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Saturday Lineup Card: A Wright Turn

Nick Falk

Nick Falk

Nick began at RotoWire in the spring of 2012 and is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He serves as the Tampa Bay Rays beat writer and assisted with content and editing for the baseball and football magazines. He is an avid enthusiast of baseball statistics and scouting evaluations.

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Projected Starters - A look at Saturday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R) at Rays (Alex Cobb - R), 1:05 PM
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova - R), 1:05 PM
Braves (Kris Medlen - R) at Cubs (Travis Wood - L), 4:05 PM
Twins (Pedro Hernandez - L) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker - R), 4:05 PM
Astros (Paul Clemens - R) at Indians (Scott Kazmir - L), 6:05 PM
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R), 7:05 PM
Marlins (Tom Koehler - R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R), 7:05 PM
Mets (Dillon Gee - R) at Phillies (Tyler Cloyd - R), 7:05 PM
White Sox (Chris Sale - L) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 7:08 PM
Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R), 7:10 PM
Rangers (Matt Garza - R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R), 7:10 PM
Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R), 7:10 PM
Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill - R) at Rockies (Collin McHugh - R), 8:10 PM
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Padres (Burch Smith - R), 8:40 PM
Mariners (Joe Saunders - L) at Angels (Jerome Williams - R), 9:05 PM

Day Game After Night Game: BAL/TB, SF/NYY, MIN/CHC

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Welington Castillo, C, CHC (Knee) - Was diagnosed with a partial meniscus tear Friday.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (Forearm) - Not in the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL (Wrist) - Not in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals.
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL (Thumb) - Will not start Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU (Hand) - Is not in the lineup Friday against the Twins.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL (Knee) - Not in the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Nate Freiman, 1B, OAK (Abdomen) - Is dealing with a strained abdomen muscle.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD (Quad) - Is not in the lineup Friday against the Padres.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL (Groin) - Will start Saturday against the Rays.
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET (Hand) - Is not in the lineup Friday after leaving game on Thursday with left hand injury.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (Neck) - Was a last minute scratch Friday with neck stiffness.
Kyle Kendrick, SP, PHI (Shoulder) - Will play catch Friday and hopes to return by the end of the season.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (Personal) - Is out of the lineup again Friday.
Justin Masterson, SP, CLE (Oblique) - Threw a successful bullpen session Friday and will throw again Monday or Tuesday.
Brad Miller, SS, SEA (Hamstring) - Took part in high-intensity running on Friday. May be able to return to the lineup Sunday or Monday.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, TEX (Wrist) - Is lined up as the DH, but is dealing with a bruised left hand.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN (Wrist) - Left the game on Thursday with a sore wrist and is not in the lineup Friday.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (Head) - Left the game Friday after being hit in the head by a toss in warm-ups.
Andre Rienzo, SP, CHW (Finger) - Scratched from his start Friday with a blister on his finger.
Austin Romine, C, NYY (Concussion) - Still dealing with concussion symptoms and is not ready to return to game action.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL (Calf) - Is out of the lineup for the third consecutive game Friday.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (Finger) - Is not in the lineup Friday against the Yankees.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (Hamstring) - Is not in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS (Forearm) - Confirmed as the starter Saturday against the Marlins.
Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW (Personal) - Not in the lineup Friday and could miss a few days for the birth of his child.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (Thumb) - Not in the lineup Friday with lingering soreness in his jammed right thumb.
Jered Weaver, SP, LAA (Forearm) - Will play catch Saturday with the intention of starting Wednesday.

Players on the DL
Jesse Crain, RP, TB (Shoulder) - Is targeting a return this weekend to the bullpen for the Rays.

Out
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS (Foot) - Returned to light baseball activities on Friday.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY (Oblique) - Has been limited to riding a stationary bike the last few days.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (Finger) - Received a cortisone shot to his finger Thursday.

