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Monday Lineup Card: Owning Owings

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 1:05
Angels (C.J. Wilson - L) at Astros (Jarred Cosart - R), 2:10
Athletics (Scott Kazmir - L) at Twins (Kevin Correia - R), 4:10
Reds (Tony Cingrani - L) at Cardinals (Michael Wacha - R), 4:15
Padres (Robbie Erlin - L) at Indians (Corey Kluber - R), 7:05
Rangers (Tanner Scheppers - R) at Red Sox (John Lackey - R), 7:10
Rays (Matt Moore - L) at Royals (Jason Vargas - L), 8:10
White Sox (Felipe Paulino - R) at Rockies (Jordan Lyles - R), 8:40

Day Game After Night Game: N/A

Injuries

Day-to-Day

J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL - (Back) Status for Monday’s game is up in the air.
Avisail Garcia, OF, NYY - (Undisclosed) Appeared to injury himself making a diving catch Sudnay.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD - (Thumb) X-rays came back negative/
Ryan Zimmerman. 3B, WAS - (Shoulder) MRI showed only inflammation.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN - (Hand) Left Sunday’s game after getting hit in hand.
Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU - (Illness) No decision if he will miss next series in Toronto.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL - (Back) Wasn’t in Sunday’s lineup.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN - (Wrist) Will need to play by Wednesday to avoid a trip to the DL.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN - (Finger) Wasn’t in the lineup Sunday.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL - (Thumb) Returned to starting lineup Sunday.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS - (Shoulder) Missed Sunday’s game while getting MRI.
Mike Carp, OF, BOS - (Back) Scratched from Sunday’s lineup with tightness.
Joe Saunders, P, TEX - (Ankle) Confident he’ll make next start.
Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA - (Arm) Dinged up injury Saturday.
Yaisel Puig, OF, LAD - (Thumb) Injured Saturday when diving into a base.
Jason Castro, C, HOU - (Foot) Caught Sunday’s game.

Players on the DL

Doug Fister, P, WAS - (Back) Played catch from 60 feet Sunday.
Cole Hamels, P, PHI - (Biceps) Gave up two runs on three hits over four innings of rehab start Sunday.
Craig Gentry, OF, OAK - (Back) Will likely need two rehab games before returning to A’s.
A.J. Griffin, P, OAK - (Elbow) Should begin throwing in 1-2 weeks.
Jeff Locke, P, PIT - (Oblique) Scheduled for a rehab appearance Wednesday.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD - (Thumb) Threw bullpen session Sunday after tweaking ankle in rehab start.
Bobby Parnell, P, NYM - (Elbow) Slated for Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
Ryan Cook, P, OAK - (Shoulder) Hopeful to be activated Monday.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS - (Oblique) Still feels pain when swinging a bat.
Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA - (Finger) Played long toss Sunday.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD - (Thumb/Ankle) Could miss start on Wednesday.
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN - (Head) Played catch for first time Saturday.
Mike Minor, P, ATL - (Shoulder) Looks set to make a start for the Braves either April 23 or 25.
Nate Jones, P, CWS - (Hip) Will not be rushed back, and will likely be out more than 15 days.
Francisco Peguero, OF, BAL - (Wrist) Will resume baseball activities Monday.
Michael Almanzar, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Set to start light baseball activities Monday.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Participated in “another functional baseball day” Sunday.
Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA - (Hamstring) Reports to extended spring training Monday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Calf) Placed on 15-day disabled list Sunday.
Jake Arrieta, P, CHC - (Shoulder) Pitched three hitless innings in a rehab game Saturday.
Jason Motte, P, STL - (Elbow) Threw in extended spring training game Saturday.
Scott Hairston, OF, WAS - (Oblique) Placed on DL with a strain.
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX - (Shoulder) Resumed taking ground balls at second base.
J.A. Happ, P, TOR - (Back) Threw five innings in rehab start Saturday.
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE (Hamstring) Played in first rehab game Saturday.
Brian Wilson, P, LAD - (Elbow) Threw only fastballs in scoreless inning of Saturday’s rehab game.
Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA - (Forearm) Appeared in rehab game Saturday.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS - (Hamstring) Picked up the flu while on the DL for a Hamstring injury.

Activated from the DL

Jon Niese, P, NYM
Yu Darvish, P, TEX

Placed on the DL

Scott Hairston, OF, WAS
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS

Called Up

Tyler Moore, OF, WAS
Brock Holt, 3B, BOS

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

Wilmer Flores, 2B, NYM
Chia-Jen Lo, P, HOU
Nick Martinez, P, TEX
Mike Baxter, OF, LAD
Colt Hynes, P, LAD

Traded

Colt Hynes, P, LAD (from CLE)
Duke von Schamann, P, CLE (from LAD)

