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Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Rays (Cesar Ramos - L) at Reds (Tony Cingrani - L), 1:10
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez - R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R), 1:35
Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L) at Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez - R), 1:35
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Braves (Aaron Harang - R), 1:35
Indians (Corey Kluber - R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana - L), 2:10
Royals (Jason Vargas - L) at Twins (Kevin Correia - R), 2:10
Pirates (Charlie Morton - R) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse - R), 2:10
Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R) at Cardinals (Michael Wacha - R), 2:15
Astros (Brett Oberholtzer - L) at Rangers (Martin Perez - L), 3:05
Mets (Bartolo Colon - R) at Angels (C.J. Wilson - L), 3:35
Rockies (Tyler Chatwood - R) at Giants (Tim Hudson - R), 4:05
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) at Padres (Tyson Ross - R), 4:10
Dodgers (Dan Haren - R) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill - R), 4:10
Athletics (Scott Kazmir - L) at Mariners (Chris Young - R), 4:10
Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at Yankees (Ivan Nova - R), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: MIA/PHI, TOR/BAL, PIT/MIL, WAS, ATL, HOU/TEX, LAD/ARZ, DET/SD, NYM/LAA, OAK/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS - (Thumb) Left Saturday’s game after getting picked off.
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA - (Back) Scratched from Saturday’s lineup because of stiffness.
Brett Anderson, P, COL - (Finger) Removed from Saturday’s start because of a contusion.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX - (Quadriceps) Missed third straight start Saturday.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS - (Groin) Wasn’t in the starting lineup Saturday.
Scott Feldman, P, HOU - (Personal) Placed on the bereavement list Saturday.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL - (Back) Was in Saturday’s starting lineup.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI - (Ribs) Pinch-hit Friday, but didn’t start Saturday.
Brain Matusz, P, BAL - (Illness) Released from hospital late Friday.
Koji Uehara, P, BOS - (Shoulder) Will be evaluated Sunday.
A.J. Burnett, P, PHI - (Groin) Isn’t worried about soreness that made him leave Friday’s game early.
Yu Darvish, P, TEX - (Thumb) Was removed Friday after eight innings with a cut on his thumb.

Players on the DL

Carlos Quentin, OF, SD - (Knee) Likely will need to go on a rehab assignment before joining Padres.
Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA - (Finger) Threw 45-pitch bullpen session Saturday.
Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD - (Back) Threw 15 pitches of a mound Saturday.
Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA - (Hamstring) Begins rehab assignment Monday.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR - (Hamstring) Could return for next weekend’s series.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Expected to run sprints Monday.
Casey Janssen, P, TOR - (Back) Felt good after bullpen session Saturday.
Brandon Kintzler, P, MIL - (Neck) Placed on 15-day disabled list Saturday because of strained trapezoid.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS - (Oblique) Doubtful to return when first eligible on April 15.
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE - (Hamstring) Will rejoin Indians on Tuesday.
Nate Jones, P, CWS - (Back) Improving but still has no timetable to resume throwing.
Jason Motte, P, STL - (Elbow) No setbacks in rehab game Friday.
Mark Ellis, 2B, STL - (Knee) Started rehab assignment at Triple-A Memphis Saturday.
Sean Marshall, P, CIN - (Shoulder) Reds are hoping to have him back by April 18.
Mark Teixeia, 1B, NYY - (Hamstring) Expects to return from DL next Saturday.
Mat Latos, P, CIN - (Knee) Had MRI on Saturday.
Trevor Bell, P, CIN - (Elbow) MRI revealed a sprain.
Taijuan Walker, P, SEA - (Shoulder) Under consideration to start Tuesday for the Mariners.
Mike Adams, P, PHI - (Shoulder) Said his fastball hasn’t returned to prior level.

Placed on the DL

Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX (transferred from 15-day to 60-day disabled list)
Denard Span, OF, WAS (7-day disabled list)
Jeff Kobernus, OF, WAS (60-day disabled list)

Called Up

Chris Rustin, P, CHC
Michael Tonkin, P, MIN
Danny Duffy, P, KC
Paul Clemens, P, HOU
Steven Souza, Jr., OF, WAS
Blake Treinen, P, WAS
Jonathan Pettibone, P, PHI

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

Brian Schlitter, P, CHC
Johnny Giavotella, 2B, KC
Aaron Barrett, P, WAS
Brad Lincoln, P, PHI

Traded

Hector Noesi, P, TEX (from SEA for a Player To Be Named Later)

Closer Watch

Cardinals - With the game tied at three in the top of the eleventh inning Trevor Rosenthal picked up his first loss of the season Friday when he gave up a three-run homer to Wellington Castillo. Rosenthal who is the Cardinals close was in his second inning of work when he gave up the home run, and now boasts an ERA of 7.11 for the early season. While his averages may not look too pretty Rosenthal has converted all three of his save opportunities so far in 2014, and should still have a firm grip on the Cardinals closer role.

