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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 Wednesday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Mets (Daisuke Matsuzaka – R) at Reds (Mat Latos – R), 12:35
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller – R), 1:45
Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L) at Cubs (Jake Arrieta – R), 2:20
Athletics (Dan Straily – R) at Angels (Jered Weaver – R), 3:35
White Sox (Dylan Axelrod – R) at Indians (Danny Salazar – R), 7:05
Rays (David Price – L) at Yankees (Phil Hughes – R), 7:05
Blue Jays (Esmil Rogers – R) at Orioles (Bud Norris – R), 7:05
Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Braves (Paul Maholm – L), 7:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels – L) at Marlins (Brad Hand – L), 7:10
Astros (Dallas Keuchel – L) at Rangers (Martin Perez – L), 8:05
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Twins (Kevin Correia – R), 8:10
Red Sox (Jake Peavy – R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin – R), 8:40
Diamondbacks (Randall Delgado – R) at Padres (Ian Kennedy – R), 10:10
Royals (Ervin Santana – R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R), 10:10
Dodgers (Ricky Nolasco – R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: NYM/CIN, WAS/STL, PIT/CHC, OAK/LAA

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (knee) – Not in Tuesday’s lineup against the Tigers.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF (rest) – Shut down for the remainder of the season.
Chris Capuano, P, LAD (groin) – Threw a bullpen session Tuesday.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (shoulder) – Didn’t experience any issues while throwing Monday and expected to return to the outfield Friday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS (foot) – Team plans to start him Wednesday against the Rockies.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TB (ankle) – Left Tuesday’s game with a sore left ankle.
Andre Ethier, OF, LAD (ankle) – Remained out of the lineup Tuesday against the Giants, but shooting for a return to action Wednesday.
Robbie Grossman, OF, HOU (oblique) – Remains unable to swing a bat pain-free and will not play again this season.
Roy Halladay, SP, PHI (arm) – Told by doctor that he needs three or more weeks of rest after undergoing surgery following Monday’s game.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (back) – Remained out of the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET (hand) – Remained out of the lineup Tuesday against the Twins.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (hamstring) – Held out of the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees.
Jeff Keppinger, 3B, CHW (shoulder) – Will have surgery Thursday and miss the rest of the season.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW (knee) – Left Tuesday’s game after fouling a ball off the back of his knee.
Jose Lobaton, C, TB (elbow) – Left Tuesday’s game with a bruised right elbow.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (knee) – Diagnosed with a torn medial patellar ligament and will be shut down for 6-8 weeks.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (hand) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.
Justin Masterson, RP, CLE (oblique) – Will pitch out of the bullpen for the rest of the regular season.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS (foot) – Held out of the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies.
David Purcey, RP, CWS (elbow) – Shut down for the season with a strained UCL.
Andre Rienzo, SP, CHW (blister) – Has reported improvement and plans to be ready to pitch Thursday.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL (calf) – Remains out of the lineup Tuesday.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (finger/back) – Has officially been shut down for the season.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (hamstring) –Tested strained hamstring Tuesday but said it didn’t go well.
Moises Sierra, OF, TOR (foot) – Left Tuesday’s game with apparent foot injury.
Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM (shoulder) – Was shut down for the remainder of the regular season due to shoulder stiffness.
Jerome Williams, SP, LAA (foot) – Received clearance to start Thursday after he was struck in the foot with a ball Monday.

Disabled List
Antonio Bastardo, RP, PHI (suspension) – Will be activated from suspension Sunday but won’t pitch again this season after receiving injection in his left knee.
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM (elbow) – Could pitch in Arizona Fall League to see if he can avoid Tommy John surgery.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI (knee) – Will begin playing instructional league games this week.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI (foot) – Will begin playing instructional league games this week.

