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Tuesday Lineup Card: Place Your Betts

Andrew Fiorentino

Andrew Fiorentino

A degenerate fantasy player since the age of 13.

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

Brewers (Marco Estrada ľ R) at Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison ľ R), 1:07
Angels (Garrett Richards ľ R) at White Sox (Hector Noesi ľ R), 5:10
Angels (Jered Weaver ľ R) at White Sox (Scott Carroll ľ R), 8:10
Rangers (Nick Martinez ľ R) at Orioles (T.J. McFarland ľ R), 7:05
Rockies (Christian Friedrich ľ L) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg ľ R), 7:05
Rays (David Price ľ L) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda ľ R), 7:05
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley ľ L) at Pirates (Jeff Locke ľ L), 7:05
Athletics (Brad Mills ľ L) at Tigers (Rick Porcello ľ R), 7:08
Mets (Daisuke Matsuzaka ľ R) at Braves (Mike Minor ľ L), 7:10
Cubs (Edwin Jackson ľ R) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz ľ R), 7:10
Phillies (A.J. Burnett ľ R) at Marlins (Henderson Alvarez ľ R), 7:10
Royals (James Shields ľ R) at Twins (Ricky Nolasco ľ R), 8:10
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma ľ R) at Astros (Jarred Cosart ľ R), 8:10
Indians (Justin Masterson ľ R) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett ľ R), 10:10
Reds (Mike Leake ľ R) at Padres (Ian Kennedy ľ R), 10:10
Cardinals (Marco Gonzales ľ L) at Giants (Tim Lincecum ľ R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (calf) ľ Expected to avoid DL
Victor Martinez, DH, DET (ribs) ľ Scratched Monday, but word is it's a minor ailment
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU (elbow) ľ Hit in the elbow Monday, but says he'll go Tuesday
David Wright, 3B, NYM (shoulder) ľ Will be held out until Friday, but likely to avoid DL
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (hamstring) ľ Removed in eighth inning Monday
Dallas Keuchel, SP, HOU (wrist) ľ Says he'll be good to go Thursday against the Angels
Josh Beckett, SP, LAD (general soreness) ľ Expected to pitch Tuesday despite soreness
Scott Kazmir, SP, OAK (calf) ľ Left Monday's start in sixth inning with cramps
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL (leg) ľ Got into Monday's game despite not starting; 1-for-2
Derek Norris, C, OAK (back) ľ Out for third straight Monday, but likely back soon
Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU (back) ľ Out for fourth straight game Monday
Ryan Raburn, OF, CLE (neck) ľ Feeling better as of Monday

Players on the DL

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (finger) ľ Hit off a tee Monday
Evan Gattis, C, ATL (back) ľ Hopeful to avoid extended absence
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL (finger) ľ 0-for-4 in second rehab game
Andrew Cashner, SP, SD (shoulder) ľ Could play catch as soon as Tuesday
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (thumb) ľ Almost ready to return, but probably not Tuesday
Lance Lynn, SP, STL (finger) ľ Has a blister on his throwing hand, but shouldn't miss time
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (leg) ľ Questionable for Tuesday and Wednesday
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA (quad) ľ Hitting .216 on rehab assignment; schedule unclear
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS (finger) ľ Took grounders Sunday, BP Monday
Matt Lindstrom, RP, WAS (ankle) ľ A week ahead of schedule; mid-August return possible
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD (foot) ľ Having boot removed Tuesday ľ hopefully for good this time
David Carpenter, RP, ATL (biceps) ľ Expected to be activated Wednesday
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB (elbow) ľ Setback apparently minor; next rehab start Thursday
Andy Dirks, OF, DET (back) ľ Has slowed down rehab due to minor discomfort in back
Gavin Floyd, SP, ATL (elbow) ľ No timetable for return
Anthony Bass, RP, HOU (ribs) ľ Expected back Thursday
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, P, PHI (shoulder) ľ Pitched back-to-back days for first time over weekend

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

Placed on DL
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL (shoulder)
Evan Gattis, C, ATL (back)
Yunel Escobar, SS, TB (shoulder)

Activated from DL
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
Eduardo Nunez, OF, MIN
Michael Almanzar, 3B, BAL

Called Up
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA
Christian Colon, 2B, KC
Adam Rosales, 2B, TEX

Sent Down
Michael Almanzar, 3B, BAL (DFA)
Stefen Romero, OF, SEA
Angel Sanchez, RP, TB (DFA)
Evan Meek, RP, BAL
Luis Sardinas, SS, TEX
Jorge Polanco, SS, MIN
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B, KC (DFA)
Pedro Florimon, SS, MIN
Xavier Cedeno, RP, WAS
Justin Maxwell, OF, KC (DFA)
Jorge Rondon, RP, STL
Zach Collier, OF, PHI (outrighted)
Donnie Joseph, RP, MIA
Brent Keys, OF, MIA (DFA)

