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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)

Twins (Mike Pelfry - R) at Indians (Scott Kazmir - L), 1:05
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa - L) at Marlins (Jacob Turner - R), 1:10
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at Mets (Dillon Gee - R), 1:10
Brewers (Marco Estrada - R) at Reds (Tony Cingrani - L), 1:10
Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L) at Phillies (Tyler Cloyd - R), 1:35
Athletics (Sonny Gray - R) at Orioles (Scott Feldman - R), 1:35
Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) at Rays (Alex Cobb - R), 1:40
Rangers (Matt Garza - R) at White Sox (John Danks - L), 2:10
Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L) at Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L), 2:10
Nationals (Dan Haren - R) at Royals (Ervin Santana - R), 2:10
Braves (Mike Minor - L) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R), 2:15
Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 4:05
Angels (Jered Weaver - R) at Mariners (Aaron Harang - R), 4:10
Cubs (Chad Rusin - L) at Padres (Andrew Cashner - R), 4:10
Red Sox (Jake Peavy - R) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: ARZ/PHI, MIN/CLE, COL/MIA, MIL/CIN, NYY/TB, TEX/CWS, TOR/HOU, WAS/KC, ATL/STL, CHC.SD, PIT/SF, LAA/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Jayson Werth, OF, WAS - (Foot) Was out of Saturday’s lineup with an infection.
Ryan Rayburn, 2B, CLE - (Calf) MRI was performed Saturday on Achilles.
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET - (Arm) Was out of the lineup Saturday.

Players on the DL

Carlos Quentin, OF, SD - (Knee) Felt much better Saturday.
Mike Zuinio, C, SEA - (Hand) Aiming at starting rehab assigment in the middle of the week.
Kyle Blanks, OF, SD - (Achilles) Will serve as the designated hitter Sunday in rehab game.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS - (Shoulder) May return to the bigs September 4.
Nick Tepesch, P, TEX - (Elbow) Threw 43 pitches during live batting practice Saturday.
Corey Kluber, P, CLE - (Finger) Will throw off the mound Monday.
Matt Moore, P, TB - (Elbow) Threw 49-pitch simulated game Saturday without a hitch.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT - (Finger) Placed on the disabled list Saturday.
Kevin Jepsen, P, LAA - (Abdomen) Placed on the disabled list due to an emergency appendectomy.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY - (Calf) Should returns to the Yankees lineup Monday.
Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL - (Eye) Begins two=game rehab assignment Monday.
Brett Myers, P, CLE - (Elbow) Made rehab start Saturday.
Macier Izturis, 3B, TOR - (Ankle) Transerred to 60-day disabled list Saturday.
Bartolo Colon, P, OAK - (Groin) Will rejoins the Athletics Monday.
Jason Hammel, P, BAL - (Arm) Makes a rehab start Tuesday.
J.J. Putz, P, ARZ - (Finger) Placed on the disabled list Saturday due to a dislocation in his right pinky finger.
Jeremy Affeldt, P, SF - (Groin) Could throw off the mound in a day or two.
Jason Grili, P, PIT - (Forearm) Hoping to be “game ready” by the end of August.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI - (Knee) Could return to action this season.
Scott Baker, P, CHC - (Elbow) Game up one run over four innings in rehab start Friday.
John Lannan, P, PHI - (Knee) Will get a second opinion on his knee next week.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI - (Foot) Hopeful to return in September.
Joe Savery, P, PHI - (Elbow) Makes second rehab appearance Sunday.

Placed on the DL

J.J. Putz, P, ARZ
Kevin Jepsen, P, LAA
Starling Marte, OF, PIT

Activated from the DL

N/A

Called Up

Nick Kickham, P, SF
Liam Hendricks, P, MIN
Lucas Duda, OF, NYM
Chaz Roe, P, ARZ
Chien-Ming Wang, P, TOR
Chad Jenkins, P, TOR
Andrew Lambo, OF, PIT
Brad Brach, P, SD
Collin Cowgill, OF, LAA

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

Michael Tonkin, P, MIN
Brad Lincoln, P, TOR
Nick Noonan, 2B, SF
Mike Baxter, OF, NYM
Edison Volquez, P, SD

Closer Watch

Diamondbacks - With the game tied at three and five-outs to go Heath Bell was called onto the mound Friday to face the Phillies, but he could only get three outs before being relieved by Eury De La Rosa who went on to walk in the game-winning run. It is kind of uncertain who is going to be called upon in a save situation, as the last Diamondback to record a save was last Sunday and it was J.J. Putz, who is now on the disabled list. Before that Brad Ziegler recorded six saves betweem July 11 and August 9 has looked unreliable since. Right now I wouldn’t be surprised to see any pitcher be called into a save situation for the Diamondbacks, but one would imaigine Bell will be given another chance.

