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Thursday Lineup Card: Opening Day 1.3

Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210) from 11a-2p ET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Thursday's Starters

Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Tigers (Justin Verlander - R), 1:05
Braves (Tommy Hanson - R) at Mets (Johan Santana - L), 1:10
Phillies (Roy Halladay - R) at Pirates (Erik Bedard - L), 1:35
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R), 2:20
Blue Jays (Ricky Romero - L) at Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 3:05
Marlins (Mark Buehrle - L) at Reds (Johnny Cueto - R), 4:10
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Padres (Edinson Volquez - R), 7:05

Day After Night Game: MIA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Josh Beckett - (Thumb) Declared himself ready to make Saturday's scheduled start.
Jed Lowrie - (Thumb) Status TBD by Astros on Friday. Could miss six games.
Bryan LaHair - (Back) Questionable for Thursday's opener against Washington.
Andres Torres - (Calf) Expected to be in the lineup Thursday.
Tim Stauffer - (Triceps) Padres targeting return for April 10 series against Arizona.
Nelson Cruz - (Elbow) X-rays were negative after HBP on Tuesday.

Disabled List

Ted Lilly - (Neck) Expected to return April 14.
B.J. Upton - (General) Eligible to return from the DL April 9, took batting practice.
Kyle Farnsworth - (Elbow) MRI revealed a strain, could return in 1-2 weeks.

Transactions (just the key ones, Wednesday was roster cut-down day)

Placed on DL (does not included obvious ones i.e. Howard, Utley, Soria)

B.J. Upton
Michael Pineda
Drew Storen
Tsuyoshi Wada
Charlie Morton
Charlie Blackmon
Chien-Ming Wang
Rick Ankiel
Jerome Williams
David Huff
Takashi Saito
Daric Barton

Optioned to Triple-A

Todd Frazier
Julio Borbon
Tyson Ross
Charlie Furbush
Carlos Peguero
Francisco Cervelli
Nathan Eovaldi
John Lannan
Tim Federowicz
Henry Sosa (outrighted)
Sean O'Sullivan (outrighted)

Released

Bill Hall
Felix Pie

Claimed off Waivers

Luis Valbuena (TOR --> CHC)

Traded

Chris Stewart (SF --> NYY)
George Kontos (NYY --> SF)

Closer Watch

BOS -- Alfredo Aceves was named the Red Sox's closer Wednesday, despite the experience of Mark Melancon. Given the instability in the back of the Boston rotation, it's no guarantee that the Red Sox won't end up shifting him back to a starting role at some point later this season.

TAM -- The Rays haven't named a replacement for Kyle Farnsworth, but his absence may only last a couple of weeks. Joel Peralta is the best bet to take his place, although the Rays could use a committee that includes J.P. Howell or Jake McGee as well.

CIN -- Sean Marshall was officially named the closer by Reds manager Dusty Baker earlier this week. It's his job to lose while Ryan Madson is out for the year with a torn UCL.

KAN -- There's no word yet as to what the Royals are planning to do, although the logical first choice based on experience is Jonathan Broxton. Long term, the smart money seems to be on Greg Holland, or possibly even Aaron Crow, as both were very effective in the Royals' bullpen last season.

