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Wednesday Lineup Card: Aces Back Up

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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Wednesday's Starters

White Sox (John Danks - L) at Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 12:05
Cards (Jaime Garcia - L) at Reds (Johnny Cueto - R), 12:35
Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero - L), 12:37
Rays (James Shields - R) at Tigers (Justin Verlander - R), 1:05
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Mets (Johan Santana - L), 1:10
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R), 2:20
Royals (Bruce Chen - L) at Athletics (Brandon McCarthy - R), 3:35
D-Backs (Joe Saunders - L) at Padres (Cory Luebke - L), 6:35
Marlins (Josh Johnson - R) at Phillies (Roy Halladay - R), 7:05
Yankees (CC Sabathia - L) at Orioles (Jake Arrieta - R), 7:05
Braves (Randall Delgado - R) at Astros (Wandy Rodriguez - L), 8:05
Mariners (Kevin Millwood - R) at Rangers (Colby Lewis - R), 8:05
Angels (Jered Weaver - R) at Twins (Carl Pavano - R), 8:10
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Rockies (Jeremy Guthrie - R), 8:40
Pirates (Erik Bedard - L) at Dodgers (Chad Billingsley - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: STL/CIN, BOS/TOR, WAS/NYM, MIL/CHC, KC/OAK and ARI/SD

Injuries

Day-to-Day

David Wright, 3B, NYM -- Sent for X-rays on his pinky; may have a fracture.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN -- Out 3-4 days with strained hamstring.
Luke Scott, DH, TAM -- Received a cortisone shot for ailing hamstring; 3-4 days away from returning.
Mike Aviles, SS, BOS -- Held out of Tuesday's lineup with a slight ankle sprain.
Ramon Santiago, SS, DET -- Missed another game Tuesday due to illness.

Disabled List

Mike Morse, OF, WAS -- (Lat) Had a setback while throwing Monday; being evaluated against by Nats medical staff.
B.J. Upton, OF, TAM -- (Back) 0-for-2 with an RBI in rehab game Monday, on track for April 20 return.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL -- (Concussion) Continues to take batting practice, still no timetable for return.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU -- (Thumb) Will be activated Friday barring a setback during rehab games.
Rick Ankiel, OF, WAS -- (Quad) Should return from the disabled list Saturday.
Chien-Ming Wang, SP, WAS -- (Hamstring) Throwing from a mound, but hasn't faced live hitters yet.
Jose Contreras, RP, PHI -- (Elbow) Tossed a scoreless inning at Clearwater on Monday.
Nick Masset, RP, CIN -- (Shoulder) Still not throwing; return 10-14 days away.
Scott Linebrink, RP, STL -- (Shoulder) Began exercise program Tuesday.
Joey Devine, RP, OAK -- (Elbow) Had another elbow surgery Tuesday, return date uncertain.
Brandon Inge, 3B, DET -- (Groin) Headed to Triple-A Toledo to begin his rehab assignment.

Transactions 

Activated from DL
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL

Optioned to Triple-A
Jose Constanza, OF, ATL
Joel Carreno, SP, TOR

Called Up
Aaron Laffey, RP, TOR

Closer Watch

Toronto -- Sergio Santos is 0-for-2 in save opportunities with the Blue Jays this season after failing to convert against the Red Sox on Monday night. Fortunately, he believes he spotted an issue with overthrowing while reviewing film, and may be able to make the necessary adjustments. On a semi-related note, Santos is expected to miss Friday's game against Baltimore as he will be leaving the team after Wednesday's game for the birth of his child. Francisco Cordero is the best bet to pick up the extra slack in Santos' absence.

Boston -- Alfredo Aceves had an uneventful save conversion Monday night after Santos' blown safe in the Toronto-Boston tilt. It's worth noting that Franklin Morales was warming up during Aceves' appearance, and he may have leapfrogged Mark Melancon as the next in line for saves in Boston.