Red Sox - Edward Mujica pitched a perfect ninth-inning Friday against the Yankees to pick up his first save as a Red Sox. After a breakthrough season as the closer for the Cardinals last year, Mujica signed with the Red Sox to be the setup man for Koji Uehara, but with the Japanese pitcher unavailable Mujica stepped in to close down Boston’s hated rivals. Mujica may not get many more save opportunities this season, but it would seem that he will be the Red Sox’s number one option when Uehara is out.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – April 13, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
N. Markakis OF BAL vs TOR
1:35PM
M. Buehrle 31 13 5 2 5 3 3 .419 .471 .710 1.180
D. Young OF BAL vs TOR
1:35PM
M. Buehrle 42 15 4 3 6 2 4 .357 .386 .595 .982
C. Rasmus OF TOR @ BAL
1:35PM
U. Jimenez 19 7 4 0 1 2 6 .368 .429 .632 1.060
A. LaRoche 1B WAS @ ATL
1:35PM
A. Harang 31 7 6 3 6 5 5 .226 .324 .613 .937
R. Zimmerman 3B WAS @ ATL
1:35PM
A. Harang 14 5 2 0 1 2 3 .357 .438 .500 .938
R. Braun OF MIL vs PIT
2:10PM
C. Morton 11 6 2 1 5 3 2 .545 .643 .909 1.552
T. Plouffe 3B MIN vs KC
2:10PM
J. Vargas 11 3 3 1 3 1 2 .273 .333 .727 1.061
P. Alvarez 3B PIT @ MIL
2:10PM
K. Lohse 18 5 3 1 4 1 6 .278 .316 .556 .871
J. Tabata OF PIT @ MIL
2:10PM
K. Lohse 21 10 3 1 4 1 2 .476 .500 .762 1.262
N. Walker 2B PIT @ MIL
2:10PM
K. Lohse 20 8 4 0 5 4 7 .400 .500 .650 1.150
Y. Molina C STL vs CHC
2:15PM
E. Jackson 12 8 2 2 4 2 1 .667 .714 1.167 1.881
A. Pujols 1B LAA vs NYM
3:35PM
B. Colon 12 5 1 1 3 0 2 .417 .417 .667 1.083
A. Hill 2B ARI vs LAD
4:10PM
D. Haren 22 7 4 1 5 0 6 .318 .318 .636 .955
T. Hunter OF DET @ SD
4:10PM
T. Ross 10 4 0 0 2 0 3 .400 .364 .400 .764
J. Buck C SEA vs OAK
4:10PM
S. Kazmir 10 3 3 0 4 0 5 .300 .333 .600 .933
R. Cano 2B SEA vs OAK
4:10PM
S. Kazmir 31 7 3 3 7 0 10 .226 .250 .516 .766
D. Ortiz DH BOS @ NYY
8:05PM
I. Nova 13 4 2 1 3 2 0 .308 .400 .615 1.015
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 13, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Bartolo Colon NYM @ LAA
3:35PM
116 34 7 2 11 3 22 .293 .308 .387 .695
Scott Kazmir OAK @ SEA
4:10PM
66 12 6 3 11 0 22 .182 .211 .364 .574
Cold Batter Matchups – April 13, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. Upton OF ATL vs WAS
1:35PM
G. Gonzalez 11 1 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .091 .182
J. Hardy SS BAL vs TOR
1:35PM
M. Buehrle 14 2 1 0 2 0 3 .143 .143 .214 .357
G. Dobbs 1B MIA @ PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 12 1 0 0 0 0 1 .083 .083 .083 .167
G. Stanton OF MIA @ PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 18 3 2 1 2 1 7 .167 .211 .389 .599
J. Bautista OF TOR @ BAL
1:35PM
U. Jimenez 13 1 1 0 0 1 4 .077 .143 .154 .297
N. McLouth OF WAS @ ATL
1:35PM
A. Harang 27 3 1 0 1 2 11 .111 .172 .148 .321
J. Werth OF WAS @ ATL
1:35PM
A. Harang 16 3 2 1 1 2 6 .188 .278 .500 .778
R. Weeks 2B MIL vs PIT
2:10PM
C. Morton 13 1 0 0 2 0 2 .077 .133 .077 .210
K. Suzuki C MIN vs KC
2:10PM
J. Vargas 26 5 0 0 1 3 4 .192 .276 .192 .468
C. Barmes SS PIT @ MIL
2:10PM
K. Lohse 11 2 1 0 1 1 2 .182 .250 .273 .523
E. Aybar SS LAA vs NYM
3:35PM
B. Colon 19 6 1 0 1 0 3 .316 .316 .368 .684
H. Kendrick 2B LAA vs NYM
3:35PM
B. Colon 16 1 0 0 1 0 2 .063 .063 .063 .125
J. Morneau 1B COL @ SF
4:05PM
T. Hudson 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .300 .500
E. Chavez 3B ARI vs LAD
4:10PM
D. Haren 10 2 1 0 0 1 3 .200 .273 .300 .573
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ ARI
4:10PM
T. Cahill 13 2 1 0 1 2 2 .154 .267 .231 .497
W. Bloomquist SS SEA vs OAK
4:10PM
S. Kazmir 17 2 0 0 0 0 3 .118 .167 .118 .284
A. Pierzynski C BOS @ NYY
8:05PM
I. Nova 12 1 0 0 1 1 1 .083 .143 .083 .226
D. Jeter SS NYY vs BOS
8:05PM
F. Doubront 13 2 0 0 0 0 3 .154 .154 .154 .308
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 13, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Kyle Lohse MIL vs PIT
2:10PM
116 39 16 4 24 8 22 .336 .374 .563 .937
Edwin Jackson CHC @ STL
2:15PM
83 28 6 4 15 8 16 .337 .396 .504 .900
Tim Hudson SF vs COL
4:05PM
62 19 4 0 3 6 8 .306 .368 .359 .727
Recommended Pickup

Aaron Harang, P, ATL - Having only given up one-run over 12.2 innings in his first two starts, Harang has shown that he still is capable of being a legitimate fantasy baseball starter in his thirteenth season at the age of 35. Harang has pitched 100-plus innings every season since 2004, and in all but one of those seasons did he make at least 26 starts, but he has been mostly average with a career ERA and WHIP of 4.26 and 1.35 respectively. While Harang will not be capable of keeping his ERA and WHIP below one too many more starts, there is no reason to think that Harang won’t be able to be a steady piece the Braves rotation as long as he stays healthy.

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