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Wednesday Lineup Card: Time to Pick Up Parker

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Wednesday's Starters
AL
Indians (Jeanmar Gomez - R) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 7:05
Rays (Alex Cobb - R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova - R), 7:05
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett - R), 7:10
Twins (Nick Blackburn - R) at Royals (Felipe Paulino - R), 8:10
Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R) at White Sox (TBA), 8:10
Mariners (Hector Noesi - R) at Angels (Jerome Williams - R), 10:05
Rangers (Colby Lewis - R) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon - R), 10:05
NL
Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) at Padres (Clayton Richard - L), 6:35
Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R), 7:05
Mets (Jeremy Hefner - R) at Nationals (Edwin Jackson - R), 7:05
Braves (Randall Delgado - R) at Marlins (Josh Johnson - R), 7:10
Pirates (Brad Lincoln - R) at Reds (Johnny Cueto - R), 7:10
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R) at Astros (Bud Norris - R), 8:05
Cubs (Paul Maholm - L) at Brewers (Zack Greine - R), 8:10
Rockies (Josh Outman - L) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L), 9:40

Injuries
Day-to-Day
AL
Felix Hernandez, P, SEA - (Back) Is not in danger of being placed on the DL.
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR - (Hand) Not in the lineup on Tuesday.
Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL - (Illness) Out of the lineup on Tuesday.
Jose Lopez, 3B, CLE - (Back) Late scratch on Tuesday with lower back soreness.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (Thumb) Appears likely to sit out on Wednesday against the Royals.

NL
Jon Rauch, P, NYM - (Elbow) Doctors found debris in his elbow and he will not pitch in upcoming series against the Nationals.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL - (Quadriceps) Not in lineup for Tuesday's game.
Jordan Schafer, OF, HOU - (Illness) Not in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Will Venable, OF, SDP - (Oblique) Will likely be able to avoid the DL.

Disabled List
AL
Zach Britton, P, BAL - (Shoulder) Made a rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.
Jered Weaver, P, LAA - (Back) Played catch from 120 feet on Monday.
LaTroy Hawkins, P, LAA - (Finger) Made a second rehab appearance Tuesday in High-A.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Concussion) Played second base during rehab assignment on Tuesday.
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS - (Elbow) Was hitting on the field Tuesday for the first time since April.
Andrew Bailey, P, BOS - (Thumb) Will throw from 120 feet on Wednesday.
David Robertson, P, NYY - (Oblique) Pain-free and hopes to return in the next eight or nine days.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY - (Elbow) Could still return this weekend.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS - (Shoulder) Hit from a tee on Tuesday.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, P, BOS - (Neck) Was limited to three innings in rehab appearance Tuesday and is the leading candidate to replace Dan Bard in the Red Sox rotation.
Chris Getz, 2B, KCR - (Ribs) Will begin a rehab assignment on Thursday in Triple-A.
Ryan Kalish, OF, BOS - (Shoulder) Will continue his rehab assignment in Pawtucket.
Everett Teaford, P, KCR - (Abdomen) Will begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A on Thursday.
Victor Martinez, C, DET - (Knee) Played catch Tuesday and will have a follow-up exam in June.
Nick Markakis, OF, BAL - (Wrist) Approximately one week away from having his stitches removed.
Brent Morel, 3B, CHW - (Back) Will remain at Charlotte until he receives a clean bill of health.
Jonathan Sanchez, P, KCR - (Biceps) Will likely make at least one more rehab start in Triple-A.
Doug Fister, P, DET - (Upper Body) Played light catch on Tuesday.
John Danks, P, CHW - (Shoulder) Will likely make one or two rehab starts before rejoining the White Sox rotation.

