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Sunday Lineup Card: Another Closer Down

Clay Link

Clay Link

Hailing from Arcanum, Ohio, Clay is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He began writing for RotoWire in the fall of 2011, and now contributes to breaking news and NFL Draft content, in addition to his duties as assistant baseball editor.

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Sunday's Starters

Orioles (Brian Matusz - L) at Blue Jays (Kyle Drabek - R) – 1:07
Astros (J.A. Happ - L) at Marlins (Anibal Sanchez - R) – 1:10
Mets (Mike Pelfrey - R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) – 1:35
Rays (Matt Moore - L) at Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) – 1:35
Reds (Mike Leake - R) at Nationals (Ross Detwiler - L) – 1:35
Brewers (Chris Narveson - L) at Braves (Brandon Beachy - R) – 1:35
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at White Sox (Chris Sale - L) – 2:10
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at Royals (Luis Mendoza - R) – 2:10
Rangers (Neftali Feliz - R) at Twins (Liam Hendriks - R) – 2:10
Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill - R) at Rockies (Drew Pomeranz - L) – 3:10
Pirates (Kevin Correia - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R) – 4:05
Athletics (Graham Godfrey - R) at Mariners (Blake Beavan - R) – 4:10
Padres (Edinson Volquez - R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L) – 4:10
Angels (Jerome Williams - R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) – 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: CLE/KC, HOU/MIA, MIL/ATL, ARI/COL, PIT/SF, OAK/SEA, SD/LA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL (knee) – Hopes to return to the lineup Sunday.
Omar Infante, 2B, MIA (groin) – Expected to return Sunday.
Miguel Cairo, 3B, CIN (hamstring) – Left Saturday’s game with left hamstring strain.
David Freese, 3B, STL (finger) – Scratched from Saturday's lineup with irritated finger on his right hand.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (hamstring) – Held out of Saturday's lineup.
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL (calf) – Held out of Saturday's lineup.
Alex Gonzalez, SS, MIL (personal) – Will miss Sunday's game while on paternity leave.
Adam Wilk, P, DET (shoulder) – Suffered left shoulder contusion after being hit by a foul ball while in the dugout Saturday, but he is expected to make his next start.
Sergio Santos, P, TOR (personal) – May take another day to be with his wife and newborn child before returning to team.
Nick Blackburn, P, MIN (shoulder) – Left Saturday's game with a right posterior shoulder strain.
Scott Downs, P, ANA (ankle) – Threw 12 pitches off a mound Saturday.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY (illness) – Held out of Saturday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (tooth) – Held out of Saturday's lineup due to abscessed tooth.

Disabled List

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS – Placed on 15-day DL, but likely to miss at least 6-8 weeks with a subluxed right shoulder. Team will decide if surgery is needed following the 6-8 week period.
Brian Wilson, P, SF (elbow) – MRI revealed structural damage in Wilson's elbow, could undergo season-ending surgery.
Tim Hudson, P, ATL (back) – Scheduled to pitch five innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, and hopes to be activated near the end of April.
B.J. Upton, OF, TAM (back) - Played a second straight game at High-A on Saturday.
Todd Coffey, P, LA (knee) – Placed on 15-day DL with right knee inflammation.
Kyle Blanks, OF, SD (shoulder) – Placed on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder sprain.
Chris Carpenter, P, STL (shoulder) – Recent tests of Carpenter's shoulder were not persuasive enough to warrant the next step in his recovery.
Andrew Miller, P, BOS (hamstring) – Making back-to-back appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday and Monday.
Scott Baker, P, MIN (elbow) – Transferred from 15-day DL to 60-day DL.
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS (wrist) – Plans to resume playing extended spring games early next week.
Felipe Paulino, P, KC (forearm) – Scheduled to throw a live batting practice session Monday.
Tsuyoshi Wada, P, BAL (elbow) – Threw 100 pitches in an extended spring training game Saturday.
Zach Britton, P, BAL (shoulder) – Played catch for third straight day Saturday.

Transactions 

Activated from DL
Brandon Inge, 2B, DET
Rick Ankiel, CF, WAS
Charlie Morton, P, PIT
Ted Lilly, P, LAD

Placed on DL
Kyle Blanks, OF, SD
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS
Todd Coffey, P, LAD
Scott Baker, P, MIN – transferred to 60-day DL

Sent Down
Rich Thompson, P, LAA (DFA)
Brett Carroll, OF, WAS (DFA)
Danny Worth, 2B, DET
Josh Lueke, P, TB
Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL
Brayan Villarreal, P, DET
Yoshinori Tateyama, P, TEX
Matt Hague, 1B, PIT
Ben Revere, OF, MIN
Aaron Laffey, P, TOR

Called Up
Joe Wieland, P, SD
Brad Mills, P, LAA
Adam Wilk, P, DET
Dane De La Rosa, P, TB
Eric Farris, 2B, MIL
Che-Hsuan Lin, OF, BOS

Closer Watch

San Francisco – With Brian Wilson likely done for the season, Sergio Romo may seem like the front-runner for save opportunities in San Francisco, but skipper Bruce Bochy apparently plans to use a committee of sorts to close out games. This means 31-year-old Santiago Casilla and 34-year-old Javier Lopez could be line for some saves, if Bochy keeps his word. Casilla posted a skinny 1.74 ERA over 51.2 big league innings last year, while Lopez has only one save since 2007.

