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Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

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

Twins (Mike Pelfrey - R) at Indians (Corey Kluber - R), 1:05
Athletics (Dan Straily - R) at Yankees (Andy Pettitte - ), 1:05
Mariners (Joe Saunders - L) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R), 1:07
Mets (Jon Niese - R) at Braves (Tim Hudson - R), 1:35
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez - L), 1:35
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Royals (Wade Davis - R), 2:10
Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L) at Brewers (Marco Estrada - R), 2:10
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R), 2:20
Marlins (Kevin Slowey - R) at Phillies (Roy Halladay - R), 2:35
Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 3:05
Orioles (Jason Hammel - R) at Angels (Jerome WIlliams - R), 3:35
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R) at Padres (Edison Volquez - R), 4:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Astros (Philip Humber - R), 4:10
Ray (Alex Cobb - R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R), 4:10
Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L) at Giants (Matt Cain - R), 8:00

Day Game After Night Game: MIA/PHI, CWS/KC, DET/HOU, BOS/TEX, TB/COL, ARZ/SD

Injuries

Day-to-Day

R.A. Dickey, P, TOR - (Neck) Pitched Saturday, but wasnít impressive giving up seven over six innings.
David Murphy, OF, TEX - (Illness) Didnít play Saturday because of a stomach virus.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL - (Knee) Likely to miss time on the disabled list after undergoing an MRI.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET - (Hamstring) Didnít start Friday, but did come in as a defensive replacement.
Vinnie Pestano, P, CLE - (Elbow) Suffering from soreness.
Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD - (Quadriceps) Team will decide if he heads to the disabled list Monday.
Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA - (Oblique) Was scratched from Saturdayís with tightness in his left side.
Austin Kearns, OF, MIA - (Personal) Left team to attend family matters.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL - (Hip) Did not start Saturday.
Denard Span, OF, WAS - (Ankle) Is day-to-day because of swelling.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS - (Hamstring) Will not be in Sundayís lineup.

Players on the DL

Justin Maxwell, OF, HOU - (Hand) Will have X-ray on his left hand Tuesday or Wednesday.
Jered Weaver, P, LAA - (Elbow) Expected to throw bullpen session this week.
Dayan Viciedo, OF, CWS - (Oblique) May begin rehab assignment as early as Monday.
Ryan Madson, P, LAA - (Elbow) Threw a bullpen session Saturday.
Chris Young, OF, OAK - (Quadriceps) Was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA - (Hamstring) Being evaluated when team comes home from road trip.
John Danks, P, CWS - (Shoulder) Could returned to majors after two more rehab starts.
Franklin Morales, P, BOS - (Chest) Threw a bullpen session Saturday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD - (Hamstring) Will be placed on the disabled list 11 at bats after returning from it.
Chris Carpenter, P, STL - (Shoulder) Could return to a bullpen role in June or July.
Ryan Hanigan, C, CIN - (Oblique) Begins rehab assignment next week.

Placed on the DL

Chris Young, OF, OAK
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD

Called Up

Michael Taylor, OF, OAK
Freddy Garcia, P, BAL
Dee Gordon, SS, LAD

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

Luis Esposito, C, BAL
Justin Germano, P, TOR
Alfredo Marte, OF, ARZ

Traded

Mark Teahan, 3B, ARZ (from CIN)

Closer Watch

Atlanta - Craig Kimbrel blew his second save of the season in his eleventh try Friday against the Mets when he gave up a solo home run to David Wright. Besides for that Kimbrel was quite impressive as he struck out the other three hitters he faced. There is no way that Kimbrelís position of closer is in jeopardy after this performance, but Atlanta does has a stacked bullpen with the likes of Eric OíFlaherty, Jordan Walden, and Cory Gearrin all having great years.

Mets - Jeurys Familia earned his first save of the 2013 season Friday night by throwing a perfect tenth inning against the Braves. With the Mets closer Bobby Parnell pitching the ninth inning and setup man Brandon Lyons pitching the ninth it was up to Familia to take the mound with the lead in the bottom of the tenth. This performance by no means that Familia is the Mets new closer, and he shouldnít even really be considered even in the deepest of leagues as he has yet to pick up a hold, has a 1.64 WHIP, and only has five strikouts over 7.1 innings.

