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Saturday Lineup Card: Mac Attack

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Astros (Henry Sosa - R) at Cubs (Rodrigo Lopez - R), 1:05
Yankees (Bartolo Colon - R) at Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez - R), 1:07
Indians (Jeanmar Gomez - R) at Twins (Anthony Swarzak - R), 1:10
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at A’s (Gio Gonzalez - L), 4:05
Mets (R.A. Dickey - R) at Braves (Tim Hudson - R), 4:10
Rays (Jeff Niemann - R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester - L), 4:10
Angels (Ervin Santana - R) at Orioles (Zach Britton - L), 7:05
Marlins (Chris Volstad - R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R), 7:05
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R) at Phillies (Roy Oswalt - R), 7:05
White Sox (Zach Stewart - R) at Royals (Everett Teaford - L), 7:10
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Reds (Edinson Volquez - R), 7:10
Rangers (Colby Lewis - R) at Mariners (Anthony Vasquez - L), 7:10
Giants (Eric Surkamp - L) at Rockies (Drew Pomeranz - L), 8:10
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R) at Padres (Wade LeBlanc - L),8:35
Pirates (James McDonald - R) at Dodgers (Ted Lilly - L), 10:10

Day game after a night game: NYY, TOR, CLE, MIN, DET, OAK, NYM, ATL, TB, BOS

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

Day-to-Day
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY - (Thumb) Did not start Friday’s game
Josh Beckett, SP, BOS - (Ankle) Tossed six innings in Friday’s win over the Rays
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS - (Hip) Will not play Saturday
Adam Jones, OF, BAL - (Thumb) Did not play Friday as expected
Hiroki Kuroda, SP, LAD - (Shoulder) Made scheduled start Friday
Jason Kubel, OF, MIN - (Foot) Left Friday’s game with soreness
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR - (Knee) Started Friday’s game
Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR - (Elbow) Remained out of the lineup Friday
Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK - (Leg) Returned to the lineup Friday
Jack Hannahan, 3B, CLE - (Calf) Set to rejoin team early next week
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - Will miss the rest of the season with mild pneumonia
Cody Ross, OF, SF - Left Friday’s game with a strained hamstring
Tony Gwynn Jr., OF, LAD - Left Wednesday’s game with a jammed shoulder and will not play this weekend
Brett Cecil, SP, TOR - Scratched from Friday’s start with a cut on his finger

Players on the DL
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL - (Elbow) Threw off a mound Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery
Francisco Liriano, SP, MIN - (Shoulder) Expected to be activated Friday
Jonathan Broxton, RP, LAD - (Elbow) Will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday

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

Activated from the DL
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR

Called Up
Cole Gillespie, OF, AZ
Hector Gomez, SS, COL
Matt Pagnozzi, C, PIT

Sent Down
Francisco Samuel, P, STL

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

Philadelphia - Ryan Madson tossed a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the save in Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader with the Marlins. Madson has been lights-out this month, throwing seven scoreless innings and picking up six saves and a win in the process.

Pittsburgh - Joel Hanrahan recorded the final out of Thursday’s game to pick up his 38th save of the season. Hanrahan has allowed more runs in the second half (seven in 25.1 IP) than he did in the first (six in 40.1 IP), but he still owns a sparkling 1.78 ERA and a 57:15 K:BB ratio on the season.

San Francisco - Santiago Casilla picked up his second save in as many days with a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday’s victory over the Rockies. Casilla and Ramon Ramirez have shared the closer’s role in Brian Wilson’s absence, but it now appears that Ramirez will have the eighth inning, and Casilla the ninth, until Wilson returns.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ OAK
9/17 4:10 PM
Gio Gonzalez 2-10 .200 1 1 1 4 2 .500 .429 .929
Jason Bay - OF NYM @ ATL
9/17 4:10 PM
Tim Hudson 5-15 .333 1 2 3 5 4 .600 .524 1.124
Angel Pagan - OF NYM @ ATL
9/17 4:10 PM
Tim Hudson 8-15 .533 0 1 2 0 1 .600 .533 1.133
David DeJesus - OF OAK vs DET
9/17 4:10 PM
Rick Porcello 6-15 .400 0 2 3 0 1 .600 .400 1.000
Johnny Damon - OF TB @ BOS
9/17 4:10 PM
Jon Lester 8-27 .296 2 2 7 1 8 .519 .345 .864
Chris Davis - 1B BAL vs LAA
9/17 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 4-17 .235 2 4 3 1 8 .706 .278 .984
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs LAA
9/17 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 4-11 .364 0 2 1 0 1 .545 .417 .962
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs LAA
9/17 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 10-27 .370 3 8 10 0 5 .889 .370 1.259
Ross Gload - 1B PHI vs STL
9/17 7:05 PM
Jake Westbrook 4-11 .364 0 3 1 3 2 .636 .500 1.136
Raul Ibanez - OF PHI vs STL
9/17 7:05 PM
Jake Westbrook 9-24 .375 1 4 5 2 1 .625 .423 1.048
Albert Pujols - 1B STL @ PHI
9/17 7:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 23-77 .299 4 10 10 6 6 .532 .349 .881
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs FLA
9/17 7:05 PM
Chris Volstad 11-18 .611 1 5 5 1 1 1.056 .600 1.656
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs FLA
9/17 7:05 PM
Chris Volstad 13-22 .591 2 4 6 1 3 .955 .583 1.538
Jay Bruce - OF CIN vs MIL
9/17 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 8-14 .571 1 1 3 1 2 .786 .625 1.411
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs MIL
9/17 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 7-22 .318 1 3 5 2 2 .545 .400 .945
Drew Stubbs - OF CIN vs MIL
9/17 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-12 .333 1 3 1 4 5 .750 .500 1.250
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs MIL
9/17 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 7-19 .368 1 4 10 3 1 .684 .435 1.119
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ CIN
9/17 7:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 6-16 .375 1 2 2 5 3 .625 .524 1.149
Corey Hart - OF MIL @ CIN
9/17 7:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 4-13 .308 1 3 6 1 3 .769 .333 1.102
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL @ CIN
9/17 7:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 6-10 .600 2 3 3 1 1 1.300 .667 1.967
Adam Kennedy - 2B SEA vs TEX
9/17 7:10 PM
Colby Lewis 3-12 .250 1 1 2 0 3 .500 .357 .857
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA vs TEX
9/17 7:10 PM
Colby Lewis 16-41 .390 0 2 3 2 5 .463 .419 .882
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ LAD
9/17 10:10 PM
Ted Lilly 6-15 .400 1 2 3 1 1 .667 .438 1.105
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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R.A. Dickey NYM @ ATL
9/17 4:10 PM
Braves Batters 12-73 .164 0 2 5 9 14 .188 .263 .451
Ted Lilly LAD vs PIT
9/17 10:10 PM
Pirates Batters 30-134 .224 3 13 13 11 28 .361 .283 .644

