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Dave Hunter

Dave Hunter

Dave, a long-time veteran of fantasy sports, began his career in 2004 at TalentedMrRoto.com. After a recent seven-year stint at ESPN.com managing the fantasy Q&A platform "The Answer Guys," Dave’s writings have appeared on ESPN.com, SI.com, MLB.com, and other sites. Thrilled to be with RotoWire, Dave will try to keep his priorities straight by not ignoring his wife, two kids and menagerie of animals.

Projected Starters - A look at Friday’s matchups (all times Eastern)

Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija – R), 2:20
Reds (Alfredo Simon – R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R), 7:05
Mets (Jon Niese – L) at Nationals (Tanner Roark – R), 7:05
Athletics (Sonny Gray – R) at Indians (Zach McAllister – R), 7:05
Pirates (Edinson Volquez – R) at Yankees (David Phelps – R), 7:05
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester – L), 7:10
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison – R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish – R), 8:05
White Sox (Jose Quintana – L) at Astros (Collin McHugh – R), 8:10
Orioles (Chris Tillman – R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 8:10
Mariners (Chris Young – R) at Twins (Kyle Gibson – R), 8:10
Braves (Ervin Santana – R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R), 8:15
Padres (Eric Stults – L) at Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa – L), 8:40
Dodgers (Zack Greinke – R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L), 9:40
Rays (Chris Archer – R) at Angels (Jered Weaver – R), 10:05
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez – R) at Giants (Tim Hudson – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT (Foot) – Suffered a mild injury to foot while running to first base.
Tim Hudson, SP, SF (Hip) – Will skip his Friday start due to injury, but should be ready for his next turn in the rotation.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (Back) – May miss Friday’s game after not being in the starting lineup on Thursday.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL (Illness) – Missed Thursday’s game with a stomach virus.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (Back) – Made a pinch-hit appearance on Thursday, but will likely return to full-time action on Friday.
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL (Back) – Expected to start on Friday facing the Padres.

Players on the DL

Brett Marshall, SP, CIN (Finger) – Increased throwing program.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL (Illness) – Will start a rehab assignment on Friday.
Martin Perez, SP, TEX (Elbow) – Undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB (Thumb) – Was placed on the 15-day DL.
Alex Cobb, SP, TB (Oblique) – After a successful simulated game earlier in he week, will have a rehab start on Saturday.
Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA (Ankle) – Starting a rehab assignment on Friday with the expectation of being activated on Tuesday.
Chris Sale, RP, CHW (Arm) – Thursday rehab start was rained out, but expected to start for the Sox on Friday.
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY (Elbow) – Cortisone shot did not help avoid the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (Hamstring) – Was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Dane De La Rosa, RP, LAA (Shoulder) – Soreness in AC joint will shut him down for a few days.
Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA (Elbow) – Will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX (Knee) – Will pitch a simulated game over the next few days.
Dan Hudson, SP, ARI (Elbow) – Threw 30 pitches from the mound on Tuesday, but still not expected back for some time yet.
J.J. Putz, RP, ARI (Forearm) – No timetable for return, although did play catch on Tuesday.
Mat Latos, SP, CIN (Elbow) – Still on target for an end of May return.
Nyjer Morgan, OF, CLE (Knee) – Mild sprain puts him on the 15-day DL.

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

Activated from the DL

Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT
Bruce Billings, RP, NYY

Placed on the DL (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)

Travis d’Arnaud, C, NYM – (Concussion, 7-day DL)
Mat Latos, SP, CIN – (Elbow, transferred to 60-day DL)
Nyjer Morgan, OF, CLE – (Knee)
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR – (Hamstring)
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY – (Elbow)
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB – (Thumb)

Called Up

Cole Figueroa, 2B, TB
Jeff Francis, SP, CIN
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, CLE
Anthony Gose, OF, TOR
Kevin Quackenbush, RP, SD
Chase Whitley, RP, NYY
Juan Centeno, C, NYM
Josh Edgin, RP, NYM
Evan Meek, RP, BAL

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

Kevin Gausman, SP, BAL
Kyle Farnsworth, RP, MYM
Daric Barton, 1B, OAK
Jaff Decker, OF, PIT
Nick Christiani, RP, CIN
Bruce Billings, RP, NYY

Traded

Kyle Blanks, 1B, OAK (from San Diego)
Jake Goebbert, OF, SD (from Oakland)

Closer Watch

New York Mets – With the demotion of former closer Kyle Farnsworth on Thursday, the Mets are actively looking for an arm to step into the closer role. Initially, we will see a closer-by-committee situation involving bullpen relievers Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jose Valverde and Carlos Torres. Look for Matsuzaka to step up before the others, getting first crack at a job where the Mets have been trying desperately to find consistent production. Dice-K enters Thursday’s games with a 2.60 ERA, although the real concern here is the walks he’s given up to this point (15 BB in 17.3 IP).

