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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)

Twins (Samuel Deduno - R) at Yankees (Phil Hughes - R), 1:05 PM
White Sox (John Danks - L) at Phillies (Jonathan Pettibone - R), 3:05 PM (Game 1)
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Braves (Mike Minor - L), 4:05 PM
Blue Jays (Todd Redmond - R) at Orioles (Jason Hammel - R), 4:05 PM
Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L) at Rays (Roberto Hernandez - R), 4:10 PM
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at Indians (Scott Kazmir - L), 7:05 PM
Rockies (Tyler Chatwood - R) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R), 7:15 PM
Mets (Carlos Torres - R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R), 7:15 PM
Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R) at Cubs (Matt Garza - R), 7:15 PM
Rangers (Derek Holland - L) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 7:15 PM
Nationals (Dan Haren - R) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez - R), 7:15 PM
White Sox (Hector Santiago - L) at Phillies (John Lannan - L), 8:15 PM (Game 2)
Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Athletics (A.J. Griffin - R), 10:05 PM
Angels (Jered Weaver - R) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R), 10:10 PM
Brewers (Kyle Lohse - R) at Diamondbacks (Randall Delgado - R), 10:10 PM
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Padres (Edinson Volquez - R), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: MIN/NYY, CHW/PHI, CIN/ATL, TOR/BAL, HOU/TB

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (Lower Back) - Scratched from lineup Friday with lower back stiffness.
Chris Dickerson, OF, BAL (Shoulder) - Expected to avoid the DL.
Nick Franklin, 2B, SEA (Knee) - Still out of the lineup Friday.
Justin Grimm, SP, TEX (Forearm) - Left his start Friday with forearm soreness.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (Quad) - Has a Grade 1 quad strain and will be out until after the All-Star break.
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM (Finger) - Threw a bullpen session Friday.
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL (Hamstring) - Not in the lineup Friday.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (Hamstring) - Hopes to avoid DL with rest over the All-Star break.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (Hip) - Left the game on Thursday after aggravating hip.
Chad Qualls, RP, MIA (Personal) - Placed on the paternity list and will miss the games leading up to the All-Star break.
B.J. Upton, OF, ATL (Leg) - Left the game Friday with a muscle strain.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS (Neck) - Dealing with a sore neck and will skip the All-Star Game.

Players on the DL
Jeff Baker, OF, TEX (Thumb) - Will make rehab start with Double-A on Monday.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX (Hip) - Still expects to return from DL when eligible on July 22.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (Neck) - Threw bullpen session Friday. Will throw another bullpen Sunday.
Chris Coghlan, OF, MIA (Back) - Was cleared to return to baseball activities.
Jesse Crain, RP, CHW (Shoulder) - Is still dealing with soreness in his shoulder.
Trevor Crowe, OF, HOU (Shoulder) - Not expected back until after the All-Star break.
Marco Estrada, SP, MIL (Hamstring) - Will throw a bullpen session Saturday.
Frank Francisco, RP, NYM (Elbow) - Pitched in a GCL game Friday.
Craig Gentry, OF, TEX (Hand) - Will make a rehab start with Double-A Frisco on Monday.
Austin Kearns, OF, MIA (Personal) - Is not expected to return to the team this season.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (Shoulder) - Will not swing a bat for a week.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (Ankle) - Was not activated for the game Friday.
Ted Lilly, SP, LAD (Neck) - Scheduled for simulated game Friday and could be moved to the bullpen when he returns.
Lou Marson, C, CLE (Shoulder) - Practiced throws to second and third base from behind the plate.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN (Ankle) - Will move on to playing in simulated games.
Jon Niese, SP, NYM (Shoulder) - Began throwing long-toss Friday.
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX (Shoulder) - Needs two more rehab starts and will return later in July.
Clayton Richard, SP, SD (Shoulder) - Will have surgery on his injured shoulder and will miss the rest of the season.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (Hip) - Will not return before July 22.

