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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)

Orioles (Freddy Garcia - R) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R), 1:07 PM
Indians (Scott Kazmir - L) at Red Sox (Jon Lester - L), 1:35 PM
Angels (Billy Buckner - R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R), 2:10 PM
Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R) at Giants (Barry Zito - L), 4:05 PM
Twins (P.J. Walters - R) at Tigers (Doug Fister - R), 4:08 PM
Cubs (Travis Wood - L) at Reds (Homer Bailey - R), 4:10 PM
Yankees (Vidal Nuno - L) at Rays (Matt Moore - L), 4:10 PM
Pirates (Jeff Locke - L) at Brewers (Mike Fiers - R), 4:10 PM
Braves (Mike Minor - L) at Mets (Dillon Gee - R), 7:15 PM
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 7:15 PM
Athletics (A.J. Griffin - R) at Astros (Lucas Harrell - R), 7:15 PM
Phillies (Jonathan Pettibone - R) at Nationals (Dan Haren - R), 7:15 PM
Cardinals (John Gast - L) at Dodgers (Ted Lilly - L), 7:15 PM
Padres (Andrew Cashner - R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L), 10:10 PM
Rangers (Derek Holland - L) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: BAL/TOR, CLE/BOS, LAA/KC, COL/SF, MIN/DET, CHC/CIN, NYY/TB, PIT/MIL

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL (groin) - Will throw bullpen session Friday to determine if DL stint is necessary.
Luis Cruz, 3B, LAD (elbow) - Not in lineup on Friday.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS (hand) - Has been playing with small fracture in right wrist and will take several days off.
Pedro Florimon, SS, MIN (finger) - Not in lineup Friday after leaving the game on Thursday.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK (foot) - Will not require a DL stint.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE (personal) - Activated from paternity list.

Players on the DL
Mike Adams, RP, PHI (back) - Will be activated from DL on Sunday.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW (wrist) - Will not play Friday and maybe Saturday because of soreness in his wrist.
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA (hamstring) - Began jogging and taking BP this week.
Santiago Casilla, RP, SF (knee) - May need surgery on injured knee.
Danny Duffy, RP, KC (elbow) - Will begin rehab assignment with Double-A on Sunday.
Nathan Eovaldi, SP, MIA (shoulder) - Will start rehab assignment with High-A Jupiter on Saturday.
Josh Fields, RP, HOU (forearm) - Expected to be activated from DL in next 7-to-10 days.
Christian Garcia, RP, WAS (forearm) - Will work as reliever with Double-A in rehab assignment.
Tommy Hanson, SP, LAA (personal) - Will make extended spring training start Saturday.
Corey Hart, 1B, MIL (knee) - Could begin rehab assignment first week of June.
Cristhian Martinez, RP, ATL (shoulder) - Building arm strength at extended spring training and has unknown return date.
Ryan Mattheus, RP, WAS (hand) - Will not need surgery but will miss eight weeks.
Justin Maxwell, OF, HOU (hand) - Will begin rehab assignment on Wednesday.
James McDonald, SP, PIT (shoulder) - Threw side session Friday and will make rehab start Monday.
Chris Narveson, SP, MIL (finger) - Will be stretched out as starter in rehab assignment.
Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY (shoulder) - Played catch on Friday.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS (hamstring) - Will need a few more days than 15-day minimum before return.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (wrist) - Completed BP on Friday.
Mark Rogers, SP, MIL (shoulder) - Still no timetable for return.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (wrist) - Expected to begin rehab assignment on Wednesday with Double-A.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI (oblique) - Stay on DL could be short, hopeful to be ready to be activated when eligible.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (hamstring) - Will not return to the field for at least two more weeks.
Jake Westbrook, SP, STL (elbow) - Threw on flat ground Friday.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY (back) - Will play in extended spring training game on Saturday.

