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Tuesday Lineup Card: Unseating More Closers

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Andrew Fiorentino

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

Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow – R) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R), 1:05
Dodgers (Josh Beckett – R) at Padres (Clayton Richard – L), 6:40
Mets (Dillon Gee – R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee – L), 7:05
Yankees (Andy Pettitte – L) at Indians (Carlos Carrasco – R), 7:05
White Sox (Jake Peavy – R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L), 7:05
Braves (Kris Medlen – R) at Marlins (Wade LeBlanc – L), 7:10
Rays (Roberto Hernandez – R) at Rangers (Nick Tepesch – R), 8:05
Brewers (Wily Peralta – R) at Cubs (Travis Wood – L), 8:05
Twins (Mike Pelfrey – R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 8:10
Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R), 8:15
Pirates (James McDonald – R) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy – R), 9:40
Athletics (Jarrod Parker – R) at Angels (C.J. Wilson – L), 10:05
Astros (Erik Bedard – L) at Mariners (Brandon Maurer – R), 10:10
Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

AL
Jered Weaver, SP, LAA (elbow) – Unsure if he'll make his next start after leaving Sunday
Yu Darvish, SP, TEX (finger) – Will start Friday in Seattle
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR (ankle) – Expected back Tuesday
Carlos Santana, C, CLE (thumb) – Left Thursday; initially called a bruise, but X-rays on tap
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (arm) – Likely out Tuesday
Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY (finger) – Pitched through it Monday, though he wasn't great
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX (back) – Left Saturday, but still listed as Thursday starter
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL (hamstring) – Sitting Monday, but expects to play Wednesday
John Lackey, SP, BOS (arm) – Probably will miss his next start

NL
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (neck) – Returned Monday and went 3-for-4
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (quad) – Out Monday
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT (leg) – Left Monday, but doesn't seem very serious

Disabled List

AL
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (heel) – Went 2-for-4 in sim game; could start rehab stint soon
Jeff Niemann, SP, TB (shoulder) – Likely needs surgery
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX (forearm) – Slated to throw another bullpen Tuesday; progressing well
Scott Kazmir, SP, CLE (ribs) – Played catch Monday, but timetable uncertain
Scott Diamond, SP, MIN (elbow) – Will come off DL to start Friday vs. Mets
Steve Johnson, SP, BAL (back) – Getting close to rehab assignment
Cole De Vries, SP, MIN (forearm) – No timetable for return
Tim Wood, RP, MIN (shoulder) – Threw a bullpen Monday; recovery on track

NL
Jason Motte, RP, STL (elbow) – Having MRI to check progress Tuesday
Matt Garza, SP, CHC (arm) – Threw bullpen Sunday; still a couple weeks off
Shaun Marcum, SP, NYM (neck) – Played catch Monday; timeline unknown
Cody Ross, OF, ARI (calf) – Hitless on rehab trip so far, but could be back Friday
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA (shoulder) – Throwing; looking at potential end-of-month return
Frank Francisco, RP, NYM (elbow) – Hoping to get into rehab game this week
Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC (knee) – Won't have stitches out 'til later this week
Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC (quad) –DHed Saturday in extended spring game; few weeks off yet

Transactions

Placed on DL
Josh Fields, RP, HOU (forearm)
Chris Narveson, RP, MIL (finger)

Activated from DL
David Freese, 3B, STL

Optioned to Triple-A
Ryan Jackson, 2B, STL

Called Up
Paul Clemens, RP, HOU

Traded
Robinson Chirinos, C, TEX (from TB)

Closer Watch

Brewers – We knew that John Axford was going down, but we didn't know it'd be this soon. Jim Henderson struck out two and worked around a single in a scoreless ninth to lock down Monday's game against Chicago, and he's the closer to own in Milwaukee right now. Axford has lost and regained the role before, though, so don't be surprised to see him do it again once his velocity returns.

Cardinals – The Redbird bullpen pulled a full-on meltdown Monday. First, Trevor Rosenthal blew a one-run lead in the eighth. Then Mitchell Boggs, so effective to start the year, totally imploded, giving up seven runs (six earned) while getting just one out. And then Marc Rzepczynski gave up another two runs to boot. All in all, a total disaster. The only good news for Boggs is that Rosenthal gave up the big run. Oh, and by the way, Jason Motte (elbow) seems to be progressing steadily.

