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Sunday Lineup Card: Lyons of Courage

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Projected Starters - A look at Sunday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R) at Indians (Zach McAllister - R), 1:05
Mets (Matt Harvey - R) at Marlins (Kevin Slowey - R), 1:10
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Pirates (Jeanmar Gomez - R), 1:35
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at Orioles (Kevin Gausman - R), 1:35
Brewers (Mike Fiers - R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee - L), 1:35
Nationals (Nathan Karns - R) at Braves (Paul Maholm - L), 1:35
Mariners (Jeremy Bonderman - R) at Twins (Scott Diamond - L), 2:10
Giants (Chad Gaudin - R) at Cardinals (Tyler Lyons - L), 2:15
Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L) at Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R), 2:20
Royals (Ervin Santana - R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 3:05
Astros (Jordan Lyles - R) at Angels (C.J. Wilson - L), 3:35
White Sox (Chris Sales - L) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker - R), 4:05
Dodgers (Hyun-Jun Ryu - L) at Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa - L), 4:10
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 8:00
Blue Jays (Ramon Ortiz - R) at Padres (Edinson Volquez - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: ARZ/CHC, CIN/PIT, SF/STL, WAS/ATL, HOU/LAA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Marwin Gonzalez, SS, HOU - (Hamstring) Said he will return to action Monday.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX - (Hamstring) Left Saturday’s game with tightness.
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD - (Hand) Wasn’t in the starting lineup Saturday.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS - (Neck) Left Saturday’s game with stiffness.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD - (Hamstring) Left Saturday’s game with a cramp.
Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS - (Oblique) MRI on Saturday revealed a slight strain.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS - (Groin) Was out of Saturday’s game with tightness.
Pablo Sabdoval, 3B, SF - (Foot) Was seen walking without a limp Saturday.
Jon Niese, P, NYM - (Shoulder) Met’s manager expects him to start Friday.
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD - (Oblique) Remained out of the starting lineup Saturday.
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN - (Illness) Was out of the lineup Saturday due to the flu.
Mike Morse, OF, SEA - (Quadriceps) Unlikely to play this weekend.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA - (Oblique) May be able to return to the lineup Monday.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF - (Hamstring) Wasn’t in the lineup in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Players on the DL

Rafael Betancourt, P, COL - (Groin) Was placed on disabled list Saturday.
Huston Street, P, SD - (Calf) Was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Back) Hit in the cage and fielded groundballs Saturday.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS - (Hamstring) May start rehab assignment Monday.
Ross Detwiler, P, WAS - (Oblique) Resumed baseball activities Saturday.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARZ - (Hand) Took swings off the tee Saturday.
Dan Hudson, P, ARZ - (Elbow) Will make two rehab starts before being reevaluated.
Brandon McCarthy, P, ARZ - (Shoulder) Was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Wei-Yin Chen, P, BAL - (Oblique) Was pain-free for the first time Saturday.
Rafael Dolis, P, CHC - (Forearm) Was placed on the DL with a strain.
Corey Hart, 1B, MIL - (Knee) Participated in running drills Saturday.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS - (Knee) Was placed onthe 15-day DL.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD - (Hamstring) Was pain-free in his first rehab game Friday.
Brandon Morrow, P, TOR - (Forearm) Was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a strain.
Jake Westbrook, P, STL - (Elbow) Will make rehab start Tuesday.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI - (Hamstring) Ran agility drills Saturday.

Placed on the DL

Brandon Morrow, P, TOR
Rafael Dolis, P, CHC
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
Brandon McCarthy, P, ARZ
Huston Street, P, SD

Called Up

Matt Langwell, P, CLE
Chris Archer, P, TB
Alex Torres, P, TB
Ramon Ortiz, P, TOR
Mickey Storey, P, TOR
Blake Parker, P, CHC
Erik Davis, P, WAS
Randall Delgado, P, ARZ
Tommy Layne, P, SD
Robbie Erlin, P, SD

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Scott Barnes, P, CLE
Jeff Beliveau, P, TB
Josh Lueke, P, TB
Chad Jenkins, P, TOR
Ricky Romero, P, TOR
Alex Burnett, P, CHC
Nick Vincent, P, SD

Signed

Luis Terreo, SS, TEX
Jose Cardona, OF, TEX
Ronny Carvajal, OF, TEX
Jesus Perez, P, PIT
Gerardo Navarro, P, PIT
Chase Lambin 3B, KC

Closer Watch

Tigers - Jose Valverde picked up his second blown save of the season Friday night when he gave up a three-run lead and ultimately the game in the ninth against the Orioles. Before that Papa Grande had only given up one run the whole season while accumulating six saves, so unless he has another couple blow ups in a row he will continue to be Detroit’s closer.

Brewers - Francisco Rodriguez picked up his second save of the 2013 season Friday night one week after he got his first. The Brewers had lost every game up to that point, so with the option of using someone else in the ninth the Brewers seem to be happy with K-Rod while Jim Henderson is out.

