20 .300 0 3 0 5 5 .450 .440 .890
Orlando Cabrera - SS SF vs ARI
9/2 10:15 PM
Joe Saunders 12-22 .545 0 6 0 2 0 .818 .583 1.401
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF vs ARI
9/2 10:15 PM
Joe Saunders 9-21 .429 0 0 0 0 2 .429 .429 .858
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
Opp
OPS
Justin Verlander DET vs CWS
9/2 7:05 PM
White Sox Batters 28-142 .197 3 7 12 8 34 .291 .244 .535
David Price TB vs BAL
9/2 7:10 PM
Orioles Batters 19-86 .221 0 5 5 7 23 .296 .275 .572
Chris Carpenter STL vs CIN
9/2 8:15 PM
Reds Batters 31-149 .208 2 11 14 12 33 .320 .271 .591
Matt Cain SF vs ARI
9/2 10:15 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 20-98 .204 2 8 8 12 23 .342 .291 .633

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ryan Doumit - C PIT @ CHC
9/2 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 4-22 .182 0 0 0 1 6 .182 .250 .432
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ CHC
9/2 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-15 .133 1 1 2 3 5 .333 .278 .611
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ DET
9/2 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 2 .200 .182 .382
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ DET
9/2 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 5-41 .122 1 1 2 3 12 .195 .200 .395
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ DET
9/2 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 5-28 .179 1 1 1 1 4 .286 .207 .493
Omar Vizquel - 3B CWS @ DET
9/2 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-13 .231 0 0 2 0 1 .231 .231 .462
Brandon Inge - 3B DET vs CWS
9/2 7:05 PM
John Danks 6-26 .231 1 2 4 1 8 .385 .286 .671
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs TOR
9/2 7:05 PM
Brandon Morrow 2-12 .167 0 1 2 2 7 .250 .333 .583
Derek Jeter - SS NYY vs TOR
9/2 7:05 PM
Brandon Morrow 3-16 .188 0 1 2 2 7 .250 .278 .528
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs NYM
9/2 7:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .282
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs NYM
9/2 7:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .333 .533
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ TB
9/2 7:10 PM
David Price 2-14 .143 0 1 1 1 4 .214 .200 .414
Nolan Reimold - OF BAL @ TB
9/2 7:10 PM
David Price 2-12 .167 0 0 1 0 1 .167 .167 .334
Mike Cameron - OF FLA vs PHI
9/2 7:10 PM
Roy Oswalt 9-30 .300 1 2 1 1 11 .433 .323 .756
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs LAD
9/2 7:35 PM
Chad Billingsley 1-14 .071 0 0 0 1 7 .071 .133 .204
Carlos Lee - OF HOU vs MIL
9/2 8:05 PM
Zack Greinke 2-13 .154 1 1 3 0 0 .385 .154 .539
Billy Butler - 1B KC vs CLE
9/2 8:10 PM
Justin Masterson 4-20 .200 0 1 2 1 3 .250 .238 .488
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ STL
9/2 8:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 3-20 .150 0 1 1 2 2 .250 .227 .477
Ryan Hanigan - C CIN @ STL
9/2 8:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 4 .182 .250 .432
Ramon Hernandez - C CIN @ STL
9/2 8:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 4-22 .182 0 2 2 1 5 .273 .217 .490
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ STL
9/2 8:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 6-36 .167 0 3 5 2 5 .250 .211 .461
Eliezer Alfonzo - C COL @ SD
9/2 10:05 PM
Aaron Harang 2-10 .200 0 0 1 2 1 .200 .385 .585
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ SD
9/2 10:05 PM
Aaron Harang 2-12 .167 0 0 2 2 2 .167 .286 .453
Michael Cuddyer - OF MIN @ LAA
9/2 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 3-18 .167 0 1 4 0 4 .222 .167 .389
Miguel Montero - C ARI @ SF
9/2 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 4-20 .200 1 1 3 2 4 .350 .273 .623
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI @ SF
9/2 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 2-14 .143 0 1 2 2 3 .214 .250 .464
Chris Young - OF ARI @ SF
9/2 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 4-24 .167 0 1 0 1 6 .208 .200 .408
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Brian Burres PIT @ ChC
9/2 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 22-66 .333 4 13 17 7 12 .643 .406 1.049
John Danks CWS @ Det
9/2 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters 73-243 .301 10 26 35 21 40 .481 .362 .844
Justin Masterson CLE @ KC
9/2 8:10 PM
Royals Batters 24-74 .324 1 6 7 7 8 .448 .389 .837
Johnny Cueto CIN @ StL
9/2 8:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 43-123 .350 5 14 20 16 15 .559 .426 .984
Carl Pavano MIN @ LAA
9/2 10:05 PM
Angels Batters 34-110 .309 6 16 20 9 14 .564 .361 .925
Aaron Harang SD vs Col
9/2 10:05 PM
Rockies Batters 17-60 .283 2 9 11 9 12 .516 .386 .901
Joe Saunders ARI @ SF
9/2 10:15 PM
Giants Batters 31-69 .449 0 7 1 5 5 .548 .487 1.034
 


Recommended Pickup

Jesus Montero, C, NYY - In truth, I don't like Montero as much as Devin Mesoraco, but Montero has a clearer path to playing time (mostly at DH), and so he's the man who emerges from this enormous list of call-ups. Although he's been somewhat disappointing at Triple-A this year, he's lit on fire lately, raising his season average to .288 with 18 homers and an OPS of .815. Montero could see plenty of action at DH and also occasionally spell Russell Martin behind the plate, and he's going to be hitting in a great park and great lineup, which certainly helps allay any concerns that he might not be ready.

Other recent recommendations: Nick Evans, Tom Milone, Brad Lincoln, J.D. Martinez, Steve Cishek

DraftStreet Lineup

C - Carlos Santana, CLE ($4,883)
1B - Lucas Duda, NYM ($6,412)
2B - Dustin Ackley, SEA ($6,353)
3B - Alberto Callaspo, LAA ($5,585)
SS - Jhonny Peralta, DET ($5,994)
OF - Carlos Beltran, SF ($6,909)
OF - Eric Thames, TOR ($6,673)
OF - Peter Bourjos, LAA ($5,359)
UT - Mark Trumbo, LAA ($6,408)
UT - Angel Pagan, NYM ($6,749)
SP - Brandon Beachy, ATL ($14,690)
SP - Roy Oswalt, PHI ($9,129)
RP - Mariano Rivera, NYY ($2,457)
P - Johnny Cueto, CIN ($11,913)

Total: $99,514
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