Signed
Raul Ibanez, OF, KC

Claimed
Cory Burns, RP, RB (from TEX)

Traded
Donnie Joseph, RP, MIA (from KC)

Closer Watch

Athletics ľ Sean Doolittle got blown up on Monday, loading the bases before giving up a walk-off grand slam to the Tigers' Rajai Davis. That's two straight blown opportunities for the lefty closer, although even with all those hits and runs tacked onto his line, he still owns a 2.97 ERA and ridiculous 0.69 WHIP for the season. Nonetheless, Doolittle is far from established, so it's getting to be worth wondering whether Luke Gregerson or Dan Otero might get a shot to finish some games if there are more righties than lefties due up.

Cubs ľ Hector Rondon completed Jake Arrieta's gem with a relatively pain-free ninth inning Monday, working around a lonely single for his 10th save. A few recent rough outings have thrown some doubt into Rondon's job security, with the sparkling Neil Ramirez looming large, but this performance will give Rondon at least a little cushion.

Rays ľ Joel Peralta got the call in the ninth with Tampa up a run Monday, and he blew it, giving up a solo homer to Brian Roberts (gross). That's his second time giving up runs in three outings, and it certainly isn't going to go a long way toward winning Peralta the closer's role. For now, this is going to remain a merry-go-round between Peralta, Jake McGee and Grant Balfour.

