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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)

Cubs (Edwin Jackson – R) at Dodgers (Ricky Nolasco – R), 3:10
Rangers (Martin Perez – L) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R), 3:40
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez – R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R), 7:05
Brewers (Tom Gorzelanny – L) at Pirates (Charlie Morton – R), 7:05
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda – R) at Blue Jays (Todd Redmond – R), 7:07
Athletics (Dan Straily – R) at Tigers (Doug Fister – R), 7:08
Angels (Garrett Richards – R) at Rays (Chris Archer – R), 7:10
Orioles (Bud Norris – R) at Red Sox (John Lackey – R), 7:10
Indians (Justin Masterson – R) at Braves (Paul Maholm – L), 7:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels – L) at Mets (Daisuke Matsuzaka – R), 7:10
Astros (Jarred Cosart – R) at White Sox (Chris Sale – L), 8:10
Royals (Bruce Chen – L) at Twins (Andrew Albers – L), 8:10
Reds (Homer Bailey – R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright – R), 8:15
Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin – R), 8:40
Padres (Robbie Erlin – L) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L), 9:40

Day Game After Night Game: CHC/LAD, TEX/SEA

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (wrist) – Out of the lineup Tuesday.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (Achilles) – Remains out of the lineup Tuesday.
Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY (hand) – Removed from Tuesday’s game after he was hit in the hand/wrist area by a fastball. X-rays came back negative.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL (knee) – Out of the lineup Tuesday.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI (groin) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL (toe) – Back in the Braves’ lineup Tuesday.
Leonys Martin, OF, TEX (ankle) -- Back in the lineup Tuesday.
Martin Prado, 3B, ARI (back) – In lineup for the second game in a row Tuesday.
Ryan Raburn, OF, CLE (calf) – Tested out calf and Achilles during Tuesday’s batting practice.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (oblique) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Giants.

Disabled List
Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL (elbow) – Dr. James Andrews confirmed Tuesday that Beachy’s injury is elbow inflammation rather than structural damage. He’ll be shut down for the next 10 days.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (shoulder) – Will make one more rehab start after throwing about 55 pitches Friday for Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket.
Bartolo Colon, SP, OAK (groin) – Will start Thursday against the Tigers.
Ross Detwiler, SP, WAS (back) – Still hasn’t thrown off a mound and not expected to return this season.
Octavio Dotel, RP, DET (elbow) – Left Tuesday’s rehab outing at Triple-A Toledo after he was hit by a comebacker.
Jeremy Hefner, SP, NYM (elbow) – Will undergo Tommy John surgery after Dr. James Andrews confirmed Hefner and suffered a torn UCL.
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL (head/jaw) – Has a chance to be cleared for jogging and other conditioning activities later this week.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (ankle) – Pleased with how ankle felt while running the bases Tuesday and believes he is close to beginning a rehab assignment.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA (knee) – Expected to return this season.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLE (finger) – Was able to throw side slider and cutter during Tuesday’s flat ground session.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (finger) – Will not need surgery on his finger but is two weeks away from swinging a bat.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN (head) – Remains without a timetable for a recovery.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD (knee) – Received second opinion on PCL tear Monday.
Roy Oswalt, SP, COL (hamstring) – Threw a simulated game Tuesday.
Luke Scott, DH, TB (back) – Will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham on Wednesday.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (hamstring) – Could begin rehab assignment by Sunday or Monday.

Transactions

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Jeff Beliveau, RP, TB
Paul Clemens, RP, HOU
Matt den Dekker, OF, NYM
David Holmberg, RP, ARI
Ryan Mattheus, RP, WAS
Kyle McPherson, SP, PIT
Anthony Recker, C, NYM
Fernando Salas, RP, STL

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Russ Canzler, 1B, PIT (designated for assignment)
Robert Carson, RP, NYM
Xavier Cedeno, RP, WAS
Ryan Flaherty, 2B, BAL (to Low-A)
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB (to High-A)
Bryan Holaday, C, DET
Jason Kubel, OF, ARI (designated for assignment)
Tyler Lyons, SP, STL
David Martinez, RP, HOU
Chien-Ming Wang, SP, TOR

