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Wednesday Lineup Card: Another Committee In Washington

Jordan Schwam

Jordan Schwam

Jordan Schwam writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Wednesday's Starters

Mets (R.A. Dickey – R) at Braves (Jair Jurrjens – R), 12:10
Pirates (James McDonald – R) at Diamondbacks (Daniel Hudson – R), 3:40
Astros (Lucas Harrell – R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – R), 7:05
Twins (Jason Marquis – R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda – R), 7:05
Rays (David Price – L) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow – R), 7:07
Cubs (Matt Garza – R) at Marlins (Mark Buehrle – L), 7:10
Rangers (Derek Holland – L) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett – R), 7:10
Orioles (Tommy Hunter – R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy – R), 8:10
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Royals (Jonathan Sanchez - L), 8:10
Dodgers (Chris Capuano – L) at Brewers (Zack Greinke – R), 8:10
Reds (Mat Latos – R) at Cardinals (Jaime Garcia – L), 8:15
Padres (Clayton Richard – L) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R), 8:40
Athletics (Bartolo Colon – R) at Angels (Ervin Santana – R), 10:05
Indians (Derek Lowe – R) at Mariners (Jason Vargas – L), 10:10
Phillies (Cliff Lee – L) at Giants (Matt Cain – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: NYM/ATL, PIT/AZ

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Justin Upton, OF, AZ – (Thumb) Saw hand specialist Tuesday
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, CIN – (Illness) Returned to the lineup Tuesday
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY – (Illness) Scratched from Tuesday’s lineup
Lance Berkman, OF, STL – (Calf) Back in the starting lineup Tuesday after being out since April 10
Carlos Beltran, OF, STL – (Forearm) Returned to the lineup Tuesday
David Freese, 3B, STL – (Finger) Returned to the lineup Tuesday
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CIN – (Personal) Placed on bereavement list
Alex Gonzalez, SS, MIL – (Personal) Will not start Tuesday, but has been activated from paternity leave
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, BOS – (Groin) Back in the starting lineup Tuesday after Monday’s controversial benching
Jason Bay, OF, NYM – (Finger) Returned to the lineup in a big way Monday
Mitch Moreland. 1B, TEX – (Mouth) Not starting due to a root canal, recovery time not expected to be long
Jordan Schafer, OF, HOU – (Illness) Did not start Tuesday
Luke Hochevar, SP, KC – (Foot) Scheduled start pushed back to Friday
Adam Wilk, SP, DET – (Shoulder) On track to start Thursday
Tyler Clippard, RP, WAS – (Shoulder) Threw an inning in Tuesday’s game
Kerry Wood, RP, CHC – (Shoulder) Flew to Chicago to receive cortisone injection
Glen Perkins, P, MIN – (Forearm) Could rejoin team Wednesday
Hisanori Takahashi, RP, LAA – Experienced discomfort in throwing arm Monday

Disabled List
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS – (Shoulder) Will not require surgery but still expected to miss at least six weeks
B.J. Upton, OF, TB – (Back) On track to resume playing late this week
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS – (Wrist) Played in an extended spring game Tuesday
Stephen Drew, SS, AZ – (Ankle) Making good progress in his recovery
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, SF – (Shoulder) Expected to return in May
A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT – (Eye) Will make fourth rehab start Friday at Double-A
Nick Masset, RP, CIN – (Shoulder) Felt soreness while throwing Tuesday

Transactions

Placed on DL
Miguel Cairo, 3B, CIN

Sent Down
Andrew Carignan, P, OAK
Collin Cowgill, OF, OAK
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL
Alex Cobb, P, TB

Called Up
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
Edgmer Escalona, P, COL
Neil Wagner, P, OAK
Tyson Ross, P, OAK
Brandon Gomes, P, TB
Nick Hagadone, P, CLE

