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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 Monday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Royals (Ervin Santana – R) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R), 7:05
Yankees (CC Sabathia – L) at Orioles (Chris Tillman – R), 7:05
Angels (Jered Weaver – R) at Twins (Pedro Hernandez – L), 7:10
Braves (Kris Medlen – R) at Marlins (Henderson Alvarez – R), 7:10
Cubs (Travis Wood – L) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R), 7:10
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L) at Mets (Carlos Torres – R), 7:10
Pirates (Gerrit Cole – R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish – R), 8:05
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at White Sox (Chris Sale – L), 8:10
Diamondbacks (Randall Delgado – R) at Dodgers (Ricky Nolasco – R), 10:10
Astros (Jarred Cosart – R) at Mariners (Taijuan Walker – R), 10:10
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin – R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA (wrist) – Will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (Achilles) – Expected to return to team before the end of the season, though he still remains without a timetable.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC (oblique) – Back in the starting lineup Sunday.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL (wrist) – Remains out of the lineup Sunday.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK (quadriceps) – Sat out Sunday with injury but expected to return Tuesday against the Twins.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS (foot) – Diagnosed with a compression fracture in right foot and will wear a walking boot for at least the next five days.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (wrist) – Tweaked wrist Saturday night but believes he can return to lineup Tuesday.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL (knee) – Remained out of the lineup Sunday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL (knee) – Banged knee into wall Sunday, but team trainer indicated Freeman would be fine.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW (mouth) – Could miss a few games due to a dental issue.
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET (shin splints) – Returned to the starting lineup Sunday.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (ankle) – Will receive a few days off to tend to injury before being re-evaluated.
Luis Jimenez, 3B, LAA (thumb) – Sustained injury to both thumbs in Saturday’s game against the Rangers.
Charlie Morton, SP, PIT (foot) – Left Sunday’s game with discomfort in his foot.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (quadriceps) – Missed Sunday’s game due to injury.
Buster Posey, C, SF (finger) – Returned to the lineup Sunday.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS (back) – Returned to the lineup Sunday.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF (back) – Sat out Sunday with back soreness.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (foot/ankle) – Held out of Sunday’s lineup.
Chris Stewart, C, NYY (foot) – Removed from Sunday’s game with a bruised foot.

Disabled List
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (shoulder) – On track to start Tuesday’s game against the Rays.
Yasmani Grandal, C, SD (knee) – Able to move around without any pain in right knee.
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM (elbow) – Will visit Dr. James Andrews next week.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI (knee) – Will play in instructional league games later this month or early next month.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (hand) – Expected to pinch-run and serve as a late-inning defensive replacement for the Pirates in the short term.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN (concussion) – GM Terry Ryan indicated Mauer was “more days than weeks” away from returning to action.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD (wrist) – Required more clean-up work than anticipated during Friday’s wrist surgery. Will face 8-to-12 week recovery timetable and could miss winter ball.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (knee) – Moving around without any discomfort in right knee.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI (foot) – Will be shut down for the remainder of the season.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT (forearm) – Could return to the bullpen in about a week.

Transacations

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Rhiner Cruz, RP, HOU
Thomas Field, SS, LAA
Bobby LaFromboise, RP, SEA
Brandon Laird, 3B, HOU
David Martinez, RP, HOU
Jimmy Paredes, OF, HOU
Allen Webster, SP, BOS

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Hector Ambriz, RP, HOU
Edgar Gonzalez, RP, HOU (outrighted to Double-A)
Cody Ransom, 3B, CHC (designated for assignment)

Activated from the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Scott Baker, SP, CHC (60-day DL)
Edgar Gonzalez, RP, HOU (60-day DL)

Closer Watch

Pirates: GM Neal Huntington said that while the Pirates aren’t disappointed with what they’ve seen from Jason Grilli since he returned from the DL on Tuesday, the team doesn’t believe he’s ready to resume closing yet. “His [velocity] is back, but his command is not quite where he wants it to be," Huntington noted. Manager Clint Hurdle said before Saturday's game that Grilli would need two or three more outings before returning to the closer's role, so there would seem to be a decent chance that he’s re-inserted into the role during the season’s final two weeks. Grill allowed an earned run on a hit and a walk in two-thirds of an inning Saturday against the Cardinals.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Alexi Casilla - 2B BAL vs NYY
9/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 12-21 .571 0 2 1 0 1 .667 .571 1.238
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs NYY
9/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 6-14 .429 1 3 4 0 2 .786 .429 1.214
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs NYY
9/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 14-41 .341 3 6 10 4 6 .659 .400 1.059
Michael Brantley - OF CLE vs KC
9/9 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 5-17 .294 1 2 4 1 1 .529 .333 .863
Jamey Carroll - SS KC @ CLE
9/9 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 4-11 .364 0 1 1 1 1 .455 .417 .871
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ BAL
9/9 7:05 PM
Chris Tillman 8-16 .500 1 2 6 2 3 .750 .556 1.306
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ BAL
9/9 7:05 PM
Chris Tillman 6-13 .462 0 1 2 2 2 .538 .533 1.072
Ryan Ludwick - OF CIN vs CHC
9/9 7:10 PM
Travis Wood 3-11 .273 1 1 2 2 2 .545 .400 .945
Josh Willingham - OF MIN vs LAA
9/9 7:10 PM
Jered Weaver 3-14 .214 2 2 3 2 5 .643 .389 1.032
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs DET
9/9 8:10 PM
Max Scherzer 6-21 .286 2 2 3 4 10 .571 .400 .971
Dayan Viciedo - OF CWS vs DET
9/9 8:10 PM
Max Scherzer 4-12 .333 1 2 2 0 5 .667 .333 1.000
Miguel Montero - C ARI @ LAD
9/9 10:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 5-10 .500 1 3 6 0 2 1.000 .500 1.500
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ SF
9/9 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 12-39 .308 2 6 7 5 10 .641 .386 1.027
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ SF
9/9 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 14-39 .359 1 5 4 9 6 .538 .479 1.018
Brandon Crawford - SS SF vs COL
9/9 10:15 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 4-13 .308 0 2 0 2 0 .538 .400 .938
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF vs COL
9/9 10:15 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 7-17 .412 2 4 4 3 1 .941 .500 1.441
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Ervin Santana KC @ CLE
9/9 7:05 PM
Indians Batters 31-162 .191 3 15 20 16 38 .325 .276 .601
Bronson Arroyo CIN vs CHC
9/9 7:10 PM
Cubs Batters 18-76 .237 2 8 4 1 7 .403 .247 .649
Chris Sale CWS vs DET
9/9 8:10 PM
Tigers Batters 8-64 .125 0 3 2 7 17 .179 .223 .402

