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Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210) from 11a-2p ET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Saturday's Starters

Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova - R), 1:05
Mets (Miguel Batista - R) at Jays (Brandon Morrow - R), 1:07
Marlins (Anibal Sanchez - R) at Indians (Jeanmar Gomez - R), 4:05
A's (Tyson Ross - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 4:05
Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R) at Tigers (Drew Smyly - L), 4:05
Braves (Randall Delgado - R) at Rays (Alex Cobb - R), 4:10
Twins (Carl Pavano - R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R), 4:10
Mariners (Jason Vargas - L) at Rockies (Christian Friedrich - L), 4:10
D-Backs (Ian Kennedy - R) at Royals (Bruce Chen - L), 7:15
Orioles (Jason Hammel - R) at Nats (Ross Detwiler - L), 7:15
Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Phillies (Joe Blanton - R), 7:15
White Sox (John Danks - L) at Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R), 7:15
Rangers (Derek Holland - L) at Astros (Lucas Harrell - R), 7:15
Angels (Dan Haren - R) at Padres (Eric Stults - L), 10:05
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: CIN/NYY, NYM/TOR, MIA/CLE, OAK/SF, PIT/DET, ATL/TAM, MIN/MIL, SEA/COL

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW (Face) - Removed from Friday's game after getting hit by a pitch.
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL (Calf) - Left Friday's game with a bruise.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (Illness) - Will be held out of Saturday's lineup.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS (Ear) - Suffered a laceration following a foul fip Friday.
Emilio Bonifacio, OF, MIA (Thumb) - Sprained left thumb while stealing a base Friday.
Carlos Beltran, OF, STL (Knee) - Returned to the starting lineup Friday.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET (Abdomen) - Likely out a few more days.
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY (Ankle) - Will start Saturday barring soreness in warm-ups.
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI (Knee) - Missed his second straight game Friday.
Geovany Soto, C, CHC (Knee) - Out 3-4 weeks with torn meniscus; DL bound.
Cody Ross, OF, BOS (Foot) - Hopeful that he will only miss a few games.
Carl Pavano, SP, MIN (Shoulder) - May not require a cortisone shot after all.
Ryan Doumit, C, MIN (Calf) - DNP Friday, likely limited to pinch-hitting this weekend.
Jack Hannahan, 3B, CLE (Back) - Missed his fifth straight game Friday.
Brent Morel, 3B, CHW (Back) - Late scratch from Friday's lineup.
Chris Getz, 2B, KAN (Ribs) - Held out of Friday's lineup, could miss the entire weekend.
Will Rhymes, 2B, TAM (Wrist) - Available off the bench Friday, DNP.

Disabled List

Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG (Hand) - Expected to return in three weeks.
Mike Morse, OF, WAS (Lat) - Hit from a tee Friday, will head to Florida on Monday.
Salvador Perez, C, KAN (Knee) - May only be 3-4 weeks away from returning.
Carlos Marmol, RP, CHC (Hamstring) - On scheduled for May 27 activation from the DL.
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, SFG (Shoulder) - Hopes to play in extended ST games this weekend.
Huston Street, RP, SD (Shoulder) - Will begin throwing soon.
Zach Britton, SP, BAL (Shoulder) - Scheduled for final extended ST start Monday.
Josh Tomlin, SP, CLE (Wrist) - Could throw a bullpen session early next week.
Rafael Perez, RP, CLE (Shoulder) - May throw a simulated game soon.
Kyle McClellan, RP, STL (Elbow) - 70 percent chance he avoids surgery.
Blake Wood, RP, KAN (Elbow) - Will have Tommy John surgery.

Transactions

Activated from DL

Chris Young, OF, ARI

Placed on DL

Allen Craig, OF, STL
Tim Stauffer, SP, SD
James Darnell, OF, SD
Kyle McLellan, RP, STL

Optioned to Triple-A

Chris Volstad, SP, CHC
Evan Meek, RP, PIT
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI
Josh Lueke, RP, TAM

Called Up

Alex Cobb, SP, TAM
Gorkys Hernandez, OF, PIT
Adron Chambers, OF, STL
Brandon Dickson, RP, STL
Nick Vincent, RP, SD
Blake Lalli, C, CHC

Closer Watch

Dodgers - Kenley Jansen blew a save opportunity against the Cardinals on Friday after giving up a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning. He struck out three around the two-out blast from Lance Berkman, and the missed conversion Friday night is unlikely to cost Jansen the closer role. The Dodgers managed to rally with a run in the bottom of the inning to give Jansen a victory in relief for his efforts.

