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Sunday Lineup Card: Miami's Hot Bat

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Twins (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 1:05
Yankees (CC Sabathia - L) at Blue Jays (Drew Hutchinson - R), 1:07
Orioles (Chris Tillman - R) at Tigers (Justin Verlander - R), 1:08
Reds (Alfredo Simon - R) at Mets (Jon Niese - L), 1:10
Padres (Ian Kennedy - R) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi - R), 1:10
Braves (Alex Wood - L) at Nationals (Taylor Jordan - R), 1:35
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester - L), 1:35
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R) at Pirates (Edinson Volquez - R), 1:35
Rangers (Yu Darvish - R) at Rays (Alex Cobb - R), 1:40
White Sox (Chris Sales - L) at Royals (James Shields - R), 2:10
Angels (Jered Weaver - R) at Astros (Scott Feldman - R), 2:10
Phillies (A.J. Burnett - R) at Cubs (Carlos Villanueva - R), 2:20
Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez - R) at Athletics (Tommy Milone - L), 4:05
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L) at Rockies (Brett Anderson - L), 4:10
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Dodgers (Zack Grienke - R), 8:00

Day Game After Night Game: ATL/WAS, STL/PIT, LAA/HOU, MIL/BOS, SD/MIA, TEX/TB, ARZ/COL

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Martin Prado, 3B, ARZ - (Finger) Expected to return to lineup after laceration on Friday.
Jenrry Mejia, P, NYM - (Ankle) Ran Saturday morning with no problem.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN - (Wrist) Out of the lineup Saturday, and will rest for a couple days.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN - (Finger) Scratched from the lineup Saturday because of jammed finger.
Jason Castro, C, HOU - (Foot) Returned to lineup Saturday.
Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU - (Illness) Sat out Friday against the Angels.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL - (Thumb) Wasnĺt in Saturdayĺs starting lineup, and optimistic about Sunday.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS - (Calf) Took a planned day off Saturday.
Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS - (Illness) Will have three-plus days to recover from stomach virus.
Mike Carp, OF, BOS - (Back) Scratched from lineup Saturday with tightness.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL - (Illness) Stomach flu may keep him out for the weekend.

Players on the DL

Cody Gearrin, P, ATL - (Elbow) Appears to be headed for Tommy John surgery.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD - (Arm) Had five at-bats in extended preseason game Saturday.
Sean Burnett, P, LAA - (Elbow) Went unscathed in a simulated game Saturday.
Doug Fister, P, WAS - (Back) May play catch Sunday.
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN - (Head) Resumed light workouts two weeks after being struck in the face.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN - (Oblique) Will be activated from the DL either Monday or Tuesday.
Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA - (Finger) Healthy enough for a rehab appearance in two weeks.
Jonathan Broxton, P, CIN - (Elbow) Will be activated from DL Tuesday.
Taijuan Walker, P, SEA - (Shoulder) May join Marinersĺ rotation after one more rehab start.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD - (Thumb) Hurt ankle while trying to field a bunt during a rehab game.
Jason Giambi, DH, CLE - (Ribs) Needs to on timing before joining Indians.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS - (Oblique) Scratched from rehab game.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Hamstring) Scheduled for an MRI on Monday after getting placed on DL on Saturday.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL - (Shoulder) Experienced no pain while throwing the last few days.
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL - (Hamstring) Set to make rehab start Tuesday.
Craig Breslow, P, BOS - (Shoulder) Made second consecutive rehab appearance Friday.
Jeremy Affeldt, P, SF - (Knee) Will need two more minor league rehab appearances.

Placed on the DL

Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY

Called Up

Marcus Walden, P, TOR
Austin Romine, C, NYY
Aaron Brooks, P, KC
Nick Martinez, P, TEX

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Jeremy Jeffress, P, TOR
Pedro Ciriaco, SS, KC
Daniel McCutchen, P, TEX

Closer Watch

Royals - Greg Holland threw a perfect ninth inning which also included two strikeouts to get his first save of the season Friday against the White Sox. There are no questions about Hollandĺs role as the Royals closer, but he wasnĺt impressive in his debut Monday against the Tigers where after four pitches in a tied game he gave up a walk off single to Alex Gonzalez.

