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Wednesday Lineup Card: Simon Says

Jack Moore

Jack Moore

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Projected Starters - A look at Thursday’s matchups (all times Eastern

Reds (Edinson Volquez – R) at Mets (Miguel Batista – R), 1:10 PM
Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow – R) at White Sox (Philip Humber – R), 2:10 PM
Rockies (Drew Pomeranz - L) at Giants (Matt Cain – R), 3:45 PM
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R) at Marlins (Chris Volstad – R), 4:10 PM
Red Sox (Jon Lester – L) at Orioles (Alfredo Simon – R), 7:00 PM
Phillies (Joe Blanton – R) at Braves (Tim Hudson – R), 7:00 PM
Indians (Zach McAllister – R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello – R), 7:05 PM
Yankees (TBA*) at Rays (David Price – L), 7:10 PM
Cardinals (Chris Carpenter – R) at Astros (Brett Myers – R), 8:00 PM
Rangers (Matt Harrison – L) at Angels (Garrett Richards – R), 8:05 PM
Pirates (Jeff Locke - L) at Brewers (Zack Greinke – R), 8:10 PM
Royals (Bruce Chen – L) at Twins (Carl Pavano – R), 8:10 PM
Cubs (Ryan Dempster – R) at Padres (Wade LeBlanc - ), 8:35 PM
Dodgers (Ted Lilly – L) at Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders – L), 9:40 PM
Athletics (Gio Gonzalez – L) at Mariners (Anthony Vasquez - L), 10:10 PM

Day game after a night game: CIN, NY-N, TOR, CHI-A, COL, SF, WAS, FLA
*Likely Phil Hughes for two innings followed by the bullpen

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)
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR – (Shoulder) Out of Tuesday's game, possibly Wednesday's as well.
Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE – (Knee) Will see a doctor to determine if fourth surgery in three years is necessary.
Casey Kotchman, 1B, TB – (Chest) Scratched due to chest tightness Tuesday.
Carlos Guillen, 2B, DET – (Calf) Best-case scenario a return for ALCS.
Ryan Sweeney, OF, OAK – (Quadriceps) Likely out for the final two games.
Francisco Cervilli, C, NY-A – (Concussion) Out for the final two games and likely ALDS as well.
Scott Atchison, P, BOS – (Groin) Unavailable Monday night, likely out Tuesday as well.
Dan Wheeler, P, BOS – (Forearm) Won't be available until Wednesday.
Jason Varitek, C, BOS – (Knee) Unavailable for Tuesday's game.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS – (Shoulder) Unavailable for Tuesday's game.
Rafael Furcal, SS, STL – (Hamstring) Out Tuesday, likely out Wednesday as well.
David Wright, 3B, NY-N – (Arm) In Tuesday's starting lineup.
Jason Bay, OF, NY-N – (Illness) Will miss final two games.
Huston Street, RP, COL – (Groin) Likely done for the season.

Players on the DL
Alexi Casilla, SS, MIN – (Hamstring) Transferred to 60-day DL.
Joey Devine, P, OAK – (Back) Placed on 60-day DL due to strained back muscle.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS – (Back) Threw 18 pitches in an instructional league game, unlikely to pitch Wednesday.

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)
Joey Devine, P, OAK (60-day)
Alexi Casilla, SS, MIN (from 15-day to 60-day)

Traded
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B, from KC to OAK
Ethan Hollingsworth, P, from OAK to KC

