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Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Projected Starters - A look at Thursday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Mets (Jonathon Niese - L) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R), 1:45
Brewers (Hiram Burgos - R) at Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L), 7:05
Mariners (Aaron Harang - R) at Yankees (Andy Pettitte - L), 7:05
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez - R), 7:10
Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at Rays (Alex Cobb - R), 7:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 8:05
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R), 8:40
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Angels (Jerome Williams - R), 10:05
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Padres (Edinson Volquez - R), 10:10


Day Game After Night Game: NYM, STL

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jeff Francis, P, COL – (Knee) Left Tuesday after banging knee, still slated for next start.
Travis Hafner, DH, NYY – (Shoulder) Has tendinitis and will miss Thursday’s game at minimum.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS – (Head) No concussion, should be ready in a few days.
Felix Hernandez, P, SEA – (Back) Sore Wednesday morning but should make next start.
John Jaso, C, OAK – (Leg) Left Wednesday’s game after getting HBP in shin, but should return Friday.
Bud Norris, P, HOU – (Back) Sore Tuesday after leaving Monday start, could be pushed back or skipped, next scheduled start is Sunday.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS – (Oblique) Playing through tight muscle

Players on the DL
Brett Anderson, P, OAK – (Ankle) Activation has been pushed back from this week, still sore.
Andrew Bailey, P, BOS – (Biceps) Will be activated Monday.
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL – (Elbow) Throwing 92-93, will skip extended spring training and move up to Triple-A.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD – (Groin) Placed on DL Wednesday but should not need more than the minimum days since he had originally said he would make his next start.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW – (Wrist) Will start rehab Saturday.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, AZ – (Oblique) Will play in his first extended spring training game Thursday.
Chris Carpenter, P, STL – (Shoulder) Throwing sessions could progress to rehab as soon as next week.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN – (Oblique) Will be activated and make Monday’s start.
Miguel Gonzalez, P, BAL – (Thumb) Will throw simulated game and could be activated next week.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA – (Hamstring) Ran with no restrictions Wednesday, could begin rehab Friday.
John Lannan, P, PHI – (Knee) Likely out through end of May.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN – (Ankle) Still not working out.
Brett Myers, P, CLE – (Elbow) Good bullpen session Tuesday, could begin rehab assignment soon.
Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS, OAK – (Hamstring) Off day Wednesday, will then play four in a row on rehab.
Angel Sanchez, SS, CHW – (Back) Will start rehab and could be activated next week.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA – (Hamstring) Running in pool now, still no timetable.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY – (Wrist) Is expected to be activated before end of the month.
Arodys Vizcaino, P, CHC – (Elbow) Could begin rehab soon and join Cubs a bit before All-Star break.
Jered Weaver, P, LAA – (Elbow) Two rehab appearances should have his return pegged around June 1.
Jayson Werth, OF, PHI – (Hamstring) Will make two rehab appearances and then join Nationals, should be activated Saturday.
Jake Westbrook, P, STL – (Elbow) Hopes to throw again by Friday.
Tim Wood, P, MIN – (Shoulder) Was scheduled for MRI Wednesday.
Chris Young, OF, OAK – (Quadriceps) – Will get in a rehab game Thursday, could be activated Friday.

Placed on the DL
Josh Beckett, P, LAD
John McDonald, SS, PIT

Activated from the DL
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
Zack Greinke, P, LAD

Called Up
David Adams, 2B, NYY
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Fautino De Los Santos, P, SD (released)
Philip Humber, P, HOU
Chris Nelson, 3B, NYY (designated for assignment)
Michael Taylor, OF, OAK

Traded
None

Closer Watch
Baltimore - After converting his first 14 save opportunities, Jim Johnson faltered on Tuesday and coughed up the tying and game-winning runs. There is no concern that he would lose his job right now.

