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Wednesday Lineup Card: Snider Off to a Hot Start

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Wednesday's Starters
AL
Twins (Nick Blackburn - R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 2:10
Royals (Luke Hochevar - R) at Angels (Jered Weaver - R), 3:35
Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R), 3:40
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) at Indians (Derek Lowe - R), 7:05
Rays (David Price - L) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R), 7:05
Athletics (A.J. Griffin - R) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero - L), 7:07
Red Sox (Josh Beckett - R) at Rangers (Derek Holland - L), 8:05

NL
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Mets (Jeremy Hefner - R), 12:10
Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R) at Pirates (Kevin Correia - R), 12:35
Braves (Tommy Hanson - R) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 12:40
Brewers (Marco Estrada - R) at Phillies (Vance Worley - R), 1:05
Padres (Jason Marquis - R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum - R), 3:45
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Astros (Bud Norris - R), 8:05
Dodgers (Aaron Harang - R) at Cardinals (Kyle Lohse - R), 8:15
Rockies (Jeff Francis - L) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill - R), 9:40

Day Game After a Night Game: Twins, White Sox, Royals, Angels, Yankees, Mariners, Nationals, Mets, Cubs, Pirates, Braves, Marlins, Brewers, Phillies, Padres, Giants

Injuries

Day-to-Day
AL
Roy Oswalt, P, TEX - (Back) Feels confident he will be able to start on Sunday.
Roberto Hernandez, P, CLE - (Suspension) Will start for Low-A Lake County on Thursday.
Trevor Plouffe, SS, MIN - (Thumb) Was not in the lineup on Tuesday.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, CHW - (Oblique) Was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday with a rib injury.

NL
Wilin Rosario, C, COL - (Ankle) Could have returned on Monday, but team kept him out of the lineup with pitcher Jonathan Sanchez making his Rockies debut.
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM - (Leg) Was not in the lineup on Tuesday.
Matt Garza, P, CHC - (Triceps) Returned to Chicago to be with his wife, who is expected to go into labor soon, and will not pitch until Monday at the earliest.
Mat Latos, P, CIN - (Ankle) Is in line to make his next scheduled start on Sunday.
J.D. Martinez, OF, HOU - (Shoulder) Was not in the lineup on Tuesday for the third consecutive day.
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI - (Back) Was not in the lineup on Tuesday.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SDP - (Wrist) Was not in the lineup on Tuesday.
Alexi Amarista, 2B, SDP - (Thumb) Was not in the lineup on Tuesday.

Disabled List
AL
Drew Smyly, P, DET - (Ribs) Will not rejoin the starting rotation when he returns from the DL.
Al Alburquerque, P, DET - (Elbow) Was assigned to High-A Lakeland on Tuesday to begin a rehab assignment.
Mariano Rivera, P, NYY - (Knee) Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that Rivera will not return this season.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, P, BOS - (Neck) Will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday for first time since being placed on the DL.
Luke Scott, DH, TBR - (Oblique) Is making progress but has yet to swing a bat.
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR - (Wrist) Is progressing quicker than expected and could resume hitting from a tee by the end of this week.
Jason Fraser, P, TOR - (Forearm) MRI revealed no structural damage.
Brandon Morrow, P, TOR - (Oblique) Will make his first rehab start on Sunday.
Sergio Santos, P, TOR - (Shoulder) Had surgery on Tuesday with more details expected on Wednesday.
John Danks, P, CHW - (Shoulder) Threw a 20-pitch mound session on Tuesday.
Brett Anderson, P, OAK - (Elbow) Will throw 60 pitches at Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday.
Dallas Braden, P, OAK - (Shoulder) Was scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Tuesday and will face live hitters in his next outing.
Cliff Pennington, SS, OAK - (Elbow) Has not shown any improvement in the last two days and could revisit the doctor soon.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TBR - (Hamstring) Had an encouraging workout on Tuesday and is nearing a rehab assignment.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY - (Elbow) Underwent arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday.

