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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)

Rays (Chris Archer - R) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez - R), 1:05 PM
Mariners (Aaron Harang - R) at Twins (Kevin Correia - R), 1:10 PM
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Athletics (Dan Straily - R), 4:05 PM
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Orioles (Jason Hammel - R), 4:05 PM
Royals (James Shields - R) at Rangers (Nick Tepesch - R), 4:05 PM
Brewers (Wily Peralta - R) at Phillies (Tyler Cloyd - R), 4:05 PM
Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R), 4:10 PM
Mets (Collin McHugh - R) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez - R), 4:10 PM
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R), 7:15 PM
Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at Yankees (Phil Hughes - R), 7:15 PM
Reds (Mike Leake - R) at Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L), 7:15 PM
Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R), 7:15 PM
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Braves (Tim Hudson - R), 7:15 PM
Astros (Bud Norris - R) at Angels (Jerome Williams - R), 10:05 PM
Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L) at Padres (Clayton Richard - L), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: TB/CLE, SEA/MIN, CHW/OAK, DET/BAL, KC/TEX, MIL/PHI, LAD/COL, NYM/MIA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT (mouth) - Out of lineup on Friday.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (collarbone) - Will start on Sunday against the Yankees.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (general soreness) - Out of the lineup Friday with general soreness from collision with wall on Thursday.
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD (oblique) - Not in the lineup on Friday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS (groin) - Out of lineup on Friday with strained groin.
Marwin Gonzalez, SS, HOU (hamstring) - Has slight strain in hamstring and was not in lineup on Thursday.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (knee) - Not in lineup on Friday. Will likely miss weekend series against the Braves.
Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI (finger) - Expected to make scheduled start on Saturday.
Kris Medlen, SP, ATL (calf) - Ran on Friday and expected to make start on Monday.
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR (forearm) - Expected to return to rotation on Sunday.
Mike Morse, OF, SEA (quad) - Not in the lineup on Friday. Still a day or two from returning to the lineup.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (hamstring) - Expected back in the lineup by Sunday at the latest.
Salvador Perez, C, KC (personal) - Not expected back from bereavement list until Tuesday.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF (foot) - Has a left foot strain and could miss up to a week.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA (oblique) - Out of the lineup on Friday.

Players on the DL
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW (wrist) - Expected to be activated from DL next Thursday.
Jeurys Familia, RP, NYM (forearm) - Setback in his recovery and likely will not be activated from DL over weekend.
Jeff Francis, SP, COL (groin) - Will throw bullpen session on Friday and rehab start on Monday at Triple-A.
Frank Francisco, RP, NYM (elbow) - Still has elbow inflammation and is only throwing off flat ground.
Christian Garcia, RP, WAS (forearm) - Will start rehab assignment at Double-A on the weekend.
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN (hamstring) - Does not have timetable for rehab assignment.
Josh Johnson, SP, TOR (triceps) - Made rehab start at Triple-A on Thursday and still expects to return on Wednesday to major league rotation.
Ryan Madson, RP, PHI (elbow) - Has resumed throwing in the last two days.
James McDonald, SP, PIT (shoulder) - Scheduled to throw five innings or 80 pitches at Double-A on Saturday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS (back) - On track to be activated from DL on June 8.
Chris Narveson, SP, MIL (finger) - Pitched two innings in rehab start at Triple-A on Thursday.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (hamstring) - Seen running in outfield before game on Thursday.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI (oblique) - Took ground balls at second base on Thursday.
Shane Victorino, OF, PHI (hamstring) - Expected to be activated from DL on Wednesday.
Jayson Werth, OF, PHI (hamstring) - May return from DL on Tuesday.