Transactions

Activated from the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Jordany Valdespin, OF, NYM (activated from suspension)

Released
Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL
Kyle Lotzkar, RP, CIN

Closer Watch

Padres – Huston Street picked up save No. 33 of the season in Monday's 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out a batter. Street missed some time in June and July, but has otherwise given the Padres everything they could ask for and then some. He's converted 33-of-34 save opportunities this season, and owns a 2.47 ERA despite surrendering 11 home runs in just 54.2 innings. The 11 home runs, along with an unspectacular 41:12 K/BB ratio, make Street a candidate to regress in 2014, so it may not be worthwhile to invest heavily in him come draft day.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CIN vs NYM
9/25 12:35 PM
Daisuke Matsuzaka 4-14 .286 2 2 3 0 3 .714 .286 1.000
Yadier Molina - C STL vs WAS
9/25 1:45 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 5-11 .455 0 1 1 0 0 .545 .500 1.045
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs TB
9/25 7:05 PM
David Price 9-46 .196 4 4 8 2 18 .457 .245 .701
Yunel Escobar - SS TB @ NYY
9/25 7:05 PM
Phil Hughes 7-16 .438 0 2 1 1 1 .563 .471 1.033
Matt Joyce - OF TB @ NYY
9/25 7:05 PM
Phil Hughes 5-11 .455 2 4 5 3 0 1.273 .571 1.844
Luke Scott - DH TB @ NYY
9/25 7:05 PM
Phil Hughes 8-16 .500 0 3 1 2 3 .688 .556 1.243
Jose Reyes - SS TOR @ BAL
9/25 7:05 PM
Bud Norris 5-13 .385 0 1 0 1 0 .462 .429 .890
Josh Thole - C TOR @ BAL
9/25 7:05 PM
Bud Norris 3-11 .273 1 1 1 2 2 .545 .385 .930
Reed Johnson - OF ATL vs MIL
9/25 7:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 4-10 .400 0 0 2 1 0 .400 .455 .855
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs MIL
9/25 7:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 5-15 .333 1 2 3 0 3 .600 .333 .933
Chris Coghlan - OF MIA vs PHI
9/25 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 7-21 .333 2 4 4 4 5 .714 .440 1.154
Carlos Gomez - OF MIL @ ATL
9/25 7:10 PM
Paul Maholm 8-18 .444 1 3 3 0 3 .722 .474 1.196
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ MIN
9/25 8:10 PM
Kevin Correia 9-19 .474 1 3 6 1 1 .737 .455 1.191
Josh Willingham - OF MIN vs DET
9/25 8:10 PM
Max Scherzer 4-15 .267 1 2 2 2 6 .533 .353 .886
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL vs BOS
9/25 8:40 PM
Jake Peavy 4-11 .364 0 2 3 0 1 .545 .333 .879
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs BOS
9/25 8:40 PM
Jake Peavy 16-46 .348 3 9 4 4 5 .674 .392 1.066
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL vs BOS
9/25 8:40 PM
Jake Peavy 7-20 .350 1 3 3 3 4 .650 .435 1.085
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA vs KC
9/25 10:10 PM
Ervin Santana 8-32 .250 2 5 7 6 6 .563 .368 .931
Justin Smoak - 1B SEA vs KC
9/25 10:10 PM
Ervin Santana 7-18 .389 1 3 5 3 2 .667 .455 1.121
Gregor Blanco - OF SF vs LAD
9/25 10:15 PM
Ricky Nolasco 5-12 .417 0 1 1 1 4 .500 .462 .962
Hunter Pence - OF SF vs LAD
9/25 10:15 PM
Ricky Nolasco 6-26 .231 4 5 7 2 4 .731 .286 1.016
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF vs LAD
9/25 10:15 PM
Ricky Nolasco 6-13 .462 2 5 2 2 0 1.154 .533 1.687
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jered Weaver LAA vs OAK
9/25 3:35 PM
Athletics Batters 43-217 .198 5 17 15 13 39 .326 .246 .571
Madison Bumgarner SF vs LAD
9/25 10:15 PM
Dodgers Batters 17-86 .198 0 3 7 5 19 .235 .242 .477