Mets - Jose Valverde got his first save as a New York Met Friday against the Reds. The 36-year-old Dominican made it interesting by giving up a walk and then a a single to consecutive batters with only one out, but was able to get Joey Votto to fly out and Jay Bruce to strikeout for the Mets first win of the year. With Bobby Parnell possibly out for the season with a shoulder injury it should be interesting to see if Valverde will continue to take the mound in save situations.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Aprilá6,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
T. Plouffe 3B MINá@áCLE
1:05PM
J. Masterson 16 4 2 1 1 3 8 .250 .400 .500 .900
M. Izturis 3B TORávsáNYY
1:07PM
C. Sabathia 21 9 1 0 4 3 3 .429 .500 .476 .976
A. Lind 1B TORávsáNYY
1:07PM
C. Sabathia 15 7 1 0 4 0 6 .467 .467 .533 1.000
J. Hardy SS BALá@áDET
1:08PM
J. Verlander 31 8 4 3 7 1 6 .258 .273 .581 .853
I. Kinsler 2B DETávsáBAL
1:08PM
C. Tillman 12 4 2 1 2 1 1 .333 .385 .667 1.051
B. Phillips 2B CINá@áNYM
1:10PM
J. Niese 18 7 3 2 3 1 3 .389 .421 .778 1.199
L. Overbay 1B MILá@áBOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 28 9 4 2 8 3 9 .321 .387 .607 .994
M. Reynolds 1B MILá@áBOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 26 7 4 1 3 3 3 .269 .387 .500 .887
C. Barmes SS PITávsáSTL
1:35PM
A. Wainwright 21 7 4 1 2 1 4 .333 .391 .619 1.010
R. Martin C PITávsáSTL
1:35PM
A. Wainwright 22 9 2 0 2 4 3 .409 .519 .500 1.019
A. McCutchen OF PITávsáSTL
1:35PM
A. Wainwright 28 12 6 1 3 2 4 .429 .452 .750 1.202
J. Tabata OF PITávsáSTL
1:35PM
A. Wainwright 16 6 2 1 3 1 2 .375 .412 .688 1.099
N. Walker 2B PITávsáSTL
1:35PM
A. Wainwright 19 6 1 1 6 3 2 .316 .409 .474 .883
M. Holliday OF STLá@áPIT
1:35PM
E. Volquez 20 8 3 2 4 1 4 .400 .429 .750 1.179
A. Ramirez SS CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
J. Shields 42 18 4 2 5 3 4 .429 .467 .643 1.110
D. Viciedo OF CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
J. Shields 19 8 0 0 3 1 3 .421 .476 .421 .897
B. Butler DH KCávsáCWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 34 14 5 3 10 3 5 .412 .447 .735 1.183
E. Aybar SS LAAá@áHOU
2:10PM
S. Feldman 21 10 4 0 2 0 1 .476 .500 .762 1.262
R. Ibanez OF LAAá@áHOU
2:10PM
S. Feldman 15 5 2 1 2 1 4 .333 .375 .600 .975
H. Kendrick 2B LAAá@áHOU
2:10PM
S. Feldman 18 8 2 1 3 1 2 .444 .474 .667 1.140
S. Castro SS CHCávsáPHI
2:20PM
A. Burnett 22 9 1 0 2 0 2 .409 .409 .455 .864
C. Gonzalez OF COLávsáARI
4:10PM
W. Miley 15 7 1 1 1 0 1 .467 .467 .667 1.133
W. Rosario C COLávsáARI
4:10PM
W. Miley 14 6 2 1 3 0 4 .429 .429 .714 1.143
A. Ethier OF LADávsáSF
8:05PM
M. Cain 68 30 6 1 5 5 10 .441 .467 .574 1.040
A. Gonzalez 1B LADávsáSF
8:05PM
M. Cain 69 20 9 4 13 10 16 .290 .375 .551 .926
J. Uribe 3B LADávsáSF
8:05PM
M. Cain 13 5 2 0 5 1 2 .385 .429 .615 1.044
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Aprilá6,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Justin Verlander DETávsáBAL
1:08PM
208 39 13 5 17 13 59 .188 .237 .304 .541
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Aprilá6,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Bartlett SS MINá@áCLE
1:05PM
J. Masterson 12 2 0 0 0 1 2 .167 .286 .167 .452
J. Kubel OF MINá@áCLE
1:05PM
J. Masterson 17 3 1 0 1 4 7 .176 .333 .235 .569
K. Suzuki C MINá@áCLE
1:05PM
J. Masterson 13 2 1 1 4 1 6 .154 .214 .385 .599
J. Willingham OF MINá@áCLE
1:05PM
J. Masterson 12 2 2 1 2 1 6 .167 .231 .500 .731
J. Bautista OF TORávsáNYY
1:07PM
C. Sabathia 23 2 1 1 1 4 8 .087 .222 .217 .440
D. Navarro C TORávsáNYY
1:07PM
C. Sabathia 14 2 0 0 2 1 1 .143 .176 .143 .319
N. Cruz OF BALá@áDET
