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Sunday Lineup Card: Chapman's Return

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Angels (Jered Weaver - R) at Blue Jays (Drew Hutchinson - R), 1:07
Twins (Samuel Deduno - R) at Tigers (Robbie Ray - L), 1:08
Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R) at Reds (Homer Bailey - R), 1:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) at Mets (Jon Niese - L), 1:10
Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R) at Braves (Aaron Harang - R), 1:35
Astros (Jarred Cosart - R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman - R), 1:35
Indians (Josh Tomin - R) at Rays (Chris Archer - R), 1:40
Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson - R) at White Sox (Hector Noesi - R), 2:10
Yankees (David Phelps - R) at Brewers (Matt Garza - R), 2:10
Red Sox (John Lackey - R) at Rangers (Robbie Ross Jr. - L), 3:05
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Athletics (Scott Kazmir - L), 4:05
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at Mariners (Roenis Elias - L), 4:10
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez - R) at Padres (Robbie Erlin - L), 4:10
Giants (Tim Hudson - R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L), 4:10
Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton - R), 8:05

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

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD - (Hamstring) Status remains uncertain even after running indoors Saturday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS - (Quadriceps) MRI on Saturday may mean he will go to the DL.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA - (Illness) Did not start Saturday.
Omar Infante, 2B, KC - (Back) Didnĺt start for the fourth straight game Saturday.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (Back) Returned to lineup Saturday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK - (Neck) Didnĺt play Saturday because of strain.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN - (Hand) Expected to start Sunday by manager.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD - (Hamstring) Wasnĺt in starting lineup Saturday because of a mild strain.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR - (Hamstring) Will play 2B against right-handed pitchers.
Shawn Kelley, P, NYY - (Back) MRI on Friday came back negative.
Lucas Duda, OF, NYM - (Illness) Sat out Saturdayĺs game because of food poisoning.

Players on the DL

Tony Cingrani, P, CIN - (Shoulder) Could return to the Reds rotation by May 17.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL - (Oblique) Not a sure thing to return from disabled list when first eligible.
Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB - (Elbow) Threw bullpen session Saturday.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD - (Knee) Continues rehab assignment Sunday.
Chris Sale, P, CWS - (Arm) Threw four innings Saturday in a simulated game.
Jonny Venters, P, ATL - (Elbow) Expected to throw first live batting practice session Friday.
Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT - (Knee) Expected to come off disabled list Thursday.
Mat Latos, P, CIN - (Elbow) Scheduled for a bullpen session Sunday.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN - (Hamstring) ôExtremely unlikelyö to be activated Sunday.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL - (Oblique) Will begin rehab assignment soon.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF - (Back) Transfered from 15-day to 60-day DL.
Jordan Walden, P, ATL - (Hamstring) Placed on the 15-day DL because of a strain.
Casey Janssen, P, TOR - (Back) Pitched one inning in a rehab game Saturday.
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD - (Knee) Begins rehab assignment at Triple-A on Sunday.
Jaime Garcia, P, STL - (Shoulder) Will throw in a rehab game Monday at Triple-A.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF - (Thumb) Expected to miss six weeks.
Anibal Sanchez, P, DET - (Finger) Will pitch simulated game Tuesday.
Jason Motte, P, STL - (Elbow) Pitched in third rehab game at Double-A on Friday.
Steven Wright, P, BOS - (Hernia) Threw in extended spring training Tuesday.
Joe Saunders, P, TEX - (Ankle) Requested two more rehab starts.

Placed on the DL

Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
Jordan Walden, P, ATL

Activated Fom the DL

Matt Cain, P, SF
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN

Called Up

Frank Francisco, P, CWS
Tyler Colvin, OF, SF
Ian Thomas, P, ATL
Eric Campbell, 1B, NYM

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

Curtis Partch, P, CIN
George Kontos, P, SF
Hector Ambriz, P, SD
Kevin Quackenbush, P, SD
Josh Satin, 1B, NYM

Closer Watch

Braves - Craig Kimbrel must not have been happy with himself Friday night when he blew the save in the bottom of the ninth after Julio Teheran threw eight innings of one run, one hit ball. Fortunately for the Braves Freddie Freeman bailed out the team with a walk off single in the bottom of the tenth. Even after the blown save, Kimbrelĺs second the season, the Braves closer still has nine saves with a 2.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Compared to his career averages of a 1.46 ERA and 0.92 WHIP Kimbrel is having an off year, but it would take a long stretch of poor performances before there is even a thought of having someone else close for the Braves.

