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Monday Lineup Card: Get Primed For Opening Day

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Interleague
Angels (Jered Weaver – R) at Reds (Johnny Cueto – R), 4:05

American League
Red Sox (Jon Lester – L) at Yankees (C.C. Sabathia – L), 1:05
Royals (James Shields – R) at White Sox (Chris Sale – L), 4:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander – R) at Twins (Vance Worley – R), 4:10
Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) at Athletics (Brett Anderson – L), 10:05

National League
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco – R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R), 1:05
Padres (Edinson Volquez – R) at Mets (Jonathon Niese – L), 1:10
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija – R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett – R), 1:35
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin – R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo – R), 2:10
Giants (Matt Cain – R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L), 4:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels – L) at Braves (Tim Hudson – R), 7:05
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright – R) at Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy – R), 10:05

Day Game After a Night Game: None

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
Jake Arrieta, P, BAL – (Finger) Blister won’t keep him from starting Friday.

NL
Zack Greinke, P, LAD – (Elbow) Good final spring outing, should be ready to make Friday’s start.
Justin Turner, 2B, NYM – (Calf) Should be active for Notre Dame.

Players on the DL

AL
Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL – (Knee) Placed on DL, out until at least mid-May.
Craig Breslow, P, BOS – (Shoulder) Was not able to make spring appearance.
Danny Duffy, P, KC – (Elbow) Expected to be in the rotation in June.
Colby Lewis, P, TEX – (Forearm) Still has not thrown in bullpen, return in late-May or June likely.
Ryan Madson, P, LAA – (Elbow) Placed on DL, but expected to recover from Tommy John in May and could close upon return.
Franklin Morales, P, BOS – (Back) Began throwing Saturday, a lengthy recovery still to come.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS – (Heel) Likely a couple weeks from returning.
Juan Oviedo , P, TB – (Elbow) Could miss entire season after Tommy John late last year.
Martin Perez, P, TEX – (Wrist) Out until at least May.
Luke Scott, OF, TB – (Calf) Out two-to-five weeks.
Joakim Soria, P, TEX – (Elbow) Still recovering from Tommy John, could return in May or early-June.
Tsuyoshi Wada, P, BAL – (Elbow) Placed on DL, return in May looks likely.

NL
Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA – (Shoulder) Should return within a month.
Scott Baker, P, CHC – (Elbow) Will miss at least first two months.
James Darnell, OF, SD – (Oblique) Placed on DL and could be optioned when activated.
Adam Eaton, OF, AZ – (Elbow) Out until mid-May.
Nathan Eovaldi, P, MIA – (Shoulder) Will throw next week and could return in a month.
Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD – (Foot) Out until May.
Matt Garza, P, CHC - (Arm) Should throw off mound within a couple days.
Didi Gregorius, SS, AZ – (Elbow)
Chase Headley, 3B, SD – (Thumb) Should return at end of April.
Casey Kelly, P, SD – (Elbow) Tommy John surgery coming this week.
Cory Luebke, P, SD – (Elbow) Has not thrown in a month.
Nick Massett, P, CIN – (Shoulder) Throwing from long distances but no bullpen session yet.
Jeff Mathis, C, MIA – (Shoulder) Out until early-May.
Logan Morrison, 1B, MIA – (Knee) Placed on 60-day DL, out until at least mid-May.
Alfredo Silverio, OF, MIA – (Elbow) Could recover from Tommy John for most of the year.
Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC – (Quadriceps) Will continue rehab in Arizona.
Johnny Venters, P, ATL – (Elbow) Has spring, meeting Dr. James Andrews next week.

Notable Transactions - Players that have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here. Note: With a multitude of transactions leading up to Opening Day these are some of the highlights:

Called Up
Jackie Bradley, OF, BOS
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD

Sent Down
Jurickson Profar, SS, TEX

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Matt Garza, P, CHC
Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
Chase Headley, 3B, SD
Jason Motte, P, STL
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
Delmon Young, OF, PHI

Activated from DL
None

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

Cincinnati – The Reds opted to put Aroldis Chapman back in the bullpen and he opens the season as the closer.

