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Friday Lineup Card: Closers Struggle in Openers

Andrew Fiorentino

Andrew Fiorentino

A degenerate fantasy-sports player since the age of 13.

Friday's Starters

White Sox (John Danks – L) at Rangers (Colby Lewis - R), 2:05
Twins (Carl Pavano - R) at Orioles (Jake Arrieta - R), 3:05
Yankees (CC Sabathia - L) at Rays (James Shields - R), 3:10
Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R), 4:10
Rockies (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at Astros (Wandy Rodriguez - L), 7:05
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R), 7:10
Dodgers (Chad Billingsley - R) at Padres (Corey Luebke - L), 10:05
Royals (Bruce Chen - L) at Angels (Jered Weaver - R), 10:05
Mariners (Jason Vargas - L) at Athletics (Brandon McCarthy - R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD (illness) - Pulled from Thursday start after just three IP
Frank Francisco, RP, NYM (knee) - Saved Thursday’s game and looked healthy doing it
Bryan LaHair, 1B, CHC (back) - Not in lineup Thursday; hopes to be back Sunday
Yorvit Torrealba, C, TEX (back) - Expected in Opening Day lineup Friday
Mike Adams, RP, TEX (calf) - Out a few days, but should avoid DL

Disabled List

Michael Morse, OF, WAS (back) - Double-A rehab assignment started Thursday
Andres Torres, OF, NYM (calf) - Left Thursday's game early and placed on DL
A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT (eye) - Starting in High-A on Friday
Chris Leroux, RP, PIT (chest) - Not allowed to throw for 4-6 weeks
Chien-Ming Wang, SP, WAS (hamstring) - Targeting late-April return
Drew Storen, RP, WAS (elbow) - Staying in Fla. For extended ST; expected back in April
Rick Ankiel, OF, WAS (leg) - Double-A rehab assignment started Thursday
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL (knee) - Could be back Tuesday
Jose Contreras, RP, PHI (elbow) - Rehab assignment started Thursday
Stephen Drew, SS, ARI (ankle) - Running bases, but still month-plus away
Scott Baker, SP, MIN (elbow) - Setback had him removed from rehab start
Felipe Paulino, SP, KC (elbow) - Bullpen session coming Wednesday; return should be relatively soon
Victor Martinez, C, DET (knee) - Had second knee surgery (ACL) Thursday
Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE (back) - Hopes to begin baseball activities in a couple weeks
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, BOS (elbow) - Could start rehab assignment by early May

Transactions 

Placed on DL 

Andres Torres, OF, NYM (calf)
Tim Hudson, SP, ATL (back)
Tim Stauffer, SP, SD (triceps)
Kyle Farnsworth, RP, TB (elbow)
Dustin McGowan, SP, TOR (foot)
Jesse Litsch, SP, TOR (shoulder)
Jordan Smith, RP, CIN (elbow)
Nick Masset, RP, CIN (shoulder)
Marcos Mateo, RP, CHC (elbow)
Gustavo Nunez, SS, PIT (ankle)
Sergio Escalona, RP, HOU (elbow)
Hector Gomez, SS, COL (groin)
Josh Outman, SP, COL (oblique)
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL (Tommy John)
Jose Ceda, RP, MIA (elbow)
Al Alburquerque, RP, DET (elbow)
Bobby Cassevah, RP, ANA (shoulder)
Michael Kohn, RP, ANA (forearm)
Jeremy Moore, OF, ANA (hip)
Cesar Cabral, RP, NYY (elbow)
Austin Romine, C, NYY (back)
Brad Meyers, RP, NYY (shoulder)
Joba Chamberlain, RP, NYY (trampoline)
Blake Wood, RP, KC (elbow)
Sam Fuld, OF, TB (wrist)

Optioned to Triple-A

Tony Campana, OF, CHC
Jack Cust, DH, NYY
Gerardo Concepcion, RP, CLE
Thomas Neal, OF, CLE (outrighted)
Dana Eveland, RP, BAL (outrighted)

Called Up

Brad Brach, RP, SD
Blake DeWitt, 3B, CHC
Joe Mather, OF, CHC
Shawn Camp, RP, CHC

Claimed Off Waivers

John Gaub, RP, TB (from CHC)
Cody Eppley, RP, NYY (from TEX)

Closer Watch

Mets - Frank Francisco (knee) worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the save on Opening Day. Possible takeover candidate Ramon Ramirez didn't look great, giving up three baserunners (though no runs) in 1.1 innings with a sub-90-mph fastball. Other possible candidate Jon Rauch worked a clean eighth. It's Francisco's job as long as he's healthy and effective, and he appeared both Thursday.

