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Sunday Lineup Card: Make Your Bed With Sheets

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

American League
Angels (Jered Weaver – R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova – R), 1:05
Indians (Derek Lowe – R) at Blue Jays (Charlie Villanueva – R), 1:07
Tigers (Justin Verlander – R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R), 1:35
Red Sox (Josh Beckett – R) at Rays (James Shields – R), 1:40
Athletics (Jarrod Parker – R) at Twins (Brian Duensing – L), 2:10
White Sox (Chris Sale – L) at Royals (Luis Mendoza – R), 2:10
Rangers (Matt Harrison – L) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R), 4:10

National League
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco – R), 1:10
Mets (Johan Santana – L) at Braves (Ben Sheets – R), 1:35
Pirates (A.J. Burnett – R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo – R), 2:10
Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R) at Cubs (Matt Garza – R), 2:20
Phillies (Cole Hamels – L) at Rockies (Drew Pomeranz – L), 3:10
Astros (Bud Norris – R) at Giants (Matt Cain – R), 4:05
Padres (Jason Marquis – R) at Dodgers (Chad Billingsley – R), 4:10
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R) at Reds (Johnny Cueto – R/Homer Bailey – R), 8:05

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
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK – (Shoulder) Out of Saturday’s lineup, suffered injury while swinging bat Friday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, BOS – (Back) Not in Saturday’s lineup, should miss another day or two.
Jason Hammel, P, BAL – (Knee) Will miss next start, at the minimum.
Torii Hunter, OF, LAA – (Groin) Out of Saturday’s lineup with tightness, could be back Sunday.
Mike Napoli, C, TEX – (Quadriceps) Stayed in lineup Friday after bruising muscle but out of Saturday’s lineup.

NL
Sean Burnett, P, PIT – (Elbow) Has tightness, could go on DL.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN – (Finger) Has blister, could be scratched from Sunday’s start for Homer Bailey.
Lucas Duda, OF, NYM – (Leg) Will miss a few games.
Javy Guerra, P, LAD – (Personal) On bereavement list, out until at least Tuesday.
Jason Kubel, P, AZ – (Hamstring) Left Friday’s game with tightness, is not in Saturday’s lineup.
Chris Nelson, SS, COL – (Ankle) Not in Friday’s or Saturday’s lineup.
Jack Wilson, SS, ATL – (Finger) Left Friday’s game with dislocated, x-rays negative.

Players on the DL

AL
Brett Anderson, P, OAK – (Elbow) Will throw simulated game Monday.
Dallas Braden, P, OAK – (Shoulder) Threw bullpen session Friday, will do so again Tuesday.
Zach Britton, P, BAL – (Shoulder) Scheduled to start Tuesday.
Collin Cowgill, OF, OAK – (Ankle) Played nine innings of rehab game Friday, could be activated very soon.
Jesse Crain, P, CHW – (Shoulder) Should return between July 23-25.
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX – (Elbow) Starting rehab Sunday with two inning appearance, still could return to bullpen rather than start.
Drew Hutchison, P, TOR – (Elbow) Hopes to resume throwing on July 23.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY – (Elbow) Could start rehab soon after taking batting practice Friday and Saturday.
Phil Humber, P, CHW – (Elbow) Scheduled to make Wednesday’s start.
Matt Joyce, OF, TB – (Back) Could be activated Wednesday.
Colby Lewis, P, TEX – (Forearm) Threw bullpen session Friday, should be activated Wednesday.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB – (Hamstring) Took batting practice and fielded grounders Saturday.
Dustin McGowan, P, TOR – (Shoulder) Discomfort he experienced was not a blood clot.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX – (Hamstring) Could begin rehab a week from Monday.
Jeff Niemann, P, TB – (Leg) Threw from 90 feet Friday, hoping to come back in August.
Alexi Ogando, P, TEX – (Groin) Perfect inning in rehab Thursday.
Carl Pavano, P, MIN – (Shoulder) Playing catch, could throw off a moun in about a week.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS – (Thumb) Took batting practice Thursday and Friday, hopes to be activated July 19.
Andy Pettitte, P, NYY – (Lower Leg) Played catch with leg taped on Friday.
Rafael Perez, P, CLE – (Shoulder) Rehabbing at Double-A, hopes to return by end of month.
Erasmo Ramirez, P, SEA – (Elbow) Will throw a bullpen session Sunday, could return to rotation Tuesday.
Austin Romine, C, NYY – (Back) Began rehab Friday.
C.C. Sabathia, P, NYY – (Groin) Threw simulated game Friday, should return to rotation Tuesday.
Drew Smyly, P, DET – (Ribs) Intercostal strain, placed on DL Friday.
Koji Uehara, P, TEX – (Shoulder) Set to start two game rehab on Saturday.

