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Saturday Lineup Card: Defying Murphy's Law

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

Yankees (Ivan Nova – R) at Blue Jays (Aaron Laffey – L), 1:07
Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R) at Cubs (Travis Wood – L), 4:05
Rockies (Drew Pomeranz – L) at Giants (Matt Cain – R), 4:05
Red Sox (Franklin Morales – L) at Indians (Zach McAllister – R), 6">, 6:05
Royals (Luis Mendoza - R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman - R), 7:05
Brewers (Marco Estrada - R) at Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L), 7:05
Padres (Jason Marquis - R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R), 7:05
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee – L), 7:05
Braves (Kris Medlen – R) at Mets (Johan Santana – L), 7:10
Dodgers (Joe Blanton – R) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco – R), 7:10
Athletics (Travis Blackley – L) at White Sox (Francisco Liriano – L), 7:10
Rays (David Price – L) at Twins (Nick Blackburn – R), 7:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander – R) at Rangers (Derek Holland – L), 8:05
Nationals (Edwin Jackson – R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L), 8:10
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R) at Angels (Dan Haren – R), 9:05

Day Game After Night Game: NYY/TOR, CIN/CHC, COL/SF

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Willie Bloomquist, SS, ARI (back) – Received an MRI Friday revealing no structural damage. DL stint remains possible.
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL (back) – Scratched from Friday’s lineup with back soreness.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE (neck) – Missed second straight game Friday.
Brian McCann, C, ATL (shoulder) – Received cortisone injection Tuesday and wasn’t in Friday’s lineup.
Alex Rios, OF, CWS (back) - Returned to lineup Friday.
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN (back) – Remained out of the lineup Friday.
Brendan Ryan, SS, SEA (elbow) – Returned to lineup Friday after missing four games.

Disabled List
Dustin McGowan, SP, TOR (shoulder) – Underwent successful arthroscopic surgery but will be out for rest of the season.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (Achilles) – Scheduled to run the bases Friday.
Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY (lower leg) – Expected to return to the Yankees next month.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN (thumb) – Will begin rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester on Saturday and is expected to stay there for two games.
Jim Thome, DH, BAL (neck) – Ran in a pool Friday and will work on light upper body exercises.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (left groin) – Took part in a workout that included fielding 75 ground balls prior to Tuesday’s game.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (knee) – Felt a little sore doing sliding drills, but no timetable yet on return.

Transactions

Called Up
Brad Bergesen, RP, ARI
David Carpenter, RP, TOR
Ryan Jackson, SS, STL
Fernando Martinez, OF, HOU

Sent Down
Matt Downs, 3B, HOU
Ryan Kalish, OF, BOS
J.D. Martinez, OF, HOU

Activated from DL
Adam Kennedy, 2B, LAD
Mark Lowe, RP, TEX
Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS (7-day DL)
Josh Collmenter, P, ARI
Ryan Sweeney, OF, BOS (Transferred to 60-day DL)
Eric Sogard, 3B, OAK

Claimed off Waivers
Juan Abreu, RP, TOR (sent to Triple-A)

Designated For Assignment
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B, TEX
Scott Richmond, P, TOR

Released
Derek Lowe, SP, CLE

Signed
Scott Podsednik, OF, BOS (reports to majors)

Closer Watch

Reds – With the game against the Cubs tied at 3-3 in the eighth inning Thursday, Logan Ondrusek gave up a two-run homer to Alfonso Soriano, catapulting the Cubs to a 5-3 win. Sean Marshall was officially tagged with the loss, having given up the baserunner upon Ondrusek's arrival from the bullpen. It was the second consecutive game in which the bullpen blew a lead, resulting in losses on both occasions. Aroldis Chapman’s job wouldn’t be in jeopardy even without the setup mishaps, but it’s still disappointing that he didn’t get a chance to shut the door on two potential Reds victories. He has not pitched at all during the team's five-game losing streak.

Yankees – Rafael Soriano had to silence an eighth inning rally Thursday afternoon as part of his 1.1 innings of work to earn his 27th save in 29 tries. He did allow two hits but held the Tigers at bay in a 4-3 Yankees win. His job security remains high even with the injured David Robertson back in the fold.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs SD
8/11 7:05 PM
Jason Marquis 5-15 .333 0 4 4 1 3 .667 .353 1.020
Mark Kotsay - OF SD @ PIT
8/11 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 4-11 .364 0 2 1 2 0 .545 .462 1.007
Michael Bourn - OF ATL @ NYM
8/11 7:10 PM
Johan Santana 5-11 .455 0 0 0 0 1 .455 .500 .955
Reed Johnson - OF ATL @ NYM
8/11 7:10 PM
Johan Santana 13-25 .520 1 3 5 2 4 .760 .556 1.316
Brian McCann - C ATL @ NYM
8/11 7:10 PM
Johan Santana 8-29 .276 3 4 3 1 6 .621 .300 .921
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ MIA
8/11 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 6-10 .600 0 1 0 3 2 .700 .692 1.392
Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3B LAD @ MIA
8/11 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 8-16 .500 0 6 3 0 2 .938 .500 1.438
Carlos Lee - OF MIA vs LAD
8/11 7:10 PM
Joe Blanton 6-15 .400 0 3 1 0 3 .600 .400 1.000
Matt Joyce - OF TB @ MIN
8/11 7:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 5-16 .313 1 1 1 2 2 .500 .389 .889
Evan Longoria - 3B TB @ MIN
8/11 7:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 4-12 .333 0 2 5 0 1 .583 .333 .917
Carlos Pena - 1B TB @ MIN
8/11 7:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 3-10 .300 1 2 2 1 1 .700 .364 1.064
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ MIN
8/11 7:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 6-13 .462 0 1 3 0 1 .538 .462 1.000
Delmon Young - OF DET @ TEX
8/11 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 6-12 .500 2 2 2 1 2 1.000 .538 1.538
Jason Kubel - OF ARI vs WAS
8/11 8:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 3-12 .250 1 2 2 2 2 .583 .333 .917
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Bronson Arroyo CIN @ CHC
8/11 4:05 PM
Cubs Batters 12-70 .171 2 7 5 5 17 .323 .224 .547
Matt Cain SF vs COL
8/11 4:05 PM
Rockies Batters 12-91 .132 0 1 5 13 25 .156 .249 .405
Joe Blanton LAD @ MIA
8/11 7:10 PM
Marlins Batters 16-78 .205 1 7 5 8 13 .319 .276 .596
Justin Verlander DET @ TEX
8/11 8:05 PM
Rangers Batters 31-138 .225 2 9 13 13 36 .319 .296 .615

