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Tuesday Lineup Card: Season Going Swimmingly for Phelps

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Tuesday's Starters
AL
White Sox (Chris Sale - L) at Orioles (Chris Tillman - R), 7:05
Athletics (Tommy Milone - L) at Indians (Zach McAllister - R), 7:05
Blue Jays (Ricky Romero - L) at Yankees (Phil Hughes - R), 7:05
Rays (James Shields - R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 8:05
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Royals (Luis Mendoza - R), 8:10
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R) at Twins (Scott Diamond - L), 8:10
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R) at Angels (Jered Weaver - R), 10:05

NL
Mets (Chris Young - R) at Phillies (Vance Worley - R), 7:05
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R) at Pirates (James McDonald - R), 7:05
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Marlins (Rickey Nolasco - R), 7:10
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Cubs (Travis Wood - L), 8:05
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Astros (Bud Norris - R), 8:05
Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L) at Rockies (Tyler Chatwood - R), 8:40
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L), 9:40
Braves (Kris Medlen - R) at Padres (Andrew Wernder - L), 10:05

Day Game After a Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
AL
Rafael Soriano, P, NYY - (Hand) Stayed in the game after being hit in the hand by a line drive on Sunday.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET - (Ankle) Tigers manager Jim Leyland is optimistic Cabrera will return to third base in the upcoming series against the Royals.
Gavin Floyd, P, CHW - (Elbow) MRI revealed a muscle strain but no structural damage.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE - (Leg) Was scheduled to receive a day off on Monday.
Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA - (Hamstring) Is targeted to return to the lineup on Tuesday.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA - (Groin) Reported improvement Monday and expects to return during the team's series against the Twins.

NL
Justin Maxwell, OF, HOU - (Finger) Was scheduled to see a doctor in Houston on Monday.
Jeff Karstens, P, PIT - (Groin) Could miss his next start.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM - (Shoulder) MRI cam back negative and has been cleared to play.
Josh Rutledge, SS, COL - (Quadriceps) Was not in the lineup on Monday.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL - (Ankle) Was not in the lineup on Monday.
David Freese, 3B, STL - (Wrist) Took swings prior to the game on Monday and claimed to feel fine.

Disabled List
AL
Pedro Feliciano, P, NYY - (Shoulder) Has moved up to Double-A Trenton for his rehab.
A.J. Griffin, P, OAK - (Shoulder) Will start at Triple-A Sacramento on Monday.
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA - (Wrist) Was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.
Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL - (Wrist) Will head out on a rehab assignment on Wednesday.
Brandon Inge, 3B, OAK - (Shoulder) Will test his injured shoulder some more before returning to the lineup.
Eric Sogard, 2B, OAK - (Ankle) Suffered a high ankle sprain during a rehab stint at Triple-A Sacramento.
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR - (Wrist) Will rejoin the team Tuesday after being examined by a specialist on Monday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR - (Ribs) Is still not taking part in full batting practice.
Mike Napoli, C, TEX - (Quadriceps) Said his quad is "not quite there" after running the bases Monday.
Jeff Niemann, P, TBR - (Leg) Rays manager Joe Maddon said on Monday that Neimann is ready to return to the majors.

NL
Dillon Gee, P, NYM - (Shoulder) Received a clean bill of health Friday and will begin throwing and doing full workouts this week.
Jason Giambi, 1B, COL - (Illness) Was expected to play on Monday at Double-A Tulsa.
Nick Hundley, C, SDP - (Knee) Was moved to the 60-Day DL on Monday.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Daisuke Matsuzaka, P, BOS
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA

Activated from the Paternity List
Michael Young, 1B, TEX
Dale Thayer, P, SDP

Placed on DL
David Ortiz, DH, BOS

Designated for Assignment
Luis Hernandez, 2B, TEX
Scott Maine, P, CHC
Brandon Laird, 3B, NyY

Optioned to Triple-A
Brad Boxberger, P, SDP
Anthony Recker, C, CHC
Casper Wells, OF, SEA
Jeremy Jeffress, P, KCR
Josh Spence, P, SDP
Pedro Beato, P, BOS

Called Up
Casey Kelly, P, SDP
Vin Mazzaro, P, KCR
Ryan Kalish, OF, BOS
Jimmy Paredes, 3B, HOU

Trades
Athletics traded C Anthony Recker to Cubs for C Blake Lalli.
Astros traded 1B Steve Pearce to Yankees for cash considerations.

