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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)
Padres (Jason Marquis - R) at Orioles (Freddy Garcia - R), 12:35 PM
Indians (Corey Kluber - R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels - L), 1:05 PM
Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 1:08 PM
White Sox (Dylan Axelrod - R) at Twins (Mike Pelfrey - R), 1:10 PM
Rangers (Alexi Ogando - R) at Athletics (Dan Straily - R), 3:35 PM
Braves (Tim Hudson - R) at Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R), 3:40 PM
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez - L), 7:05 PM
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R) at Yankees (Phil Hughes - R), 7:05 PM
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R) at Blue Jays (Ramon Ortiz - R), 7:07 PM
Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Rays (David Price - L), 7:10 PM
Reds (Mike Leake - R) at Marlins (Alex Sanabia - R), 7:10 PM
Rockies (Jon Garland - R) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R), 8:05 PM
Mets (Shaun Marcum - R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 8:15 PM
Royals (Wade Davis - R) at Angels (Barry Enright - R), 10:05 PM
Nationals (Ross Detwiler - L) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: SD/BAL, CLE/PHI, HOU/DET, CHW/MIN, TEX/OAK, ATL/ARZ

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Mike Adams, RP, PHI (Back) - Still experiencing “grabbing” in injury, hopeful it does not keep him out long.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU (Jaw) - Placed on bereavement list in addition to being diagnosed with sublexed jaw.
Josh Beckett, SP, LAD (Groin) - Removed from start Monday after three innings.
Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR (Hamstring) - Will have MRI Wednesday on hamstrings.
Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN (Shoulder) - Start pushed back to Friday.
Travis Hafner, DH, NYY (Shoulder) - Will undergo MRI on sore right shoulder.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (Illness) - Removed in sixth inning Monday. Has been playing through illness for more than a week.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (Head) - Left game Monday after nasty collision with wall. Needed 11 stitches but X-rays were negative and no concussion.
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR (Back) - Scratched from start Wednesday, now scheduled for Sunday.
Chris Perez, RP, CLE (Shoulder) - Was available to pitch on Monday.
B.J. Upton, OF, ATL (Shoulder) - Not in lineup on Tuesday. Hopes to return Wednesday.
Luis Valbuena, 3B, CHC (Finger) - Will return to the lineup on Wednesday.

Players on the DL
Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS (Biceps) - Threw 20-pitch bullpen Tuesday, live BP expected Thursday.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL (Oblique) - Will miss three-to-four weeks with oblique injury.
Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD (Quad) - Will begin rehab assignment on Friday at Double-A.
Zack Greinke, SP, LAD (Collarbone) - Will return from DL and start Wednesday for Dodgers.
Franklin Guttierez, OF, SEA (Hamstring) - Will run on Wednesday, then prepare rehab start schedule.
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN (Hamstring) - Removed from rehab start Monday with discomfort in hamstring.
Josh Johnson, SP, TOR (Triceps) - Played long toss on Tuesday.
Ryan Kalish, OF, BOS (Shoulder) - Could be cleared to swing early next week.
Josh Kinney, RP, SEA (Shoulder) - Will report to Triple-A this week.
Casey Kotchman, 1B, MIA (Hamstring) - Could head out on rehab assignment in a few days.
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX (Forearm) - Hopes to throw bullpen later this week before resuming rehab assignment next week.
Ted Lilly, SP, LAD (Ribs) - Will make rehab start with High-A on Wednesday.
Logan Morrison, OF, MIA (Knee) - Played five innings in spring training game Tuesday.
Brett Myers, SP, CLE (Elbow) - Will throw another bullpen session Tuesday.
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY (Back) - Will not throw for a few days before another rehab start.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, TEX (Oblique) - Expects to return from DL next Tuesday.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR (Ankle) - Shed walking boot, still estimating return at All-Star break.
Clayton Richard, SP, SD (Illness) - Will make a rehab start on Thursday at Triple-A.
Sergio Santos, RP, TOR (Elbow) - Scheduled for surgery on elbow to remove bone spurs and chips. Expected to miss six weeks.

Placed on the DL
Scott Atchison, RP, NYM
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL
Jason Motte, RP, STL (transferred to 60-day DL)

Activated from DL
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
Jeff Mathis, C, MIA

Called Up
Alex Burnett, RP, BAL
Jake Elmore, 2B, HOU
John Gast, RP, STL
Yamaico Navarro, 3B, BAL

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE
Corban Joseph, 2B, NYY
Vidal Nuno, SP, NYY

Closer Watch

Cardinals: Edward Mujica pitched a scoreless ninth on Monday to convert the save and move to 10-for-10 on the season in save chances. He has only allowed three earned runs over this stretch and put together a stellar 10:0 SO/BB rate. With each solid outing, he is further entrenching himself as the go-to closer in St. Louis.

