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Saturday Lineup Card: Brighter Days Ahead for Butler

Clay Link

Clay Link

Hailing from Arcanum, Ohio, Clay is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He began writing for RotoWire in the fall of 2011, and now contributes to breaking news and NFL Draft content, in addition to his duties as assistant baseball editor.

Projected Starters - A look at Saturday’s matchups (all times Eastern)
Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L), 1:07
Astros (Scott Feldman - R) at Twins (Kyle Gibson - R), 2:10
Indians (Josh Tomlin - R) at Rangers (Nick Tepesch - R), 4:05
Marlins (Randy Wolf - L) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R), 4:05
Brewers (Matt Garza - R) at Pirates (Edinson Volquez - R), 4:05
Phillies (Roberto Hernandez - R) at Reds (Alfredo Simon - R), 4:10
Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R), 4:10
Mariners (Roenis Elias - L) at Rays (Alex Cobb - R), 4:10
Yankees (David Phelps - R) at Royals (Danny Duffy - L), 7:15
Athletics (Sonny Gray - R) at Orioles (Kevin Gausman - R), 7:15
Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 7:15
White Sox (Chris Sale - L) at Angels (Matt Shoemaker - R), 10:05
Mets (Bartolo Colon - R) at Giants (Tim Hudson - R), 10:05
Nationals (Blake Treinen - R) at Padres (Andrew Cashner - R), 10:10
Braves (Ervin Santana - R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: STL/TOR, HOU/MIN, CLE/TEX, MIL/PIT, PHI/CIN, LAD/COL, SEA/TB

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN - (Ankle) Reported significant improvement Friday and said he could return Saturday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK - (Neck) Sat Friday and will continue to get days off here and there until the issue is behind him.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL - (Shoulder) Did not start Friday after leaving Thursday’s game with discomfort.
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU - (Elbow) Missed a third straight start Friday.
Eugenio Suarez, SS, DET - (Knee) Held out of Friday’s lineup.

Players on the DL
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN - (Quadriceps) Made it through another on-field workout Friday and appears close to embarking on a minor league rehab assignment.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS - (Finger) Took one-handed swings off a tee Friday.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD - (Foot) Landed on the 15-day DL on Friday.
Matt Harvey, P, NYM - (Elbow) Will not throw from a mound Tuesday as originally planned.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Fielded grounders prior to Friday’s game.
Taijuan Walker, P, SEA - (Shoulder) Set to make a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.
James Paxton, P, SEA - (Back) Expected to resume throwing Monday.
Derek Holland, P, TEX - (Knee) Hopes to head out on a rehab assignment next week.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE - (Knee) Expected to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI - (Hamstring) Took batting practice Thursday but still at least a week away from returning.
Felix Doubront, P, BOS - (Shoulder) Allowed two runs on three hits over four innings in a rehab start for Double-A Portland on Thursday.
Miguel Gonzalez, P, BAL - (Oblique) Placed on the 15-day DL on Friday is expected to rejoin the rotation in about 10 days.
Shawn Kelley, P, NYY - (Back) Scheduled to make a rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton on Saturday.
Tom Gorzelanny, P, MIL - (Shoulder) Made another rehab start for Triple-A Nashville on Friday.
Joel Hanrahan, P, DET - (Elbow) Recently started throwing bullpen sessions.
Jim Adduci, OF, TEX - (Finger) Must complete four rehab outings before the team decides on a course of action.
Michael Almanzar, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday.
Chris Withrow, P, LAD - (Elbow) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday.
Ian Stewart, 3B, LAA - (Hand) Unable to swing a bat and was treated with two cortisone shots Friday.
Sean Burnett, P, LAA - (Elbow) Underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week.

Transactions - Players who have been called up, sent down, traded, released, you name it. We’ll cover it here.

