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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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Thursday's Starters

Mariners (Hector Noesi - R) at Indians (Zach McAllister - R), 12:05
Twins (P.J. Walters - R) at Tigers (Doug Fister - R), 1:05
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Mets (R.A. Dickey - R), 1:10
Athletics (Brandon McCarthy - R) at Rangers (Matt Harrison - L), 2:05
Orioles (Brian Matusz - L) at Royals (Luke Hochevar - R), 2:10
Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill - R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R), 3:10
White Sox (Chris Sale - L) at Angels (C.J. Wilson - L), 3:35
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R) at Giants (Matt Cain - R), 3:45
Pirates (James McDonald - R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 7:05
Yankees (Phil Hughes - R) at Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison - R), 7:07
Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at Rays (Matt Moore - L), 7:10
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Braves (Brandon Beachy - R), 7:10
Brewers (Shaun Marcum - R) at Astros (J.A. Happ - L), 8:05
Phillies (Roy Halladay - R) at Cubs (Chris Volstad - R), 8:05
Dodgers (Aaron Harang - R) at Padres (Edinson Volquez - R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: SEA/CLE, MIN/DET, CIN/NYM, OAK/TEX, BAL/KC, ARI/COL, CHW/LAA, STL/SF

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Joaquin Arias, SS, SF - (Forearm) Given the day off Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with a bruised forearm.
Carlos Beltran, OF, STL - (Knee) Was in the lineup Tuesday but has been experiencing pain the last several days.
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI - (Shoulder) Declared ready for scheduled start Thursday after experiencing tenderness in right shoulder following his last outing.
Mike Carp, OF, SEA - Late scratch for undisclosed reason Wednesday; unknown if removal from lineup related to shoulder injury that sidelined him earlier in the season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL - (Eye) Returned to the lineup Wednesday.
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY - (Ankle) Said he would make his next start Saturday, though manager Joe Girardi wouldn't commit to that date.
Denard Span, OF, MIN - (Hamstring) Late scratch from Wednesday's lineup after experiencing tightness.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Leg) Started Wednesday against San Francisco but still feeling pain in leg after being struck by line drive earlier in the series.
Jose Valverde, RP, DET - (Back) Expects to be ready for this weekend's series against Pittsburgh after suffering a minor back strain.

Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR - Received a four-game suspension for incident with home plate umpire on Tuesday. He will appeal the suspension and remain active until a decision is made following the appeal.

Disabled List
Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS - (Thumb) Cleared to begin throwing Wednesday after originally not being expected to throw until late-May or early June.
Mark DeRosa, 3B, WAS - (Oblique) Began throwing off flat ground Wednesday.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL - (Hamstring) Began rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Wednesday.
Dan Hudson, SP, ARI - (Shoulder) Threw 54 pitches in 2.1 innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD - (Hamstring) Received platelet-rich plasma injection Tuesday to attempt to speed up recovery from hamstring strain.
Scott Linebrink, RP, STL - (Shoulder) Took part in some light tossing Tuesday.
Cory Luebke, SP, SD - (Elbow) Will have to decide between potential season-ending surgery on partially torn UCL or opt to return in about six weeks.
Mike Morse, OF, WAS - (Back) Took swings in batting cage Tuesday and made 60 throws on Wednesday. Eyeing a June 8 return to the Washington lineup.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS - (Knee) Confirmed he will be out for the season and hopes to have surgery on torn ACL within two-to-three weeks.
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, SF - (Back) Saw a specialist Tuesday and reportedly received an epidural injection.
Dan Schlereth, RP, DET - (Shoulder) Will not require surgery on shoulder at this time.
Joe Wieland, SP, SD - (Elbow) Expected to begin throwing in the next several days.
Vance Worley, SP, PHI - (Elbow) Will be shut down for a week; no structural damage found on elbow.
Chris Young, OF, ARI - (Shoulder) Has an outside chance of joining the team for the series in Kansas City this weekend.

Transactions

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Vance Worley, SP, PHI

Activated from the DL
Travis Blackley, RP, OAK
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN
Eric Young Jr., OF, COL (Restricted list)

Called Up
Evan Meek, RP, PIT
Joe Savery, RP, PHI

Sent Down
Andrew Carignan, RP, OAK
Chris Parmelee, 1B, MIN
Alex Presley, OF, PIT
Dan Wheeler, RP, CLE
Clay Zavada, RP, STL

Traded
Rich Thompson, OF, TB
Kyle Hudson, OF, PHI

Signed
Ryan Garko, 1B, TB

Closer Watch

New York (AL) - David Robertson landed on the disabled list Tuesday, clearing the way for Rafael Soriano to take over closing duties. Soriano's been slightly erratic this season, allowing 14 hits and 8 walks in 14 innings of work. However, when he was highly impressive when giving the full-time closing gig with Atlanta in 2009 and Tampa Bay in 2010. If he comes close to replicating those performances, he will likely remain the Yankees' closer even when Robertson returns.

