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Tuesday Lineup Card: K-Rod Rises Again

Andrew Fiorentino

Andrew Fiorentino

A degenerate fantasy player since the age of 13.

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

Dodgers (Zack Greinke – R) at Padres (Ian Kennedy – R), 6:40
Rockies (Brett Anderson – L) at Marlins (Nate Eovaldi – R), 7:10
Yankees (CC Sabathia – L) at Astros (Scott Feldman – R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison – R) at Rays (Alex Cobb – R), 7:10
Phillies (A.J. Burnett – R) at Rangers (Martin Perez – L), 8:05
Braves (Alex Wood – L) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R), 8:10
Giants (Matt Cain – R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L), 9:40
Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez – R) at Angels (C.J. Wilson – L), 10:05
Indians (Corey Kluber – R) at Athletics (Scott Kazmir – L), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Jose Reyes, SS, TOR (hamstring) – Headed for DL
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (calf) – Still bothered by injury; playing through it for now
Tim Lincecum, SP, SF (knee) – Still on track to start Thursday
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM (personal) – Missed Monday's game; should be good Wednesday
Jered Weaver, SP, LAA (illness) – Pitched 6.1 Monday, suddenly tiring; should be fine for next start
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA (arm) – Hit by a pitch Monday; had arm wrapped post-game
Charlie Furbush, RP, SEA (leg) – Took a comebacker to the leg Monday
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE (hamstring) – Could start rehab games Thursday
David DeJesus, OF, TB (foot) – X-ray negative after he left Monday's game
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS (hand) – Doesn't have hand fracture, contrary to initial reports
Chris Young, OF, NYM (quad) – Expected back in the lineup Wednesday
Tyler Chatwood, SP, COL (hamstring) – Won't make his start Wednesday

Players on the DL

Yu Darvish, SP, TEX (neck) – Could start as soon as Sunday
Cole Hamels, SP, PHI (biceps) – Minor-league start on tap for Tuesday
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN (face) – Seeing doctor Wednesday; "feels great"
Mike Minor, SP, ATL (shoulder) – Pitching Double-A rehab game Thursday
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) – Grade 1 strain
Derek Holland, SP, TEX (knee) – Will throw off a mound Wednesday
Casey Janssen, RP, TOR (back) – Won't even throw until tightness subsides
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (oblique) – Starting rehab action Thursday; could return during weekend
Boone Logan, RP, COL (elbow) – Expected to pitch in rehab games Thursday and Friday
Brian Moran, RP, LAA (elbow) – Getting close to throwing off a mound
Jeremy Affeldt, RP, SF (knee) – Expected back around April 9
Ryan Cook, RP, OAK (shoulder) – Sim game Monday went well
Gavin Floyd, SP, ATL (elbow) – Next rehab start Thursday in Triple-A
Josh Beckett, SP, LAD (thumb) – Threw sim game Monday; could start Saturday vs. SF
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (back) – Not expected to be activated immediately
Dane De La Rosa, RP, LAA (forearm) – Expected back around April 11
Jaime Garcia, SP, STL (shoulder) – Could be slated for long relief upon eventual return
Sean Burnett, RP, LAA (elbow) – Threw Monday bullpen; sim game coming Wednesday
Juan Oviedo, RP, TB (soreness) – Will return when eligible April 10
Craig Breslow, RP, BOS (shoulder) – Rehab games Thursday and Friday; could return Saturday
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL (shoulder) – Threw 25-pitch bullpen session Monday
Brendan Ryan, SS, NYY (back) – Swung a bat underwater Monday – yeah
Francisco Peguero, OF, BAL (wrist) – Had cast removed Sunday
David Hernandez, RP, ARI (elbow) – Headed for Tommy John surgery

Transactions – Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Placed on DL
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring)

Called Up
Jackie Bradley, OF, BOS
Michael Tonkin, RP, MIN

Closer Watch

Brewers – Jim Henderson struggled toward the end of spring training, seeing his velocity drop, and as a result, Francisco Rodriguez got the call on Opening Day against the Braves and converted in the ninth, allowing one hit while striking out two. Manager Ron Roenicke says K-Rod's his closer – for now. Don't cut Henderson loose, but if he happens to be your only closer in an NL-only league… well, then you're as screwed as I am.

Mets – Bobby Parnell struggled Monday in the Mets' opener, throwing an 85 mph fastball on his first pitch, and though it ticked up into the mid-90s during the outing, he certainly wasn't the Parnell of last season. It seems he's not quite recovered after his offseason neck surgery; meanwhile, Jose Valverde looked awesome in his 1.1 innings, striking out Ryan Zimmerman with the bases loaded in the seventh to preserve a tie game and then pitching a scoreless inning of his own with two more strikeouts. There's no question that Parnell owners should own Valverde for a handcuff right now.

