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Tuesday Lineup Card: Cleaning Up With Mesoraco

Andrew Fiorentino

Andrew Fiorentino

A degenerate fantasy-sports player since the age of 13.

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

Rays (Jake Odorizzi – R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R), 7:05
Cubs (Jason Hammel – R) at Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka – R), 7:05
Braves (David Hale – R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee – L), 7:05
Indians (Zach McAllister – R) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R), 7:08
Pirates (Gerrit Cole – R) at Reds (Mike Leake – R), 7:10
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R) at Marlins (Tom Koehler – R), 7:10
Mariners (Blake Beavan – R) at Rangers (Robby Ross – R), 8:05
Red Sox (Jake Peavy – R) at White Sox (Erik Johnson – R), 8:10
Cardinals (Shelby Miller – R) at Brewers (Marco Estrada – R), 8:10
Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow – R) at Twins (Phil Hughes – R), 8:10
Royals (Yordano Ventura – R) at Astros (Lucas Harrell – R), 8:10
Mets (Jenrry Mejia – R) at Diamondbacks (Bronson Arroyo – R), 9:40
Athletics (Dan Straily – R) at Angels (Garrett Richards – R), 10:05
Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R) at Padres (Robbie Erlin – L), 10:10
Dodgers (Josh Beckett – R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Yu Darvish, SP, TEX (thumb) – Seems on track to start Wednesday
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (quad) – Left Monday's game, but expected to start Tuesday
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (wrist) – Likely to avoid DL
Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL (shoulder) – Dealing with soreness
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS (shoulder) – MRI negative; could be available Tuesday
A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI (groin) – Expected to start on schedule Wednesday
Ben Revere, OF, PHI (ribs) – Healthy, but got rested with Tony Gwynn Jr. hot
Brian McCann, C, NYY (hand) – X-rays negative; check back for Tuesday status
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYM (forearm/ribs/knee) – Day-to-day after outfield-wall collision Monday
Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA (foot) – Out Monday after fouling one off his foot Sunday
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (elbow) – Day-to-day after being hurt Monday
Scott Kazmir, SP, OAK (triceps) – "Feels great"; should make next start
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (hamstring) – Took BP Monday; could be ready to go Tuesday
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM (hamstring) – Likely headed for DL after Monday injury
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB (illness) – Catch session cut short Monday; possible Tuesday scratch
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (hamstring) – Injury may not be too serious
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA (hamstring) – Removed Monday; to be reevaluated Tuesday
Joel Peralta, RP, TB (illness) – Feeling better, but didn't pitch Monday
Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL (illness) – Under the weather the last few days
Nate McLouth, OF, WAS (knee) – Not in the lineup Monday, but available off the bench

Players on the DL
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR (hamstring) – May return from DL on Friday
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN (head) – Felt great after Monday bullpen session
Mike Minor, SP, ATL (shoulder) – Looks like one more rehab start on tap
Matt Moore, SP, TB (elbow) – Having TJ surgery; see you next year
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (thumb) – No baseball activities 'til May 2
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) – Rehab assignment starting this week
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (knee) – Could play in extended spring games by end of week
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA (finger) – Bullpen coming up Tuesday; sim game Saturday
Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW (shoulder) – Having his season-ending surgery Tuesday
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX (shoulder) – Not throwing yet
Doug Fister, SP, WAS (back) – Threw 50-pitch BP session Monday
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (wrist) – Eligible for April 20 return, but won't be back yet
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL (shoulder) – First rehab start in High-A Tuesday
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (knee) – Took BP on Monday
Sean Marshall, RP, CIN (shoulder) – Triple-A rehab games starting Tuesday; could return Friday
Cody Ross, OF, ARI (hip) – Could be back as soon as Friday
Maicer Izturis, 2B, TOR (knee) – Out 4-to-6 months
Joe Saunders, SP, TEX (ankle) – Slated for Monday bullpen, but expects to start Sunday
Skip Schumaker, 2B, CIN (shoulder) – Getting close to game action
Juan Oviedo, RP, TB (general soreness) – About a week away
Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC (elbow) – Left Monday's extended spring appearance
Jacob Turner, SP, MIA (shoulder) – Expected to play catch Tuesday
Jonny Venters, RP, ATL (elbow) – Could increase intensity of throwing sessions this week
Chris Stewart, C, PIT (knee) – Could join the Pirates by Thursday
Ed Lucas, 3B, MIA (hand) – Cleared to resume baseball activities
Sean Burnett, RP, LAA (elbow) – Will resume throwing Monday
Chris Young, OF, NYM (quad) – Looking good on rehab; should be back in minimum time
Mark Ellis, 2B, STL (knee) – Started rehab games Sunday
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB (elbow) – Scheduled to return to throwing off a mound Tuesday

Transactions – Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Placed on DL
Maicer Izturis, 2B, TOR (knee)
Brett Anderson, SP, COL (finger)
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY (hamstring)

Called Up
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX
Mike Bolsinger, RP, ARI
Brad Boxberger, RP, TB
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL

Sent Down
Jeff Beliveau, RP, TB
Shane Greene, RP, NYY
Daniel McCutchen, RP, TEX (DFA)
Will Harris, RP, ARI

Closer Watch

Mets – Carlos Torres got a save Monday, but there's nothing to see here – he pitched 2.2 innings, largely with a comfortable lead. Jose Valverde's still the man in Queens, though Gonzalez Germen is becoming interesting as a handcuff.

