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Thursday Lineup Card: A New Day Rising?

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Game 1 – SD (Ian Kennedy – R) at CIN (Johnny Cueto – R), 12:35 PM ET
Game 2 – SD (Tyson Ross – R) at CIN (TBD – could be Jeff Francis – L), 6:10 PM ET
BOS (Clay Buchholz – R) at MIN (Phil Hughes – R), 1:10 PM ET
PIT (Wandy Rodriguez – L) at MIL (Yovani Gallardo – R), 1:10 PM ET
CHC (Jason Hammel – R) at STL (Michael Wacha – R), 1:45 PM ET
CLE (Danny Salazar – R) at TOR (J.A. Happ – L), 7:07 PM ET
NYY (Chase Whitley – R) at NYM (Jacob deGrom – R), 7:10 PM ET
BAL (Wei-Yin Chen – L) at KC (Yordano Ventura – R), 8:10 PM ET
TB (Erik Bedard – L) at LAA (Tyler Skaggs – L), 10:05 PM ET
MIA (Nathan Eovaldi – R) at SF (Matt Cain – R), 10:15 PM ET

Day Game After Night Game: BOS/MIN, PIT/MIL, CHC/STL

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE – (Back) Left Wednesday’s game as a precaution with tightness.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK – (Neck) Could be available off the bench.
Travis d’Arnaud, C, NYM – (Head) Has concussion symptoms, will miss a few days, 7-day DL could make sense.
Casey Fien, P, MIN – (Arm) Recovering from contusion, should avoid DL and be available soon.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT – (Back) Says he feels better Wednesday and can avoid DL.
Nyjer Morgan, OF, CLE – (Knee) Left Wednesday’s game with mild sprain.
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR – (Personal) Placed on bereavement list, could be back for weekend series.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF – (Knee) Should start Thursday.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR – (Hamstring) Out of lineup Wednesday for second game in a row.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF – (Toe) Left Wednesday’s game with soreness.
Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY – (Back) Could have been available off bench Wednesday, remains day-to-day.
Chris Tillman, P, BAL – (Groin) Cleared for Friday start.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD – (Hamstring) Should be penciled in to start Friday.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL – (Illness) Recalled but was not available Wednesday.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB – (Thumb) DL decision coming Thursday.

Players on the DL
Matt Albers, P, HOU – (Shoulder) Had cortisone shot, out 10 days.
Michael Almanzar, 3B, BAL – (Knee) Will be examined by Mets doc Thursday, no timetable known.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF – (Thumb) Had surgery on thumb, out six weeks.
Tony Cingrani, P, CIN – (Shoulder) No longer expected to be able to return to start Saturday.
Jose Cisnero, P, HOU – (Elbow) Will have Tommy John surgery.
Bruce Chen, P, KC – (Back) At least one more side session before starting rehab.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL – (Hamstring) Ran bases, heading to extended spring training, could be back as soon as May 20.
Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA – (Shoulder) Had setback on rehab, heading back to California to be examined.
Adam Eaton, OF, CHW – (Hamstring) Rehab has begun, should be activated Sunday.
Edgmer Escalona, P, BAL – (Shoulder) Threw batting practice, could be on cusp of long rehab.
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA – (Elbow) Should have Tommy John surgery by end of week.
Jaime Garcia, P, STL – (Shoulder) Should start Sunday’s game after just two rehab starts.
Dillon Gee, P, NYM – (Back) Was to make Thursday start but placed on DL instead.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, P, PHI – (Shoulder) Will finally begin rehab Thursday.
Jason Grilli, P, PIT – (Oblique) Threw simulated game, rehab possibility not determined.
Matt Harrison, P, TEX – (Back) Returned to DL with nerve irritation and displaced vertebra.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS – (Quadriceps) Should return from DL when eligible May 25.
Mat Latos, P, CIN – (Elbow) Several more throwing sessions before rehab can begin.
Tyler Lyons, P, STL – (Shoulder) Will have MRI in next few days.
Russell Martin, C, PIT – (Leg) Took batting practice Wednesday, team wants him to rehab.
Jason Motte, P, STL – (Elbow) Scoreless inning in first outing at Triple-A during rehab, activation could happen fairly soon.
Ross Ohlendorf, P, WAS – (Back) Hit hard in Wednesday rehab start.
James Paxton, P, SEA – (Back) Threw all pitches in bullpen session, could begin rehab soon.
Mike Pelfrey, P, MIN – (Groin) Will make rehab start Friday, could be long rehab.
Martin Perez, P, TEX – (Elbow) Has UCL tear, Tommy John a possibility.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL – (Neck) Could be approaching start of rehab assignment.
Wilin Rosario, OF, COL – (Illness) Could be back within a week.
Darin Ruf, OF, PHI – (Oblique) Rehab will go through Saturday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD – (Shoulder) Simulated game should be next step in recovery.
C.C. Sabathia, P, NYY – (Knee) Getting extensive treatment for knee.
Taijuan Walker, P, SEA – (Shoulder) Threw 40 fastballs/changeups, curveballs should be added to next session.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN – (Wrist) Should begin rehab Saturday, could return to Twins in a week.

