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

Indians (Carlos Carrasco – R) at Twins (Kyle Gibson – R), 1:10
Tigers (Rick Porcello – R) at White Sox (John Danks – L), 2:10
Marlins (Jacob Turner – R) at Royals (Ervin Santana – R), 2:10
Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R) at Cubs (Chris Rusin – L), 2:20
Padres (Andrew Cashner – R) at Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa – L), 3:10
Orioles (Chris Tillman – R) at Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin – L), 3:40
Angels (Jered Weaver – R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova – R), 7:05
Giants (Tim Lincecum – R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – R), 7:05
Red Sox (Jon Lester – L) at Blue Jays (Thad Weber or Esmil Rogers – R), 7:07
Phillies (John Lannan – L) at Braves (Brandon Beachy – R), 7:10
Mariners (Aaron Harang – R) at Rays (David Price – L), 7:10
Brewers (Tyler Thornburg – R) at Rangers (Matt Garza – R), 8:05
Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller – R), 8:15
Astros (Jarred Cosart – R) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker – R), 10:05
Mets (Dillon Gee – R) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano – L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: CLE/MIN, DET/CWS, MIA/KC, CIN/CHC, SD/COL, BAL/ARI

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU (quad) – Back in the lineup Tuesday.
Erick Aybar, SS, LAA (calf) – Left Tuesday’s game with a calf injury.
Carlos Beltran, OF, STL (foot) – Returned to lineup Tuesday against the Pirates.
Jason Castro, C, HOU (hip) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (wrist) – Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (illness) – Out of the lineup Tuesday for the third straight game, but available off the bench.
Andre Ethier, OF, LAD (calf) – Scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with calf tightness.
Wilmer Flores, 3B, NYM (ankle) – Twisted right ankle in Monday’s game and was limping badly following the game. Sat out Tuesday night.
Alex Gordon, OF, KC (personal) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday following the birth of his child Monday.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (illness) – Sat out Tuesday’s game but expected to return Wednesday.
Nick Hundley, C, SD (personal) – Set to leave the Padres soon for the birth of his child.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (hand) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC (calf) – Injured calf felt much better Tuesday but not expected to be available Wednesday.
Dioner Navarro, C, CHC (ankle) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (abdomen) – Reported that he felt better Tuesday but remained out of lineup.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS (forearm) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (back) – Scratched Tuesday with stiff back.

Disabled List
Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL (appendicitis) – Expected to make a rehab outing at Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday. On track to return to majors Saturday.
Kyle Blanks, OF, SD (Achilles) – Will not begin running until Thursday, but is hitting and playing catch.
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA (wrist) – Could be activated from DL on Friday.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (shoulder) – Worked on mechanics Tuesday and will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.
Jesse Crain, RP, TB (shoulder) – Was able to throw Tuesday.
Ross Detwiler, SP, WAS (back) – About 10 days away from resuming baseball activities.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (finger) – Not expected to begin swinging a bat until late next week.
Travis Hafner, DH, NYY (shoulder) – Reported feeling better Monday but not yet ready for baseball activities.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX (back) – Ruled out for remainder of the season.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (finger) – Received clearance to swing a bat Monday and hopes to return to the lineup when first eligible Aug. 19.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA (knee) – Hit in the batting cage Tuesday for the first time since hyperextending knee Aug. 5.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLE (finger) – Hopes to resume throwing in the next day or two.
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX (hip) – Will undergo season-ending hip resurfacing surgery at some point next week.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (hamstring) – Could begin a rehab assignment by the end of the week.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (knee) – Will not come off the disabled list Thursday when eligible.
Nick Tepesch, SP, TEX (elbow) – Could possibly return to rotation before season concludes.

Transacations

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Jermaine Curtis, 3B, STL
Onelki Garcia, RP, LAD
Phil Humber, RP, HOU
Andrew Lambo, OF, PIT
Tyler Pastornicky, SS, ATL
Thad Weber, P, TOR

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Engel Beltre, OF, TEX
Michael Blazek, RP, STL
Caleb Gindl, OF, MIL
Tommy Hanson, SP, LAA
Josh Lueke, RP, TB
Ronny Paulino, C, DET
Alex Presley, OF, PIT
Guillermo Quiroz, C, SF

Activated from the DL
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
Jason Vargas, SP, LAA

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
J.A. Happ, SP, TOR (bereavement list)
Josh Johnson, SP, TOR
Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL

Signed
David Cooper, 1B, CLE (minor league contract)

