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Wednesday Lineup Card: Catcher on the Rise

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Tuesday's Starters

American League
White Sox (Chris Sale – L) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker – R), 3:35
Royals (Luke Hochevar - R) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R), 7:05
Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) at Tigers (Adam Wilk – L), 7:05
Blue Jays (Kyle Drabek – R) at Orioles (Jason Hammel – R), 7:05
Angels (C.J. Wilson – L) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson – R), 7:10
Yankees (Phil Hughes – R) at Rangers (Scott Feldman – R), 8:05
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R) at Twins (Liam Hendriks – R), 8:10

National League
Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R) at Pirates (James McDonald, R), 12:35
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin – R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton – R), TBD
Astros (J.A. Happ – L) at Brewers (Shaun Marcum – R), 1:10
Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R) at Cubs (Chris Volstad – R), 2:20
Phillies (Cole Hamels – L) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R), 3:40
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – R) at Padres (Joe Wieland – R), 6:35
Marlins (Mark Buehrle – L) at Mets (R.A. Dickey – R), 7:10
Giants (Barry Zito – L) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R), 7:10
Braves (Brandon Beachy – R) at Dodgers (Ted Lilly – L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: 
Rockies, Astros, Cardinals, Phillies, Pirates, Brewers, Cubs, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Athletics

Injuries

Day-to-Day

AL
Andy Dirks, OF, DET – (Hamstring) Was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA – (Hamstring) Kept out of the starting lineup for the second straight day Tuesday.
Mark Reynolds, 3B, BAL – (Illness) Missed Tuesday’s game due to the flu.
Alexi Casilla, SS, MIN – (Illness) Out of the starting lineup Tuesday.
Jim Johnson, P, BAL – (Illness) Unavailable Tuesday after being hospitalized Monday with flu-like symptoms.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL (Neck) Orioles optimistic Reimold will not go on DL.

NL
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL – (Knee) Started for the Braves Tuesday.
Hunter Pence, OF, PHI – (Shoulder) Had an MRI on Tuesday.

Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF – (Personal) Out of starting lineup on Tuesday.
Jon Jay, OF, STL – (Shoulder) Diagnosed with a partial separation on Tuesday.

Disabled List
AL
Andrew Miller, P, BOS – (Hamstring) Threw a perfect inning during rehab outing in Triple-A on Monday.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY – (Elbow) Won’t try hitting until Friday, at the earliest.
Al Alburquerque, P, DET – (Elbow) Moved from 15-Day DL to 60-Day DL.
Sergio Santos, P, TOR – (Shoulder) Will miss at least four weeks.

NL
Dan Hudson, P, AZ – (Shoulder) Could begin playing catch after five-day rest period.
Chien-Ming Wang, P, WAS – (Hamstring) Threw three innings in his first rehab start Monday.
Allen Craig, OF, STL – (Knee) Hit three singles for High-A Palm Beach on Monday.
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, SF – (Shoulder) Went 1-3 in first rehab game for High-A San Jose on Monday.
Bill Bray, P, CIN – (Groin) Placed on 15-Day DL on Tuesday.
Jason Bay, OF, NYM – (Ribs) Placed on 15-Day DL on Tuesday.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI – (Achilles) Told to limit activities for at least one more week.
Mike Pelfrey, P, NYM – (Elbow) Placed on 15-Day DL with swelling in right elbow.
Chris Narveson, P, MIL – (Shoulder) Will have season ending surgery.

Transactions 

Activated from Bereavement List
Kameron Loe, P, MIL

Placed on DL
Bill Bray, P, CIN
Jason Bay, OF, NYM
Mike Pelfrey, P, NYM

Optioned to Triple-A
Jair Jurrjens, P, ATL
Jeremy Hefner, P, NYM
Wily Peralta, P, MIL

Called Up
Robert Carson, P, NYM
Zach Lutz, 3B, NYM
J.J. Hoover, P, CIN
Cody Gearrin, P, ATL

Free Agent Signings
Dustin Martin, OF, NYM
Jim Negrych, 2B, WAS

Closer Watch
Current Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves got the save for Boston without too much trouble Monday night against the Twins. Aceves allowed just one hit, a single to Chris Parmelee. This makes Aceves 3-5 in save opportunities since taking over the closer position from the injured Andrew Bailey. In his three saves, Aceves has allowed just one hit while striking out a combined four batters. However, in his two blown saves, he has allowed eight earned runs. His current role as closer is tenuous at best, especially in big market Boston.

Jason Motte blew his first save of the season on Monday for the Cardinals. With a 2-1 St. Louis lead, Motte allowed two runs to score on a Joe Mather single. It’s nothing to worry about for now as Motte is in no danger of losing his job, and has pitched very well this year.

