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Monday Lineup Card: Cueto Returns, Part III

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)

Braves (Mike Minor – L) at Nationals (Dan Haren – R), 7:05
Marlins (Sam Dyson – R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee – L), 7:05
Padres (Andrew Cashner – R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett – R), 7:05
Mariners (Joe Saunders – L) at Tigers (Rick Porcello – R), 7:08
Rangers (Matt Garza – R) at Rays (Alex Cobb – R), 7:10
Cubs (Edwin Jackson – R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta – R), 8:10
Reds (Johnny Cueto – R) at Astros (Erik Bedard – L), 8:10
Indians (Scott Kazmir – L) at Royals (James Shields – R), 8:10
Twins (Liam Hendriks – R) at White Sox (Erik Johnson – R), 8:10
Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R) at Rockies (Collin McHugh – R), 8:40
Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu – L) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R), 9:40
Angels (C.J. Wilson – L) at Athletics (Sonny Gray – R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Brett Anderson, P, OAK (back) – Will play catch Sunday and expects to rejoin the bullpen Monday.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (Achilles) – Returned to the lineup Sunday against the Nationals, marking his first start since Aug. 30.
Jason Castro, C, HOU (knee) – Remained out of the lineup Sunday.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (shoulder) – Will receive MRI on right shoulder after he was scratched from Sunday’s lineup with soreness.
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL (thumb) – Scheduled to make his next start with the Rockies on Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW (personal) – Scratched from Sunday’s lineup to be with his pregnant wife.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL (groin) – Diagnosed with a Grade 1 right groin strain after leaving Sunday’s start with the injury.
Robbie Grossman, OF, HOU (oblique) – Cleared for availability as a pinch runner in games.
Luis Jimenez, 3B, LAA (thumbs/shoulder) – Still at least a few days away from returning to action.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK (hamstring) – Left Sunday’s game with hamstring tightness.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (hand) – Could return to the lineup within the next few days.
Justin Masterson, SP, CLE (oblique) – Continues to make progress in throwing program and could be cleared to throw a bullpen session next weekend.
Nate McLouth, OF, BAL (knee) – Left Sunday’s game with a knee injury.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS (illness) – Held out of Sunday’s lineup after coming down with the flu.
Brad Miller, SS, SEA (hamstring) – Will miss at least a few days with his hamstring injury.
Bud Norris, SP, BAL (elbow) – Experienced minimal issues during Sunday’s throwing session.
Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK (illness) – Scratched from Sunday’s start due to an illness.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL (wrist) – Plans to return to the lineup Monday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (back) – Remained out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (general soreness) – Held out of Sunday’s lineup.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (hamstring) – Remains is the lineup as a designated hitter and expected to return to third base duties Tuesday.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (back) – Removed from Sunday’s game with lower back tightness.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA (quadriceps) – Has been battling a sore quadriceps for the last three days and was held out of the lineup all weekend.
Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY (thumb) – Returned to the lineup Sunday.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS (forearm) – Will throw a bullpen session Monday and expected to make next start Thursday.
Huston Street, RP, SD (personal) – Will be away from the team Monday and Tuesday due to a death in his family.

Disabled List
Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN (back) – Will return from the disabled list to start Monday against the Astros.
Gavin Floyd, SP, CHW (elbow) – Began throwing from short distances two weeks ago.
Cory Luebke, SP, SD (elbow) – Recently had his rehab shut down after completing his fourth bullpen session. Set to be examined by a specialist.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN (concussion) – Will not travel with the Twins for the start of their seven-game road trip beginning Monday.
Chris Nelson, 3B, LAA (hamstring) – Close to returning to action for the Angels.

Transactions

No league-wide transactions were processed Sunday.

