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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)

Indians (Justin Masterson – R) at Orioles (Bud Norris – R), 7:05
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L) at Phillies (Roberto Hernandez – R), 7:05
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton – R), 7:05
Athletics (Scott Kazmir – L) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey – R), 7:07
Rangers (Scott Baker – R) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R), 7:08
Cardinals (Shelby Miller – R) at Reds (Homer Bailey – R), 7:10
Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson – R) at Mets (Bartolo Colon – R), 7:10
Brewers (Marco Estrada – R) at Marlins (Tom Koehler – R), 7:10
Red Sox (John Lackey – R) at Rays (Chris Archer – R), 7:10
Rockies (Jordan Lyles – R) at Braves (Gavin Floyd – R), 7:35
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda – R) at White Sox (Hector Noesi – R), 8:10
Royals (Danny Duffy – L) at Angels (C.J. Wilson – L), 10:05
Cubs (Edwin Jackson – R) at Padres (Tim Stauffer – R), 10:10
Astros (Brad Peacock – R) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R), 10:10
Twins (Kyle Gibson – R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS (Illness) – Dealing with flu-like symptoms and did not start on Thursday.
Matt Cain, SP, SF (Hamstring) – Will be evaluated over the next few days after some rest.
Russell Martin, C, PIT (Leg) – Activated from the 15-day DL, but missed Thursday’s game due to suspension.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL (Back) – Missed Thursday’s game and will likely be rested for a few days.
Michael Wacha, SP, STL (Elbow) – Expected to make next start.
Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL (Foot) – Positive reports suggest next start will be made.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX (Neck) – Expected to undergo season ending surgery on Tuesday.
Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI (Knee) – Likely out for the next few days.
Dan Robertson, OF, TEX (Head) – Will undergo further tests after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his face.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL (Illness) – May possibly return to the lineup on Friday.
George Springer, OF, HOU (Hip) – Missed Thursday’s game and will undergo further testing.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (Finger) – Missed Thursday’s game after inflammation flared in left index finger.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA (Ankle) – Expected to get X-Ray after missing Thursday’s game.
Leonys Martin, OF, TEX (Neck) – Expected to return over the weekend, although available for pinch hitting duties and late defensive work.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX (Back) – Missed Thursday’s game and may not be available on Friday.

Players on the DL

Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB (Thumb) – Expected to be activated on May 30.
Dillon Gee, SP, NYM (Back) – Expected to throw off the mound on Friday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS (Quadriceps) – Rehab assignment to be moved to Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL (Hamstring) – Even with a good workout on Thursday, not likely to be activated off the DL when eligible.
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX (Shoulder) – Shut down after re-injuring shoulder.
Robbie Erlin, SP, SD (Elbow) – Placed on the 15-day DL with a sore elbow.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA (Shoulder) – Beginning a rehab assignment on Friday.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA (Hamstring) – Starting a rehab assignment on Friday.
Corey Hart, 1B, SEA (Hamstring) – Should resume physical activities next week after a platelet rich plasma injection.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW (Ankle) – Will wear a boot and be re-evaluated next week.
Casey Kelly, SP, SD (Elbow) – Expected to skip next rehab start after being sore after last start.
Santiago Casilla, RP, SF (Hamstring) – Placed on DL Thursday.
Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA (Hamstring) – Transferred to the 60-day DL.
Luke Putkonen, RP, DET (Shoulder) – Inflammation only and will avoid surgery for now.
Tom Gorzelanny, RP, MIL (Shoulder) – Rehab continues to Triple-A Nashville.
Alex White, SP, HOU (Elbow) – Expected to start rehab assignment over the next couple of days.
Asher Wojciechowski, SP, HOU (Back) – Should be optioned to Triple-A shortly.

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

Activated from the DL

Alex Cobb, SP, TB
Russell Martin, C, PIT
Chris Sale, SP, CHW

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

Robbie Erlin, SP, SD – (Elbow)
Nyjer Morgan, OF, CLE – (Knee, transferred to 60-day DL)
Zach McAllister, SP, CLE – (Back)
Santiago Casilla, RP, SF – (Hamstring)
Rafael Furcal, 2B, MIA – (Hamstring, transferred to 60-day DL)
Tommy Hunter, RP, BAL – (Groin)

Called Up

Blaine Boyer, RP, SD
Chris Hatcher, RP, MIA
Mark Lowe, RP, CLE
T.J. House, RP, CLE
Blake Treinen, RP, WAS
George Kontos, RP, SF
Preston Guilmet, RP BAL

