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Adam Wolf

Adam began writing for RotoWire in the spring of 2012 as an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He primarily serves as the site's day-to-day editor of NHL content, while also working as the Chicago Bears and Colorado Rockies beat writer, managing the site's Closer Grid, and contributing to the football and baseball magazines.

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Saturday’s Starters

Brewers (Wily Peralta – R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L), 1:05
Athletics (Travis Blackley – L) at Yankees (Ivan Nova – R), 1:05
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright – R) at Cubs (Travis Wood – L), 1:05
Orioles (Randy Wolf – L) at Red Sox (Aaron Cook – R), 1:10
Marlins (Mark Buehrle – L) at Mets (R.A. Dickey – R), 1:10
Braves (Mike Minor – L) at Phillies (Roy Halladay – R), 4:05
Dodgers (Stephen Fife – R) at Reds (Mat Latos – R), 4:05
Twins (Scott Diamond – L) at Tigers (Doug Fister – R), 4:05
Pirates (Kevin Correia – R) at Astros (Dallas Keuchel – L), 7:05
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R) at Royals (Will Smith – L), 7:10
Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow – R) at Rays (Matt Moore – L), 7:10
Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin – L) at Rockies (Jeff Francis – L), 8:10
White Sox (Jose Quintana – L) at Angels (Dan Haren – R), 9:05
Padres (Andrew Werner – L) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L), 9:05
Rangers (Matt Harrison – L) at Mariners (Blake Beavan – R), 9:10

Day Game After A Night Game: MIL/WAS, OAK/NYY, BAL/BOS, MIA/NYM, ATL/PHI, LAD/CIN, MIN/DET

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Alex Avila, C, DET (jaw) – Returned to the lineup Friday.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX (stomach) – Out of the lineup Friday after undergoing invasive gastrointestinal tests Friday morning.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE (wrist) – Back in the lineup Friday.
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN (shoulder) – Cleared to return to bullpen Friday.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN (oblique) – Back in the lineup Friday after missing 14 consecutive games.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (eye) – Remained out of the lineup Friday for the fourth time in five games.
Josh Edgin, RP, NYM (workload) – Will be shut down for the remainder of the season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS (undisclosed) – Held out of the lineup Friday.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (hamstring) – Out of the lineup Friday for third time in the week after aggravating his hamstring Thursday.
Jason Hammel, SP, BAL (knee) – Currently playing catch every other day and hopes to pitch again this season.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD (hip) – Threw 20 pitches off a mound and performed agility drills Friday.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS (back) – Returned to the lineup Friday.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN (groin) – Not in the lineup Friday against the Dodgers.
Salvador Perez, C, KC (bruised hand) – Not in lineup Friday and could miss entire weekend series with Indians.
Jordan Schafer, OF, HOU (shoulder) – Still unable to lift arm over his head, much less swing a bat.
Max Scherzer, SP, DET (shoulder) – Expects to start Sunday against the Twins.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL (shoulder) – Remained out of the lineup Friday.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (oblique) – Remained out of the lineup Friday.
Shane Victorino, OF, LAD (wrist) – Out of lineup Friday with stiff left wrist.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (back) – Scratched from Friday’s lineup with sore back.

Disabled List
Ted Lilly, SP, LAD (shoulder) – Underwent surgery Friday and can begin throwing in six-to-eight weeks.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (groin) – Worked out Friday but won’t be activated from the DL as of yet.

Transactions

Activated from the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Chris Carpenter, SP, STL
Troy Patton, RP, BAL
Huston Street, RP, SD
Jim Thome, DH, BAL

Called Up
Pedro Beato, RP, BOS
Zach Stewart, SP, BOS
Danny Valencia, 3B, BOS

Sent to Triple-A
John Gaub, P, STL (outrighted)

Traded
Yorvit Torrealba, C, from TOR to MIL for cash considerations

Closer Watch

New York (AL) – With Rafael Soriano unavailable Thursday after notching both of the save chances in Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Blue Jays, David Robertson got the call in the ninth inning. Robertson struck out the side to earn his second save of the season. Soriano’s job security is very high on the moment, but he’s been used excessively of late by the Yankees, so Robertson will get looks in the ninth inning whenever Soriano needs a rest.

San Diego – Huston Street (calf) was activated from the disabled list Friday. Street's recovery has been a little slower than expected, but it looks like he'll be back to handle save situations for the Padres for the last two weeks of the season. Luke Gregerson can likely now be dropped in most leagues, though he performed admirably in Street’s absence, saving eight of nine opportunities while dropping his ERA from 2.37 to 2.24 during that span.