Activated from the DL
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
Jeff Keppinger, 3B, CHW (designated for assignment)
Dale Thayer, P, SD
Jose Veras, P, CHC

Placed on the DL
Anthony Bass, P, HOU
Dillon Gee, P, NYM
Matt Harrison, P, TEX
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR (bereavement list)
Martin Perez, P, TEX
Zac Rosscup, P, CHC

Called Up
Scott Baker, P, TEX
Anthony DeSclafani, P, MIA
Josh Fields, P, HOU
Kevin Gausman, P, BAL
Erik Kratz, C, TOR
Miles Mikolas, P, TEX
Rafael Montero, P, NYM
Nick Tepesch, P, TEX
Neil Wagner, P, TOR
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN
Greg Garcia, SS, STL
Justin Germano, P, TEX (designated for assignment)
Preston Guilmet, P, BAL
Chad Jenkins, P, TOR
Dan Jennings, P, MIA
Jeff Keppinger, 3B, CHW (designated for assignment)
Miguel Olivo, C, LAD
Kevin Quackenbush, P, SD
Henry Rodriguez, P, MIA (designated for assignment)

Called Up
Randy Wolf, P, MIA

Closer Watch

Baltimore – Tommy Hunter blew a save for the second outing in a row Tuesday. There was no save situation Wednesday, but manager Buck Showalter did not commit to Hunter as the closer before the game. It still looks like Hunter is the man for now, but the leash is much shorter than it was a week ago. Darren O’Day would be next in line for saves, but keep in mind the Orioles stuck with Jim Johnson through thick and thin last year.

