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Sunday Lineup Card: Call On McHugh

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L) at Blue Jays (Drew Hutchinson - R), 1:07
Phillies (David Buchanan - R) at Reds (Homer Bailey - R), 1:10
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Pirates (Jeff Locke - L), 1:35
Athletics (Scott Kazmir - L) at Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez - R), 1:35
Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R) at Rays (Chris Archer - R), 1:40
Astros (Collin McHugh - R) at Twins (Samuel Deduno - R), 2:10
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Royals (James Shields - R), 2:10
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez - R) at Cubs (Jake Arrieta - R), 2:20
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) at Rangers (Joe Saunders - L), 3:05
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Angels (C.J. Wilson - L), 3:35
Mets (Zack Wheeler - R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum - R), 4:05
Braves (Aaron Harang - R) at Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson - R), 4:10
Dodgers (Clayton Kersaw - L) at Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa - L), 4:10
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R) at Padres (Eric Stults - L), 4:10
Red Sox (John Lackey - R) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R), 8:07

Day Game After Night Game: NYY/KC, OAK/BAL, CWS/LAA, NYM/SF, ATL/ARZ, and WAS/SD

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Gerrit Cole, P, PIT - (Shoulder) Will miss Monday’s scheduled start due to fatigue.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS - (Thumb) Wasn’t in Saturday’s lineup even though X-rays were negative.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD - (Hip) Exited Saturday in the fifth inning due to a hip flexor.
Dee Gordon, SS, LAD - (Hip) Left Saturday’s game in the fourth because of discomfort.
Alex Avila, C, DET - (Concussion) Had to make it through pregame workouts to be cleared to play.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL - (Illness) Scratched from Saturday’s lineup.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA - (Shoulder) Didn’t start Saturday after Friday’s injury.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA - (Quadcriceps) Wasn’t in Saturday’s starting lineup.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN - (Ankle) Didn’t start Saturday.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL - (Shouler) Missed second straight start Sunday.
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU - (Elbow) Missed fouth consecutive start Saturday.

Players on the DL

Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS - (Shoulder) Will make another rehab start on June 12.
Tyler Thornburg, P, MIL - (Elbow) Placed on the 15-day disabled list due to soreness.
Mike Adams, P, PHI - (Shoulder) Placed on the 15-day DL due to inflammation.
Tom Gorzelanny, P, MIL - (Shoudler) Manager encouraged after Friday’s rehab appearance.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS - (Finger) Scheduled to start Sunday at first base.
Ryan Sweeney, OF, CHC - (Hamstring) Could begin rehab assignment next week.
Zach Rosscup, P, CHC - (Shoudler) Rehab assignment was scheduled to start Saturday.
Chad Billingsley, P, LAD - (Elbow) Begins rehab assignment Sunday.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE - (Knee) Ran the bases Saturday for first time since his injury.
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD - (Ankle) Participated in agility drills Saturday.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR - (Hamstring) Begins rehab assingment in the next few days.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN - (Quadriceps) Will begin rehab assignment on Sunday.
J.J. Putz, P, ARZ - (Forearm) Gave up a hit and two walks over one inning in recent rehab game.
Mark Trumbo, OF, ARZ - (Foot) Took batting practice for the first time since injury.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS - (Knee) Threw a simulated game Saturday.