Pirates - Mark Melancon picked up his ninth save of the season Friday against the Giants, but his time as the Pirates closer is limited. Jason Grili is looking to return to the bigs by the end of August, so it will be certain that he will immediately retake his role of closer back from Melancon.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ CLE
8/25 1:05 PM
Scott Kazmir 5-14 .357 2 4 3 1 3 .929 .400 1.329
Jay Bruce - OF CIN vs MIL
8/25 1:10 PM
Marco Estrada 6-14 .429 4 5 8 2 2 1.357 .500 1.857
Zack Cozart - SS CIN vs MIL
8/25 1:10 PM
Marco Estrada 3-11 .273 2 2 2 0 2 .818 .273 1.091
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs MIL
8/25 1:10 PM
Marco Estrada 6-15 .400 1 2 3 0 0 .667 .400 1.067
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs MIL
8/25 1:10 PM
Marco Estrada 4-11 .364 1 3 3 2 3 .818 .462 1.280
Desmond Jennings - OF TB vs NYY
8/25 1:40 PM
Ivan Nova 4-13 .308 0 2 0 1 3 .538 .400 .938
Sean Rodriguez - SS TB vs NYY
8/25 1:40 PM
Ivan Nova 5-12 .417 1 3 2 0 2 .833 .417 1.250
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs TEX
8/25 2:10 PM
Matt Garza 7-15 .467 3 5 7 2 0 1.200 .500 1.700
Jamey Carroll - SS KC vs WAS
8/25 2:10 PM
Dan Haren 7-18 .389 0 2 0 2 4 .500 .476 .976
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX @ CWS
8/25 2:10 PM
John Danks 5-13 .385 0 1 2 3 1 .462 .500 .962
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ CWS
8/25 2:10 PM
John Danks 11-28 .393 4 7 5 2 3 .929 .433 1.362
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ SF
8/25 4:05 PM
Ryan Vogelsong 5-11 .455 1 2 1 1 2 .818 .500 1.318
Neil Walker - 2B PIT @ SF
8/25 4:05 PM
Ryan Vogelsong 7-13 .538 0 4 3 0 0 .846 .538 1.385
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA vs LAA
8/25 4:10 PM
Jered Weaver 14-30 .467 4 6 7 6 6 .933 .556 1.489
David Ross - C BOS @ LAD
8/25 8:05 PM
Chris Capuano 4-15 .267 2 4 2 1 4 .800 .313 1.113
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Ivan Nova NYY @ TB
8/25 1:40 PM
Rays Batters 21-112 .188 3 9 6 10 24 .321 .270 .592
Jake Peavy BOS @ LAD
8/25 8:05 PM
Dodgers Batters 17-87 .195 2 3 9 4 23 .270 .228 .498

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ryan Ludwick - OF CIN vs MIL
8/25 1:10 PM
Marco Estrada 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 4 .100 .100 .200
Alberto Callaspo - 3B OAK @ BAL
8/25 1:35 PM
Scott Feldman 1-13 .077 0 0 1 0 0 .077 .077 .154
Yunel Escobar - SS TB vs NYY
8/25 1:40 PM
Ivan Nova 2-13 .154 0 1 0 1 2 .231 .313 .543
Matt Joyce - OF TB vs NYY
8/25 1:40 PM
Ivan Nova 2-16 .125 0 1 1 3 5 .188 .263 .451
Evan Longoria - 3B TB vs NYY
8/25 1:40 PM
Ivan Nova 3-15 .200 1 1 2 1 1 .400 .250 .650
Jose Molina - C TB vs NYY
8/25 1:40 PM
Ivan Nova 2-15 .133 1 1 1 0 4 .333 .133 .467
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB vs NYY
8/25 1:40 PM
Ivan Nova 2-18 .111 0 0 0 3 4 .111 .238 .349
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs TEX
8/25 2:10 PM
Matt Garza 1-10 .100 0 0 1 2 8 .100 .250 .350
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs WAS
8/25 2:10 PM
Dan Haren 2-13 .154 0 1 1 3 4 .231 .333 .564
Geovany Soto - C TEX @ CWS
8/25 2:10 PM
John Danks 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .400
Pedro Alvarez - 3B PIT @ SF
8/25 4:05 PM
Ryan Vogelsong 2-10 .200 0 1 2 1 6 .300 .273 .573
Clint Barmes - SS PIT @ SF
8/25 4:05 PM
Ryan Vogelsong 2-11 .182 0 1 1 1 0 .273 .357 .630
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ SF
8/25 4:05 PM
Ryan Vogelsong 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 4 .182 .250 .432
Endy Chavez - OF SEA vs LAA
8/25 4:10 PM
Jered Weaver 3-17 .176 1 1 1 2 4 .353 .263 .616
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA vs LAA
8/25 4:10 PM
Jered Weaver 2-15 .133 0 1 1 0 5 .200 .133 .333
Michael Saunders - OF SEA vs LAA
8/25 4:10 PM
Jered Weaver 4-15 .267 0 1 0 1 7 .333 .313 .646
Andre Ethier - OF LAD vs BOS
8/25 8:05 PM
Jake Peavy 5-33 .152 0 0 4 3 10 .152 .216 .368
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD vs BOS
8/25 8:05 PM
Jake Peavy 1-13 .077 0 1 0 0 4 .154 .077 .231
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Marco Estrada MIL @ Cin
8/25 1:10 PM
Reds Batters 24-82 .293 8 12 17 4 14 .655 .326 .981
 
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