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Sunday Lineup Card: The Plouffe Is On Fire

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Sunday's Starters

Rockies (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 1:05
Pirates (Brad Lincoln - R) at Indians (Jeanmar Gomez - R), 1:05
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Blue Jays (Brett Cecil - L), 1:07
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Mets (Chris Young - R), 1:10
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - R) at Braves (Randall Delgado - R), 1:35
Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) at Nationals (Edwin Jackson - R), 1:35
Marlins (Josh Johnson - R) at Rays (Alex Cobb - R), 1:40
Brewers (Zack Grienke - R) at Twins (Nick Blackburn - R), 2:10
Royals (Luis Mendoza - R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R), 2:15
Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L) at Rangers (Colby Lewis - R), 3:05
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R) at Angels (Garrett Richards - R), 3:35
Padres (Clayton Richard - L) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon - R), 4:05
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L), 4:10
Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R), 4:10
Red Sox (Franklin Morales - L) at Cubs (Paul Maholm - L), 8:00

Day Game After Night Game:
BAL/ATL, CIN/NYM, HOU/TEX, MIA/TB, ARZ/LAA, CWS/LAD, SF/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Vin Mazzaro, P, KC -- (Calf) Likely to make next start.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN -- (Hamstring) Missed Saturday due to tightness.
Nick Swisher, OF, NYY -- (Quadriceps) Diagnosed with contusion.
Yeonis Cespedes, OF, OAK -- (Hamstring) Likely will return Tuesday.
Brandon McCarthy, P, OAK -- (Shoulder) Scheduled to start Tuesday against Dodgers.
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX -- (Illness) Should return as early as Monday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL -- (Hand) May have to deal with injury for the whole season.
Lyle Overbay, 1B, ARZ -- (Knee) Says he is OK after leaving game with tightness.
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN -- (Groin) Missed Saturday after injry on Thrusday.
Bud Norris, P, HOU -- (Knee) Unlikely to pitch Sunday.
Antonio Bastardo, P, PHI -- (Eye) Unlikely to be available Sunday.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI -- (Oblique) Believes suffered cramp instead of strain.
Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD -- (Abdomen) Will miss two or three starts.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS -- (Oblique) Listed in initial lineup Saturday.

Disabled List
Kosuke Fukudome, OF, CHW -- (Back) Expected to beging rehab assignment Monday.
John Danks, P, CHW -- (Shoulder) Will meet with surgeon on Monday.
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE -- (Knee) Hitting soft toss.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET -- (Achilles) Has made no progress in rehabilitation.
Alex Avila, C, DET -- (Hamstring) Practiced in baseball-related activities.
Sam Fuld, OF, TB -- (Wrist) Hit from tee for first time in rehab.
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX -- (Elbow) Transfer to 60-day DL.
Derek Holland, P, TEX, -- (Shoulder) Felt good after throwing for first time since injury.
Drew Hutchinson, P, TOR -- (Elbow) Will be shut down for two weeks.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL -- (Chest) Is making progress with workouts.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL -- (Elbow) Will visit Dr. Yocum for a second opinion.
Carlos Lee, OF, HOU -- (Hamstring) On target to return Sunday.
Travis Buck, OF, HOU -- (Heel) Making progress from tendinitis.
Ted Lilly, P, LAD -- (Shoulder) Unclear about return date.
Corey Hart, OF, MIL -- (Knee) Dealing with soreness in knees.
Roy Halladay, P, PHI -- (Shoulder) Will throw against Sunday.
Chris Leroux, P, PIT -- (Chest) Likely to return June 27 or 28.
Jeff Karstens, P, PIT -- (Shoulder) Likely to return early July.
Micah Owings, P, SD -- (Forearm) Suffered setback at AAA.
Drew Storen, P, WAS -- (Elbow) Will be evaluated by Davey Johnson next week.

Transactions

Placed on the DL
Josh Beckett, P, BOS (retroactive 6/16)
Sandy Rosario, P, MIA (retroactive 6/15)
Drew Hutchinson, P, TOR (retroactive 6/16)
Sandy Rosario, P, MIA (retroactive 6/16)

Activated from DL
Doug Fister, P, DET

Optioned to Triple-A & Other Demotions
Lester Oliveros, P, MIN (optioned to Triple-A)
Casey Crosby, P, DET (optioned to Triple-A)
Matt Young, OF, DET (optioned to Triple-A)
B.J. Rosenberg, P, PHI (optioned to Triple-A)
Evan Scribner, P, OAK (optioned to Triple-A)
Adam Rosales, 2B, OAK (optioned to Triple-A)
Kila Kaíaihue, 1B, OAK (outrighted to Triple-A)

