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Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

Adam began writing for RotoWire in the spring of 2012 as an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He primarily serves as the site's day-to-day editor of NHL content, while also working as the Chicago Bears and Colorado Rockies beat writer, managing the site's Closer Grid, and contributing to the football and baseball magazines.


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Saturday's Starters

Angels (Jerome Williams -- R) at Yankees (Freddy Garcia -- R), 1:05
Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders -- L) at Cubs (Ryan Dempster -- R), 1:05
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez -- R) at Blue Jays (Aaron Laffey -- L), 1:07
Tigers (Max Scherzer -- R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen -- L), 4:05
Mets (R.A. Dickey -- R) at Braves (Tommy Hanson -- R), 4:05
Cardinals (Kyle Lohse -- R) at Reds (Mike Leake -- R), 4:05
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz -- R) at Rays (David Price -- L), 7:10
White Sox (Jake Peavy -- R) at Royals (Luke Hochevar -- R), 7:10
Athletics (Tommy Milone -- L) at Twins (Cole De Vries -- R), 7:10
Pirates (Kevin Correia -- R) at Brewers (Marco Estrada -- R), 7:10
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez -- L) at Marlins (Mark Buehrle -- L), 7:10
Phillies (Vance Worley -- R) at Rockies (Jeremy Guthrie -- R), 8:10
Astros (Lucas Harrell -- R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum -- R), 9:05
Padres (Edinson Volquez -- R) at Dodgers (Aaron Harang -- R), 9:10
Rangers (Yu Darvish -- R) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez -- R), 9:10

Day Game After Night Game: LAA/NYY, CLE/TOR, DET/BAL, NYM/ATL, STL/CIN

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (thumb) -- Started at designated hitter and batted cleanup Friday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, BOS -- Scratched from Friday night for an undisclosed reason.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS (hamstring) -- Went through full workout Thursday and started Friday against the Rays.
Jesus Montero, DH, SEA (concussion) -- Returned to lineup Friday.
Chris Nelson, SS, COL (ankle) -- Not in starting lineup Friday.

Disabled List
Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS (Thumb) -- Played catch from 180 feet and threw 15 pitches off flat ground.
Jason Bay, OF, NYM (concussion) -- Played seven innings in left field for High-A St. Lucie in his first rehab start.
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL (knee) -- Expected to be activated Saturday.
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS (Elbow/groin) -- Went 2-for-3 in rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.
Frank Francisco, RP, NYM (oblique) -- Experienced a setback in his rehab and will be shut down for a few days.
Dan Haren, SP, LAA (back) -- Threw a bullpen session Friday.
Nick Johnson, 1B, BAL (wrist) -- Received a cortisone shot Friday.
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR (oblique) -- Threw a bullpen session Friday.
Edward Mujica, RP, MIA (fractured pinkie) -- Expected to be activated from the disabled list Sunday.
Laynce Nix, OF, PHI (calf) -- Went 1-for-3 in his first rehab game with High-A Clearwater on Thursday.
Alex Presley, OF, PIT (concussion) -- Will begin a rehab stint Saturday.
Sergio Santos, RP, TOR (shoulder) -- Threw a bullpen session Thursday and scheduled to throw off a mound sometime this weekend.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (knee) -- Now walking without crutches after undergoing knee surgery.
Drew Storen, RP, WAS (elbow) -- Won't be rushed back into action with the Nationals.

Transactions

Activated from the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Emilio Bonifacio, OF, MIA
Matt Capps, RP, MIN
Endy Chavez, OF, BAL
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS
Andre Ethier, OF, LAD
Ramon Hernandez, C, COL
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
Yadier Molina, C, STL (Bereavement list)

Placed on the DL(15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL (Transferred to 60-day DL)
Dillon Gee, SP, NYM
Todd Helton, 1B, COL
Brian McCann, C, ATL (Paternity list)
Jim Miller, RP, OAK (Paternity list)
Wil Nieves, C, COL
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA

Called Up
Jean Boscan, C, ATL
Josh Edgin, RP, NYM
Michael Ekstrom, RP, COL
Pedro Figueroa, RP, OAK
Aaron Loup, RP, TOR
Jhan Marinez, RP, CWS
Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
Danny Worth, SS, DET

Sent Down
Tyler Chatwood, RP, COL

Designated For Assignment
Justin Germano, SP, BOS

Signed
Michael Dubee, RP, TOR (Assigned to Double-A)
Chris Ray, RP, OAK (Assigned to Triple-A)
Terry Tiffee, 3B, ATL (Assigned to Triple-A)

