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Tuesday Lineup Card: Have A Niese Day

Andrew Fiorentino

Andrew Fiorentino

A degenerate fantasy player since the age of 13.

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

Mets (Jon Niese – L) at Phillies (Cole Hamels – L), 7:05
Pirates (Charlie Morton – R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman – R), 7:05
Mariners (Chris Young – R) at Yankees (CC Sabathia – L), 7:05
Rays (Erik Bedard – L) at Red Sox (John Lackey – R), 7:10
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija – R) at Reds (Alfredo Simon – R), 7:10
Braves (Alex Wood – L) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez – R), 7:10
Athletics (Scott Kazmir – L) at Rangers (Martin Perez – L), 8:05
Tigers (Justin Verlander – R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana – L), 8:10
Blue Jays (Dustin McGowan – R) at Royals (Jason Vargas – L), 8:10
Dodgers (Zack Greinke – R) at Twins (Kyle Gibson – R), 8:10
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L) at Astros (Jarred Cosart – R), 8:10
Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R), 8:10
Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R) at Diamondbacks (Michael Bolsinger – R), 9:40
Indians (Corey Kluber – R) at Angels (Jered Weaver – R), 10:05
Padres (Eric Stults – L) at Giants (Matt Cain – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (oblique) – Out for Cardinals series; DL possible
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (hamstring) – 50-50 odds for Tuesday's lineup
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX (ankle) – Pinch-hit Monday
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (head) – Should be back in Wednesday or Thursday
Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS (shoulder) – Feeling good enough to go Tuesday
Wilin Rosario, C, COL (hand) – Sat out Monday
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL (elbow) – Left Monday's game; Tuesday status uncertain
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN (triceps) – Was set to play Sunday before rainout
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD (personal) – On paternity leave; could miss whole Giants series
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS (knee) – Believes he'll be available Tuesday
Donnie Murphy, 3B, TEX (foot) – Left Monday; X-rays negative


Players on the DL

Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD (back) – Last rehab start coming Wednesday
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (thumb) – Surgery will keep him out into July
Chris Sale, SP, CHW (arm) – Sounds like he'll miss more than minimum
Mat Latos, SP, CIN (elbow) – Playing catch; aiming for mid-to-late-May return
Doug Fister, SP, WAS (back) – Threw 59 pitches in Sunday rehab outing
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (knee) – Orioles to decide on DL activation Tuesday
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (thumb) – Took one-handed swings Monday
Chase Headley, 3B, SD (calf) – Could miss just the minimum time
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS (wrist) – Hopes to return early next week
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM (hamstring) – Played Triple-A rehab game Monday
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC (shoulder) – Likely won't debut until weekend due to rainout
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (knee) – Doing baseball activities this week
Brett Anderson, SP, COL (finger) – Exercising lightly
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC (groin) – Could rejoin Royals this week
Tanner Scheppers, SP, TEX (elbow) – Was scheduled for Monday evaluation
Felipe Paulino, SP, CHW (shoulder) – Could start rehab games this weekend
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL (shoulder) – Triple-A start Tuesday; could be activated after
Joe Saunders, SP, TEX (ankle) – Has improved; rehab should progress now
Seth Smith, OF, SD (gorin) – Could return during series vs. Giants
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (back) – Hasn't really improved, it sounds like
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD (knee) – Doing light running; not ready for rehab trip yet
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, SP, PHI (shoulder) – Threw 94 mph in sim game Sunday
Ethan Martin, RP, PHI (shoulder) – Could start rehab assignment within a week
Skip Schumaker, 2B, CIN (shoulder) – Started rehab assignment monday
Darin Ruf, OF, PHI (oblique) – Won't join Phillies on homestand starting Tuesday
Scott Hairston, OF, WAS (oblique) – Could start rehab trip late this week

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

Placed on DL
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD (paternity leave)