NL
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA - (Knee) Took batting practice on Monday.
Todd Helton, 1B, COL - (Hip) Working out in Denver for the next few days and will be activated Friday.
Brian Schneider, C, PHI - (Ankle) Scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in High-A Clearwater on Tuesday.
Raul Valdes, P, PHI - (Hip) Will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Clearwater on Wednesday.
Jason Castro, C, HOU - (Knee) Will meet with the Astros to map out his return to action.
Shaun Marcum, P, MIL - (Elbow) Was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL - (Hand) Was expected to continue his rehab assignment in Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU - (Ankle) Is still wearing a protective brace and using crutches to walk.
Hector Sanchez, C, SFG - (Knee) Expects to return from the DL on August 2, when first eligible.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Mike Carp, 1B, SEA
John McDonald, SS, ARI
Sam Fuld, OF, TBR

Designated for Assignment
Ryan Roberts, 3B, ARI

Optioned to Triple-A
Barry Enright, P, LAA
Lucas Duda, OF, NYM
Brandon Gomes, P, TBR
Danny Worth, 2B, DET
Chris Parmelee, 1B, MIN
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA
Pedro Beato, P, NYM

Called Up
Matt Harvey, P, NYM
Manny Acosta, P, NYM
Trayvon Robinson, OF, SEA
Dan Jennings, P, MIA
Bryan Peterson, OF, MIA

Trades
The Red Sox traded OF Brent Lillibridge to the Indians for P Jose De La Torre

The Diamondbacks traded P Barry Enright to the Angels for cash.

Closer Watch
Yankees: After both Mariano Rivera and his rehab doctor said earlier this month that they felt the future Hall-of-Famer could return this season, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman threw some cold water on those rumors. On Tuesday, Cashman said that Rivera would not pitch again in 2012 and called Rivera's rehab doctor, Keith Pyne, unprofessional. Rivera tore his ACL in early May, an injury that typically will keep a player out for 9-12 months.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs CHC
7/25 12:35 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-16 .313 1 2 5 2 2 .563 .389 .952
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL @ MIA
7/25 12:40 PM
Ricky Nolasco 14-31 .452 4 8 10 3 2 .968 .486 1.454
Brian McCann - C ATL @ MIA
7/25 12:40 PM
Ricky Nolasco 14-38 .368 6 9 18 1 8 .921 .375 1.296
Hanley Ramirez - SS MIA vs ATL
7/25 12:40 PM
Tommy Hanson 3-13 .231 1 2 1 2 3 .538 .333 .871
Jose Reyes - SS MIA vs ATL
7/25 12:40 PM
Tommy Hanson 5-11 .455 0 2 2 0 3 .636 .455 1.091
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs MIN
7/25 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 6-15 .400 1 2 3 0 2 .667 .400 1.067
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS vs MIN
7/25 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 12-32 .375 0 3 3 0 3 .469 .382 .851
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs MIN
7/25 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 10-26 .385 0 1 0 4 1 .423 .484 .907
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs MIN
7/25 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 5-15 .333 1 2 1 0 2 .600 .333 .933
Kevin Youkilis - 3B CWS vs MIN
7/25 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 4-10 .400 0 1 1 0 3 .600 .400 1.000
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ LAA
7/25 3:35 PM
Jered Weaver 4-14 .286 1 1 3 4 4 .500 .444 .944
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF vs SD
7/25 3:45 PM
Jason Marquis 4-14 .286 2 2 4 0 0 .714 .267 .981
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs TB
7/25 7:05 PM
David Price 6-17 .353 0 2 2 2 6 .529 .400 .929
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs DET
7/25 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 3-11 .273 1 1 2 2 5 .545 .385 .930
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CLE vs DET
7/25 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 6-10 .600 1 2 3 2 1 1.000 .667 1.667
Travis Hafner - DH CLE vs DET
7/25 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 6-10 .600 1 1 3 2 1 .900 .667 1.567
Omar Infante - 2B DET @ CLE
7/25 7:05 PM
Derek Lowe 4-11 .364 0 2 0 1 3 .636 .417 1.053
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX vs BOS
7/25 8:05 PM
Josh Beckett 6-12 .500 2 2 6 1 3 1.000 .538 1.538
Yorvit Torrealba - C TEX vs BOS
7/25 8:05 PM
Josh Beckett 4-10 .400 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .800
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs LAD
7/25 8:15 PM
Aaron Harang 7-23 .304 1 4 3 3 5 .565 .385 .950
Lance Berkman - 1B STL vs LAD
7/25 8:15 PM
Aaron Harang 14-56 .250 7 11 10 8 14 .696 .344 1.040
Rafael Furcal - SS STL vs LAD
7/25 8:15 PM
Aaron Harang 10-18 .556 0 3 5 2 2 .722 .571 1.293
Stephen Drew - SS ARI vs COL
7/25 9:40 PM
Jeff Francis 8-23 .348 1 1 5 1 3 .478 .375 .853
Justin Upton - OF ARI vs COL
7/25 9:40 PM
Jeff Francis 5-12 .417 2 2 3 0 1 .917 .417 1.334
Chris Young - OF ARI vs COL
7/25 9:40 PM
Jeff Francis 8-21 .381 2 3 3 2 3 .714 .458 1.172
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Tim Lincecum SF vs SD
7/25 3:45 PM
Padres Batters 12-62 .194 1 4 5 6 19 .298 .274 .573

