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Nick Falk

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 (Jeremy Hellickson - R) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L), 1:07 PM
Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) at Mets (Zack Wheeler - R), 1:10 PM
Braves (Paul Maholm - L) at White Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 4:05 PM
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Red Sox (John Lackey - R), 4:05 PM
Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R) at Reds (Mat Latos - R), 4:05 PM
Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L), 7:05 PM
Indians (Corey Kluber - R) at Twins (Kevin Correia - R), 7:10 PM
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R), 7:10 PM
Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi - R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R), 7:10 PM
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R) at Astros (Erik Bedard - L), 7:10 PM
Padres (Edinson Volquez - R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R), 7:15 PM
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R) at Rangers (Ross Wolf - R), 8:05 PM
Cubs (Carlos Villanueva - R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R), 8:10 PM
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L) at Giants (Matt Cain - R), 9:05 PM
Athletics (Dan Straily - R) at Angels (C.J. Wilson - L), 9:05 PM

Day Game After Night Game: TB/TOR, PHI/NYM, ATL/CHW, NYY/BOS, PIT/CIN

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Endy Chavez, OF, SEA (Groin) - Could be available off the bench Friday.
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX (Illness) - Out of the lineup Friday with a migraine headache.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TB (Hamstring) - Still out of the lineup Friday, but is improving.
Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD (Knee) - Still out of the lineup Friday against the Cardinals.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL (Thumb) - Expecting to return to the lineup Saturday.
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL (Hamstring) - Not in the lineup Friday after feeling tightness in hamstring.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (Hamstring) - Could be available to pinch-hit Friday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS (Illness) - Out of the lineup Friday.
Nate Schierholtz, OF, CHC (Undisclosed) - Not in the lineup Friday.
Justin Verlander, SP, DET (Quad) - Expected to make start Saturday.

Players on the DL
Matt Adams, RP, PHI (Shoulder) - Treatment has not improved the injury and he will likely need surgery.
Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS (Shoulder) - Has significant damage in his shoulder that could require surgery.
Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL (Elbow) - Threw another rehab outing with Triple-A.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX (Hip) - Hit in the batting cage for first time since put on the DL.
Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL (Knee) - Could be out for the season, but is running at 90 percent.
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA (Wrist) - Not expected to return before August.
Jonathan Broxton, RP, CIN (Forearm) - Will throw a bullpen session Saturday.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (Neck) - Exam revealed no additional damage and he is cleared for long-toss, but he could receive a second opinion on his shoulder.
Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR (Knee) - Is expected to make a rehab start with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
Chris Carpenter, SP, STL (Shoulder) - Will make second rehab start with Triple-A on Saturday.
Jesse Crain, RP, CHW (Shoulder) - Showed progress in his rehab Friday.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN (Back) - Will not start throwing for another week.
Ross Detwiler, SP, WAS (Back) - Still has soreness in back and likely will not start Tuesday.
Brandon Gomes, RP, TB (Back) - Threw first rehab outing Thursday with GCL Rays.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA (Hamstring) - Will begin a rehab assignment, but is still not fully healed.
Ryan Hanigan, C, CIN (Wrist) - Began swinging a bat Friday.
Tommy Hanson, SP, LAA (Forearm) - Threw a rehab game with High-A on Thursday.
Roy Halladay, SP, PHI (Shoulder) - Could throw a bullpen session soon.
Jeremy Horst, RP, PHI (Elbow) - Experienced a setback and is likely done for the season.
Omar Infante, 2B, DET (Ankle) - Will be evaluated Saturday before starting rehab assignment.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (Quad) - Likely will need longer than minimum stay on DL.
Steve Johnson, RP, BAL (Oblique) - Will throw two innings during a simulated game Saturday.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (Shoulder) - Expects to be able to return from DL when eligible Sunday.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN (Shoulder) - Could begin a rehab assignment Monday.
Sean Marshall, RP, CIN (Shoulder) - Had minor setback in recovery and will take weekend off.
Zach McAllister, SP, CLE (Finger) - Threw a rehab start Thursday and will throw a bullpen session Saturday on schedule to return to the rotation Tuesday.
Mike Morse, OF, SEA (Quad) - Hoping to begin a rehab assignment next week.
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX (Shoulder) - Threw a rehab start Friday at Triple-A. He could return to the rotation within a week.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (Hamstring) - Manager Bruce Bochy confident he will return sometime this season.
Stephen Pryor, RP, SEA (Oblique) - Could have a long rehab assignment at Triple-A.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL (Knee) - Could return from the DL as soon as Monday, but will not rush it too fast.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL (Neck) - Could miss the rest of the season.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (Hip) - May return to the New York lineup Tuesday.
Michael Stutes, RP, PHI (Biceps) - Experienced a setback and will likely be out longer than expected.
Justin Turner, 2B, NYM (Ribs) - Will work on additional rehab at Low-A Brooklyn.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF (Hand) - Still without a timetable to begin rehab games, but will throw to live hitters in preparation.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (Oblique) - Will begin rehab assignment with Triple-A on Friday.

