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Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Athletics (Jesse Chavez - R) at Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 1:05
Pirates (Charlie Morton - R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 1:05
Pirates (Gerrit Cole - R) at Yankees (Vidal Nuno - L), TBD
Reds (Tony Cingrani - L) at Phillies (Cliff Lee - L), 1:35
Mets (Zack Wheeler - R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 1:35
Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at Royals (James Shields - R), 2:10
White Sox (John Danks - L) at Astros (Brad Peacock - R), 2:10
Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R) at Twins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 2:10
Braves (Gavin Floyd - R) at Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L), 2:15
Brewers (Marco Estrada - R) at Cubs (Travis Wood - L), 2:20
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R) at Rangers (Nick Martinez - R), 3:05
Rays (David Price - L) at Angels (Matt Shoemaker - R), 3:35
Marlins (Jacob Turner - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 4:05
Dodgers (Dan Haren - R) at Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R), 4:10
Padres (Donn Roach - R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R), 4:10
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R) at Red Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: CIN/PHI, OAK/CLE, BAL/KC, SEA/MIN, TOR/TEX, LAD/ARZ, SD/COL, MIA/SF, TB/LAA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Tim Hudson, P, SF - (Hip) Should be fine for next start according to manager.
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB - (Hamstring) Cited soreness as reason for missing Saturday’s game.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARZ - (Shoulder) Was a late scratch Saturday.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX - (Neck) Herniated disc will cause him to miss at least two games.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN - (Quadriceps) Manager hopeful he will return soon.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI - (Illness) Missed second straight game Saturday because of a stomach virus.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY - (Illness) Didn’t start Saturday and is day-to-day.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL - (Back) Was a late scratch Saturday with tightness.

Players on the DL

Jay Bruce, OF, CIN - (Knee) Said Saturday hitting feels more normal than in a long time.
Andrew Cashner, P, SD - (Elbow) Placed on 15-day DL on Saturday and will have MRI Monday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Sent to DL on Saturday with a broken finger.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS - (Quadriceps) “Shocked” at improvement Friday after stretching.
Jason Grilli, P, PIT - (Oblique) Will have to prove he can pitch on back-to-back days.
Stolmy Pimentel, P, PIT - (Shoulder) Threw bullpen session Saturday.
Justin Ruggiano, OF, CHC - (Hamstring) Will start rehab assignment in the near future at Triple-A.
Ryan Sweeney, OF, CHC - (Hamstring) Suffered setback in recovery.
J.J. Putz, P, ARZ - (Forearm) Is about two weeks away from being able to return.
Mark Trumbo, ARZ - (Foot) X-ray on Friday showed significant healing.
Derek Holland, P, TEX - (Knee) Threw bullpen session Saturday after a simulated game Thursday.

Placed on the DL

Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (Bereavement List)
Andrew Cashner, P, SD
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS

Activated Fom the DL

Dioner Navarro, C, TOR (from Bereavement List)

Called Up

Kevin Kiermaier, OF, TB
T.J. House, P, CLE
Brock Holt, 3B, BOS
Kevin Quackenbush, P, SD

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

Paul Clemens, P, HOU
Ethan Martin, P, PHI
Henry Rodriguez, P, MIA
Daric Barton, 1B, OAK
C.C. Lee, P, CLE
Evan Meek, P, PIT

