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Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210) from 11a-2p ET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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

MIN (Kyle Gibson - R) at CLE (Carlos Carrasco - R) 1:05 PM ET
NYY (Michael Pineda - R) at TOR (R.A. Dickey - R) 1:07 PM ET
BAL (Bud Norris - R) at DET (Rick Porcello - R) 1:08 PM ET
CIN (Johnny Cueto - R) at NYM (Dillon Gee - R) 1:10 PM ET
CWS (John Danks - L) at KC (Bruce Chen - L) 2:10 PM ET
PHI (Cliff Lee - L) at CHC (Jeff Samardzija - R) 2:20 PM ET
SEA (Felix Hernandez - R) at OAK (Dan Straily - R) 4:05 PM ET
SF (Madison Bumgarner - L) at LAD (Paul Maholm - L) 4:10 PM ET
ATL (Julio Teheran - R) at WAS (Stephen Strasburg - R) 7:05 PM ET
STL (Joe Kelly - R) at PIT (Francisco Liriano - L) 7:05 PM ET
MIL (Wily Peralta - R) at BOS (Clay Buchholz - R) 7:10 PM ET
LAA (Tyler Skaggs - L) at HOU (Dallas Keuchel - L) 7:10 PM ET
SD (Andrew Cashner - R) at MIA (Jose Fernandez - R) 7:10 PM ET
TEX (Nick Martinez - R) at TB (David Price - L) 7:10 PM ET
ARI (Brandon McCarthy - R) at COL (Jorge De La Rosa - L) 8:10 PM ET

Day Game After Night Game: NYY/TOR, CIN/NYM, SEA/OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Martin Prado, 3B, ARI - Left Friday's game with a lacerated finger.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - Left Friday's game with an apparent right hamstring injury; may require DL stint.
Jason Castro, C, HOU - (Foot) X-rays came back negative.
Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU - Scratched due to the flu Friday, and was hospitalized.
Joe Saunders, SP, TEX - (Ankle) Suffered a bruise during Friday's game.

Players on the DL
Mat Latos, SP, CIN - (Knee) Hit hard, but no health issues in four-inning rehab start.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA - (Finger) Scheduled for another flat-ground session Sunday.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA - (Shoulder) Made his first rehab start at High-A High Desert on Friday.
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE - (Hamstring) Held out of Triple-A game Friday due to wet conditions.
Josh Beckett, SP, LAD - (Thumb) May return to Dodgers rotation Wednesday.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS - (Oblique) Not expected to rejoin the team before Wednesday.
Cody Ross, OF, ARI - (Hip) Played five innings and went 2-for-2 in rehab game Thursday.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX - (Back) Rain limited his rehab start to two innings.
Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD - (Elbow) Will make a rehab start at High-A on Sunday.
J.A. Happ, SP, TOR - (Back) No guarantee of a rotation spot upon return.
Craig Gentry, OF, OAK - (Back) May need more minor league rehab games.
Ryan Cook, RP, OAK - (Shoulder) Could return to A's bullpen after one more rehab inning.
Mike Adams, RP, PHI - (Shoulder) Struck out a pair in relief appearance Thursday.
Brian Wilson, RP, LAD - (Elbow) Currently no set timetable for activation.
Freddy Galvis, 2B, PHI - (Illness) Will play in an extended spring game Saturday.
Boone Logan, RP, COL - (Elbow) Tossed a scoreless rehab inning Thursday.
Juan Oviedo, RP, TAM - (Soreness) Targeting return around April 15.

Activated from the DL
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD

Placed on the DL

Nate Jones, RP, CHW - (Hip)
Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI - (Elbow), transferred to 60-day DL.
Cory Gearrin, RP, ATL - (Elbow)

Claimed Off Waivers
Roger Kieschnick, OF, ARI

Called Up
Jake Petricka, RP, CHW
Dominic Leone, RP, SEA
Chad Jenkins, RP, TOR

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Jeremy Jeffress, RP, TOR (DFA'd)
Hector Noesi, SP, SEA (DFA'd)
Mike Baxter, OF, LAD

Closer Watch

New York Mets - Jose Valverde struck out one while giving up a hit and issuing a walk against the Reds on Friday night, but he secured his first save since taking over the job from the injured Bobby Parnell earlier this week. For those fading Valverde, it's likely worth noting that Kyle Farnsworth recorded the final out of the seventh and all three outs in the eighth in front of Valverde on Friday night.

