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Sunday Lineup Card: Hooray For Harrison

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R), 1:07
Marlins (Tom Koehler - R) at Mets (Dillon Gee - R), 1:10
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Braves (Julio Teheran - R), 1:35
Royals (James Shields - R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R), 1:35
Padres (Ian Kennedy - R) at Nationals (Taylor Jordan - R), 1:35
Cubs (Jason Hammel - R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta - R), 2:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Twins (Kyle Gibson - R), 2:10
Athletics (Tommy Milone - L) at Astros (Collin McHugh - R), 2:10
Rays (David Price - L) at White Sox (Scott Carrolll), 2:10
Pirates (Edinson Volquez - R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R), 2:15
Indians (Danny Salazar - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 4:05
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa - L) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L), 4:10
Phillies (A.J. Burnett - R) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy - R), 4:10
Rangers (Matt Harrison - L) at Mariners (Brandon Maurer - R), 4:10
Angels (Garrett Richards - R) at Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka - R). 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: KC/BAL, CHC/MIL, CIN/ATL, MIA/NYM, OAK/HOU, TB/CWS, PHI/ARZ, COL/LAD, TEX/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN - (Triceps) Left Saturdayĺs game with a contusion.
Francisco Liriano, P, PIT - (Illness) Left Saturdayĺs game due to dizziness and flu-like symptoms.
Chris Young, OF, NYM - (Illness) Sat out of Saturdayĺs game.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL - (Oblique) Feels good, but is awaiting word of results from an MRI.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS - (Thumb) X-rays were negative, but he will undergo an MRI.
Yeonis Cespedes, OF, OAK - (Hamstring) Missed second straight start Saturday.
Anibal Sanchez, P, DET - (Finger) Left Saturdayĺs game after 2.2 innings of hitless ball with a laceration.
Alex Avila, C, DET - (Shin) Expected to return to the lineup Sunday.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN - (Leg) Wasnĺt in Saturdayĺs lineup because of tightness from Friday.
Seth Smith, OF, SD - (Groin) Sat for second straight day Saturday.

Players on the DL

Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA - (Finger) Scheduled to throw five innings in Sundayĺs rehab start.
Jose Veras, P, CHC - (Oblique) Placed on the 15-day disable list Saturday.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN - (Hamstring) Placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWS - (Hand) Placed on the disabled list Saturday.
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN - (Head) Threw live batting practice without a protective screen Saturday.
Russell Martin, C, PIT - (Hamstring) Headed back to Pittsburgh for an MRI.
Jason Grilli, P, PIT - (Oblique) Officially placed on 15-day DL on Saturday.
Joe Kelly, P, STL - (Hamstring) Threw from 150 feet Friday.
Francisley Bueno, P, KC - (Finger) Scheduled for live batting practice for Tuesday.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC - (Groin) Took batting practice and ôdid some agility stuffö Friday.
Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA - (Hamstring) Suffered tightness in quadriceps in rehab game Friday.
Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD - (Back) Threw 56 pitches in rehab game Friday.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Friday was the first of five or six rehab games.
Mark Trumbo, OF, ARZ - (Foot) Will miss six weeks with stress fracture.

Placed on the DL

Matt Albers, P, HOU
Jason Grilli, P, PIT
Russell Martin, C, PIT
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWS
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
Jose Veras, P, CHC

Called Up

Chad Jenkins, P, TOR
Chris Leroux, P, NYY
Jared Hughes, P, PIT
Tony Sanchez, C, PIT
Jose Ortega, P DET
Hector Noesi, P, CWS
Jemile Weeks, 2B, BAL
Tucker Barnhart, C, CIN
Brian Schlitter, P, CHC

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

T.J. McFarland, P, BAL
Neil Wagner, P, TOR
Shane Greene, P, NYY
Justin Miller, P, DET

Signed

Travis Ishikawa, 1B, SF (minor league contract)

Released

Nik Turley, P, NYY
Ernesto Mejia, 1B, PIT

Closer Watch

Marlins - Steve Cishek was looking to extend his team record of consecutive saves Friday from 33 to 34, but the Mets would have none of it. With a one-run lead Chishek in the bottom of the ninth Cishek gave up four hits and two runs to end his club record run. Before Friday Cishek had only given up three hits over seven innings while striking out nine in 2014, so it would appear that as long as this blown save was just a blip on the radar he will be the Marlins closer for the indefinite future.

