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Sunday Lineup Card: Hammer and Chisenhall

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Athletics (Drew Pomeranz - L) at Blue Jays (J.A. Happ - L), 1:07
Rangers (Colby Lewis - R) at Tigers (Justin Verlander - R), 1:08
Diamondbacks (Bronson Arroyo - R) at Mets (Rafael Montero - R), 1:10
Diamondbacks (Zeke Spruill - R) at Mets (Daisuke Matsuzaka - R), TBD
Brewers (Jimmy Nelson - R) at Marlins (Randy Wolf - L), 1:10
Indians (Trevor Bauer - R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R), 1:35
Dodgers (Josh Beckett - R) at Phillies (A.J. Burnett - R), 1:35
Nationals (Doug Fister - R) at Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L), 1:35
Red Sox (Brandon Workman - R) at Rays (Jake Odorizzi - R), 1:40
Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka - R) at White Sox (Andre Rienzo - R), 2:10
Royals (Jason Vargas - L) at Angels (Garrett Richards - R), 3:35
Twins (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L), 4:05
Cubs (Jason Hammel - R) at Padres (Ian Kennedy - R), 4:10
Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R), 4:10
Rockies (Franklin Morales - L) at Braves (Julio Teheran - R), 5:10
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R) at Reds (Mike Leake - R), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: KC/LAA, WAS/PIT, MIN/SF, CHC/SD, and HOU/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Carlos Quentin, OF, SD - (Groin) Still on track to return to series in Arizona.
Peter Bourjos, OF, STL - (Illness) Was scratched from Saturday’s lineup due to a stomach virus.
Shin-Shoo Choo, OF, TEX - (Ankle) Removed from Saturday’s game because of soreness.
Dominic Brown, OF, PHI - (Back) Left Saturday’s game with spasms.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWS - (Achilles) Wasn’t able to pinch hit Saturday because of soreness.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD - (Calf) Was scratched from Saturday’s game with soreness.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS - (Finger) Won’t return to lineup until at least Tuesday.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS - (Calf) Saturday was a planned day off, but is dealing with a calf issue.
Yovanni Gallardo, P, MIL - (Ankle) Will not start Sunday against the Marlins.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Finger) Missed third straight start Saturday because of inflammation.
Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY - (Knee) X-rays on Friday were returned negative.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI - (Hamstring) Missed Saturday because hamstring was bothering him.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE - (Knee) Held out of the lineup for second consecutive day Saturday.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE - (Knee) MRI on Friday cleared him from going to the DL.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL - (Groin) Missed second straight start Saturday.
Michael Wacha, P, STL - (Elbow) Threw without limitation in a bullpen session Friday.
Ricky Nolasco, P, MIN - (Hamstring) Start was pushed to Sunday because of tightness.

Players on the DL

Andrew Cashner, P, SD - (Elbow) Placed catch Saturday for first time since heading to the DL.
Santiago Casilla, P, SF - (Hamstring) Hopes to play catch Sunday.
Taijuan Walker, P, SEA - (Shoulder) Scheduled for a rehab start Wednesday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS - (Quadriceps) Will play Sunday against the Pirates.
Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS - (Shoulder) Played catch Saturday with no reported problems.
Omar Infante, 2B, KC - (Back) Made first rehab appearance Friday as a DH.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN - (Quadriceps) Hopes to return from the DL when first eligible.
Jack Hannahan, 3B, CIN - (Shoulder) Suffered setback and had to shut down throwing program.
Kevin Siegrist, P, STL - (Forearm) Placed on the 15-day DL on Friday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Will begin baseball activities next week.
Michael Pineda, P, NYY - (Ribs) Threw in live batting practice session Saturday.
Dillon Gee, P, NYM - (Back) Tentatively scheduled to return June 5.
Joe Saunders, P, TEX - (Ankle) Will start for the Rangers on Wednesday.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS - (Hamstring) Was placed on the DL on Saturday.
Brad Hand, P, MIA - (Ankle) Placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a sprain.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL - (Finger) Placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.
Luis Garcia, P, PHI - (Forearm) Placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday with a strain.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE - (Oblique) Made first rehab appearance Friday.
J.J. Putz, P, ARZ - (Elbow) Close to having first bullpen session since going on the DL.
Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA - (Hamstring) Expected to play in an extended rehab game Monday.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN - (Wrist) Likely to be activated from the disabled list Monday.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL - (Neck) Played in first extended spring training game Friday.
Pedro Strop, P, CHC - (Groin) Nearing a rehab assignment.
Justin Ruggiano, OF, CHC - (Hamstring) Played in second straight rehab game Friday.
Felix Doubront, P, BOS - (Shoulder) Was scheduled to play catch Saturday.

