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Sunday Lineup Card: Smoakin' Hot

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 (Chris Archer - R) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R), 1:07
Phillies (Cliff Lee - L) at Mets (Matt Harvey - R), 1:10
Pirates (Jeff Locke - L) at Reds (Homer Bailey - R), 1:10
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 1:35
Braves (Mike Minor - L) at White Sox (Jose Quintana - L), 2:10
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) at Twins (Scott Diamond - L), 2:10
Tigers (Doug Fister - R) at Royals (James Shields - R), 2:10
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez - R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta - R), 2:10
Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R) at Astros (Jordan Lyles - R), 2:10
Padres (Eric Stults - L) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R), 2:15
Athletics (Bartolo Colon - R) at Angels (Jerome Williams - R), 3:35
Diamondbacks (Randall Delgado - R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L), 4:05
Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R) at Rockies (Tyler Chatwood - R), 4:10
Orioles (Chris Tillman - R) at Rangers (Martin Perez - L), 7:05
Yankees (CC Sabathia - L) at Red Sox (Ryan Dempster - R), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: LAD/WAS, CLE/MIN, KC/DET, MIA/MIL, SEA/HOU, SD/STL, CHC/COL, ARZ/SF, OAK/LAA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Chris Getz, 2B, KC - (Knee) Left Saturday’s game with a left knee injury.
Paul Maholm, P, ATL - (Wrist) Left Saturday’s game with a sprained left wrist.
Yeonis Cespedes, OF, OAK - (Wrist) Was out of the lineup Saturday.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF - (Foot) Was out of Saturday’s lineup with a bruise.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TB - (Hamstring) Didn’t Saturday because of strain.
Caleb Thielbar, P, MIN- (Groin) Won’t be available out of the bullpen for a couple days.
Endy Chavez, OF, SEA - (Groin) Was out of the lineup again Saturday.
Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD - (Knee) Remained out of the lineup Satuday.
Adam Laroche, 1B, WAS - (Illness) Remained out of the lineup Saturday.
Jeff Locke, P, PIT - (Back) Should be ready to start Sunday.
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL - (Hamstring) Expects to return to lineup Sunday.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS - (Hamstring) Wasn’t in Saturday’s lineup after being pulled Friday.
James Loney, 1B, TB - (Personal) Wasn’t in lineup Saturday because he’s on paternity leave.

Players on the DL

Chris Carpenter, P, STL - (Shoulder) Threw 3.1 innings in rehab game Saturday.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX - (Hip) Said he doesn’t need a rehab assignment when he gets healthy.
Steve Johnson, P, BAL - (Oblique) Felt good after throwing two-innings of a simulated game Saturday.
Ryan Vogelsong, P, SF - (Hand) Could pitch in rehab game Tuesday.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY - (Hip) Tightness made him move from 3B to DH in rehab games Saturday.
Zach McAllister, P, CLE - (Finger) Makes return Tuesday to the majors.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD - (Shoulder) Expects to be able to return to the lineup Sunday.
Rafael Betancourt, P, COL - (Abdomen) Was placed on DL Saturday after surgery Friday.
Ross Detwiler, P, WAS - (Back) Will not begin rehab assignment for at least 10 days.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS - (Back) Could return to lineup as early as Monday.
Ted Lilly, P, LAD - (Neck) Threw 20 pitches in simulated game Saturday.
James McDonald, P, PIT - (Shoulder) Expected to begin throwing next week.
Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT - (Forearm) Expected to begin throwing next week.
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL - (Elbow) Pitched five innings in rehab start Friday.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL - (Hamstring) Was placed on the disabled list.
Trevor Cahill, P, ARZ - (Hip) Had second throwing session Friday.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL - (Knee) Will miss anote 10-to-14 days.
Alexi Ogando, P, TEX - (Shoulder) Rejoins the Rangers rotation Tuesday.
David Phelps, P, NYY - (Forearm) Begins rehab assignment Monday.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY - (Finger) Can begin rehab assignment in 7-to-10 days.
Jesse Crain, P, CWS - (Shoulder) Will need to play at least one rehab game before returning to the bigs.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI - (Knee) Began rehab for repaired knee.
Octabvio Dotel, P, DET - (Elbow) Throwing long toss to build up arm strength.
Darin Downs, P, DET - (Shoulder) Threw light bullpen session Friday.

Placed on the DL

Matt Holiday, OF, STL
Zolio Almonte, OF, NYY
Rafael Betancourt, P, COL

Activated from the DL

Stephen Drew, SS, BOS

Called Up

Brock Peterson, 1B, STL
Melky Mesa, OF, NYY
Thomas Neal, OF, NYY
Dan Straily, P, OAK
Mitchell Boggs, P, COL
Tommy Field, SS, LAA

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

Sonny Gray, P, OAK
Alberto Gonzalez, SS, NYY
Brock Holt, 2B, BOS
Brendan Harris, SS, LAA

