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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 (Chris Archer - R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova - R), 1:05 PM
Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L) at Blue Jays (Josh Johnson - R), 1:07 PM
Angels (Garrett Richards - R) at Athletics (Tommy Milone - L), 3:05 PM
Mets (Dillon Gee - R) at Nationals (Dan Haren - R), 3:05 PM
Cardinals (Joe Kelly - R) at Braves (Julio Teheran - R), 3:05 PM
Twins (Samuel Deduno - R) at Mariners (Aaron Harang - R), 4:10 PM
Red Sox (Ryan Dempster - R) at Orioles (Scott Feldman - R), 7:05 PM
Rangers (Yu Darvish - R) at Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 7:05 PM
Phillies (Raul Valdes - L) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 7:08 PM
Royals (Wade Davis - R) at White Sox (Chris Sale - L), 7:10 PM
Pirates (Charlie Morton - R) at Marlins (Tom Koehler - R), 7:10 PM
Brewers (Tom Gorzelanny - L) at Rockies (Collin McHugh - R), 8:10 PM
Padres (Andrew Cashner - R) at Diamondbacks (Tyler Skaggs - L), 8:10 PM
Cubs (Chris Rusin - L) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L), 9:05 PM
Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L), 9:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: TB/NYY, HOU/TOR, LAA/OAK, NYM/WAS, STL/ATL, MIN/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW (Wrist) - Returned to the lineup Friday.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET (Hip) - Remained out of the lineup Friday.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (Finger) - Was not in the starting lineup Friday against the Brewers.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (Knee) - Left Game 1 of a doubleheader Friday with a knee injury.
Torii Hunter, OF, DET (Achilles) - Scratched from the lineup Friday.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA (Undisclosed) - Was out of the lineup Friday.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI (Neck) - Scratched from his start Saturday due to a stiff neck.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN (Personal) - Will still be out through the weekend following the birth of twins.
Miguel Montero, C, ARI (Back) - Still out of the lineup Friday.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (Back) - Is still dealing with a sore back.
Drew Storen, RP, WAS (Illness) - Is unlikely to be available Friday due to illness.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT (Forearm) - Remained out of the lineup for game on Friday.
Eric Young Jr., OF, NYM (Knee) - Was out of the lineup for both games of a doubleheader Friday.

Players on the DL
Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL (Elbow) - Will return to the Atlanta rotation Monday in place of Tim Hudson.
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI (Hip) - Expects his next rehab assignment to be with Triple-A.
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY (Hand) - Is dealing with soreness in his finger.
Chris Coghlan, OF, MIA (Back) - Lengthened throwing program to 120 feet Friday.
Jesse Crain, RP, CHW (Shoulder) - Stopped throwing program Thursday. He will rest for five days before throwing again.
Trevor Crowe, OF, HOU (Shoulder) - Transferred his rehab assignment to Triple-A.
Lucas Duda, OF, NYM (Oblique) - Played a full game with GCL Mets on Friday.
John Gast, RP, STL (Shoulder) - Had season-ending shoulder surgery Friday.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY (Finger) - Played in a rehab game Thursday and could be back in a little over a week.
Jason Grilli, RP, PIT (Forearm) - Will be re-evaluated in 10-14 days.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (Hamstring) - Will come off the disabled list Saturday.
Tim Hudson, SP, ATL (Ankle) - Will have season-ending surgery Friday.
Omar Infante, 2B, DET (Ankle) - Return has been pushed back for another week or two.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN (Ankle) - Will begin a rehab assignment with GCL Twins on Saturday.
Franklin Morales, RP, BOS (Shoulder) - Will begin a rehab assignment Monday.
Mike Morse, OF, SEA (Quad) - Will still need a few more rehab games at Triple-A before coming off the DL.
Jayson Nix, 3B, NYY (Hamstring) - Played in a rehab game with High-A on Thursday.
Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA (Thumb) - Had successful surgery and will miss the rest of the season.
Steve Pearce, OF, BAL (Wrist) - Began rehab assignment with GCL Orioles on Friday.
Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL (Ankle) - Ran on the field Friday.
B.J. Upton, OF, ATL (Leg) - Ran on the field Friday.
Alex Wilson, RP, BOS (Thumb) - Will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday.
Mike Zunino, C, SEA (Hand) - Will miss six weeks with a broken left hamate bone.

Placed on the DL
Drew Pomeranz, SP, COL
Mike Zunino, C, SEA

Activated from the DL
Ryan Mattheus, RP, WAS
Jenrry Mejia, SP, NYM (from the 60-day DL)

Called Up
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL
Eduardo Sanchez, RP, CHC
Rob Wooten, RP, MIL

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Sean Halton, OF, MIL
Thomas Neal, OF, NYY

Traded
Corey Black, SP, CHC (from NYY)
Guillermo Moscoso, RP, SF (from CHC)
Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY (from CHC)

