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Monday Lineup Card: Closer Carousel

Anthony Tynan

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Projected Starters - A look at Monday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Orioles (Jason Hammel – R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L), 1:05
Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L) at Tigers (Justin Verlander), 1:08
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R) at Reds (Mike Leake – R), 1:10
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright – R) at Royals (James Shields – R), 2:10
Twins (Kevin Correia – R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta – R), 2:10
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin – R) at Astros (Bud Norris, R), 2:10
Marlins (Jose Fernandez – R) at Rays (Jake Odorizzi – R), 3:10
Rangers (Martin Perez – L) at Diamondbacks (Tyler Skaggs – L), 3:40
Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L) at Athletics (Dan Straily – R), 4:05
Padres (Clayton Richard – L) at Mariners (Aaron Harang – R), 4:10
Braves (Tim Hudson – R) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle – L), 7:07
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija – R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana – L), 7:10
Yankees (Phil Hughes – R) at Mets (Jonathon Niese – L), 7:10
Phillies (Tyler Cloyd – R) at Red Sox (Alfredo Aceves – R), 7:10
Angels (C.J. Wilson – L) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke – R), 8:10
Rangers (Yu Darvish – R) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R), 9:40

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Carlos Beltran, OF, STL – (Shoulder) Out of Sunday’s lineup with soreness, Monday’s status questionable.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS – (Collarbone) Monday’s start pushed back to Wednesday.
Sean Burnett, P, LAA – (Forearm) Left Sunday’s game with tightness.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL – (Forearm) HBP Sunday, status uncertain for Monday.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS – (Wrist) Hopes to return to lineup Tuesday or Wednesday.
Tyler Flowers, C, CHW – (Back) Got another day off Sunday.
Kyuji Fujikawa, P, CHC – (Forearm) Back to DL Monday.
Tommy Hanson, P, LAA – (Personal) Threw 75 pitches in simulated game, Angels have not developed return plan yet.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS – (Knee) Will miss some games with ailing knee.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI – (Knee) Sore knee kept him out of Sunday lineup.
Tommy Hunter, P, BAL – (Hand) X-rays negative after taking come-backer Sunday.
Ian Kennedy, P, AZ – (Finger) Will miss Monday’s start.
Hiroki Kuroda, P, NYY – (Calf) Still sore but should start Tuesday.
Kyle Lohse, P, STL – (Elbow) Unsure if he can make Thursday’s start.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF – (Hamstring) Hopeful for return as soon as Monday.
Chris Perez, P, CLE – (Shoulder) Pulled from Sunday’s game with pinch in shoulder, DL possible.
David Phelps, P, NYY – (Arm) Should be able to start Wednesday.
Alex Sanabia, P, MIA – (Groin) Likely heading to DL.
Kevin Slowey, P, MIA – (Back) Cleared to start Tuesday.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA – (Oblique) Strained oblique Saturday and was out of Sunday’s lineup.
Chris Stewart, C, NYY – (Groin) Out of lineup again Sunday.
Scott Van Slyke, OF, LAD – (Neck) Whiplash kept him out of Sunday’s lineup.

Players on the DL
Santiago Casilla, P, SF – (Knee) Surgery to remove cyst, no timetable.
Joba Chamberlain, P, NYY – (Oblique) Could be activated Tuesday.
Rajai Davis, OF, TOR – (Oblique) Close to rehab.
Ross Detwiler, P, WAS – (Oblique) Tightness will push him to DL.
Danny Duffy, P, KC – (Elbow) Three scoreless innings in first start since Tommy John last year.
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC – (Ankle) Wearing a boot while hitting, will start running in about a week.
Nathan Eovaldi, P, MIA – (Shoulder) Good first rehab start, likely return at end of June.
Jeurys Familia, P, NYM – (Forearm) Could be activated within a week.
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN – (Hamstring) Will miss at least a few more days.
Jim Henderson, P, MIL – (Hamstring) DL required after leaving Friday’s game.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN – (Shoulder) Out until mid-August.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS – (Hamstring) Says he needs about six weeks to come back.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS – (Back) Thinks he only needs minimum time on DL.
Franklin Morales, P, BOS – (Chest) Should be activated Tuesday and come from bullpen.
Eduardo Nunez, SS, NYY – (Ribs) Felt sore Saturday and has been shut down for a few days.
Andy Pettitte, P, NYY – (Shoulder) Simulated game Tuesday and should be activated June 1.
David Price, P, TB – (Triceps) Not throwing yet, mid-to-late-June return likely.
J.J. Putz, P, AZ – (Elbow) Throwing from 90 feet.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK – (Wrist) Will rehab this week and be activated Friday.
Clayton Richard, P, SD – (Illness) Will start Monday.
Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA – (Oblique) Will begin rehab in extended spring training Monday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY – (Wrist) Played five innings in extended spring training, on track to return to Yankees Friday.
Tsuyoshi Wada, P, BAL – (Elbow) Control is off in three rehab starts.
Jered Weaver, P, LAA – (Elbow) Will start Wednesday.
Jake Westbrook, P, STL – (Elbow) Still not sure what is wrong with elbow, getting second opinion in hopes to determine the issue before making a rehab plan.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS – (Back) Rehab could begin as soon as Wednesday.

