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Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Twins (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 1:08
Pirates (Vance Worley - R) at Marlins (Henderson Alvarez - R), 1:10
Padres (Ian Kennedy - R) at Mets (Daisuke Matsuzaka - R), 1:10
Cubs (Travis Wood - L) at Phillies (A.J. Burnett - R), 1:35
Indians (Corey Kluber - R) at Red Sox (Brandon Workman - R), 1:35
Blue Jays (J.A. Happ - L) at Orioles (Chris Tillman - R), 1:35
Reds (Mike Leake - R) at Brewers (Marco Estrada - R), 2:10
Royals (James Shields - R) at White Sox (Andre Rienzo - R), 2:10
Rays (David Price - L) at Astros (Brad Peacock - R), 2:10
Nationals (Doug Fister - R) at Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L), 2:15
Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L), 4:05
Yankees (Vidal Nuno - L) at Athletics (Jesse Chavez - R), 4:05
Diamondbacks (Bronson Arroyo - R) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett - R), 4:10
Rangers (Nick Martinez - R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R), 4:10
Angels (Hector Santiago - L) at Braves (Mike Minor - L), 8:00

Day Game After Night Game: CIN/MIL, WAS/ATL, NYY/OAK, ARZ/LAA, and TEX/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY - (Knee) Likely to be held out of Sunday’s lineup.
Josh Fields, P, HOU - (Forearm) Suffered an injury in Saturday’s game which appears to be a strain.
Justin Turner, 2B, LAD - (Calf) Wasn’t in starting lineup for the second straight day.
R.A. Dickey, P, TOR - (Groin) Diagnosed with tightness after exiting Saturday’s game.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR - (Foot) Pulled from Saturday’s game because of a bruise, and X-rays were negative.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN - (Oblique) Diagnosed with a strain after exiting Saturday’s game.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Toe) Results of MRI were seen by team Saturday.
Adam Wainwright, P, STL - (Elbow) Won’t make his next start previously scheduled for Monday.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL - (Back) Expected to make next start.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN - (Back) Wasn’t in Saturday’s starting lineup.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYM - (Calf) Missed third straight start Saturnday, but should return Saturday.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU - (Hand) Wasn’t allowed to start Saturday after saying he was ready.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS - (Oblique) Was only available off the bench Saturday.
Brett Cecil, P, TOR - (Groin) Still felt tightness Saturday after leaving Friday’s game early.
Christian Yellich, OF, MIA - (Back) Wasn’t in Saturday’s starting lineup after leaving.
Hector Rondon, P, CHC - (Elbow) Felt fine after throwing 11 pitches off a mound Saturday.

Players on the DL

James Paxton, P, SEA - (Back) Threw from up to 90 feet Saturday.
Chad Billingsley, P, LAD - (Elbow) Hasn’t decided if he will undergo surgery.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS - (Thumb) Will take light swings and play catch next week.
Sean Marshall, P, CIN - (Shoulder) Was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday.
Gerrit Cole, P, PIT - (Shoulder) Slated to throw a simulated game Wednesday.
Miguel Gonzalez, P, BAL - (Oblique) Expected to start Tuesday.
Joe Weiland, P, SD - (Elbow) Scheduled to begin throwing off a mound next week.
Troy Patton, P, SD - (Shoulder) Placed on the 15-day DL because of soreness.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC - (Oblique) Diagnosed with a strain.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW - (Shoulder) Played catch Thursday and Friday, but is out for the season.
Wellington Garcia, C, CHC - (Ribs) Took dry swings and swings off a tee Wednesday.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS - (Knee) Had rehab start Friday postponed because of weather.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Friday was first rehab start.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, P, PHI - (Shoulder) Threw bullpen session Thursday.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI - (Elbow) Played catch Thursday and Friday.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI - (Hamstring) Hit two home runs in rehab game Friday.

Activated From the DL

Mat Latos, P, CIN
Sergio Santos, P, TOR
Tom Gorzelanny, P, MIL

Placed on the DL

Sean Marshall, P, CIN
Troy Patton, P, SD

Called Up

Jesse Hahn, P, SD
Elian Herrera, OF, MIL

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

Zac Rosscup, P, CHC
Darin Mastroianni, OF, TOR
Logan Schafer, OF, MIL
Irving Falu, 2B, MIL

Traded

Michael Taylor, OF (from OAK to CHW)
Jake Sanchez, P (from CHW to OAK)

Closer Watch

Blue Jays - The call up of Sergio Santos shouldn’t be that big of news in large parts of the fantasy baseball world as he won’t be used in save situations. Toronto’s current closer is Casey Janssen who has been terrific even if one includes the blown save in his last outing. Over the last 30 days Janssen has been used in 13 games, including 11 saves, and has only given up two earn runs, both of which where in that last outing. Santos on the other hand will be used in a setup role, so teams that have holds as a category in their league should at least keep an eye on him if he is still available.

