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Wednesday Lineup Card: Roberts is Back

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Wednesday’s Starters
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Blue Jays (Kyle Drabek - R), 12:37
Pirates (Kevin Correia - R) at Orioles (Brian Matusz - L), 7:05
Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 7:10
Indians (Derek Lowe - R) at Reds (Mike Leake - R), 7:10
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Braves (Tim Hudson - R), 7:10
Mets (R.A. Dickey - R) at Rays (David Price - L), 7:10
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L) at Rangers (Matt Harrison - L), 8:05
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at Cubs (Matt Garza - R), 8:05
Brewers (Randy Wolf - L) at Royals (Luke Hochevar - R), 8:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) at Twins (P.J. Walters - R), 8:10
White Sox (Jake Peavy - R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R), 8:15
Athletics (Brandon McCarthy - R) at Rockies (Alex White - R), 8:40
Angels (C.J. Wilson - L) at Dodgers (Nathan Eovaldi - R), 10:10
Padres (Jason Marquis - R) at Mariners (Hector Noesi - R), 10:10
Astros (J.A. Happ - L) at Giants (Matt Cain - R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: Nationals and Blue Jays

Injuries

Day-to-Day
AL
Rafael Soriano, P, NYY - (Finger) Was unavailable on Monday due to a blister.
Hiroki Kuroda, P, NYY - (Foot) Threw a bullpen session on Sunday and played catch on Monday.
Daniel Nava, OF, BOS - (Hand) Was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Andy Pettitte, P, NYY - (Hand) Is on track to make his next start on Saturday against the Nationals.
Brian Matusz, P, BAL - (Nose) Is questionable for his next start after bunting a pitch off his nose during practice on Tuesday.
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX - (Illness) Was not available on Tuesday.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TBR - (Hand) Was scratched from the lineup Tuesday with a bruised right hand.
Brandon McCarthy, P, OAK - (Shoulder) Was sent home to receive an MRI on Tuesday.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK - (Hamstring) Was not in the starting line-up Tuesday.

NL
Cameron Maybin, OF, SDP - (Head) Left Sunday's game after crashing into the outfield wall.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN - (Illness) Was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN - (Illness) Started on Monday despite an illness.
Placido Polanco, 2B, PHI - (Wrist) Was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL - (Back)
Roger Bernadina, OF, WAS - (Leg) MRI came back negative on Tuesday.
Jordan Schafer, OF, HOU - (Eye) Was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Drew Stubbs, OF, CIN - (Oblique) Was scheduled to take batting practice on Tuesday, but did not due to illness.

Disabled List
AL
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS - (Shoulder) Has been taking swings at balls being flipped to him, but has yet to participate in a full batting practice.
Jason Repko, OF, BOS - (Shoulder) Went 0-4 with three strikeouts in his first rehab game.
Octavio Dotel, P, DET - (Elbow) Was placed on the 15-Day DL on Tuesday.
Alexi Ogando, P, TEX - (Groin) Expected to be out for 4-to-6 weeks.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY - (Elbow) Still hopes to return this season.
David Robertson, P, NYY - (Oblique) Pitched a scoreless inning in Triple-A on Tuesday.
Kyle Farnsworth, P, TBR - (Elbow) Pain free after throwing five pitches in a rehab outing on Monday.
Brandon Morrow, P, TOR - (Oblique) Placed on the 15-Day DL on Tuesday.
Nick Markakis, OF, BAL - (Wrist) Had his stitches removed on Sunday.
Matt Lindstrom, P, BAL - (Finger) Still throwing from flat ground in extended spring training.
Mariano Rivera, P, NYY - (Knee) Had surgery on his ACL on Tuesday.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TBR - (Hamstring) Participated in batting practice and fielded grounders on Tuesday.
Salvador Perez, C, KCR - (Knee) Could return as early as next week.
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX - (Elbow) Rangers have received positive reports from doctors.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL - (Neck) Was moved to the 60-Day DL on Tuesday.
Vernon Wells, OF, LAA - (Thumb) Was moved to the 60-Day DL on Tuesday.

NL
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI - (Achilles) Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. said he is encouraged by Howard's progress.
Ryan Mattheus, P, WAS - (Foot) Gave up two home runs in first rehab appearance Monday.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD - (Hamstring) Took batting practice before Monday's game.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Groin) Will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday.
Bill Bray, P, CIN - (Groin) Threw 1.2 perfect innings in Triple-A on Monday.
Ronny Cedeno, SS, NYM - (Calf) Ran the bases on Tuesday.
Emilio Bonifacio, OF, MIA - (Thumb) Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is hopeful Bonifacio will return immediately following the All-Star break.
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM - (Quadriceps) Still has not attempted to run since being pulled from a rehab game eight days ago.
Justin Turner, 2B, NYM - (Ankle) Took at-bats in a modified game Tuesday, but did not run.
Skip Schumaker, 2B, STL - (Hamstring) Took batting practice with the team on Tuesday.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL - (Oblique) Participated in team batting practice on Tuesday.
Chris Carpenter, P, STL - (Shoulder) Played long toss on Tuesday.
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN - (Shoulder) Will likely not go on a rehab assignment.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL
Chris Getz, 2B, KCR