Claimed off waivers
Esmerling Vasquez, P, from AZ to MIN

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

TB – Kyle Farnsworth recorded his 24th save Monday and his first since returning from an injury sustained September 10. Farnsworth should be the man for the job over the last two games and a game 163 (if necessary) for the Rays.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Chris Iannetta - C COL @ SF
9/28 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 5-14 .357 1 1 1 4 2 .571 .500 1.071
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL @ SF
9/28 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 17-51 .333 4 9 6 4 10 .686 .382 1.068
Ian Desmond - SS WAS @ FLA
9/28 4:10 PM
Chris Volstad 11-18 .611 1 5 5 1 1 1.056 .600 1.656
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ FLA
9/28 4:10 PM
Chris Volstad 13-22 .591 2 4 6 1 3 .955 .583 1.538
Nolan Reimold - OF BAL vs BOS
9/28 7:05 PM
Jon Lester 4-10 .400 0 1 0 3 1 .500 .538 1.038
Travis Hafner - DH CLE @ DET
9/28 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 4-14 .286 2 2 4 0 1 .714 .286 1.000
Alex Gonzalez - SS ATL vs PHI
9/28 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 4-18 .222 2 3 4 1 6 .611 .263 .874
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL vs PHI
9/28 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 9-30 .300 2 6 6 6 5 .633 .417 1.050
Andruw Jones - OF NYY @ TB
9/28 7:10 PM
David Price 3-10 .300 2 2 4 2 0 .900 .417 1.317
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ TB
9/28 7:10 PM
David Price 5-20 .250 1 3 4 4 4 .550 .375 .925
Nick Swisher - OF NYY @ TB
9/28 7:10 PM
David Price 5-14 .357 1 2 2 5 3 .643 .526 1.169
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ ATL
9/28 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 14-44 .318 6 7 13 9 6 .750 .426 1.176
Raul Ibanez - OF PHI @ ATL
9/28 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 14-43 .326 1 5 5 3 5 .488 .383 .871
Carlos Ruiz - C PHI @ ATL
9/28 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 6-22 .273 2 2 4 3 4 .545 .385 .930
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ HOU
9/28 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 7-20 .350 2 4 6 3 1 .750 .435 1.185
Albert Pujols - 1B STL @ HOU
9/28 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 15-41 .366 3 5 6 2 4 .659 .395 1.054
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL @ HOU
9/28 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 7-23 .304 2 3 2 2 4 .609 .360 .969
Billy Butler - 1B KC @ MIN
9/28 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 16-35 .457 2 7 9 1 6 .771 .472 1.243
Mitchell Maier - OF KC @ MIN
9/28 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 5-16 .313 0 2 1 1 2 .500 .353 .853
Denard Span - OF MIN vs KC
9/28 8:10 PM
Bruce Chen 5-10 .500 0 1 1 3 1 .600 .615 1.215
Chris Young - OF ARI vs LAD
9/28 9:40 PM
Ted Lilly 5-15 .333 1 5 3 0 5 .800 .333 1.133
James Loney - 1B LAD @ ARI
9/28 9:40 PM
Joe Saunders 6-15 .400 1 2 4 1 0 .667 .438 1.105
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Matt Cain SF vs COL
9/28 3:45 PM
Rockies Batters 47-233 .202 8 18 18 28 45 .358 .296 .654
Rick Porcello DET vs CLE
9/28 7:05 PM
Indians Batters 20-89 .225 5 7 10 2 13 .419 .249 .668
David Price TB vs NYY
9/28 7:10 PM
Yankees Batters 32-149 .215 5 13 18 21 31 .392 .316 .708
Chris Carpenter STL @ HOU
9/28 8:05 PM
Astros Batters 13-64 .203 2 3 6 5 8 .315 .268 .583
Ted Lilly LAD @ ARI
9/28 9:40 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 14-72 .194 1 7 5 8 17 .306 .275 .581

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Dexter Fowler - OF COL @ SF
9/28 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 3-15 .200 0 1 0 5 6 .333 .429 .762
Jason Giambi - 1B COL @ SF
9/28 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 0-11 .000 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ SF
9/28 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 3-25 .120 0 0 2 4 6 .120 .233 .353
Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B COL @ SF
9/28 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 4-28 .143 0 1 1 1 5 .179 .226 .405
Seth Smith - OF COL @ SF
9/28 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 1-18 .056 0 0 1 2 1 .056 .150 .206
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ FLA
9/28 4:10 PM
Chris Volstad 2-24 .083 0 0 1 1 7 .083 .115 .198
Trevor Crowe - OF CLE @ DET
9/28 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 0 .083 .083 .166
Luis Valbuena - 2B CLE @ DET
9/28 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 0 .300 .200 .500
Jason Heyward - OF ATL vs PHI
9/28 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 3 .200 .273 .473
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs PHI
9/28 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 6-43 .140 1 2 3 4 13 .233 .224 .457
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ TB
9/28 7:10 PM
David Price 2-16 .125 0 0 0 0 6 .125 .125 .250
Jorge Posada - C NYY @ TB
9/28 7:10 PM
David Price 1-18 .056 0 1 2 3 10 .111 .190 .301
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ TB
9/28 7:10 PM
David Price 3-19 .158 0 1 1 2 1 .211 .273 .484
Brian Schneider - C PHI @ ATL
9/28 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 6-25 .240 0 2 3 1 8 .320 .269 .589
Clint Barmes - 2B HOU vs STL
9/28 8:05 PM
Chris Carpenter 2-14 .143 0 1 0 1 0 .214 .200 .414
Carlos Lee - OF HOU vs STL
9/28 8:05 PM
Chris Carpenter 4-28 .143 1 1 3 2 5 .250 .194 .444
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA vs TEX
9/28 8:05 PM
Matt Harrison 3-14 .214 0 0 0 1 0 .214 .267 .481
Torii Hunter - OF LAA vs TEX
9/28 8:05 PM
Matt Harrison 1-10 .100 1 1 3 3 2 .400 .308 .708
Lance Berkman - 1B STL @ HOU
9/28 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 3-18 .167 1 1 3 7 5 .333 .400 .733
Yadier Molina - C STL @ HOU
9/28 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 5-25 .200 1 1 4 1 4 .320 .231 .551
Corey Patterson - OF STL @ HOU
9/28 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 1-19 .053 0 1 1 0 3 .105 .053 .158
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ MIN
9/28 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 3-19 .158 2 2 3 1 7 .474 .190 .664
John McDonald - SS ARI vs LAD
9/28 9:40 PM
Ted Lilly 1-12 .083 0 0 0 1 1 .083 .154 .237
Justin Upton - OF ARI vs LAD
9/28 9:40 PM
Ted Lilly 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 4 .200 .273 .473
Michael Saunders - OF SEA vs OAK
9/28 10:10 PM
Gio Gonzalez 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 6 .000 .091 .091
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Chris Volstad FLA vs Was
9/28 4:10 PM
Nationals Batters 43-130 .331 3 12 21 7 22 .492 .353 .845
Carl Pavano MIN vs KC
9/28 8:10 PM
Royals Batters 31-100 .310 5 14 15 4 17 .558 .335 .893
 

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


Recommended Pickup

Alfredo Simon, P, BAL

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