Rockies - It was a 24 hours for Rafael Betancourt as he blew the save for the Rockies on Friday night in the tenth and then was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a groin injury. Rex Brothers is the prohibitive favorite to take over the closers role as he has only given up one run in 27 appearances this season. Brothers was originally selected in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft, and it would seem like he is the closer of the future for the Rockies as 12-plus years younger than Betancourt.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs DET
6/2 1:35 PM
Rick Porcello 6-13 .462 1 2 2 2 1 .769 .500 1.269
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs DET
6/2 1:35 PM
Rick Porcello 4-11 .364 0 1 2 2 1 .455 .500 .955
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ PHI
6/2 1:35 PM
Cliff Lee 8-16 .500 3 3 3 0 3 1.063 .500 1.563
Alex Gonzalez - SS MIL @ PHI
6/2 1:35 PM
Cliff Lee 9-27 .333 1 4 5 2 6 .556 .379 .935
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL @ PHI
6/2 1:35 PM
Cliff Lee 5-16 .313 3 4 4 1 6 .938 .353 1.290
Ian Desmond - SS WAS @ ATL
6/2 1:35 PM
Paul Maholm 4-10 .400 1 2 1 2 1 .800 .500 1.300
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs SEA
6/2 2:10 PM
Jeremy Bonderman 8-27 .296 1 3 3 8 3 .481 .432 .914
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs KC
6/2 3:05 PM
Ervin Santana 12-54 .222 5 6 15 4 9 .537 .288 .825
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs KC
6/2 3:05 PM
Ervin Santana 11-40 .275 3 4 4 2 11 .525 .310 .835
Mitch Moreland - 1B TEX vs KC
6/2 3:05 PM
Ervin Santana 5-17 .294 1 1 3 3 5 .471 .400 .871
David Murphy - OF TEX vs KC
6/2 3:05 PM
Ervin Santana 7-29 .241 3 4 9 0 3 .586 .241 .828
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ COL
6/2 4:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 10-28 .357 3 5 8 4 11 .750 .438 1.188
Nick Punto - 2B LAD @ COL
6/2 4:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 5-11 .455 0 1 0 1 0 .545 .500 1.045
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ NYY
6/2 8:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 6-14 .429 1 2 2 1 0 .714 .467 1.181
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs BOS
6/2 8:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 12-25 .480 1 5 3 0 1 .760 .480 1.240
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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HR
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BB K Opp
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OBP
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Jeremy Hellickson TB @ CLE
6/2 1:05 PM
Indians Batters 14-76 .184 1 8 2 10 15 .327 .288 .614
Mat Latos CIN @ PIT
6/2 1:35 PM
Pirates Batters 13-82 .159 1 4 6 15 27 .247 .289 .536

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mike Aviles - SS CLE vs TB
6/2 1:05 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 0 .300 .273 .573
Mark Reynolds - 1B CLE vs TB
6/2 1:05 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 3-18 .167 0 2 0 4 6 .278 .318 .596
Nick Swisher - OF CLE vs TB
6/2 1:05 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 2-11 .182 0 2 1 2 2 .364 .308 .671
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs DET
6/2 1:35 PM
Rick Porcello 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .500
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL @ PHI
6/2 1:35 PM
Cliff Lee 5-25 .200 1 3 2 0 4 .440 .200 .640
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL @ PHI
6/2 1:35 PM
Cliff Lee 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .282
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs CIN
6/2 1:35 PM
Mat Latos 1-14 .071 0 1 0 1 4 .143 .133 .276
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs CIN
6/2 1:35 PM
Mat Latos 2-15 .133 0 0 0 0 7 .133 .133 .267
Neil Walker - 2B PIT vs CIN
6/2 1:35 PM
Mat Latos 2-12 .167 0 1 2 3 2 .250 .333 .583
Danny Espinosa - 2B WAS @ ATL
6/2 1:35 PM
Paul Maholm 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 2 .100 .100 .200
Eric Hinske - 1B ARI @ CHC
6/2 2:20 PM
Edwin Jackson 0-12 .000 0 0 0 3 5 .000 .200 .200
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ COL
6/2 4:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 1-13 .077 0 0 1 0 6 .077 .077 .154
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS @ NYY
6/2 8:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 2-11 .182 1 1 3 1 2 .455 .250 .705
Brennan Boesch - OF NYY vs BOS
6/2 8:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 3-18 .167 1 1 3 0 4 .333 .167 .500
Brett Gardner - OF NYY vs BOS
6/2 8:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
Vernon Wells - OF NYY vs BOS
6/2 8:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 5-26 .192 0 1 2 3 3 .231 .276 .507
Colby Rasmus - OF TOR @ SD
6/2 10:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 2-10 .200 0 1 1 0 3 .300 .200 .500
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Cliff Lee PHI vs Mil
6/2 1:35 PM
Brewers Batters 38-139 .273 11 17 19 6 32 .558 .308 .867
Paul Maholm ATL vs Was
6/2 1:35 PM
Nationals Batters 20-63 .317 1 3 6 6 11 .410 .377 .787
Rick Porcello DET @ Bal
6/2 1:35 PM
Orioles Batters 29-94 .309 2 6 8 9 17 .419 .369 .788
 
Recommended Pickup

Tyler Lyons, P, STL - After two impressive starts, both wins, to begin his big league career, Lyons has proven that he is worth a look in most fantasy baseball leagues. Though he was going up against two of the worst offensive teams of recent memory, San Diego and Kansas City, Lyons has proven that he has what it takes to pitch against MLB batters. Lyons has accumulated a stat line any pitcher would be envious of for their first two starts haven given up six hit, two walks, two earned runs, and nine strikeouts over 14 innings while getting a win in both. Lyons will be making his home debut Sunday to what should be a raucous crowd, and should look to impress.

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