Tigers - Jose Valverde has been quite impressive since returning the to the Tigers. In the four games he has pitched Valverde has yet to give up a run or even a hit, and has recorded three saves including one Friday at Houston. Whether Valverde is going to be able to keep up this pace may be in question, but it does seem that he has taken it upon himself to prove to every team that didnít want him as their closer that they made a mistake.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jed Lowrie - SS OAK @ NYY
5/5 1:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 4-10 .400 1 1 3 1 3 .700 .455 1.155
Kendrys Morales - 1B SEA @ TOR
5/5 1:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 3-10 .300 1 2 3 1 3 .700 .417 1.117
Kyle Seager - 3B SEA @ TOR
5/5 1:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 6-11 .545 1 3 2 0 4 1.000 .545 1.545
Emilio Bonifacio - OF TOR vs SEA
5/5 1:07 PM
Joe Saunders 6-13 .462 0 2 0 1 2 .615 .500 1.115
Freddie Freeman - 1B ATL vs NYM
5/5 1:35 PM
Jonathon Niese 6-19 .316 2 3 3 0 3 .684 .316 1.000
Justin Upton - OF ATL vs NYM
5/5 1:35 PM
Jonathon Niese 5-11 .455 0 1 0 1 0 .545 .500 1.045
Lucas Duda - OF NYM @ ATL
5/5 1:35 PM
Tim Hudson 6-20 .300 1 2 3 1 2 .500 .417 .917
Ruben Tejada - SS NYM @ ATL
5/5 1:35 PM
Tim Hudson 8-17 .471 0 1 2 0 3 .529 .471 1.000
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ PIT
5/5 1:35 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 6-19 .316 1 3 3 2 3 .632 .381 1.013
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ KC
5/5 2:10 PM
Wade Davis 4-13 .308 0 2 0 2 2 .462 .400 .862
DeWayne Wise - OF CWS @ KC
5/5 2:10 PM
Wade Davis 3-10 .300 1 1 1 0 2 .600 .300 .900
Yadier Molina - C STL @ MIL
5/5 2:10 PM
Marco Estrada 6-10 .600 1 1 2 0 1 .900 .600 1.500
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CIN @ CHC
5/5 2:20 PM
Edwin Jackson 8-22 .364 0 3 3 4 7 .500 .462 .962
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ CHC
5/5 2:20 PM
Edwin Jackson 2-10 .200 2 2 2 0 2 .800 .200 1.000
Greg Dobbs - 3B MIA @ PHI
5/5 2:35 PM
Roy Halladay 8-18 .444 1 3 2 0 3 .722 .474 1.196
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs BOS
5/5 3:05 PM
Jon Lester 9-17 .529 1 4 2 1 2 .941 .556 1.497
Yonder Alonso - 1B SD vs ARI
5/5 4:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 6-12 .500 1 1 5 0 2 .750 .462 1.212
Chase Headley - 3B SD vs ARI
5/5 4:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 6-20 .300 1 3 2 5 5 .600 .440 1.040
Kelly Johnson - 2B TB @ COL
5/5 4:10 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 5-14 .357 2 3 3 4 2 .857 .500 1.357
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ SF
5/5 8:05 PM
Matt Cain 26-57 .456 1 5 5 5 7 .596 .484 1.081
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ SF
5/5 8:05 PM
Matt Cain 19-61 .311 4 9 13 7 15 .607 .377 .983
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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HR
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BB K Opp
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Mat Latos CIN @ CHC
5/5 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 13-63 .206 1 2 8 1 15 .271 .216 .487
Edwin Jackson CHC vs CIN
5/5 2:20 PM
Reds Batters 14-72 .194 2 6 7 6 18 .344 .256 .600

