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Tuesday Lineup Card: Power Plouffe Boy

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)

Royals (James Shields ľ R) at Indians (Danny Salazar ľ R), 7:05
Reds (Johnny Cueto ľ R) at Pirates (Edinson Volquez ľ R), 7:05
Angels (Tyler Skaggs ľ L) at Nationals (Taylor Jordan ľ R), 7:05
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez ľ R) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey ľ R), 7:07
White Sox (Charles Leesman ľ L) at Tigers (Justin Verlander ľ R), 7:08
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright ľ R) at Mets (Dillon Gee ľ R), 7:10
Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka ľ R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester ľ L), 7:10
Marlins (Jose Fernandez ľ R) at Braves (Alex Wood ľ L), 7:10
Twins (Kyle Gibson ľ R) at Rays (David Price ľ L), 7:10
Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy ľ R) at Cubs (Jason Hammel ľ R), 8:05
Padres (Ian Kennedy ľ R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo ľ R), 8:10
Giants (Madison Bumgarner ľ L) at Rockies (Franklin Morales ľ L), 8:40
Rangers (Nick Martinez ľ R) at Athletics (Tommy Milone ľ L), 10:05
Astros (Collin McHugh ľ R) at Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez ľ R), 10:10
Phillies (A.J. Burnett ľ R) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu ľ L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (heel) ľ Pinch-hit and stayed in Monday
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX (ankle) ľ Pulled from Monday's game, but sounds fairly minor
Adam Eaton, OF, CHW (hamstring) ľ Hopes to play Tuesday
Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI (illness) ľ Questionable (but not needed) Monday
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (ribs) ľ Has a "ribcage thing"; sounds minor
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL (hamstring) ľ Out Monday after leaving Sunday
Khris Davis, OF, MIL (illness) ľ Late scratch Monday
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI (neck) ľ Sat out Monday after being pulled Sunday
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT (ankle) ľ Pinch-hit both Sunday and Monday
David Huff, RP, SF (quad) ľ Likely to hit DL after leaving Monday's game

Players on the DL

Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD (back) ľ First rehab start slated for Friday
Chris Sale, SP, CHW (arm) ľ Likely to miss minimum time
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN (head) ľ Tentatively scheduled to throw BP Wednesday
Mike Minor, SP, ATL (shoulder) ľ Will debut Saturday for Braves
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (hamstring) ľ Ended up unable to avoid DL
James Paxton, SP, SEA (back) ľ Could be cleared to throw Wednesday
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA (shoulder) ľ Also seeing doctor Wednesday and could be cleared
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC (shoulder) ľ Mediocre rehab start Monday, but could return Saturday
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL (shoulder) ľ Next rehab start Friday; one more after that
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX (back) ľ Could make season debut Friday
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD (arm) ľ Could return during current road trip
Sean Burnett, RP, LAA (elbow) ľ Sim game will be next rehab step
Darin Ruf, OF, PHI (oblique) ľ Hitting off a tee
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, SP, PHI (shoulder) ľ Could face hitters by end of month
Ethan Martin, RP, PHI (shoulder) ľ Could start throwing to hitters by end of month too
Luke Putkonen, RP, DET (elbow) ľ No structural damage, just inflammation
Dane De La Rosa, RP, LAA (shoulder) ľ First pen session slated for Tuesday
Brandon Kintzler, RP, MIL (neck) ľ Successful pen session Monday; could return Friday
Tom Gorzelanny, RP, MIL (shoulder) ľ No target date for return yet
Andy Dirks, OF, DET (back) ľ Shifted to 60-day DL
Jake Elmore, SS, OAK (quad) ľ Getting closer to rehab assignment

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

Placed on DL
Chris Sale, SP, CHW (arm)
Luke Putkonen, RP, DET (elbow)
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT (knee)
Scott Feldman, SP, HOU (biceps)
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (hamstring)

