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Thursday Lineup Card: Scooting Along

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

1 – TB (Cesar Ramos – L) at BOS (Jake Peavy – R), 1:05 PM ET
2 – TB (Chris Archer – R) at BOS (Felix Doubront – L), 7:10 PM ET
1 – LAD (Dan Haren – R) at MIN (Mike Pelfrey – R), 1:10 PM ET
2 – LAD (Josh Beckett – R) at MIN (Kris Johnson – L), 7:10 PM ET
1 – PIT (Charlie Morton – R) at BAL (Bud Norris – R), 4:05 PM ET
2 – PIT (Brandon Cumpton – R) at BAL (Chris Tillman – R), 7:35 PM ET
SEA (Roenis Elias – L) at NYY (Hiroki Kuroda – R), 7:05 PM ET
MIL (Marco Estrada – R) at CIN (Homer Bailey – R), 7:10 PM ET
ATL (Ervin Santana – R) at MIA (Henderson Alvarez – L), 7:10 PM ET
TOR (Mark Buehrle – L) at KC (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 8:10 PM ET
NYM (Bartolo Colon – R) at COL (Juan Nicasio – R), 8:40 PM ET

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Alex Avila, C, DET – (Back) He is hopeful he can play Friday.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL – (Oblique) Stayed out of lineup Wednesday, DL could be a possibility.
Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR – (Shin) Left Wednesday with contusion, x-rays negative.
Bruce Chen, P, KC – (Back) Will throw Thursday, could make scheduled start Saturday.
Matt Garza, P, MIL – (Hand) Diagnosed with thumb contusion after Wednesday’s start.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE – (Abdomen) Could land on DL.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS – (Quadriceps) Out of lineup Wednesday with soreness.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR – (Back) Out of lineup Wednesday with stiffness.
Donnie Murphy, 3B, TEX – (Foot) Out of Wednesday’s lineup for second straight day.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL – (Elbow) Said he will return to lineup Thursday.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL – (Head) Not in Wednesday’s lineup, but was a pinch hitter again.

Players on the DL
Sean Burnett, P, LAA – (Elbow) Throwing in extended spring training.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC – (Groin) No soreness, could rehab this weekend.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL – (Shoulder) Should be in line to start Sunday.
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN – (Head) Could return in a week, rehab appearance Thursday.
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL – (Elbow) Left Tuesday’s start, placed on DL with tightness.
Alex Cobb, P, TB – (Oblique) Threw off mound Wednesday for first time since going on DL.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL – (Hamstring) No timetable for return.
Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA – (Shoulder) Will throw in extended spring training game Friday.
Scott Feldman, P, HOU – (Biceps) Will throw in bullpen Sunday on day eligible to be activated.
Gavin Floyd, P, ATL – (Elbow) Must be activated Sunday, could be long man.
Jaime Garcia, P, STL – (Shoulder) Will make rehab start Sunday.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CHW – (Hand) Bruised hand has improved since Saturday.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, P, PHI – (Shoulder) Will stay stretched out rather than work as reliever.
A.J. Griffin, P, OAK – (Elbow) Had Tommy John surgery Wednesday.
Casey Janssen, P, TOR – (Back) Bullpen session Wednesday, another Friday, then rehab.
Casey Kelly, P, SD – (Elbow) Will make another rehab start this weekend.
Joe Kelly, P, STL – (Hamstring) Long tossed Tuesday, won’t be coming off DL when eligible Friday.
Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD – (Back) Allowed two runs, struck out nine in five innings at Double-A Wednesday, next start should be in Dodgers uniform.
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM – (Hamstring) Expected to rejoin Mets Thursday.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL – (Knee) Now due to be activated Thursday.
Jason Motte, P, STL – (Elbow) Will go on rehab at Double-A this weekend.
Darin Ruf, OF, PHI – (Oblique) Will start extended spring training games in two or three days.
Brendan Ryan, SS, NYY – (Back) Appeared in three games since beginning rehab, will remain in rehab for a while longer.
Chris Sale, P, CHW – (Arm) May make a rehab start before being activated, won’t be ready when eligible this weekend.
Logan Schafer, OF, MIL – (Hamstring) Rehab moved to Triple-A, should be activated Saturday.
Jacob Turner, P, MIA – (Shoulder) Will rejoin rotation Saturday.

Activated from the DL
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD (from paternity list)

Placed on the DL
Chad Billingsley, P, LAD – transferred to 60-day DL
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL

Called Up
Chad Bettis, P, COL
Ender Inciarte, OF, AZ
Miguel Olivo, C, LAD
Paco Rodriguez, P, LAD

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Tim Federowicz, C, LAD
Roger Kieschnick, OF, AZ
Tommy Medica, 1B, SD
Carlos Triunfel, SS, SEA

