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Monday Lineup Card: Thome Moves To Baltimore

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.


Projected Starters – A look at Monday's matchups (all times Eastern):

American League
Angels (Jered Weaver – R) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R), 7:05
Twins (Liam Hendriks – R) at Tigers (Doug Fister – R), 7:05
Royals (Everett Teaford – L) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero – L), 7:07
Yankees (Freddy Garcia – R) at Rays (Matt Moore – L), 7:10
Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka – R) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker – R), 10:05
Orioles (Jason Hammel – R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R), 10:10

National League
Astros (Jordan Lyles – R) at Pirates (James McDonald – R), 7:05
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija – R) at Braves (Tommy Hanson – R), 7:10
Marlins (Carlos Zambrano – R) at Brewers (Zack Greinke – R), 8:10
Rockies (Josh Outman – L) at Cardinals (Kyle Lohse – R), 8:15
Padres (Clayton Richard – L) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – L), 9:40
Reds (Homer Bailey – R) at Dodgers (Chad Billingsley – R), 10:10

Day Game After a Night Game: None

Injuries - A brief look at players that have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns.

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)

AL
Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB – (Lower Leg) X-rays negative after leaving Saturday’s start.
Carlos Santana, C, CLE – (Back) Another game out of the lineup on Sunday.
Jesse Crain, P, CHW – (Shoulder) Should avoid DL.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA – (Illness) Out of Sunday’s lineup for third straight day and says he felt worse Sunday than Saturday.
David Price, P, TB – (Back) Regular bullpen session went well Sunday.
Raul Ibanez, OF, NYY – (Mouth) Will join team Monday after being struck in mouth and losing tooth by stray foul ball.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS – (Hamstring) Left Sunday’s game with tightness.

NL
John McDonald, SS, AZ – (Back) Not in Saturday or Sunday’s lineup.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT – (Wrist) Was not in Sunday’s lineup but should return Monday.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN – (Knee) Was not in Sunday’s lineup and did not pinch hit due to soreness.
Chris Johnson, 3B, HOU – (Back) Scratched Sunday with strain.
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN – (Back) Scratched Sunday with back spasms.
Andre Ethier, OF, LAD – (Oblique) Was not in Sunday’s lineup but should be targeting Monday return.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT – (Leg) Left Sunday’s game with cramps.

Players on the DL

AL
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE – (Knee) Rehabbed over the weekend, could be activated Monday.
Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE – (Back) Hopes to continue running program this week.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS – (Shoulder) Played field in rehab for first time.
Nick Johnson, 1B, BAL – (Wrist) May not fit in when healthy now that Orioles acquired Jim Thome.
Phil Humber, P, CHW – (Elbow) Will start rehab at Triple-A.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC – (Hip) Missed second straight rehab game with sore legs.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE – (Arm) Out 10-to-12 weeks.
Chris Iannetta, C, LAA – (Wrist) Will begin light throwing Monday.
Erasmo Ramirez, P, SEA – (Elbow) Has flexor strain.
John Danks, P, CHW – (Shoulder) No timetable but will resume rehab Tuesday.
Nick Markakis, OF, BAL – (Wrist) Still not cleared to swing a bat.
Brandon Morrow, P, TOR – (Oblique) Still doing light throwing, not throwing off a mound yet.
Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS – (Illness) Left Saturday’s start with dehydration.

NL
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD – (Hamstring) Will rehab this week and should be activated after All-Star break.
Edward Mujica, P, MIA – (Foot) Out for two weeks with fractured pinkie toe.
Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC – (Wrist) Not responding to cortisone, may need surgery.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI – (Achilles) Moved up to Triple-A for rehab.
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL – (Knee) A few weeks from returning.
Juan Nicasio, P, COL – (Knee) Threw to live hitters, Rockies should send him to rehab soon.
Dan Hudson, P, AZ – (Forearm) Will have Tommy John.
Takashi Saito, P, AZ – (Calf) Upper respiratory infection has stalled his rehab for weeks.
Roy Halladay, P, PHI – (Shoulder) Hopes to return “shortly” after All-Star break.