Activated From DL

Called Up
Greg Garcia, SS, STL
Randal Grichuk, OF, STL
Tommy Medica, 1B, SD

Sent Down
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
Shane Robinson, OF, STL
Ryan Goins, 2B, TOR

Traded
Lucas Harrell, SP, ARI (from HOU)

Closer Watch

Angels – Joe Smith got his first save chance since being named closer on Monday, and he converted it with a scoreless ninth, working around a hit. If I was a betting man, I'd bet on Ernesto Frieri winning the job back eventually, as Smith's not really your prototypical closer. But for now, he'll be earning the saves for the Angels, and therefore should be owned pretty much everywhere.

Brewers – Francisco Rodriguez now has 12 – yes, twelve – saves. That is all.

Hot Batter Matchups – April 29, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Murphy 2B NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 34 12 3 1 5 0 7 .353 .353 .500 .853
D. Wright 3B NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 63 22 9 5 15 4 15 .349 .388 .667 1.055
E. Young Jr. OF NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 21 9 2 0 3 0 2 .429 .429 .524 .952
A. Soriano OF NYY vs SEA
7:05PM
C. Young 17 4 4 2 3 1 3 .235 .316 .765 1.080
I. Suzuki OF NYY vs SEA
7:05PM
C. Young 21 8 3 2 6 5 0 .381 .500 .714 1.214
C. Ruiz C PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 21 7 2 1 3 2 5 .333 .391 .524 .915
M. Napoli 1B BOS vs TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 17 4 3 2 6 4 5 .235 .381 .647 1.028
A. Pierzynski C BOS vs TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 21 9 2 2 4 0 1 .429 .429 .714 1.143
T. Frazier 3B CIN vs CHC
7:10PM
J. Samardzija 19 6 3 2 2 4 4 .316 .435 .684 1.119
Y. Escobar SS TB @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 15 8 2 0 1 3 2 .533 .579 .667 1.246
M. Joyce OF TB @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 18 6 2 2 6 2 2 .333 .429 .667 1.095
E. Longoria 3B TB @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 31 10 5 2 5 3 4 .323 .382 .613 .995
B. Zobrist 2B TB @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 27 11 3 0 4 5 3 .407 .515 .519 1.034
Y. Cespedes OF OAK @ TEX
8:05PM
M. Perez 12 4 2 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .583 .917
C. Crisp OF OAK @ TEX
8:05PM
M. Perez 13 5 2 0 1 0 3 .385 .385 .538 .923
J. Donaldson 3B OAK @ TEX
8:05PM
M. Perez 10 4 3 1 2 3 1 .400 .538 .900 1.438
E. Andrus SS TEX vs OAK
8:05PM
S. Kazmir 20 8 0 0 0 1 3 .400 .455 .400 .855
S. Choo OF TEX vs OAK
8:05PM
S. Kazmir 13 4 1 1 3 3 1 .308 .438 .538 .976
T. Flowers C CWS vs DET
8:10PM
J. Verlander 13 3 2 2 2 2 4 .231 .333 .692 1.026
D. Viciedo OF CWS vs DET
8:10PM
J. Verlander 18 6 2 1 1 0 4 .333 .333 .556 .889
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Quintana 14 4 2 1 3 2 3 .286 .375 .571 .946
R. Davis OF DET @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Quintana 17 8 3 1 1 1 1 .471 .500 .765 1.265
J. Kubel OF MIN vs LAD
8:10PM
Z. Greinke 32 10 5 2 7 5 8 .313 .405 .625 1.030
J. Bautista OF TOR @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 10 1 1 1 2 6 2 .100 .471 .400 .871
M. Cabrera OF TOR @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 10 3 1 1 2 0 2 .300 .300 .600 .900