NL
Mike Baxter, OF, NYM – (Shoulder) Hitting off a tee but is not close to returning.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL – (Elbow) Moved to 60-day DL, could be out for season.
Frank Francisco, P, NYM – (Oblique) Had setback, could be out until August.
Dillon Gee, P, NYM – (Shoulder) Had surgery Friday, season likely over.
Roy Halladay, P, PHI – (Shoulder) Was to throw bullpen session Saturday and should be activated Tuesday.
Todd Helton, 1B, COL – (Hip) Placed on DL with soreness, had cortisone injection.
Wil Nieves, C, COL – (Toe) Placed on DL with turf toe.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA – (Knee) Walking without crutches, four-to-six weeks away.
Raul Valdes, P, PHI – (hip) Placed on DL retroactive to July 9.

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

Called Up
Joe Savery, P, PHI
Luis Marte, P, DET
Tyler Pastornicky, SS, ATL
Miguel Socolovich, P, BAL

Sent Down
Scott Van Slyke, OF, LAD
Elian Herrera, 2B, LAD
Brad Mills, P, LAA
Shane Robinson, OF, STL
Patrick Corbin, P, AZ
J.C.Boscan, C, ATL
Ronny Paulino, C, BAL
Dana Eveland, P, BAL (designated for assignment)

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Raul Valdes, P, PHI
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA
Drew Smyly, P, DET
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
Javy Guerra, P, LAD (bereavement)

Activated from DL
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
Andre Ethier, OF, LAD
Justin Maxwell, OF, HOU
Jerome Williams, P, LAA
Joe Saunders, P, AZ
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL
Taylor Teagarden, C, BAL
Brian McCann, C, ATL (from paternity)

Traded
Paul Janish, SS, from CIN to ATL

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

Kansas City – Jonathan Broxton, who is likely on the trade block, blew a save Friday night by allowing a run on two hits and two walks to the White Sox. Greg Holland or Aaron Crow could be next in line.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs LAA
7/15 1:05 PM
Jered Weaver 6-15 .400 0 1 2 0 0 .533 .400 .933
Eric Chavez - 3B NYY vs LAA
7/15 1:05 PM
Jered Weaver 3-11 .273 1 2 1 0 1 .636 .273 .909
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs LAA
7/15 1:05 PM
Jered Weaver 6-14 .429 4 4 4 2 2 1.286 .500 1.786
Raul Ibanez - OF NYY vs LAA
7/15 1:05 PM
Jered Weaver 14-27 .519 4 6 7 6 6 1.037 .606 1.643
Russell Martin - C NYY vs LAA
7/15 1:05 PM
Jered Weaver 7-19 .368 1 2 1 2 2 .579 .429 1.008
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY vs LAA
7/15 1:05 PM
Jered Weaver 5-15 .333 4 4 5 4 5 1.133 .474 1.607
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY vs LAA
7/15 1:05 PM
Jered Weaver 6-23 .261 2 4 7 3 6 .652 .346 .998
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ MIA
7/15 1:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 8-30 .267 3 5 5 0 7 .633 .258 .891
Michael Bourn - OF ATL vs NYM
7/15 1:35 PM
Johan Santana 5-11 .455 0 0 0 0 1 .455 .500 .955
Matt Diaz - OF ATL vs NYM
7/15 1:35 PM
Johan Santana 16-32 .500 1 4 4 1 4 .688 .515 1.203
Brian McCann - C ATL vs NYM
7/15 1:35 PM
Johan Santana 8-29 .276 3 4 3 1 6 .621 .300 .921
Jim Thome - 1B BAL vs DET
7/15 1:35 PM
Justin Verlander 11-43 .256 7 7 11 14 11 .744 .439 1.183
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ TB
7/15 1:40 PM
James Shields 12-33 .364 3 10 11 6 6 .848 .462 1.310
Hideki Matsui - OF TB vs BOS
7/15 1:40 PM
Josh Beckett 9-32 .281 3 4 5 2 5 .625 .324 .949
Luke Scott - DH TB vs BOS
7/15 1:40 PM
Josh Beckett 10-23 .435 3 3 7 5 5 .826 .536 1.362
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL vs PIT
7/15 2:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 4-10 .400 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .800
Brandon Inge - 3B OAK @ MIN
7/15 2:10 PM
Brian Duensing 6-16 .375 0 3 1 2 1 .563 .444 1.007
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ MIL
7/15 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-12 .333 0 2 2 1 1 .500 .385 .885
Tony Gwynn Jr. - OF LAD vs SD
7/15 4:10 PM
Jason Marquis 5-11 .455 0 0 3 0 1 .455 .417 .872
James Loney - 1B LAD vs SD
7/15 4:10 PM
Jason Marquis 8-14 .571 1 4 5 1 1 1.000 .600 1.600
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD vs SD
7/15 4:10 PM
Jason Marquis 6-18 .333 1 3 2 1 3 .611 .368 .979
Lance Berkman - 1B STL @ CIN
7/15 8:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 5-15 .333 2 4 6 9 5 .867 .583 1.450
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ CIN
7/15 8:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 5-11 .455 0 1 5 2 1 .545 .500 1.045
Yadier Molina - C STL @ CIN
7/15 8:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 6-14 .429 1 2 2 0 1 .714 .438 1.152
 
