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Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

TB (Jake Odorizzi – R) at NYY (Masahiro Tanaka – R), 1:05 PM ET
STL (Michael Wacha – R) at CHC (Jake Arrieta – R), 1:05 PM ET
OAK (Tommy Milone – L) at BOS (Jon Lester – L), 1:35 PM ET
BAL (Wei-Yin Chen – L) at MIN (Kevin Correia – R), 2:10 PM ET
SEA (Hisashi Iwakuma – R) at HOU (Dallas Keuchel – L), 4:10 PM ET
CHW (Scott Carroll – R) at CLE (Justin Masterson – R), 6:05 PM ET
WAS (Tanner Roark – R) at PHI (A.J. Burnett – R), 7:05 PM ET
TOR (R.A. Dickey – R) at PIT (Francisco Liriano – L), 7:05 PM ET
DET (Drew Smyly – L) at KC (Danny Duffy – L), 7:10 PM ET
SF (Ryan Vogelsong – R) at ATL (Julio Teheran – R), 7:10 PM ET
MIL (Yovani Gallardo – R) at CIN (Johnny Cueto – R), 7:10 PM ET
LAD (Paul Maholm – L) at MIA (Jacob Turner – R), 7:10 PM ET
NYM (Jenrry Mejia – R) at COL (Franklin Morales – L), 8:10 PM ET
AZ (Brandon McCarthy – R) at SD (Ian Kennedy – R), 8:40 PM ET
TEX (Matt Harrison – L) at LAA (Garrett Richards – R), 9:05 PM ET

Day Game After Night Game: TB/NYY, OAK/BOS, BAL/MIN, SEA/HOU

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jeff Baker, OF, MIA – (Illness) Day-to-day with flu.
Robinson Chirnos, C, TEX – (Illness) Scratched Friday with stomach virus.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL – (Finger) Out of lineup Friday, says he can return Saturday.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN – (Hand) Cannot grip bat, available to pinch run but could be placed on DL.
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR – (Quadricpes) Out Friday with tightness.

Players on the DL
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN – (Wrist) Not healthy enough to rejoin team even with Aaron Hicks placed on DL Friday.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL – (Oblique) “Not close,” to playing, said manager Roenicke. Could be placed on DL Saturday.
Sean Burnett, P, LAA – (Elbow) Should throw simulated game Saturday, still no timetable for return.
Matt Cain, P, SF – (Finger) Threw bullpen session Friday, should make Monday’s start.
Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA – (Ankle) At least a couple weeks away from return.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL – (Shoulder) Should be activated and start Sunday.
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN – (Head) Good Thursday rehab, looks like he can return by next weekend.
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL – (Elbow) Has inflammation.
Bruce Chen, P, KC – (Back) Placed on DL after he was ruled out for Saturday’s start.
Alex Cobb, P, TB – (Oblique) Timetable could be pushed to early-June.
Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA – (Shoulder) Good velocity in extended spring start Thursday, looks like minor league rehab will begin soon.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET – (Back) Cleared for light activity, still due back in June.
Adam Eaton, OF, CHW – (Hamstring) Left Friday’s game with right hamstring injury, now both hamstrings hurt.
Scott Feldman, P, HOU – (Biceps) Will throw simulated game Sunday, could start Friday.
Doug Fister, P, WAS – (Back) Due back Wednesday, says he can go deep in game but Nationals might be more cautious.
Gavin Floyd, P, ATL – (Elbow) Will be activated Sunday, starting/relieving role remains uncertain.
David Freese, 3B, LAA – (Finger)
Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA – (Hamstring) Aggravated injury in rehab Friday.
Matt Garza, P, MIL – (Hand) Should make next start Monday.
Scott Hairston, OF, WAS – (Oblique) Could return within a week.
Joel Hanrahan, P, DET – (Elbow) Signed Friday, will rehab in minors.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD – (Calf) Should return after minimum DL time on May 10.
Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB – (Elbow) Expected to be back with Rays late in June.
Jim Henderson, P, MIL – (Shoulder) Placed on DL with inflammation.
Casey Janssen, P, TOR – (Back) Threw side session Friday, will begin minor league rehab Monday.
Casey Kelly, P, SD – (Elbow) Will make rehab start at High-A Saturday.
Joe Kelly, P, STL – (Hamstring) Threw off mound Friday, probably at least a couple of weeks away from return.
Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD – (Back) Should be activated Tuesday.
Jeff Keppinger, 3B, CHW – (Shoulder) Began rehab Friday.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE – (Abdomen) Placed on DL Friday, hoping to return for Memorial Day.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEX – (Back) Will have back surgery and miss at least two months.
Adam Lind, OF, TOR – (Back) Could be activated Wednesday.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD – (Knee) Will begin rehab at High-A Saturday.
Felipe Paulino, P, CHW – (Shoulder) Will begin rehab Saturday, should need just one or two starts.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS – (Wrist) Played three innings in extended spring training.
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COL – (Illness) Placed on DL Friday with viral infection.
Brendan Ryan, SS, NYY (Back) Due back early next week.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD – (Shoulder) Placed on DL Friday with inflammation.
Chris Sale, P, CHW – (Arm) Played catch Friday, should pitch in bullpen Monday.
Logan Schafer, OF, MIL – (Hamstring) Should be activated Saturday.
Ryan Sweeney, OF, CHC – (Hamstring) Will get an MRI and probably won’t be available Saturday.
Jose Veras, P, CHC – (Oblique) Should begin rehab any day with Double-A.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN – (Wrist) Could swing a bat Saturday and then reveal a timetable.

