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Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

KC (Bruce Chen – L) at CLE (Corey Kluber – R), 12:05 PM ET
CIN (Tony Cingrani – L) at PIT (Brandon Cumpton – R), 12:35 PM ET
CHW (Jose Quintana – L) at DET (Max Scherzer – R), 1:08 PM ET
STL (Lance Lynn – R) at NYM (Bartolo Colon – R), 1:10 PM ET
MIN (Ricky Nolasco – R) at TB (Erik Bedard – L), 1:10 PM ET
AZ (Mike Bolsinger – R) at CHC (Edwin Jackson – R), 2:20 PM ET
SD (Eric Stults – R) at WAS (Jordan Zimmermann – R), 7:05 PM ET
BAL (Bud Norris – R) at TOR (Drew Hutchison – R), 7:07 PM ET
NYY (C.C. Sabathia – L) at BOS (Felix Doubront – L), 7:10 PM ET
OAK (Scott Kazmir – L) at HOU (Brett Oberholtzer – L), 8:10 PM ET
PHI (Kyle Kendrick – R) at LAD (Dan Haren – R), 10:10 PM ET

Day Game After Night Game: KC/CLE, CIN/PIT, CHW/DET, STL/NYM, MIN/TB

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Matt Albers, P, HOU – (Shoulder) Unavailable Tuesday, did not pitch Wednesday.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX – (Ankle) Feeling better but missed Wednesday’s game and is unsure when he will return to the lineup.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CHW – (Hand) Missed second straight game Wednesday.
Adam Eaton, OF, CHW – (Hamstring) Could miss a couple more games.
Dee Gordon, SS, LAD – (Head) Passed concussion tests but out of Wednesday’s lineup.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL (Hamstring, Back) Returned to lineup Wednesday.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEX – (Back) Returned to lineup Wednesday.
Carlos Marmol, P, MIA – (Hamstring) Left Wednesday’s game with strain.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF – (Knee) Entered Wednesday as pinch hitter Wednesday, will have knee examined Thursday.
A.J. Pollock, OF, AZ – (Neck) Out of the lineup against Wednesday.
Justin Ruggiano, OF, CHC – (Hamstring) Will have MRI after leaving Wednesday’s game.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF – (Illness) Left Wednesday’s game.
Mark Trumbo, OF, AZ – (Foot) No timetable on return from stress fracture, could miss three-to-six weeks.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL – (Forearm) Returned to lineup Wednesday.

Players on the DL
Jake Arrieta, P, CHC – (Shoulder) Should be activated next week.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW – (Oblique) Should be activated Thursday.
Sean Burnett, P, LAA – (Elbow) Will throw simulated game Thursday.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL – (Shoulder) May only need one rehab start before returning to rotation.
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN – (Head) Threw batting practice Wednesday, will throw another one this weekend before beginning rehab assignment.
Tim Collins, P, KC – (Elbow) No pain while throwing, could begin rehab this weekend.
Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA – (Shoulder) Will throw simulated game Thursday.
Pedro Figueroa, P, TEX – (Elbow) Placed on DL with inflammation.
Sonny Gray, P, OAK – (Elbow) Behind schedule in rehab, not throwing yet.
Scott Hairston, OF, WAS – (Oblique) Took batting practice Wednesday, rehab assignment should start soon.
Matt Harrison, P, TEX – (Back) Scheduled to be activated Sunday.
Josh Johnson, P, SD – (Elbow) Will have Tommy John surgery Thursday.
Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD – (Back) Will make rehab start Friday.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL – (Knee) Will start minor league rehab at High-A Friday.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD – (Biceps) Looking like he will return next week.
Ivan Nova, P, NYY – (Elbow) Consulting with Dr. James Andrews before agreeing to Tommy John.
James Paxton, P, SEA – (Back) Cleared to begin throwing Friday.
Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT – (Knee) Had knee drained, will take a couple days off before throwing bullpen session.
Brendan Ryan, SS, NYY – (Back) Could return in about a week.
Skip Schumaker, 2B, CIN – (Shoulder) Heading to extended spring training Thursday.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS – (Hamstring) Was not activated Wednesday but return is imminent.
Taijuan Walker, P, SEA – (Shoulder) Will resume throwing Monday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS – (Calf) Hitless in rehab but still could be activated this weekend.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS – (Thumb) Can’t grip yet, still expected to miss three-to-five weeks.