Placed on the DL
Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS
Brian Bogusevic, OF, CHC
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL

Activated from the DL
Jeff Baker, OF, TEX
Craig Gentry, OF, TEX
Jake Peavy, SP, CHW

Called Up
Chris Colabello, 1B, MIN
Jose De La Torre, RP, BOS
Chris Getz, 2B, KC
Kelvin Herrera, RP, KC
Junior Lake, 3B, CHC
Brent Lillibridge, 2B, NYY
Ryan Roberts, 2B, TB
Fernando Salas, RP, STL
Henry Urrutia, OF, BAL
Danny Valencia, 3B, BAL

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Henry Rodriguez, RP, CHC

Designated for Assignment
Chris Dickerson, OF, BAL

Signed
Jose Contreras, RP, BOS
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, CHW
Brandon Lyon, RP, BOS

Released
Brennan Bosch, OF, NYY

Closer Watch

Red Sox: On Friday, Andrew Bailey was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. It was reported that the damage is quite significant, and could result in potentially season-ending surgery. This has yet to be determined, but for now the closing position will be securely held down by Koji Uehara. Over his past 13 games, Uehara has been stellar with a 0.68 ERA and 19 strikeouts while collecting seven saves. If he falters, Junichi Tazawa would likely be the next in line for save opportunities.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jose Molina - C TB @ TOR
7/20 1:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 8-23 .348 1 2 2 1 0 .522 .375 .897
Jose Bautista - OF TOR vs TB
7/20 1:07 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 4-11 .364 1 3 1 1 2 .909 .417 1.326
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR vs TB
7/20 1:07 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 6-17 .353 1 3 1 1 2 .647 .389 1.036
David Wright - 3B NYM vs PHI
7/20 1:10 PM
Cole Hamels 17-52 .327 4 8 10 2 14 .654 .352 1.006
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS vs NYY
7/20 4:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 6-14 .429 1 2 2 1 0 .714 .467 1.181
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY @ BOS
7/20 4:05 PM
John Lackey 6-21 .286 0 4 4 3 2 .476 .375 .851
Mark Reynolds - 1B CLE @ MIN
7/20 7:10 PM
Kevin Correia 13-44 .295 3 6 5 3 18 .568 .340 .909
Alex Avila - C DET @ KC
7/20 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 3-14 .214 1 2 4 3 3 .500 .353 .853
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ KC
7/20 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 9-26 .346 2 2 6 4 5 .577 .419 .996
Victor Martinez - C DET @ KC
7/20 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 5-14 .357 0 2 0 2 1 .500 .438 .938
Billy Butler - 1B KC vs DET
7/20 7:10 PM
Justin Verlander 21-53 .396 2 6 9 4 7 .585 .448 1.033
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs SD
7/20 7:15 PM
Edinson Volquez 5-12 .417 0 0 5 0 0 .417 .417 .833
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs SD
7/20 7:15 PM
Edinson Volquez 7-17 .412 2 3 4 1 4 .824 .444 1.268
Yorvit Torrealba - C COL vs CHC
7/20 8:10 PM
Carlos Villanueva 3-14 .214 2 3 4 0 3 .714 .214 .929
Aaron Hill - 2B ARI @ SF
7/20 9:05 PM
Matt Cain 7-21 .333 1 4 3 0 1 .714 .318 1.032
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
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RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Cole Hamels PHI @ NYM
7/20 1:10 PM
Mets Batters 39-144 .271 8 13 21 4 43 .478 .291 .768
Mat Latos CIN vs PIT
7/20 4:05 PM
Pirates Batters 13-71 .183 2 5 5 13 24 .324 .315 .639
A.J. Burnett PIT @ CIN
7/20 4:05 PM
Reds Batters 30-142 .211 1 7 8 12 37 .273 .272 .545
C.J. Wilson LAA vs OAK
7/20 9:05 PM
Athletics Batters 10-62 .161 1 3 7 8 10 .243 .267 .510

