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Monday Lineup Card: Frazier Putting Together Solid Season

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Fred Katz

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Monday's Starters
Angels (Ervin Santana – R) at Rangers (Roy Oswalt – R), 7:05
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R) at Yankees (Freddy Garcia – R), 7:05
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R), 7:10
Marlins (Mark Buehrle – L) at Braves (Tommy Hanson – R), 7:10
Padres (Edinson Volquez – R) at Reds (Mike Leake – R), 7:10
Pirates (Erik Bedard – L) at Cubs (Justin Germano – R), 8:05
White Sox (Jose Quintana – L) at Twins (Cole De Vries – R), 8:10
Astros (Bud Norris – R) at Brewers (Marco Estrada – R), 8:10
Rays (David Price – L) at Athletics (A.J. Griffin – R), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R) at Dodgers (Aaron Harang – R), 10:10
Blue Jays (Ricky Romero – L) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R), 10:10
Mets (Jeremy Hefner – R) at Giants (Madison Bumgardner – L), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: N/A

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN – (Calf) Left Sunday’s game with cramps.
Jordany Valdespin, 2B, NYM – (Toe) Might have broken his toe kicking a helmet Saturday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS – (Back) Left Sunday’s game with back tightness.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, CWS – (Oblique) Was not in Sunday’s starting lineup.
Alejandro De Aza, OF, CWS – (Wrist) Was not in Sunday’s starting lineup.
Mike Trout, OF, LAA – (Knee) Scratched from Sunday’s lineup with a left knee contusion.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC – (Knee) MRI came back clean.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL – (Wrist) Was not in Sunday’s starting lineup.
Jim Thome, 1B, BAL – (Neck) Out of Sunday’s lineup with neck spasms.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK – (Hamstring) Out of Sunday’s starting lineup.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL – (Biceps) Not in Sunday’s starting lineup.
Eric Chavez, 3B, NYY – (Lower leg) Was not in Sunday’s starting lineup.

Disabled List
Frank Francisco, RHP, NYM – (Oblique) Pitched in a rehab stint Sunday at Double-A Binghamton.
Johan Santana, LHP, NYM – (Shoulder) Is long tossing on flat ground.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB – (Hamstring) Started at DH for Double-A Durham on Sunday.
Cliff Pennington, SS, OAK – (Elbow) Hit off a tee Saturday for the first time since going on the DL.
Shaun Marcum, RHP, MIL – (Elbow) Transferred to the 60-day DL.
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR – (Wrist) Took swings Sunday.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL – (Hip) Elected to have surgery.
Juan Nicasio, RHP, COL – (Knee) Hopes to pitch in the Arizona instructional league this fall.
Neftali Feliz, RHP, TEX – (Elbow) Scratched from his scheduled start at Triple-A Round Rock.
Mike Baxter, OF, NYM – (Shoulder) Expected to rejoin the Mets on Monday.
Logan Morrison, OF, MIA – (Knee) Placed on the 15-day DL.
Chad Tracy, 1B, WAS – (Groin) Will likely rejoin the Nationals on Tuesday.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS – (Wrist) Has gone 0-for-12 with five strikeouts in four rehab games.
Ted Lilly, LHP, LAD – (Shoulder) Started a rehab assignment Sunday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
P.J. Walters, RHP, MIN – (Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-day DL.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Drew Smyly, LHP, DET

Optioned to Triple-A
Kirk Nieuwenhuism, OF, NYM
Drew Smyly, LHP, DET
Dana Eveland, LHP, BAL
Fautino De Los Santos, RHP, MIL
Miguel Socolovich, RHP, BAL

Called Up
Jeff Manship, RHP, MIN
Ryan Webb, RHP, MIA

Traded
Marc Kraus, OF, HOU – Traded from the Diamondbacks
Bobby Borchering, OF, HOU – Traded from the Diamondbacks
Chris Johnson, 3B, ARI – Traded from the Astros
Fautino De Los Santos, RHP, MIL – Traded from the Athletics
George Kottaras, C, OAK – Traded from the Brewers
Eduardo Escobar, SS, MIN – Traded from the White Sox
Pedro Hernandez, LHP, MIN – Traded from the White Sox
Francisco Liriano, LHP, CWS – Traded from the Twins

