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Monday Lineup Card: Last Stop for Choo's Train

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

Red Sox (Josh Beckett – R) at Orioles (Tommy Hunter – R), 7:05
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R) at Tigers (Doug Fister – R), 7:05
Yankees (Phil Hughes – R) at Rays (James Shields – R), 7:10
Royals (Felipe Paulino – R) at Twins (Kevin Slowey – R), 8:10
Blue Jays (Dustin McGowan – R), at White Sox (Dylan Axelrod – R), 8:10
Rangers (C.J. Wilson – L) at Angels (Dan Haren – R), 10:05
Athletics (Brandon McCarthy – R) at Mariners (Jason Vargas – L), 10:10
Nationals (Tommy Milone – L) at Marlins (Anibal Sanchez – R), 7:10
Reds (Homer Bailey – R) at Mets (Chris Schwinden – R), 7:10
Phillies (Cliff Lee – L) at Braves (Randall Delgado – R), 7:10
Cardinals (Jaime Garcia – L) at Astros (Wandy Rodriguez – L), 8:05
Pirates (Charlie Morton – R) at Brewers (Shaun Marcum – R), 8:10
Dodgers (Dana Eveland – L) at Diamondbacks (Dan Hudson – R), 9:40
Cubs (Casey Coleman – R) at Padres (Mat Latos – R), 10:05
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin – R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong – 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
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, BOS – (Hip) Red Sox hope to get him back, but looks like it would only be as a pinch-hitter.
Dan Wheeler, P, BOS – (Forearm) Not expected to return soon.
Phil Hughes, P, NYY – (Back) Looks like he will start Monday, but serve as a reliever in playoffs.
Wilson Betemit, 3B, DET – (Knee) Not in Sunday’s lineup, could be ready as soon as Monday.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE – (Elbow) Not in Sunday’s lineup.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR – (Illness) Scratched Sunday with flu.
Alex Gordon, OF, KC – (Illness) Looks like he is out for the season.
Cliff Pennington, SS, OAK – (Oblique) Not in Sunday’s lineup, may not return this season.
Jose Bautista, 3B, TOR – (Knee) Left Sunday’s game after hitting knee against wall.
Jason Bay, OF, NYM – (Illness) Out of Sunday’s lineup.
Angel Pagan, OF, NYM – (Head) Not in Sunday’s lineup.
Lucas Duda, OF, NYM – (Head) Not in Sunday’s lineup, season could be over.
Jair Jurrjens, P, ATL – (Knee) Threw Saturday and felt good, could pitch before end of season but unknown if it will be as a starter or reliever.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, CHC – (Quadriceps) Says he will return Tuesday.
Alex Gonzalez, SS, ATL – (Calf) Out of Sunday’s lineup.

Players on the DL
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY – (Concussion) Not expected to be ready for ALDS, which means season seems out of the question.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS – (Back) Could be activated to pitch Wednesday’s finale.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR – (Elbow) Seems likely he is done for the season.
Tommy Hanson, P, ATL – (Shoulder) Could start Wednesday if Braves have clinched.

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

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CLE (transferred to 60-day)
Josh Tomlin, P, CLE (transferred to 60-day)

Activated from DL
None

Called Up
Mitch Talbot, P, CLE
Jerad Head, OF, CLE

Sent Down
None

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

Baltimore – Just when it looked like the Orioles had resolved to finish the season with Jim Johnson as the closer, the team turned to Kevin Gregg to close out Saturday’s win. Gregg allowed a hit and struck out one. Looks like it could be either Gregg or Johnson on any given day.

Chicago White Sox – Save situations have not been plentiful of late in Chicago. Until Saturday, Santos had seen only one opportunity since September 6 and he blew it.

New York Mets – By the time I wrote this column yesterday, Manny Acosta had converted his third save. He converted his second save of the day to notch both in the doubleheader. Rogue saves could be had between now and the end of the season if you are looking for them.

Pittsburgh – We haven’t seen the Pirates very often on this list, but Jason Grilli picked up Saturday night’s save as Joel Hanrahan got a night off. Hanrahan had thrown 30 pitches the night before.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Carl Crawford - OF BOS @ BAL
9/26 7:05 PM
Tommy Hunter 4-11 .364 0 1 1 1 0 .545 .417 .962
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ BAL
9/26 7:05 PM
Tommy Hunter 3-10 .300 2 2 4 0 2 .900 .300 1.200
Alex Gonzalez - SS ATL vs PHI
9/26 7:10 PM
Cliff Lee 7-18 .389 1 3 4 2 4 .667 .450 1.117
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL vs PHI
9/26 7:10 PM
Cliff Lee 5-15 .333 0 3 4 0 2 .533 .333 .866
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ TB
9/26 7:10 PM
James Shields 16-41 .390 3 9 8 1 9 .805 .405 1.210
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Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Anibal Sanchez FLA vs WAS
9/26 7:10 PM
Nationals Batters 32-152 .211 1 7 6 10 40 .272 .271 .543
Phil Hughes NYY @ TB
9/26 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 13-67 .194 4 5 10 9 13 .371 .297 .668

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs BOS
9/26 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett 8-26 .308 1 3 2 1 9 .500 .333 .833
Marco Scutaro - SS BOS @ BAL
9/26 7:05 PM
Tommy Hunter 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 1 .083 .083 .166
Brett Gardner - OF NYY @ TB
9/26 7:10 PM
James Shields 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 3 .091 .167 .258
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ TB
9/26 7:10 PM
James Shields 3-31 .097 0 2 2 1 8 .194 .125 .319
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ TB
9/26 7:10 PM
James Shields 6-33 .182 0 0 0 2 13 .182 .250 .432
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Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Tommy Hunter BAL vs Bos
9/26 7:05 PM
Red Sox Batters 18-63 .286 5 9 11 2 5 .593 .308 .900
Cliff Lee PHI @ Atl
9/26 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 32-100 .320 2 13 15 5 27 .509 .358 .867
Dan Haren LAA vs Tex
9/26 10:05 PM
Rangers Batters 53-172 .308 4 17 19 15 29 .473 .370 .843
 

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Recommended Pickup

Jarrod Parker, P, ARI – The NL West has been clinched and that paves the way for Parker to make his MLB debut on Tuesday. Parker was a top flight prospect who could already be a contributor with the Diamondbacks, but Tommy John surgery threw a wrinkle into things during the 2009 season. After missing all of 2010, Parker spent all of this season in Double-A, where he went 11-8 with a 3.79 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 130.2 innings. Parker should be introduced permanently in mid-2012, but he is a good keeper stasher if he hits the wire. Tuesday’s start will be at home against the Dodgers, which could be useful as a streaming option.


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