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 15 5 4 2 5 5 2 .333 .476 .867 1.343
J. Segura SS MIL @ STL
8:15PM
L. Lynn 13 7 2 0 2 0 2 .538 .538 .769 1.308
M. Holliday OF STL vs MIL
8:15PM
K. Lohse 20 8 2 1 3 3 2 .400 .478 .600 1.078
J. Jay OF STL vs MIL
8:15PM
K. Lohse 11 4 2 0 3 0 2 .364 .417 .545 .962
Y. Molina C STL vs MIL
8:15PM
K. Lohse 16 9 5 2 5 0 1 .563 .529 1.125 1.654
J. Giambi DH CLE @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 17 6 1 0 2 4 3 .353 .455 .412 .866
C. Santana C CLE @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 14 7 1 0 2 4 1 .500 .611 .571 1.183
C. Denorfia OF SD @ SF
10:15PM
M. Cain 13 5 2 0 0 1 2 .385 .429 .615 1.044
X. Nady OF SD @ SF
10:15PM
M. Cain 17 6 2 0 2 1 2 .353 .389 .471 .859
J. Arias SS SF vs SD
10:15PM
E. Stults 21 8 1 1 2 0 3 .381 .381 .524 .905
B. Crawford SS SF vs SD
10:15PM
E. Stults 11 3 2 2 4 0 3 .273 .273 .818 1.091
H. Pence OF SF vs SD
10:15PM
E. Stults 28 8 4 3 9 0 5 .286 .276 .643 .919
B. Posey C SF vs SD
10:15PM
E. Stults 17 7 3 1 3 3 2 .412 .500 .706 1.206
P. Sandoval 3B SF vs SD
10:15PM
E. Stults 24 12 4 0 4 3 1 .500 .556 .708 1.264
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 29, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
CC Sabathia NYY vs SEA
7:05PM
117 24 10 3 9 8 36 .205 .253 .341 .595
Erik Bedard TB @ BOS
7:10PM
131 29 13 9 20 21 31 .221 .345 .438 .782
Justin Verlander DET @ CWS
8:10PM
245 53 17 13 26 14 65 .216 .261 .392 .652
Matt Cain SF vs SD
10:15PM
182 37 16 3 13 13 40 .203 .258 .336 .594
Cold Batter Matchups – April 29, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
L. Duda OF NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 13 1 0 0 0 5 7 .077 .333 .077 .410
J. Satin 1B NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 10 1 0 0 1 1 4 .100 .182 .100 .282
K. Johnson 2B NYY vs SEA
7:05PM
C. Young 11 2 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
B. McCann C NYY vs SEA
7:05PM
C. Young 12 2 1 1 1 3 1 .167 .333 .417 .750
F. Galvis 2B PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 10 2 1 1 1 0 5 .200 .200 .500 .700
R. Howard 1B PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 15 1 0 0 2 1 7 .067 .118 .067 .184
C. Utley 2B PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 22 2 0 0 1 2 2 .091 .231 .091 .322
J. Buck C SEA @ NYY
7:05PM
C. Sabathia 42 8 4 1 4 5 10 .190 .277 .333 .610
M. Saunders OF SEA @ NYY
7:05PM
C. Sabathia 15 1 0 0 0 0 7 .067 .067 .067 .133
J. Gomes OF BOS vs TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 25 4 1 1 2 4 9 .160 .300 .280 .580
D. Ortiz DH BOS vs TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 26 5 2 1 4 6 7 .192 .353 .346 .699
D. Pedroia 2B BOS vs TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 16 3 2 0 1 2 1 .188 .278 .313 .590
G. Sizemore OF BOS vs TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 13 0 0 0 0 4 6 .000 .278 .000 .278
R. Bernadina OF CIN vs CHC
7:10PM
J. Samardzija 12 2 0 0 1 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs CHC
7:10PM
J. Samardzija 31 7 0 0 3 0 7 .226 .226 .226 .452
D. Jennings OF TB @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 11 1 0 0 0 0 5 .091 .091 .091 .182
J. Molina C TB @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 12 2 0 0 2 1 2 .167 .286 .167 .452
