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Tuesday Lineup Card: Perky Royals Saved in Holland

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)

Red Sox (Erik Bedard - L) @ Orioles (Zach Britton - L), 7:05
Indians (Jeanmar Gomez - R) @ Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 7:05
Nationals (John Lannan - L) @ Marlins (Javier Vazquez - R), 7:10
Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R) @ Mets (Chris Capuano - L), 7:10
Yankees (TBD) @ Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R), 7:10
Phillies (Roy Oswalt - R) @ Braves (Derek Lowe - R), 7:10
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R) @ Astros (Henry Sosa - R), 8:05
Royals (Sean O'Sullivan - R) @ Twins (Anthony Swarzak - R), 8:05
Pirates (Ross Ohlendorf - R) @ Brewers (Randy Wolf - L), 8:10
Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez - R) @ White Sox (Mark Buehrle - L), 8:10
Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda - R) @ Diamondbacks (Jarrod Parker - R), 9:40
Rangers (Colby Lewis - R) @ Angels (Ervin Santana - ), 10:05
Cubs (Matt Garza - R) @ Padres (Anthony Bass - R), 10:05
A's (Trevor Cahill - R) @ Mariners (Blake Beavan - R), 10:10
Rockies (Alex White - R) @ Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L), 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)
Alex Rios, OF, CHI-A - (Face) Not in Monday's lineup after running into the wall Sunday
David DeJesus, OF, OAK - (Hip) Not expected to play Monday
Phil Hughes, P, NY-A - (Back) Will pitch out of the bullpen thru ALDS
Felix Hernandez, P, SEA - (Forearm) Bruise is OK, but he doesn't have another scheduled start for 2011
Wilson Betemit, 3B, DET - (Knee) Still in pain and out of the lineup
Jason Varitek, C, BOS - (Knee) Scratched from Monday's lineup
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Wrist) Out for final few games
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Hip) Only available in "emergency" situations
Jason Bay, OF, NY-N - (Illness) Out again Monday
Angel Pagan, OF, NY-N - (Head) Won't play Monday
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI - (Toe) Dealing with toe and heel problems, received a cortisone shot
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, CHI-N - (Quadriceps) Eyeing a Tuesday return
Justin Upton, OF, AZ - (Head) Will undergo baseline concussion tests prior to Monday's game, out of the lineup
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT (Abdomen) Out of the lineup Monday after taking a pitch in BP
Cody Ross, OF, SF (Hamstring) Done for the year


Players on the DL/Out
Mark Trumbo, 1B, ANA - (Foot) Out for the rest of the season
Peter Moylan, P, ATL - (Shoulder) Will go under the knife, much of 2012 season in doubt
George Sherrill, P, AT L - (Elbow) Returned to the Braves on Sunday, should be active for Monday's game
Tommy Hanson, P, ATL - (Shoulder) Did not throw BP on Sunday, and will not start Wednesday
Russ Mitchell, 1B, LA - (Wrist) Surgery on tap for Tuesday


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)
NA

Activated from DL
George Sherrill, P, BAL

Called Up
Luis Esposito, C, BOS

Sent Down
NA

Designated for Assignment
NA


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

Kansas City - It looks like Greg Holland will be the guy for the Royals' final two games, as Joakim Soria remains out with a hamstring injury. Holland picked up his fourth save in Sunday's win over the White Sox, and his 11.1 K/9 leads the club.


KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Vladimir Guerrero - DH BAL vs BOS
9/27 7:05 PM
Erik Bedard 6-13 .462 1 2 3 2 2 .769 .533 1.302
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE @ DET
9/27 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 3-11 .273 1 1 2 2 5 .545 .385 .930
Travis Hafner - DH CLE @ DET
9/27 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 6-10 .600 1 1 3 2 1 .900 .667 1.567
Matt LaPorta - 1B CLE @ DET
9/27 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 2-10 .200 1 2 1 2 1 .600 .333 .933
Wilson Betemit - 3B DET vs CLE
9/27 7:05 PM
Jeanmar Gomez 3-10 .300 2 2 3 2 2 .900 .417 1.317
Alex Gonzalez - SS ATL vs PHI
9/27 7:10 PM
Roy Oswalt 12-27 .444 2 4 3 1 4 .741 .464 1.205
Jack Wilson - SS ATL vs PHI
9/27 7:10 PM
Roy Oswalt 23-59 .390 0 7 7 3 5 .525 .429 .954
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ NYM
9/27 7:10 PM
Chris Capuano 10-23 .435 1 2 2 0 3 .609 .435 1.044
Omar Infante - 2B FLA vs WAS
9/27 7:10 PM
John Lannan 5-11 .455 0 1 0 0 1 .545 .455 1.000
Ronny Paulino - C NYM vs CIN
9/27 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 6-14 .429 0 3 3 4 2 .643 .556 1.199
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ ATL
9/27 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 12-30 .400 2 5 3 3 0 .700 .455 1.155
Johnny Damon - OF TB vs NYY
9/27 7:10 PM
Bartolo Colon 12-29 .414 1 3 3 4 2 .586 .485 1.071
Alex Cora - SS WAS @ FLA
9/27 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 8-16 .500 0 1 1 2 0 .563 .556 1.119
Ivan Rodriguez - C WAS @ FLA
9/27 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 13-29 .448 1 6 5 0 7 .759 .448 1.207
Carlos Lee - OF HOU vs STL
9/27 8:05 PM
Jake Westbrook 11-25 .440 1 3 5 2 2 .640 .481 1.121
Craig Counsell - SS MIL vs PIT
9/27 8:10 PM
Ross Ohlendorf 5-11 .455 0 1 2 1 1 .545 .500 1.045
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL vs PIT
9/27 8:10 PM
Ross Ohlendorf 2-10 .200 2 2 3 1 4 .800 .250 1.050
Ronny Cedeno - SS PIT @ MIL
9/27 8:10 PM
Randy Wolf 10-20 .500 0 3 2 2 1 .650 .522 1.172
Jose Bautista - 3B TOR @ CWS
9/27 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 4-16 .250 1 2 2 4 4 .500 .400 .900
Mark Teahen - 3B TOR @ CWS
9/27 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 24-53 .453 1 9 6 2 9 .660 .491 1.151
Chris Woodward - 3B TOR @ CWS
9/27 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 3-11 .273 0 2 0 3 3 .545 .467 1.012
Torii Hunter - OF LAA vs TEX
9/27 10:05 PM
Colby Lewis 2-11 .182 1 2 1 2 3 .545 .308 .853
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ LAA
9/27 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 10-47 .213 3 4 10 3 8 .447 .260 .707
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX @ LAA
9/27 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 8-30 .267 3 4 4 0 9 .600 .267 .867
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ LAA
9/27 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 13-36 .361 1 6 3 3 5 .611 .425 1.036
Michael Young - 3B TEX @ LAA
9/27 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 24-64 .375 3 6 12 2 14 .563 .377 .940
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA vs OAK
9/27 10:10 PM
Trevor Cahill 7-15 .467 0 2 0 2 0 .600 .556 1.156
Dexter Fowler - OF COL @ SF
9/27 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 4-10 .400 0 1 0 0 0 .600 .400 1.000
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ SF
9/27 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 4-11 .364 2 3 4 2 1 1.000 .462 1.462
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ SF
9/27 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 4-10 .400 0 0 2 0 2 .400 .400 .800
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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OPS
Derek Lowe ATL vs PHI
9/27 7:10 PM
Phillies Batters 59-267 .221 5 16 18 16 33 .320 .265 .585
Hiroki Kuroda LAD @ ARI
9/27 9:40 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 13-64 .203 2 5 6 6 18 .364 .271 .635
Colby Lewis TEX @ LAA
9/27 10:05 PM
Angels Batters 12-67 .179 3 6 4 10 16 .371 .286 .657