Placed on DL
Octavio Dotel, P, DET
Alexi Ogando, P, TEX

Activated from Paternity List
Jhonny Peralta, SS, DET

Designated for Assigment
Luke Carlin, C, CLE

Optioned to Triple-A
Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA
Chad Beck, P, TOR
Yan Gomes, 3B, TOR
Everett Teaford, P, KCR
Steve Tolleson, SS, BAL
Johnny Giavotella, 2B, KCR

Called Up
Michael Kirkman, P, TEX
David Pauley, P, LAA
Aaron Laffey, P, TOR
Luke Putkonen, P, DET
Evan Crawford, P, TOR

Released
Marlon Byrd, OF, BOS

Free Agent Signings
Rich Rundles, P, BAL
Jesus Merchan, SS, SDP

Trades
Colorado traded Esmil Rogers to Cleveland for cash considerations.

Closer Watch
Heath Bell struck out the side to secure the save for the Miami Marlins against the Boston Red Sox on Monday. He allowed just one walk en route to his seventh consecutive scoreless appearance. His last earned run came on May 26. Since then, he has lowered his ERA from 8.47 to 6.08.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL vs PIT
6/13 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 9-38 .237 3 4 5 3 17 .500 .293 .793
Ryan Ludwick - OF CIN vs CLE
6/13 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 9-16 .563 4 5 9 0 1 1.375 .563 1.938
Raul Ibanez - OF NYY @ ATL
6/13 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 14-43 .326 1 5 5 3 5 .488 .383 .871
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ ATL
6/13 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 4-15 .267 1 3 2 6 4 .600 .476 1.076
Carlos Pena - 1B TB vs NYM
6/13 7:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 2-10 .200 2 2 3 2 1 .800 .333 1.133
David DeJesus - OF CHC vs DET
6/13 8:05 PM
Rick Porcello 6-15 .400 0 2 3 0 1 .600 .400 1.000
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET @ CHC
6/13 8:05 PM
Matt Garza 2-10 .200 1 2 1 2 2 .600 .333 .933
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ CHC
6/13 8:05 PM
Matt Garza 9-22 .409 0 1 1 0 6 .455 .409 .864
Humberto Quintero - C KC vs MIL
6/13 8:10 PM
Randy Wolf 5-14 .357 1 2 1 1 3 .643 .400 1.043
Josh Willingham - OF MIN vs PHI
6/13 8:10 PM
Cole Hamels 8-28 .286 2 4 5 2 12 .571 .333 .904
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs CWS
6/13 8:15 PM
Jake Peavy 5-17 .294 0 4 5 4 4 .588 .409 .997
Rafael Furcal - SS STL vs CWS
6/13 8:15 PM
Jake Peavy 14-49 .286 3 8 6 2 5 .612 .314 .926
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs CWS
6/13 8:15 PM
Jake Peavy 8-26 .308 1 1 5 9 6 .423 .486 .909
Juan Rivera - OF LAD vs LAA
6/13 10:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 7-16 .438 1 2 2 4 1 .688 .550 1.238
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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OPS
Hiroki Kuroda NYY @ ATL
6/13 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 16-73 .219 2 6 3 7 11 .362 .288 .650

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Brian McCann - C ATL vs NYY
6/13 7:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 1-10 .100 0 0 0 2 1 .100 .250 .350
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs CLE
6/13 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 1-11 .091 0 1 1 1 2 .182 .167 .349
Wilson Valdez - SS CIN vs CLE
6/13 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe 2-13 .154 0 0 2 0 5 .154 .154 .308
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ ATL
6/13 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 3-15 .200 0 1 1 1 1 .267 .250 .517
Russell Martin - C NYY @ ATL
6/13 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 4 .100 .182 .282
Gerald Laird - C DET @ CHC
6/13 8:05 PM
Matt Garza 2-10 .200 0 1 2 2 3 .300 .385 .685
Yadier Molina - C STL vs CWS
6/13 8:15 PM
Jake Peavy 3-14 .214 0 0 0 0 4 .214 .214 .428
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL vs OAK
6/13 8:40 PM
Brandon McCarthy 2-11 .182 1 1 1 1 2 .455 .250 .705
Bobby Abreu - OF LAD vs LAA
6/13 10:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-16 .125 0 1 2 2 5 .188 .222 .410
Chris Snyder - C HOU @ SF
6/13 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 2-11 .182 1 2 1 0 0 .545 .182 .727
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Jake Peavy CWS @ StL
6/13 8:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 30-106 .283 4 13 16 15 19 .507 .369 .876
 
Recommended Pickup
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - For a few years, Roberts was one of the best second base options in fantasy baseball. However, he has fallen off the map as Roberts has missed much of the last two and a half seasons due to injury. He played just 59 games in 2010 and just 39 games in 2011 before missing all of 2012 up until Tuesday. He was dreadful in what few games he played in 2011, hitting just .221/.273/.331. However, second base and middle infield are not incredibly deep fantasy positions, and Roberts is now back from injury. He's not going to be the Ryan Roberts of old, but he could give a decent batting average and still steal a good amount of bases. In addition, Baltimore has little else at the position, so Roberts should stay in the lineup for a while. He might be worth a chance if you need middle infield help.

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