Reds - Jonathan Broxton blew his first save of 2014 on Friday which was the day before the Reds activated Ardolis Chapman from the disabled list. Broxton gave up the one run lead his team gave him for the top of the ninth against the Rockies on a double to Justin Morneau, but the Reds in turn gave Broxton his first win of the season from a Joey Votto walk off homer in the bottom of the same frame. Broxton will move to the setup role for the Reds, and Chapman will return as the closer where he has dominated by recording 38 saves each of the past two seasons.
Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Mayá11,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Lind 1B TORávsáLAA
1:07PM
J. Weaver 24 7 4 2 6 0 4 .292 .292 .625 .917
T. Tulowitzki SS COLá@áCIN
1:10PM
H. Bailey 12 5 1 0 2 2 2 .417 .500 .500 1.000
J. Lagares OF NYMávsáPHI
1:10PM
C. Hamels 13 5 3 0 2 2 3 .385 .467 .615 1.082
D. Murphy 2B NYMávsáPHI
1:10PM
C. Hamels 37 15 3 1 6 0 7 .405 .405 .541 .946
D. Wright 3B NYMávsáPHI
1:10PM
C. Hamels 66 22 9 5 15 4 15 .333 .371 .636 1.008
C. Young OF NYMávsáPHI
1:10PM
C. Hamels 16 5 2 1 3 1 5 .313 .389 .563 .951
J. Mayberry OF PHIá@áNYM
1:10PM
J. Niese 34 9 5 3 7 0 4 .265 .257 .588 .845
J. Nix 3B PHIá@áNYM
1:10PM
J. Niese 10 4 0 0 1 0 3 .400 .400 .400 .800
C. Ruiz C PHIá@áNYM
1:10PM
J. Niese 23 8 2 1 3 3 5 .348 .423 .522 .945
F. Freeman 1B ATLávsáCHC
1:35PM
E. Jackson 11 7 4 2 4 0 1 .636 .636 1.455 2.091
J. Heyward OF ATLávsáCHC
1:35PM
E. Jackson 14 4 1 1 3 2 3 .286 .375 .500 .875
J. Upton OF ATLávsáCHC
1:35PM
E. Jackson 11 6 3 1 2 1 3 .545 .583 1.000 1.583
J. Baker C CHCá@áATL
1:35PM
A. Harang 15 6 4 0 2 1 5 .400 .438 .667 1.104
S. Castro SS CHCá@áATL
1:35PM
A. Harang 13 5 2 1 3 0 2 .385 .385 .692 1.077
A. Beltre 3B TEXávsáBOS
3:05PM
J. Lackey 64 14 4 3 13 3 14 .219 .254 .375 .629
S. Choo OF TEXávsáBOS
3:05PM
J. Lackey 18 7 2 0 3 2 4 .389 .476 .556 1.032
A. Callaspo 3B OAKávsáWAS
4:05PM
G. Gonzalez 20 8 2 0 3 1 2 .400 .429 .550 .979
J. Lowrie SS OAKávsáWAS
4:05PM
G. Gonzalez 10 3 1 1 3 2 2 .300 .417 .600 1.017
C. Crawford OF LADávsáSF
4:10PM
T. Hudson 13 4 1 0 2 2 1 .308 .400 .462 .862
C. Figgins OF LADávsáSF
4:10PM
T. Hudson 14 6 1 0 3 2 2 .429 .500 .571 1.071
A. Gonzalez 1B LADávsáSF
4:10PM
T. Hudson 20 9 2 2 4 1 2 .450 .476 .750 1.226
M. Kemp OF LADávsáSF
4:10PM
T. Hudson 15 6 1 1 2 0 5 .400 .400 .600 1.000
R. Cano 2B SEAávsáKC
4:10PM
J. Guthrie 43 11 5 3 6 2 8 .256 .289 .512 .801
J. Smoak 1B SEAávsáKC
4:10PM
J. Guthrie 15 5 3 3 7 0 1 .333 .333 .933 1.267
P. Alvarez 3B PITávsáSTL
8:05PM
S. Miller 15 3 3 3 3 2 6 .200 .333 .800 1.133
S. Marte OF PITávsáSTL
8:05PM
S. Miller 12 4 3 0 2 1 0 .333 .385 .750 1.135
N. Walker 2B PITávsáSTL
8:05PM
S. Miller 13 5 3 0 1 1 1 .385 .429 .615 1.044
A. Craig 1B STLá@áPIT
8:05PM
C. Morton 18 9 2 0 2 3 3 .500 .591 .611 1.202
J. Jay OF STLá@áPIT
8:05PM
C. Morton 16 8 2 0 3 2 5 .500 .579 .625 1.204
Y. Molina C STLá@áPIT
8:05PM
C. Morton 19 8 4 0 6 0 1 .421 .421 .632 1.053
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Mayá11,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Clayton Kershaw LADávsáSF
4:10PM
229 44 9 1 12 9 51 .192 .225 .241 .466
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Mayá11,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Cabrera OF TORávsáLAA
1:07PM
J. Weaver 18 3 0 0 1 1 1 .167 .211 .167 .377
D. Navarro C TORávsáLAA
1:07PM