Activated from the DL
None

Placed on the DL
None

Claimed Off Waivers/Traded
Daniel Robertson, TEX from SD for cash

Called Up
Carter Capps, P, MIA
Alex Wilson, P, BOS

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Arquimedes Caminero, P, MIA
Lucas Harrell, P, HOU
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, PIT
Daniel Nava, OF, BOS
Nick Noonan, 2B, SF

Closer Watch

Chicago Cubs – Given his first save opportunity Monday since April 3, Pedro Strop was torched for four runs – only one earned – on a hit and two walks. This closing situation continues to be volatile.

Houston – Josh Fields blew Thursday’s save by allowing a three-run walkoff to Kyle Seager. He is 2-for-3 on saves this season.

Los Angeles Angels – Ernesto Frieri is only 2-for-4 in save situations after allowing four runs while retiring just one batter Wednesday. In his last five outings, Frieri has allowed 12 hits and two walks.

New York Mets – Kyle Farnsworth notched his second save Wednesday, but allowed a run on three hits in the process.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – April 24, 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 KC
12:05PM
B. Chen 19 10 2 0 1 0 0 .526 .524 .632 1.155
J. Giambi DH CLE vs KC
12:05PM
B. Chen 16 6 4 4 8 4 2 .375 .476 1.125 1.601
C. Santana C CLE vs KC
12:05PM
B. Chen 16 5 2 0 4 2 1 .313 .421 .438 .859
N. Swisher 1B CLE vs KC
12:05PM
B. Chen 17 7 0 0 1 5 3 .412 .545 .412 .957
A. Gordon OF KC @ CLE
12:05PM
C. Kluber 15 4 2 2 5 1 4 .267 .353 .667 1.020
M. Moustakas 3B KC @ CLE
12:05PM
C. Kluber 12 6 3 0 1 0 2 .500 .500 .750 1.250
D. Viciedo OF CWS @ DET
1:08PM
M. Scherzer 19 6 3 2 4 1 8 .316 .350 .684 1.034
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs CWS
1:08PM
J. Quintana 11 3 2 1 2 2 3 .273 .385 .636 1.021
R. Davis OF DET vs CWS
1:08PM
J. Quintana 14 7 2 0 0 1 0 .500 .533 .643 1.176
Y. Escobar SS TB vs MIN
1:10PM
R. Nolasco 29 10 4 1 3 1 3 .345 .367 .552 .918
J. Thole C TOR vs BAL
7:07PM
B. Norris 13 5 1 1 2 2 2 .385 .467 .615 1.082
J. Gomes OF BOS vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Sabathia 40 11 4 2 6 5 10 .275 .375 .475 .850
M. Napoli 1B BOS vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Sabathia 32 9 4 2 8 4 9 .281 .378 .531 .910
D. Ross C BOS vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Sabathia 21 7 4 2 3 3 7 .333 .400 .714 1.114
G. Sizemore OF BOS vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Sabathia 10 3 3 2 4 2 4 .300 .417 1.000 1.417
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ BOS
7:10PM
F. Doubront 12 3 2 2 4 0 4 .250 .250 .750 1.000
J. Altuve 2B HOU vs OAK
8:10PM
S. Kazmir 10 4 1 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .500 .900
A. Ethier OF LAD vs PHI
10:10PM
K. Kendrick 22 6 4 2 7 3 1 .273 .360 .636 .996
M. Kemp OF LAD vs PHI
10:10PM
K. Kendrick 15 6 0 0 1 0 3 .400 .400 .400 .800
D. Brown OF PHI @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 10 3 1 1 2 2 1 .300 .417 .600 1.017
