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Thursday Lineup Card: Dylan Bundy Gets The Call

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Projected Starters – A look at Thursday's matchups (all times Eastern):

American League
Twins (Esmerling Vasquez – R) at Indians (Corey Kluber – R), 12:05
Athletics (Tommy Milone – L) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R), 1:05
Blue Jays (Aaron Laffey – L) at Yankees (Phil Hughes – R), 7:05
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R) at Rays (David Price – L), 7:10
White Sox (Francisco Liriano – L) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 8:10
Rangers (Yu Dravish – R) at Angels (Zack Greinke – R), 10:05

National League
Astros (Bud Norris – R) at Cardinals (Jaime Garcia – L), 1:45
Reds (Johnny Cueto – R) at Cubs (Jason Berken – R), 2:20
Padres (Clayton Richard – L) at Diamondbacks (Tyler Skaggs – L), 3:40
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa – L) at Giants (Barry Zito – L), 3:45
Brewers (Mike FIers – R) at Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez – L), 4:05
Dodgers (Chris Capuano – L) at Nationals (Ross Detwiler – L), 7:05
Phillies (Tyler Cloyd – R) at Mets (Jeremy Hefner – R), 7:10

Day Game After a Night Game: MIN, CLE, OAK, DET, HOU, STL, CIN, CHC, SD, ARI, COL, SF, MIL, PIT

Injuries - A brief look at players that have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns.

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)

AL
Brett Anderson, P, OAK – (Oblique) Left Wednesday’s game with strain.
Alex Avila, C, DET – (Jaw) Out of Wednesday’s lineup, could miss again Thursday.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX – (Stomach) Out of lineup Wednesday, team optimistic he can return Thursday.
Quentin Berry, OF, DET – (Shoulder) Could return Friday.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE – (Wrist) Left Wednesday’s game with soreness.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK – (Eye) Out of Wednesday’s lineup.
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR – (Toe) Did not play in either game of doubleheader Wednesday.
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX – (Illness) Out of lineup Wednesday after leaving Tuesday’s game.
Roberto Hernandez, P, CLE – (Ankle) Will throw bullpen session Friday.
Maicer Izturis, 3B, LAA – (Ribs) Available as pinch-runner, not clear if he can hit yet.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY – (Ankle) Played in second game of doubleheader Wednesday.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN – (Hand) Tore tendon, can only pinch-run now.
Luis Mendoza, P, KC – (Illness) Feeling better, tentatively scheduled to start Friday.
Roy Oswalt, P, TEX – (Forearm) Threw in bullpen Tuesday, will do so again Thursday and then could be cleared.
Chris Parmelee, 1B, MIN – (Personal) Left team Wednesday night and out until Monday for birth of child.
Trevor Plouffe, SS, MIN – (Hand) Left Tuesday’s game after taking line drive to hand, returned to lineup Wednesday.
Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX – (Knee) Day-to-day after MRI revealed no damage.
Max Scherzer, P, DET – (Shoulder) Will not throw for three days, will be evaluated Saturday before he could make a start.

NL
Lance Berkman, OF, STL – (Knee) Could return before end of season.
Andrew Cashner, P, SD – (Back) Shut down for season.
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN – (Shoulder) Says he needs another bullpen session or two before returning.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN – (Oblique) Still out of lineup through Wednesday, Reds hope he can return sometime this season.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS – (Shoulder) Played in one game of Wednesday’s doubleheader.
Frank Francisco, P, NYM – (Elbow) Dealing with tendinitis, not available Wednesday.
Corey Hart, OF, MIL – (Foot) Out of Wednesday’s lineup but was available to pinch-hit.
Paul Janish, SS, ATL – (Shoulder) Returning to Atlanta for tests.
Clayton Kershaw, P, LA – (Hip) Can continue to pitch but next start has not been scheduled.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN – (Groin) Removed from Wednesday’s game as precaution with tightness.
Fernando Martinez, OF, HOU – (Knee) Had examination Tuesday, no word from Houston yet.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD – (Achilles) Out of Wednesday’s lineup, could be back Thursday.
Bud Norris, P, HOU – (Illness) Flu-like symptoms, could miss Thursday’s start.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL – (Shoulder) Braves hope he can return Friday.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT – (Back) Out of Wednesday’s lineup.
Jake Westbrook, P, STL – (Oblique) Throwing in bullpen, hoping to return next week.
Chris Young, OF, ARI – (Quadriceps) Left Tuesday’s game and out of Wednesday’s lineup.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS – (Shoulder) Played in both games of doubleheader Wednesday.