Placed on the DL
John Gast, P, STL
Jim Henderson, P, MIL
Salvador Perez, C, KC (bereavement list)
Wilkin Ramirez, OF, MIN (7-day DL)
Mark Rogers, P, MIL (transferred from 15-day DL to 60-day DL)

Activated from the DL
Kevin Jepsen, P, LAA

Called Up
Michael Blazek, P, STL
Donovan Hand, P, MIL
Adam Moore, C, KC

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Billy Buckner, P, LAA (designated for assignment)
Ben Francisco, OF, NYY (designated for assignment)
B.J. Rosenberg, P, PHI

Traded
None

Closer Watch

Baltimore – Jim Johnson had another meltdown Sunday in which the Blue Jays tagged him for four runs, and that makes four blown saves in his last five chances. The Orioles are yet to announce any change, but it is definitely time to be thinking about Darren O’Day and Brian Matusz.

Cleveland – Sadly, Chris Perez did not record a blown save Sunday. That is because he was removed with some sort of arm injury just in time for Joe Smith to give up a walk-off double to Jacoby Ellsbury. Perez had been steady until his last three outings in which he has allowed seven runs in 2.2 innings. If the Indians make a change now, it could be a committee led by Joe Smith, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen.

Los Angeles Angels – Manager Mike Scioscia gave Ernesto Frieri another chance Sunday with a three run lead and Frieri held serve. He had been rocky of late, allowing runs in each of his last three outings.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Matt Wieters - C BAL @ WAS
5/27 1:05 PM
Gio Gonzalez 7-13 .538 1 2 3 1 2 .846 .600 1.446
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS vs BAL
5/27 1:05 PM
Jason Hammel 4-10 .400 0 2 2 1 3 .600 .455 1.055
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs BAL
5/27 1:05 PM
Jason Hammel 7-21 .333 1 3 3 2 2 .571 .391 .963
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET vs PIT
5/27 1:08 PM
Francisco Liriano 9-26 .346 2 5 7 8 6 .692 .486 1.178
Torii Hunter - OF DET vs PIT
5/27 1:08 PM
Francisco Liriano 4-13 .308 1 1 2 2 2 .538 .400 .938
Victor Martinez - C DET vs PIT
5/27 1:08 PM
Francisco Liriano 11-24 .458 1 6 5 2 6 .792 .500 1.292
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs PIT
5/27 1:08 PM
Francisco Liriano 10-34 .294 2 2 4 6 13 .471 .400 .871
Russell Martin - C PIT @ DET
5/27 1:08 PM
Justin Verlander 5-12 .417 1 1 2 1 4 .667 .462 1.128
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs CLE
5/27 1:10 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 5-12 .417 0 2 1 4 1 .583 .563 1.146
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL vs MIN
5/27 2:10 PM
Kevin Correia 3-10 .300 1 2 2 1 0 .700 .364 1.064
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs MIN
5/27 2:10 PM
Kevin Correia 8-31 .258 2 4 5 3 3 .548 .324 .872
Alex Gonzalez - SS MIL vs MIN
5/27 2:10 PM
Kevin Correia 6-15 .400 0 2 3 1 0 .533 .438 .971
Jonathan Lucroy - C MIL vs MIN
5/27 2:10 PM
Kevin Correia 5-12 .417 0 2 1 1 0 .583 .462 1.045
Ty Wigginton - 3B STL @ KC
5/27 2:10 PM
James Shields 6-15 .400 2 2 4 1 4 .800 .438 1.238
Chris Young - OF OAK vs SF
5/27 4:05 PM
Madison Bumgarner 7-14 .500 1 3 3 3 3 .857 .556 1.413
John Baker - C SD @ SEA
5/27 4:10 PM
Aaron Harang 6-15 .400 0 4 2 1 5 .667 .438 1.104
Everth Cabrera - SS SD @ SEA
5/27 4:10 PM
Aaron Harang 4-10 .400 0 0 0 2 1 .400 .500 .900
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ SEA
5/27 4:10 PM
Aaron Harang 5-17 .294 1 2 3 5 5 .529 .455 .984
Brian McCann - C ATL @ TOR
5/27 7:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 4-11 .364 0 1 1 1 1 .455 .417 .871
B.J. Upton - OF ATL @ TOR
5/27 7:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 8-22 .364 0 3 2 2 4 .545 .417 .962
Colby Rasmus - OF TOR vs ATL
5/27 7:07 PM
Tim Hudson 5-11 .455 1 2 2 1 5 .818 .500 1.318
Erick Aybar - SS LAA @ LAD
5/27 8:10 PM
Zack Greinke 7-16 .438 0 4 1 2 2 .688 .500 1.188
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD vs LAA
5/27 8:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 4-10 .400 0 0 4 0 3 .400 .400 .800
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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OBP
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Gio Gonzalez WAS vs BAL
5/27 1:05 PM
Orioles Batters 22-78 .282 1 4 6 3 18 .364 .320 .683
Justin Verlander DET vs PIT
5/27 1:08 PM
Pirates Batters 15-67 .224 3 7 6 4 23 .409 .268 .676
C.J. Wilson LAA @ LAD
5/27 8:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 14-70 .200 1 2 11 6 14 .251 .263 .514