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Colby Rasmus - OF TOR vs TB
7/20 1:07 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 3-15 .200 0 2 0 0 4 .333 .200 .533
John Buck - C NYM vs PHI
7/20 1:10 PM
Cole Hamels 2-22 .091 2 2 4 1 8 .364 .130 .494
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ CWS
7/20 4:05 PM
Jake Peavy 2-11 .182 0 2 1 1 6 .455 .308 .762
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS vs NYY
7/20 4:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 2-11 .182 1 1 3 1 2 .455 .250 .705
Jay Bruce - OF CIN vs PIT
7/20 4:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-15 .133 0 1 3 2 5 .200 .211 .411
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CIN vs PIT
7/20 4:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-18 .167 1 2 1 3 4 .389 .286 .675
Todd Frazier - 3B CIN vs PIT
7/20 4:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 3 .100 .091 .191
Chris Heisey - OF CIN vs PIT
7/20 4:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 5 .200 .200 .400
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs ATL
7/20 4:05 PM
Paul Maholm 4-31 .129 1 1 1 7 13 .226 .308 .533
Travis Hafner - DH NYY @ BOS
7/20 4:05 PM
John Lackey 6-31 .194 1 3 3 5 10 .355 .306 .660
Vernon Wells - OF NYY @ BOS
7/20 4:05 PM
John Lackey 7-37 .189 1 1 2 2 6 .270 .250 .520
Clint Barmes - SS PIT @ CIN
7/20 4:05 PM
Mat Latos 1-14 .071 0 1 0 1 4 .143 .133 .276
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ CIN
7/20 4:05 PM
Mat Latos 2-15 .133 0 0 0 0 7 .133 .133 .267
Drew Stubbs - OF CLE @ MIN
7/20 7:10 PM
Kevin Correia 3-15 .200 1 2 1 0 3 .467 .200 .667
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ KC
7/20 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 4-20 .200 1 2 2 0 6 .400 .200 .600
Don Kelly - OF DET @ KC
7/20 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 3-13 .231 0 0 0 0 3 .231 .231 .462
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET @ KC
7/20 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-10 .200 0 0 2 0 1 .200 .273 .473
Eric Hosmer - 1B KC vs DET
7/20 7:10 PM
Justin Verlander 2-20 .100 0 1 1 3 4 .150 .217 .367
Mike Moustakas - 3B KC vs DET
7/20 7:10 PM
Justin Verlander 3-18 .167 0 0 2 1 5 .167 .211 .377
Yadier Molina - C STL vs SD
7/20 7:15 PM
Edinson Volquez 3-16 .188 1 1 3 2 4 .375 .278 .653
Eric Chavez - 3B ARI @ SF
7/20 9:05 PM
Matt Cain 2-14 .143 0 1 0 0 3 .214 .143 .357
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B ARI @ SF
7/20 9:05 PM
Matt Cain 2-13 .154 0 1 0 3 3 .231 .313 .543
Cliff Pennington - SS ARI @ SF
7/20 9:05 PM
Matt Cain 2-11 .182 0 2 0 0 2 .364 .182 .545
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ LAA
7/20 9:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 3-21 .143 0 2 3 4 4 .238 .308 .546
Josh Reddick - OF OAK @ LAA
7/20 9:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-11 .182 0 0 1 1 2 .182 .250 .432
 
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
Mark Buehrle TOR vs TB
7/20 1:07 PM
Rays Batters 25-82 .305 1 7 5 2 9 .418 .331 .748
Zack Greinke LAD @ Was
7/20 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 21-61 .344 0 4 5 5 8 .432 .403 .835
Kevin Correia MIN vs Cle
7/20 7:10 PM
Indians Batters 29-98 .296 5 12 9 7 26 .511 .343 .853
Jeremy Guthrie KC vs Det
7/20 7:10 PM
Tigers Batters 51-169 .302 5 14 25 13 25 .451 .355 .806
Edinson Volquez SD @ StL
7/20 7:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 20-65 .308 3 5 12 9 14 .474 .403 .877
 


Recommended Pickup

Chris Archer, SP, TB - Over the past two seasons, the young right-hander, Archer, has been regarded as the top pitching prospect for the Rays. His drawback in the minor leagues and his first few times in the majors, was that he did not pitch very deep into games. He put that notion to rest in his start on July 14 against the Astros, throwing a complete game, four-hit shutout. His strikeout rate in the minors has typically sat around 9.0 per nine innings, but has been a little lower in the majors. With his powerful pitch arsenal of a hard fastball, slider, and changeup, he is bound to eventually rack up strikeouts. He has a 2.96 ERA on the season and has been dominant over his last three starts, allowing just two earned runs. Granted, the lineups he faced in the Twins and Astros were not potent by any means, but he is gaining momentum. His biggest risk is the question of what the Rays will do with their rotation once Alex Cobb is able to return from the disabled list. With the way he is pitching, it would be difficult to remove him from the rotation in the middle of a playoff race.

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