Pirates - Jason Grilli looked shaky Friday when he only recorded one on a fielder’s choice out while giving up two runs on two hits and three walks, one of which was intential. Grilli must not have thought that he was going to be needed entering the bottom of the ninth as the Pirates had a four run lead. Justin Wilson started the inning by recording a walk, a strikeout, and then another walk before Grilli was called upon to record the save. Ultimately the team beat the Marlins in the 13th inning, and Grilli also ended up with his first save of the season.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – June 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. Dozier 2B MIN @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 16 5 2 2 6 0 2 .313 .313 .688 1.000
T. Plouffe 3B MIN @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 19 5 3 1 3 2 2 .263 .333 .526 .860
J. Willingham OF MIN @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 18 7 4 2 7 5 5 .389 .542 .833 1.375
D. Wright 3B NYM vs SD
1:10PM
I. Kennedy 13 5 4 2 5 3 2 .385 .500 1.000 1.500
A. Jones OF BAL vs TOR
1:35PM
J. Happ 10 5 0 0 0 1 2 .500 .545 .500 1.045
N. Markakis OF BAL vs TOR
1:35PM
J. Happ 10 4 1 0 1 0 2 .400 .455 .500 .955
A. Pierzynski C BOS vs CLE
1:35PM
C. Kluber 13 4 2 1 1 1 2 .308 .357 .615 .973
S. Castro SS CHC @ PHI
1:35PM
A. Burnett 25 10 2 0 3 0 2 .400 .400 .480 .880
J. Ruggiano OF CHC @ PHI
1:35PM
A. Burnett 10 3 2 1 3 0 2 .300 .300 .700 1.000
N. Schierholtz OF CHC @ PHI
1:35PM
A. Burnett 11 5 1 0 1 2 1 .455 .533 .545 1.079
R. Cedeno SS PHI vs CHC
1:35PM
T. Wood 11 4 2 0 2 1 2 .364 .385 .545 .930
J. Bautista OF TOR @ BAL
1:35PM
C. Tillman 22 7 3 2 4 4 9 .318 .407 .636 1.044
M. Cabrera OF TOR @ BAL
1:35PM
C. Tillman 19 7 3 1 4 0 3 .368 .400 .632 1.032
J. Reyes SS TOR @ BAL
1:35PM
C. Tillman 14 4 2 1 2 0 2 .286 .286 .571 .857
J. Bruce OF CIN @ MIL
2:10PM
M. Estrada 19 7 5 4 8 3 4 .368 .455 1.053 1.507
Z. Cozart SS CIN @ MIL
2:10PM
M. Estrada 16 4 2 2 2 0 4 .250 .250 .625 .875
B. Phillips 2B CIN @ MIL
2:10PM
M. Estrada 21 7 2 1 3 0 1 .333 .333 .524 .857
J. Votto 1B CIN @ MIL
2:10PM
M. Estrada 15 4 3 1 3 4 3 .267 .421 .600 1.021
G. Beckham 2B CWS vs KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 29 9 4 2 2 2 9 .310 .355 .586 .941
A. Ramirez SS CWS vs KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 45 19 4 2 6 3 4 .422 .458 .622 1.081
R. Weeks 2B MIL vs CIN
2:10PM
M. Leake 12 5 4 2 3 0 2 .417 .417 1.167 1.583
I. Desmond SS WAS @ STL
2:15PM
J. Garcia 12 5 0 0 0 1 1 .417 .462 .417 .878
J. Werth OF WAS @ STL
2:15PM
J. Garcia 15 4 2 1 2 2 2 .267 .353 .533 .886
B. Barnes OF COL @ SF
4:05PM
M. Bumgarner 12 5 0 0 0 0 2 .417 .417 .417 .833
W. Rosario C COL @ SF
4:05PM
M. Bumgarner 28 10 3 1 6 2 6 .357 .400 .571 .971
J. Rutledge 2B COL @ SF
4:05PM
M. Bumgarner 16 7 2 1 2 2 4 .438 .500 .750 1.250
T. Tulowitzki SS COL @ SF
4:05PM
M. Bumgarner 24 8 3 1 3 2 3 .333 .407 .542 .949
B. Crawford SS SF vs COL
4:05PM
J. Nicasio 13 5 4 0 1 2 2 .385 .467 .692 1.159
A. Hill 2B ARI @ LAD
4:10PM
J. Beckett 40 15 8 1 8 2 6 .375 .419 .625 1.044
C. Figgins OF LAD vs ARI
4:10PM
B. Arroyo 17 6 2 1 4 1 1 .353 .368 .588 .957
M. Kemp OF LAD vs ARI
4:10PM
B. Arroyo 26 11 2 2 3 2 4 .423 .483 .654 1.137
H. Ramirez SS LAD vs ARI
4:10PM
B. Arroyo 24 8 4 1 4 0 4 .333 .333 .583 .917
A. Beltre 3B TEX @ SEA
4:10PM
H. Iwakuma 25 10 4 3 5 1 3 .400 .423 .800 1.223
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