A. Beltre 3B TEX vs OAK
8:05PM
S. Kazmir 26 5 1 1 3 3 10 .192 .276 .308 .584
G. Beckham 2B CWS vs DET
8:10PM
J. Verlander 31 6 1 1 3 0 7 .194 .188 .290 .478
A. De Aza OF CWS vs DET
8:10PM
J. Verlander 23 4 2 2 3 2 8 .174 .240 .435 .675
A. Dunn 1B CWS vs DET
8:10PM
J. Verlander 28 5 3 3 7 2 12 .179 .233 .500 .733
P. Konerko 1B CWS vs DET
8:10PM
J. Verlander 58 10 4 2 5 5 16 .172 .250 .310 .560
A. Jackson OF DET @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Quintana 16 3 1 0 1 1 3 .188 .278 .313 .590
C. Rasmus OF TOR @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 10 2 1 0 3 0 3 .200 .200 .300 .500
C. Gomez OF MIL @ STL
8:15PM
L. Lynn 14 3 0 0 0 1 7 .214 .267 .214 .481
J. Lucroy C MIL @ STL
8:15PM
L. Lynn 15 2 0 0 0 3 6 .133 .278 .133 .411
A. Ramirez 3B MIL @ STL
8:15PM
L. Lynn 18 2 0 0 0 2 3 .111 .200 .111 .311
M. Ellis 2B STL vs MIL
8:15PM
K. Lohse 15 3 2 1 3 0 3 .200 .200 .467 .667
M. Brantley OF CLE @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 21 4 1 1 1 0 1 .190 .190 .333 .524
J. Kipnis 2B CLE @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 13 2 2 0 0 2 3 .154 .267 .308 .574
D. Murphy OF CLE @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 54 8 4 1 4 4 12 .148 .203 .259 .463
Y. Alonso 1B SD @ SF
10:15PM
M. Cain 10 1 1 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200 .300
E. Cabrera SS SD @ SF
10:15PM
M. Cain 18 4 1 0 1 0 6 .222 .222 .278 .500
S. Smith OF SD @ SF
10:15PM
M. Cain 29 2 1 0 2 2 3 .069 .152 .103 .255
B. Belt 1B SF vs SD
10:15PM
E. Stults 15 3 0 0 1 0 2 .200 .250 .200 .450
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 29, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Chris Young SEA @ NYY
7:05PM
85 21 10 6 15 13 12 .247 .354 .516 .870
John Lackey BOS vs TB
7:10PM
163 50 14 5 23 14 25 .307 .372 .463 .835
Jason Vargas KC vs TOR
8:10PM
77 22 9 4 17 12 13 .286 .383 .519 .901
Kyle Lohse MIL @ STL
8:15PM
98 33 13 4 16 8 13 .337 .387 .544 .931
Eric Stults SD @ SF
10:15PM
160 50 19 9 28 6 21 .312 .340 .556 .896


Recommended Pickup
Jon Niese, SP, NYM – For a guy who's been a proven fantasy asset in the past, Niese's strong start – a 2.45 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through his first four outings – has been largely overlooked by the fantasy community. Though fairly widely owned in deeper formats, Niese is widely available in standard leagues despite his strong early returns. It's hard to forget the lefty's strong 2012 season, and though he's made more than 120 starts in the majors, it feels like he really hasn't reached his ceiling yet. At worst, Niese is a reliable mid-rotation arm; at his best, he's shown flashes of dominance. The key to sustaining his early success is going to be reestablishing his curve – making batters miss that pitch was key to his big campaign two seasons ago.

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DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Jon Niese, NYM ($13,412)
C: Salvador Perez, KC ($5,290)
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2B: Dee Gordon, LAD ($5,778)
SS: Chris Owings, ARI ($4,486)
3B: Pablo Sandoval, SF ($4,519)
OF: Wil Myers, TB ($5,669)