Tigers - Jose Valverde blew his 51-game save streak, but still got the win, pissing off all of Justin Verlander's fantasy owners. It'll take more than one blown save to loosen Valverde's grip on the position.

Red Sox - New-minted closer Alfredo Aceves came on in a non-save situation and hit a batter before he allowed a walk-off single to the only batter he faced, Austin Jackson.

Nationals - Brad Lidge collected his first save on Opening Day, but Drew Storen is expected back sometime in April and he should step right back into the role.

Cubs - Does anyone want this job? Kerry Wood walked in the tying run in the eighth, then Carlos Marmol gave up a run to lose the game in the ninth. It seems likely that Marmol will have to reach new heights of ineffectiveness to lose the job.

Indians - Chris Perez didn't help his case at all by turning an easy 4-1 win into a tie game that persisted for 16 innings, at the end of which the Indians lost. He gave up three runs and five baserunners in just 0.2 innings. Meanwhile, Vinnie Pestano worked 1.1 scoreless in relief. If Perez looks in his rearview mirror, he'll see Pestano warming up.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs CWS
4/6 2:05 PM
John Danks 6-21 .286 2 3 4 1 3 .619 .318 .937
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs CWS
4/6 2:05 PM
John Danks 4-10 .400 0 1 0 0 2 .500 .400 .900
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs CWS
4/6 2:05 PM
John Danks 4-15 .267 1 2 2 2 3 .533 .353 .886
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ TB
4/6 3:10 PM
James Shields 16-41 .390 3 9 8 1 9 .805 .405 1.210
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ TB
4/6 3:10 PM
James Shields 17-50 .340 1 2 5 1 5 .420 .353 .773
Nick Swisher - OF NYY @ TB
4/6 3:10 PM
James Shields 5-23 .217 3 3 8 1 8 .609 .250 .859
Jeff Keppinger - 2B TB vs NYY
4/6 3:10 PM
CC Sabathia 6-14 .429 0 0 0 0 0 .429 .429 .858
Evan Longoria - 3B TB vs NYY
4/6 3:10 PM
CC Sabathia 6-19 .316 2 5 5 6 2 .789 .480 1.269
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB vs NYY
4/6 3:10 PM
CC Sabathia 8-25 .320 1 3 6 3 5 .560 .393 .953
Corey Hart - OF MIL vs STL
4/6 4:10 PM
Jaime Garcia 6-17 .353 0 0 2 1 8 .353 .389 .742
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL vs STL
4/6 4:10 PM
Jaime Garcia 4-16 .250 1 2 1 4 4 .500 .400 .900
Yadier Molina - C STL @ MIL
4/6 4:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-16 .250 1 3 5 4 2 .563 .429 .992
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ HOU
4/6 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 11-25 .440 0 3 5 3 4 .600 .500 1.100
Justin Upton - OF ARI vs SF
4/6 7:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 9-28 .321 0 4 4 2 8 .500 .344 .844
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF @ ARI
4/6 7:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 6-16 .375 0 0 1 3 0 .375 .474 .849
Buster Posey - C SF @ ARI
4/6 7:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 5-11 .455 0 2 2 1 1 .636 .500 1.136
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ LAA
4/6 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 4-14 .286 1 1 3 4 4 .500 .444 .944
Bobby Abreu - OF LAA vs KC
4/6 10:05 PM
Bruce Chen 9-15 .600 0 3 7 2 1 .800 .647 1.447
Vernon Wells - OF LAA vs KC
4/6 10:05 PM
Bruce Chen 6-19 .316 3 5 7 2 3 .947 .381 1.328
Orlando Hudson - 2B SD vs LAD
4/6 10:05 PM
Chad Billingsley 7-20 .350 0 2 1 3 3 .450 .435 .885
Chone Figgins - 3B SEA @ OAK
4/6 10:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 5-13 .385 0 0 2 2 2 .385 .467 .852
 
