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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)

Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L) at Tigers (Justin Verlander – R), 1:08
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey – R) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon – R), 3:35
Reds (Homer Bailey – R) at Padres (Eric Stults – L), 3:40
White Sox (Jose Quintana – L) at Indians (Corey Kluber – R), 7:05
Astros (Bud Norris* – R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R), 7:05
Giants (Chad Gaudin – R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R), 7:05
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright – R) at Pirates (Jeff Locke – L), 7:05
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson – R), 7:10
Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R) at Braves (Mike Minor – L), 7:10
Mets (Jenrry Mejia – R) at Marlins (Henderson Alvarez – R), 7:10
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R) at Red Sox (John Lackey – R), 7:10
Angels (Jerome Williams – R) at Rangers (Martin Perez – L), 8:05
Brewers (Wily Peralta – R) at Cubs (Edwin Jackson – R), 8:05
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R) at Twins (Kevin Correia – R), 8:10
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda – R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L), 10:10

*If Norris is traded before the July 31 deadline, Erik Bedard will likely start.*

Day Game After Night Game: WAS/DET, TOR/OAK, CIN/SD

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU (quadriceps) – Sat out of Tuesday’s contest.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET (hip) – Removed from Tuesday’s game after reportedly aggravating hip injury.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC (groin) – Remained out of lineup Tuesday.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CIN (ankle) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (illness) – Returned to the starting lineup Tuesday.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN (back) – Remained out of the lineup Tuesday with stiff back and also received an MRI on his left knee.
Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL (hamstring) – Removed from Tuesday’s start with left hamstring tightness and appears to be in danger of missing next start.
Chris Getz, 2B, KC (knee) – Still experiencing knee soreness and remained out of lineup Tuesday.
Jason Kubel, OF, ARI (back) – Returned to starting lineup Tuesday.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (forearm) – Hit by line drive during batting practice but remained in lineup Tuesday.
Yadier Molina, C, STL (undisclosed) – Removed from Tuesday’s game in the fourth inning.
Buster Posey, C, SF (illness) – Scratched from Tuesday’s game after feeling sick during batting practice.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (knee) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Alex Rios, OF, CWS (foot) – Left Tuesday’s game after fouling a pitch off his foot.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL (personal) – Was in lineup Tuesday but expected to miss some time in upcoming days for the birth of his first child.

Disabled List
Lance Berkman, DH, TEX (hip) – Still not close to rejoining the Rangers.
Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL (abdomen) – Has begun playing catch but isn’t expected to begin a rehab assignment until at least August 9.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (concussion) – Manager Charlie Manuel said Brown may not return for another week.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (neck/shoulder) – Continued loss-toss program by throwing out to 120 feet Monday.
Sean Burnett, RP, LAA (elbow) – Threw a bullpen session Monday.
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI (hip) – Will make a rehab start at Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.
Alex Cobb, SP, TB (head) – Expected to throw a 45-pitch simulated game Tuesday followed by a rehab start at High-A Port Charlotte over the weekend.
Kyle Drabek, SP, TOR (elbow) – Activated from DL and has put together 15.2 consecutive scoreless innings streak at High-A Dunedin.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY (finger) – Will play for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday and Wednesday and could return to Yankees on Friday.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI (knee) – Rehab is coming along “slow and steady” and remains without timetable for return.
Drew Hutchison, SP, TOR (elbow) – Moved rehab assignment from High-A Dunedin to Double-A New Hampshire on Tuesday.
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX (forearm) – Believes he’ll be ready to rejoin rotation after Friday’s rehab start.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD (knee) – Expected to begin a rehab assignment soon with Triple-A Tucson.
Roy Oswalt, SP, COL (hamstring) – Scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday followed by one rehab a start after a successful bullpen session Tuesday.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL (knee) – Recovering slowly in progress from sore left knee.
B.J. Upton, OF, ATL (leg) – Will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN (knee) – Hopeful to begin a rehab assignment next week.

