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Monday Lineup Card: Lump Of Kole

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Projected Starters - A look at Monday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Braves (Mike Minor – L) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R), 7:05
Dodgers (Zack Greinke – R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright – R), 7:05
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R) at Indians (Corey Kluber – R), 7:05
Yankees (Andy Pettitte – L) at White Sox (Jose Quintana – L), 8:10
Twins (Kevin Correia – R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 8:10
Red Sox (John Lackey – R) at Astros (Brett Oberholtzer – L), 8:10
Rangers (Martin Perez – L) at Angels (Jerome Williams – R), 10:05
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey – R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R), 10:10
Brewers (Tyler Thornburg – R) at Giants (Chad Gaudin – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Day of Reckoning
Monday will be an interesting day as MLB reportedly will announce suspensions for players linked to the Biogenesis performance enhancing drugs investigation. The following players are rumored to be involved (though this list may not be all-inclusive) and may begin serving suspensions as soon as Monday night. Players who appeal their suspensions can play until the appeal is resolved. Stay tuned to headlines in the afternoon and lineups at night regarding the following players:
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR (already served a suspension in 2012 and may avoid further punishment)
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY (on DL)
Bartolo Colon, P, OAK
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
Fautino De Los Santos, P, Free Agent
Yasmani, Grandal, C, SD (on DL, already served a suspension in 2012 and may avoid further punishment)
Fernando Martinez, OF, NYY (on DL in Triple-A)
Jesus Montero, C, SEA (in Triple-A)
Jordan Norberto, P, Free Agent
Jhonny Peralta, SS, DET
Cesar Puello, OF, NYM (in Double-A)
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (reportedly likely to appeal suspension)


Injuries

Day-to-Day
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET – (Abdomen) Missed fourth straight game Sunday.
Wade Davis, P, KC – (Personal) Away from team for three-to-seven days with family matter, may miss start.
Pedro Florimon, SS, MIN – (Wrist) Scratched Sunday with soreness.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL – (Finger) Aggravated injury Sunday, could hit DL.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB – (Finger) Sat Sunday with sprain.
David Lough, OF, KC – (Quadricpes) Should miss two games.
Bobby Parnell, P, NYM – (Neck) Unavailable again Sunday, could hit DL if not ready Tuesday.
Cliff Pennington, SS, AZ – (Foot) Had x-ray Sunday, expect results Monday.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD – (Wrist) Sat Sunday, should return at some point during early-week series.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD – (Knee) Out of lineup Sunday and could hit DL.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD – (Shoulder) Left Sunday with jammed shoulder, MRI Monday.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL – (Personal) Paternity leave should end in time for Monday’s game.
Matt Thornton, P, BOS – (Oblique) Could be headed to DL.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS – (Hand) Negative x-ray after HBP Sunday.

Players on the DL
Jesse Crain, P, TB – (Shoulder) Will play catch this week.
Marco Estrada, P, MIL – (Back) Will make another rehab start Thursday after bad outing last Friday.
Chris Getz, 2B, KC – (Knee) Will begin rehab assignment Monday.
Jason Grilli, P, PIT – (Forearm) Still resting but Pirates say he is “making progress.”
Omar Infante, 2B, DET – (Ankle) Ran bases Sunday, rehab assignment still at least several days away.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD – (Ankle) Should work out this week, probably out until September.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN – (Ankle) Moved rehab up to Triple-A, could be activated over the weekend.
James McDonald, P, PIT – (Shoulder) Will begin bullpen sessions Monday.
Matt Moore, P, TB – (Elbow) Played catch Sunday, expected back in mid-August.
Franklin Morales, P, BOS – (Shoulder) Not ready to pitch back-to-back days on rehab quite yet.
Jon Niese, P, NYM – (Shoulder) Should make final rehab start Thursday.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL – (Knee) Could be activated over the upcoming weekend.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY – (Hip) Will be in lineup Monday if he does not begin serving suspension.
David Ross, C, BOS – (Concussion) Should begin minor league rehab this week.
Ryan Vogelsong, P, SF – (Hand) Scheduled to make final rehab start Friday.