Milwaukee - Francisco Rodriguez finished the Brewers' win over the Red Sox on Friday, and was actually warming up to enter the game after the go-ahead runs were scored in the top of the ninth inning. The Brewers' offense turned the situation into one of the non-save variety, but Rodriguez still has the upper hand over Jim Henderson as the closer in Milwaukee at the present time.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – April 5, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
K. Johnson 2B NYY @ TOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 15 4 3 1 1 2 4 .267 .353 .600 .953
A. Soriano OF NYY @ TOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 15 5 3 2 6 1 4 .333 .375 .800 1.175
C. Davis 1B BAL @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 12 4 3 3 6 0 4 .333 .333 1.083 1.417
J. Hardy SS BAL @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 15 6 1 0 0 0 3 .400 .400 .467 .867
N. Markakis OF BAL @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 19 8 2 1 2 2 1 .421 .455 .632 1.086
M. Wieters C BAL @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 11 4 1 0 2 2 1 .364 .500 .455 .955
D. Young OF BAL @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 22 8 3 1 4 1 3 .364 .391 .591 .982
R. Bernadina OF CIN @ NYM
1:10PM
D. Gee 15 4 3 1 1 0 2 .267 .267 .600 .867
A. De Aza OF CWS @ KC
2:10PM
B. Chen 15 4 2 1 2 2 3 .267 .353 .600 .953
A. Dunn 1B CWS @ KC
2:10PM
B. Chen 24 8 4 2 7 6 4 .333 .467 .667 1.133
P. Konerko 1B CWS @ KC
2:10PM
B. Chen 49 12 7 5 9 6 7 .245 .327 .592 .919
D. Viciedo OF CWS @ KC
2:10PM
B. Chen 29 10 3 3 7 1 6 .345 .367 .655 1.022
E. Hosmer 1B KC vs CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 12 6 0 0 1 1 0 .500 .538 .500 1.038
D. Valencia DH KC vs CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 20 6 3 1 4 0 3 .300 .300 .550 .850
S. Castro SS CHC vs PHI
2:20PM
C. Lee 12 3 2 1 2 1 6 .250 .308 .583 .891
J. Ruggiano OF CHC vs PHI
2:20PM
C. Lee 10 4 3 0 3 1 5 .400 .455 .700 1.155
C. Utley 2B PHI @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija 13 4 4 0 4 0 4 .308 .308 .692 1.000
H. Pence OF SF @ LAD
4:10PM
P. Maholm 49 15 7 2 9 3 4 .306 .345 .551 .896
P. Sandoval 3B SF @ LAD
4:10PM
P. Maholm 13 5 2 1 2 0 0 .385 .429 .692 1.121
F. Freeman 1B ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 17 7 2 1 6 2 4 .412 .429 .647 1.076
J. Heyward OF ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 20 9 2 1 2 2 2 .450 .522 .650 1.172
D. Uggla 2B ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 27 11 4 2 8 3 10 .407 .467 .704 1.170
P. Bourjos OF STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 12 5 2 0 3 0 1 .417 .385 .583 .968
M. Holliday OF STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 10 4 1 0 0 1 0 .400 .500 .500 1.000
J. Peralta SS STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 37 13 3 2 6 6 13 .351 .442 .541 .982
B. Harper OF WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
J. Teheran 10 5 4 2 3 1 2 .500 .583 1.300 1.883
D. Span OF WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
J. Teheran 15 7 2 0 1 0 1 .467 .467 .733 1.200
E. Aybar SS LAA @ HOU
7:10PM
D. Keuchel 10 5 2 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 .700 1.200
M. Reynolds 1B MIL @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz 12 3 2 1 2 3 5 .250 .412 .583 .995
E. Andrus SS TEX @ TB
7:10PM
D. Price 20 7 0 0 4 6 3 .350 .519 .350 .869
A. Beltre 3B TEX @ TB
7:10PM
D. Price 27 9 5 1 4 0 6 .333 .333 .593 .926
A. Rios OF TEX @ TB
7:10PM
D. Price 27 11 6 2 8 3 5 .407 .467 .815 1.281
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI @ COL
8:10PM
J. De La Rosa 11 3 2 1 4 0 2 .273 .273 .636 .909
A. Pollock OF ARI @ COL
8:10PM
J. De La Rosa 12 4 2 0 0 0 4 .333 .333 .583 .917
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 5, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Johnny Cueto CIN @ NYM
1:10PM
78 17 2 2 8 9 20 .218 .303 .299 .603
John Danks CWS @ KC
2:10PM
136 29 9 2 8 8 26 .213 .262 .304 .566
Felix Hernandez SEA @ OAK
4:05PM
270 60 11 2 16 18 61 .222 .273 .276 .549
Madison Bumgarner SF @ LAD
4:10PM
132 23 7 2 10 8 33 .174 .227 .263 .491
Cold Batter Matchups – April 5, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Beltran OF NYY @ TOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 21 5 2 1 4 0 4 .238 .238 .429 .667
D. Jeter SS NYY @ TOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 15 2 0 0 0 2 5 .133 .235 .133 .369
B. Roberts 2B NYY @ TOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 11 2 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
I. Suzuki OF NYY @ TOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 23 4 0 0 1 0 4 .174 .174 .174 .348
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ TOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 13 2 1 1 3 0 2 .154 .143 .385 .527
