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Thursday Lineup Card: Picking Up Speed

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Thursday’s Starters
Padres (Ross Ohlendorf – R) at Reds (Johnny Cueto – R), 12:35
Mets (Chris Young – R) at Giants (Barry Zito – L), 3:45
Phillies (Cole Hamels – L) at Ross Detwiler – L), 7:05
Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi – R) at Braves (Mike Minor – L), 7:10
Twins (Sam Deduno – R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester – L), 7:10
Angels (C.J. Wilson – L) at Rangers (Ryan Dempster – R), 8:05
Indians (Corey Kluber – R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 8:10
Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R) at Rockies (Christian Friedrich – L), 8:40
Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez – R) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon – R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game:

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS – (Back) Out of Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Mike Aviles, SS, BOS – (Toe) Out of Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Josh Beckett, RHP, BOS – (Back) Not expected to go on the DL.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN – (Calf) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Jeff Francoeur, OF, KC – No timetable for returning to the lineup.
Jose Quintana, LHP, CWS – (Rest) Will have his next start pushed back to Wednesday.
Rafael Furcal, SS, STL – (Back) Took part in pregame activities Tuesday.
J.D. Martinez, OF, HOU – (Elbow) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK – (Hamstring) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC – (Head) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS – (Ankle) In the lineup as the DH Wednesday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY – (Wrist) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF – (Hand) Has a soft wrap on his hand, but has no fracture.

Disabled List
Jair Jurrjens, RHP, ATL – (Groin) Placed on the 15-day DL.
Brandon McCarthy, RHP, OAK – (Shoulder) Scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday.
Brett Anderson, RHP, OAK – (Elbow) Will make another rehab start Sunday.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, ARI – (Back) Saw the team chiropractor Wednesday.
Cliff Pennington, SS, OAK – (Elbow) – Hit in the cage Wednesday.
Shaun Marcum, RHP, MIL – (Elbow) Threw 20-minute bullpen session Wednesday.
Jason Hammel, RHP, BAL – (Knee) Nearing baseball activities.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL – (Neck) Will head to Jacksonville to continue rehab.
Chris Nelson, SS, COL – (Irregular heartbeat) Went 0-for-3 in a rehab game Tuesday.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL – (Groin) Took batting practice for the first time Tuesday.
Mark Lowe, RHP, TEX – (Abdomen) Will make at least one more rehab appearance at Double-A.
Koji Uehara, RHP, TEX – (Strained lat) Still hasn’t been cleared to throw from the mound.
Brian Bruney, RHP, CWS – (Hip) Threw a scoreless inning at Triple-A on Tuesday.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Brent Morel, 3B, CWS
Wil Nieves, C, COL

Optioned to Triple-A/Released
Martin Perez, LHP, TEX – Optioned to Triple-A
Hideki Matsui, OF, TB – Released
Bobby Abreu, OF, LAD – Designated for assignment
Mike Fontenot, 2B, PHI – Designated for assignment
Ramiro Pena, SS, NYY – Optioned to Triple-A
DeWayne Wise, OF, NYY – Released
Daniel McCutchen, RHP, PIT – Optioned to Triple-A
Casey Coleman, RHP, CHC – Optioned to Triple-A
Brian Sanches, RHP, PHI - Released

Called Up
Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, KC
Michael Martinez, 2B, PHI
Alberto Cabrera, RHP, CHC
Chris Volstad, RHP, CHC
Hisanori Takahashi, LHP, LAA

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ WAS
8/2 7:05 PM
Ross Detwiler 6-15 .400 0 3 1 0 0 .600 .400 1.000
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs PHI
8/2 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 4-16 .250 3 4 5 1 5 .875 .333 1.208
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ BOS
8/2 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 5-16 .313 1 2 4 1 5 .563 .353 .915
Denard Span - OF MIN @ BOS
8/2 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 4-12 .333 0 0 2 4 2 .333 .529 .863
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA @ TEX
8/2 8:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 18-55 .327 7 11 14 11 2 .782 .433 1.215
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs LAA
8/2 8:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 7-19 .368 1 4 3 2 4 .684 .429 1.113
Casey Kotchman - 1B CLE @ KC
8/2 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 9-28 .321 1 4 5 1 4 .536 .345 .881
Jose Lopez - 3B CLE @ KC
8/2 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 8-24 .333 2 3 3 0 2 .625 .333 .958
Yunel Escobar - SS TOR @ OAK
8/2 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 4-10 .400 0 0 1 0 1 .400 .400 .800
Omar Vizquel - 3B TOR @ OAK
8/2 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 8-20 .400 1 4 5 0 2 .700 .400 1.100
 
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
Cole Hamels PHI @ WAS
8/2 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 28-125 .224 7 12 12 7 38 .444 .275 .719

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs SD
8/2 12:35 PM
Ross Ohlendorf 2-11 .182 0 0 2 4 2 .182 .400 .582
Mark DeRosa - 3B WAS vs PHI
8/2 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 2-14 .143 0 1 1 1 2 .286 .200 .486
Jesus Flores - C WAS vs PHI
8/2 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 1-14 .071 0 0 0 0 8 .071 .071 .143
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE @ KC
8/2 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-12 .167 1 1 1 0 1 .417 .167 .583
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B TOR @ OAK
8/2 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 2-12 .167 0 1 0 1 4 .250 .231 .481
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Ross Ohlendorf SD @ Cin
8/2 12:35 PM
Reds Batters 18-60 .300 1 4 8 9 14 .392 .401 .793
Jon Lester BOS vs Min
8/2 7:10 PM
Twins Batters 18-66 .273 1 4 13 14 11 .357 .410 .767
Ryan Dempster TEX vs LAA
8/2 8:05 PM
Angels Batters 23-71 .324 7 12 18 14 5 .695 .430 1.125
Bartolo Colon OAK vs Tor
8/2 10:05 PM
Blue Jays Batters 21-64 .328 1 6 9 2 11 .446 .348 .795
 

Recommended Pickup

Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL – Gomez is on fire and it’s not just over the last few games. He has posted a slash line of .320/.386/.620 over the past three weeks. His four homers over that time have shown a sort of unexpected power he hasn’t often displayed. The real value with Gomez, though, comes in that .386 OBP considering the more than he is on base, the more he can take advantage of his blazing speed.

There is a reason that eight of Gomez’s 19 stolen bases in 2012 have come over this three-week stretch. He continues to get to first base. That power isn’t sustainable. Gomez isn’t going to be anything close to a .620 slugger – or even a .500 slugger – the rest of the way, but he fits perfectly with a team that is looking for steals. If that OBP remains high, his slugging could drop 200 points and he could still provide elite value in the steals category.

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