There are no pitchers who qualify as "hot" today.
Cold Batter Matchups – June 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
K. Morales 1B MIN @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 16 3 1 0 0 1 5 .188 .235 .250 .485
K. Suzuki C MIN @ DET
1:08PM
R. Porcello 15 3 2 0 3 4 0 .200 .333 .333 .667
D. Murphy 2B NYM vs SD
1:10PM
I. Kennedy 10 2 1 1 2 0 1 .200 .200 .500 .700
R. Martin C PIT @ MIA
1:10PM
H. Alvarez 15 2 1 1 2 0 6 .133 .133 .333 .467
D. Barney 2B CHC @ PHI
1:35PM
A. Burnett 11 2 0 0 0 1 2 .182 .308 .182 .490
L. Valbuena 3B CHC @ PHI
1:35PM
A. Burnett 15 0 0 0 0 4 5 .000 .250 .000 .250
M. Byrd OF PHI vs CHC
1:35PM
T. Wood 17 3 1 0 1 1 2 .176 .222 .235 .458
J. Rollins SS PHI vs CHC
1:35PM
T. Wood 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
B. Lawrie 3B TOR @ BAL
1:35PM
C. Tillman 19 4 2 2 4 0 4 .211 .211 .526 .737
R. Ludwick OF CIN @ MIL
2:10PM
M. Estrada 12 1 0 0 0 1 4 .083 .154 .083 .237
A. De Aza OF CWS vs KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 24 4 0 0 1 2 2 .167 .231 .167 .397
A. Dunn 1B CWS vs KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 29 5 1 1 4 5 12 .172 .294 .276 .570
C. Gillaspie 3B CWS vs KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 15 5 2 0 0 0 3 .333 .333 .467 .800
P. Konerko 1B CWS vs KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 38 6 0 0 1 6 11 .158 .289 .158 .447
A. Ramirez 3B MIL vs CIN
2:10PM
M. Leake 27 3 1 0 0 2 4 .111 .172 .148 .321
J. Segura SS MIL vs CIN
2:10PM
M. Leake 10 2 1 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .400 .600
D. Espinosa 2B WAS @ STL
2:15PM
J. Garcia 11 4 0 0 1 0 4 .364 .364 .364 .727
D. LeMahieu 2B COL @ SF
4:05PM
M. Bumgarner 19 2 0 0 0 3 4 .105 .227 .105 .333
P. Sandoval 3B SF vs COL
4:05PM
J. Nicasio 14 2 0 0 1 1 3 .143 .200 .143 .343
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI @ LAD
4:10PM
J. Beckett 10 2 0 0 2 1 5 .200 .273 .200 .473
G. Parra OF ARI @ LAD
4:10PM
J. Beckett 13 3 1 0 0 0 4 .231 .231 .308 .538
M. Prado 3B ARI @ LAD
4:10PM
J. Beckett 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD vs ARI
4:10PM
B. Arroyo 32 5 1 1 1 2 3 .156 .206 .250 .456
L. Martin OF TEX @ SEA
4:10PM
H. Iwakuma 12 1 0 0 1 0 4 .083 .077 .083 .160
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Rick Porcello DET vs MIN
1:08PM
137 41 16 5 24 16 18 .299 .371 .493 .864
J.A. Happ TOR @ BAL
1:35PM
64 20 4 0 5 7 13 .312 .386 .379 .765
Jaime Garcia STL vs WAS
2:15PM
74 24 4 2 6 7 13 .324 .379 .432 .811
Madison Bumgarner SF vs COL
4:05PM
127 39 10 3 14 13 29 .307 .376 .453 .829
Bronson Arroyo ARI @ LAD
4:10PM
152 47 14 6 17 11 17 .309 .357 .488 .845

Recommended Pickup

Chris Carter, 1B/OF, HOU - If your fantasy team needs some more power then take a serious gander at Carter who is tied for the most home runs in all of MLB for the past seven days with a total of four. In that same time Carter has a total of five hits giving an average of .238 with an on-base percentage of .250 and an OPS of .989. The man can hit for power, and home runs can be hard to come by for some teams. Carter has been primarily used as a DH for the Astros this year, but last year he played over 40 games at both first and left which means that in most leagues he will have mulitple positions where he will be eligible. Carter is not a fit for all fantasy teams, but is still available in many leagues making him worth at least looking at as a pick off the waiver wire.

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