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Monday Lineup Card: Lord Have Mercer

Eric Caturia

Eric Caturia

Eric is a writer/editor of MLB, NBA, and NFL content for RotoWire.

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

Angels (Jered Weaver - R) at Indians (Trevor Bauer - R), 7:05
Royals (Jason Vargas - L) at Tigers (Justin Verlander - R), 7:08
Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) at Braves (Julio Teheran - R), 7:10
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L) at Rays (Jake Odorizzi - R), 7:10
Twins (Kevin Correia - R) at Red Sox (Rubby De La Rosa - R), 7:10
Cubs (Jason Hammel - R) at Marlins (Tom Koehler - R), 7:10
Mets (Jacob DeGrom - R) at Cardinals (Carlos Martinez - R), 8:00
Brewers (Wily Peralta - R) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy - R), 9:40
Rangers (Colby Lewis - R) at Athletics (Drew Pomeranz - L), 10:05
Rockies (Tyler Matzek - L) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L), 10:10
Padres (Tyson Ross - R) at Mariners (Chris Young - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU (Hand) - Manager Bo Porter believes Altuve will return to the lineup Tuesday.
Erick Aybar, SS, LAA (Hip) - Removed from Sunday's game due to discomfort in his left hip.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS (Illness) - Missed Sunday's contest with an illness but is expected to be ready to return Monday.
Brett Cecil, P, TOR (Groin) - Played catch Sunday, marking his first activity since leaving Friday's outing due to a strained groin.
R.A. Dickey, P, TOR (Groin) - Said that his groin tightness is mild, and he should be able to make his upcoming start scheduled for Friday.
Ian Krol, P, DET (Biceps) - The tendinitis in his left biceps has improved, and he could have pitched Sunday, if needed.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR (Foot) - Had a CT scan performed on his foot before Sunday's contest, which was returned negative.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, P, NYM (Stomach) - Tried to pitch through a severely upset stomach but was removed after the first inning.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA (Head) - Left Sunday's contest after a 0-for-3 performance due to a cut in his forehead.
Eduardo Nunez, SS, MIN (Hamstring) - Removed from Saturday's outing in the eighth inning with a hamstring strain.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (Back) - Scratched Sunday as a result of a stiff back
Buster Posey, C, SF (Head) - Passed concussion tests Sunday, after taking a foul ball off his face mask that induced a headache.
Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY (Knee) - Sitting out a second game in a row Sunday as a result of a bruised right knee.
Denard Span, OF, WAS (Back) - Scratched Sunday due to back tightness.
Justin Turner, 2B, LAD (Calf) - Was able to pinch hit Sunday, despite a tight calf that kept him from starting three consecutive days.

Players on the DL
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS (Knee) - Gave up three runs on four hits to go with five strikeouts in his first rehab nod Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Santiago Casilla, P, SF (Hamstring) - Will travel with the Giants for their upcoming series at the White Sox, which begins Tuesday; however, a return date has yet to be determined.
Gerrit Cole, P, PIT (Shoulder) - Tossed a 34-pitch bullpen session Sunday that went well.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (Ankle) - His recovery from a left ankle sprain has stalled.
Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS (Shoulder) - Expected to come off the DL in order to start Wednesday.
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM (Ribs) - Unlikely to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible, as he's some time from starting a rehab assignment.
Francisco Liriano, P, PIT (Oblique) - May be able to throw by Tuesday.
Zach McAllister, P, CLE (Back) - Surrendered no runs on five hits during Saturday's rehab start; his activation date could be determined Monday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS (Finger) - Will take reps in the outfield during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN (Ribs) - Had an MRI performed, revealing inflammation between the ninth rib and costal cartilage.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS (Hamstring) - Intends to ramp up baseball activities early next week.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (Knee) - Ran the bases Sunday and will do so again Monday, before joining Triple-A Sacramento for a rehab assignment Tuesday.
Kevin Siegrist, P, STL (Forearm) - Threw a bullpen session Sunday, which will determine whether or not he starts a rehab assignment Tuesday.
Danny Valencia, DH, KC (Hand) - Had commencement of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha pushed back to Tuesday at the earliest.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (Hamstring) - Played five innings in right field Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 0-for-2 during his first rehab game.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (Abdomen) - Has taken part in running drills, as he recovers from an appendectomy in early June.
Eric Young Jr., OF, NYM (Hamstring) - Expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to Monday's outing.