Placed on the DL
Hiram Burgos, SP, MIL
J.A. Happ, SP, TOR (transferred to 60-day DL)
Sean Marshall, RP, CIN
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
Darren Oliver, RP, TOR
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
Tim Wood, RP, MIN (transferred to 60-day DL)

Activated from the DL
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
John Danks, SP, CHW
Tom Gorzelanny, RP, MIL
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
Manny Parra, RP, CIN
David Ross, C, BOS

Called Up
Alfredo Aceves, RP, BOS
Samuel Deduno, SP, MIN
Jose Iglesias, SS/3B, BOS
Tommy Layne, RP, SD
Michael Martinez, 2B, PHI
Sean Nolin, SP, TOR (from Double-A)
Michael Stutes, RP, PHI
Jesus Sucre, C, SEA
Carlos Triunfel, SS, SEA

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Dellin Betances, RP, NYY
Ryan Lavarnway, C, BOS
Cord Phelps, 2B, CLE

Signed
Josh Richmond, OF, CHW

Designated For Assignment
Robert Andino, 2B, SEA

Closer Watch

Angels: Ernesto Frieri entered the game Thursday against the Royals with a three-run lead and a chance at a save. He struggled to record two outs giving up three hits and two earned runs and also had one walk before being lifted after throwing 35 pitches. Robert Coello came in to record the final out of the game and earned the save. Frieri is still relatively safe as the primary closer until Ryan Madson returns from the disabled list. Scott Downs or Garrett Richards would more likely be the next in line to see save chances should Frieri falter late in the game.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jose Bautista - OF TOR vs BAL
5/25 1:07 PM
Freddy Garcia 5-11 .455 2 2 3 3 1 1.000 .600 1.600
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS vs CLE
5/25 1:35 PM
Scott Kazmir 17-33 .515 1 6 3 8 1 .788 .610 1.398
Mark Reynolds - 1B CLE @ BOS
5/25 1:35 PM
Jon Lester 4-13 .308 1 2 2 2 2 .615 .438 1.053
Nick Swisher - OF CLE @ BOS
5/25 1:35 PM
Jon Lester 15-46 .326 2 8 8 8 12 .587 .429 1.016
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA @ KC
5/25 2:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 7-23 .304 2 4 2 3 6 .652 .385 1.037
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ DET
5/25 4:08 PM
Doug Fister 7-19 .368 1 3 3 0 5 .632 .368 1.000
Josh Willingham - OF MIN @ DET
5/25 4:08 PM
Doug Fister 5-18 .278 2 3 5 2 4 .667 .409 1.076
Darwin Barney - 2B CHC @ CIN
5/25 4:10 PM
Homer Bailey 7-17 .412 0 0 2 1 1 .412 .444 .856
Starlin Castro - SS CHC @ CIN
5/25 4:10 PM
Homer Bailey 5-18 .278 2 2 4 2 1 .611 .350 .961
Scott Hairston - OF CHC @ CIN
5/25 4:10 PM
Homer Bailey 4-13 .308 1 2 1 2 3 .615 .400 1.015
Jason Heyward - OF ATL @ NYM
5/25 7:15 PM
Dillon Gee 6-12 .500 1 1 1 5 2 .750 .667 1.417
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs MIA
5/25 7:15 PM
Ricky Nolasco 6-22 .273 1 3 5 3 8 .545 .360 .905
Miguel Olivo - C MIA @ CWS
5/25 7:15 PM
Jake Peavy 3-10 .300 1 1 3 1 4 .600 .364 .964
Placido Polanco - 3B MIA @ CWS
5/25 7:15 PM
Jake Peavy 9-17 .529 0 1 0 0 3 .588 .529 1.118
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ LAD
5/25 7:15 PM
Ted Lilly 4-14 .286 2 2 3 4 1 .714 .444 1.159
Ty Wigginton - 3B STL @ LAD
5/25 7:15 PM
Ted Lilly 4-16 .250 2 3 2 1 6 .688 .294 .982
Kyle Seager - 3B SEA vs TEX
5/25 10:10 PM
Derek Holland 4-11 .364 1 1 2 2 1 .636 .462 1.098
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX @ SEA
5/25 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 12-50 .240 3 4 4 3 13 .440 .283 .723
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Jeremy Guthrie KC vs LAA
5/25 2:10 PM
Angels Batters 19-107 .178 3 10 7 8 14 .332 .242 .574
Barry Zito SF vs COL
5/25 4:05 PM
Rockies Batters 42-190 .221 2 8 12 22 40 .290 .304 .594
Ted Lilly LAD vs STL
5/25 7:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 17-84 .202 6 7 10 11 19 .439 .295 .734
Dan Haren WAS vs PHI
5/25 7:15 PM
Phillies Batters 37-123 .301 2 12 16 2 22 .431 .309 .740
Derek Holland TEX @ SEA
5/25 10:10 PM
Mariners Batters 19-98 .194 3 10 9 7 30 .358 .248 .606