Signed
Johnny Damon, OF, CLE

Designated For Assignment
Josh Bell, 3B, BAL

Claimed Off Waivers
Luis Exposito, C, BAL

Closer Watch

Washington – Brad Lidge, after being summoned from the bullpen to close out Tuesday’s game against the Astros, allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base before getting three straight outs to lock up the Nationals’ 1-0 victory. His save comes a day after Henry Rodriguez successfully preserved a ninth-inning lead, and gives each pitcher two saves for the season. It looks like Davey Johnson is sticking true to his plan to alternate closers, which will limit the save numbers for both players. However, Rodriguez has been the more effective of the duo, posting eight strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA through 5.1 innings, making him the slightly better fantasy option of the duo.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM @ ATL
4/18 12:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens 6-18 .333 0 3 2 1 0 .556 .368 .924
Raul Ibanez - OF NYY vs MIN
4/18 7:05 PM
Jason Marquis 7-19 .368 2 4 8 1 0 .789 .400 1.189
Andruw Jones - OF NYY vs MIN
4/18 7:05 PM
Jason Marquis 9-12 .750 5 6 14 0 3 2.083 .750 2.833
Jose Bautista - 3B TOR vs TB
4/18 7:07 PM
David Price 8-19 .421 3 4 4 3 2 .947 .522 1.469
Reed Johnson - OF CHC @ MIA
4/18 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 10-27 .370 0 3 1 0 3 .481 .370 .851
Hanley Ramirez - SS MIA vs CHC
4/18 7:10 PM
Matt Garza 3-11 .273 1 2 3 1 0 .727 .333 1.060
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX @ BOS
4/18 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett 6-12 .500 2 2 6 1 3 1.000 .538 1.538
Yorvit Torrealba - C TEX @ BOS
4/18 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett 4-10 .400 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .800
Prince Fielder - 1B DET @ KC
4/18 8:10 PM
Jonathan Sanchez 5-12 .417 0 1 2 3 4 .500 .588 1.088
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC vs DET
4/18 8:10 PM
Max Scherzer 3-11 .273 1 2 1 0 4 .727 .273 1.000
Adam Kennedy - 2B LAD @ MIL
4/18 8:10 PM
Zack Greinke 5-10 .500 0 1 2 0 2 .600 .500 1.100
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL vs LAD
4/18 8:10 PM
Chris Capuano 11-34 .324 1 3 4 3 6 .471 .395 .866
Rafael Furcal - SS STL vs CIN
4/18 8:15 PM
Mat Latos 4-10 .400 0 0 1 1 3 .400 .455 .855
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs SD
4/18 8:40 PM
Clayton Richard 6-14 .429 0 0 1 1 2 .429 .467 .896
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL vs SD
4/18 8:40 PM
Clayton Richard 7-12 .583 3 3 9 4 0 1.333 .688 2.021
Bobby Abreu - OF LAA vs OAK
4/18 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 4-15 .267 2 2 4 2 3 .667 .333 1.000
Torii Hunter - OF LAA vs OAK
4/18 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 7-24 .292 2 6 5 1 3 .708 .320 1.028
Vernon Wells - OF LAA vs OAK
4/18 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 8-24 .333 1 3 2 2 1 .583 .385 .968
Cliff Pennington - SS OAK @ LAA
4/18 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 7-15 .467 0 2 0 0 3 .600 .467 1.067
Laynce Nix - OF PHI @ SF
4/18 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 8-16 .500 1 2 1 0 2 .750 .500 1.250
Hunter Pence - OF PHI @ SF
4/18 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 3-12 .250 1 3 3 1 1 .750 .308 1.058
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ SF
4/18 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 6-10 .600 1 5 5 2 2 1.600 .667 2.267
Melky Cabrera - OF SF vs PHI
4/18 10:15 PM
Cliff Lee 3-11 .273 1 1 1 1 1 .545 .333 .878
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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R.A. Dickey NYM @ ATL
4/18 12:10 PM
Braves Batters 9-64 .141 0 2 3 9 11 .170 .246 .416
Jair Jurrjens ATL vs NYM
4/18 12:10 PM
Mets Batters 16-75 .213 1 8 8 8 15 .381 .285 .666
David Price TB @ TOR
4/18 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 20-96 .208 4 8 12 8 25 .387 .281 .668
Brandon Morrow TOR vs TB
4/18 7:07 PM
Rays Batters 12-71 .169 0 2 2 12 28 .199 .287 .486
Mark Buehrle MIA vs CHC
4/18 7:10 PM
Cubs Batters 35-164 .213 2 8 7 4 23 .286 .236 .522
Jake Peavy CWS vs BAL
4/18 8:10 PM
Orioles Batters 12-62 .194 0 5 2 11 25 .284 .315 .599
Jaime Garcia STL vs CIN
4/18 8:15 PM
Reds Batters 12-61 .197 2 3 7 7 13 .317 .279 .596
Derek Lowe CLE @ SEA
4/18 10:10 PM
Mariners Batters 16-61 .262 0 1 2 2 11 .279 .297 .576