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Dustin Ackley - 2B SEA @ TOR
5/5 1:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 2-11 .182 0 2 1 2 3 .364 .308 .671
Robert Andino - 2B SEA @ TOR
5/5 1:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 2-11 .182 1 1 2 0 2 .455 .250 .705
John Buck - C NYM @ ATL
5/5 1:35 PM
Tim Hudson 2-13 .154 0 0 0 2 1 .154 .267 .421
Brandon Inge - 3B PIT vs WAS
5/5 1:35 PM
Gio Gonzalez 1-11 .091 0 1 1 1 3 .273 .167 .439
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ KC
5/5 2:10 PM
Wade Davis 0-13 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs CWS
5/5 2:10 PM
Jose Quintana 2-11 .182 0 0 1 0 3 .182 .182 .364
Alex Gonzalez - SS MIL vs STL
5/5 2:10 PM
Jaime Garcia 1-10 .100 1 1 2 0 1 .400 .100 .500
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs CIN
5/5 2:20 PM
Mat Latos 3-13 .231 0 0 1 0 3 .231 .231 .462
Nate Schierholtz - OF CHC vs CIN
5/5 2:20 PM
Mat Latos 3-18 .167 0 0 2 0 2 .167 .167 .333
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs CIN
5/5 2:20 PM
Mat Latos 2-11 .182 1 1 4 0 3 .455 .167 .621
Cesar Izturis - SS CIN @ CHC
5/5 2:20 PM
Edwin Jackson 0-12 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .077 .077
Juan Pierre - OF MIA @ PHI
5/5 2:35 PM
Roy Halladay 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Jason Kubel - OF ARI @ SD
5/5 4:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 2 .091 .167 .258
Miguel Montero - C ARI @ SD
5/5 4:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 3-16 .188 0 1 2 3 3 .250 .350 .600
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI @ SD
5/5 4:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 3-14 .214 0 1 2 0 3 .286 .214 .500
Cody Ross - OF ARI @ SD
5/5 4:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 0-10 .000 0 0 1 1 2 .000 .167 .167
Kyle Blanks - OF SD vs ARI
5/5 4:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 1-11 .091 0 0 0 2 4 .091 .231 .322
Everth Cabrera - SS SD vs ARI
5/5 4:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 2-14 .143 0 2 0 2 7 .357 .250 .607
Chris Denorfia - OF SD vs ARI
5/5 4:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 4 .250 .250 .500
Will Venable - OF SD vs ARI
5/5 4:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 5-29 .172 0 1 4 0 10 .241 .172 .414
Luis Cruz - 3B LAD @ SF
5/5 8:05 PM
Matt Cain 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 0 .154 .214 .368
Ramon Hernandez - C LAD @ SF
5/5 8:05 PM
Matt Cain 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 4 .167 .167 .333
Matt Kemp - OF LAD @ SF
5/5 8:05 PM
Matt Cain 10-46 .217 1 5 2 1 13 .391 .234 .625
Skip Schumaker - 2B LAD @ SF
5/5 8:05 PM
Matt Cain 4-22 .182 0 0 2 2 2 .182 .250 .432
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Joe Saunders SEA @ Tor
5/5 1:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 38-123 .309 0 8 6 14 14 .377 .377 .754
Jonathon Niese NYM @ Atl
5/5 1:35 PM
Braves Batters 29-96 .302 2 8 10 6 14 .426 .343 .769
Jose Quintana CWS @ KC
5/5 2:10 PM
Royals Batters 21-67 .313 4 6 9 9 14 .533 .395 .928
Jon Lester BOS @ Tex
5/5 3:05 PM
Rangers Batters 40-116 .345 3 12 14 6 22 .509 .378 .887


Recommended Pickup

Ryan Raburn, 2B/OF, CLE - From April 21to May 3 Raburn increased his batting average from .200 to .333 by getting 15 hits from 35 plate appearances over eight games. In that time Raburn went from off the radar to being one of the hottest pickups in fantasy baseball. Raburnís value not only lies with his hot bat, but also in his position eligibility as he qualifies at second base even though he is primarily playing in the outfield for the Indians. There is no reason why not to pick up Raburn if he is available on the waiver wire in just about any league because if he continues to hit anywhere close to what he has lately you may just find him on your competition's roster in the very near future.

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DraftStreet Lineup

C - A.J. Pierzynski, TEX ($5,098)
1B - Anthony Rizzo, CHC ($7,518)
2B - Ryan Raburn, CLE ($7,843)
3B - Adrian Beltre, BOS ($7,312)
SS - Jean Segura, MIL ($6,522)
OF - Justin Upton, ATL ($8,387)
OF - Alex Gordon, KC ($7,717)
OF - Daniel Nava, BOS ($6,927)
UT - Drew Stubbs, CIN ($6,563)
SP - Yu Darvish, TEX ($19,276)
SP - Jhoulys Chacin, COL ($10,889)
P - Mariano Rivera, NYY ($2,913)

Total: $96,965

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