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Sunday Lineup Card: On The Mark

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)

White Sox (Andre Rienzo - R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 1:08
Indians (Scott Kazmir - L) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi - R), 1:10
Royals (Ervin Santana - R) at Mets (Zack Wheeler - R), 1:10
Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R) at Reds (Mike Leake - R), 1:10
Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy - R) at Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L), 1:35
Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R), 1:35
Mainers (Joe Saunders - L) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L), 1:35
Giants (Guillermo Moscoso - R) at Rays (Roberto Hernandez - R), 1:40
Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L) at Twins (Mike Pelfrey - R), 2:10
Nationals (Taylor Jordan - R) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse - R), 2:10
Dodgers (Zack Grienke - R) at Cubs (Carlos Villanueva - R), 2:20
Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L) at Angels (C.J. Wilson - L), 3:35
Rangers (Derek Holland - L) at Athletics (A.J. Griffin - R), 4:05
Yankees (Phil Hughes - R) at Padres (Ian Kennedy - R), 4:10
Braves (Alex Wood - L) at Philles (Cliff Lee - L), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: COL/PIT, SEA/BAL, CWS/DET, ARZ/BOS, CLE/MIA, HOU/MIN, SF/TB, STL/CIN, WAS/MIL, NYY/SD, TOR/LAA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD - (Wrist) Wore a brace after Saturday’s game.
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX - (Leg) Left Saturday’s game because of injury while running out grounder.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY - (Calf) Will sit out the weekends games.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD - (Knee) Was out of the lineup Saturday.
Pedro Florimon, SS, MIN - (Wrist) Scratched from the lineup Saturday.
Tom Gorzelanny, P, MIL - (Elbow) Will miss next start.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Personal) Can either return to lineup Sunday or Tuesday.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Finger) Wasn’t in the lineup Saturday.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET - (Undisclosed) Missed third game in a row Saturday.
Edgmer Escalona, P, COL - (Calf) Dealing with soreness.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL - (Forearm) Expected to miss next start.

Players on the DL

Neftali Feliz, P, TEX - (Elbow) Threw an inning of relief Friday in a rehab game.
Michael Kirkman, P, TEX - (Illness) Went five innings in first rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock.
Luis Valbuena, 3B, CHC - (Oblique) Placed on 15-day disabled list after Saturday’s game.
Stephen Fife, P, LAD - (Shoulder) Could start Sunday.
Scott Baker, P, CHC - (Elbow) Scheduled rehab start Saturday was postponed to Sunday.
J.A. Happ, P, TOR - (Knee) Likely to start Wednday for Toronto.
David Phelps, P, NYY - (Forearm) Scratched from scheduled rehab start Saturday.
Omar Infante, 2B, DET - (Ankle) Not ready to begin rehab assignment.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF - (Hamstring) Continues to make progress on recovery.
Ross Detwiler, P, WAS - (Back) Manager doubts he will return this season.
David Wright, 3B, NYM - (Hamstring) Anticipated to miss three-to-five weeks.
Roy Oswalt, P, COL - (Hamstring) Experienced a setback during simulated game Friday.
Marco Estrada, P, MIL - (Back) Is being re-evaluated after making a rehab start Friday.
Brett Anderson, P, OAK - (Foot) Set to throw simulated game Tuesday.
Jason Hammel, P, BAL - (Arm) MRI revealed no tears in right arm.
Zach Putnam, P, CHC - (Elbow) Underwent surgery Friday.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD - (Knee) Hittless in second rehab game Friday.
Chris Getz, 2B, KC - (Knee) Expected to begin rehab assignment next week.
Gerald Laird, C, ATL - (Stomach) Placed on disabled list.
Jonathan Broxton, P, CIN - (Forearm) Made rehab appearance Friday.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN - (Shoulder) Is 2-for-15 during current rehab assignment.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN - (Ankle) Could return to majors in about a week.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX - (Hip) Ran lightly before Friday’s game.
Colby Lewis, P, TEX - (Forearm) Role was discussed after next rehab start Saturday.
Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR - (Knee) MRI revealed the meniscus in knee is problematic.
Jonathan Pettibone, P, PHI - (Arm) Arm injury not thought to be serious.

Placed on the DL

David Wright, 3B, NYM
Gerald Laird, C, ATL

Activated from the DL

B.J. Upton, OF, ATL

Called Up

Andrew Albers, P, MIN
Brad Lincoln, P, TOR
Mike Baxter, OF, NYM
Evan Scribner, P, OAK
Donnie Murphy, SS, CHC
Pedro Villarreal, P, CIN
Rubby De La Rosa, P, BOS

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

Julio Borbon, OF, CHC
Wilkin Ramirez, OF, MIN
Todd Redmond, P, TOR
Tommy Milone, P, OAK
Curtis Partch, P, CIN
Pedro Beato, P, BOS
Joe Martinez, P, CLE

Released

Dewayne Wise, OF, CWS

Closer Watch

Diamondbacks - Brad Ziegler picked up his seventh save of the season Friday but did give up two hits in a one-run win at Boston. There really isn’t too much room for error as J.J. Putz has looked impressive having given up no runs in 11 appearances since losing the closer role on July 1. Ziegler has been almost as dominant with only one earned run to his name since July 4, so as long as he does not have a couple blown saves in a short span he should continue to be Arizona’s closer.

