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Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Sunday's Starters
Braves (Tommy Hanson - R) at Mets (Chris Young - R), 1:10
Astros (Edgar Gonzalez - R) at Reds (Johnny Cueto - R), 1:10
Cubs (Chris Rusin - L) at Pirates (Jeff Locke - L), 1:35
Rockies (Drew Pomeranz - L) at Phillies (Tyler Cloyd - R), 1:35
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Nationals (Edwin Jackson - R), 1:35
Yankees (Freddy Garcia - R) at Orioles (Zach Britton - L), 1:35
Blue Jays (Carlos Villanueva - R) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R), 1:35
Rangers (Roy Oswalt - R) at Rays (James Shields - R), 1:40
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) at Twins (Esmerling Vasquez - R), 2:10
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at White Sox (Hector Santiago - L), 2:10
Brewers (Shaun Marcum - R) at Cardinals (Joe Kelly - R), 2:15
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R) at Angels (Zack Grienke - R), 3:35
Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L) at Padres (Andrew Werner - L), 4:05
Athletics (Tommy Milone - L) at Mariners (Jason Vargas - L), 4:10
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Giants (Barry Zito - L), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game:
CHC/PIT, COL/PHI, NYY/BAL, CLE/MIN, HOU/CIN, TEX/TB, TOR/BOS, MIL/STL, ARZ/SD, DET/LAA, OAK/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jered Weaver, P, LAA -- (Shoulder) No timetable for return after MRI showed normal wear-and-tear.
Chris Tillman, P, BAL -- (Elbow) Saturday bullpen session pushed back to Monday or Tuesday.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS -- (Back) Could play Sunday, but if he doesnít the injury may be more serious than first assumed.
Adam Dunn, DH, CHW -- (Oblique) Will not start Sunday with no return date set.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY -- (Hamstring) Did not start Saturday, and itís unclear if itís because of injury or rest.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB -- (Back) Stiffness caused missed start Saturday, but shouldnít miss more than one more start.
David Price, P, TB -- (Shoulder) Should be ďready to rollĒ for next start.
Alexi Ogando, P, TEX -- (Arm) Was questionable Saturday because of soreness that started Wednesday.
Henderson Alvarez, P, TOR -- (Triceps) Experienced soreness in last start on Friday.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL -- (Finger) Will return Monday, after originally having a Saturday return date.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, ARZ -- (Back) Has rejoined teammates, but isnít ready for game action.
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN -- (Back) Didnít start Saturday, and itís uncertain if heíll be ready by Sunday.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN -- (Elbow) Diagnosed with slight strain, and may return this week.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU -- (Abdomen) Day-to-day after leaving Fridayís game.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT -- (Back) Still has no timetable for return after missing the last 10 games.
Jeff Karstens, P, PIT -- (Hip) Likely to miss another start even though he started playing catch.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD -- (Knee) Did not start Saturday and should be considered day-to-day.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL -- (Back) Was a late scratch Friday, after a planned return.

Disabled List
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS -- (Wrist) Wonít have cast removed for another two weeks.
Andy Pettitte, P, NYY -- (Lower Leg) Threw simulate game Saturday and will be reevaluated by a doctor Monday.
Mike Napoli, C, TEX -- (Quadriceps) On schedule to return by next weekend.
Ben Sheets, P, ATL -- (Shoulder) Will throw a simulate game, but it is yet to be scheduled.
Adam Kennedy, 2B, LAD -- (Groin) Will miss the remainder of the season.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD -- (Shoulder) Out for rest of series against Giants.
Juan Oviedo, P, MIA -- (Elbow) Underwent Tommy John surgery.
Brian Schneider, C, PHI -- (Hamstring) Unlikely to play again this season.
Chris Carpenter, P, STL -- (Shoulder) Threw side session Friday without complications, and could throw to hitters Monday.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Justin Christian, OF, SF
Ivan Nova, P, NYY

Optioned to Triple-A & Other Demotions
Steve Eldefson, P, SF (designated for assignment)
Oscar Tejeda, SS, PIT (outrighted to Double-A)
Ross Ohlendorf, P, SD (outrighted to Triple-A)
Eddy Rodriguez, C, SD (outrighted to Triple-A)

