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Wednesday Lineup Card: Thinking Highly of Miley

Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

Adam began writing for RotoWire in the spring of 2012 as an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He primarily serves as the site's day-to-day editor of NHL content, while also working as the Chicago Bears and Colorado Rockies beat writer, managing the site's Closer Grid, and contributing to the football and baseball magazines.

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Wednesday's Starters (All times Eastern)

Braves (Paul Maholm - L) at Marlins (Jacob Turner - R), 12:40
Reds (Mike Leake - R) at Brewers (Johnny Hellweg - R), 2:10
Mets (Zack Wheeler - R) at Giants (Matt Cain - R), 3:45
Royals (Wade Davis - R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova - R), 7:05
Atheltics (Tommy Milone - L) at Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L), 7:05
Rangers (Josh Lindblom - R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L), 7:05
Blue Jays (Esmil Rogers - R) at Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 7:05
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Phillies (Cliff Lee - L), 7:05
White Sox (Dylan Axelrod - R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 7:08
Twins (Kevin Correia - R) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R), 7:10
Angels (C.J. Wilson - L) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R), 8:05
Astros (Jordan Lyles - R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 8:15
Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L) at Diamondbacks (Tyler Skaggs - L), 9:40
Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at Mariners (Aaron Harang - R), 10:10
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa - L) at Padres (Andrew Cashner - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: ATL/MIA, CIN/MIL, NYM/SF, KC/NYY

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL (elbow) - Scratched Tuesday with tightness in left elbow.
Chris Carter, OF, HOU (hand) - Out of the lineup Tuesday as he continues to feel lingering effects of being hit by a throw over the weekend.
Welington Castillo, C, CHC (illness) - Reportedly felt better Tuesday and could return to the lineup Wednesday.
Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI (hip) - Scratched Tuesday with stiffness in right hip.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS (wrist) - Sat out Tuesday's game with injury.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (finger) - Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN (elbow) - Left Tuesday's game with elbow injury; X-rays on elbow came back negative.
Yadier Molina, C, STL (knee) - Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) - Returned to the lineup Tuesday.

Disabled List
Brett Anderson, SP, OAK (foot) - Played catch from 105 feet Tuesday but remains without timetable for initial mound work.
Scott Baker, SP, CHC (elbow) - Threw fourth simulated game Tuesday.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL (hand) - Went 0-for-3 in first rehab game with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY (finger) - Currently swinging underwater but not yet ready to take soft-toss batting practice or hit off a tee.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX (back) - Hopes to throw bullpen session shortly after the All-Star break.
Omar Infante, 2B, DET (ankle) - Expected to return to the lineup immediately following the All-Star Game.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (ankle) - Felt good during rehab game at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday and could return as soon as this weekend.
Steve Johnson, SP, BAL (oblique) - Slated to throw live batting practice Thursday.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (shoulder) - Expected to be activated from DL as soon as eligible.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (ankle) - Rehab transferred to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX (forearm) - Racked up 45 pitches during live batting practice session Tuesday.
Shaun Marcum, SP, NYM (neck) - Ruled out for the season after it was determined he would need surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
Brandon McCarthy, SP, ARI (shoulder) - Threw a simulated game Tuesday and slated to throw another Sunday.
Jake Peavy, SP, CWS (ribs) - Threw a 76-pitch simulated game Tuesday.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (ribs) - Went 1-for-2 in his first rehab game with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.

Transactions

Activated from the Disabled List
Adam Eaton, OF, ARI

Placed on the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Mike Adams, RP, PHI (transferred to 60-day DL)
Stephen Fife, SP, LAD
Omar Infante, 2B, DET
Hector Sanchez, C, SF
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
Alex Wilson, RP, BOS

Called Up
Duane Below, RP, MIA
Jackie Bradley, OF, BOS
Luis Garcia, RP, PHI
Gonzalez Germen, RP, NYM
Josh Harrison, SS, PIT
Rob Johnson, C, STL
Mike Kickham, RP, SF
Miles Mikolas, RP, SD
Hernan Perez, SS, DET
Kensuke Tanaka, 2B, SF
Brandon Workman, RP, BOS

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Phillippe Aumont, RP, PHI
Mitchell Boggs, RP, COL (to Double-A)
Charles Brewer, RP, ARI
Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE (designated for assignment)
Jose De La Torre, RP, BOS
Joe Gardner, RP, COL (designated for assignment)
Cole Gillespie, OF, SF (designated for assignment)
Hector Gimenez, C, CWS
Chris Hatcher, RP, MIA
Tyler Moore, OF, WAS
Tyson Ross, P, SD

Traded
Mitchell Boggs, RP, from STL to COL
Ivan Pineyro, SP, from WAS to CHC

Signed
Jeff Francoeur, OF, SF (minor league contract)

Released
Shawn Camp, RP, CHC
Ramon Hernandez, C, TOR
Brandon Lyon, RP, NYM
Ty Wigginton, 3B, STL

Closer Watch

Athletics - Grant Balfour threw a scoreless ninth inning on Monday night against the Pirates to earn his 23rd save, and his 41st straight conversion dating back to last season. The 41 saves are a club record, besting Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley's run of 40 spanning the 1991 and 1992 seasons, the latter in which he took home American League Cy Young honors. While Balfour won't be in the conversation for that award in 2013, he continues to be a great closer option in any league.