Players on the DL

AL
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY – (Elbow) Could be activated so he can pinch-run and play defense.

NL
Huston Street, P, SD – (Calf) Was not activated Wednesday, but should return soon.

Transactions - Players that have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Called Up
Dylan Bundy, P, BAL

Sent Down
None

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Dellin Betances, P, NYY (transferred to 60-day DL)

Activated from DL
Andy Pettitte, P, NYY
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (check out our Closer Grid with the link to the left).

Arizona – After dealing with a back injury last week, J.J. Putz earned his first save in ten days. It was his second appearance in four days and it looks like he is good to go.

Florida – Steve Cishek was pulled before he could fully blow Tuesday’s save (and actually got credited with a hold) but he was responsible for putting three runners on, all of whom came in to score. Heath Bell has allowed one run in his last nine outings and earned the win Tuesday while pitching the tenth inning. Considering Cishek has allowed nine earned runs in his last 9.2 innings and the Marlins have little to play for, they could consider a committee approach before the end of the year.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Seth Smith - OF OAK @ DET
9/20 1:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 5-11 .455 1 2 2 0 2 .818 .455 1.273
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs HOU
9/20 1:45 PM
Bud Norris 4-12 .333 0 3 1 0 4 .583 .333 .917
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs HOU
9/20 1:45 PM
Bud Norris 7-25 .280 2 4 5 1 5 .600 .308 .908
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs CIN
9/20 2:20 PM
Johnny Cueto 10-32 .313 3 4 4 2 5 .625 .353 .978
Jason Giambi - 1B COL @ SF
9/20 3:45 PM
Barry Zito 4-17 .235 2 3 5 7 6 .647 .480 1.127
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ SF
9/20 3:45 PM
Barry Zito 8-19 .421 1 2 5 0 3 .684 .450 1.134
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF vs COL
9/20 3:45 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 3-10 .300 0 2 1 2 2 .500 .417 .917
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ PIT
9/20 4:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 14-34 .412 4 9 7 3 6 .912 .459 1.371
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL @ PIT
9/20 4:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 12-34 .353 1 4 2 5 7 .529 .463 .993
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs LAD
9/20 7:05 PM
Chris Capuano 6-10 .600 1 2 2 0 1 1.000 .600 1.600
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS @ TB
9/20 7:10 PM
David Price 3-13 .231 1 3 1 2 0 .692 .333 1.026
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ TB
9/20 7:10 PM
David Price 6-19 .316 1 3 2 3 3 .579 .409 .988
B.J. Upton - OF TB vs BOS
9/20 7:10 PM
Clay Buchholz 5-11 .455 1 2 1 3 3 .818 .571 1.390
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ KC
9/20 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 4-15 .267 2 2 5 0 2 .667 .353 1.020
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ KC
9/20 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 7-29 .241 3 5 4 2 4 .621 .281 .902
Jose Lopez - 3B CWS @ KC
9/20 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 8-24 .333 2 3 3 0 2 .625 .333 .958
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS @ KC
9/20 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 8-25 .320 1 4 3 0 1 .560 .320 .880
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ KC
9/20 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 12-38 .316 2 4 5 2 2 .526 .366 .892
Kevin Youkilis - 3B CWS @ KC
9/20 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 11-43 .256 3 6 6 5 8 .535 .347 .882
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
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BB K Opp
SLG
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Jorge De La Rosa COL @ SF
9/20 3:45 PM
Giants Batters 16-77 .208 0 8 9 9 15 .319 .291 .610
Chris Capuano LAD @ WAS
9/20 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 18-61 .295 4 7 8 1 20 .553 .332 .885
Zack Greinke LAA vs TEX
9/20 10:05 PM
Rangers Batters 25-118 .212 2 4 7 5 35 .277 .246 .523

