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Monday Lineup Card: A Vulnerable Mariano?

Eric Caturia

Eric Caturia

Eric is a writer/editor of MLB, NBA, and NFL content for RotoWire.

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Projected Starters - A look at Monday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Athletics (Dan Straily - R) at Blue Jays (J.A. Happ - L), 12:37
Rangers (Yu Darvish - R) at Astros (Brett Oberholtzer - L), 2:10
Angels (Garrett Richards - R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 7:05
Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) at Braves (Julio Teheran - R), 7:10
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Cubs (Travis Wood - L), 8:05
Tigers (Doug Fister - R) at White Sox (Chris Sale - L), 8:10
Indians (Danny Salazar - R) at Twins (Andrew Albers - L), 8:10
Marlins (Tom Koehler - R) at Royals (Wade Davis - R), 8:10
Padres (Edinson Volquez - R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R), 8:40
Orioles (Scott Feldman - R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L), 9:40
Mets (Jenrry Mejia - R) at Dodgers (Ricky Nolasco - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Carlos Beltran, OF, STL (Foot) - Left Sunday's outing due to a contusion in his right foot.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (Wrist) - Will sit out Monday in Toronto, as he's currently enduring a wrist injury.
Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA (Back) - Tweaked his back Saturday in the seventh inning, after which he proceeded to yield six runs before his removal from the game.
Josh Johnson, P, TOR (Forearm) - Developed soreness in his right forearm, which will push back Monday's scheduled start to Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (Hand) - Missed Sunday's game, after sustaining a bruised left hand Saturday as a result of a hit by pitch.
Brian McCann, C, ATL (Knee) - Held out for a second consecutive outing Sunday due to a sore knee.
Derek Norris, C, OAK (Back) - Not in the lineup Sunday but reported that his sore back felt better.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LA (Shoulder) - Played catch and fielded groundballs Sunday but was still held out of action for the sixth time in his last seven games.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS (Forearm) - Did not play Sunday in order to rest his sore left forearm but should return to the lineup Tuesday.
Cody Ross, OF, ARI (Leg) - Carted off the field Sunday, after suffering a dislocated right hip; consider him out indefinitely.
Justin Upton, OF, ATL (Hamstring) - Removed from Sunday's game due to a cramp in his left hamstring but hopes to be in the lineup Monday.
Dayan Viciedo, OF, CWS (Thumb) - Slated for an MRI on his sore left thumb Monday, which has kept him out of four of the past six outings.
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU (Thumb) - Expected to return to the lineup Monday but may be held to facing right-handers off the bat, as his thumb still experiences pain when batting from the right side.
Jordan Walden, P, ATL (Hand) - X-rays were returned negative, after he took a line drive off his right hand and promptly left Saturday's outing.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (Knee) - Left Sunday's game, after banging his right knee on a slide into home plate, but said afterward that he'll be OK.

Players on the DL
Brett Anderson, P, OAK (Foot) - Threw his second simulated game of 31 pitches Saturday, before participating in fielding practice.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX (Hip) - Belted a homer Saturday in the second at-bat of his first rehab game at Triple-A Round Rock.
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA (Wrist) - Will not be activated in time for Monday's outing at the Yankees.
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX (Elbow) - Scratched from a rehab appearance Saturday at Triple-A Round Rock due mild triceps tendinitis.
Yovani Gallardo, P, MIL (Hamstring) - Completed a bullpen session Saturday without issue and is slated to toss another Tuesday, with a return to the Brewers' rotation likely for next weekend's four-game set against the Reds.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA (Hamstring) - Started another rehab stint Sunday at Triple-A Tacoma, with no return to the majors in the foreseeable future.
Roy Halladay, P, WAS (Shoulder) - May make a rehab appearance as early as Thursday, depending on how he emerges from Monday's bullpen session.
Reed Johnson, OF, ATL (Achilles) - Has not yet been cleared to run since hitting the disabled list on July 29.
James McDonald, P, PIT (Shoulder) - Finished a bullpen session Sunday without suffering a setback and is expected to throw a simulated game this week.
Yadier Molina, C, STL (Knee) - Able to fit in catching drills Saturday, one day removed from taking on batting practice for the first time since landing on the DL.
Matt Moore, P, TB (Elbow) - Completed a bullpen session Sunday, and a schedule for the final stages of his rehab should be outlined in the coming days.
Ross Ohlendorf, P, WAS (Shoulder) - Requires another rehab start following Saturday's outing at Triple-A Syracuse.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (Hamstring) - Has been running the bases at the Giants' spring training facility and is closing in on a rehab assignment.
Stephen Pryor, P, SEA (Triceps) - Underwent surgery on a torn lat and will miss the remainder of the season.
Jason Vargas, P, LAA (Arm) - Tossed a bullpen session Sunday and seems poised to start Tuesday at the Yankees.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY (Back) - Hopeful that he'll be able to play in the majors again this year.
Mike Zunino, C, SEA (Hand) - Ran sprints before Sunday's game sans cast or brace on his left hand, which sustained a broken hamate bone on July 25.

Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Alex Avila, C, DET (7-day DL)
Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI
Miguel Tejada, 3B, KC

Activated from the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Wade Davis, P, KC (From family medical emergency list)
Gerald Laird, C, ATL
Jon Niese, P, NYM
Salvador Perez, C, KC (7-day DL)

Called Up (from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Dellin Betances, P, NYY
Matt Davidson, 3B, ARI (Contract selected)
Eury De La Rosa, P, ARI
Irving Falu, 3B, KC

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
David Adams, 3B, NYY
Travis Blackley, P, HOU (Outrighted)
Todd Cunningham, OF, ATL
Jeremy Hefner, P, NYM
David Hernandez, P, ARI
Donnie Joseph, P, KC
Derrick Robinson, OF, CIN

Designated for Assignment
Brett Hayes, C, KC

Traded
Jamey Carroll, 2B, KC (From MIN)

Closer Watch

Mets - Even though Bobby Parnell landed on the disabled list Tuesday due to a herniated disc in his neck, the Mets' bullpen has fared well in high-leverage situations thanks to 40-year-old LaTroy Hawkins. In the last six games, including Sunday, Hawkins has worked the ninth four times, notching three saves in the process, though one of those outings acted as Matt Harvey's first career shutout. Hawkins himself has been scored upon just once in the second half, a span in which he's surrendered one run on eight hits and no walks, while whiffing five batters in 12 innings. His recent strikeout rate is nothing to write home about, but he should supply cheap saves until either he falters on a number of occasions or Parnell's fate is determined.

Yankees - Suddenly, MLB's all-time leader in saves is vulnerable, as Mariano Rivera blew his third consecutive save Sunday, the first such streak among his 1,098 career appearances. The most recent blowup included yet another long ball off the bat of reigning Triple Crown winner, Miguel Cabrera, who tagged him Friday for a two-run shot, and was subsequently followed up by a Victor Martinez drive that squeaked over the right field wall. Overall, Rivera has given up five runs on seven hits (three home runs) with a 2:1 K:BB ratio in four innings during the infamous stretch, but a walkoff homer by teammate Brett Gardner supplied the Yankees' legend with his third win of the season, as well as a bit of solace for fantasy owners. Despite the distress of late, Rivera is in no danger of handing over ninth-inning duties to, say, David Robertson, the team's closer-in-waiting.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Erick Aybar - SS LAA @ NYY
8/12 7:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 4-16 .250 1 2 2 0 4 .563 .250 .813
Brian McCann - C ATL vs PHI
8/12 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 16-57 .281 3 9 15 7 9 .544 .359 .903
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs DET
8/12 8:10 PM
Doug Fister 4-14 .286 1 1 3 1 2 .500 .444 .944
Cliff Pennington - SS ARI vs BAL
8/12 9:40 PM
Scott Feldman 5-17 .294 1 3 2 2 4 .647 .368 1.015
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM @ LAD
8/12 10:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 8-25 .320 0 3 1 1 3 .440 .370 .810
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Cole Hamels PHI @ ATL
8/12 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 45-200 .225 6 18 21 20 52 .375 .298 .673
Ricky Nolasco LAD vs NYM
8/12 10:10 PM
Mets Batters 14-62 .226 0 6 3 4 16 .318 .282 .585

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Seth Smith - OF OAK @ TOR
8/12 12:37 PM
Josh Johnson 3-13 .231 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .231 .462
Paul Janish - SS ATL vs PHI
8/12 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 3-15 .200 0 1 0 3 2 .267 .333 .600
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs PHI
8/12 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 8-55 .145 2 4 5 5 18 .291 .226 .517
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs CIN
8/12 8:05 PM
Mat Latos 3-13 .231 0 0 1 0 3 .231 .231 .462
Nate Schierholtz - OF CHC vs CIN
8/12 8:05 PM
Mat Latos 3-18 .167 0 0 2 0 2 .167 .167 .333
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs DET
8/12 8:10 PM
Doug Fister 4-20 .200 0 2 2 1 3 .300 .238 .538
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ CWS
8/12 8:10 PM
Chris Sale 1-11 .091 0 0 0 3 3 .091 .286 .377
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ CWS
8/12 8:10 PM
Chris Sale 2-11 .182 0 1 2 2 5 .273 .308 .580
Juan Pierre - OF MIA @ KC
8/12 8:10 PM
Wade Davis 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 0 .154 .154 .308
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs SD
8/12 8:40 PM
Edinson Volquez 2-12 .167 0 1 0 2 4 .250 .286 .536
Aaron Hill - 2B ARI vs BAL
8/12 9:40 PM
Scott Feldman 4-18 .222 0 0 1 1 3 .222 .250 .472
Jason Kubel - OF ARI vs BAL
8/12 9:40 PM
Scott Feldman 2-11 .182 1 1 2 2 1 .455 .308 .762
Marlon Byrd - OF NYM @ LAD
8/12 10:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-11 .182 0 1 0 1 3 .273 .250 .523
Ike Davis - 1B NYM @ LAD
8/12 10:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 3-20 .150 0 2 1 1 8 .250 .190 .440
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Doug Fister DET @ CWS
8/12 8:10 PM
White Sox Batters 19-66 .288 1 5 8 6 9 .397 .363 .759
 
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