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Monday Lineup Card: Labor Day Look

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):

Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda – R) at Nationals (John Lannan – L), 1:05
Tigers (Doug Fister – L) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R), 1:05
Orioles (Brian Matusz – L) at Yankees (Freddy Garcia – R), 1:05
Red Sox (Josh Beckett – R) at Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez – R), 1:07
Rangers (Scott Feldman – R) at Rays (James Shields – R), 1:10
White Sox (Phil Humber – R) at Twins (Anthony Swarzak – R), 2:10
Reds (Dontrelle Willis – L) at Cubs (Matt Garza – R), 2:20
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L) at Rockies (Esmil Rogers – R), 3:10
Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L) at Padres (Tim Stauffer – R), 4:05
Royals (Felipe Paulino – R) at Athletics (Rich Harden – R), 4:05
Brewers (Randy Wolf – L) at Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R), 4:15
Braves (Derek Lowe – R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee – L), 7:05
Mets (Chris Capuano – L) at Marlins (Javier Vazquez – R), 7:10
White Sox (Zach Stewart – R) at Twins (Scott Diamond – L), 8:10
Mariners (Anthony Vasquez – L) at Angels (Dan Haren – R), 9:05

Day Game After a Night Game: CWS, DET

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)
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS – (Illness) Missed Sunday’s start, but looks like he will start Monday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY – (Knee) Returned to lineup Sunday after missing Saturday’s game.
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN – (Concussion) Still not back in lineup, seems like he might be shut down eventually.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN – (Illness) Not in lineup Saturday or Sunday.
Jason Repko, OF, MIN – (Illness) Remains day-to-day, not in Saturday’s or Sunday’s lineup.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB – (Neck) Sat Saturday with stiffness.
Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS – (Shoulder) Injury not serious, should be available Sunday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK – (Lower Leg) Sitting Sunday as precaution.
Brian Duensing, P, MIN – (Oblique) Hoping to play through injury.
Josh Reddick, OF, BOS – (Hand) Hit in hand Saturday, not in Sunday’s lineup.
Eric Thames, OF, TOR – (Head) Left Saturday with dizziness, not in Sunday’s lineup.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR – (Wrist) Left Saturday after jamming wrist, not in lineup Sunday.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC – (Ankle) Not in lineup Saturday or Sunday.
Pat Burrell, OF, SF – (Foot) Left Saturday’s game, not in Sunday’s lineup.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT – (Wrist) Not in Sunday’s lineup.
Make Stanton, OF, FLA – (Hamstring) Left Saturday, not in Sunday’s lineup.
Yadier Molina, C, STL – (Calf) Soreness kept him out of Saturday’s game, not in lineup Sunday either.
Josh Thole, C, NYM – (Wrist) Can pinch-hit Sunday.

Players on the DL
Scott Baker, P, MIN – (Elbow) Return before end of season looks promising.
Denard Span, OF, MIN – (Concussion) Hit, threw and ran Saturday.
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE – (Foot) Hit soft toss Saturday, Indians hopeful to get him back before end of season.
Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE – (Knee) Played nine innings in Triple-A Saturday. Returning Monday?
Francisco Liriano, P, MIN – (Shoulder) No surgery, trying to return later in the month.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS – (Back) Threw again Saturday, still no timetable.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL – (Shoulder) Starting rehab with Double-A Sunday.
Nate Schierholtz, OF, SF – (Foot) Expected to be available to pinch hit Tuesday.
Peter Moylan, P, ATL – (Back) Braves should activate him Sunday.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD – (Finger) Should return in about two weeks.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA – (Shoulder) Will have surgery, should be ready in spring.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS – (Shoulder) Transferred to 60-day.
Jose Contreras, P, PHI – (Elbow) Had surgery, may not be ready in spring.
Johan Santana, P, NYM – (Shoulder) One or two more rehabs.

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

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Nick Blackburn – transferred to 60-day DL

Activated from DL
Al Alburquerque, RP, DET
Peter Moylan, RP, ATL
Nate McLouth, OF, ATL
Chone Figgins, 3B, SEA

Called Up
Chris Woodward, SS, TOR
Antoan Richardson,
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, SD
Hector Sanchez, C, SF
Pedro Ciriaco, SS, PIT
Trevor Bell, P, LAA
Ramon Troncoso, RP, LAD
James Darnell, 3B, SD

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

New York (AL) – Having pitched four of the previous five days, Mariano Rivera got Saturday off. David Robertson closed out the win to earn his first save of the season.