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
Carl Pavano MIN @ BAL
4/6 3:05 PM
Orioles Batters 15-64 .234 0 2 6 6 13 .276 .306 .582
CC Sabathia NYY @ TB
4/6 3:10 PM
Rays Batters 28-127 .221 6 12 17 16 41 .431 .308 .739
Jaime Garcia STL @ MIL
4/6 4:10 PM
Brewers Batters 19-86 .221 3 6 9 7 23 .359 .280 .638
Yovani Gallardo MIL vs STL
4/6 4:10 PM
Cardinals Batters 15-67 .224 1 5 10 16 19 .356 .380 .736
Tim Lincecum SF @ ARI
4/6 7:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 25-132 .189 1 9 7 11 35 .280 .252 .532

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ TEX
4/6 2:05 PM
Colby Lewis 3-16 .188 0 0 3 2 4 .188 .278 .466
Mike Napoli - C TEX vs CWS
4/6 2:05 PM
John Danks 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 8 .154 .154 .308
Michael Young - 3B TEX vs CWS
4/6 2:05 PM
John Danks 2-13 .154 0 0 1 0 6 .154 .154 .308
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs MIN
4/6 3:05 PM
Carl Pavano 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 3 .182 .250 .432
Brett Gardner - OF NYY @ TB
4/6 3:10 PM
James Shields 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 3 .091 .167 .258
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ TB
4/6 3:10 PM
James Shields 3-31 .097 0 2 2 1 8 .194 .125 .319
Raul Ibanez - OF NYY @ TB
4/6 3:10 PM
James Shields 0-11 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .083 .083
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ TB
4/6 3:10 PM
James Shields 6-33 .182 0 0 0 2 13 .182 .250 .432
Carlos Pena - 1B TB vs NYY
4/6 3:10 PM
CC Sabathia 4-35 .114 2 3 2 4 19 .314 .205 .519
Luke Scott - DH TB vs NYY
4/6 3:10 PM
CC Sabathia 2-11 .182 1 1 3 2 6 .455 .308 .763
Carlos Gomez - OF MIL vs STL
4/6 4:10 PM
Jaime Garcia 2-12 .167 0 1 0 0 2 .250 .167 .417
Jonathan Lucroy - C MIL vs STL
4/6 4:10 PM
Jaime Garcia 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 3 .091 .091 .182
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ MIL
4/6 4:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 2-12 .167 0 1 2 2 4 .333 .286 .619
Geoff Blum - 3B ARI vs SF
4/6 7:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 1-14 .071 0 0 0 1 3 .071 .133 .204
Miguel Montero - C ARI vs SF
4/6 7:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 5-32 .156 0 2 0 1 5 .219 .182 .401
Chris Young - OF ARI vs SF
4/6 7:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-38 .158 1 3 3 4 13 .289 .256 .545
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF @ ARI
4/6 7:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 3-14 .214 0 1 1 0 4 .286 .214 .500
Mitchell Maier - OF KC @ LAA
4/6 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 4 .182 .182 .364
Torii Hunter - OF LAA vs KC
4/6 10:05 PM
Bruce Chen 2-10 .200 1 1 1 1 1 .500 .273 .773
Chase Headley - 3B SD vs LAD
4/6 10:05 PM
Chad Billingsley 7-30 .233 1 2 3 1 10 .367 .258 .625
Nick Hundley - C SD vs LAD
4/6 10:05 PM
Chad Billingsley 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 2 .300 .273 .573
 
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
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Wandy Rodriguez HOU vs Col
4/6 7:05 PM
Rockies Batters 21-69 .304 2 7 9 7 16 .491 .368 .859
Ian Kennedy ARI vs SF
4/6 7:10 PM
Giants Batters 18-60 .300 0 3 6 6 7 .348 .373 .721
Bruce Chen KC @ LAA
4/6 10:05 PM
Angels Batters 29-76 .382 8 18 21 7 8 .843 .434 1.277
 

Recommended Pickup

J.D. Martinez, OF, HOU – Martinez has a meager 16% ownership rate on Yahoo, 26% on ESPN, and a more reasonable 59% on CBS. Those are pretty low rates for a guy who has shown serious ability as a line-drive hitter in the minor leagues. The Astros are bad – no doubt about it – but Martinez has a track record of hitting for great average (.342 career minor-league BA) and some pop, not to mention a favorable home park. Because speed isn’t really a factor here and his power isn't huge, Martinez isn't a guy for the shallowest of leagues. However, his value is a little higher in OBP/OPS leagues.

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Draft Street Lineup

C – Chris Iannetta, ANA ($6,497)
1B – Michael Young, TEX ($7,824)
2B – Robinson Cano, NYY ($8,866)
3B – Aramis Ramirez, MIL ($7,674)
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UT – Alejandro De Aza, CHW ($5,856)
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