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Julyá1,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Reyes SS TORávsáMIL
1:07PM
M. Estrada 11 4 2 0 3 0 2 .364 .364 .636 1.000
A. Soriano OF NYYávsáTB
7:05PM
D. Price 12 4 1 1 1 0 4 .333 .333 .583 .917
S. Marte OF PITávsáARI
7:05PM
W. Miley 10 5 1 0 1 1 3 .500 .545 .600 1.145
M. Joyce OF TBá@áNYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 16 6 3 3 3 2 3 .375 .444 .938 1.382
E. Longoria 3B TBá@áNYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 17 7 2 1 5 0 2 .412 .389 .647 1.036
B. Zobrist 2B TBá@áNYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 15 5 5 2 4 3 2 .333 .444 1.000 1.444
D. Ortiz DH BOSávsáCHC
7:10PM
E. Jackson 20 9 4 2 8 6 2 .450 .577 .850 1.427
D. Pedroia 2B BOSávsáCHC
7:10PM
E. Jackson 17 5 2 1 5 2 2 .294 .400 .529 .929
A. Pierzynski C BOSávsáCHC
7:10PM
E. Jackson 24 8 2 2 2 0 4 .333 .333 .583 .917
L. Duda OF NYMá@áATL
7:10PM
M. Minor 16 5 2 1 1 1 4 .313 .353 .563 .915
D. Wright 3B NYMá@áATL
7:10PM
M. Minor 20 5 4 2 3 3 7 .250 .333 .650 .983
M. Byrd OF PHIá@áMIA
7:10PM
H. Alvarez 11 6 1 0 0 1 0 .545 .583 .636 1.220
C. Utley 2B PHIá@áMIA
7:10PM
H. Alvarez 10 4 1 0 1 2 0 .400 .462 .500 .962
M. Gonzalez SS HOUávsáSEA
8:10PM
H. Iwakuma 10 6 2 1 1 0 2 .600 .600 1.000 1.600
B. Dozier 2B MINávsáKC
8:10PM
J. Shields 20 7 5 2 7 1 2 .350 .364 .800 1.164
J. Mauer C MINávsáKC
8:10PM
J. Shields 40 14 3 1 8 2 5 .350 .381 .500 .881
E. Nunez SS MINávsáKC
8:10PM
J. Shields 18 7 3 2 2 1 1 .389 .421 .778 1.199
J. Willingham OF MINávsáKC
8:10PM
J. Shields 25 8 4 0 3 2 7 .320 .393 .480 .873
S. Schumaker 2B CINá@áSD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 23 9 3 0 2 2 2 .391 .440 .522 .962
J. Votto 1B CINá@áSD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 10 4 2 0 1 2 1 .400 .500 .600 1.100
M. Brantley OF CLEá@áLAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett 12 5 3 0 3 2 1 .417 .500 .667 1.167
A. Cabrera SS CLEá@áLAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett 18 7 4 0 1 3 5 .389 .476 .611 1.087
D. Murphy OF CLEá@áLAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett 15 6 3 0 2 1 1 .400 .412 .667 1.078
M. Ellis 2B STLá@áSF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 24 8 3 0 1 3 4 .333 .407 .458 .866
Y. Molina C STLá@áSF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 17 7 0 0 1 1 1 .412 .444 .412 .856
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Julyá1,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Wade Miley ARIá@áPIT
7:05PM
69 15 5 0 6 6 10 .217 .280 .292 .572
Rick Porcello DETávsáOAK
7:08PM
72 16 3 2 5 9 8 .222 .318 .322 .640
Ricky Nolasco MINávsáKC
8:10PM
75 23 9 1 8 1 9 .307 .316 .458 .774
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Julyá1,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. Gardner OF NYYávsáTB
7:05PM
D. Price 14 2 0 0 1 3 3 .143 .294 .143 .437
K. Johnson 2B NYYávsáTB
7:05PM
D. Price 17 3 1 1 2 0 5 .176 .176 .353 .529
G. Sanchez 1B PITávsáARI
7:05PM
W. Miley 11 2 0 0 1 0 2 .182 .182 .182 .364
J. Loney 1B TBá@áNYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 15 2 2 0 4 0 1 .133 .133 .267 .400
A. Callaspo 3B OAKá@áDET
7:08PM
R. Porcello 20 4 1 1 1 3 1 .200 .304 .350 .654
N. Punto 2B OAKá@áDET
7:08PM
R. Porcello 15 3 1 1 2 4 2 .200 .368 .400 .768
B. Upton OF ATLávsáNYM
7:10PM
D. Matsuzaka 21 3 1 1 2 3 6 .143 .250 .286 .536
J. Saltalamacchia C MIAávsáPHI
7:10PM
A. Burnett 17 2 1 0 2 0 10 .118 .118 .176 .294
D. Murphy 2B NYMá@áATL
7:10PM
M. Minor 15 2 2 0 3 0 4 .133 .125 .267 .392
D. Brown OF PHIá@áMIA
7:10PM
H. Alvarez 11 2 0 0 1 1 3 .182 .250 .182 .432
C. Carter OF HOUávsáSEA
8:10PM
H. Iwakuma 15 3 2 1 1 2 6 .200 .294 .467 .761
J. Castro C HOUávsáSEA
8:10PM
H. Iwakuma 17 3 0 0 1 1 5 .176 .222 .176 .399
R. Ibanez OF KCá@áMIN
8:10PM
R. Nolasco 19 5 1 0 0 0 3 .263 .263 .316 .579
K. Morales 1B MINávsáKC
8:10PM
J. Shields 12 1 0 0 0 0 2 .083 .083 .083 .167
T. Plouffe 3B MINávsáKC
8:10PM
J. Shields 10 2 0 0 0 2 2 .200 .333 .200 .533
J. Bruce OF CINá@áSD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 12 2 1 0 0 0 4 .167 .167 .250 .417
R. Ludwick OF CINá@áSD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 16 3 1 0 1 1 8 .188 .278 .250 .528
B. Phillips 2B CINá@áSD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 16 3 2 1 4 0 2 .188 .176 .438 .614
D. Butera C LADávsáCLE
10:10PM
J. Masterson 12 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .143 .000 .143
C. Headley 3B SDávsáCIN
10:10PM
M. Leake 10 2 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533
W. Venable OF SDávsáCIN
10:10PM
M. Leake 12 2 1 0 1 1 3 .167 .231 .250 .481
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Julyá1,á2014
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 NYYávsáTB
7:05PM
87 24 12 6 17 8 15 .276 .333 .575 .908
Edwin Jackson CHCá@áBOS
7:10PM
83 26 8 5 16 10 17 .313 .394 .544 .937
Tim Lincecum SFávsáSTL
10:15PM
86 30 7 1 6 8 20 .349 .404 .460 .864


Recommended Pickup
Mookie Betts, 2B/OF, BOS ľ In most competitive leagues, Betts has been snatched off the wire already, but he's widely available in shallower formats. If you haven't heard, Betts hit .345/.437/.520 with eight homers, 29 steals and a 51:33 BB:K (yeah, for real) between Double-A and Triple-A to force his way up to the majors. A second baseman throughout his career, Betts saw a good amount of reps in the outfield this year, as the Sox have that Dustin Pedroia guy occupying second, but they clearly want Betts' bat in the lineup. With his advanced plate discipline, great contact skills, killer speed and underrated pop, Betts is poised to make a major fantasy impact down the stretch. Make sure he doesn't go unowned in your leagues.

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DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Hiroki Kuroda, NYY ($10,705)
C: Yadier Molina, STL ($5,266)
1B: C.J. Cron, LAA ($5,599)
2B: Jason Kipnis, CLE ($4,357)
SS: Ian Desmond, WAS ($4,732)
3B: Pablo Sandoval, SF ($5,000)
OF: Kole Calhoun, LAA ($5,745)