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

Placed on the DL
Nathan Eovaldi, P, MIA (Paternity List)
Josh Fields, P, HOU
Chone Figgins, 3B, LAD
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
Fernando Salas, P, LAA
Nick Vincent, P, SD
Christian Yelich, OF, MIA

Called Up
Paul Clemens, P, HOU
Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA
Sam Dyson, P, MIA
Pedro Florimon, SS, MIN
Carlos Triunfel, SS, LAD

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Randal Grichuk, OF, STL
Corey Knebel, P, DET
Michael Martinez, 3B, PIT

Contract Selected
Blaine Boyer, P, SD
Nick Greenwood, P, STL
Blaine Hardy, P, DET
Vance Worley, P, PIT

Outrighted
Wade LeBlanc, P, NYY

Traded
Blake Taylor, P, NYM (from PIT)

Closer Watch

Angels - After Ernesto Frieri blew a save in epic fashion Saturday -- four runs on five hits without tallying an out -- manager Mike Scioscia reiterated that he would keep the status quo intact at the back end of the Angels' bullpen. However, some mixing and matching may take place in certain situations, thereby allowing Joe Smith the occasional save chance. Speaking of his mate, the aforementioned outing bumped up Frieri's peripherals on the month -- 10.80 ERA and 2.20 WHIP in five frames -- but with eighth strikeouts versus one walk on the ledger, he'll continue to provide ample punch, despite his propensity to blow up this season.

Giants - Sergio Romo was unavailable Sunday after pitching on three consecutive days, the latter two of which were disastrous. Across 51 pitches, he yielded a combined seven runs on six hits and one walk, causing his ERA to skyrocket nearly two runs to 5.08. Fortunately, a 0.95 WHIP and 24:6 K:BB in 28.1 innings complement 20 saves nicely, which makes the ERA much more acceptable to fantasy pitching staffs. Considering the recent workload, though, he may receive a few days to rest up, placing Jean Machi in the ninth-inning crosshairs for opposing lineups.