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

Ryan Mattheus, RP, WAS
Kevin Kiermaier, OF, TB
Josh Wall, RP, LAA
Kyle Crockett, RP, CLE
Anthony DeSclafani, SP, MIA
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT
Frank Francisco, RP, CHW
Phil Irwin, RP, PIT
Anthony DeSclafani
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC

Released

Miguel Olivo, C, LAD

Claimed

Josh Wall, RP – from Los Angeles Angels

Closer Watch

Baltimore Orioles – With closer Tommy Hunter joining the ranks of the ever-injured MLB pitchers in 2014, there are a couple of names to keep in mind for saves as Hunter’s replacement. The two most obvious names are Darren O’Day and Zach Britton, considering their fantastic numbers to this point. I like Britton as the favorite right now, considering his ability to induce ground balls and that the O’s used him in the team’s most recent save situation. I expect Britton to be the most successful option, with manager Buck Showalter not being shy in the least bit about consistently going to a lefty in the ninth inning. Ryan Webb is an option too, but things would have to get quite hostile for him to overtake Britton and O’Day.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 24, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Ellsbury OF NYY @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 11 6 1 0 1 0 0 .545 .583 .636 1.220
D. Jeter SS NYY @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 17 6 2 0 0 2 2 .353 .421 .471 .892
B. Roberts 2B NYY @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 27 9 2 1 5 4 3 .333 .419 .481 .901
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 12 7 2 1 5 1 0 .583 .615 .917 1.532
D. Brown OF PHI vs LAD
3:05PM
D. Haren 12 4 1 1 2 3 1 .333 .467 .583 1.050
M. Byrd OF PHI vs LAD
3:05PM
D. Haren 24 12 7 2 5 1 4 .500 .538 1.000 1.538
R. Howard 1B PHI vs LAD
3:05PM
D. Haren 14 3 2 2 5 1 8 .214 .267 .643 .910
C. Utley 2B PHI vs LAD
3:05PM
D. Haren 18 5 2 1 4 2 2 .278 .350 .500 .850
A. Beltre 3B TEX @ DET
4:08PM
R. Porcello 16 6 2 0 0 1 2 .375 .412 .500 .912
S. Choo OF TEX @ DET
4:08PM
R. Porcello 28 9 4 0 4 3 7 .321 .387 .464 .851
A. Rios OF TEX @ DET
4:08PM
R. Porcello 38 8 4 3 7 0 7 .211 .211 .474 .684
J. Schafer OF ATL vs COL
4:10PM
J. Nicasio 11 5 2 0 0 0 3 .455 .455 .727 1.182
D. Wright 3B NYM vs ARI
4:10PM
J. Collmenter 11 2 2 2 5 0 2 .182 .182 .727 .909
J. Loney 1B TB vs BOS
4:10PM
J. Peavy 33 10 7 2 5 2 3 .303 .343 .636 .979
C. Heisey OF CIN vs STL
7:15PM
J. Garcia 15 4 4 0 1 0 4 .267 .267 .600 .867
R. Ibanez OF LAA vs KC
7:15PM
J. Shields 24 5 5 2 7 5 2 .208 .345 .625 .970
H. Kendrick 2B LAA vs KC
7:15PM
J. Shields 23 13 6 1 3 0 5 .565 .565 .957 1.522
I. Davis 1B PIT vs WAS
7:15PM
S. Strasburg 13 4 2 2 2 2 4 .308 .400 .769 1.169
G. Blanco OF SF vs MIN
10:05PM
R. Nolasco 19 8 1 0 1 2 5 .421 .476 .474 .950
H. Pence OF SF vs MIN
10:05PM
R. Nolasco 32 10 6 4 11 3 4 .313 .389 .750 1.139
B. Posey C SF vs MIN
10:05PM
R. Nolasco 20 8 2 0 1 1 2 .400 .429 .500 .929
P. Sandoval 3B SF vs MIN
10:05PM
R. Nolasco 18 9 7 3 6 2 1 .500 .550 1.222 1.772
C. Headley 3B SD vs CHC
10:10PM
T. Wood 15 6 2 2 4 0 3 .400 .400 .800 1.200
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 24, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jake Peavy BOS @ TB
