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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)

Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R) at Indians (Carlos Carrasco - R), 1:05
Angels (Hector Santiago - L) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 1:08
Braves (David Hale - R) at Mets (Zack Wheeler - R), 1:10
Mariners (Brandon Maurer - R) at Marlins (Kevin Slowey - R), 1:10
Brewers (Marco Estrada - R) at Pirates (Gerrit Cole - R), 1:35
Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R), 1:35
Yankees (TBA) at Rays (Cesar Ramos - L), 1:40
Twins (Phil Hughes - R) at Royals (Yordano Ventura - R), 2:10
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Cubs (Carlos Villanueva - R), 2:20
White Sox (Erik Johnson - R) at Rangers (Robbie Ross Jr. - R), 3:05
Astros (Brad Peacock - R) at Athletics (Jesse Chavez - R), 4:05
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett - R), 4:10
Phillies (Roberto Hernandez - R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R), 4:10
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Padres (Robbie Erlin - L), 4:10
Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at Red Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 7:05

Day Game After Night Game: MIL/PIT, ATL/NYM, NYY/TB, SEA/MIA, CWS/TEX, ARZ/LAD, PHI/COL, SF/SD

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Logan Schafer, OF, MIL - (Hamstring) Likely to join the disabled list if he doesn’t play Sunday.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC - (Back) Removed from Saturday’s game with back spasms, but is OK.
Logan Schafer, OF, MIL - (Hamstring) Hurt himself stretching in the on-deck circle Thursday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB - (Groin) Confined to pinch hitting Saturday and Sunday.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL - (Hamstring) Remained out of the lineup Saturday.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT - (Ankle) Was out of the starting lineup Saturday with soreness.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN - (Toe) Was out Saturday, but X-rays negative on big toe.
David Freese, 3B, LAA - (Quadriceps) Wasn’t in Saturdays lineup.

Players on the DL

Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD - (Back) Faces live batters in a simulated game Sunday.
Brendan Ryan, SS, NYY - (Back) Suffered a setback Saturday morning.
Gavin Floyd, P, ATL - (Elbow) Expected to make at least two more rehab starts.
Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB - (Elbow) Expected to continue throwing Sunday.
Jim Adduci, OF, TEX - (Finger) Placed on 15-day DL from a injury when sliding into a base Friday.
Felipe Paulino, P, CWS - (Shoulder) Placed on the disable list because of inflammation.
Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA - (Shoulder) Felt good after throwing off flat ground.
Sean Burnett, P, LAA - (Elbow) Bullpen session in Arizona referred to as “outstanding”.
Eric O’Flaherty, P, OAK - (Elbow) Has thrown 10 bullpen session since Tommy John surgery.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Played five innings in extended spring training game Saturday.
Jacob Turner, P, MIA - (Shoulder) Threw a bullpen session Friday and will throw again Sunday.
David Robertson, P, NYY - (Groin) Faced five batters in a rehab outing Saturday.
Skip Schumaker, 2B, CIN - (Shoulder) Joined Reds for road trip, but isn’t ready for game activity.
Jake Arrieta, P, CHC - (Shoulder) Need one more rehab start before the returning to the majors.

Placed on the DL

Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
Macier Izturis, 2B, TOR (transfered from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list.
Felipe Paulino, 1B, CWS
Jim Adduci, OF, TEX

Activated from the DL

Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
Denard Span, OF, WAS
Sean Marshall, P, CIN

Called Up

Matt Daley, P, NYY
Juan Francisco, 1B, TOR
Shawn Camp, P, PHI
Chris Stewart, C, PIT
C.J. Riefenhauser, P, TB
Andre Rienzo, P, CWS
Luis Sardinas, OF, TEX

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

Cesar Cabral, P, NYY
Munenori Kawasaki, SS, TOR
Jonathan Pettibone, P, PHI
Steven Souza Jr., OF, WAS
Curtis Partch, P, CIN
Tony Sanchez, C, PIT
Brad Boxberger, P, TB
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, PIT
Donnie Veal, P, CWS