Washington – Much like the situation with Rafael Soriano, the Nationals had closer Tyler Clippard unavailable for action Thursday night after appearing in both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Dodgers. Drew Storen got the call, striking out all three batters he faced in an economical 13 pitches to earn his third save of the season. Manager Davey Johnson announced Friday that Storen and Clippard would both be used in save situations going forward, with Storen more likely to be used against right-handers and Clippard expected to get the call against left-handed lineups. Both are probably deserving of spots on fantasy rosters, but Storen figures to be the more valuable of the two pitchers going forward.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David DeJesus - OF CHC vs STL
9/22 1:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 4-11 .364 1 1 2 0 2 .636 .364 1.000
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL @ BOS
9/22 1:10 PM
Aaron Cook 5-19 .263 1 4 4 2 8 .579 .348 .927
Carlos Lee - OF MIA @ NYM
9/22 1:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 8-21 .381 1 4 5 0 2 .667 .381 1.048
Kelly Shoppach - C NYM vs MIA
9/22 1:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 5-13 .385 3 3 7 0 4 1.077 .385 1.462
Michael Bourn - OF ATL @ PHI
9/22 4:05 PM
Roy Halladay 3-10 .300 1 1 1 0 2 .600 .300 .900
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL @ PHI
9/22 4:05 PM
Roy Halladay 7-13 .538 2 5 2 0 1 1.231 .538 1.769
Lyle Overbay - 1B ATL @ PHI
9/22 4:05 PM
Roy Halladay 6-14 .429 0 1 5 0 2 .500 .429 .929
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ PHI
9/22 4:05 PM
Roy Halladay 10-25 .400 3 4 6 1 7 .840 .423 1.263
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ CIN
9/22 4:05 PM
Mat Latos 6-17 .353 0 2 3 2 5 .471 .421 .892
Shane Victorino - OF LAD @ CIN
9/22 4:05 PM
Mat Latos 3-10 .300 1 2 2 2 2 .700 .417 1.117
Denard Span - OF MIN @ DET
9/22 4:05 PM
Doug Fister 6-14 .429 0 2 2 0 2 .643 .429 1.071
Sean Rodriguez - 2B TB vs TOR
9/22 7:10 PM
Brandon Morrow 3-10 .300 1 1 2 4 5 .600 .500 1.100
Chris Denorfia - OF SD @ SF
9/22 9:05 PM
Madison Bumgarner 7-17 .412 0 3 1 0 4 .588 .412 1.000
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ SF
9/22 9:05 PM
Madison Bumgarner 5-12 .417 1 2 5 3 2 .750 .500 1.250
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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R.A. Dickey NYM vs MIA
9/22 1:10 PM
Marlins Batters 16-61 .262 1 6 6 1 12 .410 .274 .684
Brandon Morrow TOR @ TB
9/22 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 20-117 .171 3 6 6 23 49 .296 .310 .606
Matt Harrison TEX @ SEA
9/22 9:10 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
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs STL
9/22 1:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 5-28 .179 0 3 1 5 8 .321 .303 .624
Nate McLouth - OF BAL @ BOS
9/22 1:10 PM
Aaron Cook 3-15 .200 0 1 1 2 1 .267 .294 .561
Greg Dobbs - 3B MIA @ NYM
9/22 1:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 3 .400 .200 .600
Martin Prado - OF ATL @ PHI
9/22 4:05 PM
Roy Halladay 2-16 .125 0 0 0 2 5 .125 .222 .347
Matt Kemp - OF LAD @ CIN
9/22 4:05 PM
Mat Latos 3-16 .188 0 0 2 3 5 .188 .316 .503
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD @ CIN
9/22 4:05 PM
Mat Latos 4-19 .211 0 1 0 0 1 .263 .211 .474
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ DET
9/22 4:05 PM
Doug Fister 0-10 .000 0 0 0/td> 2 1 .000 .167 .167
Chris Snyder - C HOU vs PIT
9/22 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 3-18 .167 0 2 0 3 8 .278 .286 .563
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC vs CLE
9/22 7:10 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 3-19 .158 2 3 2 1 3 .526 .200 .726
Reid Brignac - SS TB vs TOR
9/22 7:10 PM
Brandon Morrow 0-12 .000 0 0 0 1 8 .000 .077 .077
Matt Joyce - OF TB vs TOR
9/22 7:10 PM
Brandon Morrow 2-14 .143 0 0 1 1 6 .143 .188 .330
B.J. Upton - OF TB vs TOR
9/22 7:10 PM
Brandon Morrow 2-18 .111 0 1 0 4 10 .167 .273 .439
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB vs TOR
9/22 7:10 PM
Brandon Morrow 3-21 .143 0 1 0 3 9 .190 .250 .440
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI @ COL
9/22 8:10 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 0-10 .000 0 0 0 2 2 .000 .167 .167
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ COL
9/22 8:10 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 0-10 .000 0 0 1 2 8 .000 .167 .167
Chris Young - OF ARI @ COL
9/22 8:10 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 3-16 .188 0 0 0 2 4 .188 .278 .465
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ LAA
9/22 9:05 PM
Dan Haren 2-10 .200 1 1 2 1 4 .500 .333 .833
Jose Lopez - 3B CWS @ LAA
9/22 9:05 PM
Dan Haren 5-27 .185 1 4 4 1 7 .407 .214 .622
Kevin Youkilis - 3B CWS @ LAA
9/22 9:05 PM
Dan Haren 3-16 .188 0 0 1 0 4 .188 .188 .375
Dustin Ackley - 2B SEA vs TEX
9/22 9:10 PM
Matt Harrison 0-11 .000 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Mike Carp - OF SEA vs TEX
9/22 9:10 PM
Matt Harrison 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Miguel Olivo - C SEA vs TEX
9/22 9:10 PM
Matt Harrison 0-14 .000 0 0 1 0 4 .000 .000 .000
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Roy Halladay PHI vs Atl
9/22 4:05 PM
Braves Batters 49-157 .312 9 17 28 8 34 .532 .342 .873
 


Recommended Pickup

Nate McLouth, OF, BAL – It seemed inconceivable early in the season that McLouth would even come close to being on the radar as a recommended pickup, yet that’s exactly where we are. After flaming out the past two seasons with the Braves and getting his walking papers from the Pirates earlier this season, McLouth has reemerged as a viable major league outfielder, for a contending Orioles squad, no less. He’s been especially good of late, turning in three multi-hit games in a row while batting near the top of the order. When he’s on his game, McLouth can be helpful across all categories, as his 26-homer, 23-steal 2008 campaign illustrates. Based on recent returns, it appears that time is now for McLouth, so he might be worthy of rostering for the season’s final weeks if you’re in need of outfield help.

Other recent recommendations: Chris Carpenter, Dylan Bundy, Chris Archer, Wily Peralta and Jacob Turner

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