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jon Jay - OF STL vs HOU
9/20 1:45 PM
Bud Norris 3-15 .200 0 1 3 0 3 .267 .200 .467
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL vs HOU
9/20 1:45 PM
Bud Norris 3-22 .136 0 0 2 3 3 .136 .240 .376
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs CIN
9/20 2:20 PM
Johnny Cueto 3-15 .200 0 0 1 3 3 .200 .333 .533
Angel Pagan - OF SF vs COL
9/20 3:45 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 2-13 .154 0 1 1 0 2 .231 .154 .385
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF vs COL
9/20 3:45 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 4-20 .200 0 3 1 1 4 .350 .238 .588
Carlos Gomez - OF MIL @ PIT
9/20 4:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 4-20 .200 0 1 0 0 10 .250 .200 .450
Shane Victorino - OF LAD @ WAS
9/20 7:05 PM
Ross Detwiler 3-13 .231 0 0 0 0 1 .231 .231 .462
Adam Lind - 1B TOR @ NYY
9/20 7:05 PM
Phil Hughes 4-22 .182 1 3 2 1 10 .409 .217 .626
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs LAD
9/20 7:05 PM
Chris Capuano 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .273 .473
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs LAD
9/20 7:05 PM
Chris Capuano 2-10 .200 0 1 1 1 6 .300 .273 .573
Carlos Pena - 1B TB vs BOS
9/20 7:10 PM
Clay Buchholz 2-15 .133 1 1 1 2 4 .333 .235 .569
Luke Scott - DH TB vs BOS
9/20 7:10 PM
Clay Buchholz 3-19 .158 1 2 1 3 4 .368 .273 .641
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB vs BOS
9/20 7:10 PM
Clay Buchholz 3-15 .200 0 0 1 3 4 .200 .333 .533
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ KC
9/20 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 1-19 .053 0 1 0 4 3 .105 .217 .323
Billy Butler - DH KC vs CWS
9/20 8:10 PM
Francisco Liriano 4-24 .167 1 1 4 2 6 .292 .231 .522
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX @ LAA
9/20 10:05 PM
Zack Greinke 0-16 .000 0 0 0 1 7 .000 .059 .059
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ LAA
9/20 10:05 PM
Zack Greinke 3-18 .167 1 1 1 0 7 .333 .167 .500
Mike Napoli - C TEX @ LAA
9/20 10:05 PM
Zack Greinke 2-11 .182 1 1 2 0 5 .455 .182 .636
Michael Young - 3B TEX @ LAA
9/20 10:05 PM
Zack Greinke 8-30 .267 0 0 2 1 7 .267 .290 .557
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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OPS
Johnny Cueto CIN @ ChC
9/20 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 19-62 .306 3 7 9 6 12 .507 .368 .874
Barry Zito SF vs Col
9/20 3:45 PM
Rockies Batters 19-61 .311 4 8 11 11 12 .582 .432 1.014
Wandy Rodriguez PIT vs Mil
9/20 4:05 PM
Brewers Batters 65-190 .342 7 19 18 14 39 .523 .391 .914
 

Recommended Pickup

Dylan Bundy, P, BAL – The Orioles played an 18-inning game Tuesday and exhausted most of their long relievers, so Bundy was paged to Seattle in time for Wednesday’s game. He may only be with the team for a couple of days, but this will trigger his availability in many leagues. Bundy is a good keeper option, and even if he comes at a high price it will be important to get a high bid on him just to keep him out of someone else’s hands at a good keeper value. If Bundy pitches at all for the Orioles, it should be just once or twice as he is near his innings limit for the season.

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