Closer Watch

Tigers - With a six-run lead coming into the top of the ninth inning Joe Nathan must have thought his team wouldn’t need his help when Phil Coke took the mound, but he was wrong. Nathan got the call with two men on after a combination of Coke and Al Alburquerque gave up two runs while only recording one out. Nathan then proceeded to let in three more runs, one unearned, but was able to strike out Nelson Cruz and get Chris Davis to fly out in his second at bat of the inning to finish the game. Nathan has been far from spectacular during his first three appearances of the season, but it is clear that there is no better option than him on the current Tigers’ roster to be the team’s closer.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – April 7, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Davis 1B BAL @ NYY
1:05PM
H. Kuroda 18 5 3 2 5 0 7 .278 .250 .667 .917
N. Markakis OF BAL @ NYY
1:05PM
H. Kuroda 19 7 2 1 1 0 1 .368 .368 .579 .947
M. Wieters C BAL @ NYY
1:05PM
H. Kuroda 15 6 2 0 0 1 1 .400 .471 .533 1.004
C. Beltran OF NYY vs BAL
1:05PM
U. Jimenez 11 4 3 2 3 1 0 .364 .417 1.000 1.417
C. Carter OF HOU vs LAA
2:10PM
C. Wilson 15 4 2 1 3 2 5 .267 .353 .533 .886
R. Braun OF MIL @ PHI
3:05PM
K. Kendrick 16 7 1 0 3 1 2 .438 .444 .500 .944
R. Howard 1B PHI vs MIL
3:05PM
K. Lohse 22 10 3 2 8 4 8 .455 .538 .773 1.311
J. Bartlett SS MIN vs OAK
4:10PM
S. Kazmir 12 5 0 0 1 3 3 .417 .563 .417 .979
T. Plouffe 3B MIN vs OAK
4:10PM
S. Kazmir 14 5 2 0 2 1 3 .357 .400 .500 .900
A. Beltre 3B TEX @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 61 13 4 3 13 3 14 .213 .250 .377 .627
S. Choo OF TEX @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 15 6 1 0 3 2 2 .400 .500 .467 .967
B. Zobrist 2B TB @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 22 9 4 0 5 3 2 .409 .500 .591 1.091
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 7, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C.J. Wilson LAA @ HOU
2:10PM
67 14 7 3 7 3 22 .209 .243 .409 .652
Cold Batter Matchups – April 7, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
N. Cruz OF BAL @ NYY
1:05PM
H. Kuroda 14 1 0 0 0 1 4 .071 .133 .071 .205
J. Hardy SS BAL @ NYY
1:05PM
H. Kuroda 20 3 2 1 1 0 2 .150 .150 .350 .500
I. Suzuki OF NYY vs BAL
1:05PM
U. Jimenez 12 3 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
C. Corporan C HOU vs LAA
2:10PM
C. Wilson 18 4 2 1 1 0 9 .222 .222 .444 .667
M. Dominguez 3B HOU vs LAA
2:10PM
C. Wilson 12 1 1 0 1 0 3 .083 .083 .167 .250
T. Gwynn Jr. OF PHI vs MIL
3:05PM
K. Lohse 12 3 1 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .333 .583
J. Rollins SS PHI vs MIL
3:05PM
K. Lohse 37 6 1 1 2 3 3 .162 .225 .243 .468
C. Utley 2B PHI vs MIL
3:05PM
K. Lohse 27 4 1 0 1 3 3 .148 .258 .185 .443
B. Dozier 2B MIN vs OAK
4:10PM
S. Kazmir 14 2 1 1 1 1 2 .143 .200 .357 .557
K. Suzuki C MIN vs OAK
4:10PM
S. Kazmir 22 2 1 0 2 2 4 .091 .192 .136 .329
J. Willingham OF MIN vs OAK
4:10PM
S. Kazmir 17 3 2 0 0 1 7 .176 .222 .294 .516
E. Andrus SS TEX @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 28 5 2 0 3 1 5 .179 .207 .286 .493
A. Rios OF TEX @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 25 6 1 0 3 0 8 .240 .240 .280 .520
M. Joyce OF TB @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 10 2 1 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .300 .500
S. Rodriguez SS TB @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 16 2 0 0 2 1 5 .125 .176 .125 .301
T. Tulowitzki SS COL vs CWS
8:40PM
F. Paulino 12 4 1 0 1 0 5 .333 .333 .417 .750
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 7, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL @ NYY
1:05PM
107 28 8 3 13 14 13 .262 .347 .397 .745
Kyle Kendrick PHI vs MIL
3:05PM
66 22 6 2 12 6 10 .333 .383 .511 .893
Recommended Pickup

Chris Owings, SS, ARZ - The Diamondbacks chose Owings as their opening day starting shortstop knowing that he had work to do in the field, but also that his bat had some potential. In the first eight games of the season Owings has hit in six of them while accumulating a .385 average. Owings is also tied for second in the league with three stolen bases, which is a sign of his speed, though at this pace he would have 60-plus bags to his name if he played the full 162-game season. Owings plays a premium position in fantasy baseball in shortstop and should be considered as a waiver wire pickup now on any team that has questions about their current starter.

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DraftStreet Value Picks

SP: Kevin Correia, MIN ($10,400)
C: Ryan Hanigan, TB ($5,675)
1B: Ryan Howard, PHI ($5,820)
2B: Brandon Phillips, CIN ($5,888)
SS: Xander Bogaerts, BOS ($5,793)
3B: Todd Frazier, CIN ($5,283)
OF: Chris Colabello, MIN ($4,020)