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Carlos Lee - OF HOU @ CHC
9/17 1:05 PM
Rodrigo Lopez 3-19 .158 0 1 2 3 5 .211 .261 .472
Mark Teahen - 3B TOR vs NYY
9/17 1:07 PM
Bartolo Colon 3-17 .176 2 2 5 1 4 .529 .222 .751
Eric Hinske - OF ATL vs NYM
9/17 4:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 2-16 .125 0 1 0 2 2 .188 .222 .410
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs NYM
9/17 4:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 0-10 .000 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Marco Scutaro - SS BOS vs TB
9/17 4:10 PM
Jeff Niemann 3-16 .188 0 0 2 2 3 .188 .278 .466
Ronny Paulino - C NYM @ ATL
9/17 4:10 PM
Tim Hudson 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 2 .182 .250 .432
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ BOS
9/17 4:10 PM
Jon Lester 7-42 .167 2 2 4 3 9 .310 .222 .532
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ BOS
9/17 4:10 PM
Jon Lester 4-22 .182 0 0 2 5 11 .182 .333 .515
Yadier Molina - C STL @ PHI
9/17 7:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 4-19 .211 0 0 1 0 2 .211 .211 .422
Corey Patterson - OF STL @ PHI
9/17 7:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 15-50 .300 2 7 3 1 9 .520 .327 .847
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs FLA
9/17 7:05 PM
Chris Volstad 2-24 .083 0 0 1 1 7 .083 .115 .198
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL @ CIN
9/17 7:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 3-17 .176 1 1 4 4 4 .353 .333 .686
Miguel Olivo - C SEA vs TEX
9/17 7:10 PM
Colby Lewis 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ SD
9/17 8:35 PM
Wade LeBlanc 1-12 .083 0 0 1 2 4 .083 .214 .297
Ronny Cedeno - SS PIT @ LAD
9/17 10:10 PM
Ted Lilly 2-14 .143 0 0 0 1 1 .143 .200 .343
Ryan Ludwick - OF PIT @ LAD
9/17 10:10 PM
Ted Lilly 5-37 .135 0 4 3 4 12 .243 .220 .463
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ LAD
9/17 10:10 PM
Ted Lilly 4-20 .200 0 1 1 4 4 .250 .333 .583
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Gio Gonzalez OAK vs Det
9/17 4:10 PM
Tigers Batters 19-66 .288 4 9 9 11 14 .570 .398 .968
Chris Volstad FLA @ Was
9/17 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 39-117 .333 3 12 20 6 20 .513 .353 .865
Ervin Santana LAA @ Bal
9/17 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 22-80 .275 6 15 17 6 18 .581 .332 .913
Jake Westbrook STL @ Phi
9/17 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters 27-81 .333 1 7 8 6 8 .450 .379 .829
Edinson Volquez CIN vs Mil
9/17 7:10 PM
Brewers Batters 28-102 .274 6 11 19 20 20 .498 .397 .895
Yovani Gallardo MIL @ Cin
9/17 7:10 PM
Reds Batters 41-111 .369 4 16 22 14 18 .586 .440 1.026
 


Recommended Pickup

Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK - McCarthy has had the best season of his career, and he has been at his best since the All-Star break. In 12 second-half starts, McCarthy is 8-3 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He has also improved his K:BB rate, whiffing 70 batters and walking just 13 in 79.1 innings over that span. McCarthy is available in a lot of leagues despite the strong numbers, so don’t hesitate to grab him if he is still a free agent in yours.

Other recent recommendations: Alejandro De Aza, Salvador Perez, Randall Delgado, Jordan Pacheco, Drew Pomeranz

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C - Brian McCann (ATL-C) $6,434
1B - Albert Pujols (STL-1B) $8,645
2B - Howie Kendrick (LAA-2B) $6,394
3B - David Wright (NYM-3B) $5,923
SS - Ian Desmond (WAS-SS) $5,336
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UTIL - Carlos Gonzalez (COL-OF) $8,668
SP - Tim Hudson (ATL-SP) $9,916
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