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Saturday Lineup Card: Pain in the Neck

Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210) from 11a-2p ET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Projected Starters - A look at Saturday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Red Sox (John Lackey - R) at Blue Jays (J.A. Happ - L), 1:07
Nationals (Ross Detwiler - L) at Reds (Mike Leake - R), 1:10
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Mets (Jon Niese - L), 1:10
Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R) at White Sox (Dylan Axelrod - R), 1:10
Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 4:05
Yankees (David Phelps - R) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 4:05
Angels (Tommy Hanson - R) at Rangers (Matt Harrison - L), 4:05
Twins (Vance Worley - R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman - R), 7:05
Royals (Luis Mendoza - R) at Phillies (John Lannan - L), 7:05
Cubs (Carlos Villanueva - R) at Braves (Julio Teheran - R), 7:10
D-Backs (Patrick Corbin - L) at Brewers (Mike Fiers - R), 7:10
A's (Bartolo Colon - R) at Astros (Bud Norris - R), 7:10
Indians (Trevor Bauer - R) at Rays (Alex Cobb - R), 7:10
Padres (Tyson Ross - R) at Rockies (Jon Garland - R), 8:10
Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L), 9:10


Day Game After Night Game: BOS/TOR, WAS/CIN, MIA/NYM, SEA/CHW

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Ryan Braun, OF, MIL - (Neck) Suffered a strain during batting practice Friday, did not play.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL - (Knee) Suffered a left knee sprain sliding into second base Friday night.
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR - (Ankle) Did not start Friday, could DH on Saturday.
Yu Darvish, SP, TEX - (Finger) Will make his scheduled start Sunday against the Angels.
Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY - (Finger) On track for Monday start after successful bullpen session Friday.
Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, OAK - (Personal) Away from the team for the birth of his child.
Eduardo Nunez, SS, NYY - (Biceps) X-rays came back negative after HBP on Friday.
Jose Iglesias, SS, BOS - (Elbow) Removed from Friday's game with a minor injury.

Players on the DL

Chase Headley, 3B, SD - (Thumb) Will have a follow-up X-ray Monday; hoping for late-April return.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS - (Heels) Should begin playing in extended spring training games Monday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR - (Ribs) Not ready to play in rehab games.
chad Billingsley, SP, LA - (Finger) Scheduled to return Wednesday against the Padres.
Phil Hughes, SP, NYY - (Back) Will appear in a Triple-A game Saturday, could be activated April 11.
Matt Garza, SP, CHC - (Arm) Threw 25 pitches from a mound Thursday; targeting early-May return.
Cody Ross, OF, ARI - (Calf) Went 0-for-2 in a rehab game at High-A Visalia on Thursday.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY - (Ankle) Hit from a tee Friday, but did not perform fielding drills.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Knee) Out 2-4 weeks with a ruptured tendon.
David Freese, 3B, STL - (Back) Had rehab start pushed back to Friday because of weather.
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX - (Forearm) Will throw a live bullpen session Saturday.
Franklin Morales, SP, BOS - (Back) Threw a 25-pitch bullpen session; no timetable for rehab assignment.
Jeff Niemann, RP, TAM - (Shoulder) Placed on the 15-day DL on Friday due to soreness.
John Danks, SP, CHW - (Shoulder) Threw 77 pitches in an extended ST game Thursday. Out until May.
Cole De Vries, SP, MIN - (Forearm) Headed to the DL and will not start Sunday.
Alex White, RP, HOU - (Elbow) Will have Tommy John surgery Sunday.
Brandon Inge, 3B, PIT - (Shoulder) Started a rehab assignment at Triple-A on Thursday (0-for-2).

