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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)

Royals (James Shields – R) at Indians (Scott Kazmir – L), 12:05
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija – R) at Reds (Mike Leake – R), 12:35
Pirates (A.J. Burnett – R) at Rangers (Matt Garza – R), 2:05
Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R) at Giants (Yusmeiro Petit – R), 3:45
Yankees (Andy Pettitte – L) at Orioles (Scott Feldman – R), 7:05
Padres (Eric Stults – L) at Phillies (Cliff Lee – L), 7:05
Angels (C.J. Wilson – L) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey – R), 7:07
Braves (Mike Minor – L) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez – R), 7:10
Red Sox (Ryan Dempster – R) at Rays (Alex Cobb – R), 7:10
Nationals (Dan Haren – R) at Mets (Zack Wheeler – R), 7:10
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana – L), 8:10
Athletics (Sonny Gray – R) at Twins (Mike Pelfrey – R), 8:10
Brewers (Marco Estrada – R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R), 8:15
Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin – L) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu – L), 10:10
Astros (Brad Peacock – R) at Mariners (Brandon Maurer – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: KC/CLE, CHC/CIN, PIT/TEX, COL/SF

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Chris Capuano, SP, LAD (groin) – Played catch from 60 feet Monday but no word on when he might return to the club.
Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN (back) – Left Tuesday’s game with back spasms.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL (wrist) – Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK (quadriceps) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (wrist) – Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW (mouth) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (shoulder) – Returned to the outfield for the first time since leaving Aug. 27 game due to shoulder tenderness.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (hip) – Expected to return to the lineup Wednesday.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (ankle) – Sat out Tuesday against the Orioles. Manager Joe Girardi indicated Jeter can be considered day-to-day for the rest of the season.
Luis Jimenez, 3B, LAA (thumbs) – Sat out Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jays.
Nick Markakis, OF, BAL (personal) – Will leave team Wednesday to witness the birth of his child.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (finger) – Remained out of the starting lineup Tuesday.
Jeff Mathis, C, MIA (thumb) – Held out of the lineup Tuesday.
Charlie Morton, SP, PIT (foot) – Pirates will wait until Wednesday before deciding whether or not Morton will receive clearance to start Friday.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK (mouth) – Returned to lineup Tuesday following an extraction of his wisdom tooth Monday.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (wrist) – Was unavailable to hit Tuesday.
David Robertson, RP, NYY (shoulder) – Threw a bullpen session Tuesday and is expected to return Wednesday.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL (mouth) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF (back) – Slotted back into lineup for the second consecutive game Tuesday.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (foot) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Braves.
Justin Turner, 2B, NYM (hamstring) – Left Tuesday’s game with apparent hamstring issue.
Justin Upton, OF, ATL (knee) – Left Tuesday’s game with a right knee bruise.
Jordan Walden, RP, ATL (groin) – Made it through bullpen session Tuesday without issue.

Disabled List
Jeremy Affeldt, RP, SF (groin) – Will be activated from DL on Wednesday.
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA (wrist) – Underwent successful surgery on his right wrist Tuesday.
Jesse Crain, RP, TB (shoulder) – Completed another bullpen session Tuesday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS (foot) – Agent Scott Boras said he expects Ellsbury to return for postseason, and possibly earlier.
Chad Gaudin, SP, SF (carpal tunnel syndrome) – Will face live hitters once more before being activated.
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM (elbow) – Reported that his arm is feeling great and still hopes to avoid surgery.
John Jaso, C, OAK (concussion) – Manager Bob Melvin reiterated Jaso is unlikely to return this season.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (ankle) – Took batting practice at team’s spring training facility Monday.
Chris Nelson, 3B, LAA (hamstring) – Participated in agility drills Tuesday.
Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM (neck) – GM Sandy Alderson said Parnell should be ready for the beginning of spring training.
Steve Pearce, OF, BAL (wrist) – Will play simulated games Friday and Saturday and could join Orioles next week.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, DET (suspension) – Will rejoin Tigers on Wednesday to start working out with the team. No decision has been made whether or not he’ll be activated at the conclusion of his 50-game suspension.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT (forearm) – Could return to the starting rotation if simulated game goes well Thursday.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (hamstring) – Fielded groundballs prior to Tuesday’s game.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mike Aviles - SS CLE vs KC
9/11 12:05 PM
James Shields 6-18 .333 2 2 3 1 4 .667 .368 1.035
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs KC
9/11 12:05 PM
James Shields 4-13 .308 1 2 2 2 1 .692 .400 1.092
Jason Kubel - OF CLE vs KC
9/11 12:05 PM
James Shields 9-20 .450 1 3 4 2 4 .700 .500 1.200
Nick Swisher - OF CLE vs KC
9/11 12:05 PM
James Shields 8-45 .178 3 4 10 1 15 .400 .196 .596
Jamey Carroll - SS KC @ CLE
9/11 12:05 PM
Scott Kazmir 6-10 .600 0 1 1 2 2 .700 .667 1.367
Darwin Barney - 2B CHC @ CIN
9/11 12:35 PM
Mike Leake 7-18 .389 0 2 1 0 1 .500 .421 .921
Starlin Castro - SS CHC @ CIN
9/11 12:35 PM
Mike Leake 11-28 .393 0 4 5 1 2 .571 .400 .971
Pedro Alvarez - 3B PIT @ TEX
9/11 2:05 PM
Matt Garza 5-10 .500 1 1 4 0 2 .800 .500 1.300
John Buck - C PIT @ TEX
9/11 2:05 PM
Matt Garza 3-12 .250 0 2 3 3 4 .417 .438 .854
Marlon Byrd - OF PIT @ TEX
9/11 2:05 PM
Matt Garza 4-11 .364 2 2 7 1 5 .909 .385 1.294
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ TEX
9/11 2:05 PM
Matt Garza 4-10 .400 1 2 2 0 5 .800 .400 1.200
Gaby Sanchez - 1B PIT @ TEX
9/11 2:05 PM
Matt Garza 4-10 .400 0 1 1 1 1 .500 .455 .955
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs PIT
9/11 2:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 9-25 .360 1 7 6 2 4 .720 .407 1.127
David Murphy - OF TEX vs PIT
9/11 2:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 5-17 .294 1 1 2 4 4 .471 .455 .925
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs NYY
9/11 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 12-37 .324 2 4 4 1 5 .541 .342 .883
Chris Snyder - C BAL vs NYY
9/11 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 4-12 .333 0 1 1 3 1 .417 .467 .883
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ BAL
9/11 7:05 PM
Scott Feldman 5-11 .455 3 4 7 3 3 1.364 .533 1.897
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ BAL
9/11 7:05 PM
Scott Feldman 6-16 .375 2 2 4 2 2 .750 .444 1.194
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ BAL
9/11 7:05 PM
Scott Feldman 4-13 .308 1 1 2 1 4 .538 .357 .896
Vernon Wells - OF NYY @ BAL
9/11 7:05 PM
Scott Feldman 7-14 .500 2 3 3 4 1 1.071 .611 1.683
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs LAA
9/11 7:07 PM
C.J. Wilson 5-10 .500 1 3 3 2 3 1.100 .583 1.683
Logan Morrison - OF MIA vs ATL
9/11 7:10 PM
Mike Minor 3-10 .300 1 3 3 0 3 .900 .300 1.200
Seth Smith - OF OAK @ MIN
9/11 8:10 PM
Mike Pelfrey 6-13 .462 1 3 1 3 2 .923 .563 1.486
Yadier Molina - C STL vs MIL
9/11 8:15 PM
Marco Estrada 6-10 .600 1 1 2 0 1 .900 .600 1.500
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jeff Samardzija CHC @ CIN
9/11 12:35 PM
Reds Batters 14-64 .219 2 5 5 6 17 .360 .303 .663