Los Angeles -- Javy Guerra is 3-for-3 in save chances, securing his hold on a job that many were giving to Kenley Jansen on paper in February. Guerra isn't overpowering, but he's carrying a 3:1 K:BB in three innings and has allowed just two baserunners to this point of the young season.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CLE vs CWS
4/11 12:05 PM
John Danks 7-21 .333 1 3 3 1 5 .571 .364 .935
Casey Kotchman - 1B CLE vs CWS
4/11 12:05 PM
John Danks 6-16 .375 0 2 0 1 1 .563 .412 .975
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ CLE
4/11 12:05 PM
Justin Masterson 5-12 .417 0 0 0 0 2 .417 .462 .879
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS @ CLE
4/11 12:05 PM
Justin Masterson 7-17 .412 0 2 1 0 2 .529 .412 .941
Lance Berkman - 1B STL @ CIN
4/11 12:35 PM
Johnny Cueto 5-15 .333 2 4 6 9 5 .867 .583 1.450
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ CIN
4/11 12:35 PM
Johnny Cueto 5-11 .455 0 1 5 2 1 .545 .500 1.045
Yadier Molina - C STL @ CIN
4/11 12:35 PM
Johnny Cueto 6-14 .429 1 2 2 0 1 .714 .438 1.152
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ TOR
4/11 12:37 PM
Ricky Romero 10-23 .435 1 6 7 4 6 .783 .519 1.302
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ TOR
4/11 12:37 PM
Ricky Romero 7-13 .538 1 2 4 2 0 .846 .600 1.446
Kevin Youkilis - 3B BOS @ TOR
4/11 12:37 PM
Ricky Romero 5-13 .385 2 4 4 3 3 1.000 .500 1.500
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET vs TB
4/11 1:05 PM
James Shields 8-19 .421 1 5 2 2 4 .789 .476 1.265
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs TB
4/11 1:05 PM
James Shields 8-16 .500 3 4 8 1 4 1.125 .500 1.625
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET vs TB
4/11 1:05 PM
James Shields 5-12 .417 0 1 0 0 4 .500 .417 .917
Evan Longoria - 3B TB @ DET
4/11 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 4-15 .267 1 3 3 1 4 .667 .313 .980
Carlos Pena - 1B TB @ DET
4/11 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 5-16 .313 1 3 4 1 3 .625 .353 .978
Luke Scott - DH TB @ DET
4/11 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 4-14 .286 1 3 5 1 3 .643 .333 .976
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ NYM
4/11 1:10 PM
Johan Santana 3-10 .300 0 2 1 2 5 .500 .417 .917
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ NYM
4/11 1:10 PM
Johan Santana 6-19 .316 1 1 4 4 3 .474 .435 .909
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs MIL
4/11 2:20 PM
Yovani Gallardo 5-12 .417 0 3 0 0 2 .667 .417 1.084
Geovany Soto - C CHC vs MIL
4/11 2:20 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-15 .267 1 2 2 2 6 .533 .353 .886
Chase Headley - 3B SD vs ARI
4/11 6:35 PM
Joe Saunders 4-13 .308 0 2 1 2 0 .538 .400 .938
Robert Andino - 2B BAL vs NYY
4/11 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 4-11 .364 1 2 1 0 1 .727 .364 1.091
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs NYY
4/11 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 10-30 .333 2 3 9 3 5 .600 .394 .994
Nolan Reimold - OF BAL vs NYY
4/11 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 8-20 .400 1 3 3 1 4 .650 .409 1.059
Jose Reyes - SS MIA @ PHI
4/11 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 11-26 .423 0 5 1 1 3 .692 .444 1.136
Gaby Sanchez - 1B MIA @ PHI
4/11 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 5-14 .357 1 1 1 0 3 .571 .357 .928
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ BAL
4/11 7:05 PM
Jake Arrieta 3-10 .300 1 3 3 1 1 .900 .364 1.264
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ BAL
4/11 7:05 PM
Jake Arrieta 5-11 .455 0 2 1 1 0 .636 .500 1.136
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ BAL
4/11 7:05 PM
Jake Arrieta 4-11 .364 0 2 1 1 5 .545 .417 .962
Pete Orr - 2B PHI vs MIA
4/11 7:05 PM
Josh Johnson 6-13 .462 0 0 1 0 1 .462 .462 .924
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL @ HOU
4/11 8:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 4-15 .267 2 3 3 3 3 .800 .389 1.189
Jack Wilson - SS ATL @ HOU
4/11 8:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 8-26 .308 1 3 1 2 3 .500 .357 .857
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA @ TEX
4/11 8:05 PM
Colby Lewis 16-41 .390 0 2 3 2 5 .463 .419 .882
Mike Napoli - C TEX vs SEA
4/11 8:05 PM
Kevin Millwood 6-16 .375 1 5 4 1 4 .813 .412 1.225
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA @ MIN
4/11 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 12-26 .462 2 7 8 2 3 .923 .500 1.423
Vernon Wells - OF LAA @ MIN
4/11 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 9-23 .391 4 5 8 0 2 .957 .375 1.332
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs SF
4/11 8:40 PM
Tim Lincecum 11-30 .367 1 4 4 7 3 .567 .486 1.053
Melky Cabrera - OF SF @ COL
4/11 8:40 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 10-23 .435 1 6 5 0 2 .826 .435 1.261
 
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
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Jaime Garcia STL @ CIN
4/11 12:35 PM
Reds Batters 13-65 .200 2 3 7 7 13 .313 .278 .591
Jon Lester BOS @ TOR
4/11 12:37 PM
Blue Jays Batters 18-90 .200 1 4 6 10 26 .270 .274 .544
Justin Verlander DET vs TB
4/11 1:05 PM
Rays Batters 21-81 .259 3 10 14 3 20 .476 .286 .761
Ryan Dempster CHC vs MIL
4/11 2:20 PM
Brewers Batters 37-172 .215 4 9 19 18 37 .312 .304 .615
Roy Halladay PHI vs MIA
4/11 7:05 PM
Marlins Batters 32-115 .278 1 9 4 3 26 .391 .294 .685
Jered Weaver LAA @ MIN
4/11 8:10 PM
Twins Batters 15-67 .224 2 5 5 7 18 .361 .305 .666