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Juneá16,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
L. Chisenhall 3B CLEávsáLAA
7:05PM
J. Weaver 12 5 1 1 2 0 6 .417 .417 .667 1.083
C. Santana C CLEávsáLAA
7:05PM
J. Weaver 17 9 2 1 4 4 1 .529 .619 .765 1.384
A. Avila C DETávsáKC
7:08PM
J. Vargas 11 3 3 2 4 1 3 .273 .333 .909 1.242
M. Cabrera 3B DETávsáKC
7:08PM
J. Vargas 13 4 3 1 3 5 2 .308 .500 .692 1.192
I. Kinsler 2B DETávsáKC
7:08PM
J. Vargas 50 16 8 2 5 3 2 .320 .370 .560 .930
B. Butler DH KCá@áDET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 74 32 6 2 11 8 10 .432 .494 .568 1.062
S. Perez C KCá@áDET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 27 12 8 1 10 0 4 .444 .414 .815 1.229
D. Uggla 2B ATLávsáPHI
7:10PM
C. Hamels 62 9 5 3 6 7 22 .145 .239 .323 .562
J. Rollins SS PHIá@áATL
7:10PM
J. Teheran 13 5 2 1 2 1 0 .385 .429 .692 1.121
C. Utley 2B PHIá@áATL
7:10PM
J. Teheran 10 4 0 0 0 0 2 .400 .400 .400 .800
B. Zobrist 2B TBávsáBAL
7:10PM
W. Chen 25 10 2 1 3 2 5 .400 .444 .560 1.004
M. Prado 3B ARIávsáMIL
9:40PM
W. Peralta 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .800
L. Overbay 1B MILá@áARI
9:40PM
B. McCarthy 12 6 2 0 1 3 0 .500 .600 .667 1.267
J. Lowrie SS OAKávsáTEX
10:05PM
C. Lewis 12 4 1 1 2 0 2 .333 .333 .583 .917
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Juneá16,á2014
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 PHIá@áATL
7:10PM
213 43 20 8 14 14 63 .202 .253 .369 .622
Julio Teheran ATLávsáPHI
7:10PM
68 14 4 2 3 3 12 .206 .239 .341 .580
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Juneá16,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Bourn OF CLEávsáLAA
7:05PM
J. Weaver 10 1 0 0 0 0 5 .100 .100 .100 .200
J. Kipnis 2B CLEávsáLAA
7:05PM
J. Weaver 15 2 2 0 0 2 3 .133 .235 .267 .502
D. Murphy OF CLEávsáLAA
7:05PM
J. Weaver 55 8 4 1 4 5 12 .145 .213 .255 .468
R. Davis OF DETávsáKC
7:08PM
J. Vargas 15 3 1 0 0 1 4 .200 .250 .267 .517
A. Jackson OF DETávsáKC
7:08PM
J. Vargas 20 4 1 0 1 0 4 .200 .190 .250 .440
L. Cain OF KCá@áDET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 12 3 0 0 1 0 3 .250 .250 .250 .500
A. Escobar SS KCá@áDET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 45 9 2 0 2 2 5 .200 .250 .244 .494
A. Gordon OF KCá@áDET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 70 14 6 2 5 9 24 .200 .291 .343 .634
M. Moustakas 3B KCá@áDET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 39 6 1 1 3 1 9 .154 .175 .231 .406
R. Doumit C ATLávsáPHI
7:10PM
C. Hamels 15 3 2 0 0 1 2 .200 .250 .333 .583
C. Johnson 3B ATLávsáPHI
7:10PM
C. Hamels 15 5 1 0 1 0 6 .333 .333 .400 .733
B. Upton OF ATLávsáPHI
7:10PM
C. Hamels 11 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .083 .000 .083
J. Upton OF ATLávsáPHI
7:10PM
C. Hamels 23 7 2 1 1 0 8 .304 .304 .478 .783
D. Ross C BOSávsáMIN
7:10PM
K. Correia 15 3 1 0 0 1 5 .200 .250 .267 .517
C. McGehee 3B MIAávsáCHC
7:10PM
J. Hammel 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .333
Y. Escobar SS TBávsáBAL
7:10PM
W. Chen 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 .083 .083 .167 .250
D. Jennings OF TBávsáBAL
7:10PM
W. Chen 20 3 1 0 0 2 1 .150 .227 .200 .427
E. Longoria 3B TBávsáBAL
7:10PM
W. Chen 15 3 0 0 1 1 4 .200 .250 .200 .450
S. Rodriguez SS TBávsáBAL
7:10PM
W. Chen 15 2 2 1 2 2 2 .133 .235 .400 .635
C. Crisp OF OAKávsáTEX
10:05PM
C. Lewis 22 4 0 0 1 4 4 .182 .308 .182 .490
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Juneá16,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jason Vargas KCá@áDET
7:08PM
162 44 21 6 17 15 27 .272 .336 .482 .818

Recommended Pickup

Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT - During the season's first two months, Mercer was in the friendly side of a platoon at shortstop with Clint Barmes, yet the former emerged from May with a .225/.244/.350 line. Mercer's first appearance in June went swimmingly -- he bashed a solo homer and RBI single to go with four runs scored in a 4-for-5 performance -- and he hasn't relinquinshed the gig in the meantime. Despite going 3-for-his-last-18, he boasts a .320/.340/.540 slash line with three home runs, nine RBI, and 11 runs scored this month, strengthening his place in manager Clint Hurdle's mind over Barmes, for now. With nearly triple the at-bats of Barmes -- 200 versus 72 through Sunday's action -- Mercer is clearly the favored option and should warrant more than 7.0 percent ownership in ESPN formats.

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