Called Up
Liam Hendriks, P, MIN
Thad Weber, P, DET
Robert Coello, P, TOR
Erik Kratz, C, PHI
Tyson Ross, P, OAK
Eric Sogard, 3B, OAK
Chris Hatcher, P, MIA

Closer Watch
Cubs - Carlos Marmol picked up his third save of the season for the Cubs on Friday, his first since May 2, but his performance was not one that instilled confidence for the fans and management of the North-siders. With a three run lead, Marmol pitched himself into a bases loaded situation, with two outs against Dustin Pedroia, who grounded out on Marmolís 29th pitch of the ninth. Even though Marmol got the save Friday, but donít be surprised if he isnít called upon next time the Cubs need someone to close out the game.

Blue Jays - Casey Janssen has been the man the Blue Jays have called upon to end their games as of late, and he has given his team the confidence they need to continue to do so. With a shotout to preserve, Janssen came in against Philadephia and recorded three outs with a mere 12 pitches. Janssen started the season with only nine saves, but it seems likely that he will end this season with a couple dozen more
than that.

Dodgers - One of the best teams in the league has one of the least known closers in Kenley Jansen, who picked up save number 11 of the season against the White Sox on Friday. The Dodgers have shown that they are not afraid to put him in during close games, but it hasnít always been a winning strategy. In Jansenís last four appearances he came on in the ninth, in two of them he was given a save situation and converted them with two strikeouts a piece, but in the other two that were tied games he gave up the game winning runs.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David Wright - 3B NYM vs CIN
6/17 1:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 4-11 .364 1 1 3 1 2 .636 .417 1.053
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ WAS
6/17 1:35 PM
Edwin Jackson 11-31 .355 1 3 4 3 8 .548 .412 .960
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ WAS
6/17 1:35 PM
Edwin Jackson 9-24 .375 3 6 9 1 6 .875 .400 1.275
Nick Swisher - OF NYY @ WAS
6/17 1:35 PM
Edwin Jackson 5-15 .333 2 3 5 5 3 .800 .524 1.324
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ WAS
6/17 1:35 PM
Edwin Jackson 4-14 .286 1 3 1 0 2 .714 .286 1.000
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ MIN
6/17 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 7-12 .583 0 4 0 0 0 .917 .583 1.500
Corey Hart - OF MIL @ MIN
6/17 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 3-12 .250 2 2 4 1 2 .750 .308 1.058
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC @ STL
6/17 2:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 4-13 .308 1 1 3 3 0 .538 .438 .976
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ LAD
6/17 4:10 PM
Chris Capuano 7-23 .304 2 4 5 3 8 .652 .407 1.059
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Jeremy Guthrie COL @ DET
6/17 1:05 PM
Tigers Batters 13-67 .194 0 1 3 3 14 .208 .251 .459

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET vs COL
6/17 1:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-10 .200 0 0 0 2 4 .200 .333 .533
Delmon Young - OF DET vs COL
6/17 1:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-14 .143 0 0 0 1 0 .143 .250 .393
Yunel Escobar - SS TOR vs PHI
6/17 1:07 PM
Kyle Kendrick 1-16 .063 0 0 0 0 2 .063 .118 .181
Willie Harris - OF CIN @ NYM
6/17 1:10 PM
Chris Young 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 2 .091 .167 .258
Russell Martin - C NYY @ WAS
6/17 1:35 PM
Edwin Jackson 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .273 .473
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN vs MIL
6/17 2:10 PM
Zack Greinke 3-12 .250 0 0 1 0 4 .250 .250 .500
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN vs MIL
6/17 2:10 PM
Zack Greinke 5-29 .172 0 2 1 1 6 .241 .200 .441
Alcides Escobar - SS KC @ STL
6/17 2:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 2-13 .154 0 0 1 1 0 .154 .200 .354
Mark Kotsay - OF SD @ OAK
6/17 4:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 3-20 .150 0 2 0 0 1 .250 .150 .400
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Edwin Jackson WAS vs NYY
6/17 1:35 PM
Yankees Batters 43-150 .287 7 19 23 20 28 .527 .372 .899
 


Recommended Pickup
Trevor Plouffe, UTL, MIN -- Plouffe has been one of the best, if not the best, offensive fantasy option in all of MLB since June 8. He has only gone two game in that time period where he has not hit a home run! Plouffe has put up an amazing fantasy line in the 29 at-bats he has had since June 8 including, 7 HRs, 11 runs, 12 RBIs, while raising his average 40 points! If he is available in your league, there is no reason to not get him as he is eligible in certain leagues at just about every position but catcher, center field, and pitcher.

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