Closer Watch

Los Angeles Angels – Newly anointed closer Joe Smith notched saves against Cleveland, his former team, without incident both Monday and Tuesday. Smith allowed one hit and struck out two in the two innings.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Loney 1B TB @ BOS
1:05PM
J. Peavy 31 10 7 2 5 1 3 .323 .344 .677 1.021
B. Zobrist 2B TB @ BOS
1:05PM
J. Peavy 13 4 3 1 2 1 3 .308 .333 .692 1.026
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ MIN
1:10PM
M. Pelfrey 14 3 3 2 3 2 2 .214 .313 .714 1.027
M. Kemp OF LAD @ MIN
1:10PM
M. Pelfrey 11 6 1 0 0 0 2 .545 .545 .636 1.182
J. Kubel OF MIN vs LAD
1:10PM
D. Haren 18 6 3 1 5 0 0 .333 .333 .611 .944
J. Mauer C MIN vs LAD
1:10PM
D. Haren 26 10 3 1 6 2 3 .385 .414 .577 .991
K. Suzuki C MIN vs LAD
1:10PM
D. Haren 19 8 2 0 1 0 3 .421 .421 .526 .947
N. Walker 2B PIT @ BAL
4:05PM
B. Norris 21 9 2 1 1 5 4 .429 .538 .619 1.158
J. Upton OF ATL @ MIA
7:10PM
H. Alvarez 10 3 3 0 1 0 2 .300 .300 .600 .900
J. Bruce OF CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
M. Estrada 17 6 5 4 8 2 4 .353 .421 1.118 1.539
Z. Cozart SS CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
M. Estrada 13 3 2 2 2 0 3 .231 .231 .692 .923
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
M. Estrada 18 6 2 1 3 0 1 .333 .333 .556 .889
J. Votto 1B CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
M. Estrada 13 4 3 1 3 3 3 .308 .438 .692 1.130
R. Braun OF MIL @ CIN
7:10PM
H. Bailey 25 9 5 1 6 2 7 .360 .407 .640 1.047
S. Gennett 2B MIL @ CIN
7:10PM
H. Bailey 11 5 2 0 0 1 0 .455 .500 .636 1.136
R. Weeks 2B MIL @ CIN
7:10PM
H. Bailey 26 13 4 2 8 5 9 .500 .594 .808 1.401
B. Butler DH KC vs TOR
8:10PM
M. Buehrle 60 20 6 3 15 4 4 .333 .369 .533 .903
A. Gordon OF KC vs TOR
8:10PM
M. Buehrle 30 8 5 1 3 3 5 .267 .353 .500 .853
J. Bautista OF TOR @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 30 8 5 1 2 4 10 .267 .353 .533 .886
M. Cabrera OF TOR @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 37 13 7 1 8 0 4 .351 .351 .622 .973
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 30 11 6 2 3 2 2 .367 .412 .700 1.112
C. Getz 2B TOR @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 12 7 2 1 3 0 1 .583 .615 .917 1.532
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jake Peavy BOS vs TB
1:05PM
120 27 15 6 15 7 23 .225 .265 .464 .729
Cold Batter Matchups – May 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. DeJesus OF TB @ BOS
1:05PM
J. Peavy 22 3 1 0 3 2 8 .136 .208 .227 .436
Y. Escobar SS TB @ BOS
1:05PM
J. Peavy 10 1 0 0 0 1 1 .100 .182 .100 .282
E. Longoria 3B TB @ BOS
1:05PM
J. Peavy 15 3 2 1 2 0 1 .200 .200 .533 .733
M. Olivo C LAD @ MIN
1:10PM
M. Pelfrey 12 3 1 0 0 0 4 .250 .250 .333 .583
P. Alvarez 3B PIT @ BAL
4:05PM
B. Norris 14 2 2 1 3 0 10 .143 .143 .429 .571
J. Tabata OF PIT @ BAL
4:05PM
B. Norris 19 5 2 0 3 0 4 .263 .263 .421 .684
K. Seager 3B SEA @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 13 2 0 0 0 0 2 .154 .154 .154 .308
A. Simmons SS ATL @ MIA
7:10PM
H. Alvarez 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 .083 .083 .083 .167
R. Ludwick OF CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
M. Estrada 10 1 0 0 0 0 4 .100 .100 .100 .200
C. Gomez OF MIL @ CIN
7:10PM
H. Bailey 20 3 0 0 1 1 4 .150 .190 .150 .340
J. Segura SS MIL @ CIN
7:10PM
H. Bailey 15 3 1 0 1 1 1 .200 .294 .267 .561
O. Infante 2B KC vs TOR
8:10PM
M. Buehrle 17 2 0 0 1 0 2 .118 .118 .118 .235
D. Navarro C TOR @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 15 3 0 0 1 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400
J. Morneau 1B COL vs NYM
8:40PM
B. Colon 11 0 0 0 1 2 4 .000 .143 .000 .143
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Dan Haren LAD @ MIN
1:10PM
76 30 10 2 13 3 6 .395 .412 .575 .987
Homer Bailey CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
174 54 20 7 29 18 36 .310 .380 .507 .888
Marco Estrada MIL @ CIN
7:10PM
85 20 12 8 16 5 19 .235 .278 .581 .859
Jeremy Guthrie KC vs TOR
8:10PM
145 49 24 8 23 7 23 .338 .376 .626 1.003


Recommended Pickup

Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL – After opening the season hitting low in the Brewers order, Gennett has seen opportunities to take Jean Segura’s No. 2 slot between Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun. That is a pretty good place to land. With Braun out indefinitely, the Brewers turned to Gennett to hit No. 3. That shows how committed the organization is to Gennett. Gennett is hitting .296/.337/.407 on the season, not bad for a middle infielder in his first full season at the MLB level. Do not forget he emerged with a .324/.356/.479 slash in 69 games in 2013.

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