N. Cruz OF BAL @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 16 4 0 0 2 0 5 .250 .250 .250 .500
A. Jones OF BAL @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 18 3 0 0 0 0 6 .167 .167 .167 .333
D. Murphy 2B NYM vs CIN
1:10PM
J. Cueto 13 2 0 0 1 1 1 .154 .267 .154 .421
T. Flowers C CWS @ KC
2:10PM
B. Chen 12 1 1 1 2 1 6 .083 .154 .333 .487
A. Ramirez SS CWS @ KC
2:10PM
B. Chen 37 6 2 1 2 2 4 .162 .225 .270 .495
B. Butler DH KC vs CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 32 6 2 0 1 0 9 .188 .188 .250 .438
A. Escobar SS KC vs CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 10 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .091 .000 .091
A. Gordon OF KC vs CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 26 4 1 0 0 3 3 .154 .267 .192 .459
M. Moustakas 3B KC vs CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 11 1 1 0 0 1 1 .091 .167 .182 .348
E. Bonifacio 2B CHC vs PHI
2:20PM
C. Lee 10 1 0 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .100 .282
J. Rollins SS PHI @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija 10 2 1 0 1 1 2 .200 .250 .300 .550
Y. Cespedes OF OAK vs SEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez 20 5 1 0 1 0 7 .250 .318 .300 .618
J. Donaldson 3B OAK vs SEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez 14 2 1 0 1 1 6 .143 .200 .214 .414
J. Lowrie SS OAK vs SEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez 18 3 1 0 0 0 6 .167 .167 .222 .389
B. Moss 1B OAK vs SEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez 18 5 2 1 3 0 7 .278 .278 .500 .778
J. Reddick OF OAK vs SEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez 27 4 1 0 0 0 5 .148 .148 .185 .333
E. Sogard SS OAK vs SEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez 15 3 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .250 .200 .450
A. Ellis C LAD vs SF
4:10PM
M. Bumgarner 10 1 1 0 0 2 3 .100 .250 .200 .450
A. Ethier OF LAD vs SF
4:10PM
M. Bumgarner 24 3 1 0 1 0 9 .125 .160 .167 .327
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD vs SF
4:10PM
M. Bumgarner 20 2 1 0 1 0 2 .100 .100 .150 .250
H. Ramirez SS LAD vs SF
4:10PM
M. Bumgarner 17 3 1 0 2 1 2 .176 .222 .294 .516
J. Uribe 3B LAD vs SF
4:10PM
M. Bumgarner 20 5 1 1 2 0 6 .250 .250 .400 .650
M. Morse OF SF @ LAD
4:10PM
P. Maholm 11 2 0 0 0 1 5 .182 .250 .182 .432
C. Johnson 3B ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 15 3 0 0 3 0 4 .200 .200 .200 .400
B. Upton OF ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 10 1 0 0 0 2 5 .100 .250 .100 .350
J. Upton OF ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 15 3 0 0 1 1 5 .200 .294 .200 .494
C. Barmes SS PIT vs STL
7:05PM
J. Kelly 10 2 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .273 .200 .473
N. Walker 2B PIT vs STL
7:05PM
J. Kelly 11 2 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
M. Carpenter 3B STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 11 2 1 0 1 0 2 .182 .182 .273 .455
J. Werth OF WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
J. Teheran 11 2 0 0 1 1 5 .182 .250 .182 .432
J. Arencibia C TEX @ TB
7:10PM
D. Price 16 2 1 1 1 0 8 .125 .125 .313 .438
S. Choo OF TEX @ TB
7:10PM
D. Price 13 2 1 0 2 1 5 .154 .214 .231 .445
M. Montero C ARI @ COL
8:10PM
J. De La Rosa 10 2 0 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .200 .400
G. Parra OF ARI @ COL
8:10PM
J. De La Rosa 17 3 1 0 0 5 5 .176 .364 .235 .599
M. Prado 3B ARI @ COL
8:10PM
J. De La Rosa 12 2 0 0 0 3 1 .167 .333 .167 .500
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 5, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Rick Porcello DET vs BAL
1:08PM
129 43 12 5 17 5 24 .333 .359 .506 .864
Paul Maholm LAD vs SF
4:10PM
113 35 15 4 19 8 15 .310 .356 .517 .873
Stephen Strasburg WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
126 39 9 5 23 16 36 .310 .390 .457 .847
Julio Teheran ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
84 26 8 2 6 8 18 .310 .378 .475 .853


Recommended Pickup

Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM - Duda swatted a pair of homers for the Mets on Friday night, and Ike Davis' future in the organization is once again in doubt. While Duda will yield starts at first base to Josh Satin when the Mets face a left-handed starter, he hit fifth Friday night and should receive plenty of run-producing opportunities as long as he holds onto the larger share of the platoon at the position.

Other Recent Recommendations: Marcell Ozuna, Jose Valverde, Francisco Rodriguez and Grady Sizemore.

DraftStreet Value Picks

SP: Tyler Skaggs, LAA ($10,356)
C: Jonathan Lucroy, MIL ($4,812)
1B: Adam Lind, TOR ($5,578)
2B: Robinson Cano, SEA ($5,563)
SS: Chris Owings, ARI ($4,248)
3B: Pedro Alvarez, PIT ($4,300)
OF: Billy Hamilton, CIN ($4,525)