Released
Tyler Greene, SS, CWS
Manny Ramirez, DH, TEX

Closer Watch

Diamondbacks: Brad Ziegler blew his first save since assuming closing duties Monday against the Orioles, but still managed to walk away with his sixth win of the season thanks to an Adam Eaton walk-off home run. Ziegler started the ninth inning with a one-run lead and wasn't particularly sharp, but he might have escaped the jam had Paul Goldschmidt not botched a potential game-ending double play. While this certainly wasn't Ziegler's finest night, he wasn't nearly bad enough to create any questions about job security, and most fantasy owners can enjoy the win. The save was his sixth in seven opportunities.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs DET
8/14 2:10 PM
Rick Porcello 6-15 .400 1 4 3 2 2 .800 .474 1.274
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs DET
8/14 2:10 PM
Rick Porcello 11-29 .379 1 4 5 3 2 .586 .438 1.024
Dayan Viciedo - OF CWS vs DET
8/14 2:10 PM
Rick Porcello 4-13 .308 1 1 3 0 1 .538 .357 .896
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ CWS
8/14 2:10 PM
John Danks 10-25 .400 2 4 5 4 5 .720 .483 1.203
Victor Martinez - C DET @ CWS
8/14 2:10 PM
John Danks 7-31 .226 3 3 5 2 4 .516 .273 .789
Mark Trumbo - OF LAA @ NYY
8/14 7:05 PM
Ivan Nova 8-13 .615 2 3 4 1 1 1.154 .600 1.754
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs LAA
8/14 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 9-25 .360 5 5 5 2 6 .960 .407 1.367
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY vs LAA
8/14 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 6-19 .316 1 4 2 1 4 .632 .350 .982
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY vs LAA
8/14 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 8-24 .333 5 6 7 5 8 1.000 .448 1.448
Hunter Pence - OF SF @ WAS
8/14 7:05 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 5-14 .357 1 1 2 1 4 .571 .400 .971
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs SF
8/14 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 9-11 .818 1 3 5 0 1 1.273 .818 2.091
Jose Bautista - OF TOR vs BOS
8/14 7:07 PM
Jon Lester 10-45 .222 4 6 7 5 11 .533 .288 .822
Rajai Davis - OF TOR vs BOS
8/14 7:07 PM
Jon Lester 5-21 .238 1 4 5 2 8 .619 .304 .923
Maicer Izturis - 3B TOR vs BOS
8/14 7:07 PM
Jon Lester 5-15 .333 0 3 2 1 2 .533 .375 .908
Carlos Ruiz - C PHI @ ATL
8/14 7:10 PM
Brandon Beachy 5-11 .455 1 3 3 1 0 .909 .538 1.448
Luke Scott - DH TB vs SEA
8/14 7:10 PM
Aaron Harang 5-19 .263 1 4 4 2 2 .684 .333 1.018
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Bronson Arroyo CIN @ CHC
8/14 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 16-78 .205 1 4 5 2 6 .279 .225 .504
Jon Lester BOS @ TOR
8/14 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 38-189 .201 10 23 28 17 52 .442 .264 .706

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Alejandro De Aza - OF CWS vs DET
8/14 2:10 PM
Rick Porcello 2-13 .154 0 0 0 3 2 .154 .313 .466
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs DET
8/14 2:10 PM
Rick Porcello 5-30 .167 1 1 1 0 1 .267 .167 .433
Darwin Barney - 2B CHC vs CIN
8/14 2:20 PM
Bronson Arroyo 2-15 .133 0 0 0 0 1 .133 .133 .267
David DeJesus - OF CHC vs CIN
8/14 2:20 PM
Bronson Arroyo 3-19 .158 0 0 3 2 1 .158 .238 .396
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ COL
8/14 3:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 7-28 .250 0 0 0 0 9 .250 .250 .500
Nick Hundley - C SD @ COL
8/14 3:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 2-10 .200 0 2 0 0 5 .400 .200 .600
Aaron Hill - 2B ARI vs BAL
8/14 3:40 PM
Chris Tillman 2-14 .143 1 2 1 0 1 .429 .143 .571
Vernon Wells - OF NYY vs LAA
8/14 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 3-18 .167 1 2 1 0 4 .389 .167 .556
Andres Torres - OF SF @ WAS
8/14 7:05 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200
Kurt Suzuki - C WAS vs SF
8/14 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 4-17 .235 0 0 1 0 3 .235 .235 .471
Chad Tracy - 1B WAS vs SF
8/14 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 2-18 .111 0 0 0 1 8 .111 .158 .269
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs SF
8/14 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 4-17 .235 1 1 3 1 7 .412 .278 .690
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs SF
8/14 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 2-12 .167 0 0 0 4 6 .167 .412 .578
J.P. Arencibia - C TOR vs BOS
8/14 7:07 PM
Jon Lester 5-26 .192 2 2 5 2 12 .423 .250 .673
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR vs BOS
8/14 7:07 PM
Jon Lester 4-21 .190 1 3 4 4 5 .429 .320 .749
Brett Lawrie - 3B TOR vs BOS
8/14 7:07 PM
Jon Lester 2-14 .143 1 2 1 2 2 .429 .250 .679
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs BOS
8/14 7:07 PM
Jon Lester 3-27 .111 0 1 0 1 10 .148 .143 .291
Jason Heyward - OF ATL vs PHI
8/14 7:10 PM
John Lannan 1-11 .091 0 0 0 3 1 .091 .286 .377
Justin Upton - OF ATL vs PHI
8/14 7:10 PM
John Lannan 2-11 .182 0 1 1 1 2 .364 .250 .614
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ ATL
8/14 7:10 PM
Brandon Beachy 3-14 .214 0 1 0 0 0 .286 .214 .500
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ ATL
8/14 7:10 PM
Brandon Beachy 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
John Buck - C NYM @ LAD
8/14 10:10 PM
Chris Capuano 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .091 .091
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Recommended Pickup

Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA - It would be hyperbole to suggest that this has been the breakthrough season for Smoak that many anticipated after a masterful minor league career, but he’s made noticeable leaps in his plate discipline while supplying more power than ever before, especially of late. Over the last two weeks, Smoak has homered four times, driven in eight runs, and batted .350, with three of the four dingers coming at the typically unfriendly confines of Safeco Field. Though it hasn’t been the case for most of his career, the switch-hitting Smoak has been a huge liability against lefties this season, but he’ll be a centerpiece of the Seattle lineup against opposing right-handers, whom he is batting .304 with a .945 OPS against this season. If you can optimize Smoak in your daily or weekly lineups by starting him when he’s due to face right-handers, he could net a handsome return on any given night.

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