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Nick Falk

Nick Falk

Nick began at RotoWire in the spring of 2012 and is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He serves as the Tampa Bay Rays beat writer and assisted with content and editing for the baseball and football magazines. He is an avid enthusiast of baseball statistics and scouting evaluations.

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

Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L), 4:05 PM
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) at Mets (Matt Harvey - R), 4:05 PM
Athletics (Jarrod Parker - R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman - R), 4:05 PM
Diamondbacks (Randall Delgado - R) at Phillies (Ethan Martin - R), 7:05 PM
Twins (Liam Hendriks - R) at Indians (Zach McAllister - R), 7:05 PM
Rockies (Jeff Manship - R) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez - R), 7:10 PM
Brewers (Wily Peralta - R) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R), 7:10 PM
Yankees (CC Sabathia - L) at Rays (David Price - L), 7:10 PM
Rangers (Yu Darvish - R) at White Sox (Hector Santiago - L), 7:10 PM
Blue Jays (Chien-Ming Wang - R) at Astros (Brad Peacock - R), 7:10 PM
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R) at Royals (Wade Davis - R), 7:10 PM
Braves (Julio Teheran - R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 7:15 PM
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R) at Padres (Eric Stults - L), 8:40 PM
Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L) at Giants (Tim Lincecum - R), 9:05 PM
Angels (Jason Vargas - L) at Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez - R), 9:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: BOS/LAD, DET/NYM, OAK/BAL

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (Wrist) - Was still out of the lineup on Friday.
Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL (Elbow) - Likely suffered a torn elbow ligament and will be placed on the DL on Friday.
Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN (Back) - Threw 12 pitches in bullpen session Friday and may miss his next start.
Nick Franklin, SS, SEA (Knee) - Is still out of the lineup Friday.
Aaron Loup, RP, TOR (Personal) - Was placed on the paternity list Friday.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (Finger) - Remained out of the lineup Friday.
Edward Mujica, RP, STL (Shoulder) - Is unable to pitch on Friday.
Lyle Overbay, 1B, NYY (Illness) - Scratched from the lineup Friday with the flu.
Brayan Pena, C, DET (Toe) - Is still out of the lineup on Friday.
Ryan Raburn, 2B, CLE (Calf) - Will have calf examined by a doctor before he returns to the field.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (Wrist) - Was able to take swings off a tee without pain.
Mike Trout, OF, LAA (Hamstring) - Back in the lineup Friday against the Mariners.

Players on the DL
Jonathan Broxton, RP, CIN (Elbow) - Underwent season-ending surgery Friday.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC (Oblique) - Performed agility drills on the field Friday.
Neftali Feliz, RP, TEX (Elbow) - Will make another rehab appearance with Triple-A this weekend.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (Finger) - Took dry swings with a fungo bat Thursday.
Jason Hammel, SP, BAL (Arm) - Threw a bullpen session Friday with whole pitch repertoire.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI (Knee) - May be done for the season.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (Calf) - Could be activated from the DL on Monday.
Jayson Nix, 3B, NYY (Hand) - Is most likely out for the season.
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX (Shoulder) - Will begin long tossing again this weekend.
Jonathan Pettibone, SP, PHI (Shoulder) - MRI revealed inflammation in his right shoulder.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (Knee) - Could have knee surgery, but it is yet to be determined.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (Hamstring) - Fielded groundballs on Friday.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY (Back) - Does not have a timetable yet when he will begin to swing a bat.
Mike Zunino, C, SEA (Hand) - Will catch a bullpen session Friday.

Placed on the DL
Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
Matt Cain, SP, SF
Derek Norris, C, OAK
Max Stassi, C, HOU (7-day DL)
Jake Westbrook, SP, STL

Called Up
Cody Clark, C, HOU (from Double-A)
Caleb Gindl, OF, MIL
Carlos Martinez, SP, STL
Yusmeiro Petit, RP, SF
Cory Rasmus, RP, LAA
Rob Scahill, RP, COL
Jhonatan Solano, C, WAS

Designated for Assignment
Jason Bourgeois, OF, TB
Billy Buckner, RP, LAA
Edgmer Escalona, RP, COL

Traded
Dakota Bacus, SP, WAS (from OAK)
David DeJesus, OF, TB (from WAS)
Neil Ramirez, RP, CHC (from TEX)
Kurt Suzuki, C, OAK (from WAS)

Closer Watch

Rockies: Rafael Betancourt left the game Thursday after suffering a second straight blown save with an elbow injury. It was immediately concerning to the Rockies and it is feared he suffered a torn ligament in his throwing elbow. He is scheduled for an MRI on Monday when the team returns to Denver. As with the previous two trips to the DL this year for Betancourt, Rex Brothers will take back the closing duties. Brothers has been one of the top relievers this season in all of baseball with a 1.51 ERA and 11 saves in 12 opportunities. A left-hander, Brothers has traditional closing pitches with a solid fastball, hard slider, and an occasional changeup.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL @ CIN
8/24 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 4-15 .267 1 3 3 0 3 .600 .267 .867
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL @ CIN
8/24 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 15-69 .217 3 6 6 4 5 .391 .260 .652
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ TB
8/24 7:10 PM
David Price 9-46 .196 4 4 8 2 18 .457 .245 .701
Evan Longoria - 3B TB vs NYY
8/24 7:10 PM
CC Sabathia 14-39 .359 5 8 9 10 3 .821 .500 1.321
Sean Rodriguez - SS TB vs NYY
8/24 7:10 PM
CC Sabathia 9-28 .321 1 3 3 3 5 .500 .406 .906
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ SF
8/24 9:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 3-12 .250 2 3 4 0 5 .833 .250 1.083
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Bronson Arroyo CIN vs MIL
8/24 7:10 PM
Brewers Batters 30-137 .219 6 15 14 5 19 .416 .245 .661
Tim Lincecum SF vs PIT
8/24 9:05 PM
Pirates Batters 10-72 .139 5 7 12 6 20 .391 .205 .596

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mark Ellis - 2B LAD vs BOS
8/24 4:05 PM
Jon Lester 2-12 .167 0 0 0 4 3 .167 .375 .542
Nick Punto - 2B LAD vs BOS
8/24 4:05 PM
Jon Lester 3-12 .250 0 0 2 0 3 .250 .250 .500
Carlos Gomez - OF MIL @ CIN
8/24 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 3 .083 .083 .167
Brett Gardner - OF NYY @ TB
8/24 7:10 PM
David Price 2-10 .200 0 0 0 3 1 .200 .385 .585
Mark Reynolds - 1B NYY @ TB
8/24 7:10 PM
David Price 3-22 .136 2 2 3 2 8 .409 .208 .617
Vernon Wells - OF NYY @ TB
8/24 7:10 PM
David Price 4-27 .148 0 2 1 2 6 .222 .200 .422
Jose Molina - C TB vs NYY
8/24 7:10 PM
CC Sabathia 0-14 .000 0 0 1 1 2 .000 .067 .067
Denard Span - OF WAS @ KC
8/24 7:10 PM
Wade Davis 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .273 .473
Clint Barmes - SS PIT @ SF
8/24 9:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 3-19 .158 1 1 4 0 4 .316 .158 .474
Russell Martin - C PIT @ SF
8/24 9:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 1-17 .059 0 0 1 3 5 .059 .200 .259
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ SF
8/24 9:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 1-12 .083 1 1 2 1 4 .333 .154 .487
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Recommended Pickup

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