Activated from the DL
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
Michael Stutes, RP, PHI
David Wright, 3B, NYM

Called Up
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB
Wilfredo Tovar, SS, NYM

Closer Watch

Giants: Sergio Romo pitched back-to-back nights on Tuesday and Wednesday and had his fifth blown save of the season Wednesday against the Mets. He was expected to be unavailable Thursday and he did not get the save chance in the ninth inning. The Giants used a combination of Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez to finish the game in the ninth with the latter earning his first save of the season. While Lopez has put together a solid season in his own right, Romo is in no danger of losing his closing duties in the final weeks of the season. He has 35 saves this season, which is currently fifth-best in the National League.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Alfonso Soriano - OF NYY vs SF
9/21 1:05 PM
Ryan Vogelsong 5-12 .417 1 1 3 1 2 .667 .462 1.128
Justin Upton - OF ATL @ CHC
9/21 4:05 PM
Travis Wood 3-10 .300 1 1 4 1 4 .600 .364 .964
Giancarlo Stanton - OF MIA @ WAS
9/21 7:05 PM
Stephen Strasburg 5-13 .385 1 4 3 1 5 .846 .429 1.275
Marlon Byrd - OF PIT vs CIN
9/21 7:05 PM
Homer Bailey 3-11 .273 2 2 4 0 2 .818 .273 1.091
Russell Martin - C PIT vs CIN
9/21 7:05 PM
Homer Bailey 4-11 .364 1 1 1 0 1 .636 .364 1.000
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs CIN
9/21 7:05 PM
Homer Bailey 10-29 .345 0 3 0 8 7 .483 .486 .969
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ DET
9/21 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 6-15 .400 1 4 3 2 2 .800 .474 1.274
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ DET
9/21 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 11-29 .379 1 4 5 3 2 .586 .438 1.024
Dayan Viciedo - OF CWS @ DET
9/21 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 4-13 .308 1 1 3 0 1 .538 .357 .896
Jonny Gomes - OF BOS vs TOR
9/21 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 6-13 .462 0 2 2 1 2 .692 .500 1.192
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs TOR
9/21 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 17-54 .315 3 8 13 3 7 .574 .351 .925
Shane Victorino - OF BOS vs TOR
9/21 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 4-11 .364 1 2 2 0 1 .727 .333 1.061
Billy Butler - 1B KC vs TEX
9/21 7:10 PM
Matt Garza 8-20 .400 0 3 1 2 4 .550 .455 1.005
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ MIL
9/21 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 5-12 .417 1 1 2 2 4 .667 .500 1.167
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ MIL
9/21 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 6-21 .286 3 4 6 4 7 .810 .400 1.210
Jon Jay - OF STL @ MIL
9/21 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 7-20 .350 1 1 2 0 2 .500 .350 .850
Yadier Molina - C STL @ MIL
9/21 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 7-26 .269 2 5 6 7 3 .615 .441 1.057
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX @ KC
9/21 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 8-17 .471 1 3 1 2 1 .765 .526 1.291
A.J. Pierzynski - C TEX @ KC
9/21 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 13-36 .361 1 4 4 1 2 .528 .378 .906
Brett Lawrie - 3B TOR @ BOS
9/21 7:10 PM
Felix Doubront 5-13 .385 0 2 0 0 2 .538 .385 .923
Colby Rasmus - OF TOR @ BOS
9/21 7:10 PM
Felix Doubront 4-11 .364 1 3 3 0 2 1.000 .364 1.364
Chris Denorfia - OF SD vs LAD
9/21 8:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 5-19 .263 1 3 2 2 4 .526 .333 .860
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA vs SEA
9/21 9:05 PM
Joe Saunders 4-10 .400 1 2 6 1 2 .900 .417 1.317
Michael Saunders - OF SEA @ LAA
9/21 9:05 PM
Jerome Williams 4-10 .400 0 0 0 0 3 .400 .400 .800
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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A.J. Burnett PIT vs CIN
9/21 7:05 PM
Reds Batters 33-158 .209 1 8 8 14 39 .274 .273 .547
Chris Sale CWS @ DET
9/21 7:08 PM
Tigers Batters 7-62 .113 0 3 2 6 17 .165 .203 .368
Clayton Kershaw LAD @ SD
9/21 8:40 PM
Padres Batters 29-134 .216 1 8 10 9 33 .297 .266 .563
Jerome Williams LAA vs SEA
9/21 9:05 PM
Mariners Batters 16-71 .225 1 3 6 0 18 .296 .221 .516