Activated from the DL
Mike Minor, P, ATL

Placed on the DL
Bruce Chen, P, KC
Jesse Crain, P, HOU (transferred to 60-day DL)
Jim Henderson, P, MIL
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN (7-day DL)
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COL
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD

Claimed Off Waivers/Signed
Vance Albitz, 2B, LAA
Odrisamer Despaigne, P, SD
Joel Hanrahan, P, DET, placed on DL
Tony Sipp, P, HOU

Called Up
Brad Brach, P, BAL
Aaron Brooks, KC
Logan Darnell, P, MIN
Jose Dominguez, P, LAD
Chone Figgins, OF, LAD
Caleb Gindl, OF, MIL
Grant Green, 2B, LAA
Eric Kratz, P, TOR
Alfredo Marte, OF, AZ
Red Patterson, P, LAD
Jose Ramirez, 2B, CLE
Paco Rodriguez, P, LAD
Ryan Wheeler, 1B, COL

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Brad Boxberger, P, TB
Drake Britton, P, BOS
Tony Campana, OF, AZ
Paul Clemens, P, HOU
Chad Jenkins, P, TOR
Kris Johnson, P, MIN
Evan Meek, P, BAL
Gus Schlosser, P, ATL
Josh Stinson, P, BAL

Closer Watch

Chicago Cubs – Hector Rondon appears to have the inside track at closing after shutting the door Friday against the Cardinals. It was Rondon’s second save and he has allowed one earned run in 14.1 innings this season.

