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Saturday Lineup Card: Time To Own Milone

Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

Adam began writing for RotoWire in the spring of 2012 as an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He primarily serves as the site's day-to-day editor of NHL content, while also working as the Chicago Bears and Colorado Rockies beat writer, managing the site's Closer Grid, and contributing to the football and baseball magazines.

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Saturday’s Starters

Angels (C.J. Wilson – L) at Yankees (Phil Hughes – R), 1:05
Cubs (Chris Volstad – R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R), 1:05
Rangers (Yu Darvish – R) at Twins (Nick Blackburn – R), 1:10
Reds (Homer Bailey – R) at Nationals (Edwin Jackson – R), 4:05
Mets (Jon Niese – L) at Phillies (Vance Worley – R), 4:05
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson – R) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R), 4:05
Orioles (Jason Hammel – R) at Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez – R), 4:07
Tigers (Adam Wilk – L) at White Sox (Gavin Floyd – R), 4:10
Indians (Jeanmar Gomez – R) at Royals (Jonathan Sanchez – L), 7:10
Astros (Bud Norris – R) at Marlins (Carlos Zambrano – R), 7:10
Brewers (Shaun Marcum – R) at Braves (Mike Minor – L), 7:10
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter – R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin – R), 8:10
Pirates (Charlie Morton – R) at Giants (Barry Zito – L), 9:05
Athletics (Tom Milone – L) at Mariners (Hector Noesi – R), 9:10
Padres (Joe Wieland – R) at Dodgers (Ted Lilly – L), 9:10

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB (head) – Cleared to start Saturday
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL (calf) – Held out of Friday’s lineup, but should return soon
Jose Lobaton, C, TB (shoulder) – May miss a few games but should avoid DL
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (hamstring) – Expected to return Saturday or Sunday
Sergio Santos, RP, TOR (personal) – Placed on paternity leave list; expected to return Saturday
Luke Scott, DH, TB (hamstring) – Held out of lineup Friday
David Wright, 3B, NYM (finger) – Saw hand specialist on Thursday; decision on DL status to be made this weekend
Cliff Pennington, SS, OAK (knee) – Returned to the lineup Friday
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (head) – Returned to the lineup Friday
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS – Exited Friday’s game with what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury
Justin Upton, OF, AZ – Still dealing with sore thumb, but playing through injury
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL – Scratched from Friday’s lineup due to swelling in knee
Luke Hochevar, SP, KC – Exited Friday’s game after taking a line drive off the ankle; diagnosed with only a bruise

Disabled List
Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS (thumb) – Hoping to have cast off within the next week and begin throwing in eight weeks
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS (wrist/elbow) – Will begin serving as DH in extended spring training games
Tim Hudson, SP, ATL (back) – Gave up five runs on nine hits over four innings in second rehab start at Low-A
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (knee) – Will take live batting practice over weekend
Brandon Inge, 3B, DET (groin) – Completed rehab assignment and rejoined Tigers on Friday; likely to start Sunday
Charlie Morton, SP, PIT (hip) – Will be activated and start Saturday
Salvador Perez, C, KC (knee) – Off crutches as knee continues to gain strength
Takashi Saito, RP, AZ (calf) – Threw an inning in an extended spring game Friday
Jose Contreras, RP, PHI (elbow) – Could be activated this weekend
Rick Ankiel, OF, WAS (quad) – Will be activated Saturday
Mike Carp, OF, SEA (shoulder) – Began rehab assignment Friday
Dustin McGowan, P, TOR (foot) – Will begin throwing program next week

Transactions

Activated From DL
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU

Placed on DL
George Sherrill, RP, SEA
Sergio Santos, RP, TOR – paternity leave
Jeremy Moore, OF, LAA – transferred to 60-day DL

Called Up
David Carpenter, RP, LAA
Evan Crawford, RP, TOR
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC
Charlie Furbush, P, SEA