Placed on the DL
Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI
Scott Elbert, RP, LAD (transferred to 60-day DL)
Edgar Gonzalez, RP, HOU

Activated from DL
Willie Bloomquist, SS, ARI
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (from 60-day DL)
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY

Called Up
Jeff Beliveau, RP, TB
Peter Moylan, RP, LAD
Alex Presley, OF, PIT
Joe Savery, RP, PHI
Jacob Turner, SP, MIA

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Duane Below, RP, MIA
Alex Colome, SP, TB
Chase d’Arnaud, 2B, PIT
Javy Guerra, RP, LAD
Josh Harrison, 3B, PIT
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
Vidal Nuno, SP, NYY
Ramon Ortiz, SP, TOR
Clint Robinson, 1B, TOR

Signed
Chris Jakubauskas, SP, CLE (minor league contract)

Released
Chad Durbin, RP, PHI

Closer Watch

Astros: Normal closer Jose Veras was unavailable to pitch out of the bullpen on Thursday for the Astros as he had thrown three consecutive days. In his place, Hector Ambriz entered the game with a runner on first base and shut down the Rockies adding two strikeouts in the inning to earn his first major league save. Ambriz has been working as the primary set-up man this season to Veras and would be next in line for save chances should Veras struggle. Veras has a 4.70 ERA on the season and is 8-for-11 in save opportunities so he is in no way a dominant presence at the back-end of the bullpen.

Rays: Fernando Rodney pitched a clean ninth inning on Thursday against the Marlins to notch his 11th save of the season. Since a blown save on May 25, Rodney has thrown four straight scoreless appearances with two going for a save and one for a win. Those games were against a struggling Marlins team but it could be just the boost he needs to hold off Joel Peralta and Jake McGee for the closer position.

Twins: Closer Glen Perkins had pitched in three straight games and had the night off on Thursday which paved a path for set-up man Jared Burton to earn his second save of the season. Perkins has been solid this season with 11 saves and only two blown save opportunities, but Burton has been just as strong in the bullpen with a 2.10 ERA in 26 appearances.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Yunel Escobar - SS TB @ CLE
6/1 1:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 6-16 .375 1 1 2 4 1 .563 .500 1.063
Ryan Doumit - C MIN vs SEA
6/1 1:10 PM
Aaron Harang 10-29 .345 3 5 4 1 6 .724 .367 1.091
Josh Willingham - OF MIN vs SEA
6/1 1:10 PM
Aaron Harang 4-13 .308 1 2 1 3 2 .615 .438 1.053
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs DET
6/1 4:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-14 .214 1 3 2 1 3 .643 .267 .910
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ BAL
6/1 4:05 PM
Jason Hammel 4-10 .400 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .400 .900
Prince Fielder - 1B DET @ BAL
6/1 4:05 PM
Jason Hammel 3-12 .250 1 1 1 2 3 .500 .357 .857
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ BAL
6/1 4:05 PM
Jason Hammel 5-13 .385 1 2 7 1 1 .692 .429 1.121
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX vs KC
6/1 4:05 PM
James Shields 11-23 .478 0 4 2 1 2 .739 .500 1.239
A.J. Ellis - C LAD @ COL
6/1 4:10 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 6-12 .500 1 2 3 0 2 .833 .500 1.333
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ COL
6/1 4:10 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 7-16 .438 1 3 3 8 2 .750 .625 1.375
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS @ NYY
6/1 7:15 PM
Phil Hughes 6-16 .375 0 2 0 4 1 .500 .500 1.000
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ NYY
6/1 7:15 PM
Phil Hughes 9-20 .450 2 5 7 3 3 .900 .500 1.400
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ NYY
6/1 7:15 PM
Phil Hughes 6-24 .250 3 4 8 2 3 .667 .308 .974
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs ARI
6/1 7:15 PM
Ian Kennedy 6-16 .375 0 3 3 0 3 .625 .375 1.000
David DeJesus - OF CHC vs ARI
6/1 7:15 PM
Ian Kennedy 4-11 .364 0 2 2 4 0 .545 .533 1.079
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs ARI
6/1 7:15 PM
Ian Kennedy 6-11 .545 3 4 6 3 2 1.455 .667 2.121
Alex Presley - OF PIT vs CIN
6/1 7:15 PM
Mike Leake 6-15 .400 2 4 2 1 1 1.000 .438 1.438
Neil Walker - 2B PIT vs CIN
6/1 7:15 PM
Mike Leake 7-20 .350 1 5 9 4 3 .700 .440 1.140
Mark Kotsay - OF SD vs TOR
6/1 10:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 10-23 .435 1 4 8 0 1 .696 .435 1.130
Melky Cabrera - OF TOR @ SD
6/1 10:10 PM
Clayton Richard 7-18 .389 0 3 2 1 1 .556 .400 .956
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Justin Verlander DET @ BAL
6/1 4:05 PM
Orioles Batters 27-152 .178 1 9 9 10 45 .256 .224 .480
James Shields KC @ TEX
6/1 4:05 PM
Rangers Batters 39-161 .242 2 14 11 6 44 .369 .278 .647
Zack Greinke LAD @ COL
6/1 4:10 PM
Rockies Batters 17-88 .193 1 5 9 1 30 .270 .211 .480