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Melky Cabrera - OF TOR vs BAL
5/25 1:07 PM
Freddy Garcia 2-12 .167 1 2 1 0 3 .500 .167 .667
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE @ BOS
5/25 1:35 PM
Jon Lester 3-14 .214 0 1 1 1 7 .286 .250 .536
Erick Aybar - SS LAA @ KC
5/25 2:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-21 .095 0 1 1 0 3 .143 .136 .279
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA @ KC
5/25 2:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-13 .154 0 0 0 1 0 .154 .214 .368
Brendan Harris - SS LAA @ KC
5/25 2:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-10 .200 0 1 0 3 1 .300 .385 .685
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL @ SF
5/25 4:05 PM
Barry Zito 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .182
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ SF
5/25 4:05 PM
Barry Zito 5-27 .185 0 1 1 10 8 .222 .405 .628
Yorvit Torrealba - C COL @ SF
5/25 4:05 PM
Barry Zito 3-22 .136 0 0 2 4 4 .136 .269 .406
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL @ SF
5/25 4:05 PM
Barry Zito 6-41 .146 1 1 2 1 8 .220 .163 .382
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ DET
5/25 4:08 PM
Doug Fister 4-23 .174 0 1 1 3 4 .217 .269 .487
David DeJesus - OF CHC @ CIN
5/25 4:10 PM
Homer Bailey 3-13 .231 0 0 0 0 1 .231 .231 .462
Freddie Freeman - 1B ATL @ NYM
5/25 7:15 PM
Dillon Gee 1-11 .091 0 0 1 0 1 .091 .091 .182
Jeff Keppinger - 3B CWS vs MIA
5/25 7:15 PM
Ricky Nolasco 1-11 .091 0 1 0 0 0 .182 .091 .273
David Wright - 3B NYM vs ATL
5/25 7:15 PM
Mike Minor 2-11 .182 0 2 1 3 4 .364 .333 .697
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ LAD
5/25 7:15 PM
Ted Lilly 2-11 .182 1 1 2 3 4 .455 .357 .812
Yadier Molina - C STL @ LAD
5/25 7:15 PM
Ted Lilly 6-34 .176 1 1 2 3 5 .265 .243 .508
Dustin Ackley - 2B SEA vs TEX
5/25 10:10 PM
Derek Holland 3-17 .176 1 2 3 0 6 .412 .176 .588
Kendrys Morales - 1B SEA vs TEX
5/25 10:10 PM
Derek Holland 2-10 .200 0 2 0 1 3 .400 .273 .673
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA vs TEX
5/25 10:10 PM
Derek Holland 2-13 .154 0 1 0 0 5 .231 .154 .385
Kelly Shoppach - C SEA vs TEX
5/25 10:10 PM
Derek Holland 1-11 .091 0 1 0 3 8 .182 .286 .468
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ SEA
5/25 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-15 .200 1 1 2 1 5 .400 .250 .650
A.J. Pierzynski - C TEX @ SEA
5/25 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 6-32 .188 0 3 0 1 6 .281 .212 .493
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Freddy Garcia BAL @ Tor
5/25 1:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 16-68 .235 6 9 9 14 12 .553 .371 .924
Scott Kazmir CLE @ Bos
5/25 1:35 PM
Red Sox Batters 33-110 .300 3 10 11 17 23 .464 .394 .857
Jake Peavy CWS vs Mia
5/25 7:15 PM
Marlins Batters 24-73 .329 1 5 5 3 11 .420 .349 .769
 


Recommended Pickup

Kevin Gausman, SP, BAL - Gausman made his major league debut on Thursday against the Blue Jays less than a year after being selected fourth overall out of LSU and it was not picture perfect after he allowed four earned runs in five innings and took the loss. Though the numbers were a little rough in his first start, he lit up the radar gun with his fastball touching the upper 90s consistently. He works a solid fastball-changeup combo mixed with a curve and slider that gives him a chance to stick around in the majors if he can locate well. He threw the changeup 16.9 percent of the time in his debut which is unique for a power-arm pitcher. The Orioles have a lot of arms that can start but none are as skilled as Gausman and he could be a solid pickup should he stay at the major league level.

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