St. Louis – Mitchell Boggs opens as the closer while Jason Motte is sidelined for the first few weeks of the season.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mike Napoli - C BOS @ NYY
4/1 1:05 PM
CC Sabathia 4-14 .286 1 2 4 3 1 .571 .444 1.016
David Ross - C BOS @ NYY
4/1 1:05 PM
CC Sabathia 2-10 .200 2 2 3 2 3 .800 .308 1.108
Jayson Nix - 3B NYY vs BOS
4/1 1:05 PM
Jon Lester 4-12 .333 2 2 3 2 4 .833 .429 1.262
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY vs BOS
4/1 1:05 PM
Jon Lester 9-25 .360 2 4 8 3 6 .680 .429 1.109
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs MIA
4/1 1:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 9-33 .273 3 5 5 0 8 .606 .265 .871
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL @ MIL
4/1 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 3-10 .300 0 1 1 2 4 .400 .462 .862
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ MIL
4/1 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 5-11 .455 0 2 1 0 2 .636 .455 1.091
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ MIL
4/1 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 6-16 .375 0 2 1 4 3 .500 .500 1.000
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL @ MIL
4/1 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 6-15 .400 0 4 2 1 1 .667 .438 1.104
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CIN vs LAA
4/1 4:10 PM
Jered Weaver 11-25 .440 0 5 3 1 3 .640 .481 1.121
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs KC
4/1 4:10 PM
James Shields 6-17 .353 2 2 2 3 0 .706 .450 1.156
Andre Ethier - OF LAD vs SF
4/1 4:10 PM
Matt Cain 22-47 .468 0 2 3 4 6 .532 .491 1.022
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD vs SF
4/1 4:10 PM
Matt Cain 18-56 .321 4 9 13 7 15 .643 .391 1.033
Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3B LAD vs SF
4/1 4:10 PM
Matt Cain 3-10 .300 0 1 2 3 2 .400 .462 .862
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs DET
4/1 4:10 PM
Justin Verlander 20-51 .392 3 6 9 10 9 .627 .492 1.119
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN vs DET
4/1 4:10 PM
Justin Verlander 11-40 .275 2 6 5 5 10 .525 .356 .881
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ ATL
4/1 7:05 PM
Tim Hudson 17-52 .327 6 8 14 10 8 .712 .429 1.140
Laynce Nix - OF PHI @ ATL
4/1 7:05 PM
Tim Hudson 7-21 .333 1 2 4 1 5 .524 .364 .887
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ ARI
4/1 10:05 PM
Ian Kennedy 4-13 .308 0 2 0 3 0 .538 .438 .976
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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OPS
A.J. Burnett PIT vs CHC
4/1 1:35 PM
Cubs Batters 16-72 .222 1 3 4 2 19 .290 .272 .562
Clayton Kershaw LAD vs SF
4/1 4:10 PM
Giants Batters 13-84 .155 0 1 4 5 26 .168 .211 .379
Cole Hamels PHI @ ATL
4/1 7:05 PM
Braves Batters 20-106 .189 3 6 6 5 31 .303 .230 .533
Felix Hernandez SEA @ OAK
4/1 10:05 PM
Athletics Batters 17-90 .189 1 4 6 5 27 .256 .228 .484

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS @ NYY
4/1 1:05 PM
CC Sabathia 6-24 .250 1 2 7 1 7 .417 .321 .738
Jonny Gomes - OF BOS @ NYY
4/1 1:05 PM
CC Sabathia 3-16 .188 0 1 1 2 6 .250 .316 .566
Travis Hafner - DH NYY vs BOS
4/1 1:05 PM
Jon Lester 3-13 .231 0 0 3 0 2 .231 .214 .445
Vernon Wells - OF NYY vs BOS
4/1 1:05 PM
Jon Lester 6-33 .182 1 3 3 6 5 .333 .317 .650
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS vs MIA
4/1 1:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-11 .182 0 1 0 2 4 .273 .308 .580
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs MIA
4/1 1:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 12-38 .316 0 3 3 1 10 .395 .333 .728
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs MIA
4/1 1:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 3-18 .167 1 1 3 2 9 .333 .250 .583
David DeJesus - OF CHC @ PIT
4/1 1:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-17 .176 0 1 1 2 3 .235 .263 .498
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ PIT
4/1 1:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 5 .167 .167 .333
Jack Hannahan - 3B CIN vs LAA
4/1 4:10 PM
Jered Weaver 2-14 .143 0 1 0 0 4 .214 .143 .357
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs KC
4/1 4:10 PM
James Shields 4-20 .200 0 0 1 3 4 .200 .333 .533
Matt Kemp - OF LAD vs SF
4/1 4:10 PM
Matt Cain 10-38 .263 1 5 2 1 10 .474 .282 .756
Skip Schumaker - 2B LAD vs SF
4/1 4:10 PM
Matt Cain 3-18 .167 0 0 2 2 1 .167 .250 .417
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN vs DET
4/1 4:10 PM
Justin Verlander 1-11 .091 0 0 1 2 3 .091 .286 .377
Hunter Pence - OF SF @ LAD
4/1 4:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-11 .091 0 0 1 0 4 .091 .091 .182
Buster Posey - C SF @ LAD
4/1 4:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-18 .111 0 0 0 1 5 .111 .158 .269
Andres Torres - OF SF @ LAD
4/1 4:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-19 .105 0 0 0 1 6 .105 .190 .296
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs PHI
4/1 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 8-50 .160 2 4 5 4 15 .320 .232 .552
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ ATL
4/1 7:05 PM
Tim Hudson 12-64 .188 1 7 4 4 5 .375 .235 .610
Coco Crisp - OF OAK vs SEA
4/1 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 5-31 .161 0 0 1 2 7 .161 .212 .373
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
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Yovani Gallardo MIL vs Col
4/1 2:10 PM
Rockies Batters 24-62 .387 0 9 5 7 12 .529 .457 .986
Matt Cain SF @ LAD
4/1 4:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 58-182 .319 5 17 22 19 38 .482 .380 .861
Justin Verlander DET @ Min
4/1 4:10 PM
Twins Batters 35-120 .292 5 13 16 18 27 .489 .389 .878
 

Recommended Pickup

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