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Wednesday Lineup Card: Dotel for the Save

Jack Moore

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

Astros (Wandy Rodriguez L) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo), 12:35 PM
Rays (James Shields R) at Yankees (Phil Hughes), 1:05 PM
Brewers (Randy Wolf L) at Cubs (Matt Garza R), 2:20 PM
Padres (Anthony Bass - R) at Rockies (Aaron Cook R), 3:10 PM
Pirates (Ross Ohlendorf R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley L), 3:40 PM
White Sox (Mark Buehrle L) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez R), 7:05 PM
Nationals (Brad Peacock R) at Phillies (Vance Worley- R), 7:05 PM
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson R) at Yankees (CC Sabathia L), 7:05 PM
Angels (Dan Haren R) at Blue Jays (Dustin McGowan R), 7:07 PM
Orioles (Tommy Hunter R) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett R), 7:10 PM
Braves (Derek Lowe R) at Marlins (Javier Vazquez R), 7:10 PM
Tigers (Max Scherzer R) at Royals (Felipe Paulino R), 8:10 PM
Mariners (Michael Pineda R) at Twins (Kevin Slowey R), 8:10 PM
Mets (Chris Schwinden R) at Cardinals (Jaime Garcia L), 8:15 PM
Rangers (C.J. Wilson L) at Athletics (Brandon McCarthy R), 10:05 PM
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong R) at Dodgers (Dana Eveland L), 10:10 PM

Day game after a night game: HOU, CIN, TB*, NYY*, MIL, CHI-N, SD, COL, PIT, ARI

*Day-night doubleheader

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

Carlos Guillen, 2B, DET (Calf) Out of Tuesday's lineup.
Billy Butler, 1B, KC (Illness) Out of Tuesday's game with the flu.
Adam Jones, OF, BAL (Thumb) Starting first game this month Tuesday.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB (Personal) Will miss Tuesday's game due to birth of his daughter.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, BOS (Hip) Out of Tuesday's lineup.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE (Back) Left Tuesday's game, won't play in second game of doubleheader.
Mark Buehrle, P, CHI-A (Shoulder) In line to start Wednesday.
Jack Hannahan, 3B, CLE (Calf) Back in Tuesday's lineup.
Hunter Pence, OF, PHI (Knee) Left Tuesday's game with an injury, reportedly not serious.
Jason Bay, OF, NY-N (Illness) Out of Tuesday's lineup.
Todd Helton, 1B, COL (Back) Took batting practice and ground balls Tuesday, not ready to start yet.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (Hip) Will return this season, potentially as soon as Tuesday.
Jair Jurrjens, P, ATL (Knee) Threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session Monday.
Wilson Valdez, SS, PHI (Hamstring) Played in Tuesday's game.
Laynce Nix, OF, WAS (Groin) Played in Tuesday's game.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (Hand) Potentially out for St. Louis's next six games.

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

Players on the DL
Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR (Elbow) Placed on 15-day DL, could play Monday.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (Wrist) Expects to be full strength for spring training.
J.D. Drew, OF, BOS (Finger) Received a cortisone shot in fractured middle finger.
Tommy Hanson, P, ATL (Shoulder) Threw two simulated innings 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)
Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR

Activated from DL
Ryan Mattheus, P, WAS

Called Up
Corey Kluber, P, CLE

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

STL Jason Motte entered a save situation for the Cardinals on Monday, but he didn't finish it. The Cardinals went to Arthur Rhodes and then finally finished it with Octavio Dotel, who picked up his second save of the year. The final damage on Motte was two hits, two runs (both earned) and a hold (of course). With Tony La Russa at the helm, we really never know who is going to close, but Motte's sparkling 1.81 ERA will be tough to go away from. But don't expect a long leash.

