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Friday Lineup Card: Say It Ain't So, Joe (Nathan)!

Dave Hunter

Dave Hunter

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

Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi – R) at Cubs (Jason Hammel – R), 4:05
Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Pirates (Brandon Cumpton – R), 7:05
Athletics (Tommy Milone – L) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen – L), 7:05
Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R) at Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman – R), 7:07
Red Sox (Rubby De La Rosa – R) at Tigers (Drew Smyly – L), 7:08
Phillies (Cole Hamels – L) at Reds (Johnny Cueto – R), 7:10
Mariners (Chris Young – R) at Rays (Erik Bedard – L), 7:10
Indians (Trevor Bauer – R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish – R), 8:05
Yankees (Chase Whitley – R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 8:10
Astros (Dallas Keuchel – L) at Twins (Phil Hughes – R), 8:10
Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu – L) at Rockies (Eddie Butler – R), 8:40
Braves (Julio Teheran – R) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy – R), 9:40
White Sox (Andre Rienzo – R) at Angels (Jered Weaver – R), 10:05
Nationals (Tanner Roark – R) at Padres (Tyson Ross – R), 10:10
Mets (Jonathon Niese – L) at Giants (Matt Cain – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

John Baker, C, CHC (Neck) – Received a day off on Thursday after getting hit by a foul ball to the throat.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL (Oblique) – Will play catch on Friday after missing a start.
Bud Norris, SP, BAL (Forearm) – Expected to make next scheduled start.
Yordano Ventura, SP, KC (Elbow) – Only missed one start before returning Thursday.
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU (Elbow) – Did not start on Thursday.
Eugenio Suarez, SS, DET (Knee) – Missed Thursday start and underwent MRI which revealed no damage.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (Back) – Will not start Thursday’s game and could miss Friday as well.

Players on the DL

Jim Adduci, OF, TEX (Finger) – Rehab assignment moved to Triple-A Round Rock.
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX (Elbow) – MRI revealed further damage and will be rested for three weeks.
Bruce Chen, SP, KC (Back) – Will make a rehab start on Sunday.
Tommy Hunter, RP, BAL (Groin) – Will pitch Saturday at Single-A Delmarva with the anticipation of being activated from the DL on Sunday.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (Elbow) – Had a Thursday throwing session with no significant improvement.
Boone Logan, RP, COL (Elbow) – Was placed on the 15-day DL with inflammation.
Jordan Lyles, SP, COL (Hand) – Meeting with a doctor to determine the severity of injury, placed on 15-day DL.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (Quadriceps) – Fielded ground balls and took batting practice on Thursday.
Ryan Lavarnway, C, BOS (Wrist) – Transferred to the 60-day DL.
Luis Garcia, RP, PHI (Forearm) – Started a rehab assignment on Thursday.
Robbie Erlin, SP, SD (Elbow) – Will be reevaluated soon after improvement.
Sergio Santos, RP, TOR (Forearm) – Will throw a bullpen session on Sunday after Thursday’s successful stint.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (Hamstring) –After taking batting practice on Wednesday, is in line for rehab games next week.
Eric O’Flaherty, RP, OAK (Elbow) – Expected to make a rehab start on Friday.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI (Elbow) – Still has not been given clearance on a throwing program.
Felix Doubront, SP, BOS (Shoulder) – Will start a few rehab games before being reassessed.
Carter Capps, RP, MIA (Elbow) – Will avoid Tommy John surgery and start a program of rest.
Geovany Soto, C, TEX (Knee) – Resumed light running and expects to swing the bat next week.
Engel Beltre, OF, TEX (Leg) – Expected to report to extended spring training over the next few days.
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB (Hamstring) – Expected to return to action next Wednesday after taking batting practice on Thursday.
Santiago Casilla, RP, SF (Hamstring) – Threw a bullpen session on Thursday with an expected rehab assignment in the near future.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS (Shoulder) – Expected to start a rehab game on Friday.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (Back) – Is now cleared to resume throwing after resting for a few weeks after surgery.

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

Activated from the DL

Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY
Tanner Scheppers, RP, TEX

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

Boone Logan, RP, COL – (Elbow)
Jordan Lyles, SP, COL – (Hand)

Called Up

Andrew Brown, OF, NYM
Chris Martin, RP, COL

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

Buddy Carlyle, RP, NYM
Scott Sizemore, OF, NYY
Steven Wright, RP, BOS
Aaron Poreda, RP, TEX
Vin Mazzaro, RP, PIT

Closer Watch

Baltimore Orioles – Tommy Hunter is expected to be activated from the 15-day DL on Sunday, but does that mean he’s automatically pushed into the Orioles’ closer role again? Some questions remain, but with current closer Zach Britton doing a solid job its possible Hunter is relegated to middle relief. It’s a situation that certainly bears watching, but if I’m putting money on one guy – yes, I’m a gambling man – it’s Britton (0.88 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with four saves out of five opportunities).