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Carlos Santana, 3B, CLE (7-day DL)
Matt Cain, P, SF
Eric Stults, P, SD (bereavement list)

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
Miguel Gonzalez, P, BAL
Chris Withrow, P, LAD (transferred to 60-day DL)
Michael Almanzar, 3B, CLE (transferred to 60-day DL)

Called Up (from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Eddie Butler, P, COL (from Double-A Tulsa)
Ronny Cedeno, SS, PHI
Miguel Rojas, SS, LAD
Tim Berry, P, BAL
Evan Meek, P, BAL

Sent Down
Luis Garcia, P, PHI
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, CLE
Erisbel Arruebarrena, SS, LAD
Preston Guilmet, P, BAL

Designated for Assignment
Cesar Jimenez, P, PHI
Kent Matthes, OF, OAK
David Huff, P, SF

Traded
Justin Marks, P, OAK (from KC)

Closer Watch

Chicago Cubs - Hector Rondon had his worst outing of the season Friday, as he gave up three runs on four hits in an inning against the Marlins. It was just his second blown save of the year, but both have come in his last five appearances, and he’s seen his ERA increase by 114 points over that span. Still, the right-hander has earned himself a couple of mulligans with his overall body of work in the closer role, and there really are not any other viable options for manager Rick Renteria. Pedro Strop has tossed three scoreless frames since returning from a groin injury, but he flopped earlier this season and it’s somewhat difficult to imagine Wesley Wright, Justin Grimm or Carlos Villanueva getting a chance anytime soon. Jose Veras, who opened the year as the Cubs’ closer, was designated for assignment earlier in the week.