Los Angeles Dodgers - With Clayton Kershaw tiring in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game, the Dodgers needed to turn to the bullpen for the final out. It was Kenley Jansen who got the call, not Brandon League. Jansen promptly struck out Tyler Moore to end the game. Though League has blown just one of nine save opportunities, the vote of confidence is with Jansen. Jansen has lived up to his 2011 and 2012 form, with a WHIP at 0.90 and striking out 28 in 20.2 innings. League, however, has allowed ten earned runs in 14.1 innings. It looks like manager Don Mattingly may have made a preemptive move to Jansen.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ty Wigginton - 3B STL vs NYM
5/16 1:45 PM
Jonathon Niese 4-10 .400 0 2 3 5 4 .600 .600 1.200
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ PIT
5/16 7:05 PM
Francisco Liriano 3-10 .300 1 1 5 4 5 .600 .500 1.100
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY vs SEA
5/16 7:05 PM
Aaron Harang 11-24 .458 0 5 1 2 3 .667 .500 1.167
Jason Bay - OF SEA @ NYY
5/16 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 14-35 .400 1 3 3 4 9 .571 .462 1.033
Yunel Escobar - SS TB vs BOS
5/16 7:10 PM
Felix Doubront 4-10 .400 0 0 0 1 1 .400 .455 .855
Torii Hunter - OF DET @ TEX
5/16 8:05 PM
Yu Darvish 6-18 .333 1 3 5 1 6 .611 .368 .980
Yorvit Torrealba - C COL vs SF
5/16 8:40 PM
Matt Cain 11-37 .297 1 4 5 6 8 .514 .395 .909
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL vs SF
5/16 8:40 PM
Matt Cain 18-53 .340 4 10 6 5 10 .698 .397 1.095
Brandon Crawford - SS SF @ COL
5/16 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 4-13 .308 0 2 0 2 0 .538 .400 .938
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF @ COL
5/16 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 7-17 .412 2 4 4 3 1 .941 .500 1.441
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ LAA
5/16 10:05 PM
Jerome Williams 6-18 .333 1 1 2 1 5 .500 .368 .868
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ SD
5/16 10:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 5-14 .357 0 2 2 2 5 .500 .438 .938
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Justin Verlander DET @ TEX
5/16 8:05 PM
Rangers Batters 27-126 .214 1 5 7 11 34 .266 .280 .546
Matt Cain SF @ COL
5/16 8:40 PM
Rockies Batters 55-248 .222 7 20 21 36 52 .373 .326 .699

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs NYM
5/16 1:45 PM
Jonathon Niese 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .400
Travis Hafner - DH NYY vs SEA
5/16 7:05 PM
Aaron Harang 3-14 .214 0 1 2 0 1 .286 .214 .500
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY vs SEA
5/16 7:05 PM
Aaron Harang 1-16 .063 0 0 0 0 2 .063 .063 .125
Matt Diaz - OF MIA vs CIN
5/16 7:10 PM
Mat Latos 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX vs DET
5/16 8:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-16 .188 0 0 0 1 3 .188 .235 .423
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs DET
5/16 8:05 PM
Justin Verlander 2-15 .133 0 0 1 0 4 .133 .133 .267
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs DET
5/16 8:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-25 .120 0 1 0 4 6 .160 .267 .427
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs SF
5/16 8:40 PM
Matt Cain 3-19 .158 0 1 0 8 10 .263 .429 .692
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL vs SF
5/16 8:40 PM
Matt Cain 4-34 .118 0 0 2 5 10 .118 .225 .343
Jonathan Herrera - SS COL vs SF
5/16 8:40 PM
Matt Cain 2-20 .100 0 0 2 1 1 .100 .136 .236
Eric Young Jr. - OF COL vs SF
5/16 8:40 PM
Matt Cain 2-14 .143 0 0 1 2 4 .143 .250 .393
Brandon Belt - 1B SF @ COL
5/16 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 0-10 .000 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Andres Torres - OF SF @ COL
5/16 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 2-11 .182 0 2 0 1 1 .364 .250 .614
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Francisco Liriano PIT vs Mil
5/16 7:05 PM
Brewers Batters 20-72 .278 4 5 15 10 16 .483 .369 .851
Andy Pettitte NYY vs Sea
5/16 7:05 PM
Mariners Batters 34-105 .324 4 7 10 6 27 .478 .367 .845
Felix Doubront BOS @ TB
5/16 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 21-66 .318 2 6 10 11 11 .486 .417 .903
Jhoulys Chacin COL vs SF
5/16 8:40 PM
Giants Batters 26-89 .292 2 8 6 12 8 .460 .376 .836
 
Recommended Pickup
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX - Scanning the waiver wire looking for a guy who has an OPS above .900? Look no further than Moreland. The power has emerged over the last nine games, in which he has hit six home runs. Still, Moreland does not platoon as he did in 2012 and he gets all the at-bats at first base. He is well on his way north of 20 home runs in his age 27 season.

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DraftStreet Lineup
C: Ryan Hanigan ($3,321)
1B: Paul Konerko ($6,665)
2B: Josh Rutledge ($6,802)
3B: Jeff Keppinger ($3,807)
SS: Elvis Andrus ($6,189)
OF: Brett Gardner ($6,082)
OF: Mark Trumbo ($7,317)
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SP: Andy Pettitte ($11,742)
SP: Adam Wainwright ($16,958)
P: Stephen Strasburg ($17,599)
Total: $99,909
(Felt like pitching is at a premium today and punted some hitting to get good pitchers)
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