Rays - Entering the ninth of Friday nightĺs game against the White Sox the Rays were tied at four, but were able to get two runs in the top of the frame. Unfortunately Grant Balfour was not able to keep the lead after giving up one run on a fielderĺs choice, and four more to Jose Abreu who hit a walk off grand slam. This was Balfourĺs first blown save of the season, so it will likely to take a string of bad performances before Joe Maddon even considers anyone else for the closers role.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Aprilá27,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Ortiz DH BOSá@áTOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 12 4 3 1 2 2 4 .333 .429 .750 1.179
A. Pierzynski C BOSá@áTOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 12 5 2 1 2 1 1 .417 .462 .750 1.212
J. Bautista OF TORávsáBOS
1:07PM
J. Lester 54 11 7 4 8 8 11 .204 .297 .481 .778
D. Murphy 2B NYMávsáMIA
1:10PM
T. Koehler 11 4 1 1 2 0 1 .364 .364 .636 1.000
J. Upton OF ATLávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 15 4 3 2 2 2 5 .267 .353 .733 1.086
C. Davis 1B BALávsáKC
1:35PM
J. Shields 12 4 3 2 6 0 3 .333 .333 .917 1.250
A. Jones OF BALávsáKC
1:35PM
J. Shields 39 13 7 1 6 1 7 .333 .350 .590 .940
N. Markakis OF BALávsáKC
1:35PM
J. Shields 66 20 7 2 6 9 10 .303 .387 .470 .856
J. Werth OF WASávsáSD
1:35PM
I. Kennedy 11 4 2 1 2 0 1 .364 .385 .727 1.112
S. Castro SS CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
W. Peralta 16 7 2 1 3 0 3 .438 .438 .688 1.125
A. Rizzo 1B CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
W. Peralta 13 5 3 2 5 2 1 .385 .467 .923 1.390
P. Konerko 1B CWSávsáTB
2:10PM
D. Price 20 10 3 2 7 1 2 .500 .524 .850 1.374
R. Braun OF MILávsáCHC
2:10PM
J. Hammel 11 5 1 0 1 1 1 .455 .571 .545 1.117
J. Mauer C MINávsáDET
2:10PM
J. Verlander 62 23 7 3 9 12 10 .371 .473 .581 1.054
C. Barmes SS PITá@áSTL
2:15PM
A. Wainwright 23 8 4 1 2 1 4 .348 .400 .609 1.009
A. McCutchen OF PITá@áSTL
2:15PM
A. Wainwright 31 13 7 1 3 2 5 .419 .441 .742 1.183
J. Tabata OF PITá@áSTL
2:15PM
A. Wainwright 19 6 2 1 3 1 3 .316 .350 .579 .929
N. Walker 2B PITá@áSTL
2:15PM
A. Wainwright 21 7 2 1 7 4 3 .333 .440 .524 .964
M. Ellis 2B STLávsáPIT
2:15PM
E. Volquez 22 7 2 1 3 4 3 .318 .423 .500 .923
M. Holliday OF STLávsáPIT
2:15PM
E. Volquez 22 8 3 2 4 2 4 .364 .417 .682 1.098
A. Gonzalez 1B LADávsáCOL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 32 12 5 3 9 5 12 .375 .447 .719 1.166
M. Kemp OF LADávsáCOL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 26 11 6 3 8 1 3 .423 .429 .885 1.313
H. Ramirez SS LADávsáCOL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 21 8 5 1 3 4 4 .381 .480 .714 1.194
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Aprilá27,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jon Lester BOSá@áTOR
1:07PM
217 42 16 7 19 22 44 .194 .268 .333 .602
Jason Hammel CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
65 16 2 0 3 4 11 .246 .312 .279 .591
Matt Harrison TEXá@áSEA
4:10PM
102 21 5 2 6 10 15 .206 .276 .308 .584
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Aprilá27,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Pedroia 2B BOSá@áTOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 12 2 0 0 1 1 2 .167 .231 .167 .397
M. Cabrera OF TORávsáBOS
1:07PM
J. Lester 36 10 1 0 2 1 7 .278 .297 .306 .603