Closer Watch

Rockies - Rex Brothers seems to be the odds on favorite to replace Rafael Betancourt as the Rockies closer after Betancourt just placed on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing having an appendicitis Friday. Brothers has been superb in 2013 with a 1.11 ERA to go with four saves, 10 holds, and 42 strikeouts over 40.2 innings.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
John Buck - C NYM vs PHI
7/21 1:10 PM
Cliff Lee 14-48 .292 3 6 8 6 15 .542 .370 .912
Russell Martin - C PIT @ CIN
7/21 1:10 PM
Homer Bailey 4-11 .364 1 1 1 0 1 .636 .364 1.000
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ CIN
7/21 1:10 PM
Homer Bailey 10-29 .345 0 3 0 8 7 .483 .486 .969
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD @ WAS
7/21 1:35 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 8-18 .444 0 1 3 2 3 .500 .524 1.024
Scott Hairston - OF WAS vs LAD
7/21 1:35 PM
Clayton Kershaw 8-20 .400 0 1 1 0 3 .450 .400 .850
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ KC
7/21 2:10 PM
James Shields 13-26 .500 1 6 4 2 4 .808 .536 1.343
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ KC
7/21 2:10 PM
James Shields 5-13 .385 0 1 0 0 3 .538 .385 .923
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ KC
7/21 2:10 PM
James Shields 10-22 .455 3 4 8 2 5 .909 .480 1.389
Mike Moustakas - 3B KC vs DET
7/21 2:10 PM
Doug Fister 4-10 .400 1 2 2 0 2 .800 .400 1.200
Trevor Plouffe - 3B MIN vs CLE
7/21 2:10 PM
Justin Masterson 3-10 .300 0 1 0 2 6 .400 .462 .862
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA vs OAK
7/21 3:35 PM
Bartolo Colon 7-21 .333 1 4 3 1 5 .619 .364 .983
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA vs OAK
7/21 3:35 PM
Bartolo Colon 5-12 .417 1 1 3 0 2 .667 .417 1.083
Aaron Hill - 2B ARI @ SF
7/21 4:05 PM
Madison Bumgarner 4-10 .400 2 4 4 0 1 1.200 .400 1.600
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs CHC
7/21 4:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 5-13 .385 0 2 4 4 1 .538 .529 1.068
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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CC Sabathia NYY @ BOS
7/21 8:05 PM
Red Sox Batters 46-205 .224 5 12 20 16 64 .330 .300 .630

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ike Davis - 1B NYM vs PHI
7/21 1:10 PM
Cliff Lee 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .182
Josh Harrison - SS PIT @ CIN
7/21 1:10 PM
Homer Bailey 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .200
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ CIN
7/21 1:10 PM
Homer Bailey 10-33 .303 1 3 2 1 9 .455 .314 .769
Jose Tabata - OF PIT @ CIN
7/21 1:10 PM
Homer Bailey 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .333
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs LAD
7/21 1:35 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-10 .200 0 1 0 1 2 .400 .273 .673
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs LAD
7/21 1:35 PM
Clayton Kershaw 3-13 .231 1 2 2 1 8 .538 .286 .824
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE @ MIN
7/21 2:10 PM
Scott Diamond 3-15 .200 0 0 1 1 1 .200 .250 .450
Jason Kipnis - 2B CLE @ MIN
7/21 2:10 PM
Scott Diamond 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 0 .091 .091 .182
Carlos Santana - C CLE @ MIN
7/21 2:10 PM
Scott Diamond 2-12 .167 1 2 2 0 1 .500 .167 .667
Carlos Pena - 1B HOU vs SEA
7/21 2:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 2-17 .118 0 1 0 2 4 .176 .211 .387
Salvador Perez - C KC vs DET
7/21 2:10 PM
Doug Fister 2-12 .167 0 1 0 0 1 .250 .167 .417
Ryan Doumit - C MIN vs CLE
7/21 2:10 PM
Justin Masterson 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 1 .083 .083 .167
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ STL
7/21 2:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 5 .167 .167 .333
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA vs OAK
7/21 3:35 PM
Bartolo Colon 1-16 .063 0 0 1 0 2 .063 .063 .125
Miguel Montero - C ARI @ SF
7/21 4:05 PM
Madison Bumgarner 3-15 .200 0 1 2 0 2 .267 .200 .467
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI @ SF
7/21 4:05 PM
Madison Bumgarner 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000
Martin Prado - 3B ARI @ SF
7/21 4:05 PM
Madison Bumgarner 2-10 .200 0 0 0 2 2 .200 .333 .533
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS vs NYY
7/21 8:05 PM
CC Sabathia 6-28 .214 1 2 7 1 9 .357 .281 .638
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS vs NYY
7/21 8:05 PM
CC Sabathia 3-14 .214 0 1 1 1 7 .286 .250 .536
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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James Shields KC vs Det
7/21 2:10 PM
Tigers Batters 59-166 .355 5 19 18 7 41 .541 .379 .919
Madison Bumgarner SF vs Ari
7/21 4:05 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 16-62 .258 4 8 9 5 14 .553 .313 .867
 
Recommended Pickup

Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA - In the theory of “get them while they’re” there aren’t many better options on the waiver wire right now than Smoak. In the month of July Smoak has been hitting off the charts with a .375 average, .455 OBP, and 1.142 OPS. Smoak was part of the package that saw Cliff Lee leave Seattle for Texas in 2010, but has never lived up to the potential that made him the headline of that deal at the time. A move for Smoak definitely comes with the risk that he will go cold for the rest of the year, and be sent back down to the minors like he was earlier this year, but as long as he’s hot there is no reason not to consider picking him up.

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