Braves – Craig Kimbrel's got a sore shoulder, and as a result, David Carpenter earned his first save Monday. It sounds like Kimbrel's injury is minor, but fantasy owners in deeper formats would do well to snatch up Carpenter just in case.

Athletics – Luke Gregerson picked up his second save Monday, pitching a clean inning against the Angels, and he seems to have the inside track on most of the saves for Oakland. Jim Johnson got the win, so if you own both the ex-closer and the speculative new one, you had a banner night. Gregerson's been terrific to start the year, and his track record of consistency indicates he's quite capable of taking this job and running with it.

Hot Batter Matchups – April 15, 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 vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Hammel 27 8 3 2 6 1 9 .296 .310 .556 .866
B. Roberts 2B NYY vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Hammel 17 7 2 0 3 2 2 .412 .474 .529 1.003
I. Suzuki OF NYY vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Hammel 20 8 0 0 2 2 5 .400 .455 .400 .855
D. Jennings OF TB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez 18 4 3 3 6 3 4 .222 .348 .722 1.070
E. Longoria 3B TB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez 16 5 1 1 1 2 3 .313 .389 .500 .889
J. Molina C TB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez 12 4 1 1 2 1 0 .333 .385 .583 .968
N. Morgan OF CLE @ DET
7:08PM
A. Sanchez 12 4 1 0 0 1 1 .333 .467 .417 .883
A. Jackson OF DET vs CLE
7:08PM
Z. McAllister 10 5 0 0 2 2 4 .500 .583 .500 1.083
G. Stanton OF MIA vs WAS
7:10PM
S. Strasburg 24 8 6 2 5 2 9 .333 .385 .750 1.135
C. Barmes SS PIT @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake 17 6 2 0 2 2 1 .353 .421 .471 .892
S. Marte OF PIT @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake 10 3 1 1 1 0 3 .300 .364 .600 .964
R. Martin C PIT @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake 19 9 2 1 3 0 3 .474 .474 .684 1.158
J. Tabata OF PIT @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake 20 7 3 0 1 2 3 .350 .409 .550 .959
N. Walker 2B PIT @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake 28 9 5 1 11 6 6 .321 .429 .571 1.000
A. Ramirez 3B MIL vs STL
8:10PM
S. Miller 10 5 1 1 4 1 1 .500 .500 .800 1.300
D. Descalso 2B STL @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Estrada 10 4 2 0 1 2 2 .400 .500 .700 1.200
M. Holliday OF STL @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Estrada 21 7 2 1 5 2 1 .333 .391 .524 .915
Y. Molina C STL @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Estrada 21 12 3 1 5 0 4 .571 .571 .810 1.381
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes 34 12 5 1 5 4 10 .353 .410 .559 .969
M. Sierra OF TOR @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes 12 7 2 1 5 1 2 .583 .600 .917 1.517
D. Murphy 2B NYM @ ARI
9:40PM
B. Arroyo 13 6 2 0 1 0 0 .462 .462 .615 1.077
E. Aybar SS LAA vs OAK
10:05PM
D. Straily 12 6 0 0 1 1 0 .500 .538 .500 1.038
A. Pujols 1B LAA vs OAK
10:05PM
D. Straily 14 6 1 1 3 0 1 .429 .467 .643 1.110
M. Trout OF LAA vs OAK
10:05PM
D. Straily 15 6 0 0 1 0 3 .400 .412 .400 .812
B. Moss 1B OAK @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 13 6 4 1 3 1 2 .462 .500 .923 1.423
J. Reddick OF OAK @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 10 4 0 0 0 1 0 .400 .455 .400 .855
C. Denorfia OF SD vs COL
10:10PM
J. Nicasio 10 2 2 1 1 1 2 .200 .273 .700 .973
C. Headley 3B SD vs COL
10:10PM
J. Nicasio 12 6 2 2 3 0 6 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
N. Hundley C SD vs COL
10:10PM
J. Nicasio 10 4 1 1 1 0 4 .400 .400 .700 1.100
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 19 6 2 1 4 1 6 .316 .381 .526 .907
H. Pence OF SF vs LAD
10:15PM
J. Beckett 17 7 1 1 2 0 4 .412 .412 .588 1.000
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Cliff Lee PHI vs ATL
7:05PM
223 47 17 5 18 9 76 .211 .249 .335 .584
Miguel Gonzalez BAL vs TB
7:05PM
114 25 7 5 13 16 18 .219 .319 .366 .685
Stephen Strasburg WAS @ MIA
7:10PM
109 24 10 3 18 6 41 .220 .272 .377 .649
Shelby Miller STL @ MIL
8:10PM
73 16 1 1 6 6 16 .219 .276 .255 .531
Cold Batter Matchups – April 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