Activated From the DL

Andrew Cashner, P, SD

Placed on the DL

Tyler Thornberg, P, MIL
Mike Adams, P, PHI

Called Up

Kevin Gausman, P, BAL
Kirby Yates, P, TB
Cory Rasmus, OF, LAA

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

Tim Berry, P, BAL
Josh Lueke, P, TB
Grant Green, OF, LAA

Closer Watch

Astros - Chad Qualls picked up his seventh save of the season Friday when he pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth against the Twins. Qualls has seven saves in his second time playing for the Astros, which actually eclipses the six saves that he recorded in the four combined seasons he played from 2004-2007. Some fantasy owners will be wary of picking up Qualls as he has put up some really terrible seasons in his 10 year career as a reliever, but the 35-year-old hasn’t given up a run since April 19. With saves being a premium category in so many different formats there is no reason that Qualls isn’t owned in more leagues especially considering how well he has been pitching.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – June 8, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Byrd OF PHI @ CIN
1:10PM
H. Bailey 18 7 4 2 7 0 2 .389 .368 .833 1.202
N. Markakis OF BAL vs OAK
1:35PM
S. Kazmir 24 10 2 2 7 3 5 .417 .481 .667 1.148
R. Braun OF MIL @ PIT
1:35PM
C. Morton 18 8 4 1 5 3 2 .444 .524 .778 1.302
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs MIL
1:35PM
Y. Gallardo 46 14 7 3 7 2 4 .304 .333 .609 .942
G. Sanchez 1B PIT vs MIL
1:35PM
Y. Gallardo 30 8 4 2 6 4 7 .267 .353 .533 .886
D. DeJesus OF TB vs SEA
1:40PM
F. Hernandez 34 11 4 1 5 2 4 .324 .378 .500 .878
M. Montero C ARI vs ATL
4:10PM
A. Harang 18 10 2 1 1 5 3 .556 .652 .778 1.430
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ COL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 34 13 5 3 10 6 12 .382 .463 .706 1.169
M. Kemp OF LAD @ COL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 29 11 6 3 8 1 4 .379 .387 .793 1.180
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ COL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 21 8 5 1 3 4 4 .381 .480 .714 1.194
R. Davis OF DET vs BOS
8:07PM
J. Lackey 31 12 4 0 4 0 9 .387 .387 .548 .935
I. Kinsler 2B DET vs BOS
8:07PM
J. Lackey 38 16 7 4 9 4 1 .421 .477 .842 1.319
V. Martinez DH DET vs BOS
8:07PM
J. Lackey 30 12 1 0 0 3 3 .400 .471 .433 .904
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 8, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Yovani Gallardo MIL @ PIT
1:35PM
244 50 18 5 21 31 61 .205 .297 .320 .617
Felix Hernandez SEA @ TB
1:40PM
156 32 6 1 12 14 47 .205 .272 .252 .523
Tim Lincecum SF vs NYM
4:05PM
116 22 9 2 9 14 43 .190 .283 .294 .577
Jordan Zimmermann WAS @ SD
4:10PM
78 17 5 1 5 2 14 .218 .247 .306 .553
Cold Batter Matchups – June 8, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Rollins SS PHI @ CIN
1:10PM
H. Bailey 19 4 0 0 0 0 4 .211 .211 .211 .421
P. Alvarez 3B PIT vs MIL
1:35PM
Y. Gallardo 26 2 1 0 2 6 11 .077 .250 .115 .365
C. Barmes SS PIT vs MIL
1:35PM
Y. Gallardo 20 1 0 0 0 2 6 .050 .136 .050 .186
B. Zobrist 2B TB vs SEA
1:40PM
F. Hernandez 28 3 0 0 2 6 10 .107 .257 .107 .364
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 48 6 0 0 0 5 15 .125 .236 .125 .361
A. Beltre 3B TEX vs CLE
3:05PM
J. Masterson 19 3 0 0 0 2 3 .158 .238 .158 .396
D. Wright 3B NYM @ SF
4:05PM
T. Lincecum 23 3 0 0 1 3 13 .130 .231 .130 .361
C. Young OF NYM @ SF
4:05PM
T. Lincecum 51 8 5 2 5 6 17 .157 .259 .333 .592
D. LeMahieu 2B COL vs LAD
4:10PM
C. Kershaw 19 7 1 0 1 0 5 .368 .368 .421 .789
A. Ethier OF LAD @ COL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 19 3 1 0 1 0 6 .158 .158 .211 .368
S. Drew SS BOS @ DET
8:07PM
A. Sanchez 18 5 1 0 3 0 4 .278 .300 .389 .689
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 8, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Hiroki Kuroda NYY @ KC
2:10PM
79 26 9 1 9 6 9 .329 .368 .472 .840
Aaron Harang ATL @ ARI
4:10PM
87 31 14 4 13 15 14 .356 .454 .632 1.086
Jorge De La Rosa COL vs LAD
4:10PM
131 41 18 7 23 12 31 .313 .368 .568 .936
John Lackey BOS @ DET
8:07PM
201 68 23 8 25 15 38 .338 .393 .542 .935

Recommended Pickup

Collin McHugh, P, HOU - If McHugh is still available in your fantasy league, then you might want to consider picking him up even the smaller leagues that have deeper waiver wires. Since being called up by the Astros on April 22 McHugh has been one of the best pitchers in the bigs by recording a 2.52 ERA, four wins, 54 strikeouts, and only 14 walks over 50 inning pitched. McHugh is in his third MLB season, but is also on his third MLB team of his young career. There must not have been a lot of people thinking McHugh would dominate like he has in first eight starts with the Astros as the Mets 18th round pick in 2008 had given up 47 runs over 47.1 innings in 15 games for the Mets and then the Rockies in his first two seasons. Either way fantasy sports are won and lost on the waiver wires in many of leagues, and McHugh could make a difference on many of rosters as long as he continues at his current pace.

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3B - Manny Machado, BAL ($5,283)
SS - Xander Bogaerts, BOS ($5,152)
OF - Denard Span, WAS ($5,288)
SP - Justin Masterson, CLE ($9,580)