Transactions

Called Up (from Triple-A Unless otherwise noted)
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI
Michael Blazek, RP, STL
Keith Butler, RP, STL
Brandon Cumpton, SP, PIT
Todd Cunningham, OF, ATL
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
Roger Kieschnick, OF, SF
Chia-Jen Lo, RP, HOU
Tyler Lyons, P, STL
Miles Mikolas, RP, SD
Brett Pill, OF, SF
Andre Rienzo, SP, CWS
Josh Zeid, RP, HOU

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Joe Martinez, RP, CLE (designated for assignment)
Luke Putkonen, RP, DET
Marc Rzepczynski, RP, CLE
Fernando Salas, RP, STL
Steve Susdorf, OF, PHI (designated for assignment)
Blake Tekotte, OF, CWS

Placed on the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Reed Johnson, OF, ATL
Sean O’Sullivan, P, SD (paternity list)

Traded
Juan Herrera, 2B, from CLE to CIN
Marc Rzepzynski, RP, from STL to CLE

Signed
Brian Wilson, RP, LAD (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Rangers: After reports surfaced Sunday that the Rangers would shop Joe Nathan for some offensive help, GM Jon Daniels said Monday that he does not expect to trade his closer. Nathan has been typically impressive this season, but with none of the National League contenders seemingly in need of a lockdown closer, it seems unlikely Nathan would fetch the kind of return that the Rangers would be comfortable accepting.

Rockies: Rafael Betancourt, currently on the disabled list after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, has only recently begun playing catch but isn't expected to begin a rehab assignment until the Rockies return from their road trip August 9. As a result of Betancourt’s slow recovery progress, Rex Brothers figures to retain closing duties until at least mid-August. There has been some talk that the Rockies could move Betancourt before the trade deadline, but because of his uncertain health, any sort of deal is unlikely to happen.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jose Bautista - OF TOR @ OAK
7/31 3:35 PM
Bartolo Colon 3-11 .273 1 1 2 3 3 .545 .429 .974
Adam Lind - 1B TOR @ OAK
7/31 3:35 PM
Bartolo Colon 4-13 .308 1 1 1 1 0 .538 .357 .896
Will Venable - OF SD vs CIN
7/31 3:40 PM
Homer Bailey 4-13 .308 0 2 1 3 3 .538 .438 .976
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs HOU
7/31 7:05 PM
Erik Bedard 6-12 .500 0 2 0 1 4 .667 .571 1.238
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs HOU
7/31 7:05 PM
Erik Bedard 5-11 .455 2 3 5 2 2 1.091 .538 1.629
Michael Young - 3B PHI vs SF
7/31 7:05 PM
Chad Gaudin 15-32 .469 3 6 7 3 4 .844 .528 1.372
Pedro Alvarez - 3B PIT vs STL
7/31 7:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 3-11 .273 1 2 5 1 4 .636 .333 .970
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs STL
7/31 7:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 5-16 .313 1 3 1 1 3 .625 .389 1.014
Russell Martin - C PIT vs STL
7/31 7:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 8-16 .500 0 2 2 2 0 .625 .579 1.204
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs STL
7/31 7:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 9-21 .429 0 4 0 1 2 .667 .455 1.121
Jose Tabata - OF PIT vs STL
7/31 7:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 6-12 .500 1 2 3 1 2 .917 .538 1.455
Neil Walker - 2B PIT vs STL
7/31 7:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 4-10 .400 0 0 5 3 1 .400 .538 .938
Jeff Francoeur - OF SF @ PHI
7/31 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 9-22 .409 1 1 3 0 4 .545 .409 .955
Endy Chavez - OF SEA @ BOS
7/31 7:10 PM
John Lackey 8-13 .615 0 1 1 0 2 .692 .571 1.264
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA @ BOS
7/31 7:10 PM
John Lackey 22-57 .386 1 6 8 5 5 .526 .435 .962
Jonathan Lucroy - C MIL @ CHC
7/31 8:05 PM
Edwin Jackson 5-12 .417 1 1 2 0 1 .667 .417 1.083
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs LAA
7/31 8:05 PM
Jerome Williams 8-16 .500 1 2 4 0 2 .750 .500 1.250
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs LAA
7/31 8:05 PM
Jerome Williams 9-14 .643 3 4 9 1 2 1.357 .667 2.024
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs LAA
7/31 8:05 PM
Jerome Williams 5-16 .313 0 4 0 1 0 .563 .389 .951
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs KC
7/31 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 5-10 .500 1 1 2 3 0 .800 .615 1.415
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN vs KC
7/31 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 5-14 .357 2 4 5 1 3 .929 .400 1.329
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD vs NYY
7/31 10:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 11-32 .344 3 7 7 6 0 .750 .447 1.197
Skip Schumaker - 2B LAD vs NYY
7/31 10:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 6-14 .429 0 1 2 0 2 .500 .429 .929
Alfonso Soriano - OF NYY @ LAD
7/31 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 4-11 .364 2 3 3 1 4 1.000 .417 1.417
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jake Peavy CWS @ CLE
7/31 7:05 PM
Indians Batters 20-103 .194 5 8 18 3 31 .374 .215 .589