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 16, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Rizzo 1B CHC vs MIL
2:20PM
K. Lohse 17 8 2 0 0 1 3 .471 .500 .588 1.088
R. Braun OF MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija 16 7 3 2 5 3 0 .438 .526 .875 1.401
S. Schumaker 2B CIN @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 26 9 4 2 3 1 3 .346 .370 .654 1.024
J. Votto 1B CIN @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 15 6 3 1 2 2 3 .400 .471 .733 1.204
K. Johnson 2B NYY vs PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 12 4 1 0 2 3 5 .333 .467 .417 .883
J. Donaldson 3B OAK @ CLE
7:05PM
Z. McAllister 11 5 1 0 1 1 1 .455 .500 .545 1.045
J. Jaso C OAK @ CLE
7:05PM
Z. McAllister 10 4 1 0 1 2 1 .400 .500 .500 1.000
D. Espinosa 2B WAS vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 10 5 1 0 0 0 3 .500 .500 .600 1.100
K. Frandsen 2B WAS vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 10 4 1 0 1 0 1 .400 .400 .500 .900
D. Ortiz DH BOS vs DET
7:10PM
M. Scherzer 15 7 4 3 6 3 2 .467 .556 1.133 1.689
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lester 19 10 3 1 3 5 1 .526 .625 .789 1.414
R. Davis OF DET @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lester 36 11 5 1 5 3 10 .306 .375 .556 .931
T. Hunter OF DET @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lester 23 11 3 0 0 0 3 .478 .478 .609 1.087
V. Martinez DH DET @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lester 13 6 2 1 3 2 0 .462 .533 .846 1.379
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR @ TEX
8:05PM
Y. Darvish 12 5 2 2 4 3 3 .417 .563 .917 1.479
B. Butler DH KC vs BAL
8:10PM
C. Tillman 10 2 2 1 2 1 1 .200 .273 .600 .873
N. Arenado 3B COL vs SD
8:40PM
E. Stults 10 6 2 0 1 0 0 .600 .600 1.000 1.600
T. Tulowitzki SS COL vs SD
8:40PM
E. Stults 17 7 2 0 1 6 1 .412 .565 .529 1.095
M. Montero C ARI vs LAD
9:40PM
Z. Greinke 18 6 3 2 3 2 6 .333 .429 .722 1.151
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
W. Miley 16 4 3 1 3 2 7 .250 .333 .563 .896
M. Kemp OF LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
W. Miley 18 6 2 2 3 1 3 .333 .368 .667 1.035
Y. Puig OF LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
W. Miley 11 4 0 0 1 4 4 .364 .533 .364 .897
S. Van Slyke OF LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
W. Miley 13 5 5 3 4 3 1 .385 .500 1.231 1.731
E. Longoria 3B TB @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 13 5 3 0 0 1 3 .385 .429 .615 1.044
J. Molina C TB @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 13 4 2 1 3 0 2 .308 .308 .615 .923
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 16, 2014
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Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 16, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jeff Samardzija CHC vs MIL
2:20PM
61 12 5 2 8 8 13 .197 .301 .376 .677
Jon Niese
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jeff Samardzija CHC vs MIL
2:20PM
61 12 5 2 8 8 13 .197 .301 .376 .677
Jon Niese NYM @ WAS
7:05PM
89 27 7 1 5 2 21 .303 .321 .402 .723
Jeremy Guthrie KC vs BAL
8:10PM
107 17 3 1 8 9 15 .159 .229 .206 .435
Ervin Santana ATL @ STL
8:15PM
102 20 6 3 6 7 14 .196 .246 .318 .564
Zack Greinke LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
145 32 10 4 7 8 36 .221 .275 .344 .619
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Cold Batter Matchups – May 16, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
W. Castillo C CHC vs MIL
2:20PM
K. Lohse 16 3 3 0 1 1 3 .188 .235 .375 .610
S. Castro SS CHC vs MIL
2:20PM
K. Lohse 29 6 0 0 1 0 3 .207 .207 .207 .414
N. Schierholtz OF CHC vs MIL
2:20PM
K. Lohse 18 4 3 2 6 0 4 .222 .222 .611 .833
J. Lucroy C MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija 15 1 1 0 1 2 7 .067 .222 .200 .422
