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Sunday Lineup Card: Lock In Locke

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Royals (Danny Duffy - L) at Indians (Corey Kluber - R), 1:05
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Reds (Mat Latos - R), 1:10
Rangers (Nick Tepesch - R) at Mets (Zack Wheeler - R), 1:10
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L) at Braves (Alex Wood - L), 1:35
Orioles (Kevin Gausman - R) at Red Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 1:35
Cubs (Jake Arrieta - R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 1:35
Philles (A.J. Burnett - R) at Pirates (Jeff Locke - L), 1:35
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Twins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 2:10
Mariners (Taijuan Walker - R) at White Sox (Hector Noesi - R), 2:10
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez - R) at Cardinals (Marco Gonzales - L), 2:15
Astros (Collin McHugh - R) at Angels (Garrett Richards - R), 3:35
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchinson - R) at Athletics (Jeff Samardzija - R), 4:05
Dodgers (Josh Beckett - R) at Rockies (Yohan Flande - L), 4:10
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Padres (Jesse Hahn - R), 4:10
Rays (David Price - L) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 8:00

Day Game After Night Game: BAL/BOS, KC/CLE, SF/SD, TEX/NYM, HOU/LAA, and TOR/OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Patrick McCoy, P, DET - (Hamstring) Left Saturday’s game with a strain.
Brandon Moss, OF, OAK - (Ankle) Was expected to not be available for Saturday’s game.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL - (Back) Couldn’t finish Saturday’s game because of spasms.
Brian McCann, C, NYY - (Foot) X-rays came back negative.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET - (Back) Should be considered day-to-day until the All-Star break.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Groin) Said his groin felt much better Saturday.

Players on the DL

Robbie Erlin, P, SD - (Elbow) Getting close to his first bullpen session since injury.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD - (Foot) Hit in the batting cage Saturday.
Scott Elbert, P, LAD - (Elbow) A Sore toe shut down his rehab assignment for one week.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Finger) Took live batting practice Saturday.
Jaime Garcia, P, STL - (Shoulder) Will have season ending thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.
Danny Santana, SS, MIN - (Knee) Hasn’t been ruled out for the team’s final series before the break.
Bud Norros, P, HOU - (Groin) Is a candidate to start Wednesday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Played third base at Triple-A on Friday.
Jeff Manship, P, PHI - (Quadriceps) Was scheduled to begin rehab assignment Saturday.
Wil Nieves, C, PHI - (Quadriceps) Scheduled to play rehab games through Tuesday or Wednesday.

Activated From the DL

Boone Logan, P, COL
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL

Called Up

Chris Rusin, P, CHC
Preston Guilmet, P, BAL
Tommy Layne, P, BOS
Michael Roth, P, LAA

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

Nick Buss, OF, OAK
Ryan Wheeler, 1B, COL
Dean Anna, SS, PIT
Kenny Wilson, OF, TOR
Tommy Milone, P, OAK
Rich Hill, P, LAA
Cory Rasmus, OF, LAA

Traded

Joey Krehbiel, P (from LAA to ARZ)
Zach Borenstein, OF (from LAA to ARZ)
Joe Thatcher, P (from ARZ to LAA)
Tony Campana, OF (from ARZ to LAA)
Jason Hammel, P (from CHC to OAK)
Jeff Samardzjia, P (from CHC to OAK)
Addison Russell, SS (from OAK to CHC)
Billy McKinney, OF (from OAK to CHC)
Dan Straily, P (from OAK to CHC)

Claimed

Dean Anna, SS (by PIT from NYY)
Cole Gillespie, OF (by TOR from SEA)