Rockies - Rafael Betancourt allowed two base runners but held the Padres scoreless in the ninth inning Monday to pick up his first save since returning from the disabled list. So far there don't seem to be any residual effects from the groin injury that kept Betancourt out for nearly a month, allowing him to maintain the closer's role for now despite the looming presence of Rex Brothers as the team's closer of the future. As he was last season, Betancourt should be steady in the role going forward, but the Rockies' recent slide have made save chances hard to come by of late.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David Wright - 3B NYM @ SF
7/10 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 11-24 .458 0 6 3 1 4 .708 .519 1.227
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs KC
7/10 7:05 PM
Wade Davis 5-15 .333 1 1 2 1 1 .533 .375 .908
Brett Gardner - OF NYY vs KC
7/10 7:05 PM
Wade Davis 5-10 .500 0 0 0 3 0 .500 .615 1.115
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY vs KC
7/10 7:05 PM
Wade Davis 8-16 .500 0 2 3 0 1 .688 .500 1.188
Jose Bautista - OF TOR @ CLE
7/10 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 5-13 .385 2 3 5 3 3 .923 .500 1.423
Denard Span - OF WAS @ PHI
7/10 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 7-20 .350 0 2 2 2 6 .500 .409 .909
Kurt Suzuki - C WAS @ PHI
7/10 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 7-17 .412 0 2 3 2 2 .529 .474 1.003
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ DET
7/10 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 6-15 .400 1 4 3 2 2 .800 .474 1.274
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ DET
7/10 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 6-28 .214 3 4 7 0 4 .571 .214 .786
Dayan Viciedo - OF CWS @ DET
7/10 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 4-13 .308 1 1 3 0 1 .538 .357 .896
Kelly Johnson - 2B TB vs MIN
7/10 7:10 PM
Kevin Correia 7-22 .318 4 5 8 3 5 .909 .400 1.309
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA @ CHC
7/10 8:05 PM
Jeff Samardzija 5-12 .417 2 3 7 3 0 1.000 .563 1.563
Shane Victorino - OF BOS @ SEA
7/10 10:10 PM
Aaron Harang 8-24 .333 0 4 1 3 1 .542 .407 .949
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Matt Cain SF vs NYM
7/10 3:45 PM
Mets Batters 17-77 .221 1 8 8 12 17 .353 .333 .686
Rick Porcello DET vs CWS
7/10 7:08 PM
White Sox Batters 26-121 .215 8 13 16 6 17 .449 .257 .707
Jorge De La Rosa COL @ SD
7/10 10:10 PM
Padres Batters 12-63 .190 0 3 1 1 23 .240 .209 .449

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
John Buck - C NYM @ SF
7/10 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .091 .091
Eric Young Jr. - OF NYM @ SF
7/10 3:45 PM
Matt Cain 2-14 .143 0 0 1 2 4 .143 .250 .393
Josh Reddick - OF OAK @ PIT
7/10 7:05 PM
Francisco Liriano 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 4 .100 .100 .200
John Mayberry - OF PHI vs WAS
7/10 7:05 PM
Gio Gonzalez 2-11 .182 1 1 2 1 2 .455 .250 .705
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR @ CLE
7/10 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 2-10 .200 0 1 1 2 2 .300 .333 .633
Maicer Izturis - 3B TOR @ CLE
7/10 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 2-12 .167 0 1 2 3 0 .250 .353 .603
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ PHI
7/10 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 3-18 .167 1 1 1 0 3 .333 .167 .500
Alejandro De Aza - OF CWS @ DET
7/10 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 2-13 .154 0 0 0 3 2 .154 .313 .466
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ DET
7/10 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 5-30 .167 1 1 1 0 1 .267 .167 .433
Chase Headley - 3B SD vs COL
7/10 10:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 7-28 .250 0 0 0 0 9 .250 .250 .500
Nick Hundley - C SD vs COL
7/10 10:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 2-10 .200 0 2 0 0 5 .400 .200 .600
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Gio Gonzalez WAS @ Phi
7/10 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters 24-83 .289 2 6 10 9 9 .421 .371 .793
Wade Davis KC @ NYY
7/10 7:05 PM
Yankees Batters 24-60 .400 2 5 6 6 8 .571 .455 1.025
Kevin Correia MIN @ TB
7/10 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 18-69 .261 6 7 11 7 13 .546 .329 .875
 
Recommended Pickup

Wade Miley, SP, ARI - After a season in which he narrowly lost out on National League Rookie of the Year honors to Bryce Harper, it would seem inconceivable that Miley would be hanging out on the waiver wire at any point this season, but that's exactly where he found himself in many leagues after posting a 3-5 record and 5.01 ERA heading into June. With growing talk that he could soon lose his rotation spot with reinforcements returning from the DL or with promising youngsters Tyler Skaggs, Randall Delgado and Archie Bradley angling for a promotion, Miley has sparkled in his seven starts since June 5. He's turned in five quality starts during that time and has been particularly lights-out of late, giving up just one run over 13.2 innings in July. While his strikeout rate remains unremarkable just like last season, Miley seems to have at least rediscovered some semblance of the form that made him a useful fantasy asset. His next start should be a winnable one Thursday against a scuffling Brewers squad.

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