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Sunday Lineup Card: Supersonic Saunders

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R) at Indians (Josh Tomlin - R), 1:05
Twins (Phil Hughes - R) at Yankees (Chase Whitley - R), 1:05
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L), 1:07
Braves (Aaron Harang - R) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi - R), 1:10
Mets (Jon Niese - L) at Phillies (Cole Hamels - L), 1:35
Rays (Erik Bebard - L) at Red Sox (Jon Lester - L), 1:35
Rangers (Yu Darvish - R) at Nationals (Tanner Roark - R), 1:35
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L) at Astros (Scott Feldman - R), 2:10
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse - R), 2:10
Padres (Eric Stults - L) at White Sox (Chris Sale - L), 2:10
Giants (Tim Hudson - R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R), 2:15
Angels (Jered Weaver - R) at Athletics (Sonny Gray - R), 4:05
Reds (Alfredo Simon - R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L), 4:10
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) at Mariners (Roenis Elias - L), 4:10
Pirates (Edinson Volquez - R) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R), 8:07

Day Game After Night Game: TB/BOS, LAA/OAK, CIN/ARZ, and DET/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Brandon Moss, OF, OAK - (Calf) Wasnĺt in the starting lineup Saturday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Undisclosed) Was removed from Saturdayĺs game.
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM - (Ribs) Was a late-minute scratch from Saturdayĺs game.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD - (Calf) Limped off the field Saturday with tightness.
Buster Posey, C, SF - (Back) Was out for the third straight game Saturday.
Danny Santana, SS, MIN - (Face) Wasnĺt available Saturday.
Yu Darvish, P, TEX - (Neck) Threw bullpen session Friday with no problems.

Players on the DL

Taijuan Walker, P, SEA - (Shoulder) Will throw in rehab game Monday.
Michael Pineda, P, NYY - (Back) Will be shut down indefinitely.
Tommy Hunter, P, BAL - (Groin) Slated to throw bullpen session Sunday.
Carter Capps, P, MIA - (Elbow) Will be seen by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.
J.J. Putz, P, ARZ - (Forearm) Threw in a simulated game.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL - (Finger) Will have another X-ray in two weeks.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS - (Thumb) Will play five innings in left Saturday in a rehab game.
Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX - (Elbow) Allowed four runs in rehab game Thursday.
Derek Holland, P, TEX - (Knee) Threw bullpen session Friday.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI - (Elbow) Said he has a little bit of discomfort, but is getting better.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL - (Calf) MRI showed there is nothing torn, but will go on the DL.

Placed on the DL

Matt Adams, 1B, STL
Matt Cain, P, SF

Called Up

Ian Thomas, P, ATL
Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
Marcus Storman, P, TOR
Juan Perez, OF, SF
Aaron Brooks, P, KC
Shae Simmons, P, ATL
Buddy Carlyle, P, NYM
Rubby De La Rosa, P, BOS

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

Bobby Korecky, P, TOR
Juan Paredas, 3B, KC
Rafael Montero, P, NYM
Wiftin Obispo, P, ATL
Daniel Nava, OF, BOS

Closer Watch

Indians - Cody Allen picked up his second save of the season Friday when he pitched a perfect ninth inning at home against the Rockies. Before Friday Allen had given up runs in three of his previous six games, but looked great with the game on the line. John Axford had been relieved of the closer situation earlier in May, and since then Allen, Bryan Shaw, and Scott Atchison have all gotten saves. Right now it looks like Allen will be most likely to get the ball in the ninth, but for teams desperate for saves should look at the other options in the Indians bullpen.