St. Louis – Jason Motte threw 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts to shut down the Reds in Saturday’s win.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL @ NYY
9/5 1:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 4-10 .400 1 2 1 0 0 .800 .400 1.200
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs BAL
9/5 1:05 PM
Brian Matusz 6-15 .400 1 2 2 0 2 .667 .400 1.067
Derek Jeter - SS NYY vs BAL
9/5 1:05 PM
Brian Matusz 7-17 .412 0 3 0 1 1 .588 .444 1.032
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY vs BAL
9/5 1:05 PM
Brian Matusz 3-12 .250 1 3 4 1 2 .667 .267 .934
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs BOS
9/5 1:07 PM
Josh Beckett 8-18 .444 1 5 4 2 3 .833 .500 1.333
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ TB
9/5 1:10 PM
James Shields 3-13 .231 1 2 1 3 1 .538 .375 .913
Michael Young - 3B TEX @ TB
9/5 1:10 PM
James Shields 4-14 .286 2 3 4 0 3 .786 .286 1.072
Marlon Byrd - OF CHC vs CIN
9/5 2:20 PM
Dontrelle Willis 6-20 .300 1 3 2 3 1 .550 .440 .990
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs CIN
9/5 2:20 PM
Dontrelle Willis 8-21 .381 1 3 1 2 4 .619 .435 1.054
Mark Kotsay - OF MIL @ STL
9/5 4:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 7-24 .292 2 2 8 5 2 .542 .400 .942
Albert Pujols - 1B STL vs MIL
9/5 4:15 PM
Randy Wolf 10-31 .323 2 4 11 2 1 .581 .351 .932
Alex Gonzalez - SS ATL @ PHI
9/5 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 7-18 .389 1 3 4 2 4 .667 .450 1.117
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL @ PHI
9/5 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 5-15 .333 0 3 4 0 2 .533 .333 .866
Chase Utley - 2B PHI vs ATL
9/5 7:05 PM
Derek Lowe 12-30 .400 2 5 3 3 0 .700 .455 1.155
Ronny Paulino - C NYM @ FLA
9/5 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 5-12 .417 0 1 1 0 3 .500 .417 .917
David Wright - 3B NYM @ FLA
9/5 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 4-13 .308 1 3 2 3 4 .692 .438 1.130
Adam Kennedy - 2B SEA @ LAA
9/5 9:05 PM
Dan Haren 6-19 .316 2 4 4 0 4 .737 .300 1.037
Luis Rodriguez - SS SEA @ LAA
9/5 9:05 PM
Dan Haren 5-16 .313 0 2 1 2 3 .500 .389 .889
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA @ LAA
9/5 9:05 PM
Dan Haren 5-13 .385 0 1 2 0 2 .538 .385 .923
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Randy Wolf MIL @ STL
9/5 4:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 40-192 .208 4 17 25 14 32 .338 .264 .601

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Nick Swisher - OF NYY vs BAL
9/5 1:05 PM
Brian Matusz 0-14 .000 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .125 .125
Yunel Escobar - SS TOR vs BOS
9/5 1:07 PM
Josh Beckett 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 3 .091 .091 .182
Jose Molina - C TOR vs BOS
9/5 1:07 PM
Josh Beckett 3-21 .143 0 0 1 0 7 .143 .143 .286
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX @ TB
9/5 1:10 PM
James Shields 1-10 .100 1 1 3 0 4 .400 .100 .500
Clint Barmes - 2B HOU @ PIT
9/5 1:35 PM
James McDonald 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 4 .100 .182 .282
Aramis Ramirez - 3B CHC vs CIN
9/5 2:20 PM
Dontrelle Willis 2-17 .118 0 2 2 1 3 .235 .167 .402
Ramon Hernandez - C CIN @ CHC
9/5 2:20 PM
Matt Garza 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .334
Lance Berkman - 1B STL vs MIL
9/5 4:15 PM
Randy Wolf 3-27 .111 0 2 1 6 6 .185 .273 .458
Rafael Furcal - SS STL vs MIL
9/5 4:15 PM
Randy Wolf 2-27 .074 0 0 1 0 7 .074 .074 .148
John Bowker - OF PHI vs ATL
9/5 7:05 PM
Derek Lowe 2-10 .200 0 1 0 1 1 .300 .273 .573
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI vs ATL
9/5 7:05 PM
Derek Lowe 9-42 .214 0 1 5 2 7 .238 .250 .488
Raul Ibanez - OF PHI vs ATL
9/5 7:05 PM
Derek Lowe 6-38 .158 2 2 6 2 3 .316 .200 .516
Brian Schneider - C PHI vs ATL
9/5 7:05 PM
Derek Lowe 2-13 .154 0 1 0 3 3 .231 .313 .544
Wilson Valdez - SS PHI vs ATL
9/5 7:05 PM
Derek Lowe 2-13 .154 0 0 2 0 5 .154 .154 .308
Shane Victorino - OF PHI vs ATL
9/5 7:05 PM
Derek Lowe 6-30 .200 1 1 1 1 4 .300 .226 .526
Jason Bay - OF NYM @ FLA
9/5 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 2-17 .118 0 0 0 1 6 .118 .167 .285
Willie Harris - OF NYM @ FLA
9/5 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 2-12 .167 1 1 2 2 2 .417 .286 .703
Jose Reyes - SS NYM @ FLA
9/5 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 4-21 .190 0 2 0 1 2 .333 .227 .560
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Dontrelle Willis CIN @ ChC
9/5 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 20-69 .290 3 9 7 8 9 .508 .378 .886
Jake Westbrook STL vs Mil
9/5 4:15 PM
Brewers Batters 20-69 .290 3 4 10 7 6 .462 .361 .823
Cliff Lee PHI vs Atl
9/5 7:05 PM
Braves Batters 32-100 .320 2 13 15 5 27 .509 .358 .867
 


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