Royals – Instead of Greg Holland, it was Aaron Crow who got the save on Monday, and after the game, Ned Yost said he'd be comfortable with any of Holland, Crow, Kelvin Herrera or Tim Collins being put in position to earn a save – horrifying news for Holland owners. Still, Yost admitted Crow only got the call because Holland and Herrera were unavailable – meaning Herrera (who relieved Holland on Sunday) – be encroaching on the role. Overall, this is a muddled closing scenario right now, but it's my opinion that Holland can win back the greatest share by stringing a few good outings together.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Torii Hunter - OF DET vs TOR
4/9 1:05 PM
Brandon Morrow 4-10 .400 0 1 3 1 2 .500 .455 .955
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD @ SD
4/9 6:40 PM
Clayton Richard 8-18 .444 2 3 4 2 4 .889 .500 1.389
John Buck - C NYM @ PHI
4/9 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 13-41 .317 3 6 7 5 14 .610 .391 1.001
Marlon Byrd - OF NYM @ PHI
4/9 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 6-18 .333 0 3 2 1 1 .500 .368 .868
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs CWS
4/9 7:05 PM
Jake Peavy 4-11 .364 2 2 5 3 4 .909 .500 1.409
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX vs TB
4/9 8:05 PM
Roberto Hernandez 5-14 .357 0 0 2 2 1 .357 .500 .857
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs TB
4/9 8:05 PM
Roberto Hernandez 3-13 .231 2 2 4 5 3 .692 .450 1.142
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs TB
4/9 8:05 PM
Roberto Hernandez 5-16 .313 3 4 5 0 3 1.000 .353 1.353
David Murphy - OF TEX vs TB
4/9 8:05 PM
Roberto Hernandez 7-14 .500 0 1 3 3 1 .571 .588 1.160
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC vs MIN
4/9 8:10 PM
Mike Pelfrey 6-19 .316 0 4 3 1 3 .579 .409 .988
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ KC
4/9 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 5-14 .357 2 4 5 1 3 .929 .400 1.329
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs CIN
4/9 8:15 PM
Bronson Arroyo 5-18 .278 1 4 4 2 5 .667 .350 1.017
Daniel Descalso - 2B STL vs CIN
4/9 8:15 PM
Bronson Arroyo 7-12 .583 0 3 4 0 0 .917 .583 1.500
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs CIN
4/9 8:15 PM
Bronson Arroyo 11-38 .289 2 5 5 3 7 .526 .357 .883
Jon Jay - OF STL vs CIN
4/9 8:15 PM
Bronson Arroyo 9-19 .474 1 4 3 0 2 .842 .474 1.316
Kelly Shoppach - C SEA vs HOU
4/9 10:10 PM
Erik Bedard 3-10 .300 1 2 2 0 4 .700 .300 1.000
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ SF
4/9 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 7-27 .259 2 3 4 2 9 .556 .310 .866
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ SF
4/9 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 12-33 .364 1 4 4 7 5 .545 .475 1.020
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jake Peavy CWS @ WAS
4/9 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 21-102 .206 4 10 11 6 40 .407 .255 .662

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs TOR
4/9 1:05 PM
Brandon Morrow 0-10 .000 0 0 0 2 3 .000 .167 .167
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ SD
4/9 6:40 PM
Clayton Richard 2-16 .125 0 1 1 0 2 .188 .125 .313
Carlos Quentin - OF SD vs LAD
4/9 6:40 PM
Josh Beckett 2-11 .182 0 2 0 0 5 .364 .250 .614
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ WAS
4/9 7:05 PM
Gio Gonzalez 1-12 .083 0 0 0 3 4 .083 .267 .350
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ WAS
4/9 7:05 PM
Gio Gonzalez 3-15 .200 0 1 0 1 3 .267 .250 .517
Chad Tracy - 1B WAS vs CWS
4/9 7:05 PM
Jake Peavy 10-50 .200 2 6 4 3 16 .420 .255 .675
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs CWS
4/9 7:05 PM
Jake Peavy 2-13 .154 0 0 1 0 7 .154 .154 .308
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs CWS
4/9 7:05 PM
Jake Peavy 3-15 .200 0 2 1 0 9 .333 .200 .533
Justin Upton - OF ATL @ MIA
4/9 7:10 PM
Wade LeBlanc 2-16 .125 0 1 1 4 4 .188 .300 .488
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL @ CHC
4/9 8:05 PM
Travis Wood 1-11 .091 1 1 1 0 1 .364 .167 .530
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs TB
4/9 8:05 PM
Roberto Hernandez 2-17 .118 0 1 3 3 6 .176 .250 .426
Miguel Tejada - SS KC vs MIN
4/9 8:10 PM
Mike Pelfrey 1-12 .083 0 0 1 1 1 .083 .143 .226
Yadier Molina - C STL vs CIN
4/9 8:15 PM
Bronson Arroyo 7-40 .175 0 1 1 0 2 .200 .195 .395
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ LAA
4/9 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-13 .154 0 1 3 2 4 .231 .313 .543
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL @ SF
4/9 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 7-38 .184 1 1 7 2 8 .263 .225 .488
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Clayton Richard SD vs LAD
4/9 6:40 PM
Dodgers Batters 25-82 .305 2 6 10 2 11 .450 .321 .771
Roberto Hernandez TB @ Tex
4/9 8:05 PM
Rangers Batters 32-119 .269 5 11 18 17 17 .453 .378 .832
 


Recommended Pickup
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM – With Monday's two doubles, Murphy's off to a solid .308 start to the year, and he's been hitting the ball with authority, having collected extra-base hits in four straight games (totaling two homers, a triple and the two doubles in that time). Always a solid hitter, Murphy's got the ability to bop 15-18 homers while hitting around .300, which will certainly play at second base or that middle-infield spot.

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