Detroit - Jose Valverde will be out for a couple of days with a back strain. The injury isn't serious, and he is expected at to return at some point during the weekend series against Pittsburgh. Joaquin Benoit and Octavio Dotel figure to be the frontrunners for save opportunities should they arise while Valverde is out.

Colorado - In a season that's already seen lots of closer turnover already, even among established closers, longtime middle reliever Rafael Betancourt is excelling in his first season as the go-to man in the ninth inning. He carries a 1.93 ERA and 1.07 WHIP and has struck out 15 batters in 14 innings, including two on Tuesday en route to his seventh save of the season.


KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs OAK
5/17 2:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 6-17 .353 1 3 6 0 1 .647 .333 .980
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ SF
5/17 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 6-13 .462 0 3 4 1 1 .769 .500 1.269
Lance Berkman - 1B STL @ SF
5/17 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 3-11 .273 1 2 4 1 2 .636 .333 .969
Matt Diaz - OF ATL vs MIA
5/17 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 10-23 .435 1 5 1 2 6 .739 .480 1.219
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL vs MIA
5/17 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 14-31 .452 4 8 10 3 2 .968 .486 1.454
Brian McCann - C ATL vs MIA
5/17 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 14-38 .368 6 9 18 1 8 .921 .375 1.296
Mike Fontenot - 2B PHI @ CHC
5/17 8:05 PM
Chris Volstad 5-14 .357 1 3 3 1 1 .714 .400 1.114
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ CHC
5/17 8:05 PM
Chris Volstad 9-22 .409 0 2 2 2 0 .500 .458 .958
Carlos Ruiz - C PHI @ CHC
5/17 8:05 PM
Chris Volstad 7-16 .438 0 4 2 4 1 .688 .550 1.238
Adam Kennedy - 2B LAD @ SD
5/17 10:05 PM
Edinson Volquez 5-12 .417 0 0 2 1 0 .417 .462 .879
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
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RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Roy Halladay PHI @ CHC
5/17 8:05 PM
Cubs Batters 22-82 .268 4 7 13 0 15 .451 .277 .729

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ SF
5/17 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 6-35 .171 2 2 3 4 9 .343 .268 .611
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL @ SF
5/17 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 3-18 .167 0 0 2 2 1 .167 .250 .417
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs NYY
5/17 7:07 PM
Phil Hughes 4-19 .211 1 3 2 1 10 .474 .250 .724
Jack Wilson - SS ATL vs MIA
5/17 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 1-10 .100 0 0 0 2 3 .100 .250 .350
David DeJesus - OF CHC vs PHI
5/17 8:05 PM
Roy Halladay 4-18 .222 0 0 0 0 1 .222 .222 .444
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Ricky Nolasco MIA @ Atl
5/17 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 56-162 .346 13 27 37 11 35 .679 .382 1.060
Chris Volstad CHC vs Phi
5/17 8:05 PM
Phillies Batters 37-111 .333 4 13 12 10 6 .565 .394 .960
 


 



KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ SF
5/17 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 6-35 .171 2 2 3 4 9 .343 .268 .611
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL @ SF
5/17 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 3-18 .167 0 0 2 2 1 .167 .250 .417
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs NYY
5/17 7:07 PM
Phil Hughes 4-19 .211 1 3 2 1 10 .474 .250 .724
Jack Wilson - SS ATL vs MIA
5/17 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 1-10 .100 0 0 0 2 3 .100 .250 .350
David DeJesus - OF CHC vs PHI
5/17 8:05 PM
Roy Halladay 4-18 .222 0 0 0 0 1 .222 .222 .444
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Ricky Nolasco MIA @ Atl
5/17 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 56-162 .346 13 27 37 11 35 .679 .382 1.060
Chris Volstad CHC vs Phi
5/17 8:05 PM
Phillies Batters 37-111 .333 4 13 12 10 6 .565 .394 .960
 

Recommended Pickup

Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC - After Mitchell Maier and Jason Bourgeois were ineffective in replacing injured center fielder Lorenzo Cain, Dyson has proven up to the task while becoming an intriguing fantasy option in the process. Dyson is batting .304 and getting on base at a .383 clip for the Royals, allowing him to do what he does best: steal bases. He has four steals since assuming the everyday gig in late-April, and stole 49 bags last season while splitting time between the Royals and Triple-A Omaha. Dyson's ability to get on base has led to his ascension to the top spot in the lineup, where he's piled up several runs, including six during the Royals' current four-game winning streak. If Eric Hosmer can reapproach the prowess he showed as a rookie, Dyson's run totals should only increase going forward. Cain is not expected to return until mid- to late-June, which only enhances Dyson's job security. Dyson should be owned in AL-only leagues and is probably worthy of adding in many mixed formats, especially deeper leagues.

Other recent recommendations: Anthony Bass, Jordan Lyles, Kyle Seager, and Josh Reddick.

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