Released
Xavier Nady, OF, WAS

Closer Watch
Yankees – Rafael Soriano entered Saturday’s game against the Red Sox with the game tied at six in the ninth inning. He proceeded to allow two runs (both earned) and earn his first loss of the season as the Yankees fell to Boston 8-6. Soriano’s ERA rises to 1.98, but his job is hardly in jeopardy. He has still converted 26 of his 28 save opportunities.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL @ NYY
7/30 7:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 4-10 .400 1 2 1 0 0 .800 .400 1.200
Jim Thome - 1B BAL @ NYY
7/30 7:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 3-12 .250 1 2 1 5 2 .583 .471 1.054
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA @ TEX
7/30 7:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 23-77 .299 4 10 10 6 6 .532 .349 .881
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs LAA
7/30 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 10-47 .213 3 4 10 3 8 .447 .260 .707
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs LAA
7/30 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 8-30 .267 3 4 4 0 9 .600 .267 .867
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs LAA
7/30 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 13-36 .361 1 6 3 3 5 .611 .425 1.036
Michael Young - 3B TEX vs LAA
7/30 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 24-64 .375 3 6 12 2 14 .563 .377 .940
Jose Reyes - SS MIA @ ATL
7/30 7:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 5-11 .455 0 2 2 0 3 .636 .455 1.091
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ CHC
7/30 8:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-16 .313 1 2 5 2 2 .563 .389 .952
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs HOU
7/30 8:10 PM
Bud Norris 5-14 .357 2 3 3 1 2 .857 .400 1.257
Lyle Overbay - 1B ARI @ LAD
7/30 10:10 PM
Aaron Harang 9-22 .409 0 5 1 2 3 .636 .458 1.094
Chris Young - OF ARI @ LAD
7/30 10:10 PM
Aaron Harang 3-12 .250 2 2 3 1 2 .750 .308 1.058
 
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
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA @ TEX
7/30 7:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 3 .200 .200 .400
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX vs LAA
7/30 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 4-24 .167 1 3 5 1 2 .375 .192 .567
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ BOS
7/30 7:10 PM
Clay Buchholz 1-10 .100 0 0 0 2 3 .100 .250 .350
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ CHC
7/30 8:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-15 .133 1 1 2 3 5 .333 .278 .611
Henry Blanco - C ARI @ LAD
7/30 10:10 PM
Aaron Harang 2-15 .133 0 0 0 0 7 .133 .133 .266
Stephen Drew - SS ARI @ LAD
7/30 10:10 PM
Aaron Harang 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ LAD
7/30 10:10 PM
Aaron Harang 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .091 .091
Bobby Abreu - OF LAD vs ARI
7/30 10:10 PM
Trevor Cahill 2-14 .143 1 2 3 4 4 .429 .333 .762
Juan Rivera - OF LAD vs ARI
7/30 10:10 PM
Trevor Cahill 1-15 .067 0 1 1 3 2 .133 .222 .355
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Freddy Garcia NYY vs Bal
7/30 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 22-73 .302 3 6 9 11 11 .457 .388 .845
Ryan Dempster CHC vs Pit
7/30 8:05 PM
Pirates Batters 22-74 .297 5 11 14 7 17 .567 .358 .925
 


Recommended Pickup
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN – Strangely, the general consensus seems to be that Frazier doesn’t have much fantasy value. He is only owned in eight percent of ESPN leagues, but the Reds’ third baseman actually owns some of the best offensive numbers at his position in baseball. Frazier is currently hitting .283/.340/.535 and has 11 homers to add to that in his 253 plate appearances. That triple slash gives him an OPS that is 28 percent better than the league average.

The odd part of Frazier’s uncharacteristically low own percentage is that he is perfectly consistent as an everyday player. Right now, he has an .849 OPS against right-handed pitchers and a .942 OPS against left-handed pitchers. Meanwhile, he plays half his games in Great American Ball Park, the ultimate hitting environment, which means that even if he falls off he is going to have some help from his home stadium. In a league in which third base is quickly losing value, Frazier could be a good player to pick up, especially for those owners who are mourning the loss of Alex Rodriguez.

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