Closer Watch

Rays - Jake McGee became the third member of the Tampa Bay bullpen to pick up a save this week for his fourth save of the season. In McGee’s last five outings dating back to June 27 McGee has three saves and two holds, and hasn’t given up a run since June 5. The other two pitchers that picked up saves this week for the Rays are Grant Balfour and Brad Boxberger. Balfour started off the season poorly, but has lowered his ERA more than a full point to 5.08 in his last eight appearances when he only gave up one run off four hits and three walks. Boxberger on the other hand only pick up his second career save Monday, but his 13.77 K/9 ratio this year shows that he may have the stuff to close out games for any team. All three men are strong candidates for saves, but it would appear that McGee will get the majority of the opportunities at his current pace.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – July 6, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
O. Infante 2B KC @ CLE
1:05PM
C. Kluber 14 5 2 0 1 1 1 .357 .400 .500 .900
M. Moustakas 3B KC @ CLE
1:05PM
C. Kluber 16 6 3 0 1 1 3 .375 .412 .563 .974
J. Bruce OF CIN vs MIL
1:10PM
Y. Gallardo 44 15 5 2 9 4 9 .341 .408 .545 .954
R. Ludwick OF CIN vs MIL
1:10PM
Y. Gallardo 32 12 5 3 11 6 4 .375 .474 .719 1.192
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs MIL
1:10PM
Y. Gallardo 57 20 5 2 8 3 6 .351 .393 .509 .902
C. Gomez OF MIL @ CIN
1:10PM
M. Latos 17 8 4 2 7 0 2 .471 .471 1.000 1.471
J. Segura SS MIL @ CIN
1:10PM
M. Latos 16 7 1 1 1 1 2 .438 .471 .625 1.096
R. Weeks 2B MIL @ CIN
1:10PM
M. Latos 19 5 3 2 3 0 6 .263 .263 .632 .895
N. Cruz OF BAL @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Peavy 13 4 3 1 2 2 3 .308 .400 .692 1.092
A. Jones OF BAL @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Peavy 12 7 2 1 2 0 1 .583 .615 .917 1.532
N. Markakis OF BAL @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Peavy 14 5 1 1 2 3 2 .357 .471 .571 1.042
D. Young OF BAL @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Peavy 13 3 2 1 3 1 5 .231 .333 .538 .872
D. Barney 2B CHC @ WAS
1:35PM
J. Zimmermann 12 3 2 0 1 2 2 .250 .357 .500 .857
N. Schierholtz OF CHC @ WAS
1:35PM
J. Zimmermann 13 5 4 1 7 0 2 .385 .385 .846 1.231
B. McCann C NYY @ MIN
2:10PM
R. Nolasco 61 20 12 8 23 2 9 .328 .344 .787 1.131
B. Roberts 2B NYY @ MIN
2:10PM
R. Nolasco 10 6 1 0 1 0 0 .600 .600 .700 1.300
C. Carter OF HOU @ LAA
3:35PM
G. Richards 15 6 2 1 4 1 4 .400 .471 .667 1.137
C. Headley 3B SD vs SF
4:10PM
T. Lincecum 49 13 8 4 9 8 17 .265 .373 .592 .965
S. Smith OF SD vs SF
4:10PM
T. Lincecum 40 11 6 3 5 3 10 .275 .326 .575 .901
V. Martinez DH DET vs TB
8:00PM
D. Price 17 8 5 3 5 0 1 .471 .471 1.118 1.588
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 6, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Tim Lincecum SF @ SD
4:10PM
223 48 21 9 21 16 73 .215 .272 .400 .672
Cold Batter Matchups – July 6, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. Butler DH KC @ CLE
1:05PM
C. Kluber 21 4 1 0 2 1 7 .190 .227 .238 .465
A. Escobar SS KC @ CLE
1:05PM
C. Kluber 19 5 0 0 0 0 5 .263 .263 .263 .526