Placed on the DL

Brad Hand, P, MIA
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
Kevin Siegrist, P, STL
Luis Garcia, P, PHI

Called Up

David Buchanan, P, PHI
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COL
Dan Jennings, P, MIA
Steve Lombardozzi, 2B, CAL
Billy Buckner, P, SD
Daniel Nava, OF, BOS
Brett Oberholtzer, P, HOU

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

Rudy Owens, P, HOU
Esmil Rogers, P, TOR

Traded

Troy Patton, P, SD (from BAL)
Nick Hundley, C, BAL (from SD)

Closer Watch

Giants - Jean Machi recorded his second save the season Friday when he record the final five outs in perfect fashion. Machi got the first batter he faced in the eighth inning to hit into a double play to end the inning, and then was called to the mound again in the ninth for a rare four-run lead save. Sergio Romo is the Giants normal closer, but his last outing was also his second blown save, so maybe Bruce Bochi wanted to see if Machi had the stuff to possibly take over the closers role if needed in the future. Romo should get the next chance to take the bump with a save on the line, but Machi has only allowed one run over 24.1 innings which makes him a great second choice.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 25, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Avila C DET vs TEX
1:08PM
C. Lewis 12 4 2 2 2 1 2 .333 .385 .833 1.218
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs TEX
1:08PM
C. Lewis 15 6 2 0 3 2 0 .400 .421 .533 .954
A. Jackson OF DET vs TEX
1:08PM
C. Lewis 18 7 3 1 1 1 5 .389 .421 .667 1.088
V. Martinez DH DET vs TEX
1:08PM
C. Lewis 11 5 1 0 2 0 0 .455 .455 .545 1.000
M. Moreland 1B TEX @ DET
1:08PM
J. Verlander 12 4 3 0 3 1 5 .333 .385 .583 .968
A. Rios OF TEX @ DET
1:08PM
J. Verlander 40 14 4 0 3 4 9 .350 .409 .475 .884
D. Murphy 2B NYM vs ARI
1:10PM
B. Arroyo 16 8 2 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .625 1.125
C. Figgins OF LAD @ PHI
1:35PM
A. Burnett 15 6 2 0 1 1 2 .400 .438 .600 1.038
R. Howard 1B PHI vs LAD
1:35PM
J. Beckett 16 5 3 1 6 0 6 .313 .313 .625 .938
C. Utley 2B PHI vs LAD
1:35PM
J. Beckett 27 8 2 2 4 3 5 .296 .367 .519 .885
A. Pujols 1B LAA vs KC
3:35PM
J. Vargas 16 6 4 1 4 0 3 .375 .353 .813 1.165
G. Blanco OF SF vs MIN
4:05PM
R. Nolasco 19 8 1 0 1 2 5 .421 .476 .474 .950
H. Pence OF SF vs MIN
4:05PM
R. Nolasco 32 10 6 4 11 3 4 .313 .389 .750 1.139
B. Posey C SF vs MIN
4:05PM
R. Nolasco 20 8 2 0 1 1 2 .400 .429 .500 .929
P. Sandoval 3B SF vs MIN
4:05PM
R. Nolasco 18 9 7 3 6 2 1 .500 .550 1.222 1.772
S. Castro SS CHC @ SD
4:10PM
I. Kennedy 20 6 3 0 3 1 5 .300 .364 .500 .864
N. Schierholtz OF CHC @ SD
4:10PM
I. Kennedy 19 6 3 2 7 1 2 .316 .333 .684 1.018
J. Upton OF ATL vs COL
5:10PM
F. Morales 10 3 1 1 3 0 3 .300 .300 .600 .900
J. Bruce OF CIN vs STL
8:05PM
A. Wainwright 30 11 4 2 8 4 10 .367 .441 .633 1.075
T. Frazier 3B CIN vs STL
8:05PM
A. Wainwright 18 6 3 1 3 2 3 .333 .429 .611 1.040
R. Ludwick OF CIN vs STL
8:05PM
A. Wainwright 18 5 3 1 5 1 3 .278 .316 .556 .871
M. Holliday OF STL @ CIN
8:05PM
M. Leake 26 11 4 1 6 1 1 .423 .444 .654 1.098
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 25, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ian Kennedy SD vs CHC
4:10PM
108 23 12 3 15 9 28 .213 .283 .390 .674
Jason Hammel CHC @ SD
4:10PM
80 16 5 0 9 4 19 .200 .256 .286 .541
