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The Lineup Card: End Of Season Fun With Chris Nelson

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Sunday's Starters
Rays (Matt Moore - L) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 1:05
Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R), 1:07
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 1:10
Phillies (Roy Halladay - R) at Astros (Jordan Lyles - R), 2:05
Angels (Dan Haren - R) at Royals (Will Smith - L), 2:10
White Sox (Jake Peavy - R) at Twins (Scott Diamond - L), 2:10
Mets (Chris Young - R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta - R), 2:10
Pirates (Leff Locke - L) at Cubs (Chris Volstad - R), 2:20
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez - R), 3:05
Mariners (Blake Beavan - R) at Rangers (Matt Harrison - L), 3:05
Orioles (Randy Wolf - L) at Athletics (Dan Straily - R), 4:05
Rockies (Alex White - R) at Padres (Andrew Werner - L), 4:05
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R) at Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L), 4:10
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R) at Dodgers (Stephen Fife - R), 4:10
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Braves (Mike Minor - L), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game:
PHI/HOU, LAA/KC, CIN/MIA, NYM/MIL, SEA/TEX, SF/ARZ, COL/SD, BAL/OAK, STL/LAD

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Macier Izturos, 3B, LAA -- (Ribs) Available to pinch run over the weekend, and is considered day-to-day.
Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL -- (Wrist) Re-injured wrist Friday, and could miss the rest of the season.
Jason Donald, SS, CLE -- (Wrist) X-ray came back negative, but shouldnít see much time with the return of Asdrubal Cabrera.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC -- (Hamstring) Doesnít expect to return this season.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN -- (Back) Saturday was fifth game in a row missed.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR -- (Wrist) Back in the starting lineup Saturday after missing a game.
Brian McCann, C, ATL -- (Hamstring) Left Saturdayís game with tendinitis.
Brett Jackson, OF, CHC -- (Knee) Went hitless after missing five games from running into wall.
Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD -- (Hip) Will miss scheduled start Sunday.
Corey Hart, OF, MIL -- (Foot) Missed fifth straight game Saturday, and may miss Sunday as well.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD -- (Knee) Didnít play Saturday for fifth straight game, but could be back Sunday.
Xavier Nady, OF, SF -- (Hamstring) Missed Saturday, but hoped to be back over weekend.
Roger Bernadina, OF, WAS -- (Neck) Considered day-to-day after injury from running into wall.

Disabled List
John Lackey, P, BOS -- (Elbow) Did flat-ground work and threw batting practice with hopes he can pitch in instructional league.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS -- (Wrist) Said there is no shot he will return this season.
Matt Capps, P, MIN -- (Shoulder) Threw from the mound with the hope that he can return this season.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY -- (Elbow) Could be activated before end of the season.
Sean Rodriguez, 2B, TB -- (Hand) Activated from the disabled list Saturday.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Sean Rodriguez, SS, TB
Ben Sheets, P, ATL
Mike Napoli, C, TEX
Robbie Ross, P, TEX

Placed on Disabled List
Cole De Vries, P, MIN (retroactive to 9/9)

Closer Watch
Athletics -- The last time before Friday that Balfour took the mound he was disastrous having to be pulled from the ninth without having recorded an out because he gave up two runs. Thankfully the Athletics had a three run lead, and Jerry Blevins was ready to step in and get his first save of 2012 on only eight pitches. Friday was a different story as Balfour put the Orioles away in a 3-2 win, while facing the minimum number of batters. Balfour is the man in Oakland, but it does seem that they do have some other capable pitchers in the bullpen ready to take his role as closer.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS @ TOR
9/16 1:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 8-16 .500 3 5 8 0 1 1.250 .500 1.750
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ TOR
9/16 1:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 9-17 .529 2 6 5 3 1 1.118 .571 1.689
J.P. Arencibia - C TOR vs BOS
9/16 1:07 PM
Jon Lester 4-14 .286 1 1 1 2 7 .500 .375 .875
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ MIA
9/16 1:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-12 .333 2 3 4 1 4 .917 .385 1.301
Drew Stubbs - OF CIN @ MIA
9/16 1:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 6-11 .545 1 1 1 0 2 .818 .615 1.434
Carlos Lee - OF MIA vs CIN
9/16 1:10 PM
Mat Latos 5-12 .417 0 0 1 0 2 .417 .417 .833
Jack Hannahan - 3B CLE vs DET
9/16 3:05 PM
Rick Porcello 4-10 .400 1 2 2 2 1 .800 .500 1.300
Carlos Santana - C CLE vs DET
9/16 3:05 PM
Rick Porcello 6-16 .375 3 4 4 1 5 1.000 .412 1.412
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ CLE
9/16 3:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 7-19 .368 0 1 3 4 4 .421 .478 .899
Prince Fielder - 1B DET @ CLE
9/16 3:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 5-16 .313 0 2 3 4 5 .438 .450 .888
Delmon Young - OF DET @ CLE
9/16 3:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 8-15 .533 1 3 4 0 3 .867 .533 1.400
Jonny Gomes - OF OAK vs BAL
9/16 4:05 PM
Randy Wolf 12-22 .545 2 3 4 0 2 .864 .583 1.447
Andre Ethier - OF LAD vs STL
9/16 4:10 PM
Adam Wainwright 7-22 .318 1 4 3 2 6 .591 .375 .966
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jon Lester BOS @ TOR
9/16 1:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 20-108 .185 1 5 4 14 40 .257 .283 .541
Matt Harrison TEX vs SEA
9/16 3:05 PM
Mariners Batters 18-98 .184 0 4 4 5 20 .239 .223 .462

