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Sunday Lineup Card: Oliver Twist

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)

Orioles (Jason Hammel - R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 1:05
Tigers (Doug Fister - R) at Indians (Corey Kluber - R), 1:05
Twins (Scott Diamond - L) at Blue Jays (Todd Redmond - R), 1:07
Mariners (Joe Saunders - L) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R), 1:10
Braves (Kris Medlen - R) at Phllies (Jonathan Pettibone - R), 1:35
Padres (Robbie Erlin - L) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R), 1:35
White Sox (John Danks - L) at Rays (David Price - L), 1:40
Mets (Jeremy Hefner - R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta - R), 2:10
Athletics (A.J. Griffin - R) at Royals (Luis Mendoza - R), 2:10
Marlins (Jose Fernandez - R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R), 2:15
Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R) at Cubs (Carlos Villanueva - R), 2:20
Astros (Erik Bedard - L) at Rangers (Justin Grimm - R), 3:05
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Giants (Chad Gaudin - R), 4:05
Rockies (Roy Oswalt - R) at Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L), 4:10
Red Sox (John Lackey - R) at Angels (Jered Weaver - R), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: ATL/PHI, CWS/TB, HOU/TEX, LAD/SF, NYM/MIL, COL/ARZ

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Neil Walker, 2B, PIT - (Oblique) Removed from Saturday’s game with soreness.
Yadier Molina, C, STL - (Knee) Underwent MRI Saturday.
Oswaldo Acria, OF, MIN - (Hand) X-rays returned negative.
Yasmani Grandal, C, SD - (Leg) Left Saturday;s game with apparent serious linjury.
Wily Peralta, P, MIL - (Hamstring) Sunday start has been pushed back to Tuesday.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD - (Back) May miss next scheduled start Monday.
Omar Infante, 2B, DET - (Leg) Sore ankle will not allow him to take swings.
Brian Bugosevic, OF, CHC - (Hamstring) Was out of the lineup Saturday.
Nick Franklin, SS, SEA - (Knee) Bruise kept him out of lineup Saturday.
Led Lowrie, SS, OAK - (Calf) Was out of lineup Saturday after fouling ball off himself Friday.
Alex Gordon, OF, KC - (Head) Was back in lineup Saturday.

Players on the DL

Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI - (Knee) Placed on 15-day disabled list Saturday.
DeWayne Wise, OF, CWS - (Oblique) Activated Saturday so he can start rehab assignment.
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL - (Elbow) Threw 50-pitch bullpen session Saturday.
Joakim Soria, P, TEX (Elbow) Taken off DL on Saturday.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD - (Groin) Could begin rehab assignment in middle of this upcoming week.
Steve Johnson, P, BAL - (Oblique) Threw off the mound Saturday.
Chris Carpenter, P, STL - (Shoulder) Had best throwing session Friday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Wrist) Transferred to 60-day DL on Saturday.
David Phelps, P, NYY - (Forearm) Was placed on disabled after MRI on Friday revealed slight strain.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY - (Hip) Took six simulated at-bats Friday.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS - (Nek) Will not return to Red Sox before All-Star break.
Erik Kratz, C, PHI - (Knee) Ran bases Friday for first time since surgery.
Ted Lilly, P, LAD - (Neck) Pitched in second rehab start Saturday.

Placed on the DL

David Phelps, P, NYY

Activated from the DL

Anibal Sanchez, P, DET
Eduardo Nunez, SS, NYY

Called Up

Carlos Carrasco, P, CLE
Brock Holt, 2B, BOS

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

Joe Martinez, P, CLE
Jose Alvarez, P, DET
Russ Canzler, 3B, BAL
Jeremy Horst, P, PHI
Jonathan Diaz, 2B, BOS

Signed

Kanekoa Texeira, P, CIN

Traded

Alex Liddi, 1B, BAL (from SEA)

Closer Watch

Orioles - Jim Johnson blew his sixth save of the season Friday against the Yankees, which was also his second blown save in his last four opportunities. Tommy Hunter was the last Orioles other than Johnson to earn a save on June 28, and would appear to be the man to take over if Johnson continues to struggle.