Closer Watch

Diamondbacks - Addison Reed had a 2-1 lead coming into the bottom of the ninth inning against the Dodgers on Friday, and gave up only one hit which unfortunately was a home run to Juan Uribe that tied the game. Ultimately the Diamondbacks won the game in inning number 12, with Trevor Cahill picking up his first career save in only his second career appearance out of bullpen. Reed has been far from perfect this season, but it was his first blown save of the season, so his spot as the teams closer is probably far from being in question. Cahill had been terrible in his first four starts this year giving up 13 earned runs over 13.2 innings, so maybe this move to the bullpen could at least keep him on the Diamondbacks MLB roster.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – April 20, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Brantley OF CLE vs TOR
1:05PM
B. Morrow 13 5 2 0 1 0 3 .385 .385 .615 1.000
D. Murphy OF CLE vs TOR
1:05PM
B. Morrow 11 4 1 0 0 1 2 .364 .417 .455 .871
C. Santana C CLE vs TOR
1:05PM
B. Morrow 10 5 2 0 2 4 1 .500 .600 .700 1.300
M. Trout OF LAA @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 10 4 1 1 6 1 1 .400 .455 .700 1.155
R. Cano 2B SEA @ MIA
1:10PM
K. Slowey 10 3 2 1 3 0 2 .300 .300 .700 1.000
C. Hart 1B SEA @ MIA
1:10PM
K. Slowey 17 5 2 2 2 0 4 .294 .294 .647 .941
R. Martin C PIT vs MIL
1:35PM
M. Estrada 11 4 1 1 1 0 2 .364 .364 .636 1.000
G. Sanchez 1B PIT vs MIL
1:35PM
M. Estrada 10 3 2 1 2 2 1 .300 .417 .700 1.117
B. Butler DH KC vs MIN
2:10PM
P. Hughes 18 5 4 1 3 1 2 .278 .316 .611 .927
M. Moustakas 3B KC vs MIN
2:10PM
P. Hughes 10 3 3 1 1 1 2 .300 .364 .800 1.164
A. Rizzo 1B CHC vs CIN
2:20PM
H. Bailey 11 3 1 0 1 5 0 .273 .500 .364 .864
N. Schierholtz OF CHC vs CIN
2:20PM
H. Bailey 15 7 3 1 3 0 3 .467 .467 .800 1.267
J. Votto 1B CIN @ CHC
2:20PM
C. Villanueva 18 7 2 1 3 1 1 .389 .421 .611 1.032
A. Hill 2B ARI @ LAD
4:10PM
J. Beckett 38 15 8 1 8 2 5 .395 .439 .658 1.097
C. Pennington SS ARI @ LAD
4:10PM
J. Beckett 10 5 2 0 0 1 2 .500 .545 .800 1.345
J. Morneau 1B COL vs PHI
4:10PM
R. Hernandez 31 9 5 3 9 6 3 .290 .405 .645 1.051
C. Headley 3B SD vs SF
4:10PM
T. Lincecum 44 12 7 4 7 7 15 .273 .377 .614 .991
S. Smith OF SD vs SF
4:10PM
T. Lincecum 35 10 6 3 5 2 10 .286 .324 .629 .953
D. Young OF BAL @ BOS
7:05PM
J. Peavy 13 3 2 1 3 1 5 .231 .333 .538 .872
J. Gomes OF BOS vs BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 15 5 2 2 5 2 5 .333 .412 .733 1.145
D. Pedroia 2B BOS vs BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 13 7 1 0 4 1 3 .538 .571 .615 1.187
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 20, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Marco Estrada MIL @ PIT
1:35PM
128 28 13 7 14 4 30 .219 .242 .446 .689
Jake Peavy BOS vs BAL
7:05PM
68 13 8 1 7 6 19 .191 .275 .336 .610
Cold Batter Matchups – April 20, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Cabrera SS CLE vs TOR
1:05PM
B. Morrow 12 2 0 0 1 3 1 .167 .333 .167 .500
N. Swisher 1B CLE vs TOR