J. Segura SS MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija 12 2 0 0 1 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
R. Weeks 2B MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija 10 2 1 0 1 3 2 .200 .385 .300 .685
R. Bernadina OF CIN @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 12 2 0 0 0 2 3 .167 .286 .167 .452
R. Ludwick OF CIN @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 17 2 1 1 3 0 1 .118 .118 .294 .412
B. Phillips 2B CIN @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 23 5 0 0 0 1 1 .217 .280 .217 .497
I. Desmond SS WAS vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 17 3 2 0 0 0 5 .176 .176 .294 .471
J. Werth OF WAS vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 20 5 1 0 0 1 8 .250 .286 .300 .586
A. Pierzynski C BOS vs DET
7:10PM
M. Scherzer 33 11 3 1 7 0 4 .333 .324 .515 .839
S. Victorino OF BOS vs DET
7:10PM
M. Scherzer 10 2 1 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .300 .500
J. Bautista OF TOR @ TEX
8:05PM
Y. Darvish 12 1 0 0 1 1 4 .083 .154 .083 .237
N. Cruz OF BAL @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 21 4 1 0 4 3 3 .190 .280 .238 .518
C. Davis 1B BAL @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 16 1 1 1 1 1 6 .063 .118 .250 .368
J. Hardy SS BAL @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 11 2 0 0 1 0 1 .182 .182 .182 .364
D. Young OF BAL @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 27 4 1 0 0 1 0 .148 .207 .185 .392
J. Peralta SS STL vs ATL
8:15PM
E. Santana 25 3 0 0 2 2 5 .120 .179 .120 .299
E. Cabrera SS SD @ COL
8:40PM
J. De La Rosa 21 4 1 0 0 0 7 .190 .190 .238 .429
C. Headley 3B SD @ COL
8:40PM
J. De La Rosa 36 8 0 0 0 1 11 .222 .243 .222 .465
N. Hundley C SD @ COL
8:40PM
J. De La Rosa 13 2 2 0 0 1 6 .154 .214 .308 .522
E. Chavez 3B ARI vs LAD
9:40PM
Z. Greinke 14 1 0 0 0 0 4 .071 .071 .071 .143
A. Hill 2B ARI vs LAD
9:40PM
Z. Greinke 33 8 3 1 1 0 4 .242 .265 .394 .659
C. Pennington SS ARI vs LAD
9:40PM
Z. Greinke 11 0 0 0 0 3 3 .000 .214 .000 .214
M. Prado 3B ARI vs LAD
9:40PM
Z. Greinke 20 4 1 0 2 0 6 .200 .200 .250 .450
A. Ethier OF LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
W. Miley 16 4 0 0 2 0 3 .250 .294 .250 .544
J. Uribe 3B LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
W. Miley 16 3 2 0 3 0 2 .188 .188 .313 .500
M. Joyce OF TB @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 12 2 1 0 1 1 3 .167 .214 .250 .464
J. Loney 1B TB @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 29 9 2 0 3 0 6 .310 .310 .379 .690
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Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 16, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Zach McAllister CLE vs OAK
7:05PM
68 22 5 1 8 8 15 .324 .395 .426 .821
Jon Lester BOS vs DET
7:10PM
141 53 17 5 17 15 23 .376 .437 .593 1.030
Eric Stults SD @ COL
8:40PM
71 25 7 0 5 7 5 .352 .402 .494 .895
Wade Miley ARI vs LAD
9:40PM
141 39 17 7 19 14 32 .277 .346 .507 .854
Jered Weaver LAA vs TB
10:05PM
132 41 18 6 18 10 26 .311 .358 .541 .899
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Recommended Pickup

Anthony Gose, OF, TOR – I’m a big “opportunity” guy and believe that Gose will have a chance to showcase his potential while Colby Rasmus deals with a hamstring injury. Although Rasmus is only expected to miss a couple of weeks, hamstring injuries can be lingering at times. There is a shot that Gose will stick around for the next 3-to-4 weeks, and although he took a nosedive in value after unimpressive outings at the MLB level in 2012 and 2013 his potential stolen base threat should give most owners an eyebrow-raise. Given his youth (23-years old), take a chance on Gose’s speed potential in deeper leagues even with his subpar OBP to this point in his career.

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