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Eric Hinske - OF ATL vs NYM
4/18 12:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 2-16 .125 0 1 0 2 2 .188 .222 .410
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs NYM
4/18 12:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 0-10 .000 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Russell Martin - C NYY vs MIN
4/18 7:05 PM
Jason Marquis 3-16 .188 0 1 1 1 2 .250 .235 .485
Reid Brignac - SS TB @ TOR
4/18 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 0-12 .000 0 0 0 1 6 .000 .077 .077
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ TOR
4/18 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 3-15 .200 0 1 0 3 4 .267 .333 .600
Rajai Davis - OF TOR vs TB
4/18 7:07 PM
David Price 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B TOR vs TB
4/18 7:07 PM
David Price 1-10 .100 1 1 1 2 2 .400 .250 .650
Yunel Escobar - SS TOR vs TB
4/18 7:07 PM
David Price 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 3 .200 .200 .400
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs TB
4/18 7:07 PM
David Price 6-27 .222 0 2 2 1 7 .296 .276 .572
David DeJesus - OF CHC @ MIA
4/18 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 13-75 .173 1 3 3 3 9 .240 .215 .455
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ MIA
4/18 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 5-33 .152 1 1 2 0 7 .242 .147 .389
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ BOS
4/18 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett 4-23 .174 0 1 0 1 10 .217 .208 .425
Michael Young - 3B TEX @ BOS
4/18 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett 3-22 .136 1 1 3 0 4 .273 .130 .403
Wilson Betemit - 3B BAL @ CWS
4/18 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy 3-16 .188 0 3 2 3 6 .375 .316 .691
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL @ CWS
4/18 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy 1-11 .091 0 1 0 3 4 .182 .286 .468
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL @ CWS
4/18 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy 2-14 .143 0 0 0 1 8 .143 .200 .343
Scott Rolen - 3B CIN @ STL
4/18 8:15 PM
Jaime Garcia 2-10 .200 0 0 0 2 3 .200 .333 .533
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs SD
4/18 8:40 PM
Clayton Richard 2-19 .105 0 0 0 3 6 .105 .227 .332
Jason Giambi - 1B COL vs SD
4/18 8:40 PM
Clayton Richard 2-11 .182 1 1 1 0 4 .455 .182 .637
Jonny Gomes - OF OAK @ LAA
4/18 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 2-12 .167 1 1 1 2 4 .417 .286 .703
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK @ LAA
4/18 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 3-27 .111 0 0 2 1 6 .111 .167 .278
Miguel Olivo - C SEA vs CLE
4/18 10:10 PM
Derek Lowe 3-19 .158 0 1 0 1 7 .211 .200 .411
Juan Pierre - OF PHI @ SF
4/18 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 4-18 .222 0 0 1 0 0 .222 .222 .444
Ryan Theriot - SS SF vs PHI
4/18 10:15 PM
Cliff Lee 2-11 .182 0 0 1 0 2 .182 .182 .364
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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RBI
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BB K Opp
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Jason Marquis MIN @ NYY
4/18 7:05 PM
Yankees Batters 24-66 .364 7 13 24 3 7 .757 .400 1.156
Clayton Richard SD @ Col
4/18 8:40 PM
Rockies Batters 33-97 .340 5 7 20 13 16 .548 .418 .966
Bartolo Colon OAK @ LAA
4/18 10:05 PM
Angels Batters 21-73 .288 6 12 12 6 9 .629 .338 .967
Matt Cain SF vs Phi
4/18 10:15 PM
Phillies Batters 29-86 .337 4 12 17 8 12 .636 .394 1.029
 

Recommended Pickup

R.A. Dickey, SP, NYM – Dickey, not Roy Halladay or Clayton Kershaw or Justin Verlander, has the most consecutive quality starts – at least six innings with three earned runs or less – with 14, dating all the way back to July 25. Owned in 13 percent and 29 percent of leagues on ESPN and Yahoo!, respectively, this knuckleballer is somehow putting up these numbers without much attention. Over that quality start span, he has a 2.58 ERA and a decent sub-1.20 WHIP. With the Mets’ hot start this year, he may be able to put up better than an 8-13 record, as evidenced with his 2-0 start already.

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C – Jesus Montero, SEA ($5,519)
1B – Kendrys Morales, LAA ($6,774)
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