Activated from Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Alex Avila, C, DET (7-day DL)
Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL (60-day DL)
Placido Polanco, 3B, MIA (7-day DL)
Yorvit Torrealba, C, COL (7-day DL)

Placed on the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
Kyle McPherson, SP, PIT (60-day DL)

Signed
Carlos Pena, 1B, KC (minor league contract)

Traded
Quintin Berry, OF, from KC to BOS
John Buck, C, from NYM to PIT
Marlon Byrd, OF, from NYM to PIT
Dilson Herrera, 2B, from PIT to NYM
Clayton Mortensen, RP, from BOS to KC

Closer Watch

Nationals: Manager Davey Johnson said that he may consider using Tyler Clippard as a closer in light of Rafael Soriano’s recent struggles. Despite Soriano’s exorbitant contract and solid track record as closer, Clippard has a decent pedigree of his own and has been the far better pitcher this season. Johnson didn't commit to anything firmly, so fantasy owners may want to tread lightly for now, storing this bit of information in their back pockets in case Soriano suffers another hiccup in the late innings.

White Sox: Reed entered a tied game in the ninth inning Monday night and proceeded to surrender back-to-back home runs to Houston's Matt Dominguez and Chris Carter, earning his second loss of the season as a result of the disappointing performance. Still, it's hard to get too discouraged given that he was working on a stretch of 10 consecutive scoreless outings heading into Monday's game. Though his overall numbers don’t rank among the game’s elite closers, he's converted 35-of-40 save opportunities this season for the suddenly streaking White Sox.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Starlin Castro - SS CHC @ LAD
8/28 3:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 5-12 .417 0 0 0 0 1 .417 .417 .833
Dioner Navarro - C CHC @ LAD
8/28 3:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 7-10 .700 1 3 4 0 1 1.200 .700 1.900
Nate Schierholtz - OF CHC @ LAD
8/28 3:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-12 .333 1 1 1 0 1 .583 .333 .917
Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3B LAD vs CHC
8/28 3:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 6-11 .545 0 0 0 2 0 .545 .615 1.161
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD vs CHC
8/28 3:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 2-11 .182 1 2 2 2 0 .545 .308 .853
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ SEA
8/28 3:40 PM
Felix Hernandez 14-65 .215 3 6 6 9 9 .400 .338 .738
Giancarlo Stanton - OF MIA @ WAS
8/28 7:05 PM
Stephen Strasburg 5-13 .385 1 4 3 1 5 .846 .429 1.275
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs MIL
8/28 7:05 PM
Tom Gorzelanny 5-11 .455 0 1 2 1 2 .545 .462 1.007
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR vs NYY
8/28 7:07 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 3-10 .300 1 1 4 1 0 .600 .333 .933
Jose Reyes - SS TOR vs NYY
8/28 7:07 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 7-15 .467 0 3 1 0 0 .800 .467 1.267
Alberto Callaspo - 3B OAK @ DET
8/28 7:08 PM
Doug Fister 3-11 .273 1 1 2 1 1 .545 .333 .879
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ DET
8/28 7:08 PM
Doug Fister 6-12 .500 0 2 1 0 1 .833 .500 1.333
B.J. Upton - OF ATL vs CLE
8/28 7:10 PM
Justin Masterson 6-15 .400 1 3 4 4 2 .733 .455 1.188
Chris Davis - 1B BAL @ BOS
8/28 7:10 PM
John Lackey 8-17 .471 1 3 4 2 4 .765 .526 1.291
Nick Markakis - OF BAL @ BOS
8/28 7:10 PM
John Lackey 15-42 .357 0 4 4 5 9 .476 .438 .914
Michael Young - 3B PHI @ NYM
8/28 7:10 PM
Daisuke Matsuzaka 8-14 .571 1 3 1 1 4 .929 .600 1.529
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ STL
8/28 8:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 6-18 .333 1 1 2 2 6 .500 .400 .900
Ryan Ludwick - OF CIN @ STL
8/28 8:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 3-10 .300 1 2 3 1 2 .700 .364 1.064
David Freese - 3B STL vs CIN
8/28 8:15 PM
Homer Bailey 3-14 .214 2 3 3 1 2 .714 .267 .981
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs CIN
8/28 8:15 PM
Homer Bailey 11-25 .440 2 5 6 2 7 .840 .481 1.321
Jon Jay - OF STL vs CIN
8/28 8:15 PM
Homer Bailey 5-14 .357 0 3 1 1 0 .643 .400 1.043
Yadier Molina - C STL vs CIN
8/28 8:15 PM
Homer Bailey 6-16 .375 2 4 3 1 0 .875 .412 1.287
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs SF
8/28 8:40 PM
Madison Bumgarner 4-10 .400 0 0 2 0 2 .400 .400 .800
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL vs SF
8/28 8:40 PM
Madison Bumgarner 4-10 .400 0 1 1 1 1 .500 .455 .955
Brandon Crawford - SS SF @ COL
8/28 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 4-13 .308 0 2 0 2 0 .538 .400 .938
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF @ COL
8/28 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 7-17 .412 2 4 4 3 1 .941 .500 1.441
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Paul Maholm ATL vs CLE
8/28 7:10 PM
Indians Batters 14-66 .212 0 3 3 7 18 .272 .281 .553
Adam Wainwright STL vs CIN
8/28 8:15 PM
Reds Batters 24-121 .198 4 7 11 6 22 .331 .241 .571

