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Sunday Lineup Card: Angel Behind The Plate

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)

Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L), 1:07
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 1:08
Matlins (Tom Koehler - R) at Mets (Dillon Gee - R), 1:10
Cubs (Travis Wood - L) at Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L), 1:35
Phillies (Tyle Cloyd - R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 1:35
Padres (Burch Smith - R) at Braves (Julio Teheran - R), 1:35
Angels (Jerome Williams - R) at Astros (Paul Clemens - R), 2:10
Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R), 2:10
Indians (Zach McAllister - R) at White Sox (Chris Sale - L), 2:10
Rays (David Price - L) at Twins (Pedro Hernandez - L), 2:10
Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez - R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 2:15
Athletics (Jarrod Parker - R) at Rangers (Martin Perez - L), 3:05
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R) at Diamondbacks (Randall Delgado - R), 4:10
Gaints (Ryan Vogelsong - R) at Dodgers (Edinson Volquez - R), 4:10
Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: CHC/PIT, PHI/WAS, KC/DET, LAA/HOU, CLE/CWS, SD/ATL, TB/MIN, SEA/STL, COL/ARZ, SF/LAD

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Brad Miller, SS, SEA - (Hamstring) Suffering from a mild strain that occurred Saturday.
Frank Francisco, P, NYM - (Wrist) Diagnosed with bruise after leaving Saturday’s game.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD - (Back) Feeling better after having cortisone shot.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL - (Thumb) Won’t make scheduled start Monday.
Andre Either, OF, LAD - (Ankle) Will miss a few days at minimum.
Chris Capuano, P, LAD - (Groin) Suffered minor setback during bullpen session Friday.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI - (Achilles) Could return to the lineup Sunday.
Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD - (Foot) Remained out of the lineup Saturday.
Cliff Pennington, SS, ARZ - (Personal) Was out of the lineup Saturday.
Carlos Pena, 1B, KC - (Stomach) Required an emergency appendectomy.
Jason Castro, C, HOU - (Knee) Wasn’t in lineup Saturday.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT - (Hand) Remained out of the lineup Saturday.
Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY - (Thumb) Was a last-minute scratch from the lineup Saturday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS - (Foot) Was able to leaving walking boot temporarily to do basic exercises.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL - (Wrist) Wasn’t in the lineup Saturday.
Jeff Mathis, C, MIA - (Thumb) Had a second X-ray, with the results were negative.
Nathan Eovaldi, P, MIA - (Back) Injury is improving and could return during next week’s series against the Phillies.
Justin Turner, 2B, NYM - (Hamstring) Won’t be in the lineup until at least Tuesday.
Tom Gorzelanny, P, MIL - (Shoulder) Believes he can return before the end of the season.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Finger) May not be able to hit again this season.
Austin Romine, C, NYY - (Concussion) Took swings Friday and felt better.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY - (Hamstring) Hopes to return to third base by Tuesday.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY - (Oblique) Likely out for the rest of regular season with a Grade 1 strain.

Players on the DL

J.J. Putz, P, ARZ - (Finger) Could be activated as early as Sunday.
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL - (Elbow) Expected to resume throwing Monday or Tuesday.
Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT - (Forearm) Has been shut down for the remainder of the season.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN - (Back) Threw bullpen session Saturday.
David Wright, 3B, NYM - (Hamstring) Could return as soon as Tuesday.
Sean Marshall, P, CIN - (Shoulder) Completed successful bullpen session Friday.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY - (Ankle) Transferred to 60-day DL.

Activated from the DL

Jeurys Familia, P, NYM
David Phelps, P, NYY

Called Up

Alex Castellanos, OF, LAD
Nick Buss, OF, LAD

Closer Watch

Athletics - Sean Doolittle struck out three, while giving up two hits in a four-out save Friday, his second of the season. Regular closer Grant Balfour was warming up in the bullpen, but manager Bob Melvin decided to stick with Doolittle, and it paid off. This may have been a strategy to keep Balfour fresh as he pitched the previous night, but there is no indication as to whether Dootlittle will get another opportunity to pick up another save this season.