Toronto – Another day, another miserable outing for Sergio Santos on Friday. Casey Janssen is set to begin a minor league rehab Monday and he cannot return soon enough to resolve this volatile closing situation.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Hardy SS BAL @ MIN
2:10PM
K. Correia 11 4 1 0 3 0 1 .364 .417 .455 .871
J. Harrison OF PIT vs TOR
7:05PM
R. Dickey 14 6 2 0 1 1 2 .429 .467 .643 1.110
G. Sanchez 1B PIT vs TOR
7:05PM
R. Dickey 21 8 6 1 7 2 3 .381 .417 .762 1.179
C. Getz 2B TOR @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 10 4 0 0 1 0 1 .400 .400 .400 .800
A. LaRoche 1B WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 23 8 3 1 5 3 8 .348 .444 .565 1.010
J. Werth OF WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 13 2 2 2 3 2 6 .154 .267 .615 .882
F. Freeman 1B ATL vs SF
7:10PM
R. Vogelsong 10 4 2 2 3 0 1 .400 .400 1.000 1.400
J. Upton OF ATL vs SF
7:10PM
R. Vogelsong 16 5 3 0 2 2 8 .313 .421 .563 .984
J. Bruce OF CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
Y. Gallardo 39 14 5 2 9 3 9 .359 .419 .590 1.008
T. Frazier 3B CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
Y. Gallardo 18 6 1 1 2 1 2 .333 .368 .500 .868
R. Ludwick OF CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
Y. Gallardo 26 9 4 3 10 6 2 .346 .469 .731 1.200
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
Y. Gallardo 51 16 5 2 7 3 6 .314 .364 .490 .854
J. Votto 1B CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
Y. Gallardo 37 10 5 1 11 9 4 .270 .404 .459 .864
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ KC
7:10PM
D. Duffy 13 4 2 0 2 4 3 .308 .471 .462 .932
J. Baker OF MIA vs LAD
7:10PM
P. Maholm 20 8 4 0 4 0 1 .400 .381 .600 .981
R. Johnson OF MIA vs LAD
7:10PM
P. Maholm 15 8 3 0 0 1 1 .533 .611 .733 1.344
C. McGehee 3B MIA vs LAD
7:10PM
P. Maholm 23 7 2 1 4 4 2 .304 .407 .522 .929
A. Ramirez 3B MIL @ CIN
7:10PM
J. Cueto 39 13 8 4 10 6 6 .333 .458 .744 1.202
C. Young OF NYM @ COL
8:10PM
F. Morales 10 2 2 1 2 2 1 .200 .333 .600 .933
H. Kendrick 2B LAA vs TEX
9:05PM
M. Harrison 17 5 3 1 1 2 2 .294 .368 .588 .957
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Danny Duffy KC vs DET
7:10PM
60 12 6 2 6 12 14 .200 .333 .378 .711
Cold Batter Matchups – May 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Callaspo 3B OAK @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 10 2 1 0 1 2 2 .200 .333 .300 .633
C. Crisp OF OAK @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 10 2 1 1 2 1 3 .200 .250 .500 .750
N. Punto 2B OAK @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 13 3 0 0 2 0 3 .231 .231 .231 .462
C. Carter OF HOU vs SEA
4:10PM
H. Iwakuma 12 2 1 0 0 2 6 .167 .286 .250 .536
J. Castro C HOU vs SEA
4:10PM
H. Iwakuma 11 2 0 0 1 1 4 .182 .250 .182 .432
A. Ramirez SS CWS @ CLE
6:05PM
J. Masterson 51 9 2 1 2 3 7 .176 .236 .255 .491
D. Viciedo OF CWS @ CLE
6:05PM
J. Masterson 14 0 0 0 0 1 6 .000 .067 .000 .067
P. Alvarez 3B PIT vs TOR
7:05PM
R. Dickey 10 1 0 0 0 1 3 .100 .182 .100 .282
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs TOR
7:05PM
R. Dickey 15 2 0 0 1 2 7 .133 .263 .133 .396
N. Walker 2B PIT vs TOR
7:05PM
R. Dickey 12 2 0 0 2 1 4 .167 .231 .167 .397
I. Desmond SS WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 10 1 0 0 0 1 4 .100 .182 .100 .282
D. Span OF WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 27 8 1 0 1 1 9 .296 .321 .333 .655
A. Jackson OF DET @ KC
7:10PM
D. Duffy 13 2 2 1 1 3 4 .154 .313 .462 .774
V. Martinez DH DET @ KC
7:10PM
D. Duffy 11 2 0 0 2 1 1 .182 .250 .182 .432
A. Gordon OF KC vs DET
7:10PM
D. Smyly 12 1 0 0 1 1 7 .083 .154 .083 .237
D. Solano 2B MIA vs LAD
7:10PM
P. Maholm 13 2 1 0 0 0 2 .154 .154 .308 .462
R. Braun OF MIL @ CIN
7:10PM
J. Cueto 35 8 2 0 0 1 10 .229 .250 .286 .536
R. Weeks 2B MIL @ CIN
7:10PM
J. Cueto 31 6 2 0 1 5 9 .194 .306 .290 .596
E. Aybar SS LAA vs TEX
9:05PM
M. Harrison 18 3 3 0 4 3 0 .167 .261 .333 .594
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Paul Maholm LAD @ MIA
7:10PM
95 33 13 2 12 11 12 .347 .421 .555 .977
Yovani Gallardo MIL @ CIN
7:10PM
207 65 22 10 43 24 31 .314 .387 .520 .907
Matt Harrison TEX @ LAA
9:05PM
73 18 10 2 10 10 7 .247 .331 .461 .792


Recommended Pickup

Garrett Richards, P, LAA – Richards cannot fly under the radar for much longer if he keeps up his current pace. He has allowed two runs or less in four of five starts this season and he has a pretty good offense behind him. The one red flag is the .147 batting average allowed, which is certainly unsustainable. While there will be some regression, Richards keeps the ball in the park and his strikeout rate has improved. He has allowed one home run in 32 IP and has 8.7 K/9 compared to his 6.3 K/9 last year.

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