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Skip Schumaker - 2B LAD vs CHC
8/28 3:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 3-16 .188 0 1 0 0 3 .250 .188 .438
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ SEA
8/28 3:40 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-15 .200 1 1 2 1 5 .400 .250 .650
A.J. Pierzynski - C TEX @ SEA
8/28 3:40 PM
Felix Hernandez 6-32 .188 0 3 0 1 6 .281 .212 .493
Alex Rios - OF TEX @ SEA
8/28 3:40 PM
Felix Hernandez 5-23 .217 0 0 3 0 9 .217 .217 .435
Alexi Casilla - 2B BAL @ BOS
8/28 7:10 PM
John Lackey 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 2 .091 .091 .182
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ BOS
8/28 7:10 PM
John Lackey 6-29 .207 0 1 1 1 9 .276 .226 .502
Drew Stubbs - OF CLE @ ATL
8/28 7:10 PM
Paul Maholm 2-15 .133 0 0 1 0 4 .133 .133 .267
Lucas Duda - OF NYM vs PHI
8/28 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 1-10 .100 0 0 0 2 6 .100 .250 .350
John McDonald - SS PHI @ NYM
8/28 7:10 PM
Daisuke Matsuzaka 2-15 .133 0 1 1 1 5 .200 .188 .388
Ryan Hanigan - C CIN @ STL
8/28 8:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 2-12 .167 0 0 1 0 1 .167 .167 .333
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ STL
8/28 8:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 1-17 .059 0 1 0 1 5 .118 .111 .229
Brandon Belt - 1B SF @ COL
8/28 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 0-10 .000 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Stephen Strasburg WAS vs Mia
8/28 7:05 PM
Marlins Batters 21-63 .333 2 7 9 6 15 .508 .391 .899
Tom Gorzelanny MIL @ Pit
8/28 7:05 PM
Pirates Batters 23-65 .354 4 5 10 8 16 .539 .413 .952
Hiroki Kuroda NYY @ Tor
8/28 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 26-78 .333 3 12 8 3 14 .583 .354 .937
Homer Bailey CIN @ StL
8/28 8:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 32-94 .340 7 16 15 6 13 .681 .380 1.061
Jhoulys Chacin COL vs SF
8/28 8:40 PM
Giants Batters 23-73 .315 2 6 6 12 7 .486 .412 .898
 
Recommended Pickup

Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN – An Opening Day shoulder injury effectively took Ludwick off the fantasy radar before his season even started, costing him four-plus months of action as he recovered from the injury. Though Ludwick’s production has been rather mild since he returned from the 60-day DL on Aug. 12, keep in mind this is a player that swatted 26 homers and drove in 80 runs last season. With neither Chris Heisey or Xavier Paul posing a threat to steal many at-bats from him in left field, Ludwick should be given every chance to rediscover his power stroke. He already seems to be heating up for the Reds, as he’s batted 5-for-12 with his first homer of the season over his last four games. With the fantasy season nearing its final month, fantasy owners searching for power sources might be hard-pressed to find many attractive options. Ludwick could very well be the best of the bunch at this stage of the season.

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