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Tuesday Lineup Card: Catcher on the Corners

Ryan Eisner

Ryan Eisner

Ryan has been writing for Rotowire since 2007. He currently writes about baseball and covers the White Sox.

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

Cardinals (Chris Carpenter - R) @ Pirates (Jeff Karstens - R), 7:05
Rays (David Price - L) @ Orioles (Alfredo Simon - R), 7:05
Nationals (Chien-Ming Wang - R) @ Mets (Dillon Gee - R), 7:10
Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R) @ Reds (Mike Leake - R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - ) @ Red Sox (Tim Wakefield - R), 7:10
Marlins (Brad Hand - L) @ Braves (Mike Minor - L), 7:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) @ Astros (J.A. Happ - L), 8:05
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) @ Rangers (Matt Harrison - L), 8:05
Twins (Carl Pavano - R) @ Royals (Bruce Chen - L), 8:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) @ White Sox (Gavin Floyd - R), 8:10
Rockies (Esmil Rogers - R) @ Brewers (Zack Greinke - R), 8:10
Angels (Jerome Williams - R) @ A's (Guillermo Moscoso - ), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R) @ Dodgers (Chad Billingsley - R), 10:10
Yankees (A.J. Burnett - R) @ Mariners (Charlie Furbush - L), 10:10
Padres (Corey Luebke - L) @ Giants (Matt Cain - 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 (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)
Adam Jones, OF, BAL - (Thumb) Missed two games with an ankle injury, but sidelined with a sore thumb Monday
Al Albuquerque, P, DET - (Hip) Should be available out of the bullpen moving forward
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK - (Ankle) Could miss the entire Anaheim series
Corey Brown, OF, WAS - (Illness) Might have a staph infection in his right knee
Logan Morrison, OF, FLA - (Knee) Headed to Miami for further tests
Javy Guerra, P, LA - (Finger) Has a split fingernail, but he should be OK to close
Mike Stanton, OF, FLA - (Hamstring) Missed Monday's game
Todd Helton, 1B, COL - (Back) Will receive a cortisone shot
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Hip) Might miss both Milwaukee games
Wilson Valdez, SS, PHI - (Hamstring) Does not think he will miss much time
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI (Concussion) Passed a crucial test Monday, should return to the lineup Thursday
Andrew Bailey, P, OAK (Face) Unavailable Monday after getting hit in the head during BP

Players on the DL
Jon Rauch, P, TOR - (Knee) Season likely over thanks to a cartilage tear in his right knee
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX - (Hamstring) On track to return from the DL on Tuesday
Ramon Castro, C, CHI-A - (Hand) Could play before season's end
Darren O'Day, P, TEX - (Shoulder) Should be back on the active roster Tuesday
J.D. Drew, OF, BOS - (Finger) GM confirms finger break
Chase Headley, 3B, SD - (Finger) Took swings over the weekend
Chris Valaika, 2B, CIN - (Knee) Tore his ACL on Sunday and season-ending surgery is on tap
Jonathan Sanchez, P, SF (Ankle) Return unlikely
Brian Wilson, P, SF (Elbow) Threw 19 pitches to live batters Monday


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)
Jon Rauch, P, TOR

Activated from DL
Carlos Quentin, OF, CHI-A
Jason Berken, P, BAL

Called Up
Matt Moore, P, TB

Sent Down

Designated for Assignment
Rob Delaney, P, TB


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

Tampa Bay - Kyle Farnsworth is dealing with some elbow issues and will be unavailable for a few days. Manager John Maddon said the team will roll with a committee in Farnsworth's absence, and we would pick Joel Peralta to chair that committee, with J.P. Howell and Juan Cruz in the mix.

St. Louis - Jason Motte picked up the save Sunday, and he has been the man for five of the Cards' last five opportunities. Fernando Salas owners can't be too happy.

Oakland Andrew Bailey took a BP ball to the head Monday, so he might be out of commission for a few days. Save poachers should look in Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfours directions.


KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs TB
9/13 7:05 PM
David Price 6-17 .353 0 2 2 2 6 .529 .400 .929
Ryan Doumit - C PIT vs STL
9/13 7:05 PM
Chris Carpenter 7-22 .318 2 6 4 1 5 .773 .348 1.121
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs STL
9/13 7:05 PM
Chris Carpenter 4-12 .333 1 2 1 1 2 .667 .385 1.052
Derrek Lee - 1B PIT vs STL
9/13 7:05 PM
Chris Carpenter 18-54 .333 2 5 8 3 10 .500 .368 .868
Ramon Hernandez - C CIN vs CHC
9/13 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 7-15 .467 1 2 4 2 3 .733 .529 1.262
Jason Giambi - 1B COL @ MIL
9/13 8:10 PM
Zack Greinke 6-18 .333 4 4 10 2 3 1.000 .400 1.400
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS vs DET
9/13 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 17-52 .327 3 7 12 1 5 .577 .340 .917
Carlos Quentin - OF CWS vs DET
9/13 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 8-26 .308 3 4 5 3 5 .692 .400 1.092
Carlos Guillen - 2B DET @ CWS
9/13 8:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 10-26 .385 1 1 4 4 7 .500 .467 .967
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ CWS
9/13 8:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 9-24 .375 2 4 7 2 6 .708 .423 1.131
Ryan Raburn - OF DET @ CWS
9/13 8:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 12-29 .414 0 2 3 1 4 .483 .433 .916
Ramon Santiago - SS DET @ CWS
9/13 8:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 4-15 .267 2 2 4 0 4 .667 .267 .934
Billy Butler - 1B KC vs MIN
9/13 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 16-35 .457 2 7 9 1 6 .771 .472 1.243
Mitchell Maier - OF KC vs MIN
9/13 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 5-16 .313 0 2 1 1 2 .500 .353 .853
Miguel Montero - C ARI @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 9-23 .391 0 5 0 4 5 .696 .481 1.177
Chris Young - OF ARI @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 10-42 .238 3 5 6 4 13 .524 .298 .822
Chone Figgins - 2B SEA vs NYY
9/13 10:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 6-15 .400 0 2 1 1 2 .600 .438 1.038
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA vs NYY
9/13 10:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 8-18 .444 0 1 1 2 4 .500 .500 1.000
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Jeff Karstens PIT vs STL
9/13 7:05 PM
Cardinals Batters 16-63 .254 0 1 4 7 4 .263 .326 .588
David Price TB @ BAL
9/13 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 20-88 .227 0 5 5 7 24 .301 .280 .581
Tim Wakefield BOS vs TOR
9/13 7:10 PM
Blue Jays Batters 14-71 .197 1 1 4 4 9 .234 .249 .483
Matt Cain SF vs SD
9/13 10:15 PM
Padres Batters 13-65 .200 2 6 5 7 14 .376 .273 .650