4:10PM
125 26 14 6 15 11 23 .208 .272 .425 .698
Stephen Strasburg WAS @ PIT
7:15PM
80 17 6 5 10 7 27 .212 .292 .411 .703
Jaime Garcia STL @ CIN
7:15PM
143 37 9 3 15 3 27 .259 .272 .368 .640
Cold Batter Matchups – May 24, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Crisp OF OAK @ TOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 18 2 0 0 1 1 4 .111 .150 .111 .261
T. Gwynn Jr. OF PHI vs LAD
3:05PM
D. Haren 15 2 1 0 2 4 3 .133 .316 .267 .582
E. Andrus SS TEX @ DET
4:08PM
R. Porcello 12 1 0 0 1 2 3 .083 .214 .083 .298
S. Drew SS BOS @ TB
4:10PM
D. Price 10 0 0 0 0 1 5 .000 .091 .000 .091
J. Gomes OF BOS @ TB
4:10PM
D. Price 20 4 1 0 1 1 6 .200 .238 .250 .488
M. Napoli 1B BOS @ TB
4:10PM
D. Price 27 7 3 1 1 1 15 .259 .286 .444 .730
A. Pierzynski C BOS @ TB
4:10PM
D. Price 14 2 0 0 0 0 2 .143 .200 .143 .343
S. Victorino OF BOS @ TB
4:10PM
D. Price 19 4 0 0 1 2 3 .211 .286 .211 .496
D. DeJesus OF TB vs BOS
4:10PM
J. Peavy 24 4 2 1 5 3 8 .167 .259 .375 .634
Y. Escobar SS TB vs BOS
4:10PM
J. Peavy 12 1 0 0 0 2 1 .083 .214 .083 .298
M. Joyce OF TB vs BOS
4:10PM
J. Peavy 10 1 1 1 1 2 2 .100 .250 .400 .650
E. Longoria 3B TB vs BOS
4:10PM
J. Peavy 18 4 2 1 2 0 3 .222 .222 .500 .722
J. Bruce OF CIN vs STL
7:15PM
J. Garcia 33 9 1 1 4 1 8 .273 .286 .364 .649
Z. Cozart SS CIN vs STL
7:15PM
J. Garcia 21 4 0 0 0 1 3 .190 .227 .190 .418
T. Frazier 3B CIN vs STL
7:15PM
J. Garcia 11 1 0 0 1 0 2 .091 .091 .091 .182
R. Ludwick OF CIN vs STL
7:15PM
J. Garcia 13 2 0 0 0 1 2 .154 .214 .154 .368
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs STL
7:15PM
J. Garcia 38 11 4 2 7 0 7 .289 .289 .500 .789
E. Aybar SS LAA vs KC
7:15PM
J. Shields 16 4 1 1 1 0 3 .250 .294 .438 .732
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs WAS
7:15PM
S. Strasburg 10 1 0 0 1 2 4 .100 .250 .100 .350
G. Sanchez 1B PIT vs WAS
7:15PM
S. Strasburg 12 2 1 0 1 1 3 .167 .231 .250 .481
M. Morse OF SF vs MIN
10:05PM
R. Nolasco 18 5 1 0 2 0 5 .278 .278 .333 .611
K. Seager 3B SEA vs HOU
10:10PM
D. Keuchel 13 3 0 0 0 0 3 .231 .231 .231 .462
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 24, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
John Danks CWS vs NYY
2:10PM
140 45 10 3 15 16 16 .321 .398 .428 .826
James Shields KC @ LAA
7:15PM
95 29 13 4 11 6 16 .305 .354 .558 .912
Ricky Nolasco MIN @ SF
10:05PM
155 51 20 7 24 13 22 .329 .382 .554 .936

Recommended Pickup

Seth Smith, OF, SD – Smith can be ignored no more. Even with a plethora of outfielders on roster, the Padres are getting Smith playing time almost daily. Smith is doing everything right with the bat right now, and with oft-injured outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin on roster Smith can count on 450 at-bats for the season. Snag him if he’s there for you, since most will ignore him since he isn’t a household name. Right now, Smith is hitting .339 with five homers - the power has always been there and is picking up as I write - 18 runs, to go along with 17 RBIs.

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DraftStreet Value Picks

SP: Marco Estrada, MIL – ($18,996)
C: Derek Norris, OAK – ($5,582)
1B: Chris Davis, BAL – ($8,199)
2B: Kolten Wong, STL – ($5,234)
SS: Ian Desmond, WAS – ($5,360)
3B: Pablo Sandoval, SF – ($6,215)
OF: Christian Yelich, MIA – ($6,444)