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY vs SF
9/21 1:05 PM
Ryan Vogelsong 1-10 .100 0 0 1 3 6 .100 .286 .386
Chris Johnson - 3B ATL @ CHC
9/21 4:05 PM
Travis Wood 2-12 .167 0 1 1 0 4 .250 .154 .404
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ PIT
9/21 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-15 .133 0 1 3 2 5 .200 .211 .411
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CIN @ PIT
9/21 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-18 .167 1 2 1 3 4 .389 .286 .675
Todd Frazier - 3B CIN @ PIT
9/21 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 3 .100 .091 .191
Ryan Hanigan - C CIN @ PIT
9/21 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 1 .091 .091 .182
Chris Heisey - OF CIN @ PIT
9/21 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 5 .200 .200 .400
Roger Bernadina - OF PHI vs NYM
9/21 7:05 PM
Dillon Gee 2-11 .182 1 1 1 0 2 .455 .182 .636
Josh Harrison - SS PIT vs CIN
9/21 7:05 PM
Homer Bailey 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .200
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs CIN
9/21 7:05 PM
Homer Bailey 10-33 .303 1 3 2 1 9 .455 .314 .769
Jose Tabata - OF PIT vs CIN
9/21 7:05 PM
Homer Bailey 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .333
Alejandro De Aza - OF CWS @ DET
9/21 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 2-13 .154 0 0 0 3 2 .154 .313 .466
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ DET
9/21 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 5-30 .167 1 1 1 0 1 .267 .167 .433
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET vs CWS
9/21 7:08 PM
Chris Sale 1-11 .091 0 0 0 3 3 .091 .286 .377
Austin Jackson - OF DET vs CWS
9/21 7:08 PM
Chris Sale 2-11 .182 0 1 2 2 5 .273 .308 .580
John McDonald - SS BOS vs TOR
9/21 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 4-20 .200 0 0 1 0 2 .200 .200 .400
Mike Napoli - C BOS vs TOR
9/21 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 2-11 .182 0 0 1 1 4 .182 .231 .413
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ KC
9/21 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 5-32 .156 1 3 3 5 5 .313 .263 .576
David Murphy - OF TEX @ KC
9/21 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 3-12 .250 0 0 1 0 3 .250 .250 .500
Rajai Davis - OF TOR @ BOS
9/21 7:10 PM
Felix Doubront 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 4 .100 .100 .200
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL vs ARI
9/21 8:10 PM
Trevor Cahill 1-14 .071 0 0 0 1 1 .071 .133 .205
Kyle Blanks - OF SD vs LAD
9/21 8:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200
Jesus Guzman - OF SD vs LAD
9/21 8:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-15 .133 0 1 1 1 8 .200 .188 .388
Chase Headley - 3B SD vs LAD
9/21 8:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 7-38 .184 0 2 3 0 8 .237 .184 .421
Kyle Seager - 3B SEA @ LAA
9/21 9:05 PM
Jerome Williams 3-15 .200 0 1 2 0 2 .267 .200 .467
Justin Smoak - 1B SEA @ LAA
9/21 9:05 PM
Jerome Williams 1-12 .083 1 1 1 0 5 .333 .083 .417
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Stephen Strasburg WAS vs Mia
9/21 7:05 PM
Marlins Batters 23-72 .319 3 8 10 7 16 .523 .380 .903
Yovani Gallardo MIL vs StL
9/21 7:10 PM
Cardinals Batters 35-107 .327 8 14 23 15 22 .621 .414 1.035
Mark Buehrle TOR @ Bos
9/21 7:10 PM
Red Sox Batters 44-143 .308 4 15 20 6 19 .477 .332 .809
Matt Garza TEX @ KC
9/21 7:10 PM
Royals Batters 20-60 .333 1 6 5 7 17 .497 .412 .909
Trevor Cahill ARI @ Col
9/21 8:10 PM
Rockies Batters 23-70 .329 3 5 6 7 11 .523 .390 .912
 


Recommended Pickup

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