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Sunday Lineup Card: All In With Alvarez

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)

Angels (Jerome Williams - R) at Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 1:05
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Yankees (Andy Pettitte - L), 1:05
Athletics (A.J. Griffin - R) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R), 1:07
Padres (Ian Kennedy - R) at Reds (Mike Leake - R), 1:10
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez - R) at Braves (Mike Minor - L), 1:35
Red Sox (John Lackey - R) at Royals (James Shields - R), 2:10
Twins (Kevin Correia - R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana - L), 2:10
Rangers (Martin Perez - L) at Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L), 2:10
Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R) at Cardinals (Joe Kelly - R), 2:15
Orioles (Bud Norris - R) at Giants (Matt Cain - R), 4:05
Brewers (Wily Peralta - R) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R), 4:10
Mets (Jon Niese - L) at Diamondbacks (Zeke Spruill - R), 4:10
Pirates (Jeff Locke - L) at Rockies (Chad Bettis - R), 4:10
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R), 5:05
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: LAA/CLE, BOS/KC, MIA/ATL, SD/CIN, TEX/HOU, CHC/STL, NYM/ARZ, PIT/COL, MIL/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Dioner Navarro, C, CHC - (Ankle) Proclaimed to be good to go.
Scott Kazmir, P, CLE - (Arm) Will miss start Wednesday because of dead arm.
Brian McCann, C, ATL - (Knee) Out of Saturday’s lineup because of soreness.
Derek Norris, C, OAK - (Back) Pinch hit in Saturday’s game.
Wade Davis, P, KC - (Personal) Activated from the emergency family leave Sunday, and will start Monday.
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU - (Thumb) Was out of Saturday’s lineup with a sprain.
Dayan Viciedo, OF, CWS - (Thumb) Scratched from Saturday’s lineup.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD - (Shoulder) Was out of Saturday’s lineup.
J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR - (Knee) Was back in the lineup Saturday.

Players on the DL

Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL - (Knee) Team is targeting a Tuesday return from the DL.
Jason Vargas, P, LAA - (Arm) Will throw bullpen session Sunday.
Brandon Snyder, 1B, BOS - (Elbow) Placedon the 15-day disabled list Saturday.
Matt Harrison, P, TEX - (Back) Will be evaluated Monday.
Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT - (Forearm) Completed bullpen session Saturday without an issue.
Brett Myers, P, CLE - (Elbow) Still feels pain throwing off mound, but when doing so on flat ground.
Roy Halladay, P, PHI - (Shoulder) Threw five innings in a simulated game Saturday.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN - (Shoulder) Will be activated from the disabled list Monday.
Thomas Neal, OF, CHC - (Shoulder) Transferred to 60-day disabled list.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY - (Calf) Expects to resume running next week.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC - (Oblique) Placed on 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a strain.
Alex Cobb, P, TB - (Head) Should be activated in time to make a start Thursday.
Jason Hammel, P, BAL - (Arm) Wants to pitch in upcoming series at Arizona.
David Wright, 3B, NYM - (Hamstring) May not play again this season.
Brian Bogusevic, OF, CHC - (Hamstring) Began rehab assignment Friday.
Juan Perez, P, TOR - (Elbow) Diagnosed with a torn UCL and will get Tommy John surgery.
Paul Maholm, P, ATL - (Wrist) Threw bullpen session Friday.
Rafael Betancourt, P, COL - (Appendicitis) Scheduled to throw simulated game Monday.
Miguel Montero, C, ARZ - (Back) Has resumed baseball activities.

Placed on the DL

Juan Perez, P, TOR
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
Brandon Snyder, 1B, BOS

Activated from the DL

Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL
Franklin Morales, P, BOS

Called Up

Jaff Decker, OF, SD
Sonny Gray, P, OAK
Mickey Storey, P, TOR
Michael Wacha, P, STL
Will Smith, P, KC
Donnie Joseph, P, KC
Darnell McDonald, OF, CHC
Bobbie Boshers, P, LAA
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS

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

Charles Leesman, P, CWS
Liam Hendricks, P, MIN
Jose Constanza, OF, ATL
Adam Rosales, SS, OAK
Drew Hutchinson, P, TOR
Carlos Martinez, P, STL
Joey Butler, OF, TEX
Francisley Bueno, P, KC
J.C. Boscan, P, CHC
Pedro Beato, P, BOS

Released

Kyle Farnsworth, P, TB

Closer Watch

Yankees - No closer in the majors has a more secure job than Mariano Rivera has with the Yankees, but he blew his second save in a row Friday night in a game his team eventually ended up winning against the Tigers. This is more likely just a coincidence than anything for Rivera, and even if he blows the save in his next appearance he will remain the Yankees closer.