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
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Derek Lowe CLE @ TOR
7/15 1:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 15-82 .183 2 4 3 10 13 .274 .272 .545
Ricky Nolasco MIA vs WAS
7/15 1:10 PM
Nationals Batters 30-108 .278 3 11 10 3 32 .430 .298 .728
Justin Verlander DET @ BAL
7/15 1:35 PM
Orioles Batters 23-125 .184 7 12 13 19 41 .425 .291 .715

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Derek Jeter - SS NYY vs LAA
7/15 1:05 PM
Jered Weaver 2-17 .118 0 1 0 4 2 .176 .286 .462
Andruw Jones - OF NYY vs LAA
7/15 1:05 PM
Jered Weaver 1-10 .100 1 1 1 1 6 .400 .182 .582
Kelly Johnson - 2B TOR vs CLE
7/15 1:07 PM
Derek Lowe 1-13 .077 0 0 0 2 2 .077 .200 .277
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ MIA
7/15 1:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 12-38 .316 0 3 3 1 9 .395 .333 .728
Martin Prado - OF ATL vs NYM
7/15 1:35 PM
Johan Santana 3-20 .150 0 1 0 0 2 .200 .150 .350
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs NYM
7/15 1:35 PM
Johan Santana 1-19 .053 1 1 1 1 10 .211 .100 .311
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs DET
7/15 1:35 PM
Justin Verlander 2-16 .125 0 1 1 1 3 .188 .167 .355
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs DET
7/15 1:35 PM
Justin Verlander 1-13 .077 0 0 0 0 6 .077 .077 .154
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs DET
7/15 1:35 PM
Justin Verlander 5-26 .192 0 2 0 2 10 .269 .250 .519
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS @ TB
7/15 1:40 PM
James Shields 4-24 .167 0 0 0 1 4 .167 .200 .367
Jose Molina - C TB vs BOS
7/15 1:40 PM
Josh Beckett 3-21 .143 0 0 1 0 7 .143 .143 .286
Carlos Pena - 1B TB vs BOS
7/15 1:40 PM
Josh Beckett 3-28 .107 1 2 1 3 15 .250 .194 .444
B.J. Upton - OF TB vs BOS
7/15 1:40 PM
Josh Beckett 6-22 .273 0 3 1 1 7 .409 .304 .713
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB vs BOS
7/15 1:40 PM
Josh Beckett 1-10 .100 0 0 1 1 4 .100 .182 .282
Clint Barmes - SS PIT @ MIL
7/15 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 0-11 .000 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000
Marco Scutaro - SS COL vs PHI
7/15 3:10 PM
Cole Hamels 2-13 .154 0 2 0 0 2 .308 .154 .462
Chris Snyder - C HOU @ SF
7/15 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 2-11 .182 1 2 1 0 0 .545 .182 .727
Bobby Abreu - OF LAD vs SD
7/15 4:10 PM
Jason Marquis 4-21 .190 0 2 1 9 5 .286 .452 .738
Andre Ethier - OF LAD vs SD
7/15 4:10 PM
Jason Marquis 1-18 .056 0 0 0 2 1 .056 .150 .206
Matt Kemp - OF LAD vs SD
7/15 4:10 PM
Jason Marquis 0-14 .000 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .067 .067
Everth Cabrera - SS SD @ LAD
7/15 4:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 1-14 .071 0 0 0 1 4 .071 .133 .204
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ LAD
7/15 4:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 7-30 .233 1 2 3 1 10 .367 .258 .625
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
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OPS
Jered Weaver LAA @ NYY
7/15 1:05 PM
Yankees Batters 58-189 .307 20 30 31 24 41 .700 .388 1.088
Jason Marquis SD @ LAD
7/15 4:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 31-116 .267 2 10 15 16 16 .380 .364 .744
Johnny Cueto CIN vs StL
7/15 8:05 PM
Cardinals Batters 30-83 .362 5 12 20 13 12 .650 .444 1.094
 

Recommended Pickup

Ben Sheets, P, ATL – At the beginning of the season, the Braves seemed like they had perhaps the most rotation candidates in all of baseball. Since then Brandon Beachy has gone down in need of Tommy John. Jair Jurrjens and mike Minor have disappointed. Randall Delgado has not panned out. Julio Teheran is struggling in Triple-A. The Braves got desperate and signed Ben Sheets in hopes he can make a comeback. Sheets, of course, needs no introduction. He was always a top flight starter when healthy. The problem was, he had difficulty staying healthy. Sheets has not pitched since 2010 and the braves will call on his services Sunday after just two Double-A starts. Sheets went 10.2 innings in those two starts, with ten strikeouts and just one walk. It remains to be seen if he can be effective in the majors once again… and then, there is still an injury risk.

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