Tigers - On Friday against the Mariners Joba Chamberlain picked up his second save of the season by giving up no hits, one walk, while striking out two. Chamberlain had picked up holds in three of his past four outings before Friday so it doesnĺt look as if Chamberlain will be relied upon to close games for the Mariners for the reast of the season, but for leagues that require setup men and middle relievers he is a great option off the waiver wire.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Juneá1,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Morneau 1B COLá@áCLE
1:05PM
J. Tomlin 13 5 3 2 6 0 1 .385 .385 .923 1.308
J. Ellsbury OF NYYávsáMIN
1:05PM
P. Hughes 16 6 2 0 0 4 1 .375 .500 .500 1.000
I. Suzuki OF NYYávsáMIN
1:05PM
P. Hughes 17 7 0 0 3 0 2 .412 .389 .412 .801
B. Butler DH KCá@áTOR
1:07PM
M. Buehrle 63 22 7 3 17 4 5 .349 .382 .556 .938
A. Gordon OF KCá@áTOR
1:07PM
M. Buehrle 33 9 6 1 3 3 5 .273 .351 .515 .867
J. Bautista OF TORávsáKC
1:07PM
J. Guthrie 32 9 5 1 2 5 10 .281 .378 .531 .910
M. Cabrera OF TORávsáKC
1:07PM
J. Guthrie 37 13 7 1 8 0 4 .351 .351 .622 .973
E. Encarnacion 1B TORávsáKC
1:07PM
J. Guthrie 32 12 6 2 4 3 2 .375 .432 .688 1.120
A. Lind 1B TORávsáKC
1:07PM
J. Guthrie 44 16 5 1 2 2 4 .364 .404 .545 .950
J. Heyward OF ATLá@áMIA
1:10PM
N. Eovaldi 18 8 3 0 1 1 3 .444 .474 .667 1.140
A. Simmons SS ATLá@áMIA
1:10PM
N. Eovaldi 11 3 2 0 0 1 0 .273 .333 .636 .970
G. Jones 1B MIAávsáATL
1:10PM
A. Harang 18 7 3 1 6 2 3 .389 .429 .667 1.095
G. Stanton OF MIAávsáATL
1:10PM
A. Harang 14 4 3 1 3 0 6 .286 .286 .643 .929
A. Pierzynski C BOSávsáTB
1:35PM
E. Bedard 23 9 2 2 4 0 2 .391 .391 .652 1.043
J. Lagares OF NYMá@áPHI
1:35PM
C. Hamels 16 6 3 0 2 2 5 .375 .444 .563 1.007
D. Murphy 2B NYMá@áPHI
1:35PM
C. Hamels 40 17 5 1 6 1 7 .425 .439 .600 1.039
D. Wright 3B NYMá@áPHI
1:35PM
C. Hamels 70 23 9 5 16 4 16 .329 .365 .614 .979
M. Byrd OF PHIávsáNYM
1:35PM
J. Niese 11 6 2 1 1 1 1 .545 .583 .909 1.492
J. Mayberry OF PHIávsáNYM
1:35PM
J. Niese 34 9 5 3 7 0 4 .265 .257 .588 .845
C. Ruiz C PHIávsáNYM
1:35PM
J. Niese 23 8 2 1 3 3 5 .348 .423 .522 .945
D. Jennings OF TBá@áBOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 25 9 4 1 2 1 6 .360 .385 .640 1.025
M. Joyce OF TBá@áBOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 11 4 2 2 6 1 3 .364 .417 .909 1.326
E. Longoria 3B TBá@áBOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 50 11 6 3 8 7 18 .220 .316 .460 .776
D. Young OF BALá@áHOU
2:10PM
S. Feldman 14 4 3 0 2 0 1 .286 .286 .571 .857
J. Lake OF CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
K. Lohse 11 5 2 2 5 0 3 .455 .455 1.000 1.455
A. Rizzo 1B CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
K. Lohse 19 9 2 0 0 2 3 .474 .524 .579 1.103
R. Braun OF MILávsáCHC
2:10PM
J. Samardzija 16 7 3 2 5 3 0 .438 .526 .875 1.401
M. Holliday OF STLávsáSF
2:15PM
T. Hudson 24 9 1 0 5 4 3 .375 .464 .417 .881
Y. Molina C STLávsáSF
2:15PM
T. Hudson 15 6 1 0 5 5 1 .400 .545 .467 1.012
A. Ethier OF LADávsáPIT
8:07PM
E. Volquez 16 6 3 0 4 5 2 .375 .524 .563 1.086
A. Gonzalez 1B LADávsáPIT
8:07PM
E. Volquez 12 4 2 2 4 0 4 .333 .385 .833 1.218
M. Kemp OF LADávsáPIT
8:07PM
E. Volquez 12 5 1 1 2 2 3 .417 .533 .667 1.200
C. Barmes SS PITá@áLAD
8:07PM
Z. Greinke 13 7 2 0 2 1 1 .538 .571 .692 1.264
N. Walker 2B PITá@áLAD
8:07PM
Z. Greinke 18 4 3 2 5 1 2 .222 .300 .611 .911
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Juneá1,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Nathan Eovaldi MIAávsáATL
1:10PM
116 24 7 1 7 10 29 .207 .275 .310 .585
Jon Niese NYMá@áPHI
1:35PM
185 41 13 5 16 10 34 .222 .267 .347 .614
Erik Bedard TBá@áBOS
1:35PM
118 25 11 6 13 17 28 .212 .324 .383 .707
Jeff Samardzija CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
85 19 8 4 15 11 21 .224 .318 .422 .740
Jered Weaver LAAá@áOAK
4:05PM
160 27 8 0 6 11 31 .169 .226 .220 .446
Zack Greinke LADávsáPIT
8:07PM
107 23 11 4 16 5 20 .215 .256 .407 .664
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Juneá1,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. Roberts 2B NYYávsáMIN