F. Freeman 1B ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 33 8 0 0 0 1 12 .242 .306 .242 .548
J. Heyward OF ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 22 3 1 0 1 2 4 .136 .208 .227 .436
C. Johnson 3B ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 23 6 2 2 5 0 6 .261 .292 .522 .813
G. Laird C ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 20 2 2 0 3 2 9 .100 .174 .200 .374
A. Simmons SS ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 16 3 1 1 1 1 3 .188 .235 .375 .610
D. Uggla 2B ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 37 7 4 2 6 1 17 .189 .205 .405 .611
B. Upton OF ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 36 9 4 0 1 1 14 .250 .270 .361 .631
D. Jeter SS NYY vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Hammel 22 7 2 1 4 0 4 .318 .318 .500 .818
B. McCann C NYY vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Hammel 13 3 0 0 1 0 2 .231 .231 .231 .462
M. Joyce OF TB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez 13 2 0 0 1 5 2 .154 .368 .154 .522
J. Loney 1B TB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez 14 3 0 0 1 0 2 .214 .214 .214 .429
B. Zobrist 2B TB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez 19 2 1 0 1 2 4 .105 .190 .158 .348
L. Chisenhall 3B CLE @ DET
7:08PM
A. Sanchez 10 2 0 0 1 1 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
J. Kipnis 2B CLE @ DET
7:08PM
A. Sanchez 17 3 1 0 1 0 6 .176 .167 .235 .402
G. Dobbs 1B MIA vs WAS
7:10PM
S. Strasburg 15 5 1 0 3 0 4 .333 .333 .400 .733
A. Hechavarria SS MIA vs WAS
7:10PM
S. Strasburg 13 2 0 0 2 0 5 .154 .154 .154 .308
G. Jones 1B MIA vs WAS
7:10PM
S. Strasburg 15 1 0 0 0 0 9 .067 .067 .067 .133
A. Dunn 1B CWS vs BOS
8:10PM
J. Peavy 31 5 2 2 6 7 11 .161 .308 .355 .663
C. Gomez OF MIL vs STL
8:10PM
S. Miller 11 1 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .091 .182
J. Segura SS MIL vs STL
8:10PM
S. Miller 12 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000
K. Suzuki C MIN vs TOR
8:10PM
B. Morrow 12 2 1 1 1 0 3 .167 .167 .417 .583
C. Rasmus OF TOR @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes 14 1 1 1 2 2 2 .071 .235 .286 .521
H. Kendrick 2B LAA vs OAK
10:05PM
D. Straily 12 3 0 0 0 0 4 .250 .250 .250 .500
C. Crisp OF OAK @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 10 2 0 0 1 1 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
J. Donaldson 3B OAK @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 15 5 1 0 0 0 4 .333 .333 .400 .733
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 52 11 0 0 4 4 16 .212 .263 .212 .475
D. Gordon SS LAD @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 13 1 0 0 0 1 3 .077 .143 .077 .220
M. Kemp OF LAD @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 46 9 1 0 3 6 18 .196 .296 .217 .514
J. Uribe 3B LAD @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 24 6 2 0 2 1 7 .250 .333 .333 .667
A. Pagan OF SF vs LAD
10:15PM
J. Beckett 10 2 0 0 2 1 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jason Hammel CHC @ NYY
7:05PM
129 41 10 4 20 7 26 .318 .348 .457 .805
Zach McAllister CLE @ DET
7:08PM
60 23 4 0 11 6 15 .383 .431 .448 .879
Marco Estrada MIL vs STL
8:10PM
129 43 13 4 22 13 21 .333 .399 .504 .902
Dan Straily OAK @ LAA
10:05PM
86 28 4 3 9 3 16 .326 .364 .438 .802
Garrett Richards LAA vs OAK
10:05PM
96 29 11 2 12 8 19 .302 .356 .476 .832
Josh Beckett LAD @ SF
10:15PM
62 20 4 3 7 5 13 .323 .373 .473 .846

Recommended Pickup
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN – Considering his pedigree, job security and start to the year Mesoraco's ownership is stunningly low – especially in ESPN leagues, where he's only 8.7 percent owned. In his first handful of at-bats after missing the first few games of the year with an oblique injury, Mesoraco has gone a cool 7-for-14 with two homers, three doubles and six RBI. Backup Brayan Pena's only going to be used to rest the 25-year-old Pennsylvanian, who may have struggled to a .649 OPS last year, but hit 41 homers (showcasing good batting average and plate discipline) over the course of his last two minor-league seasons.

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