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE vs KC
9/11 12:05 PM
James Shields 0-13 .000 0 0 0 2 4 .000 .133 .133
Carlos Santana - C CLE vs KC
9/11 12:05 PM
James Shields 2-12 .167 0 0 1 0 2 .167 .154 .321
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ CLE
9/11 12:05 PM
Scott Kazmir 2-10 .200 0 1 1 1 3 .300 .273 .573
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs CHC
9/11 12:35 PM
Jeff Samardzija 2-13 .154 0 0 1 0 2 .154 .154 .308
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs CHC
9/11 12:35 PM
Jeff Samardzija 1-11 .091 0 0 0 2 3 .091 .286 .377
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs PIT
9/11 2:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 4-20 .200 1 1 4 1 4 .350 .273 .623
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs NYY
9/11 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 1-15 .067 0 1 0 0 2 .200 .067 .267
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs NYY
9/11 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 2-10 .200 0 0 0 2 6 .200 .333 .533
Ronny Cedeno - SS SD @ PHI
9/11 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 1-11 .091 1 1 1 0 1 .364 .091 .455
Kelly Johnson - 2B TB vs BOS
9/11 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 1-11 .091 0 1 1 6 5 .182 .412 .594
James Loney - 1B TB vs BOS
9/11 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-16 .125 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .125 .250
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Mike Leake CIN vs ChC
9/11 12:35 PM
Cubs Batters 29-73 .397 0 10 8 5 7 .551 .438 .989
Matt Garza TEX vs Pit
9/11 2:05 PM
Pirates Batters 33-106 .311 8 13 24 8 31 .582 .359 .941
Scott Feldman BAL vs NYY
9/11 7:05 PM
Yankees Batters 47-135 .348 9 13 22 18 14 .600 .421 1.021
 
Transactions

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Darin Downs, RP, DET
Tommy Medica, 1B, SD (from Double-A)
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Jose De La Torre, RP, BOS (designated for assignment)
Thomas Field, SS, LAA

Activated from the Disabled List
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
Reed Johnson, OF, ATL
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK

Placed on the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Travis Hafner, DH, NYY (transferred to 60-day DL)

Signed
Mike Zagurski, RP, NYY

Closer Watch

Astros – Josh Fields surrendered a solo home run to the Mariners’ Brad Miller, but still hung on for his fourth save of the season in Monday's 6-4 win over the Mariners. Meanwhile, Chia-Jen Lo worked the seventh inning and gave up two runs. Fields may not be a reliable closer, but with two successful save conversions in a row, he seems to be the top ninth-inning option for Houston right now, especially in light of Lo’s struggles.

Recommended Pickup

Matt Adams, 1B, STL – Adams has spent much of this season as an over-qualified pinch-hitter for the Cardinals, compiling nine homers and 36 RBI through the end of August despite only receiving 206 at-bats. His continued production off the bench was quite the asset for the Cardinals, but limited his fantasy prospects since he never benefitted from regular at-bats. However, with Allen Craig out indefinitely due to a mid-foot sprain, Adams has received starts in seven of the last eight games and should be locked into steady playing time moving forward. Adams showed great home run power in the minors and in his limited at-bats in the majors this season, and should also provide handsome returns in the RBI and run columns with a talented offense accompanying him in the lineup.

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