A. Gordon OF KC @ CLE
1:05PM
C. Kluber 22 4 2 2 5 1 8 .182 .250 .455 .705
E. Hosmer 1B KC @ CLE
1:05PM
C. Kluber 21 3 3 2 7 1 6 .143 .182 .476 .658
R. Braun OF MIL @ CIN
1:10PM
M. Latos 20 2 1 0 1 3 6 .100 .217 .150 .367
M. Maldonado C MIL @ CIN
1:10PM
M. Latos 10 1 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .100 .200
L. Overbay 1B MIL @ CIN
1:10PM
M. Latos 11 2 0 0 1 0 1 .182 .182 .182 .364
C. Davis 1B BAL @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Peavy 10 1 0 0 0 2 2 .100 .250 .100 .350
J. Hardy SS BAL @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Peavy 22 2 1 0 1 3 6 .091 .192 .136 .329
S. Castro SS CHC @ WAS
1:35PM
J. Zimmermann 16 3 2 0 0 0 3 .188 .188 .375 .563
C. Coghlan OF CHC @ WAS
1:35PM
J. Zimmermann 16 4 0 0 2 0 5 .250 .235 .250 .485
J. Ruggiano OF CHC @ WAS
1:35PM
J. Zimmermann 12 3 1 1 1 0 4 .250 .250 .500 .750
I. Desmond SS WAS vs CHC
1:35PM
J. Arrieta 11 2 1 1 1 2 2 .182 .308 .455 .762
R. Zimmerman 3B WAS vs CHC
1:35PM
J. Arrieta 12 4 0 0 1 0 5 .333 .333 .333 .667
J. Willingham OF MIN vs NYY
2:10PM
H. Kuroda 12 1 0 0 1 0 5 .083 .083 .083 .167
K. Johnson 2B NYY @ MIN
2:10PM
R. Nolasco 19 3 1 0 1 3 4 .158 .273 .211 .483
A. Soriano OF NYY @ MIN
2:10PM
R. Nolasco 28 5 2 2 4 0 4 .179 .200 .393 .593
J. Castro C HOU @ LAA
3:35PM
G. Richards 13 3 1 0 1 0 3 .231 .231 .308 .538
M. Gonzalez SS HOU @ LAA
3:35PM
G. Richards 10 1 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .100 .200
A. Amarista 2B SD vs SF
4:10PM
T. Lincecum 14 2 0 0 0 1 3 .143 .200 .143 .343
C. Maybin OF SD vs SF
4:10PM
T. Lincecum 22 4 1 0 2 2 7 .182 .250 .227 .477
C. Quentin OF SD vs SF
4:10PM
T. Lincecum 17 4 2 1 2 0 3 .235 .278 .471 .748
W. Venable OF SD vs SF
4:10PM
T. Lincecum 55 12 3 0 2 2 20 .218 .246 .291 .537
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs TB
8:00PM
D. Price 14 1 0 0 0 2 6 .071 .188 .071 .259
R. Davis OF DET vs TB
8:00PM
D. Price 29 7 2 0 2 1 9 .241 .267 .310 .577
A. Jackson OF DET vs TB
8:00PM
D. Price 14 2 0 0 1 0 8 .143 .143 .143 .286
D. Jennings OF TB @ DET
8:00PM
R. Porcello 10 3 0 0 1 0 3 .300 .300 .300 .600
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 6, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ricky Nolasco MIN vs NYY
2:10PM
196 59 20 12 36 18 29 .301 .361 .528 .889

Recommended Pickup

Jeff Locke, SP, PIT - While Locke may not be the sexiest recommendation one could make because of his low strikeout rate the Pirates starter has been eating innings with low averages to boot in 2014 since returning to the rotation June 8. Locke has struck out 26 batters over his 41.2 innings so far this season, and in his last three starts he only had nine, but that was over 21.1 innings where he only gave up seven runs. Any fantasy team looking for a spot start should give Locke a serious look as he not only has had success against the Phillies, but seems to also prefer pitching in day games. In Locke’s two career starts against the Phillies he has two wins, and in his two day starts in 2014 he has a 2.08 ERA, 0.62 WHIP, and .146 BAA.

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