Activated From DL
Juan Oviedo, RP, TB
Jason Giambi, DH, CLE
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC (from bereavement list)

Called Up
Charlie Culberson, OF, COL
Bobby Abreu, OF, NYM
Tyler Lyons, SP, STL
Jared Hughes, SP, PIT
Jose Dominguez, RP, LAD
Nick Maronde, RP, LAA
J.D. Martinez, OF, DET
Alfredo Figaro, RP, MIL

Sent Down
Josh Wall, RP, LAA
Andrew Brown, OF, NYM
Chone Figgins, 3B, LAD
Blake Wood, RP, CLE
Matt Daley, RP, NYY
C.J. Riefenhauser, RP, TB
Rob Wooten, RP, MIL
Jorge Rondon, RP, STL
Bryan Mitchell, RP, NYY

Closer Watch

Mets ľ On Monday, Kyle Farnsworth earned his first save since taking over the job from Jose Valverde, working around a hit in a scoreless ninth. Farnsworth's been a find so far for the Mets, with a 0.96 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in the early going, and though his job security can't be considered terribly high ľ after all, he did post a 5.76 ERA last year ľ he seems to be less hittable so far and the Mets don't exactly have a wealth of options to replace him. They don't seem to want to go to Gonzalez Germen, whose limited track record and bouts of inconsistency don't necessarily make him a great fit for the role.

Brewers ľ After Monday's action, Francisco Rodriguez leads MLB in saves with eight and has allowed five hits, two walks and zero runs while striking out 16 in his first 11 innings this year. Most of K-Rod's fantasy owners paid exactly nothing for him on draft day, while Jim Henderson's owners are wallowing in misery.

White Sox ľ Matt Lindstrom reappeared Monday, collecting his second save (to go with three blown saves) of the year. No other White Stocking has recorded a save, so insofar as Chicago can be considered to have a closer, Lindstrom's it. Keep an eye on the flamethrowing Maikel Cleto, who has the stuff to close, but has more walks (seven) than strikeouts (three) despite having allowed just one run in 6.2 innings so far. Not a lot of good closing options in this bullpen; even Lindstrom's a desperation play on this team, which has been on one end or the other of a lot of blowouts.

Braves ľ Should we start getting concerned about Craig Kimbrel? Although he struck out the side Monday, he blew the save, allowing a hit, a walk and an unearned run (which he earned, in truth) against the Marlins. This after being pulled in a non-save situation Saturday against the Mets, when he allowed four of the five batters he faced to reach base. Kimbrel still sports a 16:3 K:BB in his 7.1 innings, but something's wrong here ľ he's not quite his usual dominant self, and his fastball velocity's down nearly a full tick from last year. It could be that the shoulder soreness that was bothering him a week ago is still affecting him; just in case, deeper-league owners should look into the availability of Jordan Walden and perhaps David Carpenter.

Angels ľ Ernesto Frieri successfully converted his second save Monday, but not without trouble, as he surrendered a leadoff homer to Ian Desmond and then walked a batter before finishing the Nats off by striking out the side. Frieri's been particularly rough over his last four outings, allowing a stunning nine hits over 3.1 innings, but he's still got some leash here, with Joe Smith his only real competition in the Angels' bullpen.

