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Thursday Lineup Card: Let It Be Pettitte

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Thursday’s Starters
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson – R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen – L), 12:35
Athletics (Brett Anderson – L) at Angels (Jered Weaver – R), 3:35
Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) at Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez – R), 7:07
Yankees (Phil Hughes – R) at Red Sox (Felix Doubront – L), 7:10
Indians (Zach McAllister – R) at Rangers (Derek Holland – L), 8:05
Phillies (Tyler Cloyd – R) at Astros (TBA), 8:05
Tigers (Justin Verlander – R) at White Sox (Chris Sale – L), 8:10
Royals (Luis Mendoza – R) at Twins (Liam Hendricks – R), 8:10
Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: BAL, TB, OAK, LAA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Angel Pagan, OF, SF – (Hand) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE – (Wrist) Took batting practice before Wednesday’s game.
Ramon Hernandez, C, COL – (Hamstring) Underwent a second MRI Wednesday.
Roberto Hernandez, RHP, CLE – (Ankle) Played long toss this week.
Roy Oswalt, RHP, PHI – (Forearm) Plans on throwing Thursday.
Xavier Nady, OF, SF – (Hamstring) Ran the bases Wednesday.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT – (Wrist) Scratched from Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Corey Hart, OF, MIL – (Foot) Not likely to return to the lineup until the weekend.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL – (Ankle) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
David Price, LHP, TB – (Shoulder) Has been cleared for Friday’s start.
Adam Dunn, 1B, CWS – (Oblique) Will try to swing again Thursday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB – (Back) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Michael Morse, OF, WAS – (Wrist) Dealing with a torn sheath in his left wrist.
Ivan Nova, RHP, NYY – Will start Saturday.
Mike Adams, RHP, TEX – (Trap muscle) Will be unavailable for the next two or three days.
Jeff Karstens, RHP, PIT – (Hip flexor) Will be available in the bullpen over the weekend.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT – (Back) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Daniel Murphy, 2B – (Back) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Chris Tillman, RHP, BAL – (Elbow) Passed over for Thursday’s start, but should be ready over the weekend.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN – (Back) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Jason Hammel, RHP, BAL – (Knee) Will undergo an MRI Thursday.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD – (Knee) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Travis Snider, OF, PIT – (Hamstring) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC – (Neck) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS – (Personal) Will return to the Nationals for Friday’s game.
Cole De Vries, RHP, MIN – (Ribs) Had an MRI Wednesday.
Jordan Schafer, OF, HOU – (Shoulder) Used as a pinch runner Tuesday.

Disabled List
Rafael Perez, LHP, CLE – (Shoulder) Scheduled to throw a simulated game this weekend.
Zach Lutz, 3B, NYM – (Hand) Will undergo surgery Monday.
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE – (Back) Has been hitting and doing cardio work.
Franklin Morales, LHP, BOS – (Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-day DL.
Ted Lilly, LHP, LAD – (Shoulder) Tossed a simulated game Tuesday.
Scott Elbert, LHP, LAD – (Elbow) Threw a bullpen session Tuesday.
Huston Street, RHP, SD – (Calf) Felt good after throwing a simulated game Wednesday.
Andy Pettitte, LHP, NYY – (Leg) Threw 55 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday.
Mike Napoli, C, TEX – (Quad) Scheduled to catch a second rehab game Wednesday.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Denart Span, OF, MIN
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU
Scott Atchison, RHP, BOS
Gavin Floyd, RHP, CWS

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs TB
9/13 12:35 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 3-10 .300 1 1 1 3 1 .600 .462 1.062
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs TB
9/13 12:35 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 5-13 .385 1 2 1 0 0 .692 .385 1.077
Torii Hunter - OF LAA vs OAK
9/13 3:35 PM
Brett Anderson 5-13 .385 1 1 6 2 1 .615 .467 1.082
Maicer Izturis - 3B LAA vs OAK
9/13 3:35 PM
Brett Anderson 5-10 .500 0 1 1 2 1 .600 .583 1.183
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS vs DET
9/13 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 19-68 .279 3 7 12 1 9 .471 .290 .760
DeWayne Wise - OF CWS vs DET
9/13 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 6-15 .400 0 3 1 0 2 .667 .400 1.067
Kevin Youkilis - 3B CWS vs DET
9/13 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 6-20 .300 2 2 3 0 2 .600 .300 .900
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Josh Beckett 7-17 .412 1 3 2 0 2 .765 .444 1.209
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jered Weaver LAA vs OAK
9/13 3:35 PM
Athletics Batters 25-118 .212 4 8 10 8 22 .363 .262 .625
Felix Hernandez SEA @ TOR
9/13 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 18-101 .178 2 5 6 4 26 .277 .208 .485

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL vs TB
9/13 12:35 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 2-10 .200 0 1 0 1 4 .300 .273 .573
Erick Aybar - SS LAA vs OAK
9/13 3:35 PM
Brett Anderson 1-13 .077 0 0 1 1 1 .077 .143 .220
Peter Bourjos - OF LAA vs OAK
9/13 3:35 PM
Brett Anderson 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Daric Barton - 1B OAK @ LAA
9/13 3:35 PM
Jered Weaver 6-32 .188 2 2 3 3 3 .375 .257 .632
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ LAA
9/13 3:35 PM
Jered Weaver 6-31 .194 0 2 0 2 9 .258 .242 .500
Cliff Pennington - SS OAK @ LAA
9/13 3:35 PM
Jered Weaver 6-34 .176 0 1 1 1 8 .206 .200 .406
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B TOR vs SEA
9/13 7:07 PM
Felix Hernandez 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 3 .300 .200 .500
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs SEA
9/13 7:07 PM
Felix Hernandez 1-13 .077 0 0 0 0 5 .077 .077 .154
Jeff Mathis - C TOR vs SEA
9/13 7:07 PM
Felix Hernandez 6-32 .188 2 2 2 0 7 .375 .188 .563
Omar Vizquel - 3B TOR vs SEA
9/13 7:07 PM
Felix Hernandez 2-17 .118 0 1 3 3 3 .235 .250 .485
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs DET
9/13 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 5-25 .200 1 1 3 0 7 .320 .192 .512
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs DET
9/13 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 3-17 .176 2 2 5 0 10 .529 .176 .706
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs DET
9/13 8:10 PM
Justin Verlander 8-49 .163 2 4 4 5 15 .327 .255 .581
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Josh Beckett 3-15 .200 0 1 0 2 4 .267 .294 .561
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Recommended Pickup
Andy Pettitte, LHP, NYY – Well, this one is relatively obvious, isn’t it? Pettitte hasn’t started a game since he was hit with a line drive in a July 27 start against the Indians, but now, he seems to be nearing his return. The borderline Hall of Famer threw 55 pitches in a simulated start Wednesday and felt well after throwing. Now, Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi says that if Pettitte is cleared by team doctors Friday – which seems likely – he will reenter the New York rotation next week.

The old man Pettitte was throwing like the Pettitte of old before his injury, pitching to the tune of a 3.22 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in his nine starts this season. He was giving the Yankees length (6.5 innings pitched per start) and was actually posting surprisingly dominant strikeout numbers (9.1 K/9). He is only owned in 7.5 percent of ESPN leagues and if he can return to usual form, he can become a waiver wire pickup that could give a fantasy team an extra few wins down the stretch.

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