J. Weaver 11 1 0 0 0 1 4 .091 .167 .091 .258
A. Avila C DETávsáMIN
1:08PM
S. Deduno 10 1 0 0 1 1 4 .100 .182 .100 .282
M. Cabrera 3B DETávsáMIN
1:08PM
S. Deduno 10 2 0 0 3 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533
S. Schumaker 2B CINávsáCOL
1:10PM
J. Nicasio 10 1 0 0 0 1 1 .100 .182 .100 .282
C. Gonzalez OF COLá@áCIN
1:10PM
H. Bailey 10 2 0 0 1 1 4 .200 .308 .200 .508
L. Duda OF NYMávsáPHI
1:10PM
C. Hamels 13 1 0 0 0 5 7 .077 .333 .077 .410
E. Young Jr. OF NYMávsáPHI
1:10PM
C. Hamels 24 9 2 0 3 0 4 .375 .375 .458 .833
R. Howard 1B PHIá@áNYM
1:10PM
J. Niese 18 2 0 0 2 1 9 .111 .150 .111 .261
C. Utley 2B PHIá@áNYM
1:10PM
J. Niese 25 3 0 0 1 2 2 .120 .241 .120 .361
D. Uggla 2B ATLávsáCHC
1:35PM
E. Jackson 15 1 1 0 1 1 6 .067 .125 .133 .258
N. Schierholtz OF CHCá@áATL
1:35PM
A. Harang 12 3 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
B. Zobrist 2B TBávsáCLE
1:40PM
J. Tomlin 10 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000 .167 .000 .167
C. Beltran OF NYYá@áMIL
2:10PM
M. Garza 11 1 0 0 1 0 4 .091 .091 .091 .182
B. Roberts 2B NYYá@áMIL
2:10PM
M. Garza 31 4 2 2 3 2 6 .129 .182 .323 .504
I. Suzuki OF NYYá@áMIL
2:10PM
M. Garza 24 7 2 1 2 0 3 .292 .292 .458 .750
M. Teixeira 1B NYYá@áMIL
2:10PM
M. Garza 21 2 1 1 5 3 4 .095 .231 .238 .469
E. Andrus SS TEXávsáBOS
3:05PM
J. Lackey 31 6 2 0 3 1 5 .194 .219 .290 .509
J. Arencibia C TEXávsáBOS
3:05PM
J. Lackey 11 1 1 1 2 1 1 .091 .167 .364 .530
A. Rios OF TEXávsáBOS
3:05PM
J. Lackey 27 8 1 0 3 1 8 .296 .321 .333 .655
A. Ethier OF LADávsáSF
4:10PM
T. Hudson 23 4 4 0 1 1 0 .174 .208 .391 .600
M. Olivo C LADávsáSF
4:10PM
T. Hudson 20 2 2 1 1 0 6 .100 .100 .300 .400
J. Arias SS SFá@áLAD
4:10PM
C. Kershaw 22 4 1 0 1 1 3 .182 .217 .227 .445
G. Blanco OF SFá@áLAD
4:10PM
C. Kershaw 10 2 0 0 0 3 3 .200 .385 .200 .585
B. Crawford SS SFá@áLAD
4:10PM
C. Kershaw 14 1 0 0 0 0 6 .071 .071 .071 .143
H. Pence OF SFá@áLAD
4:10PM
C. Kershaw 38 3 0 0 1 0 7 .079 .079 .079 .158
B. Posey C SFá@áLAD
4:10PM
C. Kershaw 46 9 3 1 4 2 10 .196 .245 .304 .549
D. Descalso 2B STLá@áPIT
8:05PM
C. Morton 10 0 0 0 0 3 3 .000 .286 .000 .286
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Mayá11,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Cole Hamels PHIá@áNYM
1:10PM
213 68 21 7 32 17 55 .319 .372 .480 .853
Charlie Morton PITávsáSTL
8:05PM
107 40 11 1 17 13 17 .374 .455 .484 .938
Shelby Miller STLá@áPIT
8:05PM
83 22 12 4 8 7 15 .265 .330 .533 .863
Recommended Pickup

Roenis Elias, P, SEA - The Mariners may have found themselves a gem in their rookie Cuban-born southpaw. In Eliasĺ last two starts at the Yankees and at the Athletics he had 16 strikeouts, four earned runs, and two wins over 13.1 innings. Elias has a ERA at home almost a full point above his season average, so he may not be the best for a spot start this Sunday at home against the Royals for teams that have concerns about their ERA. For the more desperate fantasy teams looking for some last minute strikeouts Elias should be able to help out. Elias has a total of 37 strikeouts in 41.1 innings, approximately 8.0 K/9, in 2014 which is right on track with his minor league average of the same amount. If Elias is able to preform at the pitcher friendly confines of Safeco Field like he has on the road in his first Major League season he may develop into a mainstay of the Seattle rotation.

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