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs PHI
9/27 7:10 PM
Roy Oswalt 3-22 .136 0 1 1 5 8 .182 .296 .478
Edgar Renteria - SS CIN @ NYM
9/27 7:10 PM
Chris Capuano 2-15 .133 0 0 1 0 5 .133 .133 .266
Angel Pagan - OF NYM vs CIN
9/27 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 3-16 .188 1 1 1 0 2 .375 .188 .563
John Bowker - OF PHI @ ATL
9/27 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 2-10 .200 0 1 0 1 1 .300 .273 .573
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ ATL
9/27 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 9-42 .214 0 1 5 2 7 .238 .250 .488
Raul Ibanez - OF PHI @ ATL
9/27 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 6-38 .158 2 2 6 2 3 .316 .200 .516
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ ATL
9/27 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 8-38 .211 0 2 0 0 1 .263 .211 .474
Brian Schneider - C PHI @ ATL
9/27 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 2-13 .154 0 1 0 3 3 .231 .313 .544
Wilson Valdez - SS PHI @ ATL
9/27 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 2-13 .154 0 0 2 0 5 .154 .154 .308
Shane Victorino - OF PHI @ ATL
9/27 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 6-30 .200 1 1 1 1 4 .300 .226 .526
B.J. Upton - OF TB vs NYY
9/27 7:10 PM
Bartolo Colon 2-11 .182 0 0 1 2 5 .182 .308 .490
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ FLA
9/27 7:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 2-22 .091 0 0 0 2 8 .091 .200 .291
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs PIT
9/27 8:10 PM
Ross Ohlendorf 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 2 .083 .083 .166
Ryan Ludwick - OF PIT @ MIL
9/27 8:10 PM
Randy Wolf 3-15 .200 0 0 1 3 5 .200 .350 .550
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ MIL
9/27 8:10 PM
Randy Wolf 4-20 .200 0 0 1 2 3 .200 .261 .461
Neil Walker - 2B PIT @ MIL
9/27 8:10 PM
Randy Wolf 2-10 .200 0 2 1 0 1 .400 .200 .600
Adam Lind - 1B TOR @ CWS
9/27 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 0-12 .000 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000
Justin Upton - OF ARI vs LAD
9/27 9:40 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 2-12 .167 0 0 1 1 5 .167 .231 .398
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA vs TEX
9/27 10:05 PM
Colby Lewis 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 5 .100 .182 .282
Vernon Wells - OF LAA vs TEX
9/27 10:05 PM
Colby Lewis 3-15 .200 1 2 1 2 1 .467 .294 .761
Jeremy Hermida - OF SD vs CHC
9/27 10:05 PM
Matt Garza 2-11 .182 0 1 0 1 3 .273 .250 .523
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX @ LAA
9/27 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 4-24 .167 1 3 5 1 2 .375 .192 .567
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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OPS
Max Scherzer DET vs Cle
9/27 7:05 PM
Indians Batters 23-76 .303 4 8 14 11 16 .509 .391 .899
Jeanmar Gomez CLE @ Det
9/27 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters 28-68 .412 3 11 15 4 8 .670 .428 1.098
Roy Oswalt PHI @ Atl
9/27 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 53-161 .329 2 17 20 14 26 .465 .390 .855
Javier Vazquez FLA vs Was
9/27 7:10 PM
Nationals Batters 28-92 .304 1 10 9 6 23 .437 .355 .792
Chris Capuano NYM vs Cin
9/27 7:10 PM
Reds Batters 21-63 .333 3 6 10 5 17 .542 .382 .924
Mark Buehrle CWS vs Tor
9/27 8:10 PM
Blue Jays Batters 36-109 .330 3 14 10 10 20 .524 .399 .924
Ervin Santana LAA vs Tex
9/27 10:05 PM
Rangers Batters 82-272 .302 14 26 49 14 49 .502 .333 .835
 


Recommended Pickup

Greg Holland, P, KC

I briefly mentioned Holland in the "closer watch" section above, and he seems like a good answer for the "Who should I pick up with two days left?" question. As mentioned above, Holland has apparently taken over the closer reins from the injured Joakim Soria, and there might be a save or two waiting for him with the Royals' offense acting perky of late. He's also the kind of guy who might appear in a middle inning if a save chance isn't coming, and he could K several in either situation. I could also see Holland challenge Soria for the closer role in 2012 if Soria continues to slide.

Other recent recommendations: Jarrod Parker, Chris Parmelee, Steve Cishek, Drew Pomeranz, Jerry Sands, Octavio Dotel

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