1:05PM
P. Hughes 17 2 1 0 1 0 3 .118 .111 .176 .288
O. Infante 2B KCá@áTOR
1:07PM
M. Buehrle 20 4 0 0 1 1 2 .200 .238 .200 .438
D. Navarro C TORávsáKC
1:07PM
J. Guthrie 18 3 0 0 1 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
F. Freeman 1B ATLá@áMIA
1:10PM
N. Eovaldi 20 3 1 0 2 2 2 .150 .227 .200 .427
D. Uggla 2B ATLá@áMIA
1:10PM
N. Eovaldi 17 3 1 1 3 4 5 .176 .364 .353 .717
J. Upton OF ATLá@áMIA
1:10PM
N. Eovaldi 16 3 0 0 0 0 5 .188 .188 .188 .375
J. Gomes OF BOSávsáTB
1:35PM
E. Bedard 27 5 2 1 2 4 9 .185 .313 .333 .646
D. Ortiz DH BOSávsáTB
1:35PM
E. Bedard 29 5 2 1 4 6 9 .172 .324 .310 .635
D. Pedroia 2B BOSávsáTB
1:35PM
E. Bedard 19 3 2 0 1 2 1 .158 .238 .263 .501
G. Sizemore OF BOSávsáTB
1:35PM
E. Bedard 13 0 0 0 0 4 6 .000 .278 .000 .278
L. Duda OF NYMá@áPHI
1:35PM
C. Hamels 13 1 0 0 0 5 7 .077 .333 .077 .410
C. Young OF NYMá@áPHI
1:35PM
C. Hamels 20 5 2 1 3 1 7 .250 .318 .450 .768
R. Howard 1B PHIávsáNYM
1:35PM
J. Niese 21 3 0 0 2 1 10 .143 .174 .143 .317
C. Utley 2B PHIávsáNYM
1:35PM
J. Niese 28 3 0 0 1 2 3 .107 .219 .107 .326
D. DeJesus OF TBá@áBOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 17 1 0 0 1 1 5 .059 .105 .059 .164
B. Zobrist 2B TBá@áBOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 48 9 3 1 7 6 18 .188 .278 .292 .569
A. Jones OF BALá@áHOU
2:10PM
S. Feldman 18 2 0 0 0 1 4 .111 .158 .111 .269
E. Bonifacio 2B CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
K. Lohse 10 2 2 0 0 0 0 .200 .273 .400 .673
W. Castillo C CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
K. Lohse 19 3 3 0 1 1 3 .158 .200 .316 .516
S. Castro SS CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
K. Lohse 32 7 0 0 1 0 3 .219 .219 .219 .438
N. Schierholtz OF CHCá@áMIL
2:10PM
K. Lohse 21 5 3 2 6 0 5 .238 .238 .571 .810
J. Lucroy C MILávsáCHC
2:10PM
J. Samardzija 18 2 1 0 2 2 7 .111 .238 .222 .460
J. Segura SS MILávsáCHC
2:10PM
J. Samardzija 15 4 0 0 3 0 4 .267 .267 .267 .533
R. Weeks 2B MILávsáCHC
2:10PM
J. Samardzija 10 2 1 0 1 3 2 .200 .385 .300 .685
C. Crisp OF OAKávsáLAA
4:05PM
J. Weaver 50 8 2 0 0 2 10 .160 .192 .200 .392
J. Jaso C OAKávsáLAA
4:05PM
J. Weaver 12 1 0 0 0 4 1 .083 .313 .083 .396
J. Lowrie SS OAKávsáLAA
4:05PM
J. Weaver 17 3 3 0 4 0 2 .176 .167 .353 .520
B. Moss 1B OAKávsáLAA
4:05PM
J. Weaver 11 1 0 0 0 2 4 .091 .231 .091 .322
N. Punto 2B OAKávsáLAA
4:05PM
J. Weaver 12 1 0 0 1 0 3 .083 .077 .083 .160
R. Cano 2B SEAávsáDET
4:10PM
M. Scherzer 13 2 1 1 1 1 4 .154 .214 .385 .599
J. Smoak 1B SEAávsáDET
4:10PM
M. Scherzer 10 1 0 0 0 2 2 .100 .250 .100 .350
H. Ramirez SS LADávsáPIT
8:07PM
E. Volquez 19 3 1 0 1 1 4 .158 .190 .211 .401
P. Alvarez 3B PITá@áLAD
8:07PM
Z. Greinke 15 2 2 2 4 0 3 .133 .133 .533 .667
A. McCutchen OF PITá@áLAD
8:07PM
Z. Greinke 21 4 2 0 2 2 5 .190 .261 .333 .594
T. Snider OF PITá@áLAD
8:07PM
Z. Greinke 11 1 0 0 0 0 2 .091 .091 .091 .182
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Juneá1,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jeremy Guthrie KCá@áTOR
1:07PM
197 63 28 9 25 11 28 .320 .362 .569 .931
Aaron Harang ATLá@áMIA
1:10PM
84 34 12 4 18 4 18 .405 .417 .660 1.077
Cole Hamels PHIávsáNYM
1:35PM
211 65 22 7 30 20 59 .308 .371 .475 .846
Edinson Volquez PITá@áLAD
8:07PM
82 25 9 4 15 10 18 .305 .388 .505 .893

Recommended Pickup

Michael Saunders, OF, SEA - In the two weeks before this past Friday Saunders accumulated 14 RBIs for the Mariners which is fourth in all of the bigs behind the likes of Edwin Encarnacion, George Springer, and Pablo Sandoval. The difference between Saunders and the three men ahead of him are that he is going to be available off the waiver wires in just about every league. On May 14 Saunders had a season low average of .229, and has since then only not gotten a hit in two games while raising his average to .276. Should your fantasy team have an outfielder that is in a cold streak, and Saunders is still available it would be wise to consider picking him up.

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