1:05PM
B. Morrow 27 4 1 1 2 4 8 .148 .258 .259 .517
A. Jackson OF DET vs LAA
1:08PM
H. Santiago 15 2 1 1 1 1 6 .133 .188 .333 .521
H. Kendrick 2B LAA @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 22 5 3 0 8 0 8 .227 .227 .364 .591
C. Johnson 3B ATL @ NYM
1:10PM
Z. Wheeler 11 1 0 0 0 1 2 .091 .167 .091 .258
J. Buck C SEA @ MIA
1:10PM
K. Slowey 17 5 2 0 0 0 3 .294 .294 .412 .706
P. Alvarez 3B PIT vs MIL
1:35PM
M. Estrada 18 3 1 1 2 0 8 .167 .167 .333 .500
C. Barmes SS PIT vs MIL
1:35PM
M. Estrada 13 1 0 0 0 0 3 .077 .077 .077 .154
S. Marte OF PIT vs MIL
1:35PM
M. Estrada 12 2 2 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .417 .583
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs MIL
1:35PM
M. Estrada 25 7 3 2 4 0 4 .280 .280 .560 .840
T. Snider OF PIT vs MIL
1:35PM
M. Estrada 10 1 0 0 0 1 6 .100 .182 .100 .282
S. Castro SS CHC vs CIN
2:20PM
H. Bailey 27 5 2 2 4 2 5 .185 .241 .407 .649
L. Valbuena 3B CHC vs CIN
2:20PM
H. Bailey 13 1 1 0 0 2 2 .077 .200 .154 .354
B. Phillips 2B CIN @ CHC
2:20PM
C. Villanueva 24 3 1 1 5 1 2 .125 .160 .250 .410
E. Chavez 3B ARI @ LAD
4:10PM
J. Beckett 26 6 3 0 4 1 7 .231 .250 .346 .596
M. Montero C ARI @ LAD
4:10PM
J. Beckett 10 2 1 1 1 1 3 .200 .273 .500 .773
G. Parra OF ARI @ LAD
4:10PM
J. Beckett 11 3 1 0 0 0 3 .273 .273 .364 .636
M. Prado 3B ARI @ LAD
4:10PM
J. Beckett 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Y. Alonso 1B SD vs SF
4:10PM
T. Lincecum 21 2 0 0 1 1 8 .095 .136 .095 .232
A. Amarista 2B SD vs SF
4:10PM
T. Lincecum 10 2 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400
E. Cabrera SS SD vs SF
4:10PM
T. Lincecum 16 3 0 0 2 7 6 .188 .435 .188 .622
W. Venable OF SD vs SF
4:10PM
T. Lincecum 48 11 3 0 2 2 18 .229 .260 .313 .573
J. Hardy SS BAL @ BOS
7:05PM
J. Peavy 17 1 1 0 0 3 4 .059 .200 .118 .318
A. Pierzynski C BOS vs BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 20 4 3 1 2 0 3 .200 .200 .450 .650
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 20, 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 @ BOS
7:05PM
76 25 13 6 20 9 16 .329 .406 .659 1.064
Recommended Pickup

Robbie Ross Jr., SP, TEX - It is pretty hard to ignore any starter that has a 1.00 ERA to his name in the world of fantasy baseball, yet Ross is still available in most leagues. There are reasons that many would disregard those numbers especially considering they are only over three starts, with only one of those lasting more than six innings, and that Ross was a reliever his first two seasons with the Rangers, but he should still be considered by any fantasy owner with questions in regards to their starting pitching depth. On the other side of the coin there are many cases over the years of pitchers starting their careers as relievers and then turning into great starters. While Ross may not be the next Johan Santana, there are signs that Ross could stick in the Rangers rotation, and could prove to be a valuable low-cost asset off the waiver wire.

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