Detroit Tigers – Joe Nathan is a great closer… by name alone. His numbers over his last three appearances would have him picking daisies as a middle reliever if his name wasn’t “Joe Nathan”. Keep a close eye on the Tigers closer situation, as Nathan’s numbers are quite pitiful. Nathan has given up eight runs over his last 1.1 innings pitched, with zero saves – no bueno. Joba Chamberlain is a wonderful hedge option right now for all owners scrounging for saves.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – June 6, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Tabata OF PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse 33 14 4 1 4 2 3 .424 .457 .636 1.094
N. Walker 2B PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse 30 10 5 1 8 7 8 .333 .459 .600 1.059
R. Ludwick OF CIN vs PHI
7:10PM
C. Hamels 23 6 2 2 3 4 4 .261 .370 .522 .892
M. Byrd OF PHI @ CIN
7:10PM
J. Cueto 12 7 2 1 3 2 2 .583 .643 .917 1.560
R. Howard 1B PHI @ CIN
7:10PM
J. Cueto 16 4 4 1 1 3 4 .250 .368 .688 1.056
J. Rollins SS PHI @ CIN
7:10PM
J. Cueto 18 4 4 1 5 2 3 .222 .300 .556 .856
J. Ellsbury OF NYY @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 46 20 7 1 7 4 3 .435 .480 .630 1.110
B. Gardner OF NYY @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 14 5 2 0 1 2 0 .357 .412 .571 .983
B. Ryan SS NYY @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
R. Tejada SS NYM @ SF
10:15PM
M. Cain 11 4 1 1 1 1 3 .364 .417 .636 1.053
D. Wright 3B NYM @ SF
10:15PM
M. Cain 25 11 6 0 3 1 4 .440 .500 .680 1.180
B. Posey C SF vs NYM
10:15PM
J. Niese 12 4 3 1 2 1 2 .333 .385 .750 1.135
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 6, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Cole Hamels PHI @ CIN
7:10PM
102 21 9 4 12 7 25 .206 .263 .400 .663
Jered Weaver LAA vs CWS
10:05PM
68 13 4 1 5 2 19 .191 .210 .280 .490
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Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 6, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Cole Hamels PHI @ CIN
7:10PM
102 21 9 4 12 7 25 .206 .263 .400 .663
Jered Weaver LAA vs CWS
10:05PM
68 13 4 1 5 2 19 .191 .210 .280 .490
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Cold Batter Matchups – June 6, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
P. Alvarez 3B PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse 31 8 4 1 4 1 11 .258 .281 .452 .733
C. Barmes SS PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse 16 3 1 0 2 1 2 .188 .235 .250 .485
G. Sanchez 1B PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse 14 2 1 1 4 2 3 .143 .250 .357 .607
J. Bruce OF CIN vs PHI
7:10PM
C. Hamels 20 5 2 2 4 0 3 .250 .250 .550 .800
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs PHI
7:10PM
C. Hamels 30 4 2 0 1 2 9 .133 .188 .267 .454
C. Utley 2B PHI @ CIN
7:10PM
J. Cueto 16 4 0 0 1 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
W. Bloomquist SS SEA @ TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 13 2 0 0 1 0 3 .154 .154 .154 .308
D. Jeter SS NYY @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 46 12 2 0 4 0 4 .261 .260 .304 .564
K. Johnson 2B NYY @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 10 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .091 .000 .091
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 21 2 2 1 2 4 6 .095 .296 .286 .582
B. Upton OF ATL @ ARI
9:40PM
B. McCarthy 15 3 0 0 0 2 6 .200 .294 .200 .494
P. Konerko 1B CWS @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 22 2 0 0 1 1 5 .091 .125 .091 .216
A. Ramirez SS CWS @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 18 5 1 0 0 0 5 .278 .278 .333 .611
M. Morse OF SF vs NYM
10:15PM
J. Niese 15 3 3 0 1 0 4 .200 .200 .400 .600
H. Pence OF SF vs NYM
10:15PM
J. Niese 26 3 0 0 0 4 7 .115 .233 .115 .349
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Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 6, 2014
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 KC vs NYY
8:10PM
193 58 18 2 16 13 19 .301 .349 .424 .773
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Recommended Pickup

Joba Chamberlain, RP, NYY – Remember him? The one-time prized prospect has now found some peace in Detroit, where a player can play ball without having to worry about the pressure that goes along with playing in New York. Chamberlain has settled in nicely as one of the Tigers go-to middle relievers, and he’s been putting himself in the mix at a potential closer role with Joe Nathan sucking wind right now. The Tigers can’t stick with Nathan for too much longer, so get your Joba while you still can.

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