Mariners - Oliver Perez struck out the side Friday night against the Reds to earn his second save of the season. The reason Perez was chosen to appear in the save opportunity rather than Tom Wilhelmsen who has accumulated 17 for Seattle so far this season was because the Reds had three lefties due up. It seems that it will be a closer by committee for now, and the man coming out will depend on the matchup.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mark Reynolds - 1B CLE vs DET
7/7 1:05 PM
Doug Fister 3-10 .300 1 1 1 0 2 .600 .300 .900
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs BAL
7/7 1:05 PM
Jason Hammel 8-23 .348 1 2 4 0 5 .522 .333 .855
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY vs BAL
7/7 1:05 PM
Jason Hammel 7-12 .583 0 0 2 1 4 .583 .615 1.199
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs SEA
7/7 1:10 PM
Joe Saunders 3-12 .250 1 2 3 1 0 .583 .308 .891
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA @ CIN
7/7 1:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 5-12 .417 1 1 3 0 2 .667 .417 1.083
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ TB
7/7 1:40 PM
David Price 8-16 .500 2 5 7 3 4 1.125 .579 1.704
Sean Rodriguez - SS TB vs CWS
7/7 1:40 PM
John Danks 5-10 .500 0 3 3 0 1 1.000 .615 1.615
Luke Scott - DH TB vs CWS
7/7 1:40 PM
John Danks 5-17 .294 2 2 3 1 3 .647 .333 .980
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs PIT
7/7 2:20 PM
A.J. Burnett 6-13 .462 0 0 2 0 1 .462 .462 .923
Russell Martin - C PIT @ CHC
7/7 2:20 PM
Carlos Villanueva 5-10 .500 1 2 4 1 0 .900 .545 1.445
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs HOU
7/7 3:05 PM
Erik Bedard 5-16 .313 2 3 3 0 5 .750 .313 1.063
A.J. Pierzynski - C TEX vs HOU
7/7 3:05 PM
Erik Bedard 6-11 .545 1 1 1 0 0 .818 .545 1.364
Carl Crawford - OF LAD @ SF
7/7 4:05 PM
Chad Gaudin 5-11 .455 1 3 2 1 1 1.000 .500 1.500
Marco Scutaro - 2B SF vs LAD
7/7 4:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 5-10 .500 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000
Mike Napoli - C BOS @ LAA
7/7 8:05 PM
Jered Weaver 8-25 .320 2 4 2 3 5 .640 .393 1.033
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ LAA
7/7 8:05 PM
Jered Weaver 10-29 .345 2 4 9 3 6 .621 .394 1.015
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS @ LAA
7/7 8:05 PM
Jered Weaver 5-15 .333 1 1 4 1 5 .533 .389 .922
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA vs BOS
7/7 8:05 PM
John Lackey 5-14 .357 1 2 5 0 0 .643 .357 1.000
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA vs BOS
7/7 8:05 PM
John Lackey 12-27 .444 4 5 9 3 4 .926 .515 1.441
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Doug Fister DET @ CLE
7/7 1:05 PM
Indians Batters 32-142 .225 3 7 10 6 26 .316 .255 .572
Hiroki Kuroda NYY vs BAL
7/7 1:05 PM
Orioles Batters 15-64 .234 1 4 4 1 10 .328 .247 .575
Bronson Arroyo CIN vs SEA
7/7 1:10 PM
Mariners Batters 20-81 .247 1 3 8 4 19 .305 .279 .584
A.J. Burnett PIT @ CHC
7/7 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 27-109 .248 1 2 6 3 29 .278 .300 .578
Clayton Kershaw LAD @ SF
7/7 4:05 PM
Giants Batters 33-180 .183 0 6 9 12 51 .217 .241 .459
Roy Oswalt COL @ ARI
7/7 4:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 15-72 .208 0 5 2 3 12 .275 .240 .515

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL @ NYY
7/7 1:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 1-10 .100 1 1 1 0 1 .400 .100 .500
Nate McLouth - OF BAL @ NYY
7/7 1:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 2-16 .125 0 1 1 0 2 .188 .125 .313
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs DET
7/7 1:05 PM
Doug Fister 8-35 .229 0 0 1 2 8 .229 .270 .499
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B CLE vs DET
7/7 1:05 PM
Doug Fister 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Carlos Santana - C CLE vs DET
7/7 1:05 PM
Doug Fister 4-24 .167 0 1 2 2 5 .208 .222 .431
Nick Swisher - OF CLE vs DET
7/7 1:05 PM
Doug Fister 2-10 .200 1 1 2 1 2 .500 .273 .773
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY vs BAL
7/7 1:05 PM
Jason Hammel 0-11 .000 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .083 .083
Henry Blanco - C SEA @ CIN
7/7 1:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 1-13 .077 0 0 2 1 5 .077 .143 .220
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ TB
7/7 1:40 PM
David Price 1-18 .056 0 0 0 1 3 .056 .150 .206
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ TB
7/7 1:40 PM
David Price 3-16 .188 0 0 0 2 2 .188 .278 .465
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB vs CWS
7/7 1:40 PM
John Danks 2-14 .143 0 1 0 1 7 .286 .200 .486
Brian Bogusevic - OF CHC vs PIT
7/7 2:20 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .273 .473
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs HOU
7/7 3:05 PM
Erik Bedard 3-19 .158 1 1 5 1 3 .316 .200 .516
David Murphy - OF TEX vs HOU
7/7 3:05 PM
Erik Bedard 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .400
Joaquin Arias - SS SF vs LAD
7/7 4:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-12 .083 0 0 0 1 3 .083 .154 .237
Brandon Belt - 1B SF vs LAD
7/7 4:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 3-21 .143 0 1 0 3 9 .190 .250 .440
Gregor Blanco - OF SF vs LAD
7/7 4:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-10 .200 0 0 0 3 3 .200 .385 .585
Hunter Pence - OF SF vs LAD
7/7 4:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-23 .043 0 0 1 0 6 .043 .043 .087
Buster Posey - C SF vs LAD
7/7 4:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 6-33 .182 0 1 1 1 9 .212 .206 .418
Andres Torres - OF SF vs LAD
7/7 4:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-22 .091 0 0 0 1 8 .091 .200 .291
Martin Prado - 3B ARI vs COL
7/7 4:10 PM
Roy Oswalt 2-13 .154 0 1 0 0 0 .231 .154 .385
Mike Carp - OF BOS @ LAA
7/7 8:05 PM
Jered Weaver 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 4 .250 .250 .500
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ LAA
7/7 8:05 PM
Jered Weaver 5-25 .200 0 2 2 2 7 .280 .259 .539
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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John Lackey BOS @ LAA
7/7 8:05 PM
Angels Batters 28-83 .337 6 8 21 4 14 .593 .373 .966
 
Recommended Pickup

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