Astros - Josh Fields struck out two in the ninth to get his fifth save of the season Friday against the Angels. Fields ERA is a little scary at this point at 5.73, but that isn’t all that bad considering that on August 12 it was at 7.59. Since then he has only given up three runs over 11.2 innings with 10 strike outs, four saves, and three holds to his name.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Nick Markakis - OF BAL @ TOR
9/15 1:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 13-31 .419 2 5 5 3 3 .710 .471 1.180
Alex Avila - C DET vs KC
9/15 1:08 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 3-14 .214 1 2 4 3 3 .500 .353 .853
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET vs KC
9/15 1:08 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 9-26 .346 2 2 6 4 5 .577 .419 .996
Victor Martinez - C DET vs KC
9/15 1:08 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 5-14 .357 0 2 0 2 1 .500 .438 .938
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ DET
9/15 1:08 PM
Max Scherzer 7-18 .389 1 2 1 5 3 .611 .522 1.133
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ MIL
9/15 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 12-29 .414 2 4 8 1 6 .690 .452 1.141
Zack Cozart - SS CIN @ MIL
9/15 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-12 .333 1 1 1 1 0 .583 .385 .968
Ryan Ludwick - OF CIN @ MIL
9/15 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 7-20 .350 3 4 9 4 2 .850 .458 1.308
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ MIL
9/15 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 8-25 .320 1 5 10 6 1 .600 .438 1.038
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL vs CIN
9/15 2:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 4-15 .267 1 3 3 0 3 .600 .267 .867
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs NYY
9/15 8:05 PM
Ivan Nova 4-13 .308 1 2 3 2 0 .615 .400 1.015
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ BOS
9/15 8:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 12-25 .480 1 5 3 0 1 .760 .480 1.240
Mark Reynolds - 1B NYY @ BOS
9/15 8:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 3-11 .273 1 2 2 2 5 .636 .400 1.036
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ BOS
9/15 8:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 9-23 .391 2 2 6 2 3 .652 .423 1.075
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Travis Wood CHC @ PIT
9/15 1:35 PM
Pirates Batters 18-92 .196 2 10 13 11 21 .360 .292 .652
Bronson Arroyo CIN @ MIL
9/15 2:10 PM
Brewers Batters 30-137 .219 6 15 14 5 19 .416 .245 .661
Edinson Volquez LAD vs SF
9/15 4:10 PM
Giants Batters 14-70 .200 1 3 4 8 24 .268 .303 .572

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL @ TOR
9/15 1:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 2-14 .143 0 1 2 0 3 .214 .143 .357
Mike Morse - OF BAL @ TOR
9/15 1:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 2-15 .133 0 0 2 0 3 .133 .133 .267
Austin Jackson - OF DET vs KC
9/15 1:08 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 4-20 .200 1 2 2 0 6 .400 .200 .600
Don Kelly - OF DET vs KC
9/15 1:08 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 3-13 .231 0 0 0 0 3 .231 .231 .462
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET vs KC
9/15 1:08 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-10 .200 0 0 2 0 1 .200 .273 .473
Mike Moustakas - 3B KC @ DET
9/15 1:08 PM
Max Scherzer 1-14 .071 0 0 1 0 2 .071 .071 .143
Placido Polanco - 3B MIA @ NYM
9/15 1:10 PM
Dillon Gee 2-12 .167 0 0 0 1 1 .167 .231 .397
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs CHC
9/15 1:35 PM
Travis Wood 1-13 .077 0 0 0 1 3 .077 .200 .277
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs CHC
9/15 1:35 PM
Travis Wood 1-11 .091 0 1 3 4 3 .182 .353 .535
Carlos Gomez - OF MIL vs CIN
9/15 2:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 3 .083 .083 .167
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI vs COL
9/15 4:10 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 2-15 .133 0 0 0 2 3 .133 .235 .369
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD vs SF
9/15 4:10 PM
Ryan Vogelsong 1-12 .083 0 0 3 1 2 .083 .154 .237
Hunter Pence - OF SF @ LAD
9/15 4:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 3-24 .125 1 2 1 4 12 .292 .250 .542
Marco Scutaro - 2B SF @ LAD
9/15 4:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 2-10 .200 0 0 0 3 1 .200 .467 .667
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ BOS
9/15 8:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 2-15 .133 1 1 2 5 7 .333 .350 .683
Vernon Wells - OF NYY @ BOS
9/15 8:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 5-26 .192 0 1 2 3 3 .231 .276 .507
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Yovani Gallardo MIL vs Cin
9/15 2:10 PM
Reds Batters 49-156 .314 8 21 33 17 20 .557 .386 .943
 
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