Signed

Kyle Farnsworth, P, HOU
Jayson Nix, SS, TB

Closer Watch

Rays - Grant Balfour has not been the consistent force that the front office in Tampa Bay were hoping for after signing him as a free agent who just finished a season with 38 saves for Oakland. Having pitched in a save situation Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week he accumulated three earned runs, two walks, one hit, but also two saves. Wednesday and Friday Balfour pitched perfect ninths and earned a save in each, but on Thursday his stat line looked really shaky partially because he was pulled after loading the bases and then, his replacement allowed them in. There is no way of knowing if Balfour could have worked himself out of that jam, but it must not have affected him much because the next day he was perfect against the same team. The closer role is Balfour’s for now, but he will have to prove that he can improve his command as he has more walks, 14, than strikeouts, 12, in 16.1 innings in 2014.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Y. Cespedes OF OAK @ CLE
1:05PM
J. Masterson 17 5 2 1 2 1 2 .294 .333 .529 .863
J. Jaso C OAK @ CLE
1:05PM
J. Masterson 16 5 4 2 5 1 3 .313 .389 .813 1.201
B. Phillips 2B CIN @ PHI
1:35PM
C. Lee 31 10 6 1 4 1 1 .323 .333 .581 .914
J. Votto 1B CIN @ PHI
1:35PM
C. Lee 19 8 2 1 2 0 4 .421 .421 .632 1.053
D. Murphy 2B NYM @ WAS
1:35PM
J. Zimmermann 38 12 7 3 7 1 1 .316 .333 .658 .991
A. Jones OF BAL @ KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 42 13 7 1 6 1 7 .310 .326 .548 .873
E. Hosmer 1B KC vs BAL
2:10PM
U. Jimenez 23 9 2 2 6 6 4 .391 .517 .652 1.169
J. Mauer C MIN vs SEA
2:10PM
F. Hernandez 33 14 6 2 7 4 4 .424 .486 .727 1.214
K. Suzuki C MIN vs SEA
2:10PM
F. Hernandez 35 11 5 1 6 3 4 .314 .385 .514 .899
C. Hart 1B SEA @ MIN
2:10PM
R. Nolasco 15 5 1 1 4 1 2 .333 .353 .533 .886
J. Peralta SS STL vs ATL
2:15PM
G. Floyd 39 12 4 2 7 5 11 .308 .386 .513 .899
S. Castro SS CHC vs MIL
2:20PM
M. Estrada 21 8 3 0 2 0 3 .381 .381 .571 .952
R. Braun OF MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
T. Wood 22 7 5 1 5 1 4 .318 .348 .636 .984
A. Rios OF TEX vs TOR
3:05PM
R. Dickey 15 4 2 2 3 2 1 .267 .353 .667 1.020
A. Hill 2B ARI vs LAD
4:10PM
D. Haren 28 9 5 1 6 0 6 .321 .345 .643 .988
C. Figgins OF LAD @ ARI
4:10PM
B. Arroyo 17 6 2 1 4 1 1 .353 .368 .588 .957
M. Kemp OF LAD @ ARI
4:10PM
B. Arroyo 26 11 2 2 3 2 4 .423 .483 .654 1.137
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ ARI
4:10PM
B. Arroyo 24 8 4 1 4 0 4 .333 .333 .583 .917
C. Headley 3B SD @ COL
4:10PM
J. Nicasio 15 6 2 2 3 0 7 .400 .400 .800 1.200
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ BOS
8:05PM
J. Peavy 45 13 4 3 9 4 14 .289 .347 .511 .858
T. Hunter OF DET @ BOS
8:05PM
J. Peavy 16 7 3 1 7 1 2 .438 .471 .813 1.283
A. Jackson OF DET @ BOS
8:05PM
J. Peavy 28 9 3 1 3 2 9 .321 .367 .571 .938
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Justin Masterson CLE vs OAK
1:05PM
149 33 15 8 19 11 20 .221 .279 .422 .701
Marco Estrada MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
94 19 10 5 11 5 26 .202 .248 .438 .686
Cold Batter Matchups – May 18, 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 @ CLE
1:05PM
J. Masterson 23 4 1 0 0 3 1 .174 .269 .217 .487
J. Reddick OF OAK @ CLE
1:05PM
J. Masterson 21 4 2 2 3 1 5 .190 .227 .476 .703
L. Duda OF NYM @ WAS
1:35PM
J. Zimmermann 18 3 1 0 1 2 5 .167 .250 .222 .472
N. Cruz OF BAL @ KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 17 4 1 1 3 0 6 .235 .278 .412 .690
J. Hardy SS BAL @ KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 15 2 1 0 0 3 3 .133 .316 .200 .516
A. Escobar SS KC vs BAL
2:10PM
U. Jimenez 25 4 2 0 4 3 3 .160 .241 .240 .481
M. Moustakas 3B KC vs BAL
2:10PM
U. Jimenez 26 4 2 0 0 2 8 .154 .214 .231 .445
S. Perez C KC vs BAL
2:10PM
U. Jimenez 16 2 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125 .250
J. Kubel OF MIN vs SEA
2:10PM
F. Hernandez 22 3 0 0 0 2 5 .136 .208 .136 .345
A. Rizzo 1B CHC vs MIL
2:20PM
M. Estrada 18 1 0 0 1 0 4 .056 .056 .056 .111
C. Gomez OF MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
T. Wood 16 3 1 1 2 3 4 .188 .316 .375 .691
R. Weeks 2B MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
T. Wood 21 2 1 1 1 1 4 .095 .240 .238 .478
H. Kendrick 2B LAA vs TB
3:35PM
D. Price 23 5 2 0 1 1 9 .217 .250 .304 .554
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ ARI
4:10PM
B. Arroyo 32 5 1 1 1 2 3 .156 .206 .250 .456
A. Avila C DET @ BOS
8:05PM
J. Peavy 21 4 2 1 1 4 5 .190 .320 .381 .701
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
There are no pitchers who qualify as "cold" today.

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