Indians: Chris Perez was available to close on Monday for either of the doubleheaders but was not needed. Justin Masterson threw a complete game gem in the first game and the team was shutout in the second game. Since a blown save on April 3, Perez has not allowed an earned run and has been solid locking the game down in the ninth when he has the opportunity and is healthy.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mark Reynolds - 1B CLE @ PHI
5/15 1:05 PM
Cole Hamels 2-10 .200 2 2 4 3 5 .800 .385 1.185
Jason Kubel - OF ARI vs ATL
5/15 3:40 PM
Tim Hudson 3-10 .300 1 1 2 0 1 .600 .300 .900
B.J. Upton - OF ATL @ ARI
5/15 3:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 3-11 .273 1 1 3 3 2 .545 .400 .945
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ PIT
5/15 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 14-39 .359 4 9 8 6 6 .795 .444 1.239
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL @ PIT
5/15 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 20-51 .392 2 5 6 1 5 .588 .396 .984
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL @ PIT
5/15 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 12-40 .300 1 4 3 7 8 .450 .429 .879
Gaby Sanchez - 1B PIT vs MIL
5/15 7:05 PM
Yovani Gallardo 6-16 .375 1 2 4 1 4 .625 .412 1.037
Jose Tabata - OF PIT vs MIL
5/15 7:05 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-10 .400 0 1 0 2 1 .500 .500 1.000
Dustin Ackley - 2B SEA @ NYY
5/15 7:05 PM
Phil Hughes 5-10 .500 0 1 2 0 2 .700 .500 1.200
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS @ TB
5/15 7:10 PM
David Price 6-21 .286 1 5 1 2 1 .667 .348 1.014
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ TB
5/15 7:10 PM
David Price 10-31 .323 1 4 2 5 3 .516 .417 .933
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs NYM
5/15 8:15 PM
Shaun Marcum 4-12 .333 2 2 3 1 3 .833 .385 1.218
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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Tim Hudson ATL @ ARI
5/15 3:40 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 17-75 .227 1 3 4 3 12 .303 .256 .559
Phil Hughes NYY vs SEA
5/15 7:05 PM
Mariners Batters 19-85 .224 1 6 7 6 27 .342 .275 .616
Jon Lester BOS @ TB
5/15 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 37-177 .209 3 11 22 23 61 .313 .304 .616
Jon Garland COL @ CHC
5/15 8:05 PM
Cubs Batters 22-104 .212 0 4 3 4 11 .251 .247 .498

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Nate McLouth - OF BAL vs SD
5/15 12:35 PM
Jason Marquis 5-29 .172 1 2 3 4 3 .310 .294 .604
Chris Snyder - C BAL vs SD
5/15 12:35 PM
Jason Marquis 2-12 .167 0 0 2 0 0 .167 .154 .321
Drew Stubbs - OF CLE @ PHI
5/15 1:05 PM
Cole Hamels 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .364
Cody Ross - OF ARI vs ATL
5/15 3:40 PM
Tim Hudson 4-23 .174 0 0 1 0 5 .174 .174 .348
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL @ PIT
5/15 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 3-17 .176 0 0 0 0 2 .176 .176 .353
Carlos Gomez - OF MIL @ PIT
5/15 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 4-28 .143 0 1 0 0 14 .179 .143 .321
Alex Gonzalez - SS MIL @ PIT
5/15 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 2-23 .087 0 0 3 0 6 .087 .087 .174
Pedro Alvarez - 3B PIT vs MIL
5/15 7:05 PM
Yovani Gallardo 0-12 .000 0 0 0 3 7 .000 .200 .200
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs MIL
5/15 7:05 PM
Yovani Gallardo 1-15 .067 0 0 0 1 4 .067 .125 .192
Pedro Ciriaco - 3B BOS @ TB
5/15 7:10 PM
David Price 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 5 .100 .100 .200
Mike Napoli - C BOS @ TB
5/15 7:10 PM
David Price 3-14 .214 0 0 0 1 10 .214 .267 .481
Daniel Nava - OF BOS @ TB
5/15 7:10 PM
David Price 1-15 .067 0 0 0 1 7 .067 .125 .192
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ TB
5/15 7:10 PM
David Price 5-25 .200 0 2 3 5 7 .280 .333 .613
Sean Rodriguez - SS TB vs BOS
5/15 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 2-16 .125 0 1 3 2 7 .188 .250 .438
Luke Scott - DH TB vs BOS
5/15 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 0-11 .000 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
Allow
RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
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Jason Marquis SD @ Bal
5/15 12:35 PM
Orioles Batters 25-95 .263 1 6 11 9 7 .349 .327 .676
 


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