E. Encarnacion 1B TORávsáBOS
1:07PM
J. Lester 36 7 6 2 6 4 7 .194 .275 .472 .747
B. Lawrie 3B TORávsáBOS
1:07PM
J. Lester 25 4 2 1 2 2 2 .160 .250 .320 .570
C. Rasmus OF TORávsáBOS
1:07PM
J. Lester 15 3 0 0 1 0 5 .200 .200 .200 .400
J. Reyes SS TORávsáBOS
1:07PM
J. Lester 16 1 0 0 0 1 2 .063 .118 .063 .180
C. Johnson 3B ATLávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 14 4 1 0 1 0 4 .286 .267 .357 .624
N. Cruz OF BALávsáKC
1:35PM
J. Shields 14 3 0 0 1 0 5 .214 .267 .214 .481
J. Hardy SS BALávsáKC
1:35PM
J. Shields 12 2 1 0 0 3 2 .167 .375 .250 .625
W. Castillo C CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
W. Peralta 10 3 1 0 0 0 3 .300 .300 .400 .700
N. Schierholtz OF CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
W. Peralta 14 0 0 0 1 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
L. Valbuena 3B CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
W. Peralta 13 2 0 0 0 2 0 .154 .267 .154 .421
G. Beckham 2B CWSávsáTB
2:10PM
D. Price 22 3 0 0 0 1 4 .136 .208 .136 .345
A. Ramirez SS CWSávsáTB
2:10PM
D. Price 23 4 0 0 0 2 2 .174 .240 .174 .414
L. Overbay 1B MILávsáCHC
2:10PM
J. Hammel 19 2 0 0 1 1 3 .105 .150 .105 .255
M. Reynolds 1B MILávsáCHC
2:10PM
J. Hammel 11 2 0 0 0 1 4 .182 .250 .182 .432
T. Plouffe 3B MINávsáDET
2:10PM
J. Verlander 24 4 1 0 0 0 7 .167 .167 .208 .375
P. Alvarez 3B PITá@áSTL
2:15PM
A. Wainwright 21 4 2 1 6 3 8 .190 .292 .381 .673
I. Davis 1B PITá@áSTL
2:15PM
A. Wainwright 10 2 1 1 4 2 5 .200 .333 .500 .833
J. Jay OF STLávsáPIT
2:15PM
E. Volquez 15 4 1 0 1 0 4 .267 .267 .400 .667
Y. Molina C STLávsáPIT
2:15PM
E. Volquez 23 3 1 1 3 2 5 .130 .200 .261 .461
C. Pennington SS ARIávsáPHI
4:10PM
A. Burnett 12 2 1 0 0 1 3 .167 .231 .250 .481
A. Ethier OF LADávsáCOL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 19 3 1 0 1 0 6 .158 .158 .211 .368
B. Revere OF PHIá@áARI
4:10PM
B. McCarthy 12 3 1 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .417 .667
D. Ackley 2B SEAávsáTEX
4:10PM
M. Harrison 19 1 0 0 1 0 3 .053 .050 .053 .103
K. Seager 3B SEAávsáTEX
4:10PM
M. Harrison 19 3 0 0 0 1 0 .158 .200 .158 .358
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Aprilá27,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R.A. Dickey TORávsáBOS
1:07PM
93 26 15 6 18 9 26 .280 .343 .586 .929
Adam Wainwright STLávsáPIT
2:15PM
149 45 20 7 27 15 34 .302 .371 .537 .908
Jorge De La Rosa COLá@áLAD
4:10PM
133 41 17 7 21 14 38 .308 .372 .547 .919
Recommended Pickup

Matt Harrison, P, TEX - Sunday will mark the first time Harrison has pitched for the Rangers since April 6 of last year when he went down with a season ending injury. The Rangers sent Harrison on a rehab assignment to Double-A Frisco where he looked superb in his final start by going eight innings while only giving up three hits, one walk, and no runs. The 28-year-old southpaw is sure to have a chance to stick in the Rangers rotation especially if he is able to get close to where he was in 2011-2012 where he won 32 of his 63 starts with a 3.34 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. Any fantasy team that is looking to add value to their pitching staff should give Harrison a hard look at least for a spot start Sunday in which current Mariners batters only have a .206 average and .584 OPS against him.

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