Placed on the DL
Kyle Blanks, OF, SD
James McDonald, SP, PIT (transferred to 60-day DL)
Clayton Richard, SP, SD (transferred to 60-day DL)

Activated from the DL
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD

Called Up
Jairo Asencio, RP, BAL
Jarred Cosart, SP, HOU
Khris Davis, OF, MIL
Bobby LaFromboise, RP, SEA
C.C. Lee, RP, CLE
Juan Nicasio, SP, COL
Hector Noesi, RP, SEA
Sean O’Sullivan, SP, SD

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Blake Beavan, SP, SEA
Miles Mikolas, RP, SD
Drew Pomeranz, SP, COL
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA (to Low-A)
Adam Rosales, 2B, OAK
Danny Salazar, SP, CLE
Josh Stinson, SP, BAL

Designated for Assignment
Jair Jurrjens, SP, BAL

Traded
Tim Alderson, RP, BAL (from PIT)
Russ Canzler, 3B, PIT (from BAL)

Closer Watch

Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks have had one of the most turbulent closing situations in the league this season. On Thursday, rather than use Heath Bell or J.J. Putz, manager Kirk Gibson turned to Brad Ziegler for the save chance against the Brewers. Ziegler, a side-armer, converted the save, despite allowing two baserunners in the inning. He has two saves on the season and could be used in the closing spot temporarily. It is a risky investment in Ziegler, as Putz is expected to eventually retain the spot, but it is a situation worth watching over the next few weeks with the Trade Deadline approaching.

Indians: Closer Chris Perez earned his 11th save of the season Thursday against the Blue Jays, despite allowing a run on two hits and one walk. Since his return from the disabled list on June 28, he has re-established himself as the unquestioned closer for the Indians. He has converted all five save opportunities and has a 1.13 ERA over eight games. With the All-Star break to rest, he appears to have settled the closing situation in Cleveland for the time being.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ NYY
7/13 1:05 PM
Phil Hughes 2-10 .200 2 2 2 2 2 .800 .333 1.133
Delmon Young - OF PHI vs CWS
7/13 3:05 PM
John Danks 16-43 .372 2 7 8 2 4 .651 .404 1.055
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR @ BAL
7/13 4:05 PM
Jason Hammel 4-11 .364 1 1 1 0 1 .636 .364 1.000
Jose Reyes - SS TOR @ BAL
7/13 4:05 PM
Jason Hammel 4-11 .364 0 2 1 0 0 .636 .364 1.000
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE vs KC
7/13 7:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 4-10 .400 2 2 5 0 2 1.000 .400 1.400
Nick Swisher - OF CLE vs KC
7/13 7:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 13-29 .448 2 8 9 4 8 .897 .500 1.397
Miguel Tejada - SS KC @ CLE
7/13 7:05 PM
Scott Kazmir 11-28 .393 1 4 3 4 4 .607 .455 1.062
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs STL
7/13 7:15 PM
Lance Lynn 5-13 .385 0 2 2 0 1 .615 .385 1.000
Torii Hunter - OF DET vs TEX
7/13 7:15 PM
Derek Holland 10-34 .294 2 3 5 5 7 .500 .385 .885
John Buck - C NYM @ PIT
7/13 7:15 PM
A.J. Burnett 6-22 .273 3 4 7 0 2 .727 .261 .988
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ DET
7/13 7:15 PM
Max Scherzer 5-16 .313 0 2 3 1 3 .500 .389 .889
Eric Chavez - 3B ARI vs MIL
7/13 10:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 5-14 .357 2 3 4 5 4 .857 .500 1.357
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI vs MIL
7/13 10:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 4-10 .400 0 2 2 1 0 .600 .455 1.055
Martin Prado - 3B ARI vs MIL
7/13 10:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 6-14 .429 0 0 3 0 1 .429 .429 .857
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA @ SEA
7/13 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 4-16 .250 1 4 4 0 5 .625 .250 .875
Mike Trout - OF LAA @ SEA
7/13 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 10-24 .417 1 3 8 1 5 .667 .423 1.090
Jesus Guzman - OF SD vs SF
7/13 10:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 5-11 .455 1 2 3 2 1 .818 .538 1.357
Chase Headley - 3B SD vs SF
7/13 10:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 10-35 .286 3 6 6 3 11 .629 .350 .979
Nick Hundley - C SD vs SF
7/13 10:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-21 .286 1 3 2 4 8 .571 .385 .956
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA vs LAA
7/13 10:10 PM
Jered Weaver 14-30 .467 4 6 7 6 6 .933 .556 1.489
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
A.J. Burnett PIT vs NYM
7/13 7:15 PM
Mets Batters 12-62 .194 3 5 11 4 11 .360 .235 .594
Max Scherzer DET vs TEX
7/13 7:15 PM
Rangers Batters 35-127 .276 2 6 15 4 25 .367 .307 .675
Zack Greinke LAD vs COL
7/13 7:15 PM
Rockies Batters 17-88 .193 1 5 9 1 30 .270 .211 .480
Edinson Volquez SD vs SF
7/13 10:10 PM
Giants Batters 12-64 .188 1 3 4 11 24 .252 .321 .573