Cold Batter Matchups – May 25, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Davis OF DET vs TEX
1:08PM
C. Lewis 16 6 1 0 2 0 4 .375 .353 .438 .790
T. Hunter OF DET vs TEX
1:08PM
C. Lewis 19 2 2 1 1 3 6 .105 .227 .316 .543
D. Kelly OF DET vs TEX
1:08PM
C. Lewis 11 2 0 0 1 1 3 .182 .250 .182 .432
E. Andrus SS TEX @ DET
1:08PM
J. Verlander 20 4 0 0 1 2 3 .200 .273 .200 .473
M. Reynolds 1B MIL @ MIA
1:10PM
R. Wolf 25 5 4 2 7 1 9 .200 .231 .520 .751
C. Young OF NYM vs ARI
1:10PM
B. Arroyo 21 4 2 0 0 4 6 .190 .320 .286 .606
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ PHI
1:35PM
A. Burnett 12 2 1 0 1 3 4 .167 .333 .250 .583
B. Harris SS LAD @ PHI
1:35PM
A. Burnett 13 2 1 1 1 2 2 .154 .267 .385 .651
R. Brignac SS PHI vs LAD
1:35PM
J. Beckett 12 2 1 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .250 .417
T. Snider OF PIT vs WAS
1:35PM
D. Fister 13 2 0 0 0 0 4 .154 .154 .154 .308
S. Hairston OF WAS @ PIT
1:35PM
F. Liriano 11 1 1 1 2 2 3 .091 .231 .364 .594
M. Morse OF SF vs MIN
4:05PM
R. Nolasco 18 5 1 0 2 0 5 .278 .278 .333 .611
D. Barney 2B CHC @ SD
4:10PM
I. Kennedy 14 3 0 0 0 1 3 .214 .267 .214 .481
C. Coghlan OF CHC @ SD
4:10PM
I. Kennedy 12 1 1 1 1 0 3 .083 .154 .333 .487
A. Rizzo 1B CHC @ SD
4:10PM
I. Kennedy 10 2 1 0 1 2 2 .200 .333 .300 .633
L. Valbuena 3B CHC @ SD
4:10PM
I. Kennedy 12 1 1 0 0 1 5 .083 .154 .167 .321
C. Carter OF HOU @ SEA
4:10PM
H. Iwakuma 15 3 2 1 1 2 6 .200 .294 .467 .761
J. Castro C HOU @ SEA
4:10PM
H. Iwakuma 14 2 0 0 1 1 4 .143 .200 .143 .343
E. Cabrera SS SD vs CHC
4:10PM
J. Hammel 18 5 1 0 2 0 7 .278 .278 .333 .611
W. Venable OF SD vs CHC
4:10PM
J. Hammel 15 1 1 0 3 1 3 .067 .176 .200 .376
K. Seager 3B SEA vs HOU
4:10PM
D. Keuchel 13 3 0 0 0 0 3 .231 .231 .231 .462
Z. Cozart SS CIN vs STL
8:05PM
A. Wainwright 22 4 0 0 1 1 4 .182 .217 .182 .399
M. Carpenter 3B STL @ CIN
8:05PM
M. Leake 13 2 0 0 1 1 1 .154 .200 .154 .354
Y. Molina C STL @ CIN
8:05PM
M. Leake 20 5 2 1 1 0 6 .250 .250 .450 .700
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 25, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Colby Lewis TEX @ DET
1:08PM
109 33 11 4 12 8 20 .303 .350 .476 .827
Bronson Arroyo ARI @ NYM
1:10PM
110 34 6 2 10 9 15 .309 .361 .399 .760
Ricky Nolasco MIN @ SF
4:05PM
155 51 20 7 24 13 22 .329 .382 .554 .936

Recommended Pickup

Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE - In a seven game hitting streak from Sunday-Saturday Chisenhall has five multi-hit games with two home runs, five doubles, five RBIs, and six runs making him one of the hottest hitters in the game right now. In 36 games so far in 2014 Chisenhall has a .381 average, .444 OBP, and 1.006 OPS, so it makes it hard to believe that the Indians left-handed bat is available in so many leagues. Third base definitely is one of the more stacked positions in the fantasy baseball world, but Chisenhall has been hitting so well that he should be scooped up off the waiver wire by any team that sees him available, even if it’s just so your competition doesn’t.

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DraftStreet Value Picks

C - Salvador Perez, KC ($4,577)
1B - Yonder Alonso, SD ($3,495)
2B - Gordon Beckham, CWS ($5,369)
3B - Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE ($5,505)
SS - Jimmy Rollins, PHI ($5,834)
OF - Dexter Fowler, HOU ($5,705)
SP - Randy Wolf, MIA ($10,879)