White Sox - Addison Reed picked up the save Friday while striking out one and giving a hit during a scoreless ninth inning against the Cubs. The save was his fourth of the season, and it appears to be Reed's job to lose now that Chris Sale has been moved back into the White Sox's rotation and Hector Santiago seems to be locked in as a seventh-inning setup man.

Marlins - Heath Bell converted his fourth save of the season (and first since May 1) with a scoreless ninth inning against the Indians. Although he did not allow a baserunner in Friday's appearance, Bell also failed to record a strikeout. Still, it appears as though he's clawed his way back into the role after a brief demotion led many fantasy owners to throw FAAB dollars at Steve Cishek and Edward Mujica in recent weeks.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Omar Vizquel - 3B TOR vs NYM
5/19 1:07 PM
Miguel Batista 9-18 .500 0 0 0 5 2 .500 .609 1.109
Aaron Hill - 2B ARI @ KC
5/19 7:15 PM
Bruce Chen 3-10 .300 1 1 2 1 5 .600 .364 .964
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B BOS @ PHI
5/19 7:15 PM
Joe Blanton 7-16 .438 2 2 4 1 0 .813 .471 1.284
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ PHI
5/19 7:15 PM
Joe Blanton 8-26 .308 2 3 3 3 5 .577 .367 .944
Cody Ross - OF BOS @ PHI
5/19 7:15 PM
Joe Blanton 3-11 .273 1 2 1 0 6 .636 .273 .909
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ CHC
5/19 7:15 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-17 .294 2 3 4 10 7 .706 .556 1.262
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ CHC
5/19 7:15 PM
Ryan Dempster 6-14 .429 1 1 2 0 1 .643 .429 1.072
Ty Wigginton - 3B PHI vs BOS
5/19 7:15 PM
Jon Lester 8-20 .400 1 2 2 4 3 .600 .538 1.138
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs BAL
5/19 7:15 PM
Jason Hammel 4-11 .364 1 2 3 2 1 .727 .462 1.189
Nick Hundley - C SD vs LAA
5/19 10:05 PM
Dan Haren 9-23 .391 0 2 1 0 4 .478 .391 .869
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ LAD
5/19 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 5-15 .333 0 0 1 8 4 .333 .565 .898
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Dan Haren LAA @ SD
5/19 10:05 PM
Padres Batters 24-78 .307 1 7 5 0 21 .423 .307 .730

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Cesar Izturis - SS MIL vs MIN
5/19 4:10 PM
Carl Pavano 4-18 .222 0 1 1 0 2 .278 .211 .489
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ CHC
5/19 7:15 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 1 .182 .250 .432
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ CHC
5/19 7:15 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-12 .167 1 1 2 1 5 .417 .286 .703
Mark Ellis - 2B LAD vs STL
5/19 10:10 PM
Jake Westbrook 5-24 .208 0 1 3 1 2 .250 .240 .490
Adam Kennedy - 2B LAD vs STL
5/19 10:10 PM
Jake Westbrook 3-16 .188 0 0 0 1 2 .188 .235 .423
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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A.J. Burnett PIT @ Det
5/19 4:05 PM
Tigers Batters 21-69 .304 3 8 14 6 15 .537 .368 .905
Joe Blanton PHI vs Bos
5/19 7:15 PM
Red Sox Batters 33-110 .300 8 15 17 10 15 .586 .356 .942
Ryan Dempster CHC vs CWS
5/19 7:15 PM
White Sox Batters 24-80 .300 5 6 14 14 18 .517 .412 .929
 

Recommended Pickup

Welington Castillo, C, CHC - Useful second catchers are difficult to come by, and with news that Geovany Soto will miss the next three-to-four weeks, Castillo now has a regular job in Chicago. Castillo was carrying a .955 OPS over 16 games at Triple-A Iowa this season before he was summoned to back up Soto following an injury to Steven Clevenger. In a larger sample with Iowa last season, Castillo posted a .286/.351/.524 line including 15 homers in 227 at-bats. At least in the short term, he should provide value as manager Dale Svuem's primary backstop despite a 5-for-27 (.154) mark through seven games this season in Chicago.

Other Recent Recommendations: Yonder Alonso, Jarrod Dyson, Anthony Bass, Jordan Lyles and Kyle Seager.

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Draft Street Lineup

C - Russell Martin $4,880
1B - Adrian Gonzalez $7,763
2B - Michael Young $5,313
3B - Ryan Zimmerman $6,636
SS - Alexei Ramirez $4,210
OF - Jose Bautista $7,866
OF - Jason Heyward $6,796
OF - B.J. Upton $6,163
UT - Adam Dunn $7,342
UT - Ian Kinsler $9,064
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SP - Jason Hammel $10,863
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UP - Jake Westbrook $10,185

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