Transactions - Players that have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Called Up
Jason Pridie, OF, PHI
Drew Pomeranz, P, COL
Wade LeBlanc, P, MIA
Miguel Gonzalez, P, BAL
Josh Kinney, P, SEA

Sent Down
Zachary Phillips, P, BAL (designated for assignment)
Darnell McDonald, OF, BOS (designated for assignment)
Brandon Kintzler, P, MIL
Tommy Hunter, P, BAL
Brian Matusz, P, BAL
Tommy Hottovy, P, KC
Cole De Vries, P, MIN
Guillermo Moscoso, P, COL
Xavier Avery, OF, BAL
Danny Farquhar, P, NYY
Adam Moore, C, SEA (designated for assignment)

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Edward Mujica, P, MIA
Erasmo Ramirez, P, SEA

Activated from DL
Josh Beckett, P, BOS

Signed
Ben Sheets, P, ATL

Traded
Jim Thome, 1B, PHI to BAL for prospects
Chad Qualls, P, PHI to NYY for cash

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (check out our Closer Grid with the link to the left).

Chicago Cubs – Carlos Marmol converted his fourth save in a row. It didn’t come without first allowing a double. Normally it is wildness that restricts Marmol rather than allowing a hit.

Milwaukee – It wasn’t a blown save, but John Axford allowed a solo home run and took the loss in Sunday’s game.

San Francisco – Santiago Casilla allowed three hits in a row to blow Sunday’s save. He was struck out two to get out of a jam in a tie game and turned out to be the winner. Casilla has allowed nine hits in his last 3.2 innings of work.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CLE vs LAA
7/2 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 13-31 .419 0 7 7 1 3 .645 .438 1.083
Carlos Santana - C CLE vs LAA
7/2 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 8-15 .533 0 3 3 0 2 .733 .533 1.267
Denard Span - OF MIN @ DET
7/2 7:05 PM
Doug Fister 9-18 .500 0 4 3 0 2 .833 .500 1.333
Josh Willingham - OF MIN @ DET
7/2 7:05 PM
Doug Fister 5-18 .278 2 5 2 0 3 .778 .278 1.056
Billy Butler - DH KC @ TOR
7/2 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero 7-13 .538 0 2 4 4 2 .692 .647 1.339
Eric Hosmer - 1B KC @ TOR
7/2 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero 6-14 .429 0 0 2 0 0 .429 .429 .857
Carlos Gomez - OF MIL vs MIA
7/2 8:10 PM
Carlos Zambrano 4-10 .400 0 0 0 0 3 .400 .400 .800
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ STL
7/2 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 3-13 .231 2 3 3 2 2 .769 .333 1.103
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ STL
7/2 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 12-29 .414 1 7 4 4 2 .724 .485 1.209
Justin Upton - OF ARI vs SD
7/2 9:40 PM
Clayton Richard 5-10 .500 0 0 0 4 2 .500 .643 1.143
Chris Young - OF ARI vs SD
7/2 9:40 PM
Clayton Richard 4-11 .364 2 2 2 4 1 .909 .533 1.442
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK vs BOS
7/2 10:05 PM
Daisuke Matsuzaka 4-11 .364 1 1 2 0 0 .636 .364 1.000
Scott Rolen - 3B CIN @ LAD
7/2 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 11-18 .611 0 5 8 2 1 .889 .650 1.539
Drew Stubbs - OF CIN @ LAD
7/2 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 6-11 .545 2 2 3 3 2 1.091 .643 1.734
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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James McDonald PIT vs HOU
7/2 7:05 PM
Astros Batters 23-95 .242 0 10 4 3 23 .369 .265 .635
Freddy Garcia NYY @ TB
7/2 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 29-116 .250 0 2 4 7 26 .271 .293 .564
Kyle Lohse STL vs COL
7/2 8:15 PM
Rockies Batters 22-105 .210 4 11 12 7 23 .410 .259 .669