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs CHC
7/25 12:35 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-15 .133 1 1 2 3 5 .333 .278 .611
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs MIN
7/25 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 7-36 .194 1 1 2 3 4 .278 .256 .534
Will Venable - OF SD @ SF
7/25 3:45 PM
Tim Lincecum 3-15 .200 0 1 0 1 7 .333 .250 .583
Angel Pagan - OF SF vs SD
7/25 3:45 PM
Jason Marquis 3-13 .231 0 0 2 0 4 .231 .231 .462
Nate Schierholtz - OF SF vs SD
7/25 3:45 PM
Jason Marquis 2-13 .154 0 1 1 0 1 .231 .143 .374
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs TB
7/25 7:05 PM
David Price 2-14 .143 0 1 1 1 4 .214 .200 .414
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ CLE
7/25 7:05 PM
Derek Lowe 4-23 .174 1 2 1 2 3 .348 .240 .588
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs BOS
7/25 8:05 PM
Josh Beckett 4-23 .174 0 1 0 1 10 .217 .208 .425
Michael Young - 3B TEX vs BOS
7/25 8:05 PM
Josh Beckett 3-22 .136 1 1 3 0 4 .273 .130 .403
Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3B LAD @ STL
7/25 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-15 .133 0 1 0 3 3 .200 .278 .478
Matt Kemp - OF LAD @ STL
7/25 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-12 .167 0 0 2 0 5 .167 .167 .334
James Loney - 1B LAD @ STL
7/25 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-12 .167 0 1 1 0 2 .250 .167 .417
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD @ STL
7/25 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 3-18 .167 0 0 1 0 3 .167 .211 .378
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs LAD
7/25 8:15 PM
Aaron Harang 2-21 .095 0 0 1 0 6 .095 .136 .231
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Ryan Dempster CHC @ Pit
7/25 12:35 PM
Pirates Batters 22-74 .297 5 11 14 7 17 .567 .358 .925
Ricky Nolasco MIA vs Atl
7/25 12:40 PM
Braves Batters 46-135 .341 12 23 36 7 27 .702 .366 1.069
Nick Blackburn MIN @ CWS
7/25 2:10 PM
White Sox Batters 44-139 .316 3 10 10 8 16 .432 .359 .791
Max Scherzer DET @ Cle
7/25 7:05 PM
Indians Batters 20-70 .286 4 5 13 12 16 .474 .396 .870
Aaron Harang LAD @ StL
7/25 8:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 54-192 .281 10 25 25 18 36 .529 .348 .877
Jeff Francis COL @ Ari
7/25 9:40 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 30-82 .366 5 8 11 5 9 .593 .408 1.001
 

Recommended Pickup
Travis Snider, OF, TOR: Is Snider finally living up to his potential? Snider, formally Baseball-America's #6 overall prospect prior to 2009, had been destroying the ball in Triple-A this season to the tune of a .335/.423/.598 line with 13 HR and 57 RBI. He was finally re-called to the major league squad on July 20 after the Blue Jays made a ten-player trade with the Houston Astros. Now, it looks like they will allow Snider to show he can be an every day player in left field. He has impressed so far, with a .364 batting average and a home run in his first three games, and he hit a second home run in his first at bat on Tuesday. Snider has always had the ability to hit, but has not yet put it together at the major league level. In parts of four seasons before 2012, he hit just .248/.307/.423 with 28 HR. He can certainly hit for power and could absolutely also contribute with his batting average as well. Perhaps this will finally be the year the 24-year-old Snider breaks out.

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