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs NYY
9/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 5-24 .208 1 2 1 1 8 .375 .240 .615
Mike Aviles - SS CLE vs KC
9/9 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs KC
9/9 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 5-28 .179 0 3 6 2 5 .321 .258 .579
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE vs KC
9/9 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 2-18 .111 0 2 3 5 3 .222 .333 .556
Jason Kubel - OF CLE vs KC
9/9 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 4-21 .190 0 0 0 0 6 .190 .190 .381
Carlos Santana - C CLE vs KC
9/9 7:05 PM
Ervin Santana 2-11 .182 0 1 0 1 2 .273 .250 .523
Alcides Escobar - SS KC @ CLE
9/9 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-13 .154 0 2 2 1 0 .308 .214 .522
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ CLE
9/9 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-12 .167 0 0 0 1 5 .167 .231 .397
Mike Moustakas - 3B KC @ CLE
9/9 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-10 .200 0 1 0 2 3 .300 .333 .633
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY @ BAL
9/9 7:05 PM
Chris Tillman 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 1 .100 .100 .200
Vernon Wells - OF NYY @ BAL
9/9 7:05 PM
Chris Tillman 1-12 .083 1 1 2 0 1 .333 .083 .417
Darwin Barney - 2B CHC @ CIN
9/9 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 2-15 .133 0 0 0 0 1 .133 .133 .267
Justin Turner - 2B NYM vs WAS
9/9 7:10 PM
Gio Gonzalez 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200
Alejandro De Aza - OF CWS vs DET
9/9 8:10 PM
Max Scherzer 4-17 .235 1 1 2 1 7 .412 .278 .690
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs DET
9/9 8:10 PM
Max Scherzer 8-29 .276 2 2 4 1 12 .483 .300 .783
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs DET
9/9 8:10 PM
Max Scherzer 3-30 .100 0 1 0 3 3 .133 .182 .315
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ CWS
9/9 8:10 PM
Chris Sale 1-11 .091 0 0 0 3 3 .091 .286 .377
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ CWS
9/9 8:10 PM
Chris Sale 2-11 .182 0 1 2 2 5 .273 .308 .580
Dexter Fowler - OF COL @ SF
9/9 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-32 .188 0 2 2 7 10 .281 .333 .615
Josh Rutledge - 2B COL @ SF
9/9 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 1 .100 .100 .200
Brandon Belt - 1B SF vs COL
9/9 10:15 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 0-10 .000 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Chris Tillman BAL vs NYY
9/9 7:05 PM
Yankees Batters 29-88 .330 6 9 25 11 15 .602 .401 1.003
Ricky Nolasco LAD vs Ari
9/9 10:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 29-83 .349 1 8 19 4 8 .468 .379 .848
Jhoulys Chacin COL @ SF
9/9 10:15 PM
Giants Batters 25-82 .305 2 6 7 12 7 .461 .394 .855
 
Recowmmended Pickup

Josh Rutledge, 2B, COL -- After posting impressive numbers as a rookie in 2012 in which he showed both power and speed, Rutledge rose up draft boards in the spring with the idea that a full season batting near the top of the order for what looked to be a formidable Rockies lineup would make him one of the more productive fantasy options in the middle infield. Unfortunately, Rutledge’s subpar defense at second base and inability to draw a walk ultimately prevented him from living up to those lofty expectations, and he was exiled to the minors in late-May. Rutledge was even worse offensively when he returned to the Rockies in June to cover shortstop for the injured Troy Tulowitzki, but it appears a hot finish at Triple-A has him dialed in at the plate. Since returning to the Rockies as a September call-up, Rutledge has garnered four starts in seven games, batting an impressive 6-for-14 with a home run, three RBI and two steals. Although it’s a small sample size to be sure, Rutledge did prove as a rookie that when he’s locked in, the hits can arrive in droves. D.J. LeMahieu has primarily manned second base for the Rockies since Rutledge’s early-season demotion, but because he lacks the ability to hit for extra bases, Rutledge would seem to have the far greater upside of the two as someone who can provide power at a position that traditionally lacks it. With the Rockies out of the playoff race and looking to assess their options for 2014, Rutledge should continue to receive ample starts, especially while he’s hitting.

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