Baltimore – Jim Johnson recorded his fourth save of the young season Saturday, as the Orioles beat the Blue Jays 6-4. It's certainly early, but it's beginning to look like the Orioles might have enough offense to provide Johnson with a significant number of save opportunities. Meanwhile, the man who was battling Johnson for the closer role this spring, Matt Lindstrom, has been dealing with back tightness recently and doesn't appear to be any threat to steal save opportunities in the near future.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Scott Hairston - OF NYM @ PHI
4/15 1:35 PM
Cole Hamels 6-17 .353 3 5 4 1 3 1.000 .389 1.389
David Wright - 3B NYM @ PHI
4/15 1:35 PM
Cole Hamels 12-37 .324 2 6 6 1 11 .622 .342 .964
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs DET
4/15 2:10 PM
Rick Porcello 7-15 .467 1 3 5 2 1 .800 .529 1.329
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs CHC
4/15 2:15 PM
Paul Maholm 6-14 .429 1 2 3 2 2 .714 .444 1.158
Rafael Furcal - SS STL vs CHC
4/15 2:15 PM
Paul Maholm 6-16 .375 1 3 3 1 1 .688 .412 1.100
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF vs PIT
4/15 4:05 PM
Kevin Correia 4-14 .286 1 2 1 0 1 .571 .286 .857
Ryan Theriot - SS SF vs PIT
4/15 4:05 PM
Kevin Correia 5-11 .455 0 0 0 3 0 .455 .571 1.026
Adam Kennedy - 2B LAD vs SD
4/15 4:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 5-12 .417 0 0 2 1 0 .417 .462 .879
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
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J.A. Happ HOU @ MIA
4/15 1:10 PM
Marlins Batters 12-67 .179 0 4 4 12 13 .235 .310 .545
Jake Westbrook STL vs CHC
4/15 2:15 PM
Cubs Batters 16-74 .216 1 2 8 5 3 .275 .274 .549

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Carlos Lee - OF HOU @ MIA
4/15 1:10 PM
Anibal Sanchez 1-11 .091 0 0 1 1 0 .091 .167 .258
Omar Infante - 2B MIA vs HOU
4/15 1:10 PM
J.A. Happ 2-14 .143 0 1 0 3 2 .214 .294 .508
Jose Reyes - SS MIA vs HOU
4/15 1:10 PM
J.A. Happ 1-10 .100 0 0 1 2 2 .100 .250 .350
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI vs NYM
4/15 1:35 PM
Mike Pelfrey 3-16 .188 0 0 2 1 0 .188 .278 .466
Brian Schneider - C PHI vs NYM
4/15 1:35 PM
Mike Pelfrey 2-11 .182 0 0 0 2 1 .182 .357 .539
Ty Wigginton - 3B PHI vs NYM
4/15 1:35 PM
Mike Pelfrey 1-11 .091 0 0 1 2 3 .091 .231 .322
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS vs DET
4/15 2:10 PM
Rick Porcello 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 0 .182 .182 .364
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC vs CLE
4/15 2:10 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-16 .125 2 2 2 1 2 .500 .176 .676
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ STL
4/15 2:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 3-21 .143 0 0 1 1 1 .143 .182 .325
Lance Berkman - 1B STL vs CHC
4/15 2:15 PM
Paul Maholm 5-31 .161 0 0 1 4 3 .161 .257 .418
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs CHC
4/15 2:15 PM
Paul Maholm 3-19 .158 2 2 4 2 3 .474 .238 .712
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ LAD
4/15 4:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 5-23 .217 0 1 3 0 6 .261 .217 .478
Andruw Jones - OF NYY vs LAA
4/15 8:05 PM
Jerome Williams 3-17 .176 1 1 3 0 5 .353 .176 .529
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Cole Hamels PHI vs NYM
4/15 1:35 PM
Mets Batters 25-80 .312 5 15 14 4 20 .639 .339 .978
Rick Porcello DET @ CWS
4/15 2:10 PM
White Sox Batters 20-69 .290 5 8 12 4 6 .575 .321 .896
 

Recommended Pickup

Santiago Casilla, P, SF – While Sergio Romo looks likely to get the bulk of save opportunities going forward, he only has three career major-league saves under his belt. Casilla, on the other hand, saved six games for the Giants in 2011, and was warming up while Brian Wilson struggled to close out the Rockies on Thursday. Romo seems to have better command of his pitches, having struck out an impressive 70 batters against just five walks last season, while Casilla struck out 45 against 25 walks. It may simply be a case where the Giants are more comfortable with Romo in a setup role.

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