NYY Mariano Rivera recorded his 43rd save of the season with a clean inning Monday against Minnesota. Normally, this wouldn't be Closer Watch worthy, but he set the career saves record, reaching #602 and passing Trevor Hoffman. Congratulations to Mariano.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Edgar Renteria - SS CIN vs HOU
9/21 12:35 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 5-10 .500 2 2 2 2 2 1.100 .583 1.683
Carlos Lee - OF HOU @ CIN
9/21 12:35 PM
Bronson Arroyo 16-47 .340 3 8 11 4 9 .638 .404 1.042
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs TB
9/21 1:05 PM
James Shields 16-41 .390 3 9 8 1 9 .805 .405 1.210
Jorge Posada - C NYY vs TB
9/21 1:05 PM
James Shields 8-27 .296 1 4 4 4 3 .519 .406 .925
Nick Swisher - OF NYY vs TB
9/21 1:05 PM
James Shields 5-23 .217 3 3 8 1 8 .609 .250 .859
Jeff Baker - 2B CHC vs MIL
9/21 2:20 PM
Randy Wolf 7-16 .438 1 2 4 0 3 .688 .438 1.126
Marlon Byrd - OF CHC vs MIL
9/21 2:20 PM
Randy Wolf 4-10 .400 2 3 3 1 1 1.100 .455 1.555
Geovany Soto - C CHC vs MIL
9/21 2:20 PM
Randy Wolf 7-22 .318 3 4 8 1 4 .773 .348 1.121
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ COL
9/21 3:10 PM
Aaron Cook 6-17 .353 0 1 3 4 2 .412 .476 .888
Orlando Hudson - 2B SD @ COL
9/21 3:10 PM
Aaron Cook 17-40 .425 0 2 5 6 4 .475 .500 .975
Grady Sizemore - OF CLE vs CWS
9/21 7:05 PM
Mark Buehrle 15-69 .217 4 6 8 2 10 .420 .260 .680
Raul Ibanez - OF PHI vs WAS
9/21 7:05 PM
John Lannan 11-20 .550 2 5 4 1 4 1.050 .591 1.641
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI vs WAS
9/21 7:05 PM
John Lannan 6-12 .500 0 0 2 1 0 .500 .500 1.000
Chase Utley - 2B PHI vs WAS
9/21 7:05 PM
John Lannan 11-25 .440 2 3 6 3 5 .720 .548 1.268
Shane Victorino - OF PHI vs WAS
9/21 7:05 PM
John Lannan 10-30 .333 1 2 3 3 0 .467 .429 .896
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B TOR vs LAA
9/21 7:07 PM
Dan Haren 5-11 .455 2 2 2 0 2 1.000 .455 1.455
Carl Crawford - OF BOS vs BAL
9/21 7:10 PM
Tommy Hunter 4-11 .364 0 1 1 1 0 .545 .417 .962
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs BAL
9/21 7:10 PM
Tommy Hunter 3-10 .300 2 2 4 0 2 .900 .300 1.200
Omar Infante - 2B FLA vs ATL
9/21 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 4-11 .364 0 2 0 1 3 .636 .417 1.053
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC vs DET
9/21 8:10 PM
Max Scherzer 3-11 .273 1 2 1 0 4 .727 .273 1.000
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ OAK
9/21 10:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 6-17 .353 1 3 6 0 1 .647 .333 .980
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Phil Hughes NYY vs TB
9/21 1:05 PM
Rays Batters 13-60 .217 4 5 10 8 13 .414 .318 .732
Javier Vazquez FLA vs ATL
9/21 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 26-130 .200 2 8 13 11 31 .294 .264 .558
C.J. Wilson TEX @ OAK
9/21 10:05 PM
Athletics Batters 13-72 .180 0 2 7 8 18 .218 .290 .508