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Daric Barton - 1B OAK @ LAA
9/25 3:35 PM
Jered Weaver 6-35 .171 2 2 3 3 4 .343 .237 .580
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ LAA
9/25 3:35 PM
Jered Weaver 6-45 .133 0 2 0 2 10 .178 .170 .348
Josh Reddick - OF OAK @ LAA
9/25 3:35 PM
Jered Weaver 2-12 .167 0 0 0 1 4 .167 .231 .397
Seth Smith - OF OAK @ LAA
9/25 3:35 PM
Jered Weaver 2-12 .167 1 1 1 0 3 .417 .167 .583
Mark Reynolds - 1B NYY vs TB
9/25 7:05 PM
David Price 3-22 .136 2 2 3 2 8 .409 .208 .617
Vernon Wells - OF NYY vs TB
9/25 7:05 PM
David Price 4-27 .148 0 2 1 2 6 .222 .200 .422
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ NYY
9/25 7:05 PM
Phil Hughes 0-12 .000 0 0 1 2 1 .000 .143 .143
Chris Johnson - 3B ATL vs MIL
9/25 7:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-10 .200 0 0 1 1 1 .200 .273 .473
Justin Upton - OF ATL vs MIL
9/25 7:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-13 .154 0 1 1 2 3 .231 .267 .497
Giancarlo Stanton - OF MIA vs PHI
9/25 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 8-32 .250 2 5 4 1 15 .563 .273 .835
Prince Fielder - 1B DET @ MIN
9/25 8:10 PM
Kevin Correia 5-25 .200 1 2 6 2 1 .360 .250 .610
Martin Prado - 3B ARI @ SD
9/25 10:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 2-10 .200 0 1 1 1 2 .300 .273 .573
Endy Chavez - OF SEA vs KC
9/25 10:10 PM
Ervin Santana 2-14 .143 1 1 2 0 1 .357 .143 .500
Kyle Seager - 3B SEA vs KC
9/25 10:10 PM
Ervin Santana 3-19 .158 1 1 1 5 2 .316 .333 .649
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ SF
9/25 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 1-13 .077 0 0 1 0 3 .077 .077 .154
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ SF
9/25 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 2-11 .182 0 1 1 0 1 .273 .182 .455
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD @ SF
9/25 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 1-11 .091 0 0 2 1 2 .091 .167 .258
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Phil Hughes NYY vs TB
9/25 7:05 PM
Rays Batters 36-119 .303 4 14 16 13 20 .508 .369 .878
Kyle Lohse MIL @ Atl
9/25 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 31-96 .323 3 10 16 8 13 .479 .372 .852
Paul Maholm ATL vs Mil
9/25 7:10 PM
Brewers Batters 28-87 .322 4 9 16 6 8 .512 .377 .889
Cole Hamels PHI @ Mia
9/25 7:10 PM
Marlins Batters 30-103 .291 4 14 11 8 26 .518 .337 .855
Jake Peavy BOS @ Col
9/25 8:40 PM
Rockies Batters 36-111 .324 6 17 13 9 16 .593 .369 .962
Ricky Nolasco LAD @ SF
9/25 10:15 PM
Giants Batters 29-97 .299 6 14 13 8 11 .574 .349 .923
 
Recommended Pickup

Matt Davidson, 3B, ARI – With the non-contending Diamondbacks beginning to assess their options for 2014 at this point in the season, young players like Davidson, Chris Owings and Adam Eaton have begun to see an increase in at-bats. Davidson in particular has seemed to make the most of the surge in starts, batting 9-for-26 (.346) with three homers and eight RBI over the last two weeks. Given that he slugged 17 homers and batted .280/.350/.481 over 115 games at Triple-A Reno earlier in the season, it’s not unreasonable to expect Davidson to continue sustaining his current run of success on some level. At the very least, Davidson should receive plenty of at-bats in the season’s final week to prove he’s ready to handle the third base job on a full-time basis in 2014, making him a worthy target in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues.

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