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ WAS
5/27 1:05 PM
Gio Gonzalez 3-16 .188 0 0 0 0 3 .188 .188 .375
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs BAL
5/27 1:05 PM
Jason Hammel 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .500
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs BAL
5/27 1:05 PM
Jason Hammel 1-11 .091 1 1 3 3 5 .364 .286 .649
Prince Fielder - 1B DET vs PIT
5/27 1:08 PM
Francisco Liriano 3-19 .158 0 1 2 2 8 .211 .238 .449
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ DET
5/27 1:08 PM
Justin Verlander 2-11 .182 0 2 1 1 2 .364 .250 .614
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs CLE
5/27 1:10 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-13 .154 0 0 1 2 0 .154 .313 .466
Michael Bourn - OF CLE @ CIN
5/27 1:10 PM
Mike Leake 5-20 .250 0 1 0 1 7 .300 .286 .586
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs STL
5/27 2:10 PM
Adam Wainwright 2-11 .182 0 1 1 3 0 .364 .357 .721
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL vs MIN
5/27 2:10 PM
Kevin Correia 5-25 .200 0 2 1 2 8 .280 .259 .539
Will Venable - OF SD @ SEA
5/27 4:10 PM
Aaron Harang 3-16 .188 1 1 1 2 4 .375 .278 .653
Henry Blanco - C TOR vs ATL
5/27 7:07 PM
Tim Hudson 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 2 .091 .091 .182
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA @ LAD
5/27 8:10 PM
Zack Greinke 1-19 .053 0 0 1 1 9 .053 .100 .153
Carl Crawford - OF LAD vs LAA
5/27 8:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 3-18 .167 1 1 4 1 6 .333 .211 .544
Mark Ellis - 2B LAD vs LAA
5/27 8:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-17 .118 0 0 1 2 2 .118 .211 .328
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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RBI
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BB K Opp
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Francisco Liriano PIT @ Det
5/27 1:08 PM
Tigers Batters 49-164 .299 6 17 26 22 49 .488 .383 .870
Mark Buehrle TOR vs Atl
5/27 7:07 PM
Braves Batters 42-137 .307 2 14 18 9 23 .443 .347 .791
 

Recommended Pickup
Joe Smith, P, CLE – Things are not looking good for Chris Perez, as documented above in closer news. It seems very possible the injury is serious and that means a change at closer for the Indians. Even if Perez tries to power through this, his last three outings are enough to force manager Terry Francona to make a change. Joe Smith is the longest tenured Indian in the bullpen and he has been outstanding this season. Vinnie Pestano had been the setup man the last two years, but he is struggling this season. That could pave the way for Smith to get save opportunities.

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