STL -- Jason Motte converted his first opportunity of the season Wednesday night, striking out Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo Stanton during a scoreless ninth inning.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ DET
4/5 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-12 .250 1 2 2 3 6 .583 .400 .983
Kevin Youkilis - 3B BOS @ DET
4/5 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 5-14 .357 2 2 3 0 1 .786 .357 1.143
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET vs BOS
4/5 1:05 PM
Jon Lester 5-10 .500 0 0 0 2 0 .500 .583 1.083
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs BOS
4/5 1:05 PM
Jon Lester 4-17 .235 2 2 4 4 5 .588 .381 .969
Michael Bourn - OF ATL @ NYM
4/5 1:10 PM
Johan Santana 5-11 .455 0 0 0 0 1 .455 .500 .955
Matt Diaz - OF ATL @ NYM
4/5 1:10 PM
Johan Santana 16-32 .500 1 4 4 1 4 .688 .515 1.203
Brian McCann - C ATL @ NYM
4/5 1:10 PM
Johan Santana 8-29 .276 3 4 3 1 6 .621 .300 .921
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI @ PIT
4/5 1:35 PM
Erik Bedard 4-13 .308 1 2 2 0 1 .615 .308 .923
Xavier Nady - OF WAS @ CHC
4/5 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-13 .385 2 2 2 0 3 .846 .385 1.231
Chad Tracy - 1B WAS @ CHC
4/5 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 6-10 .600 1 4 3 1 1 1.200 .636 1.836
Miguel Cairo - 3B CIN vs MIA
4/5 4:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 5-12 .417 0 1 4 0 1 .500 .417 .917
Adam Kennedy - 2B LAD @ SD
4/5 7:05 PM
Edinson Volquez 5-12 .417 0 0 2 1 0 .417 .462 .879
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Johan Santana NYM vs ATL
4/5 1:10 PM
Braves Batters 37-139 .266 5 10 8 6 31 .405 .300 .705
Tommy Hanson ATL @ NYM
4/5 1:10 PM
Mets Batters 15-65 .231 1 4 6 5 16 .322 .285 .607
Erik Bedard PIT vs PHI
4/5 1:35 PM
Phillies Batters 17-71 .239 2 4 8 5 18 .350 .298 .648

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Nick Punto - 2B BOS @ DET
4/5 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 4-26 .154 0 0 1 3 10 .154 .241 .395
Ryan Sweeney - OF BOS @ DET
4/5 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .400
Gerald Laird - C DET vs BOS
4/5 1:05 PM
Jon Lester 2-11 .182 0 1 0 0 4 .273 .182 .455
Delmon Young - OF DET vs BOS
4/5 1:05 PM
Jon Lester 4-23 .174 0 0 2 2 7 .174 .222 .396
Martin Prado - OF ATL @ NYM
4/5 1:10 PM
Johan Santana 3-20 .150 0 1 0 0 2 .200 .150 .350
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ NYM
4/5 1:10 PM
Johan Santana 1-19 .053 1 1 1 1 10 .211 .100 .311
Ike Davis - 1B NYM vs ATL
4/5 1:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 2-10 .200 0 1 1 2 5 .300 .333 .633
David Wright - 3B NYM vs ATL
4/5 1:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 1-16 .063 0 1 1 0 8 .125 .059 .184
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ PIT
4/5 1:35 PM
Erik Bedard 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
Ty Wigginton - 3B PHI @ PIT
4/5 1:35 PM
Erik Bedard 7-27 .259 0 1 4 1 8 .296 .286 .582
Rod Barajas - C PIT vs PHI
4/5 1:35 PM
Roy Halladay 1-12 .083 1 1 1 0 2 .333 .083 .416
Nate McLouth - OF PIT vs PHI
4/5 1:35 PM
Roy Halladay 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Scott Rolen - 3B CIN vs MIA
4/5 4:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 2-12 .167 0 0 0 1 0 .167 .231 .398
Chase Headley - 3B SD vs LAD
4/5 7:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 5-23 .217 0 1 3 0 6 .261 .217 .478
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
SLG
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Ryan Dempster CHC vs Was
4/5 2:20 PM
Nationals Batters 22-75 .294 4 9 8 7 21 .517 .354 .871
 

Recommended Pickup

Juan Nicasio, SP, COL -- Most people remember the way Nicasio's season ended when a comebacker fractured one of his vertebrae during a start in early August. He made a full recovery in the offseason and worked without restrictions this spring and carried a 24:7 K:BB in 27.2 innings during Cactus League play. Nicasio has shown excellent control throughout his time as a professional, keeping his BB/9IP below 2.0 at each of his minor league stops during the last three seasons. He can also miss his share of bats, and while he may never deliver a K/9IP north of 10.0, the lack of hype around him reminds some of Brandon Beachy. Nicasio is scheduled to make his first 2012 start Sunday on the road against the Astros, and is worth considering even in shallow (10-12 team mixed) league formats.

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