Los Angeles Angels – Ernesto Frieri notched Tuesday’s save, but Joe Smith picked up the save Wednesday. The two continue to share closing duties.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Carp OF BOS @ MIN
1:10PM
P. Hughes 10 5 2 1 2 3 2 .500 .615 .900 1.515
D. Ortiz DH BOS @ MIN
1:10PM
P. Hughes 22 9 5 2 7 4 5 .409 .481 .818 1.300
D. Pedroia 2B BOS @ MIN
1:10PM
P. Hughes 28 8 4 3 9 2 4 .286 .333 .643 .976
R. Braun OF MIL vs PIT
1:10PM
W. Rodriguez 49 18 12 4 11 7 7 .367 .446 .776 1.222
J. Lucroy C MIL vs PIT
1:10PM
W. Rodriguez 21 7 5 1 5 1 3 .333 .348 .714 1.062
L. Overbay 1B MIL vs PIT
1:10PM
W. Rodriguez 18 8 3 0 1 0 3 .444 .444 .611 1.056
R. Weeks 2B MIL vs PIT
1:10PM
W. Rodriguez 47 14 5 2 4 9 10 .298 .431 .489 .920
J. Mauer C MIN vs BOS
1:10PM
C. Buchholz 13 5 3 0 1 2 0 .385 .467 .615 1.082
K. Suzuki C MIN vs BOS
1:10PM
C. Buchholz 12 6 1 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 .583 1.083
A. McCutchen OF PIT @ MIL
1:10PM
Y. Gallardo 43 14 7 3 7 2 3 .326 .356 .651 1.007
J. Jay OF STL vs CHC
1:45PM
J. Samardzija 18 8 0 0 2 1 4 .444 .474 .444 .918
Y. Molina C STL vs CHC
1:45PM
J. Samardzija 20 10 1 0 3 1 2 .500 .545 .550 1.095
B. Butler DH KC vs BAL
8:10PM
W. Chen 15 8 5 2 4 1 2 .533 .563 1.200 1.763
E. Hosmer 1B KC vs BAL
8:10PM
W. Chen 14 6 3 2 5 1 0 .429 .467 .929 1.395
G. Jones 1B MIA @ SF
10:15PM
M. Cain 19 6 3 2 3 2 6 .316 .381 .684 1.065
G. Stanton OF MIA @ SF
10:15PM
M. Cain 17 5 3 3 5 4 5 .294 .429 .824 1.252
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Yovani Gallardo MIL vs PIT
1:10PM
211 43 16 4 19 25 54 .204 .291 .318 .609
Cold Batter Matchups – May 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Pierzynski C BOS @ MIN
1:10PM
P. Hughes 18 3 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333
C. Gomez OF MIL vs PIT
1:10PM
W. Rodriguez 37 5 1 0 0 1 15 .135 .158 .162 .320
J. Segura SS MIL vs PIT
1:10PM
W. Rodriguez 15 3 2 1 2 2 2 .200 .294 .467 .761
T. Plouffe 3B MIN vs BOS
1:10PM
C. Buchholz 10 1 1 0 0 1 3 .100 .182 .200 .382
P. Alvarez 3B PIT @ MIL
1:10PM
Y. Gallardo 24 2 1 0 2 5 10 .083 .241 .125 .366
C. Barmes SS PIT @ MIL
1:10PM
Y. Gallardo 20 1 0 0 0 2 6 .050 .136 .050 .186
S. Marte OF PIT @ MIL
1:10PM
Y. Gallardo 16 3 2 0 1 2 8 .188 .278 .313 .590
J. Mercer SS PIT @ MIL
1:10PM
Y. Gallardo 13 4 2 0 1 0 5 .308 .308 .538 .846
S. Castro SS CHC @ STL
1:45PM
L. Lynn 30 10 4 0 3 0 5 .333 .333 .500 .833
N. Schierholtz OF CHC @ STL
1:45PM
L. Lynn 14 1 1 1 2 0 3 .071 .071 .286 .357
L. Valbuena 3B CHC @ STL
1:45PM
L. Lynn 11 1 1 1 2 5 4 .091 .375 .364 .739
M. Carpenter 3B STL vs CHC
1:45PM
J. Samardzija 16 3 1 0 2 3 2 .188 .316 .313 .628
D. Descalso 2B STL vs CHC
1:45PM
J. Samardzija 11 2 1 0 2 2 2 .182 .286 .273 .558
M. Holliday OF STL vs CHC
1:45PM
J. Samardzija 20 4 0 0 0 4 1 .200 .333 .200 .533
L. Cain OF KC vs BAL
8:10PM
W. Chen 10 3 0 0 0 0 3 .300 .300 .300 .600
A. Gordon OF KC vs BAL
8:10PM
W. Chen 13 3 1 1 1 0 5 .231 .231 .462 .692
S. Perez C KC vs BAL
8:10PM
W. Chen 11 1 0 0 1 0 0 .091 .083 .091 .174
R. Ibanez OF LAA vs TB
10:05PM
E. Bedard 12 1 0 0 0 7 5 .083 .421 .083 .504
H. Kendrick 2B LAA vs TB
10:05PM
E. Bedard 14 3 0 0 1 0 3 .214 .214 .214 .429
J. Baker OF MIA @ SF
10:15PM
M. Cain 11 2 0 0 0 0 4 .182 .182 .182 .364
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Wandy Rodriguez PIT @ MIL
1:10PM
202 59 30 9 30 23 44 .292 .366 .542 .908
Phil Hughes MIN vs BOS
1:10PM
106 34 15 9 25 9 20 .321 .370 .646 1.015
Jeff Samardzija CHC @ STL
1:45PM
120 38 7 0 10 12 20 .317 .380 .373 .753
Wei-Yin Chen BAL @ KC
8:10PM
104 33 13 5 14 3 16 .317 .336 .571 .907

Recommended Pickup

Darren O’Day, P, BAL – No, O’Day has not claimed the closer’s job in Baltimore, but he could be close. Tommy Hunter does not have a 1-2-3 inning to his name this season and he has blown his last two save opportunities. His 6.60 ERA and 1.87 WHIP make it hard to believe it took this long to blow four saves. O’Day has been everything Hunter has not, allowing one run in 15 innings. If the Orioles give someone else an opportunity it will be O’Day.

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SP: Tyler Skaggs, TB ($12,703)
C: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, MIA ($3,853)
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SS: Jhonny Peralta, STL ($5,401)
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