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ NYY
7/13 1:05 PM
Phil Hughes 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .333
Michael Young - 3B PHI vs CWS
7/13 3:05 PM
John Danks 6-25 .240 0 1 2 1 8 .320 .269 .589
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs CIN
7/13 4:05 PM
Homer Bailey 2-13 .154 0 0 0 3 2 .154 .353 .507
Jose Bautista - OF TOR @ BAL
7/13 4:05 PM
Jason Hammel 2-11 .182 0 0 0 2 2 .182 .308 .490
Carlos Pena - 1B HOU @ TB
7/13 4:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 2-12 .167 0 0 2 4 1 .167 .353 .520
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs KC
7/13 7:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-12 .167 1 1 1 0 1 .417 .167 .583
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ CLE
7/13 7:05 PM
Scott Kazmir 2-10 .200 0 1 1 1 3 .300 .273 .573
Dexter Fowler - OF COL @ LAD
7/13 7:15 PM
Zack Greinke 1-11 .091 0 0 1 0 6 .091 .091 .182
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL @ LAD
7/13 7:15 PM
Zack Greinke 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 6 .154 .154 .308
Juan Pierre - OF MIA vs WAS
7/13 7:15 PM
Dan Haren 3-15 .200 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .400
Marlon Byrd - OF NYM @ PIT
7/13 7:15 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-15 .133 0 0 0 0 1 .133 .133 .267
David Wright - 3B NYM @ PIT
7/13 7:15 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-18 .167 0 1 4 2 8 .222 .238 .460
Yadier Molina - C STL @ CHC
7/13 7:15 PM
Matt Garza 2-12 .167 0 0 3 0 1 .167 .154 .321
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX @ DET
7/13 7:15 PM
Max Scherzer 3-18 .167 0 0 2 2 1 .167 .250 .417
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA @ SEA
7/13 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 8-48 .167 1 4 4 8 16 .313 .298 .611
Yonder Alonso - 1B SD vs SF
7/13 10:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 5 .083 .083 .167
Logan Forsythe - 2B SD vs SF
7/13 10:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 2-10 .200 1 1 2 1 4 .500 .273 .773
Mark Kotsay - OF SD vs SF
7/13 10:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 1-13 .077 0 0 1 1 2 .077 .143 .220
Endy Chavez - OF SEA vs LAA
7/13 10:10 PM
Jered Weaver 3-17 .176 1 1 1 2 4 .353 .263 .616
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA vs LAA
7/13 10:10 PM
Jered Weaver 2-15 .133 0 1 1 0 5 .200 .133 .333
Michael Saunders - OF SEA vs LAA
7/13 10:10 PM
Jered Weaver 4-15 .267 0 1 0 1 7 .333 .313 .646
Hunter Pence - OF SF @ SD
7/13 10:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 3-24 .125 1 2 1 4 12 .292 .250 .542
Marco Scutaro - 2B SF @ SD
7/13 10:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 2-10 .200 0 0 0 3 1 .200 .467 .667
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Jeremy Guthrie KC @ Cle
7/13 7:05 PM
Indians Batters 30-97 .309 7 16 25 6 19 .643 .345 .988
Kyle Lohse MIL @ Ari
7/13 10:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 23-65 .354 3 7 11 8 9 .571 .418 .989
 


Recommended Pickup

Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS - Rendon has earned his stay in the major leagues the second time around by hitting the cover off the ball. With Danny Espinosa on the disabled list, Rendon has made the transition to second base to stay in the lineup. Since being called up on June 5, he has hit .315/.350/.492 with four home runs and 12 RBI. At 23 years old, it was initially thought there was not a place in the big leagues for him, but with Espinosa out, he was able to work his way into the lineup. With Bryce Harper returning to the field, Rendon has been batting seventh in the order, which can limit RBI opportunities. Another concern is that his power numbers are not outstanding, but there are signs these are developing. Three of his four home runs this season have been over the last nine games. An added bonus is his position eligibility is for second base and third base.

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