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Michael Brantley - OF CLE vs LAA
7/2 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 0-18 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs LAA
7/2 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 6-31 .194 0 2 2 3 6 .258 .265 .523
Johnny Damon - DH CLE vs LAA
7/2 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 7-40 .175 0 0 0 8 13 .175 .313 .488
Jack Hannahan - 3B CLE vs LAA
7/2 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 4-20 .200 0 1 0 0 4 .250 .200 .450
Casey Kotchman - 1B CLE vs LAA
7/2 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 2-15 .133 0 0 0 0 1 .133 .133 .267
Lou Marson - C CLE vs LAA
7/2 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 0-11 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Jose Altuve - 2B HOU @ PIT
7/2 7:05 PM
James McDonald 2-10 .200 0 2 2 0 2 .600 .200 .800
J.D. Martinez - OF HOU @ PIT
7/2 7:05 PM
James McDonald 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 6 .167 .167 .333
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ DET
7/2 7:05 PM
Doug Fister 0-12 .000 0 0 0 3 1 .000 .200 .200
Alcides Escobar - SS KC @ TOR
7/2 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs CHC
7/2 7:10 PM
Jeff Samardzija 1-11 .091 1 1 2 1 3 .364 .167 .530
Hideki Matsui - OF TB vs NYY
7/2 7:10 PM
Freddy Garcia 2-11 .182 0 0 1 2 1 .182 .308 .490
Carlos Pena - 1B TB vs NYY
7/2 7:10 PM
Freddy Garcia 4-42 .095 0 0 0 3 11 .095 .156 .251
B.J. Upton - OF TB vs NYY
7/2 7:10 PM
Freddy Garcia 2-11 .182 0 1 0 2 3 .364 .308 .671
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL vs MIA
7/2 8:10 PM
Carlos Zambrano 17-61 .279 1 7 4 1 21 .426 .290 .717
Tyler Colvin - OF COL @ STL
7/2 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 0-12 .000 0 0 0 0 6 .000 .000 .000
Dexter Fowler - OF COL @ STL
7/2 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-15 .133 0 0 0 0 5 .133 .133 .267
Jason Giambi - 1B COL @ STL
7/2 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-11 .182 1 1 3 1 2 .455 .250 .705
Marco Scutaro - SS COL @ STL
7/2 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
Stephen Drew - SS ARI vs SD
7/2 9:40 PM
Clayton Richard 1-13 .077 0 1 0 1 3 .154 .143 .297
Carlos Quentin - OF SD @ ARI
7/2 9:40 PM
Trevor Cahill 2-18 .111 0 0 4 1 2 .111 .158 .269
Jonny Gomes - OF OAK vs BOS
7/2 10:05 PM
Daisuke Matsuzaka 2-13 .154 0 0 0 1 4 .154 .267 .421
Ryan Ludwick - OF CIN @ LAD
7/2 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 2-18 .111 0 0 5 2 6 .111 .200 .311
James Loney - 1B LAD vs CIN
7/2 10:10 PM
Homer Bailey 2-10 .200 0 0 2 1 2 .200 .273 .473
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Doug Fister DET vs Min
7/2 7:05 PM
Twins Batters 25-80 .313 3 13 7 5 11 .553 .353 .906
Ricky Romero TOR vs KC
7/2 7:07 PM
Royals Batters 29-70 .414 2 6 12 12 6 .741 .500 1.241
Clayton Richard SD @ Ari
7/2 9:40 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 19-70 .271 6 7 8 13 13 .560 .383 .942
Chad Billingsley LAD vs Cin
7/2 10:10 PM
Reds Batters 41-133 .308 3 12 33 16 30 .469 .383 .851
 

Recommended Pickup

Jim Thome, 1B, BAL – We just profiled Thome, thinking the Phillies could be forced to play him in the field as Ty Wigginton as failed to run with the first base job. The Phillies turned around and traded Thome to the Baltimore Orioles for prospects. No longer will Thome cash in on side bets with Jonathan Papelbon and no longer will Thome have to rely on sporadic first base at-bats. He will be slotted as the designated hitter for the Orioles, where he hit fifth in the lineup on Sunday. Pay special notice if you are in an AL-only league.

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