Angels - Dane De La Rosa received his first career MLB save Friday night when he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning. De La Rosa took advantage to the opportunity given to him because Ernesto Frieri has been off as of late and was able to convert. Look for him to pick up more saves while Frieri proves he can be trusted in the ninth inning with the lead.

Orioles - Jim Johnson blew his seventh save of the season Friday against the Giants when he gave up a run to tie the game, but it was Tommy Hunter who got the save when he came into the tenth with the lead a three-run lead thanks to a Chris Davis homer. Johnson is the Orioles man in the ninth, so Hunter will not get many more save chances unless something drastic happens to Johnson.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ NYY
8/11 1:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 4-12 .333 2 3 3 0 3 .917 .333 1.250
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA @ CLE
8/11 1:05 PM
Justin Masterson 8-12 .667 2 4 4 0 0 1.333 .667 2.000
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY vs DET
8/11 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 8-24 .333 3 4 7 4 3 .750 .448 1.198
Vernon Wells - OF NYY vs DET
8/11 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 8-23 .348 0 3 1 2 2 .478 .400 .878
Logan Morrison - OF MIA @ ATL
8/11 1:35 PM
Mike Minor 3-10 .300 1 3 3 0 3 .900 .300 1.200
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ KC
8/11 2:10 PM
James Shields 16-51 .314 3 12 15 8 7 .667 .407 1.073
Jeff Keppinger - 3B CWS vs MIN
8/11 2:10 PM
Kevin Correia 5-11 .455 1 2 3 2 0 .818 .500 1.318
Billy Butler - 1B KC vs BOS
8/11 2:10 PM
John Lackey 6-12 .500 1 1 2 0 4 .750 .500 1.250
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs BOS
8/11 2:10 PM
John Lackey 4-10 .400 0 2 0 0 2 .600 .455 1.055
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL @ SF
8/11 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 4-14 .286 1 2 3 0 4 .571 .286 .857
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs PHI
8/11 5:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 10-23 .435 2 5 5 0 2 .870 .458 1.328
Bryce Harper - OF WAS vs PHI
8/11 5:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 6-12 .500 1 4 2 2 0 1.000 .571 1.571
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs PHI
8/11 5:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 10-33 .303 1 8 2 2 4 .606 .378 .984
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD vs TB
8/11 8:05 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 3-17 .176 2 3 7 4 1 .647 .333 .980
 
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
Erick Aybar - SS LAA @ CLE
8/11 1:05 PM
Justin Masterson 2-13 .154 0 0 0 2 4 .154 .267 .421
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs DET
8/11 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-16 .188 1 3 1 2 7 .500 .278 .778
Jayson Nix - 3B NYY vs DET
8/11 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 1-11 .091 0 0 1 2 5 .091 .231 .322
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY vs DET
8/11 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 17-55 .309 1 3 6 1 12 .418 .333 .752
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ TOR
8/11 1:07 PM
R.A. Dickey 2-11 .182 0 0 1 0 3 .182 .167 .348
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs SD
8/11 1:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 1/td> .100 .091 .191
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS @ KC
8/11 2:10 PM
James Shields 0-14 .000 0 0 0 2 5 .000 .125 .125
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL @ SEA
8/11 4:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 3 .083 .083 .167
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS vs PHI
8/11 5:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 2-12 .167 0 0 0 2 3 .167 .286 .452
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs PHI
8/11 5:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-21 .143 0 1 0 4 3 .190 .280 .470
Steve Lombardozzi - 2B WAS vs PHI
8/11 5:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .500
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs PHI
8/11 5:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 1-14 .071 0 0 0 1 3 .071 .133 .205
Kelly Johnson - 2B TB @ LAD
8/11 8:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 3-15 .200 1 1 2 0 5 .400 .200 .600
Ryan Roberts - 3B TB @ LAD
8/11 8:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-14 .143 0 0 0 3 2 .143 .294 .437
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Kyle Kendrick PHI @ Was
8/11 5:05 PM
Nationals Batters 48-153 .314 9 24 18 15 16 .624 .386 1.010
 
Recommended Pickup

Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA - It is a little surprising that Alvarez is available in so many leagues right now as he has a 2.80 ERA, 1.13 WHIP in seven starts. The only things that are holding Alvarez back in terms of fantasy value is that he doesn’t strike that many batters out with only 23 in 45 innings pitched, and he doesn’t pick up many wins because he pitches for one of the worst teams in baseball in the Marlins. Those two things aside most fantasy teams could really benefit from the ERA and WHIP boost that Alvarez provides, and with two wins in his last three starts it seems like the team may be playing a little better when he is on the mound.

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