Signed
Jair Jurrjens, SP, DET

Closer Watch

Diamondbacks: On Wednesday, manager Kirk Gibson officially named Brad Ziegler the closer for the time being. Ziegler took the ball in the ninth for the Diamondbacks on Thursday and converted the save. He escaped a near home run by Nate Schierholtz to finish off a scoreless inning for his fifth save of the season. He has converted all of his save opportunities since unofficially taking over the closer role. His job security as closer does remain low, considering the experienced options behind him, and that the Diamondbacks are in a playoff race.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Desmond Jennings - OF TB @ NYY
7/27 1:05 PM
Ivan Nova 4-13 .308 0 2 0 1 3 .538 .400 .938
Sean Rodriguez - SS TB @ NYY
7/27 1:05 PM
Ivan Nova 5-12 .417 1 3 2 0 2 .833 .417 1.250
Marlon Byrd - OF NYM @ WAS
7/27 3:05 PM
Dan Haren 8-16 .500 0 3 0 1 3 .750 .556 1.306
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs NYM
7/27 3:05 PM
Dillon Gee 4-15 .267 2 2 2 2 5 .667 .353 1.020
Ryan Doumit - C MIN @ SEA
7/27 4:10 PM
Aaron Harang 10-29 .345 3 5 4 1 6 .724 .367 1.091
Nate McLouth - OF BAL vs BOS
7/27 7:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 6-20 .300 1 3 3 3 4 .550 .440 .990
Mike Napoli - C BOS @ BAL
7/27 7:05 PM
Scott Feldman 11-23 .478 2 2 6 1 4 .739 .500 1.239
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX @ CLE
7/27 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 5-10 .500 0 0 1 1 4 .500 .545 1.045
A.J. Pierzynski - C TEX @ CLE
7/27 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 14-33 .424 0 4 4 1 4 .545 .429 .974
Michael Young - 3B PHI @ DET
7/27 7:08 PM
Max Scherzer 6-18 .333 0 3 1 2 4 .611 .429 1.040
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs KC
7/27 7:10 PM
Wade Davis 4-13 .308 0 2 0 2 2 .462 .400 .862
Billy Butler - 1B KC @ CWS
7/27 7:10 PM
Chris Sale 7-22 .318 3 3 7 2 4 .727 .360 1.087
Lorenzo Cain - OF KC @ CWS
7/27 7:10 PM
Chris Sale 5-14 .357 1 2 1 0 3 .643 .357 1.000
Alcides Escobar - SS KC @ CWS
7/27 7:10 PM
Chris Sale 10-23 .435 0 1 0 2 5 .478 .480 .958
Chris Getz - 2B KC @ CWS
7/27 7:10 PM
Chris Sale 6-14 .429 0 0 1 0 3 .429 .429 .857
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs MIL
7/27 8:10 PM
Tom Gorzelanny 4-10 .400 1 2 2 0 3 .800 .400 1.200
Starlin Castro - SS CHC @ SF
7/27 9:05 PM
Madison Bumgarner 8-18 .444 0 1 1 0 4 .500 .444 .944
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD vs CIN
7/27 9:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 7-21 .333 1 3 3 0 4 .571 .333 .905
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Ivan Nova NYY vs TB
7/27 1:05 PM
Rays Batters 22-121 .182 4 10 7 10 28 .330 .259 .589
Ryan Dempster BOS @ BAL
7/27 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 12-65 .185 1 5 7 5 16 .301 .257 .559
Wade Davis KC @ CWS
7/27 7:10 PM
White Sox Batters 9-61 .148 1 4 2 6 11 .265 .223 .488

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Yunel Escobar - SS TB @ NYY
7/27 1:05 PM
Ivan Nova 2-13 .154 0 1 0 1 2 .231 .313 .543
Matt Joyce - OF TB @ NYY
7/27 1:05 PM
Ivan Nova 2-16 .125 0 1 1 3 5 .188 .263 .451
Evan Longoria - 3B TB @ NYY
7/27 1:05 PM
Ivan Nova 3-15 .200 1 1 2 1 1 .400 .250 .650
Jose Molina - C TB @ NYY
7/27 1:05 PM
Ivan Nova 2-15 .133 1 1 1 0 4 .333 .133 .467
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ NYY
7/27 1:05 PM
Ivan Nova 2-18 .111 0 0 0 3 4 .111 .238 .349
John Buck - C NYM @ WAS
7/27 3:05 PM
Dan Haren 2-13 .154 0 0 1 0 2 .154 .214 .368
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS vs NYM
7/27 3:05 PM
Dillon Gee 2-11 .182 1 1 1 0 2 .455 .182 .636
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs NYM
7/27 3:05 PM
Dillon Gee 3-15 .200 0 1 0 1 3 .267 .250 .517
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN @ SEA
7/27 4:10 PM
Aaron Harang 4-19 .211 0 1 0 0 4 .263 .211 .474
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs BOS
7/27 7:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-27 .074 0 1 2 1 7 .111 .103 .215
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ CLE
7/27 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 3-17 .176 0 0 0 1 2 .176 .222 .399
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX @ CLE
7/27 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 2-10 .200 1 1 1 0 3 .500 .200 .700
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ CLE
7/27 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 2-10 .200 0 1 0 2 4 .300 .333 .633
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs KC
7/27 7:10 PM
Wade Davis 0-12 .000 0 0 1 1 1 .000 .071 .071
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs KC
7/27 7:10 PM
Wade Davis 0-13 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Eric Hosmer - 1B KC @ CWS
7/27 7:10 PM
Chris Sale 2-12 .167 0 1 0 0 4 .250 .167 .417
Mark Ellis - 2B LAD vs CIN
7/27 9:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 1-11 .091 1 1 1 0 1 .364 .091 .455
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD vs CIN
7/27 9:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 4-29 .138 1 1 1 2 3 .241 .194 .435
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Justin Masterson CLE vs Tex
7/27 7:05 PM
Rangers Batters 32-89 .360 3 8 8 5 18 .509 .389 .898
Scott Feldman BAL vs Bos
7/27 7:05 PM
Red Sox Batters 25-61 .410 5 6 16 2 9 .684 .433 1.116
Chris Sale CWS vs KC
7/27 7:10 PM
Royals Batters 48-147 .327 4 13 13 9 35 .471 .363 .834
 


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