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs CWS
4/11 12:05 PM
John Danks 3-15 .200 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .400
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ CLE
4/11 12:05 PM
Justin Masterson 3-17 .176 1 1 1 2 2 .353 .263 .616
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ CLE
4/11 12:05 PM
Justin Masterson 3-21 .143 1 2 2 2 4 .333 .250 .583
Scott Rolen - 3B CIN vs STL
4/11 12:35 PM
Jaime Garcia 2-10 .200 0 0 0 2 3 .200 .333 .533
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs BOS
4/11 12:37 PM
Jon Lester 3-17 .176 0 1 0 1 8 .235 .222 .457
Delmon Young - OF DET vs TB
4/11 1:05 PM
James Shields 1-10 .100 0 1 1 1 1 .200 .167 .367
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ DET
4/11 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 2-18 .111 0 0 0 0 6 .111 .111 .222
Mark DeRosa - 3B WAS @ NYM
4/11 1:10 PM
Johan Santana 1-16 .063 0 0 0 1 3 .063 .118 .181
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs MIL
4/11 2:20 PM
Yovani Gallardo 2-14 .143 0 1 0 0 5 .214 .143 .357
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ CHC
4/11 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 7-38 .184 2 4 9 3 6 .395 .295 .690
Corey Hart - OF MIL @ CHC
4/11 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-33 .152 2 3 6 4 10 .364 .263 .627
Cesar Izturis - SS MIL @ CHC
4/11 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 4-18 .222 0 0 0 0 4 .222 .222 .444
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs NYY
4/11 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 2-18 .111 1 1 1 1 8 .278 .158 .436
Omar Infante - 2B MIA @ PHI
4/11 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 3 .083 .083 .166
Nick Swisher - OF NYY @ BAL
4/11 7:05 PM
Jake Arrieta 0-10 .000 0 0 1 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Laynce Nix - OF PHI vs MIA
4/11 7:05 PM
Josh Johnson 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 5 .182 .250 .432
Carlos Ruiz - C PHI vs MIA
4/11 7:05 PM
Josh Johnson 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 2 .200 .273 .473
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ HOU
4/11 8:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 3-15 .200 0 2 2 1 3 .333 .250 .583
Miguel Olivo - C SEA @ TEX
4/11 8:05 PM
Colby Lewis 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs SF
4/11 8:40 PM
Tim Lincecum 2-16 .125 0 1 0 4 6 .250 .300 .550
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL vs SF
4/11 8:40 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-24 .250 1 2 1 1 9 .458 .280 .738
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL vs SF
4/11 8:40 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-35 .171 1 1 5 2 7 .257 .216 .473
Mark Ellis - 2B LAD vs PIT
4/11 10:10 PM
Erik Bedard 3-19 .158 1 2 4 0 5 .368 .200 .568
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD vs PIT
4/11 10:10 PM
Erik Bedard 2-16 .125 1 2 2 2 4 .375 .222 .597
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
John Danks CWS @ Cle
4/11 12:05 PM
Indians Batters 39-129 .302 3 11 10 8 24 .451 .343 .794
Johnny Cueto CIN vs StL
4/11 12:35 PM
Cardinals Batters 24-61 .394 5 11 20 12 12 .755 .488 1.243
Ricky Romero TOR vs Bos
4/11 12:37 PM
Red Sox Batters 33-102 .324 4 15 18 12 23 .564 .400 .964
James Shields TB @ Det
4/11 1:05 PM
Tigers Batters 28-85 .329 5 12 15 6 22 .592 .366 .958
Carl Pavano MIN vs LAA
4/11 8:10 PM
Angels Batters 39-120 .325 8 18 22 10 15 .603 .376 .979
 

Recommended Pickup

Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS -- The talk of many NL-only drafts this winter and spring highlighted the lack of depth at first base thanks in large part to the loss of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder to the American League. LaRoche entered play Tuesday night with a 7-for-15 (.467) mark including two homers and six RBI. Even in shallow (10-12 team mixed) leagues, LaRoche is worth considering as he appears to be locked into the Nats' everyday lineup and the eventual return of Mike Morse will simply provide the Nats with a regular option in left field, rather than a threat to LaRoche's playing time. Prior to suffering his injury last season, LaRoche was a steady 25-homer player capable of driving in plenty of runs as a middle-of-the-order bat. He's long gone already in deeper leagues, but the shortage of power around the league makes him a viable corner-infield option again now that he's healthy.

Other Recent Recommendations: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Jonathan Broxton, Hector Santiago, J.D. Martinez and Juan Nicasio

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