M. Byrd OF PHI @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 21 10 5 2 3 1 4 .476 .522 .952 1.474
R. Howard 1B PHI @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 11 3 2 2 5 1 6 .273 .333 .818 1.152
C. Utley 2B PHI @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 15 4 2 1 3 2 2 .267 .353 .533 .886
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 24, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Erik Bedard TB vs MIN
1:10PM
64 11 3 0 2 11 12 .172 .293 .230 .523
Jordan Zimmermann WAS vs SD
7:05PM
61 11 2 1 2 0 12 .180 .201 .246 .447
Cold Batter Matchups – April 24, 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 KC
12:05PM
B. Chen 31 8 3 1 4 0 3 .258 .258 .419 .677
R. Raburn OF CLE vs KC
12:05PM
B. Chen 31 6 3 2 2 2 6 .194 .265 .419 .684
B. Butler DH KC @ CLE
12:05PM
C. Kluber 14 2 1 0 0 1 5 .143 .200 .214 .414
A. Escobar SS KC @ CLE
12:05PM
C. Kluber 14 3 0 0 0 0 3 .214 .214 .214 .429
E. Hosmer 1B KC @ CLE
12:05PM
C. Kluber 14 2 2 1 4 1 3 .143 .200 .429 .629
P. Konerko 1B CWS @ DET
1:08PM
M. Scherzer 42 10 2 2 6 2 16 .238 .273 .381 .654
A. Ramirez SS CWS @ DET
1:08PM
M. Scherzer 42 4 1 0 0 5 4 .095 .191 .119 .311
A. Jackson OF DET vs CWS
1:08PM
J. Quintana 13 2 0 0 1 1 3 .154 .267 .154 .421
J. Kubel OF MIN @ TB
1:10PM
E. Bedard 10 1 0 0 0 4 2 .100 .357 .100 .457
K. Suzuki C MIN @ TB
1:10PM
E. Bedard 10 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .091 .000 .091
M. Ellis 2B STL @ NYM
1:10PM
B. Colon 15 3 1 0 2 1 1 .200 .235 .267 .502
J. Peralta SS STL @ NYM
1:10PM
B. Colon 11 2 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
J. Loney 1B TB vs MIN
1:10PM
R. Nolasco 12 2 1 1 1 0 3 .167 .167 .417 .583
A. Hill 2B ARI @ CHC
2:20PM
E. Jackson 39 8 3 2 4 0 7 .205 .205 .385 .590
C. Headley 3B SD @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 15 3 0 0 0 0 5 .200 .250 .200 .450
W. Venable OF SD @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 13 1 0 0 0 0 3 .077 .077 .077 .154
K. Frandsen 2B WAS vs SD
7:05PM
E. Stults 11 1 0 0 0 1 0 .091 .167 .091 .258
C. Rasmus OF TOR vs BAL
7:07PM
B. Norris 25 4 3 1 1 2 6 .160 .222 .360 .582
A. Pierzynski C BOS vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Sabathia 27 6 3 1 2 0 6 .222 .222 .407 .630
D. Jeter SS NYY @ BOS
7:10PM
F. Doubront 14 2 0 0 0 1 3 .143 .200 .143 .343
I. Suzuki OF NYY @ BOS
7:10PM
F. Doubront 14 2 0 0 1 0 0 .143 .133 .143 .276
H. Ramirez SS LAD vs PHI
10:10PM
K. Kendrick 35 9 4 1 5 0 4 .257 .278 .429 .706
J. Turner 2B LAD vs PHI
10:10PM
K. Kendrick 12 2 1 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .250 .417
T. Gwynn Jr. OF PHI @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 15 2 1 0 2 4 3 .133 .316 .267 .582
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 24, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ricky Nolasco MIN @ TB
1:10PM
101 30 14 7 16 9 19 .297 .346 .570 .917
Bud Norris BAL @ TOR
7:07PM
86 27 8 2 8 12 14 .314 .398 .454 .852
Kyle Kendrick PHI @ LAD
10:10PM
109 34 13 3 16 6 11 .312 .360 .498 .858


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