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Nick Falk

Nick began at RotoWire in the spring of 2012 and is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He serves as the Tampa Bay Rays beat writer and assisted with content and editing for the baseball and football magazines. He is an avid enthusiast of baseball statistics and scouting evaluations.

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

Reds (Tony Cingrani - L) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R), 1:05 PM
Twins (Kevin Correia - R) at Indians (Scott Kazmir - L), 1:05 PM
Athletics (Bartolo Colon - R) at Yankees (Phil Hughes - R), 1:05 PM
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R), 1:07 PM
Orioles (Freddy Garcia - R) at Angels (Tommy Hanson - R), 4:05 PM
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R), 4:05 PM
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Pirates (Jeff Locke - L), 4:05 PM
Marlins (Jose Fernandez - R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels - L), 7:05 PM
White Sox (Dylan Axelrod - R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R), 7:10 PM
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) at Astros (Lucas Harrell - R), 7:10 PM
Mets (Jon Niese - L) at Braves (Julio Teheran - R), 7:10 PM
Red Sox (John Lackey - R) at Rangers (Alexi Ogando - R), 8:05 PM
Rays (David Price - L) at Rockies (Jon Garland - R), 8:10 PM
Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L) at Padres (Clayton Richard - L), 8:40 PM
Dodgers (Matt Magill - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 9:05 PM

Day Game After Night Game: MIN/CLE, OAK/NYY, SEA/TOR, BAL/LAA, STL/MIL, WAS/PIT

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS (biceps) - Biceps injury flared up April 28. Unavailable for save opportunity Thursday. Threw on flat ground Friday.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (hamstring) - Not in lineup on Friday.
Jordan Danks, OF, CHW (knee) - Scratched from lineup on Tuesday.
R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR (neck) - Clean MRI on neck. Expected to start on Saturday.
Scott Downs, RP, LAA (ribs) - Weighing possible DL stint.
Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD (quad) - May head to DL if unable to go by Friday.
Chris Getz, 2B, KC (illness) - Battling allergies and should return soon.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD (personal) - Expected to start Friday against the Giants.
Mat Latos, SP, CIN (hip) - Still in line for scheduled start on Sunday.
Jose Mijares, RP, SF (personal) - Placed on bereavement list Monday.
Jake Peavy, SP, CHW (back) - He felt better Friday. Could possibly start Monday.
David Robertson, RP, NYY (knee) - Unavailable until at least Tuesday.
Travis Snider, OF, PIT (oblique) - Not in lineup Friday after pinch-hitting Wednesday.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS (forearm) - Still expected to make scheduled start Saturday.
Nick Swisher, OF, CLE (shoulder) - Was not in the lineup Friday.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT (hamstring) - Could head to DL if hamstring does not improve by Tuesday.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (upper leg) - Not in lineup on Friday. Could return Saturday if soreness dissipates.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (hamstring) - Not in lineup on Friday. Could miss a few more games.
DeWayne Wise, OF, CHW (neck) - Scratched from lineup on Thursday with sore neck.
Chris Young, OF, OAK (quad) - Running in batting practice Friday. Hopes to return Saturday.

Players on the DL
Tony Abreu, 2B, SF (knee) - Will begin rehab assignment at Triple-A Friday.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL (oblique) - Began rehab assignment with Double-A Friday.
Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL (elbow) - Threw bullpen on Friday. Still targeting return in late-June or early-July.
Chris Capuano, SP, LAD (calf) - Threw a bullpen session Friday. Could return in a few days.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN (triceps) - Friday rehab start pushed back after soreness in oblique.
John Danks, SP, CHW (shoulder) - Pitched seven scoreless in rehab start at Double-A Thursday.
Gavin Floyd, SP, CHW (elbow) - Leaning towards undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC (forearm) - Begins rehab assignment at Triple-A on Sunday.
Rafael Furcal, SS, STL (elbow) - Transferred to the 60-day DL.
Matt Garza, SP, CHC (arm) - Will make rehab start at Triple-A on Monday.
Kevin Jepsen, RP, LAA (shoulder) - Played catch for first time Thursday since being placed on DL.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (ankle) - Working on recumbent bike and swimming.
Jeff Karstens, SP, PIT (shoulder) - Will pitch in extended Spring Training game Wednesday.
John Lannan, SP, PHI (knee) - Scheduled to be re-evaluated by team doctor Saturday. Likely still 4-6 weeks until return.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN (ankle) - Will keep his foot in a walking boot for another week.
Brian McCann, C, ATL (shoulder) - Still expected to come off DL on Monday.
Jason Motte, RP, STL (elbow) - Will undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday.
Brett Myers, SP, CLE (elbow) - Cleared to begin playing catch.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (wrist) - Heads to team facility in Tampa on Monday for rehab.