Sent Down
Alexi Amarista, 2B, LAA

Closer Watch

San Francisco – Brian Wilson was rested Friday after notching a tenuous save on Thursday, giving up three hits and a run before finishing off the Rockies. While there’s no closer controversy in San Francisco, The Bearded One has been much less effective since the Giants’ championship run in 2010. Though Wilson strikes out about a batter an inning, his ERA climbed from 1.81 to 3.11 in 2011. Sergio Romo, Wilson’s current setup man, was much more effective than Wilson last year, recording a 1.50 ERA and an eye-popping 70 strikeouts in 48 innings. As the season wears on, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Romo receive a few opportunities to finish ball games.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Vernon Wells - OF LAA @ NYY
4/14 1:05 PM
Phil Hughes 8-25 .320 2 4 7 0 3 .680 .320 1.000
Derek Jeter - SS NYY vs LAA
4/14 1:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 5-14 .357 1 1 2 3 5 .571 .471 1.042
Nick Swisher - OF NYY vs LAA
4/14 1:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 6-20 .300 1 4 6 4 6 .600 .417 1.017
Rafael Furcal - SS STL vs CHC
4/14 1:05 PM
Chris Volstad 4-10 .400 0 1 2 1 0 .500 .455 .955
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs CHC
4/14 1:05 PM
Chris Volstad 6-11 .545 0 2 0 0 0 .727 .545 1.272
David Murphy - OF TEX @ MIN
4/14 1:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 4-11 .364 0 2 2 1 1 .636 .417 1.053
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI vs NYM
4/14 4:05 PM
Jon Niese 6-16 .375 0 4 4 1 1 .625 .412 1.037
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ CWS
4/14 4:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 9-24 .375 2 4 7 2 6 .708 .423 1.131
Ryan Raburn - 2B DET @ CWS
4/14 4:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 12-29 .414 0 2 3 1 4 .483 .433 .916
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET @ CWS
4/14 4:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 4-15 .267 2 2 4 0 4 .667 .267 .934
Eric Hinske - OF ATL vs MIL
4/14 7:10 PM
Shaun Marcum 3-12 .250 1 1 1 2 5 .500 .357 .857
Carlos Lee - OF HOU @ MIA
4/14 7:10 PM
Carlos Zambrano 23-61 .377 5 11 15 7 7 .721 .441 1.162
Rod Barajas - C PIT @ SF
4/14 9:05 PM
Barry Zito 11-37 .297 3 7 6 3 6 .649 .350 .999
Jeremy Hermida - OF SD @ LAD
4/14 9:10 PM
Ted Lilly 4-10 .400 0 2 2 0 4 .600 .400 1.000
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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C.J. Wilson LAA @ NYY
4/14 1:05 PM
Yankees Batters 21-107 .196 3 9 15 18 33 .340 .327 .667
Clay Buchholz BOS vs TB
4/14 4:05 PM
Rays Batters 17-77 .221 2 6 8 12 23 .354 .315 .669
Ted Lilly LAD vs SD
4/14 9:10 PM
Padres Batters 22-81 .272 0 4 4 3 21 .323 .298 .621

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Raul Ibanez - OF NYY vs LAA
4/14 1:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-19 .105 0 1 2 1 6 .158 .150 .308
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY vs LAA
4/14 1:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 1-13 .077 0 1 2 4 3 .154 .368 .522
Carlos Pena - 1B TB @ BOS
4/14 4:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 2-15 .133 1 1 1 2 4 .333 .235 .568
Luke Scott - DH TB @ BOS
4/14 4:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 3-19 .158 1 2 1 3 4 .368 .273 .641
Chris Coghlan - OF MIA vs HOU
4/14 7:10 PM
Bud Norris 0-11 .000 0 0 1 2 6 .000 .154 .154
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ COL
4/14 8:10 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 0-10 .000 0 0 1 2 8 .000 .167 .167
Chris Young - OF ARI @ COL
4/14 8:10 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 2-13 .154 0 0 0 2 3 .154 .267 .421
Clint Barmes - SS PIT @ SF
4/14 9:05 PM
Barry Zito 5-26 .192 2 2 3 1 3 .423 .241 .664
Nick Hundley - C SD @ LAD
4/14 9:10 PM
Ted Lilly 1-15 .067 0 0 1 0 9 .067 .067 .134
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Nick Blackburn MIN vs Tex
4/14 1:10 PM
Rangers Batters 28-77 .364 2 5 15 4 10 .501 .391 .891
Carlos Zambrano MIA vs Hou
4/14 7:10 PM
Astros Batters 27-73 .370 6 13 18 8 11 .704 .432 1.136
 

Recommended Pickup

Tom Milone, SP, OAK – One of the prizes of the Gio Gonzalez deal, Milone stymied the Royals in front of what appeared to be three or four people at TheColiseum. The soft-tossing lefty’s arsenal is predicated on pinpoint control, which he showed in surrendering only 20 walks in over 170 innings between Triple-A and Washington. Milone’s line from his first start with Oakland belies a rare skill for a soft-tosser – he’s a strikeout pitcher. Though he recorded no strikeouts against the Royals, Milone averaged about a strikeout per inning during his last two seasons. While he likely won’t be able to replicate that K/9 rate with Oakland, Milone can at least be adequate in that category. Milone’s fantasy value is most likely to reside in tidy ERA and WHIP numbers, with his historically high fly ball percentage mitigated by Oakland’s spacious outfield. Facing a weak Mariners offense on Saturday, Milone is definitely worth a stream start; and while he is worthy of a roster spot in most AL-only leagues, don’t add him just yet in mixed leagues. If he can build upon his performance against Kansas City, however, Milone may get fans to fill a few more seats in his subsequent starts.

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