Closer Watch

With no games finished prior to the posting of this article, continue to keep your eyes on the closing situations that might change with the impending trade deadline. With Huston Street, Rafael Betancourt, Jonathan Broxton, Brett Myers and Matt Capps expected to generate lots of trade talks, there could be an influx of new closers in San Diego, Colorado, Kansas City, Houston and Minnesota, respectively.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Chris Young - OF ARI @ CHC
7/14 1:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 6-16 .375 1 4 9 1 2 .813 .412 1.225
Torii Hunter - OF LAA @ NYY
7/14 1:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 16-36 .444 3 6 5 2 9 .778 .500 1.278
Yunel Escobar - SS TOR vs CLE
7/14 1:07 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 5-11 .455 0 0 0 4 1 .455 .600 1.055
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ KC
7/14 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 6-15 .400 1 1 2 2 1 .600 .471 1.071
Orlando Hudson - 2B CWS @ KC
7/14 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 7-14 .500 0 2 2 2 1 .643 .563 1.206
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ KC
7/14 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 7-15 .467 0 2 2 4 1 .667 .579 1.246
Billy Butler - DH KC vs CWS
7/14 7:10 PM
Jake Peavy 4-10 .400 3 3 3 2 3 1.300 .500 1.800
Cesar Izturis - SS MIL vs PIT
7/14 7:10 PM
Kevin Correia 6-10 .600 0 1 1 0 0 .700 .600 1.300
Hideki Matsui - OF TB vs BOS
7/14 7:10 PM
Clay Buchholz 6-16 .375 0 1 0 4 2 .438 .500 .938
B.J. Upton - OF TB vs BOS
7/14 7:10 PM
Clay Buchholz 4-10 .400 1 2 1 2 3 .800 .500 1.300
Ryan Theriot - SS SF vs HOU
7/14 9:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 10-31 .323 1 5 1 2 0 .548 .364 .912
Adam Kennedy - 2B LAD vs SD
7/14 9:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 5-12 .417 0 0 2 1 0 .417 .462 .879
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX @ SEA
7/14 9:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 11-39 .282 3 4 4 2 6 .538 .317 .855
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ CHC
7/14 1:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-15 .133 0 0 1 1 4 .133 .235 .368
David DeJesus - OF CHC vs ARI
7/14 1:05 PM
Joe Saunders 4-19 .211 0 0 1 0 2 .211 .211 .422
Andruw Jones - OF NYY vs LAA
7/14 1:05 PM
Jerome Williams 3-17 .176 1 1 3 0 5 .353 .176 .529
Jose Lopez - 3B CLE @ TOR
7/14 1:07 PM
Aaron Laffey 3-15 .200 1 2 3 1 1 .467 .250 .717
Omar Vizquel - 3B TOR vs CLE
7/14 1:07 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 1 .200 .182 .382
Eric Hinske - OF ATL vs NYM
7/14 4:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 2-16 .125 0 1 0 2 2 .188 .222 .410
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs NYM
7/14 4:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 0-10 .000 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Ike Davis - 1B NYM @ ATL
7/14 4:05 PM
Tommy Hanson 2-10 .200 0 1 1 2 5 .300 .333 .633
David Wright - 3B NYM @ ATL
7/14 4:05 PM
Tommy Hanson 1-16 .063 0 1 1 0 8 .125 .059 .184
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ TB
7/14 7:10 PM
David Price 2-12 .167 0 2 1 0 4 .333 .167 .500
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ KC
7/14 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 3-18 .167 1 1 3 4 3 .333 .348 .681
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS @ KC
7/14 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 2-17 .118 0 0 1 0 0 .118 .118 .236
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ KC
7/14 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 2-17 .118 0 0 1 0 2 .118 .167 .285
Yuniesky Betancourt - SS KC vs CWS
7/14 7:10 PM
Jake Peavy 3-15 .200 0 0 2 0 3 .200 .188 .388
Carlos Pena - 1B TB vs BOS
7/14 7:10 PM
Clay Buchholz 2-15 .133 1 1 1 2 4 .333 .235 .568
Luke Scott - DH TB vs BOS
7/14 7:10 PM
Clay Buchholz 3-19 .158 1 2 1 3 4 .368 .273 .641
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI @ COL
7/14 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 1-11 .091 0 0 1 0 0 .091 .083 .174
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX @ SEA
7/14 9:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 6-33 .182 1 4 3 8 9 .394 .357 .751
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ SEA
7/14 9:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 8-49 .163 1 4 4 9 8 .286 .328 .614
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Freddy Garcia NYY vs LAA
7/14 1:05 PM
Angels Batters 24-71 .338 3 8 8 2 11 .556 .370 .926
Ryan Dempster CHC vs Ari
7/14 1:05 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 33-103 .320 2 8 17 15 19 .444 .417 .860
Luke Hochevar KC vs CWS
7/14 7:10 PM
White Sox Batters 30-106 .283 2 8 13 14 10 .418 .386 .804
 


Recommended Pickup

Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK -- Ever since Jason Giambi left for the Yankees in 2002, Oakland has tried in vain to find a power hitter to man first base. Players like Dan Johnson, Moneyball darling Scott Hatteberg, Kila Ka'aihue and Daric Barton may have had some nice moments during their time with the A's, but none of them could consistently fill the power vacuum that the first base position demands. After sending Barton to Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the season, the team recalled Moss, who had hit 15 home runs in 196 at-bats at Sacramento. Moss has run a bit hot and cold but has nonetheless slugged ten homers since being called up June 6. Though Moss has been deployed in a left-right platoon at first base with another power bat in Chris Carter, as the left-handed batter, Moss should get the majority of the starts. If you can overlook Moss' shortcomings (lots of strikeouts resulting in occasional slumps and a low batting average) and recognize the positives (occasional offensive tears and high home run totals), he might help solidify your corner infield position, especially in deeper leagues.

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