Placed on the DL
Ted Lilly, SP, LAD
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT

Activated from the DL
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS

Called Up
Andrew Brown, OF, NYM
Jose Contreras, RP, PIT
Carlos Martinez, RP, STL
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT
Ricky Romero, SP, TOR

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Mitchell Boggs, RP, STL
Collin Cowgill, OF, NYM
Jared Hughes, RP, PIT
Josh Prince, OF, MIL
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS (to Double-A)
Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC

Closer Watch

Cardinals -- Edward Mujica earned his seventh save of the season on Thursday against the Brewers further locking in his spot as the closer. His job security increased when the team sent down struggling reliever Mitchell Boggs on Friday and the unfortunate news that Jason Motte will undergo Tommy John surgery were announced. The only worry for Mujica is that the Cardinals do have some strong bullpen arms around him in Trevor Rosenthal, Fernando Salas, and the newly summoned Carlos Martinez that could push him if he struggles.

Reds -- Aroldis Chapman entered the game Friday against the Cubs in a non-save situation, but three runs, 32 pitches, four hits, and two walks later, he left only recording two outs. J.J. Hoover came to the rescue to strike out Darwin Barney and earn the save. Chapman is as safe in the closer role as anyone and this game is just proof that every pitcher can have a rough outing from time to time.

Red Sox -- With Andrew Bailey unavailable to pitch on Thursday, Joel Hanrahan notched his fourth save of the season. Hanrahan essentially lost his closing job to Bailey while on the shelf with an injury and could return the favor if Bailey is unable to return promptly. This closing situation seems unsettled and will tip to the hot hand on the mound.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mark Reynolds - 1B CLE vs MIN
5/4 1:05 PM
Kevin Correia 13-44 .295 3 6 5 3 18 .568 .340 .909
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN @ CLE
5/4 1:05 PM
Scott Kazmir 6-10 .600 0 1 1 2 2 .700 .667 1.367
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ CLE
5/4 1:05 PM
Scott Kazmir 5-14 .357 2 4 3 1 3 .929 .400 1.329
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs OAK
5/4 1:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 5-11 .455 1 2 2 0 0 .818 .455 1.273
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY vs OAK
5/4 1:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 22-75 .293 3 6 8 1 6 .467 .303 .769
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA @ TOR
5/4 1:07 PM
R.A. Dickey 10-28 .357 3 3 6 1 2 .679 .379 1.058
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA vs BAL
5/4 4:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 4-12 .333 3 3 3 1 0 1.083 .385 1.468
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA vs BAL
5/4 4:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 5-10 .500 1 3 3 1 0 1.100 .545 1.645
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL vs STL
5/4 4:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 19-47 .404 2 9 6 3 9 .681 .462 1.142
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ MIL
5/4 4:05 PM
Yovani Gallardo 5-12 .417 1 1 2 2 4 .667 .500 1.167
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ MIL
5/4 4:05 PM
Yovani Gallardo 6-21 .286 3 4 6 4 7 .810 .400 1.210
Jon Jay - OF STL @ MIL
5/4 4:05 PM
Yovani Gallardo 7-20 .350 1 1 2 0 2 .500 .350 .850
Yadier Molina - C STL @ MIL
5/4 4:05 PM
Yovani Gallardo 7-26 .269 2 5 6 7 3 .615 .441 1.057
Chris Coghlan - OF MIA @ PHI
5/4 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 7-21 .333 2 4 4 4 5 .714 .440 1.154
Freddie Freeman - 1B ATL vs NYM
5/4 7:10 PM
Jonathon Niese 6-19 .316 2 3 3 0 3 .684 .316 1.000
Justin Upton - OF ATL vs NYM
5/4 7:10 PM
Jonathon Niese 5-11 .455 0 1 0 1 0 .545 .500 1.045
Alejandro De Aza - OF CWS @ KC
5/4 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 4-10 .400 0 1 0 0 1 .500 .400 .900
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ KC
5/4 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 9-35 .257 3 5 4 2 5 .571 .289 .861
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs BOS
5/4 8:05 PM
John Lackey 14-32 .438 3 5 8 4 1 .813 .500 1.313
David Murphy - OF TEX vs BOS
5/4 8:05 PM
John Lackey 7-16 .438 0 3 1 3 3 .688 .526 1.214
Luke Scott - DH TB @ COL
5/4 8:10 PM
Jon Garland 6-13 .462 2 3 4 2 0 1.000 .533 1.533
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B ARI @ SD
5/4 8:40 PM
Clayton Richard 5-10 .500 0 2 2 2 2 .700 .538 1.238
Matt Kemp - OF LAD @ SF
5/4 9:05 PM
Ryan Vogelsong 5-17 .294 1 2 3 2 4 .588 .368 .957
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Adam Wainwright STL @ MIL
5/4 4:05 PM
Brewers Batters 39-174 .224 4 17 14 8 38 .371 .275 .646
Jeremy Guthrie KC vs CWS
5/4 7:10 PM
White Sox Batters 32-157 .204 6 13 13 11 24 .357 .262 .620