Hot Batter Matchups – June 7, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
S. Castro SS CHC vs MIA
4:05PM
R. Wolf 24 8 3 1 2 1 0 .333 .360 .542 .902
R. Braun OF MIL @ PIT
4:05PM
E. Volquez 34 12 3 1 3 5 7 .353 .436 .500 .936
C. Gomez OF MIL @ PIT
4:05PM
E. Volquez 21 7 3 3 3 0 5 .333 .333 .762 1.095
R. Weeks 2B MIL @ PIT
4:05PM
E. Volquez 19 7 3 2 3 4 2 .368 .500 .737 1.237
P. Alvarez 3B PIT vs MIL
4:05PM
M. Garza 16 6 2 1 4 1 3 .375 .412 .625 1.037
C. Barmes SS PIT vs MIL
4:05PM
M. Garza 15 4 2 2 6 1 3 .267 .313 .667 .979
G. Sanchez 1B PIT vs MIL
4:05PM
M. Garza 11 4 1 0 1 2 2 .364 .462 .455 .916
J. Tabata OF PIT vs MIL
4:05PM
M. Garza 16 7 1 0 2 0 2 .438 .438 .563 1.000
D. Stubbs OF COL vs LAD
4:10PM
Z. Greinke 14 6 2 0 0 1 7 .429 .467 .571 1.038
A. Ethier OF LAD @ COL
4:10PM
J. Chacin 26 10 4 1 3 10 2 .385 .556 .615 1.171
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ COL
4:10PM
J. Chacin 13 6 0 0 3 1 0 .462 .438 .462 .899
D. Ackley 2B SEA @ TB
4:10PM
A. Cobb 12 4 3 1 2 0 1 .333 .333 .750 1.083
R. Cano 2B SEA @ TB
4:10PM
A. Cobb 21 7 4 3 6 1 3 .333 .364 .810 1.173
D. Ortiz DH BOS @ DET
7:15PM
M. Scherzer 17 8 4 3 6 4 2 .471 .571 1.059 1.630
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs BOS
7:15PM
J. Lester 21 10 3 1 3 6 2 .476 .593 .714 1.307
R. Davis OF DET vs BOS
7:15PM
J. Lester 38 11 5 1 5 4 10 .289 .372 .526 .898
T. Hunter OF DET vs BOS
7:15PM
J. Lester 25 13 3 0 1 0 3 .520 .520 .640 1.160
V. Martinez DH DET vs BOS
7:15PM
J. Lester 16 7 3 1 3 2 1 .438 .500 .813 1.313
B. Abreu OF NYM @ SF
10:05PM
T. Hudson 12 4 1 0 3 6 1 .333 .600 .417 1.017
L. Duda OF NYM @ SF
10:05PM
T. Hudson 26 9 2 1 3 1 2 .346 .433 .500 .933
D. Wright 3B NYM @ SF
10:05PM
T. Hudson 77 18 5 3 8 7 9 .234 .314 .377 .691
D. Span OF WAS @ SD
10:10PM
A. Cashner 10 4 1 0 3 0 0 .400 .400 .500 .900
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 7, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Zack Greinke LAD @ COL
4:10PM
138 32 10 1 12 7 40 .232 .274 .317 .591
Cold Batter Matchups – June 7, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Ellis 2B STL @ TOR
1:07PM
M. Buehrle 51 9 1 0 0 3 6 .176 .222 .196 .418
J. Kubel OF MIN vs HOU
2:10PM
S. Feldman 11 2 1 1 2 2 1 .182 .308 .455 .762
K. Suzuki C MIN vs HOU
2:10PM
S. Feldman 22 6 2 0 4 0 5 .273 .273 .364 .636
D. Barney 2B CHC vs MIA
4:05PM
R. Wolf 11 1 0 0 0 0 2 .091 .091 .091 .182
G. Stanton OF MIA @ CHC
4:05PM
J. Samardzija 10 2 0 0 1 1 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
M. Reynolds 1B MIL @ PIT
4:05PM
E. Volquez 12 1 0 0 0 4 5 .083 .313 .083 .396
J. Segura SS MIL @ PIT
4:05PM
E. Volquez 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs MIL
4:05PM
M. Garza 10 2 1 1 1 1 0 .200 .273 .500 .773
N. Walker 2B PIT vs MIL
4:05PM
M. Garza 14 2 0 0 2 4 6 .143 .333 .143 .476
J. Morneau 1B COL vs LAD
4:10PM
Z. Greinke 36 6 2 0 1 1 7 .167 .189 .222 .411
T. Tulowitzki SS COL vs LAD
4:10PM
Z. Greinke 19 4 1 0 0 0 7 .211 .211 .263 .474
A. Pierzynski C BOS @ DET
7:15PM
M. Scherzer 33 11 3 1 7 0 4 .333 .324 .515 .839
G. Sizemore OF BOS @ DET
7:15PM
M. Scherzer 11 1 0 0 0 1 2 .091 .231 .091 .322
J. Hamilton OF LAA vs CWS
10:05PM
C. Sale 11 1 0 0 1 1 4 .091 .154 .091 .245
R. Tejada SS NYM @ SF
10:05PM
T. Hudson 21 8 1 0 2 0 5 .381 .381 .429 .810
A. Hill 2B ARI vs ATL
10:10PM
E. Santana 31 6 1 1 1 1 3 .194 .219 .290 .509
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 7, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jhoulys Chacin COL vs LAD
4:10PM
102 34 11 5 20 18 17 .333 .422 .537 .959
Jon Lester BOS @ DET
7:15PM
146 52 17 5 16 17 23 .356 .427 .565 .992
Recommended Pickup
Eddie Butler, P, COL - Regardless of his performance Friday night against the Dodgers -- it wasn't pretty -- Butler still makes for an intriguing option in most formats. The 23-year-old right-hander was promoted to take Franklin Morales’ spot in the rotation, after posting a 2.49 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 11 starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs to begin the year. The strikeouts have been down (5.2 K/9 at Triple-A), but Butler averaged nearly a strikeout per inning last season and certainly has the arsenal to miss bats at the highest level. Of course, his home ballpark will scare some off, but Butler has been able to keep the ball in the yard in the minors, surrendering a total of 13 home runs in 286 career innings. He also commands his pitches fairly well, and the Rockies figure to let him learn on the job, especially after Jordan Lyles (hand) hit the DL on Thursday.

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DraftStreet Value Plays
SP - Roenis Elias, SEA ($13,888)
C - Josmil Pinto, MIN ($5,207)
1B - Albert Pujols, LAA ($5,127)
2B - Daniel Murphy, NYM ($5,498)
SS - Starlin Castro, CHC ($5,941)
3B - Jace Peterson, SD ($2,500)
OF - Rajai Davis, DET ($5,744)