Placed on the DL

Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL
Casey Kotchman, 1B, MIA

Called Up

Yamaico Navarro, INF, BAL
Kyle Skipworth, C, MIA

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Edgar Gonzalez, P, HOU (DFA)
Dan Otero, P, OAK (DFA)

Traded

Stephen Vogt, C, TAM -> OAK

Closer Watch

Detroit - Drew Smyly tossed four perfect innings in relief of Doug Fister on Friday, picking up a save the long way Friday afternoon. If nothing else, it was just a reminder that he would be an intriguing pickup in most formats if the Tigers need to move him back into their rotation at some point this season.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jose Bautista - OF TOR vs BOS
4/6 1:07 PM
John Lackey 5-21 .238 2 2 3 7 5 .524 .429 .952
Rajai Davis - OF TOR vs BOS
4/6 1:07 PM
John Lackey 10-26 .385 0 3 3 0 8 .538 .385 .923
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs BOS
4/6 1:07 PM
John Lackey 14-26 .538 0 6 6 0 2 .769 .538 1.308
Placido Polanco - 3B MIA @ NYM
4/6 1:10 PM
Jon Niese 9-21 .429 0 4 6 2 2 .619 .478 1.097
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM vs MIA
4/6 1:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 6-17 .353 0 2 1 0 3 .471 .389 .859
David Wright - 3B NYM vs MIA
4/6 1:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 21-54 .389 4 9 13 3 15 .704 .421 1.125
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ CIN
4/6 1:10 PM
Mike Leake 4-10 .400 1 1 2 2 2 .700 .462 1.162
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ CIN
4/6 1:10 PM
Mike Leake 4-10 .400 1 1 1 1 1 .700 .455 1.155
Travis Hafner - DH NYY @ DET
4/6 4:05 PM
Max Scherzer 6-13 .462 1 1 3 2 3 .692 .533 1.226
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC @ PHI
4/6 7:05 PM
John Lannan 13-25 .520 1 5 6 2 1 .800 .571 1.371
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Felix Hernandez SEA @ CWS
4/6 1:10 PM
White Sox Batters 18-78 .231 2 4 9 5 22 .325 .273 .599
Max Scherzer DET vs NYY
4/6 4:05 PM
Yankees Batters 12-68 .176 2 4 5 5 21 .313 .233 .545

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs SEA
4/6 1:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 2-13 .154 0 1 0 2 2 .231 .267 .497
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs SEA
4/6 1:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 4-20 .200 0 0 3 0 7 .200 .200 .400
Chris Coghlan - OF MIA @ NYM
4/6 1:10 PM
Jon Niese 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 1 .300 .273 .573
Ike Davis - 1B NYM vs MIA
4/6 1:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-11 .182 0 2 1 1 4 .364 .250 .614
Erick Aybar - SS LAA @ TEX
4/6 4:05 PM
Matt Harrison 1-11 .091 0 1 2 3 0 .182 .267 .448
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY @ DET
4/6 4:05 PM
Max Scherzer 2-12 .167 0 1 0 0 1 .333 .167 .500
Miguel Tejada - SS KC @ PHI
4/6 7:05 PM
John Lannan 3-17 .176 0 0 0 0 1 .176 .176 .353
Carlos Pena - 1B HOU vs OAK
4/6 7:10 PM
Bartolo Colon 7-28 .250 2 2 4 2 15 .464 .290 .755
Nick Punto - 2B LAD vs PIT
4/6 9:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 1-13 .077 0 0 1 4 3 .077 .294 .371
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD vs PIT
4/6 9:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-14 .143 0 0 0 2 7 .143 .250 .393
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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John Lackey BOS @ Tor
4/6 1:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 51-152 .336 4 18 27 13 26 .511 .388 .899
Ricky Nolasco MIA @ NYM
4/6 1:10 PM
Mets Batters 33-103 .320 4 15 15 4 26 .556 .352 .907
 


Recommended Pickup

Bartolo Colon, SP, OAK - As my friends at the Fantasy 411 Cory Schwartz and Mike Siano like to say, it's Pitch and Ditch with Colon. The Astros' offense is a struggle bus at this point, and owners everywhere should take advantage. Last season, Colon held the opposition to two earned runs or less in 15 of his 24 starts. Even as a veteran relying on his ability to locate pitches rather than simply blow everything by hitters, Colon is fit for streaming in this matchup. Frankly, Colon isn't really "fit" for anything else.

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