1:08PM
J. Verlander 20 2 0 0 1 0 6 .100 .100 .100 .200
C. Davis 1B BALá@áDET
1:08PM
J. Verlander 17 3 0 0 1 2 9 .176 .263 .176 .440
A. Jones OF BALá@áDET
1:08PM
J. Verlander 27 3 1 1 3 1 8 .111 .143 .222 .365
D. Lough OF BALá@áDET
1:08PM
J. Verlander 12 2 1 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .250 .417
M. Wieters C BALá@áDET
1:08PM
J. Verlander 19 3 3 1 2 2 4 .158 .238 .474 .712
D. Young OF BALá@áDET
1:08PM
J. Verlander 30 6 0 0 1 2 10 .200 .273 .200 .473
J. Bruce OF CINá@áNYM
1:10PM
J. Niese 13 2 1 1 3 1 6 .154 .267 .385 .651
J. Votto 1B CINá@áNYM
1:10PM
J. Niese 15 2 1 1 2 4 7 .133 .316 .333 .649
J. Gomes OF BOSávsáMIL
1:35PM
Y. Gallardo 13 2 1 1 3 4 4 .154 .353 .385 .738
J. Jay OF STLá@áPIT
1:35PM
E. Volquez 12 3 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .250 .500
Y. Molina C STLá@áPIT
1:35PM
E. Volquez 21 3 1 1 3 2 5 .143 .217 .286 .503
A. De Aza OF CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
J. Shields 24 4 0 0 1 2 2 .167 .231 .167 .397
A. Dunn 1B CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
J. Shields 26 5 1 1 4 5 10 .192 .323 .308 .630
C. Gillaspie 3B CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
J. Shields 12 3 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .250 .500
P. Konerko 1B CWSá@áKC
2:10PM
J. Shields 38 6 0 0 1 6 11 .158 .289 .158 .447
L. Cain OF KCávsáCWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 27 8 3 1 3 0 5 .296 .296 .481 .778
E. Hosmer 1B KCávsáCWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 25 6 1 0 0 0 8 .240 .240 .280 .520
O. Infante 2B KCávsáCWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 13 2 0 0 0 0 1 .154 .154 .154 .308
M. Moustakas 3B KCávsáCWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 20 4 1 0 0 0 7 .200 .200 .250 .450
S. Perez C KCávsáCWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 29 9 3 0 2 0 4 .310 .310 .414 .724
A. Rizzo 1B CHCávsáPHI
2:20PM
A. Burnett 15 3 1 1 3 2 3 .200 .294 .400 .694
L. Valbuena 3B CHCávsáPHI
2:20PM
A. Burnett 13 0 0 0 0 3 5 .000 .235 .000 .235
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Aprilá6,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jon Lester BOSávsáMIL
1:35PM
75 23 12 4 14 7 17 .307 .381 .573 .954
Adam Wainwright STLá@áPIT
1:35PM
144 47 18 6 23 16 30 .326 .402 .539 .941
Scott Feldman HOUávsáLAA
2:10PM
69 26 10 2 10 4 9 .377 .422 .593 1.015
Matt Cain SFá@áLAD
8:05PM
298 95 33 9 33 32 55 .319 .384 .502 .886

Recommended Pickup

Casey McGehee, 1B/3B, MIA - With 10 RBIĺs to his name in his first five games, McGehee leads MLB in the category up to the time this article was written. It is an impressive feat for the 31-year-old who spent the 2013 season across the globe helping the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles win their first ever Japan Series title. McGehee certainly wonĺt continue to produce at this pace, but he has shown that he is capable of doing so like he did in 2010 when he knocked in 104 runs to go along with a .285 average in 670 at-bats with the Brewers. There is little downside to picking up McGehee off the waiver wire in any league that he is available in even if there isnĺt space on your teamĺs starting lineup because he may just help one of your opponents while his bat is still hot.

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SP: Erasmo Ramirez, SEA ($9,360)
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SS: Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA ($5,089)
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OF: Adam Eaton, CWS ($4,997)
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