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Saturday Lineup Card: Bearing Down

Derek VanRiper

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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 ľ Aprilá5,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
K. Johnson 2B NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 15 4 3 1 1 2 4 .267 .353 .600 .953
A. Soriano OF NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 15 5 3 2 6 1 4 .333 .375 .800 1.175
C. Davis 1B BALá@áDET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 12 4 3 3 6 0 4 .333 .333 1.083 1.417
J. Hardy SS BALá@áDET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 15 6 1 0 0 0 3 .400 .400 .467 .867
N. Markakis OF BALá@áDET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 19 8 2 1 2 2 1 .421 .455 .632 1.086
M. Wieters C BALá@áDET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 11 4 1 0 2 2 1 .364 .500 .455 .955
D. Young OF BALá@áDET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 22 8 3 1 4 1 3 .364 .391 .591 .982
R. Bernadina OF CINá@áNYM
1:10PM
D. Gee 15 4 3 1 1 0 2 .267 .267 .600 .867
A. De Aza OF CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
B. Chen 15 4 2 1 2 2 3 .267 .353 .600 .953
A. Dunn 1B CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
B. Chen 24 8 4 2 7 6 4 .333 .467 .667 1.133
P. Konerko 1B CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
B. Chen 49 12 7 5 9 6 7 .245 .327 .592 .919
D. Viciedo OF CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
B. Chen 29 10 3 3 7 1 6 .345 .367 .655 1.022
E. Hosmer 1B KCávsáCWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 12 6 0 0 1 1 0 .500 .538 .500 1.038
D. Valencia DH KCávsáCWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 20 6 3 1 4 0 3 .300 .300 .550 .850
S. Castro SS CHCávsáPHI
2:20PM
C. Lee 12 3 2 1 2 1 6 .250 .308 .583 .891
J. Ruggiano OF CHCávsáPHI
2:20PM
C. Lee 10 4 3 0 3 1 5 .400 .455 .700 1.155
C. Utley 2B PHIá@áCHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija 13 4 4 0 4 0 4 .308 .308 .692 1.000
H. Pence OF SFá@áLAD
4:10PM
P. Maholm 49 15 7 2 9 3 4 .306 .345 .551 .896
P. Sandoval 3B SFá@áLAD
4:10PM
P. Maholm 13 5 2 1 2 0 0 .385 .429 .692 1.121
F. Freeman 1B ATLá@áWAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 17 7 2 1 6 2 4 .412 .429 .647 1.076
J. Heyward OF ATLá@áWAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 20 9 2 1 2 2 2 .450 .522 .650 1.172
D. Uggla 2B ATLá@áWAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 27 11 4 2 8 3 10 .407 .467 .704 1.170
P. Bourjos OF STLá@áPIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 12 5 2 0 3 0 1 .417 .385 .583 .968
M. Holliday OF STLá@áPIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 10 4 1 0 0 1 0 .400 .500 .500 1.000
J. Peralta SS STLá@áPIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 37 13 3 2 6 6 13 .351 .442 .541 .982
B. Harper OF WASávsáATL
7:05PM
J. Teheran 10 5 4 2 3 1 2 .500 .583 1.300 1.883
D. Span OF WASávsáATL
7:05PM
J. Teheran 15 7 2 0 1 0 1 .467 .467 .733 1.200
E. Aybar SS LAAá@áHOU
7:10PM
D. Keuchel 10 5 2 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 .700 1.200
M. Reynolds 1B MILá@áBOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz 12 3 2 1 2 3 5 .250 .412 .583 .995
E. Andrus SS TEXá@áTB
7:10PM
D. Price 20 7 0 0 4 6 3 .350 .519 .350 .869
A. Beltre 3B TEXá@áTB
7:10PM
D. Price 27 9 5 1 4 0 6 .333 .333 .593 .926
A. Rios OF TEXá@áTB
7:10PM
D. Price 27 11 6 2 8 3 5 .407 .467 .815 1.281
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARIá@áCOL
8:10PM
J. De La Rosa 11 3 2 1 4 0 2 .273 .273 .636 .909
A. Pollock OF ARIá@áCOL
8:10PM
J. De La Rosa 12 4 2 0 0 0 4 .333 .333 .583 .917
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Aprilá5,á2014
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 CINá@áNYM
1:10PM
78 17 2 2 8 9 20 .218 .303 .299 .603
John Danks CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
136 29 9 2 8 8 26 .213 .262 .304 .566
Felix Hernandez SEAá@áOAK
4:05PM
270 60 11 2 16 18 61 .222 .273 .276 .549
Madison Bumgarner SFá@áLAD
4:10PM
132 23 7 2 10 8 33 .174 .227 .263 .491
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Aprilá5,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Beltran OF NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 21 5 2 1 4 0 4 .238 .238 .429 .667