Closer Watch
Red Sox: Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth inning of the Red Sox' win over the Royals on Monday. This continues to fuel speculation that Bailey is poised to take over the full-time closer role. The Red Sox have said that Alfredo Aceves' role in the team's bullpen is to be determined now that he is eligible to return from his suspension. Aceves certainly did not endear himself to anyone after a heated meeting with manager Bobby Valentine following the decision to allow Bailey to receive a save opportunity a few days ago.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Justin Turner - 2B NYM @ PHI
8/28 7:05 PM
Vance Worley 4-10 .400 0 2 3 0 0 .600 .400 1.000
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY vs TOR
8/28 7:05 PM
Ricky Romero 8-16 .500 0 1 1 1 1 .563 .529 1.092
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI vs NYM
8/28 7:05 PM
Chris Young 2-13 .154 1 2 3 5 5 .462 .389 .850
Chase Utley - 2B PHI vs NYM
8/28 7:05 PM
Chris Young 4-13 .308 2 3 5 1 3 .846 .357 1.203
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ MIA
8/28 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 9-33 .273 3 5 5 0 8 .606 .265 .871
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs MIL
8/28 8:05 PM
Yovani Gallardo 7-18 .389 0 3 0 1 3 .556 .421 .977
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX vs TB
8/28 8:05 PM
James Shields 7-12 .583 0 4 2 1 0 1.083 .615 1.699
Billy Butler - DH KC vs DET
8/28 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 14-39 .359 2 6 5 3 3 .615 .405 1.020
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC vs DET
8/28 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 5-13 .385 1 2 1 0 3 .692 .385 1.077
Maicer Izturis - 3B LAA vs BOS
8/28 10:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 6-16 .375 0 3 4 3 2 .563 .474 1.036
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Chris Young NYM @ PHI
8/28 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters 15-78 .192 3 6 11 14 14 .346 .321 .668
James Shields TB @ TEX
8/28 8:05 PM
Rangers Batters 28-129 .217 5 15 14 7 36 .427 .263 .690
Clay Buchholz BOS @ LAA
8/28 10:05 PM
Angels Batters 24-106 .226 0 5 9 10 10 .280 .292 .571
Jered Weaver LAA vs BOS
8/28 10:05 PM
Red Sox Batters 22-83 .265 2 6 11 3 20 .382 .295 .677

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs TOR
8/28 7:05 PM
Ricky Romero 5-25 .200 2 3 3 3 6 .480 .286 .766
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs TOR
8/28 7:05 PM
Ricky Romero 4-19 .211 1 1 1 1 7 .368 .286 .654
Derek Jeter - SS NYY vs TOR
8/28 7:05 PM
Ricky Romero 3-23 .130 1 1 3 5 4 .261 .310 .571
Andruw Jones - OF NYY vs TOR
8/28 7:05 PM
Ricky Romero 3-18 .167 0 1 1 0 9 .222 .167 .389
Juan Pierre - OF PHI vs NYM
8/28 7:05 PM
Chris Young 4-26 .154 0 0 1 2 1 .154 .214 .368
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI vs NYM
8/28 7:05 PM
Chris Young 2-13 .154 0 0 0 2 3 .154 .267 .421
Adam Lind - 1B TOR @ NYY
8/28 7:05 PM
Phil Hughes 4-22 .182 1 3 2 1 10 .409 .217 .626
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS @ MIA
8/28 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-11 .182 0 1 0 2 4 .273 .308 .580
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ MIA
8/28 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 12-38 .316 0 3 3 1 10 .395 .333 .728
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ MIA
8/28 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 3-18 .167 1 1 3 2 9 .333 .250 .583
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs MIL
8/28 8:05 PM
Yovani Gallardo 3-17 .176 0 1 1 0 7 .235 .176 .412
Chris Snyder - C HOU vs SF
8/28 8:05 PM
Matt Cain 2-11 .182 1 2 1 0 0 .545 .182 .727
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL @ CHC
8/28 8:05 PM
Travis Wood 1-11 .091 1 1 1 0 1 .364 .167 .530
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX vs TB
8/28 8:05 PM
James Shields 2-16 .125 1 1 3 1 6 .313 .176 .489
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs TB
8/28 8:05 PM
James Shields 3-21 .143 1 2 1 3 2 .333 .250 .583
David Murphy - OF TEX vs TB
8/28 8:05 PM
James Shields 2-14 .143 0 0 0 1 5 .143 .200 .343
Michael Young - 3B TEX vs TB
8/28 8:05 PM
James Shields 4-20 .200 2 3 5 1 4 .550 .238 .788
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs DET
8/28 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 4-30 .133 1 2 2 4 11 .267 .235 .502
Scott Podsednik - OF BOS @ LAA
8/28 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Erick Aybar - SS LAA vs BOS
8/28 10:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 1-16 .063 0 0 0 0 0 .063 .063 .125
Torii Hunter - OF LAA vs BOS
8/28 10:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 3-15 .200 0 1 0 3 2 .267 .333 .600
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA vs BOS
8/28 10:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 2-12 .167 0 0 2 0 2 .167 .154 .321
Vernon Wells - OF LAA vs BOS
8/28 10:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 5-25 .200 0 1 2 3 3 .240 .286 .526
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jake Westbrook STL @ Pit
8/28 7:05 PM
Pirates Batters 17-61 .279 0 4 10 10 10 .373 .376 .748
 

Recommended Pickup
David Phelps, P, NYY: With Ivan Nova being placed on the DL, the Yankees have called on Phelps to join the team's starting rotation for the time being. The 25-year-old Phelps is currently in his rookie season after a fantastic, yet largely unheralded minor league career. Phelps started 90 if his 91 minor league appearances over five seasons, posting a 2.51 ERA and 433:115 K/BB ratio.

That success has carried over to the major leagues where Phelps has worked primarily as a reliever. He has pitched in 24 games, five of which were starts, with a 2.69 ERA and 1.147 WHIP in 63.2 innings. In addition, he has brought up his strikeout numbers even further with a 9.3 K/9 this season.

The Braves' Kris Medlen has proven that a great reliever can switch over to starting and pitch just as well. Phelps could certainly follow in Medlen's footsteps. He has yet to fail at any level of competition and, in his five major league starts so far, has just a 2.92 ERA and 9.5 K/9. That's not a great sample size, but it's worth taking a shot on Phelps as he could certainly prove to be better than many other pitchers already owned. With fantasy playoffs either right around the corner or having already begun in many leagues, Phelps might just be able to provide the push you need.

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