Rockies - Rex Brothers gave up a run, but still protected the two-run lead he was given Friday night to earn his eighth save of the season. Brothers has been a little shaky since becoming Colorado’s closer having given up a run in three out of his last six appearances, but still converted four saves while not blowing a save in that time. Whether he is lucky or not Brothers has been the best pitcher out of the Colorado pen all season with a 1.39 ERA over 45.1 innings, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he is given a long leash until Rafael Betancourt returns from the 15-day disabled list.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ DET
8/4 1:08 PM
Rick Porcello 6-15 .400 1 4 3 2 2 .800 .474 1.274
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ DET
8/4 1:08 PM
Rick Porcello 11-29 .379 1 4 5 3 2 .586 .438 1.024
Dayan Viciedo - OF CWS @ DET
8/4 1:08 PM
Rick Porcello 4-13 .308 1 1 3 0 1 .538 .357 .896
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ CIN
8/4 1:10 PM
Mike Leake 6-14 .429 0 1 2 1 1 .500 .467 .967
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs ARI
8/4 1:35 PM
Brandon McCarthy 4-13 .308 1 2 2 2 0 .615 .400 1.015
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ PIT
8/4 1:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 5-13 .385 0 3 2 1 3 .615 .429 1.044
Jeff Francoeur - OF SF @ TB
8/4 1:40 PM
Roberto Hernandez 4-11 .364 1 2 1 1 1 .727 .417 1.144
Marco Scutaro - 2B SF @ TB
8/4 1:40 PM
Roberto Hernandez 12-26 .462 0 4 0 2 2 .615 .500 1.115
Chad Tracy - 1B WAS @ MIL
8/4 2:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 5-15 .333 1 2 4 0 2 .600 .375 .975
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ MIL
8/4 2:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 8-21 .381 3 6 6 1 5 .952 .409 1.361
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs LAD
8/4 2:20 PM
Zack Greinke 4-12 .333 0 2 2 3 1 .500 .467 .967
Luis Valbuena - 3B CHC vs LAD
8/4 2:20 PM
Zack Greinke 7-18 .389 0 3 0 1 7 .556 .421 .977
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA vs TOR
8/4 3:35 PM
Mark Buehrle 4-12 .333 1 3 2 0 1 .750 .333 1.083
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA vs TOR
8/4 3:35 PM
Mark Buehrle 6-17 .353 1 4 1 2 3 .765 .421 1.186
Adam Lind - 1B TOR @ LAA
8/4 3:35 PM
C.J. Wilson 5-10 .500 1 3 3 2 3 1.100 .583 1.683
Alberto Callaspo - 3B OAK vs TEX
8/4 4:05 PM
Derek Holland 11-31 .355 1 6 4 1 2 .613 .375 .988
Alfonso Soriano - OF NYY @ SD
8/4 4:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 6-11 .545 3 4 6 3 2 1.455 .667 2.121
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Alejandro De Aza - OF CWS @ DET
8/4 1:08 PM
Rick Porcello 2-13 .154 0 0 0 3 2 .154 .313 .466
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ DET
8/4 1:08 PM
Rick Porcello 5-30 .167 1 1 1 0 1 .267 .167 .433
John Buck - C NYM vs KC
8/4 1:10 PM
Ervin Santana 1-15 .067 1 1 1 2 5 .267 .222 .489
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ CIN
8/4 1:10 PM
Mike Leake 1-15 .067 1 1 1 0 4 .267 .067 .333
Chris Davis - 1B BAL vs SEA
8/4 1:35 PM
Joe Saunders 2-13 .154 1 1 1 0 6 .385 .154 .538
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs SEA
8/4 1:35 PM
Joe Saunders 5-21 .238 0 0 3 0 5 .238 .238 .476
Mike Carp - OF BOS vs ARI
8/4 1:35 PM
Brandon McCarthy 3-13 .231 0 0 2 0 4 .231 .231 .462
Mike Napoli - C BOS vs ARI
8/4 1:35 PM
Brandon McCarthy 3-16 .188 0 0 0 0 7 .188 .188 .375
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL @ PIT
8/4 1:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-24 .125 1 2 3 2 8 .292 .192 .484
Ian Desmond - SS WAS @ MIL
8/4 2:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 4-17 .235 0 0 0 0 1 .235 .235 .471
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ CHC
8/4 2:20 PM
Carlos Villanueva 3-15 .200 0 2 0 0 4 .400 .200 .600
Coco Crisp - OF OAK vs TEX
8/4 4:05 PM
Derek Holland 1-10 .100 0 1 2 1 2 .200 .182 .382
Jason Heyward - OF ATL @ PHI
8/4 8:05 PM
Cliff Lee 2-11 .182 0 1 0 1 1 .364 .250 .614
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ PHI
8/4 8:05 PM
Cliff Lee 4-22 .182 1 3 3 1 10 .409 .208 .617
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Kyle Lohse MIL vs Was
8/4 2:10 PM
Nationals Batters 43-139 .309 6 14 20 6 17 .504 .342 .846
C.J. Wilson LAA vs Tor
8/4 3:35 PM
Blue Jays Batters 34-100 .340 2 13 15 13 17 .537 .420 .957
Derek Holland TEX @ Oak
8/4 4:05 PM
Athletics Batters 19-67 .284 4 10 11 5 6 .544 .333 .877
 
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