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Aprilá22,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Aviles SS CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Shields 30 10 3 2 3 1 4 .333 .375 .567 .942
A. Cabrera SS CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Shields 21 6 3 1 2 3 2 .286 .375 .571 .946
J. Hardy SS BALá@áTOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 15 5 2 1 3 0 1 .333 .333 .600 .933
T. Flowers C CWSá@áDET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 10 3 2 2 2 2 3 .300 .417 .900 1.317
K. Suzuki C MINá@áTB
7:10PM
D. Price 14 4 3 1 5 0 5 .286 .333 .643 .976
D. Murphy 2B NYMávsáSTL
7:10PM
A. Wainwright 11 6 3 0 2 1 0 .545 .583 .909 1.492
D. Wright 3B NYMávsáSTL
7:10PM
A. Wainwright 14 5 2 0 3 2 4 .357 .412 .500 .912
M. Prado 3B ARIá@áCHC
8:05PM
J. Hammel 13 5 1 1 3 1 1 .385 .429 .615 1.044
R. Braun OF MILávsáSD
8:10PM
I. Kennedy 12 4 2 1 2 1 0 .333 .385 .667 1.051
Y. Alonso 1B SDá@áMIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 15 6 2 1 4 0 2 .400 .400 .667 1.067
C. Headley 3B SDá@áMIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 17 6 1 1 2 4 5 .353 .476 .529 1.006
W. Venable OF SDá@áMIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 15 7 3 1 4 4 2 .467 .579 .800 1.379
C. Gonzalez OF COLávsáSF
8:40PM
M. Bumgarner 33 12 8 5 9 4 7 .364 .432 .909 1.342
J. Pacheco 3B COLávsáSF
8:40PM
M. Bumgarner 25 9 4 1 6 1 3 .360 .385 .600 .985
J. Rutledge 2B COLávsáSF
8:40PM
M. Bumgarner 16 7 2 1 2 2 4 .438 .500 .750 1.250
E. Andrus SS TEXá@áOAK
10:05PM
T. Milone 18 7 1 0 1 1 2 .389 .421 .444 .865
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Aprilá22,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Johnny Cueto CINá@áPIT
7:05PM
180 32 11 3 11 12 43 .178 .239 .278 .517
Miguel Gonzalez BALá@áTOR
7:07PM
88 13 7 2 7 5 17 .148 .192 .302 .495
Justin Verlander DETávsáCWS
7:08PM
193 41 15 11 21 13 52 .212 .266 .408 .674
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Aprilá22,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Ludwick OF CINá@áPIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 10 2 1 0 3 2 6 .200 .385 .300 .685
J. Giambi DH CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Shields 17 1 0 0 0 4 5 .059 .238 .059 .297
D. Murphy OF CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Shields 27 5 1 1 1 2 6 .185 .241 .296 .538
N. Swisher 1B CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Shields 50 9 4 3 10 2 16 .180 .212 .380 .592
C. Barmes SS PITávsáCIN
7:05PM
J. Cueto 14 2 1 0 0 0 3 .143 .143 .214 .357
R. Martin C PITávsáCIN
7:05PM
J. Cueto 11 1 1 0 1 0 2 .091 .091 .182 .273
G. Sanchez 1B PITávsáCIN
7:05PM
J. Cueto 10 2 2 0 1 1 4 .200 .273 .400 .673
T. Snider OF PITávsáCIN
7:05PM
J. Cueto 11 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000
J. Tabata OF PITávsáCIN
7:05PM
J. Cueto 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
N. Walker 2B PITávsáCIN
7:05PM
J. Cueto 31 6 1 0 3 4 6 .194 .306 .226 .531
C. Davis 1B BALá@áTOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 18 5 3 1 4 0 6 .278 .278 .556 .833
A. Jones OF BALá@áTOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 16 3 1 1 2 0 4 .188 .188 .375 .563
S. Lombardozzi 2B BALá@áTOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 14 2 0 0 1 0 4 .143 .143 .143 .286
M. Wieters C BALá@áTOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 11 2 0 0 1 1 4 .182 .250 .182 .432