Placed on the DL
Wade Davis, P, KC (family emergency list, will miss 3-to-7 days)
Steve Delabar, P, TOR
Ross Ohlendorf, P, WAS
Salvador Perez, C, KC
Luis Valbuena, 3B, CHC

Activated from the DL
Stephen Fife, P, LAD
Brandon McCarthy, P, AZ

Called Up
Xavier Cedeno, P, WAS
Brett Hayes, C, KC
Brad Peacock, P, HOU
Will Smith, OF, KC
Danny Valencia, 3B, BAL
Scott Van Slyke, OF, LAD
Logan Watkins, 2B, CHC

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Darin Downs, OF, DET
Steve Johnson, P, BAL
Jimmy Paredes, OF, HOU
J.C. Ramirez, P, PHI
Tony Sipp, P, AZ

Traded/Signed/Claimed
None

Closer Watch
Tigers – Given a chance to save Sunday’s game with Joaquin Benoit getting a day off, Drew Smyly surrendered a solo home run to Paul Konerko. Benoit has a bit of a grip on the role, though Smyly has had an impressive season of his own.

Mariners – Danny Farquhar earned saves both Saturday and Sunday and he seems to be getting a grip on the closer position after the removal of Tom Wilhelmsen.

Angels – Another day, another pathetic performance from Ernesto Frieri. This time it was Frieri allowing a hit and hitting a batter before Dane De La Rosa surrendered the inherited runners. De La Rosa took the blown save, though Frieri certainly played a hand and was pinned with the loss.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jason Heyward - OF ATL @ WAS
8/5 7:05 PM
Stephen Strasburg 7-12 .583 0 1 1 2 2 .667 .643 1.310
Brian McCann - C ATL @ WAS
8/5 7:05 PM
Stephen Strasburg 6-15 .400 1 2 2 0 4 .667 .400 1.067
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ WAS
8/5 7:05 PM
Stephen Strasburg 8-17 .471 2 4 8 3 6 .941 .550 1.491
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs DET
8/5 7:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 4-11 .364 1 1 2 1 3 .636 .417 1.053
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ STL
8/5 7:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 8-27 .296 2 5 5 3 7 .630 .367 .996
Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3B LAD @ STL
8/5 7:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 5-10 .500 1 2 1 0 1 .900 .500 1.400
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs LAD
8/5 7:05 PM
Zack Greinke 5-17 .294 2 2 3 2 1 .647 .368 1.015
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs NYY
8/5 8:10 PM
Andy Pettitte 6-21 .286 0 5 2 3 7 .524 .375 .899
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs NYY
8/5 8:10 PM
Andy Pettitte 5-15 .333 1 2 4 2 2 .600 .412 1.012
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ KC
8/5 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 5-10 .500 1 1 2 3 0 .800 .615 1.415
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ KC
8/5 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 5-14 .357 2 4 5 1 3 .929 .400 1.329
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ LAA
8/5 10:05 PM
Jerome Williams 8-16 .500 1 2 4 0 2 .750 .500 1.250
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX @ LAA
8/5 10:05 PM
Jerome Williams 9-14 .643 3 4 9 1 2 1.357 .667 2.024
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ LAA
8/5 10:05 PM
Jerome Williams 5-16 .313 0 4 0 1 0 .563 .389 .951
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA vs TOR
8/5 10:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 10-28 .357 3 3 6 1 2 .679 .379 1.058
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL @ SF
8/5 10:15 PM
Chad Gaudin 7-21 .333 1 3 3 0 4 .571 .333 .905
 
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
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX @ LAA
8/5 10:05 PM
Jerome Williams 2-14 .143 0 0 1 2 0 .143 .250 .393
Mitch Moreland - 1B TEX @ LAA
8/5 10:05 PM
Jerome Williams 2-14 .143 1 2 4 0 2 .429 .133 .562
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Stephen Strasburg WAS vs Atl
8/5 7:05 PM
Braves Batters 29-76 .382 3 9 17 8 19 .584 .433 1.017
Anibal Sanchez DET @ Cle
8/5 7:05 PM
Indians Batters 24-75 .320 1 6 9 7 18 .441 .374 .816
Andy Pettitte NYY @ CWS
8/5 8:10 PM
White Sox Batters 28-84 .333 4 12 16 8 15 .589 .381 .970
Jerome Williams LAA vs Tex
8/5 10:05 PM
Rangers Batters 34-100 .340 5 13 20 4 11 .579 .370 .949
 

Recommended Pickup
Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA – Calhoun was recalled a week ago after the Angels placed Albert Pujols on the DL and he will compete for time in the outfield and at DH, primarily with J.B. Shuck and Collin Cowgill. Calhoun slashed .354/.431/.617 with 12 home runs and ten steals at Triple-A and picked up six starts in eight games. The Angels may give him a long look as they find themselves out of the playoff race at the moment.

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