Closer Watch

Padres – Huston Street will be away from the team both Monday and Tuesday due to a death in his family, forcing the Padres to get by with Luke Gregerson as the temporary closer should any save situations arise. Gregerson has been an extremely reliable middle reliever for several seasons now and shouldn’t be a liability in the ninth inning if called upon.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Brian McCann - C ATL @ WAS
9/16 7:05 PM
Dan Haren 4-11 .364 1 1 3 1 0 .636 .417 1.053
B.J. Upton - OF ATL @ WAS
9/16 7:05 PM
Dan Haren 10-31 .323 5 6 5 0 11 .839 .323 1.161
Giancarlo Stanton - OF MIA @ PHI
9/16 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 7-16 .438 1 2 3 1 4 .688 .474 1.161
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET vs SEA
9/16 7:08 PM
Joe Saunders 5-15 .333 0 2 3 4 4 .467 .474 .940
Omar Infante - 2B DET vs SEA
9/16 7:08 PM
Joe Saunders 6-14 .429 0 0 0 0 0 .429 .429 .857
Luke Scott - DH TB vs TEX
9/16 7:10 PM
Matt Garza 4-16 .250 2 2 2 5 7 .625 .429 1.054
Mike Aviles - SS CLE @ KC
9/16 8:10 PM
James Shields 6-18 .333 2 2 3 1 4 .667 .368 1.035
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE @ KC
9/16 8:10 PM
James Shields 4-13 .308 1 2 2 2 1 .692 .400 1.092
Jason Kubel - OF CLE @ KC
9/16 8:10 PM
James Shields 9-20 .450 1 3 4 2 4 .700 .500 1.200
Nick Swisher - OF CLE @ KC
9/16 8:10 PM
James Shields 8-45 .178 3 4 10 1 15 .400 .196 .596
Jamey Carroll - SS KC vs CLE
9/16 8:10 PM
Scott Kazmir 6-10 .600 0 1 1 2 2 .700 .667 1.367
Jonathan Lucroy - C MIL vs CHC
9/16 8:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 5-12 .417 1 1 2 0 1 .667 .417 1.083
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL vs CHC
9/16 8:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 6-17 .353 2 3 4 0 3 .765 .333 1.098
A.J. Ellis - C LAD @ ARI
9/16 9:40 PM
Trevor Cahill 6-11 .545 1 1 1 0 2 .818 .583 1.402
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Dan Haren WAS vs ATL
9/16 7:05 PM
Braves Batters 22-91 .242 6 8 13 4 28 .468 .274 .741
Matt Garza TEX @ TB
9/16 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 13-60 .217 2 4 6 11 17 .376 .338 .714
Edwin Jackson CHC @ MIL
9/16 8:10 PM
Brewers Batters 20-78 .256 3 6 7 1 12 .408 .259 .667
C.J. Wilson LAA @ OAK
9/16 10:05 PM
Athletics Batters 22-134 .164 1 7 12 15 26 .240 .255 .496

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Gerald Laird - C ATL @ WAS
9/16 7:05 PM
Dan Haren 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 4 .083 .083 .167
Juan Pierre - OF MIA @ PHI
9/16 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 2-10 .200 0 0 0 2 1 .200 .333 .533
Jose Molina - C TB vs TEX
9/16 7:10 PM
Matt Garza 0-12 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE @ KC
9/16 8:10 PM
James Shields 0-13 .000 0 0 0 2 4 .000 .133 .133
Carlos Santana - C CLE @ KC
9/16 8:10 PM
James Shields 2-12 .167 0 0 1 0 2 .167 .154 .321
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs CLE
9/16 8:10 PM
Scott Kazmir 2-10 .200 0 1 1 1 3 .300 .273 .573
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL vs CHC
9/16 8:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 4-24 .167 0 1 1 1 3 .208 .192 .401
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ ARI
9/16 9:40 PM
Trevor Cahill 2-12 .167 0 1 1 1 2 .250 .214 .464
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD @ ARI
9/16 9:40 PM
Trevor Cahill 2-11 .182 0 1 1 1 2 .273 .250 .523
Alberto Callaspo - 3B OAK vs LAA
9/16 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 4-21 .190 0 1 0 0 2 .238 .190 .429
Coco Crisp - OF OAK vs LAA
9/16 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 3-21 .143 0 2 3 4 4 .238 .308 .546
Josh Reddick - OF OAK vs LAA
9/16 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-11 .182 0 0 1 1 2 .182 .250 .432
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK vs LAA
9/16 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-22 .091 0 1 3 2 6 .136 .160 .296
Jemile Weeks - 2B OAK vs LAA
9/16 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 3-16 .188 0 1 2 0 4 .313 .188 .500
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Joe Saunders SEA @ Det
9/16 7:08 PM
Tigers Batters 23-73 .315 0 4 6 6 15 .365 .367 .732
 
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