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET vs WAS
7/31 1:08 PM
Gio Gonzalez 1-10 .100 0 1 0 3 3 .200 .357 .557
Torii Hunter - OF DET vs WAS
7/31 1:08 PM
Gio Gonzalez 5-25 .200 1 2 2 3 6 .360 .286 .646
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs WAS
7/31 1:08 PM
Gio Gonzalez 2-12 .167 1 1 2 4 3 .417 .353 .770
Coco Crisp - OF OAK vs TOR
7/31 3:35 PM
R.A. Dickey 2-11 .182 0 0 1 0 3 .182 .167 .348
Alexi Casilla - 2B BAL vs HOU
7/31 7:05 PM
Erik Bedard 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 2 .200 .273 .473
Michael Brantley - OF CLE vs CWS
7/31 7:05 PM
Jake Peavy 3-16 .188 0 1 4 0 5 .250 .188 .438
Mark Reynolds - 1B CLE vs CWS
7/31 7:05 PM
Jake Peavy 2-17 .118 0 0 0 1 9 .118 .167 .284
Justin Smoak - 1B SEA @ BOS
7/31 7:10 PM
John Lackey 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL @ CHC
7/31 8:05 PM
Edwin Jackson 4-24 .167 0 1 1 1 3 .208 .192 .401
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX vs LAA
7/31 8:05 PM
Jerome Williams 2-14 .143 0 0 1 2 0 .143 .250 .393
Mitch Moreland - 1B TEX vs LAA
7/31 8:05 PM
Jerome Williams 2-14 .143 1 2 4 0 2 .429 .133 .562
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD vs NYY
7/31 10:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 4-18 .222 0 1 1 0 5 .278 .222 .500
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Bartolo Colon OAK vs Tor
7/31 3:35 PM
Blue Jays Batters 34-105 .324 3 9 14 6 14 .480 .355 .834
Erik Bedard HOU @ Bal
7/31 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 21-68 .309 2 7 6 8 15 .481 .394 .875
Chad Gaudin SF @ Phi
7/31 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters 20-62 .323 3 8 8 6 12 .542 .389 .932
Adam Wainwright STL @ Pit
7/31 7:05 PM
Pirates Batters 42-115 .365 4 14 20 10 19 .570 .424 .995
John Lackey BOS vs Sea
7/31 7:10 PM
Mariners Batters 39-109 .358 1 7 14 6 12 .445 .386 .831
Jerome Williams LAA @ Tex
7/31 8:05 PM
Rangers Batters 34-100 .340 5 13 20 4 11 .579 .370 .949
Hiroki Kuroda NYY @ LAD
7/31 10:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 26-92 .283 4 12 12 8 9 .535 .340 .875
 
Recommended Pickup

Andre Rienzo, SP, CWS – Much like Dan Straily last season for the Athletics, Rienzo is a relatively unheralded prospect that has made waves in the high minors for his high strikeout totals. Rienzo’s most recent start at Triple-A Charlotte was probably his most acclaimed, as the 24-year-old struck out 11 batters in a seven-inning no-hitter. Rienzo was officially called up to start Tuesday after Jake Peavy was scratched, and with the growing likelihood that Peavy will be dealt before Wednesday’s trade deadline, Rienzo will likely have a chance to retain a rotation spot with the White Sox the rest of the season. Since he’s somewhat older for a prospect making his major league debut and doesn’t possess much of a pedigree, it’s probably best to ignore him in most mixed leagues for now, but he could become a sneaky addition in AL-only formats.

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