Called Up
Yusmerio Petit, P, SF

Closer Watch
Padres -- Luke Gregerson looked to be in line for the save Wednesday against the Dodgers when he recorded the first two outs of the ninth inning in a one run game, but he was pulled in favor of rookie Tommy Layne after hitting Shane Victorino on the foot on a 0-2 pitch. Layne finished the game against by getting the first batter he faced to ground out, which earned him his second save of the season. In a bullpen that currently consists of ten pitchers, eight happen to be rookies, and that has given Gregerson the seniority needed to be the regular ninth inning man for the Padres as long as Huston Street is injured. The experience was well needed Friday night when Gregerson was brought back to the mound with a 6-5 lead in the ninth, and he consequently closed out the Diamondbacks on 13 pitches giving him his fifth save in his last seven appearances.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Josh Thole - C NYM vs ATL
9/9 1:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 7-16 .438 1 2 3 1 2 .688 .471 1.158
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs NYY
9/9 1:35 PM
Freddy Garcia 5-13 .385 1 1 3 3 2 .615 .471 1.086
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL vs NYY
9/9 1:35 PM
Freddy Garcia 4-12 .333 2 4 3 1 3 1.000 .385 1.385
John Buck - C MIA @ WAS
9/9 1:35 PM
Edwin Jackson 3-10 .300 1 1 1 0 2 .600 .300 .900
Adam Lind - 1B TOR @ BOS
9/9 1:35 PM
Clay Buchholz 10-29 .345 2 3 3 1 5 .586 .367 .953
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs MIA
9/9 1:35 PM
Ricky Nolasco 9-33 .273 3 5 5 0 8 .606 .265 .871
Jeff Keppinger - 2B TB vs TEX
9/9 1:40 PM
Roy Oswalt 6-15 .400 0 0 1 0 3 .400 .375 .775
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX @ TB
9/9 1:40 PM
James Shields 7-12 .583 0 4 2 1 0 1.083 .615 1.699
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs KC
9/9 2:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 4-15 .267 2 2 5 0 2 .667 .353 1.020
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs KC
9/9 2:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 7-29 .241 3 5 4 2 4 .621 .281 .902
Jose Lopez - 3B CWS vs KC
9/9 2:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 8-24 .333 2 3 3 0 2 .625 .333 .958
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS vs KC
9/9 2:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 8-25 .320 1 4 3 0 1 .560 .320 .880
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs KC
9/9 2:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 12-38 .316 2 4 5 2 2 .526 .366 .892
Kevin Youkilis - 3B CWS vs KC
9/9 2:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 11-43 .256 3 6 6 5 8 .535 .347 .882
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ SF
9/9 8:05 PM
Barry Zito 13-41 .317 1 2 5 8 5 .415 .440 .855
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
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BB K Opp
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Clay Buchholz BOS vs TOR
9/9 1:35 PM
Blue Jays Batters 13-75 .173 2 3 4 10 15 .258 .267 .525
James Shields TB vs TEX
9/9 1:40 PM
Rangers Batters 28-129 .217 5 15 14 7 36 .427 .263 .690
Shaun Marcum MIL @ STL
9/9 2:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 14-69 .203 1 2 7 3 12 .265 .232 .497
Barry Zito SF vs LAD
9/9 8:05 PM
Dodgers Batters 36-169 .213 2 8 16 23 31 .284 .315 .598
Clayton Kershaw LAD @ SF
9/9 8:05 PM
Giants Batters 23-125 .184 1 6 8 6 36 .248 .221 .469

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ike Davis - 1B NYM vs ATL
9/9 1:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 2-10 .200 0 1 1 2 5 .300 .333 .633
David Wright - 3B NYM vs ATL
9/9 1:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 2-18 .111 0 2 2 0 8 .222 .105 .327
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS vs MIA
9/9 1:35 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-11 .182 0 1 0 2 4 .273 .308 .580
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs MIA
9/9 1:35 PM
Ricky Nolasco 12-38 .316 0 3 3 1 10 .395 .333 .728
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs MIA
9/9 1:35 PM
Ricky Nolasco 3-18 .167 1 1 3 2 9 .333 .250 .583
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX @ TB
9/9 1:40 PM
James Shields 2-16 .125 1 1 3 1 6 .313 .176 .489
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ TB
9/9 1:40 PM
James Shields 3-21 .143 1 2 1 3 2 .333 .250 .583
David Murphy - OF TEX @ TB
9/9 1:40 PM
James Shields 2-14 .143 0 0 0 1 5 .143 .200 .343
Michael Young - 3B TEX @ TB
9/9 1:40 PM
James Shields 4-20 .200 2 3 5 1 4 .550 .238 .788
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs KC
9/9 2:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 1-19 .053 0 1 0 4 3 .105 .217 .323
Lance Berkman - 1B STL vs MIL
9/9 2:15 PM
Shaun Marcum 1-15 .067 0 0 0 1 3 .067 .125 .192
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL vs MIL
9/9 2:15 PM
Shaun Marcum 3-12 .250 0 0 3 0 0 .250 .250 .500
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA vs DET
9/9 3:35 PM
Anibal Sanchez 2-12 .167 0 1 0 1 3 .250 .231 .481
Mark Ellis - 2B LAD @ SF
9/9 8:05 PM
Barry Zito 2-10 .200 0 0 1 2 2 .200 .333 .533
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ SF
9/9 8:05 PM
Barry Zito 5-31 .161 0 1 2 6 7 .194 .325 .519
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD @ SF
9/9 8:05 PM
Barry Zito 1-16 .063 0 1 1 2 2 .125 .167 .292
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD @ SF
9/9 8:05 PM
Barry Zito 2-19 .105 0 0 0 1 6 .105 .150 .255
Xavier Nady - OF SF vs LAD
9/9 8:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-14 .071 1 1 3 1 4 .286 .133 .419
Hunter Pence - OF SF vs LAD
9/9 8:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-11 .091 0 0 1 0 4 .091 .091 .182
Buster Posey - C SF vs LAD
9/9 8:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-18 .111 0 0 0 1 5 .111 .158 .269
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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Tommy Hanson ATL @ NYM
9/9 1:10 PM
Mets Batters 26-82 .317 5 11 14 7 22 .602 .370 .972
 

Recommended Pickup
Dewayne Wise, OF, CHW -- In the five-game hitting streak that Wise has accumulated since the start of September up to the end of Fridayís game, the White Sox outfielder has had at least two hits in four of those games, and raised his batting average 18 points in the process. That is a very nice line and all for just about anyone in the big leagues, but what Wise has to offer besides for his current hot streak is his potential for steals. From August 28 to Fridayís 7-5 loss to the Royals, Wise has collected six stolen bags in eight games, which by all accounts should be a convincing enough stat line for any fantasy owner to pick him up off the waiver wire, but it should be especially convincing for those that are desperate for some speed this late on in the season.

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C -- Kurt Suzuki, WAS ($6,504)
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