Brewers closer John Axford struck out the side in the ninth inning against the Astros on Monday night. This comes three days after allowing a run on three hits and taking the loss against the Rockies. Axford currently has a 6.35 ERA, but he also started last season slow and finished with a 1.95 ERA in 2011.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Rafael Furcal - SS STL @ CHC
4/25 2:20 PM
Chris Volstad 4-10 .400 0 1 2 1 0 .500 .455 .955
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ CHC
4/25 2:20 PM
Chris Volstad 6-11 .545 0 2 0 0 0 .727 .545 1.272
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CLE vs KC
4/25 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar 13-23 .565 3 7 10 2 4 1.130 .600 1.730
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET vs SEA
4/25 7:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 8-17 .471 0 2 2 0 3 .588 .500 1.088
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs SEA
4/25 7:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 7-22 .318 1 2 3 2 3 .500 .375 .875
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs SF
4/25 7:10 PM
Barry Zito 5-13 .385 0 3 1 3 0 .615 .500 1.115
Wilson Valdez - SS CIN vs SF
4/25 7:10 PM
Barry Zito 3-10 .300 0 2 2 0 1 .600 .300 .900
Omar Infante - 2B MIA @ NYM
4/25 7:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 9-16 .563 1 2 3 1 2 .813 .556 1.369
Hanley Ramirez - SS MIA @ NYM
4/25 7:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 6-15 .400 0 3 3 1 1 .600 .438 1.038
Gaby Sanchez - 1B MIA @ NYM
4/25 7:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 5-11 .455 1 4 6 0 2 1.000 .417 1.417
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF @ CIN
4/25 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 12-23 .522 1 6 1 1 3 .870 .593 1.463
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ TEX
4/25 8:05 PM
Scott Feldman 3-11 .273 2 2 4 1 1 .818 .333 1.151
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ TEX
4/25 8:05 PM
Scott Feldman 4-11 .364 1 1 2 1 3 .636 .417 1.053
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ TEX
4/25 8:05 PM
Scott Feldman 4-13 .308 1 2 4 0 2 .615 .333 .948
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ LAD
4/25 10:10 PM
Ted Lilly 4-11 .364 2 2 5 0 1 .909 .308 1.217
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Ted Lilly LAD vs ATL
4/25 10:10 PM
Braves Batters 21-102 .206 2 7 13 6 25 .314 .246 .560

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Dexter Fowler - OF COL @ PIT
4/25 12:35 PM
James McDonald 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 2 .182 .250 .432
Henry Blanco - C ARI vs PHI
4/25 3:40 PM
Cole Hamels 2-12 .167 0 1 0 2 4 .250 .286 .536
Juan Pierre - OF PHI @ ARI
4/25 3:40 PM
Trevor Cahill 2-12 .167 0 1 0 1 1 .250 .231 .481
Brandon Inge - 3B DET vs SEA
4/25 7:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 4-19 .211 0 1 5 0 7 .263 .211 .474
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET vs SEA
4/25 7:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 0-11 .000 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Delmon Young - OF DET vs SEA
4/25 7:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-15 .200 0 1 1 0 1 .333 .200 .533
Billy Butler - DH KC @ CLE
4/25 7:05 PM
Josh Tomlin 2-12 .167 0 0 0 1 0 .167 .231 .398
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs SF
4/25 7:10 PM
Barry Zito 2-10 .200 0 0 3 1 2 .200 .333 .533
Angel Pagan - OF SF @ CIN
4/25 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 3-16 .188 1 1 1 0 2 .375 .188 .563
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs NYY
4/25 8:05 PM
Phil Hughes 1-14 .071 0 0 1 1 5 .071 .133 .204
Michael Bourn - OF ATL @ LAD
4/25 10:10 PM
Ted Lilly 1-11 .091 0 0 1 0 4 .091 .091 .182
Jack Wilson - SS ATL @ LAD
4/25 10:10 PM
Ted Lilly 4-19 .211 0 1 2 0 4 .263 .200 .463
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Luke Hochevar KC @ Cle
4/25 7:05 PM
Indians Batters 37-109 .339 5 15 25 9 18 .564 .390 .954
Bronson Arroyo CIN vs SF
4/25 7:10 PM
Giants Batters 30-92 .326 4 14 11 3 12 .576 .357 .933
R.A. Dickey NYM vs Mia
4/25 7:10 PM
Marlins Batters 30-94 .319 2 11 13 6 21 .489 .350 .840
Barry Zito SF @ Cin
4/25 7:10 PM
Reds Batters 24-76 .316 2 12 12 13 12 .557 .416 .973
Scott Feldman TEX vs NYY
4/25 8:05 PM
Yankees Batters 23-81 .284 8 11 18 10 14 .614 .369 .982
 

Recommended Pickup
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN – Perhaps not quite a player to pick up immediately, but someone you absolutely want to keep an eye on. In fact, you may want to jump early to avoid being beaten to the punch. Mesoraco has gotten off to a good start this season, hitting .304 as the backup catcher to Ryan Hanigan. However, with Hanigan hitting for a meager .543 OPS so far, Mesoraco may be poised to win the starting job sooner than later. Mesoraco is certainly talented, as Baseball America rated him as the 16th best prospect in the nation prior to the 2012 season. And despite not hitting for much power yet, the 24-year-old Mesoraco has shown plenty of pop in the minors, including hitting 26 home runs in 2010. Catcher isn’t a strong position, and Mesoraco could potentially be a big help.

Other Recent Recommendations: Jarrod Parker, Jason Hammel, Francisco Cordero and Alex Presley.

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