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ CHC
5/4 1:05 PM
Jeff Samardzija 2-13 .154 0 0 1 0 2 .154 .154 .308
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ CHC
5/4 1:05 PM
Jeff Samardzija 1-11 .091 0 0 0 2 3 .091 .286 .377
Drew Stubbs - OF CLE vs MIN
5/4 1:05 PM
Kevin Correia 3-15 .200 1 2 1 0 3 .467 .200 .667
Travis Hafner - DH NYY vs OAK
5/4 1:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 0-15 .000 0 0 0 2 4 .000 .118 .118
John Jaso - C OAK @ NYY
5/4 1:05 PM
Phil Hughes 2-12 .167 0 0 0 2 0 .167 .286 .452
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs STL
5/4 4:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 9-46 .196 2 4 6 2 10 .370 .255 .624
Alex Gonzalez - SS MIL vs STL
5/4 4:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 4 .083 .083 .167
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL vs STL
5/4 4:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 6-36 .167 0 3 1 3 10 .250 .250 .500
Gaby Sanchez - 1B PIT vs WAS
5/4 4:05 PM
Stephen Strasburg 2-11 .182 0 1 1 1 3 .273 .250 .523
Miguel Olivo - C MIA @ PHI
5/4 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 5 .167 .167 .333
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ KC
5/4 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-16 .125 0 0 2 3 8 .125 .300 .425
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ KC
5/4 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 3-28 .107 0 1 0 4 4 .143 .219 .362
DeWayne Wise - OF CWS @ KC
5/4 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 1-12 .083 1 1 2 0 2 .333 .083 .417
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX vs BOS
5/4 8:05 PM
John Lackey 4-22 .182 0 2 3 1 4 .318 .217 .536
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs BOS
5/4 8:05 PM
John Lackey 11-56 .196 2 3 12 2 14 .321 .224 .546
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs BOS
5/4 8:05 PM
John Lackey 6-24 .250 0 0 3 1 9 .250 .280 .530
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL vs TB
5/4 8:10 PM
David Price 1-12 .083 1 1 1 0 6 .333 .083 .417
Yorvit Torrealba - C COL vs TB
5/4 8:10 PM
David Price 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .333
Kelly Johnson - 2B TB @ COL
5/4 8:10 PM
Jon Garland 3-16 .188 0 0 2 2 3 .188 .278 .465
Miguel Montero - C ARI @ SD
5/4 8:40 PM
Clayton Richard 3-15 .200 0 1 1 1 3 .267 .250 .517
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD @ SF
5/4 9:05 PM
Ryan Vogelsong 1-12 .083 0 0 3 1 2 .083 .154 .237
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Kevin Correia MIN @ Cle
5/4 1:05 PM
Indians Batters 25-82 .305 5 12 9 5 23 .564 .345 .909
Freddy Garcia BAL @ LAA
5/4 4:05 PM
Angels Batters 22-68 .324 4 7 10 6 7 .556 .378 .934
Yovani Gallardo MIL vs StL
5/4 4:05 PM
Cardinals Batters 37-117 .316 8 14 24 15 25 .589 .398 .987
Jonathon Niese NYM @ Atl
5/4 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 29-96 .302 2 8 10 6 14 .426 .343 .769
 


Recommended Pickup

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