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs CIN
8/11 4:05 PM
Bronson Arroyo 1-11 .091 1 1 1 0 3 .364 .091 .455
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs CIN
8/11 4:05 PM
Bronson Arroyo 8-42 .190 1 6 3 2 13 .381 .222 .603
Dexter Fowler - OF COL @ SF
8/11 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 3-18 .167 0 1 0 5 9 .278 .375 .653
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ SF
8/11 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 4-27 .148 0 0 2 5 8 .148 .273 .421
Jonathan Herrera - SS COL @ SF
8/11 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 2-19 .105 0 0 2 1 1 .105 .143 .248
Eric Young Jr. - OF COL @ SF
8/11 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 0-10 .000 0 0 1 2 2 .000 .167 .167
Juan Pierre - OF PHI vs STL
8/11 7:05 PM
Jake Westbrook 1-16 .063 0 1 0 0 1 .125 .063 .188
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs SD
8/11 7:05 PM
Jason Marquis 0-11 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs SD
8/11 7:05 PM
Jason Marquis 1-10 .100 0 1 2 1 3 .200 .182 .382
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ PHI
8/11 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 2-12 .167 0 2 1 2 1 .333 .286 .619
Martin Prado - OF ATL @ NYM
8/11 7:10 PM
Johan Santana 3-20 .150 0 1 0 0 2 .200 .150 .350
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ NYM
8/11 7:10 PM
Johan Santana 1-19 .053 1 1 1 1 10 .211 .100 .311
Shane Victorino - OF LAD @ MIA
8/11 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-29 .138 0 2 0 1 6 .207 .167 .374
Jose Reyes - SS MIA vs LAD
8/11 7:10 PM
Joe Blanton 4-21 .190 1 2 2 2 1 .381 .261 .642
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs TB
8/11 7:10 PM
David Price 2-11 .182 0 1 2 3 2 .273 .357 .630
Brandon Inge - 3B OAK @ CWS
8/11 7:10 PM
Francisco Liriano 4-32 .125 1 1 2 1 16 .219 .152 .370
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX vs DET
8/11 8:05 PM
Justin Verlander 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 1 .091 .091 .182
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs DET
8/11 8:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-18 .167 0 1 0 4 4 .222 .348 .570
Mike Napoli - C TEX vs DET
8/11 8:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-15 .200 1 1 2 4 5 .400 .368 .768
John Jaso - C SEA @ LAA
8/11 9:05 PM
Dan Haren 2-10 .200 1 1 1 2 1 .500 .333 .833
Miguel Olivo - C SEA @ LAA
8/11 9:05 PM
Dan Haren 0-12 .000 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
 
Cold 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
Ricky Nolasco MIA vs LAD
8/11 7:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 30-98 .306 1 11 9 6 17 .453 .341 .794
Nick Blackburn MIN vs TB
8/11 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 27-76 .355 3 8 13 5 6 .553 .395 .948
 


Recommended Pickup

David Murphy, OF, TEX – Admittedly, nothing about Murphy’s profile is overwhelmingly exciting, as he isn’t adept in any one category. However, he’s the type of player that can help you across the board, bringing more to the table than he takes off of it. On the season, Murphy boasts a commendable .300/.385/.473 line, slugging nine homers and 41 RBI and chipping in eight stolen bases. Though he’s normally batting in the bottom half of the Rangers lineup, it’s still a lineup that’s arguably the best top to bottom in all of baseball. Further bolstering his case, manager Ron Washington said that Murphy would see regular playing time against both right- and left-handed starters for the foreseeable future; he had previously been sharing time with Craig Gentry in the Rangers’ third outfield spot. Washington was all but forced to ascend Murphy into an everyday role given his .333/.395/.444 line since the All-Star break. He’s hitting a cool .357 in August thus far, so get him while the production continues. As of this post, his ownership sits at just 10.8 percent in ESPN leagues, 11 percent in Yahoo! leagues, and 29 percent of CBS leagues.

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