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Rajai Davis - OF TOR vs BOS
9/16 1:07 PM
Jon Lester 2-14 .143 0 1 2 0 6 .286 .143 .429
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B TOR vs BOS
9/16 1:07 PM
Jon Lester 2-14 .143 0 1 1 2 4 .214 .250 .464
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs BOS
9/16 1:07 PM
Jon Lester 3-24 .125 0 1 0 1 10 .167 .160 .327
Ryan Ludwick - OF CIN @ MIA
9/16 1:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 3-14 .214 0 1 4 0 6 .286 .214 .500
Jordan Schafer - OF HOU vs PHI
9/16 2:05 PM
Roy Halladay 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC vs LAA
9/16 2:10 PM
Dan Haren 1-13 .077 0 0 1 0 4 .077 .077 .154
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ CHC
9/16 2:20 PM
Chris Volstad 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
Lou Marson - C CLE vs DET
9/16 3:05 PM
Rick Porcello 2-14 .143 0 1 2 0 3 .214 .143 .357
Andy Dirks - OF DET @ CLE
9/16 3:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 2 .083 .083 .167
Dustin Ackley - 2B SEA @ TEX
9/16 3:05 PM
Matt Harrison 0-11 .000 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Mike Carp - OF SEA @ TEX
9/16 3:05 PM
Matt Harrison 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Miguel Olivo - C SEA @ TEX
9/16 3:05 PM
Matt Harrison 0-14 .000 0 0 1 0 4 .000 .000 .000
Stephen Drew - SS OAK vs BAL
9/16 4:05 PM
Randy Wolf 2-12 .167 1 2 5 1 3 .583 .214 .798
Matt Kemp - OF LAD vs STL
9/16 4:10 PM
Adam Wainwright 2-14 .143 0 0 0 2 1 .143 .250 .393
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD vs STL
9/16 4:10 PM
Adam Wainwright 4-21 .190 0 0 2 3 4 .190 .292 .482
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Ricky Nolasco MIA vs Cin
9/16 1:10 PM
Reds Batters 32-97 .330 9 17 20 4 23 .695 .364 1.059
Rick Porcello DET @ Cle
9/16 3:05 PM
Indians Batters 43-136 .316 6 16 20 7 20 .533 .358 .891
Ubaldo Jimenez CLE vs Det
9/16 3:05 PM
Tigers Batters 39-119 .328 1 12 19 12 30 .455 .395 .850
 

Recommended Pickup

Other Recent Recommendations:
Chris Nelson, 2B/3B, COL -- It has been a while since Nelson was drafted out of high school as the ninth overall selection in the 2004 draft, but it hasnít been until recently that he has shown flashes as to why he was drafted so high. In a six-game hitting streak from September 9 to September 14 Nelson had two homers, five runs scored, and seven RBIs, wile raising his batting average over 20 points to .285. When it comes to Nelsonís splits thus far this season he has hits righties and lefties just about the same with an OPS right around .800 against both, but just like most players that play for the Rockies, he seems to struggle when he is not at Coors Field. Anyone considering picking up Nelson, who has been the Rockies regular third-baseman as of late, should probably only play him at home because he has a batting average of .333 in the thin air of Colorado, which happens to be exactly 100 points higher compared to his .233 road batting average.

Other Recent Recommendations: Jed Lowrie, Logan Forsythe, Andy Pettitte, Donovan Solano, and Andrelton Simmons

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