D. Jeter SS NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 15 2 0 0 0 2 5 .133 .235 .133 .369
B. Roberts 2B NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 11 2 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
I. Suzuki OF NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 23 4 0 0 1 0 4 .174 .174 .174 .348
M. Teixeira 1B NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 13 2 1 1 3 0 2 .154 .143 .385 .527
N. Cruz OF BALá@áDET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 16 4 0 0 2 0 5 .250 .250 .250 .500
A. Jones OF BALá@áDET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 18 3 0 0 0 0 6 .167 .167 .167 .333
D. Murphy 2B NYMávsáCIN
1:10PM
J. Cueto 13 2 0 0 1 1 1 .154 .267 .154 .421
T. Flowers C CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
B. Chen 12 1 1 1 2 1 6 .083 .154 .333 .487
A. Ramirez SS CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
B. Chen 37 6 2 1 2 2 4 .162 .225 .270 .495
B. Butler DH KCávsáCWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 32 6 2 0 1 0 9 .188 .188 .250 .438
A. Escobar SS KCávsáCWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 10 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .091 .000 .091
A. Gordon OF KCávsáCWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 26 4 1 0 0 3 3 .154 .267 .192 .459
M. Moustakas 3B KCávsáCWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 11 1 1 0 0 1 1 .091 .167 .182 .348
E. Bonifacio 2B CHCávsáPHI
2:20PM
C. Lee 10 1 0 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .100 .282
J. Rollins SS PHIá@áCHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija 10 2 1 0 1 1 2 .200 .250 .300 .550
Y. Cespedes OF OAKávsáSEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez 20 5 1 0 1 0 7 .250 .318 .300 .618
J. Donaldson 3B OAKávsáSEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez 14 2 1 0 1 1 6 .143 .200 .214 .414
J. Lowrie SS OAKávsáSEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez 18 3 1 0 0 0 6 .167 .167 .222 .389
B. Moss 1B OAKávsáSEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez 18 5 2 1 3 0 7 .278 .278 .500 .778
J. Reddick OF OAKávsáSEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez 27 4 1 0 0 0 5 .148 .148 .185 .333
E. Sogard SS OAKávsáSEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez 15 3 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .250 .200 .450
A. Ellis C LADávsáSF
4:10PM
M. Bumgarner 10 1 1 0 0 2 3 .100 .250 .200 .450
A. Ethier OF LADávsáSF
4:10PM
M. Bumgarner 24 3 1 0 1 0 9 .125 .160 .167 .327
A. Gonzalez 1B LADávsáSF
4:10PM
M. Bumgarner 20 2 1 0 1 0 2 .100 .100 .150 .250
H. Ramirez SS LADávsáSF
4:10PM
M. Bumgarner 17 3 1 0 2 1 2 .176 .222 .294 .516
J. Uribe 3B LADávsáSF
4:10PM
M. Bumgarner 20 5 1 1 2 0 6 .250 .250 .400 .650
M. Morse OF SFá@áLAD
4:10PM
P. Maholm 11 2 0 0 0 1 5 .182 .250 .182 .432
C. Johnson 3B ATLá@áWAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 15 3 0 0 3 0 4 .200 .200 .200 .400
B. Upton OF ATLá@áWAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 10 1 0 0 0 2 5 .100 .250 .100 .350
J. Upton OF ATLá@áWAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 15 3 0 0 1 1 5 .200 .294 .200 .494
C. Barmes SS PITávsáSTL
7:05PM
J. Kelly 10 2 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .273 .200 .473
N. Walker 2B PITávsáSTL
7:05PM
J. Kelly 11 2 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
M. Carpenter 3B STLá@áPIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 11 2 1 0 1 0 2 .182 .182 .273 .455
J. Werth OF WASávsáATL
7:05PM
J. Teheran 11 2 0 0 1 1 5 .182 .250 .182 .432
J. Arencibia C TEXá@áTB
7:10PM
D. Price 16 2 1 1 1 0 8 .125 .125 .313 .438
S. Choo OF TEXá@áTB
7:10PM
D. Price 13 2 1 0 2 1 5 .154 .214 .231 .445
M. Montero C ARIá@áCOL
8:10PM
J. De La Rosa 10 2 0 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .200 .400
G. Parra OF ARIá@áCOL
8:10PM
J. De La Rosa 17 3 1 0 0 5 5 .176 .364 .235 .599
M. Prado 3B ARIá@áCOL
8:10PM
J. De La Rosa 12 2 0 0 0 3 1 .167 .333 .167 .500
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Aprilá5,á2014
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 DETávsáBAL
1:08PM
129 43 12 5 17 5 24 .333 .359 .506 .864
Paul Maholm LADávsáSF
4:10PM
113 35 15 4 19 8 15 .310 .356 .517 .873
Stephen Strasburg WASávsáATL
7:05PM
126 39 9 5 23 16 36 .310 .390 .457 .847
Julio Teheran ATLá@áWAS
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)