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs TB
9/13 7:05 PM
David Price 2-14 .143 0 1 1 1 4 .214 .200 .414
Nolan Reimold - OF BAL vs TB
9/13 7:05 PM
David Price 2-12 .167 0 0 1 0 1 .167 .167 .334
Ronny Cedeno - SS PIT vs STL
9/13 7:05 PM
Chris Carpenter 3-20 .150 1 2 1 1 2 .350 .190 .540
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs STL
9/13 7:05 PM
Chris Carpenter 3-14 .214 0 1 0 0 0 .286 .214 .500
Carl Crawford - OF BOS vs TOR
9/13 7:10 PM
Brandon Morrow 0-11 .000 0 0 0 3 3 .000 .214 .214
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs CHC
9/13 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 3-24 .125 1 1 2 2 6 .250 .192 .442
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs CHC
9/13 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 3-18 .167 2 2 6 2 4 .500 .250 .750
David Wright - 3B NYM vs WAS
9/13 7:10 PM
Chien-Ming Wang 2-11 .182 0 1 0 0 1 .273 .182 .455
Adam Lind - 1B TOR @ BOS
9/13 7:10 PM
Tim Wakefield 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 2 .154 .154 .308
Chris Woodward - 3B TOR @ BOS
9/13 7:10 PM
Tim Wakefield 1-12 .083 0 0 0 1 2 .083 .154 .237
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs CLE
9/13 8:05 PM
Justin Masterson 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 2 .091 .167 .258
Matt Treanor - C TEX vs CLE
9/13 8:05 PM
Justin Masterson 1-10 .100 0 0 0 2 5 .100 .250 .350
Ty Wigginton - 3B COL @ MIL
9/13 8:10 PM
Zack Greinke 2-14 .143 0 1 0 1 2 .214 .200 .414
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs DET
9/13 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 2 .200 .182 .382
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs DET
9/13 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 5-41 .122 1 1 2 3 12 .195 .200 .395
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs DET
9/13 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 5-28 .179 1 1 1 1 4 .286 .207 .493
Omar Vizquel - 3B CWS vs DET
9/13 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 3-13 .231 0 0 2 0 1 .231 .231 .462
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs MIN
9/13 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 3-19 .158 2 2 3 1 7 .474 .190 .664
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 4-21 .190 0 1 1 1 10 .238 .227 .465
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 5-27 .185 1 3 4 3 5 .370 .250 .620
Orlando Hudson - 2B SD @ SF
9/13 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 2-21 .095 0 0 0 3 2 .095 .208 .303
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Brandon Morrow TOR @ Bos
9/13 7:10 PM
Red Sox Batters 19-68 .279 3 8 10 15 20 .476 .410 .885
Carl Pavano MIN @ KC
9/13 8:10 PM
Royals Batters 31-100 .310 5 14 15 4 17 .558 .335 .893
Gavin Floyd CWS vs Det
9/13 8:10 PM
Tigers Batters 73-239 .306 6 22 34 22 55 .446 .366 .812
Bruce Chen KC vs Min
9/13 8:10 PM
Twins Batters 21-60 .350 2 7 9 2 6 .530 .366 .896


Recommended Pickup

Jordan Pacheco, C, COL

Rotowire may designate Pacheco as a catcher, but he has yet to play that position since the Rockies recalled him last week. Instead, he has received a somewhat healthy stream of playing time at the corner infield slots, and that technicality could be fantasy gold. The next few weeks could be an audition for a chance to compete in the Rockies' 2012 third base mix. He showed impressive plate discipline in the minors (196 strikeouts to 176 walks in 1719 AB's), but he only hit three home runs in 97 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Still, he has the chance to play six more games in Denver and three games in Houston, so he could be worth rolling the dice on, especially if he qualifies at catcher.

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C Miguel Montero ($5,944)
1B Prince Fielder ($8,150)
2B Jemile Weeks ($6,713)
3B Brett Lawrie ($8,853)
SS Jhonny Peralta ($6,168)
OF Desmond Jennings ($8,200)
OF Cameron Maybin ($7,201)
OF Ichiro Suzuki ($6,273)
U Billy Butler ($6,959)
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P J.J. Putz ($2,894)

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