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
James Loney - 1B TB @ CLE
6/1 1:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 9-46 .196 2 4 9 3 8 .370 .260 .630
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN vs SEA
6/1 1:10 PM
Aaron Harang 4-19 .211 0 1 0 0 4 .263 .211 .474
Alexi Casilla - 2B BAL vs DET
6/1 4:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-21 .143 0 0 1 1 6 .143 .174 .317
Chris Davis - 1B BAL vs DET
6/1 4:05 PM
Justin Verlander 2-11 .182 0 0 0 2 6 .182 .308 .490
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs DET
6/1 4:05 PM
Justin Verlander 4-25 .160 0 1 3 1 6 .200 .185 .385
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs DET
6/1 4:05 PM
Justin Verlander 1-21 .048 0 0 0 1 7 .048 .091 .139
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs KC
6/1 4:05 PM
James Shields 9-39 .231 1 4 2 1 17 .385 .268 .653
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs KC
6/1 4:05 PM
James Shields 2-11 .182 0 0 1 0 4 .182 .250 .432
Mitch Moreland - 1B TEX vs KC
6/1 4:05 PM
James Shields 2-17 .118 0 2 0 0 7 .235 .118 .353
David Murphy - OF TEX vs KC
6/1 4:05 PM
James Shields 4-21 .190 1 1 1 2 5 .333 .261 .594
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs LAD
6/1 4:10 PM
Zack Greinke 1-11 .091 0 0 1 0 6 .091 .091 .182
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL vs LAD
6/1 4:10 PM
Zack Greinke 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 6 .154 .154 .308
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD @ COL
6/1 4:10 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 0-15 .000 0 0 0 1 6 .000 .063 .063
B.J. Upton - OF ATL vs WAS
6/1 7:15 PM
Gio Gonzalez 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .182
Daniel Nava - OF BOS @ NYY
6/1 7:15 PM
Phil Hughes 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .200
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS @ NYY
6/1 7:15 PM
Phil Hughes 2-13 .154 1 1 1 0 10 .385 .154 .538
Nate Schierholtz - OF CHC vs ARI
6/1 7:15 PM
Ian Kennedy 2-13 .154 0 0 1 1 1 .154 .200 .354
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs BOS
6/1 7:15 PM
Felix Doubront 0-11 .000 0 0 0 3 4 .000 .214 .214
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs CIN
6/1 7:15 PM
Mike Leake 6-30 .200 1 1 3 2 8 .300 .273 .573
Mike McKenry - C PIT vs CIN
6/1 7:15 PM
Mike Leake 2-12 .167 1 1 2 1 3 .417 .214 .631
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs SF
6/1 7:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .333
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS @ ATL
6/1 7:15 PM
Tim Hudson 4-20 .200 0 1 2 1 8 .250 .227 .477
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA vs HOU
6/1 10:05 PM
Bud Norris 5-26 .192 0 2 2 2 3 .269 .250 .519
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Aaron Harang SEA @ Min
6/1 1:10 PM
Twins Batters 18-61 .295 4 8 5 4 12 .563 .338 .901
Ian Kennedy ARI @ ChC
6/1 7:15 PM
Cubs Batters 25-91 .275 4 11 15 10 18 .518 .348 .866
Adam Wainwright STL vs SF
6/1 7:15 PM
Giants Batters 29-93 .312 1 6 9 9 21 .394 .370 .764
Phil Hughes NYY vs Bos
6/1 7:15 PM
Red Sox Batters 36-112 .321 9 17 24 10 24 .639 .373 1.012
 


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