E. Encarnacion 1B TORávsáBAL
7:07PM
M. Gonzalez 17 2 2 2 4 2 1 .118 .211 .471 .681
B. Lawrie 3B TORávsáBAL
7:07PM
M. Gonzalez 16 2 0 0 2 0 3 .125 .118 .125 .243
C. Rasmus OF TORávsáBAL
7:07PM
M. Gonzalez 12 1 1 0 0 0 6 .083 .083 .167 .250
A. De Aza OF CWSá@áDET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 21 4 2 2 3 1 8 .190 .227 .476 .703
A. Dunn 1B CWSá@áDET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 25 5 3 3 7 2 11 .200 .259 .560 .819
P. Konerko 1B CWSá@áDET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 58 10 4 2 5 5 16 .172 .250 .310 .560
D. Viciedo OF CWSá@áDET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 15 3 1 1 1 0 4 .200 .200 .400 .600
J. Mauer C MINá@áTB
7:10PM
D. Price 14 2 1 0 2 3 3 .143 .294 .214 .508
C. Young OF NYMávsáSTL
7:10PM
A. Wainwright 12 2 0 0 2 3 4 .167 .333 .167 .500
B. Gardner OF NYYá@áBOS
7:10PM
J. Lester 11 2 0 0 0 1 3 .182 .250 .182 .432
K. Johnson 2B NYYá@áBOS
7:10PM
J. Lester 15 1 0 0 1 2 4 .067 .176 .067 .243
A. Soriano OF NYYá@áBOS
7:10PM
J. Lester 16 5 1 1 2 0 5 .313 .313 .500 .813
M. Holliday OF STLá@áNYM
7:10PM
D. Gee 12 2 2 0 1 0 1 .167 .167 .333 .500
Y. Molina C STLá@áNYM
7:10PM
D. Gee 12 3 2 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .417 .667
A. Hill 2B ARIá@áCHC
8:05PM
J. Hammel 13 2 0 0 1 1 1 .154 .214 .154 .368
M. Montero C ARIá@áCHC
8:05PM
J. Hammel 18 3 2 1 7 2 5 .167 .250 .389 .639
C. Ross OF ARIá@áCHC
8:05PM
J. Hammel 12 1 0 0 0 0 4 .083 .083 .083 .167
R. Weeks 2B MILávsáSD
8:10PM
I. Kennedy 18 3 2 1 1 1 4 .167 .211 .389 .599
C. Denorfia OF SDá@áMIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 11 3 0 0 0 0 3 .273 .273 .273 .545
S. Smith OF SDá@áMIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 12 1 0 0 0 1 4 .083 .154 .083 .237
N. Arenado 3B COLávsáSF
8:40PM
M. Bumgarner 10 2 1 0 1 0 1 .200 .273 .300 .573
D. LeMahieu 2B COLávsáSF
8:40PM
M. Bumgarner 15 2 0 0 0 2 3 .133 .235 .133 .369
D. Stubbs OF COLávsáSF
8:40PM
M. Bumgarner 12 2 1 0 2 3 5 .167 .333 .333 .667
A. Gonzalez 1B LADávsáPHI
10:10PM
A. Burnett 10 2 1 0 1 2 4 .200 .333 .300 .633
J. Uribe 3B LADávsáPHI
10:10PM
A. Burnett 14 2 0 0 0 2 7 .143 .250 .143 .393
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Aprilá22,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Adam Wainwright STLá@áNYM
7:10PM
73 22 9 1 13 10 16 .301 .382 .466 .848
Yovani Gallardo MILávsáSD
8:10PM
99 33 9 3 12 14 19 .333 .416 .486 .902
Madison Bumgarner SFá@áCOL
8:40PM
161 50 19 7 26 16 34 .311 .377 .535 .912


Recommended Pickup
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN ľ Chris Colabello has been the story of the young season for the Twins, somewhat obscuring the incredible strides that Plouffe has made so far this year. Always known for plate discipline ranging from mediocre to poor, Plouffe has stunningly posted a 12:13 BB:K so far, and though his .313 average is somewhat BABIP-inflated, he's sitting on a sparkling 27.8 percent line-drive rate. Impressively, he's literally swinging at pitches outside the zone half as often as he has previously in his career. With nine extra-base hits, 13 RBI and 14 runs already, plus a secure spot in the middle of the lineup, he's been quite the fantasy find at third base ľ and with just one homer so far, the best could be yet to come. Plouffe smacked 24 long balls in just 119 games two years ago.

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