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jay Bruce - OF CIN vs HOU
9/21 12:35 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 1-20 .050 0 0 0 0 11 .050 .050 .100
Drew Stubbs - OF CIN vs HOU
9/21 12:35 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 1-13 .077 0 0 0 3 8 .077 .250 .327
Humberto Quintero - C HOU @ CIN
9/21 12:35 PM
Bronson Arroyo 1-17 .059 0 0 0 0 8 .059 .059 .118
Brett Gardner - OF NYY vs TB
9/21 1:05 PM
James Shields 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 3 .091 .167 .258
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs TB
9/21 1:05 PM
James Shields 3-31 .097 0 2 2 1 8 .194 .125 .319
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY vs TB
9/21 1:05 PM
James Shields 6-33 .182 0 0 0 2 13 .182 .250 .432
Aramis Ramirez - 3B CHC vs MIL
9/21 2:20 PM
Randy Wolf 3-23 .130 1 1 3 2 7 .261 .200 .461
Nick Hundley - C SD @ COL
9/21 3:10 PM
Aaron Cook 2-10 .200 0 1 2 0 1 .300 .200 .500
Will Venable - OF SD @ COL
9/21 3:10 PM
Aaron Cook 2-11 .182 0 1 0 1 1 .364 .250 .614
Geoff Blum - SS ARI vs PIT
9/21 3:40 PM
Ross Ohlendorf 2-10 .200 0 1 1 1 1 .300 .250 .550
Trevor Crowe - OF CLE vs CWS
9/21 7:05 PM
Mark Buehrle 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 0 .182 .250 .432
Matt LaPorta - 1B CLE vs CWS
9/21 7:05 PM
Mark Buehrle 3-19 .158 0 1 0 1 3 .211 .200 .411
Lou Marson - C CLE vs CWS
9/21 7:05 PM
Mark Buehrle 2-10 .200 1 1 3 1 2 .500 .273 .773
Omar Vizquel - 3B CWS @ CLE
9/21 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 1 .200 .182 .382
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI vs WAS
9/21 7:05 PM
John Lannan 5-30 .167 2 3 5 2 13 .400 .286 .686
Wilson Valdez - SS PHI vs WAS
9/21 7:05 PM
John Lannan 3-16 .188 0 0 0 1 1 .188 .235 .423
Maicer Izturis - 3B LAA @ TOR
9/21 7:07 PM
Dustin McGowan 2-13 .154 0 1 2 1 0 .231 .214 .445
Mark Teahen - 3B TOR vs LAA
9/21 7:07 PM
Dan Haren 2-14 .143 0 1 0 3 4 .214 .294 .508
Eric Hinske - OF ATL @ FLA
9/21 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 2-19 .105 0 0 2 1 5 .105 .143 .248
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL @ FLA
9/21 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 5-25 .200 1 3 4 5 4 .400 .344 .744
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ FLA
9/21 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 3-15 .200 1 1 5 0 6 .400 .200 .600
Jack Wilson - SS ATL @ FLA
9/21 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 7-31 .226 0 0 1 1 7 .226 .250 .476
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ BOS
9/21 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett 8-26 .308 1 3 2 1 9 .500 .333 .833
Marco Scutaro - SS BOS vs BAL
9/21 7:10 PM
Tommy Hunter 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 1 .083 .083 .166
Emilio Bonifacio - OF FLA vs ATL
9/21 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 2-15 .133 0 0 0 2 3 .133 .235 .368
David DeJesus - OF OAK vs TEX
9/21 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 1-12 .083 0 0 1 0 1 .083 .154 .237
Hideki Matsui - DH OAK vs TEX
9/21 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-13 .154 0 0 0 1 5 .154 .267 .421
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Aaron Cook COL vs SD
9/21 3:10 PM
Padres Batters 35-103 .340 0 9 12 13 9 .432 .414 .846
John Lannan WAS @ Phi
9/21 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters 71-217 .327 9 20 35 17 31 .506 .394 .900
Dan Haren LAA @ Tor
9/21 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 20-67 .299 6 10 8 6 16 .635 .356 .991

***For a deeper look at the matchups please consult the new Batter v. Pitcher tool in the left hand menu.***

Recommended Pickup

Octavio Dotel, RP, STL

Late saves are sweet, sweet manna for fantasy owners, and they're notoriously difficult to find. Although Dotel is no guarantee to get the opportunities, the fact that he closed the game out for Tony La Russa on Monday night combined with Jason Motte's recent relative struggles and finally the fact that Dotel is one of those so-beloved veterans could mean he'll be in line for more.

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