White Sox – For all the Nate Jones hype in the preseason – and for all that Jones is certainly the best pitcher in the South Side bullpen – it was Matt Lindstrom who got the call in the ninth on Opening Day, pitching a scoreless inning with a hit allowed and a strikeout. This is likely to be a committee approach for now – sneaky value for those who drafted Lindstrom.

Hot Batter Matchups – April 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
S. Smith OF SD vs LAD
6:40PM
Z. Greinke 13 5 3 0 0 0 0 .385 .385 .615 1.000
D. Jeter SS NYY @ HOU
7:10PM
S. Feldman 16 6 2 2 4 2 2 .375 .444 .750 1.194
B. Roberts 2B NYY @ HOU
7:10PM
S. Feldman 10 3 1 0 1 1 1 .300 .462 .400 .862
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ HOU
7:10PM
S. Feldman 18 6 2 1 4 0 4 .333 .350 .556 .906
A. Beltre 3B TEX vs PHI
8:05PM
A. Burnett 25 9 7 1 6 2 4 .360 .407 .720 1.127
P. Fielder 1B TEX vs PHI
8:05PM
A. Burnett 11 3 2 2 4 2 1 .273 .385 .818 1.203
D. Uggla 2B ATL @ MIL
8:10PM
K. Lohse 15 5 2 1 3 0 3 .333 .333 .600 .933
A. Hill 2B ARI vs SF
9:40PM
M. Cain 21 7 4 1 3 0 1 .333 .318 .714 1.032
J. Smoak 1B SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson 18 5 2 2 5 3 3 .278 .381 .611 .992
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ian Kennedy SD vs LAD
6:40PM
82 15 6 1 5 9 18 .183 .260 .268 .528
Scott Kazmir OAK vs CLE
10:05PM
79 11 3 1 3 6 19 .139 .209 .209 .418
Cold Batter Matchups – April 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ SD
6:40PM
I. Kennedy 16 2 2 0 1 2 6 .125 .222 .250 .472
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ SD
6:40PM
I. Kennedy 11 2 0 0 0 1 2 .182 .250 .182 .432
J. Saltalamacchia C MIA vs COL
7:10PM
B. Anderson 15 3 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
S. Choo OF TEX vs PHI
8:05PM
A. Burnett 18 3 2 1 1 3 4 .167 .286 .389 .675
C. Johnson 3B ATL @ MIL
8:10PM
K. Lohse 10 2 0 0 1 1 1 .200 .273 .200 .473
J. Upton OF ATL @ MIL
8:10PM
K. Lohse 13 2 1 0 1 2 3 .154 .267 .231 .497
E. Chavez 3B ARI vs SF
9:40PM
M. Cain 14 2 1 0 0 0 3 .143 .143 .214 .357
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI vs SF
9:40PM
M. Cain 13 2 1 0 0 3 3 .154 .313 .231 .543
C. Pennington SS ARI vs SF
9:40PM
M. Cain 11 2 2 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364 .545
D. Murphy OF CLE @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 12 2 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333
N. Swisher 1B CLE @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 32 5 1 1 2 3 6 .156 .229 .250 .479
D. Ackley 2B SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson 15 3 1 0 0 1 2 .200 .250 .267 .517
M. Saunders OF SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson 15 2 0 0 1 3 4 .133 .278 .133 .411
K. Seager 3B SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson 13 1 0 0 0 2 5 .077 .200 .077 .277
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Scott Feldman HOU vs NYY
7:10PM
96 31 6 3 11 10 10 .323 .400 .443 .843
Kyle Lohse MIL vs ATL
8:10PM
80 24 11 3 11 8 14 .300 .360 .500 .860
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Recommended Pickup
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN – Don't be thrown off by that .000 batting average after Monday's season opener – Arcia has real fantasy upside despite the 100X-concentrated misery that is the Twins lineup. The sweet-swinging lefty smacked 14 homers in just 97 games last season, and though he only hit .251, Arcia was only 22 years old, and his track record in the minors suggests that he has far higher upside than that. He's a career .314/.376/.540 (that's a .915 OPS!) hitter in the minors who batted .313 for Triple-A Rochester last year and .320 across two levels the year before. He'll have to cut down on the strikeouts, but if he does, he has legitimate upside to hit .300 with 20-25 homers. Yeah, there's probably a spot for that kind of potential in a lot of fantasy lineups. And he's widely available – just 8 percent owned on Yahoo and 3 percent on ESPN.

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DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Drew Hutchison, TOR ($10,389)
C: Wilin Rosario, COL ($5,202)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, ARI ($6,510)
2B: Jose Altuve, HOU ($5,691)
SS: Jean Segura, MIL ($4,864)
3B: Pablo Sandoval, SF ($5,618)
OF: Giancarlo Stanton, MIA ($6,530)