NL
Jose Contreras, P, PHI - (Elbow) Transferred to the 60-Day DL.
Stephen Drew, SS, ARI - (Angle) Will begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A on Thursday.
Takashi Saito, P, ARI - (Calf) Began rehab assignment in Triple-A on Tuesday.
Jon Herrera, SS, COL - (Hamstring) Expected to begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A on Tuesday.
Juan Nicasio, P, COL - (Knee) Rockies are awaiting the results of his MRI.
Jason Bay, OF, NYM - (Ribs) Played in a minor league game on Tuesday.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI - (Achilles) Will hit in an extended spring training game on Wednesday.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI - (Knee) Will DH in an extended spring training game on Wednesday.
Laynce Nix, OF, PHI - (Calf) Will increase rehab work on Thursday.
Drew Storen, P, WAS - (Elbow) Threw on consecutive days for the first time since elbow surgery in April.
Justin De Fratus, P, PHI - (Elbow) Is now throwing from 75 feet.
Ramon Ramirez, P, NYM - (Hamstring) Placed on the DL on Tuesday.
Roy Halladay, P, PHI - (Shoulder) Has started shoulder exercises and other upper body work.
Javy Guerra, P, LAD - (Knee) Underwent knee surgery on Tuesday and will miss 4-to-6 weeks.
Jim Thome, 1B, PHI - (Back) Will be relegated to DH and pinch-hitting duties when he returns to the team.
Michael Stutes, P, PHI - (Shoulder) Is progressing slowly in return from injury.
David Herndon, P, PHI - (Elbow) Is progressing slowly in return from injury.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD - (Wrist) Will be sent on a rehab assignment this weekend.
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL - (Calf) Took batting practice and fielded grounders on Tuesday.
Geovany Soto, C, CHC - (Knee) Could head out on rehab assignment as early as this weekend.
Austin Kearns, OF, MIA - (Hamstring) Expected to return on Thursday, his first day of eligibility.
Nick Masset, P, CIN - (Shoulder) Has extended throwing sessions to 120 feet.
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN - (Shoulder) Starting hitting off a tee last week and is feeling better in general.

Transactions
Activated from DL
Desmond Jennings, OF, TBR
Darnell McDonald, OF, BOS
Miguel Batista, P, BOS
Carlos Santana, C, CLE
Huston Street, P, SDP

Placed on DL
Ramon Ramirez, P, NYM

Designated for Assignment
Jack Egbert, P, NYM

Optioned to Triple-A
Ruben Gotay, 2B, ATL
Rich Thompson, OF, TBR
Gorkys Hernandez, OF, PIT
Will Smith, P, KCR
Daniel Bard, P, BOS
Juan Diaz, SS, CLE
Miles Mikolas, P, SDP

Called Up
Chris Young, P, NYM
Alex Presley, OF, PIT
Ryan Verdugo, P, KCR

Closer Watch
Jonathan Papelbon took the loss in the Phillies game against the Dodgers on Monday. Papelbon pitched the ninth inning in a non-save situation as the game was tied, but gave up a run on two hits in an inning. Papelbon also struck out two men. He is in no danger of losing his role as closer, and still has a 2.31 ERA on the year.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF @ SD
6/6 6:35 PM
Clayton Richard 7-19 .368 0 2 1 2 0 .474 .455 .929
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE @ DET
6/6 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 3-11 .273 1 1 2 2 5 .545 .385 .930
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CLE @ DET
6/6 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 6-10 .600 1 2 3 2 1 1.000 .667 1.667
Matt LaPorta - 1B CLE @ DET
6/6 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 2-10 .200 1 2 1 2 1 .600 .333 .933
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ PHI
6/6 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 5-13 .385 2 4 7 3 0 1.000 .500 1.500
Adam Kennedy - 2B LAD @ PHI
6/6 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 5-12 .417 0 2 5 2 1 .583 .500 1.083
James Loney - 1B LAD @ PHI
6/6 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 7-13 .538 2 3 6 2 1 1.077 .600 1.677
Hector Luna - 2B PHI vs LAD
6/6 7:05 PM
Chris Capuano 5-15 .333 1 3 3 1 2 .667 .375 1.042
Endy Chavez - OF BAL @ BOS
6/6 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett 9-25 .360 0 2 2 0 4 .520 .360 .880
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ CIN
6/6 7:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 6-22 .273 3 3 3 2 2 .682 .333 1.015
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ HOU
6/6 8:05 PM
Bud Norris 6-22 .273 2 3 5 0 4 .591 .273 .864
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs CHC
6/6 8:10 PM
Paul Maholm 10-31 .323 1 3 8 6 1 .484 .432 .916
Carlos Gomez - OF MIL vs CHC
6/6 8:10 PM
Paul Maholm 5-12 .417 1 2 3 0 3 .750 .462 1.212
Corey Hart - OF MIL vs CHC
6/6 8:10 PM
Paul Maholm 14-41 .341 3 8 7 5 7 .707 .417 1.124
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL vs CHC
6/6 8:10 PM
Paul Maholm 10-32 .313 2 4 8 2 3 .563 .371 .934
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ OAK
6/6 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 17-51 .333 4 10 13 1 6 .686 .340 1.026
Michael Young - 3B TEX @ OAK
6/6 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 15-42 .357 1 4 1 3 4 .500 .400 .900
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Josh Johnson MIA vs ATL
6/6 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 21-99 .212 1 5 6 11 25 .284 .297 .581
Nick Blackburn MIN @ KC
6/6 8:10 PM
Royals Batters 16-68 .235 1 4 5 1 13 .319 .268 .587



KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Angel Pagan - OF SF @ SD
6/6 6:35 PM
Clayton Richard 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .400
Martin Prado - OF ATL @ MIA
6/6 7:10 PM
Josh Johnson 6-27 .222 0 0 2 0 6 .222 .222 .444
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ BOS
6/6 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett 8-26 .308 1 3 2 1 9 .500 .333 .833
Neil Walker - 2B PIT @ CIN
6/6 7:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 3 .100 .182 .282
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs MIN
6/6 8:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 2-11 .182 0 1 1 0 4 .273 .250 .523
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL vs CHC
6/6 8:10 PM
Paul Maholm 8-40 .200 0 1 1 7 7 .225 .360 .585
Cliff Pennington - SS OAK vs TEX
6/6 10:05 PM
Colby Lewis 3-18 .167 0 0 1 1 4 .167 .211 .378
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK vs TEX
6/6 10:05 PM
Colby Lewis 3-15 .200 2 2 2 0 4 .600 .200 .800
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Max Scherzer DET vs Cle
6/6 7:05 PM
Indians Batters 16-63 .254 4 6 11 12 11 .470 .379 .849
Bud Norris HOU vs StL
6/6 8:05 PM
Cardinals Batters 22-63 .349 2 9 10 3 13 .593 .388 .981
Paul Maholm CHC @ Mil
6/6 8:10 PM
Brewers Batters 55-176 .313 8 20 33 21 23 .516 .406 .922
Bartolo Colon OAK vs Tex
6/6 10:05 PM
Rangers Batters 38-123 .309 6 15 17 5 18 .525 .332 .857

Recommended Pickup

Jarrod Parker, P, Athletics: Parker was a recommended pickup way back when he was first called up way back in April. Since then, he has a 2.40 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. So why is he only owned in 7% of leagues on ESPN as of this writing? I can understand the concerns. He isn't a big strikeout guy and he's been walking too many batters. That's fair. His 4.44 BB/9 is high, and his 6.47 K/9 is fairly pedestrian. He's been getting somewhat lucky on balls in play as his opponent batting average on balls in play is just .246. He's probably not going to be quite as good as he has been the rest of the season.

That said, Parker was one of the best pitching prospects in the league coming into 2012. The 2.40 ERA in eight starts is still very impressive. And he just threw eight innings of one-hit ball against the Texas Rangers and a lineup that has been brutalizing pitching all season long. Parker has given up just one earned run in his last three starts and is averaging seven innings per game over that stretch. He's had just one start where he has allowed more than two runs. Should Parker be owned in every league? No, probably not. Should he be looked at as a top starter? Not unless he gets his walk rate down. Should you pick him up if you need pitching help? Yes. Absolutely yes.

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