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Thursday Lineup Card: The Boxer

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

CHC (Kyle Henricks – R) at CIN (Homer Bailey – R), 12:35 PM ET
PHI (David Buchanan – R) at MIL (Matt Garza – R), 2:10 PM ET
OAK (Scott Kazmir – L) at SF (Tim Hudson – R), 3:45 PM ET
CHW (Jose Quintana – L) at BOS (Jon Lester – L), 4:05 PM ET
WAS (Gio Gonzalez – L) at BAL (Wei-Yin Chen – L), 7:05 PM ET
NYY (David Phelps – R) at CLE (T.J. House – L), 7:05 PM ET
ATL (Aaron Harang – R) at NYM (Bartolo Colon – R), 7:10 PM ET
PIT (Edinson Volquez – R) at STL (Shelby Miller – R), 7:15 PM ET
LAA (Hector Santiago – L) at TEX (Colby Lewis – R), 8:05 PM ET
DET (Drew Smyly – L) at KC (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 8:10 PM ET
MIN (Yohan Pino – R) at SEA (Tom Wilhelmsen – R), 10:10 PM ET
SD (Odrisamer Despaigne – R) at LAD (Clayton Kershaw – L), 10:10 PM ET

Day Game After Night Game: NYY/TOR, CIN/NYM, SEA/OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC – (Paternity) Out Wednesday and Thursday on paternity leave.
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY – (Eye) Scratched Wednesday after being hit in the eye in batting practice.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL – (Back) Manager hopes he can play Thursday.
Jason Castro, C, HOU – (Arm) Out Wednesday, but took batting practice before the game.
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL – (Wrist) Out of lineup Wednesday after suffering injury Tuesday.
Jeurys Familia, P, NYM – (Arm) Unavailable Wednesday after he could not get loose Tuesday.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY – (Abdomen) Out of Wednesday’s lineup with strain.
Alex Gordon, OF, KC – (Wrist) Late scratch Wednesday, getting an MRI Thursday.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN – (Hamstring) Revealed he has had tightness in hamstring since this spring.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR – (Foot) Likely out six-to-eight weeks.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT – (Personal) Will miss a minimum of three games while on bereavement list, beginning Wednesday.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET – (Back) Probably out through the weekend.
Yadier Molina, C, STL – (Thumb) Left Wednesday’s game with sprain.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC – (Illness) Out of Wednesday’s lineup with stomach virus.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN – (Thumb) Left Wednesday’s game after trying to make a diving stop.

Players on the DL
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD – (Wrist) Hit off a tee Wednesday but not close to returning from DL.
Brett Anderson, P, COL – (Finger) Will start Sunday.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD – (Hip) Hoping for a return by the end of the month.
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL – (Elbow) Was shut down from throwing batting practice Wednesday.
Gerrit Cole, P, PIT – (Oblique) Velocity dipped before being placed on DL.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW – (Shoulder) Eying an August return.
Jaime Garcia, P, STL – (Shoulder) Will have season-ending surgery Friday.
Cole Gillespie, OF, TOR – (Oblique) Hit DL Tuesday with strain.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL – (Finger) Due to return Friday.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD – (Foot) Doing lite baseball activities, several weeks from returning.
Jim Henderson, P, MIL – (Shoulder) Moved rehab to Double-A, eying return after All-Star break.
Derek Holland, P, TEX – (Knee) First rehab tentative for July 23.
Francisco Liriano, P, PIT – (Oblique) Will start Sunday.
Justin Masterson, P, CLE – (Knee) Throwing light bullpen sessions through the All-Star break.
Wil Myers, OF, KC – (Wrist) May have cast removed Friday.
Wil Nieves, C, PHI – (Quadriceps) Could be activated Friday.
A.J. Pollock, OF, AZ – (Hand) Targeting rehab assignment beginning August 1.
Drew Pomeranz, P, OAK – (Hand) Played catch Monday, could begin rehab soon.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI – (Concussion) Cleared to resume baseball activities.
Danny Santana, SS, MIN – (Knee) Out at least through the All-Star break.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF – (Back) Should be activated Friday.
Kevin Siegrist, P, STL – (Shoulder) Should begin rehab with Double-A this week.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY – (Elbow) Has inflammation.
Jason Vargas, P, KC – (Appendix) Out three-to-four weeks after surgery.

Activated from the DL
Dillon Gee, P, NYM
Jeff Manship, P, PHI

Placed on the DL
Darwin Barney (paternity list)
Gerrit Cole, P, PIT
Cole Gillespie, P, TOR
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (bereavement list)
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY

Claimed Off Waivers
Rubby De La Rosa, P, BOS

Called Up
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, CHC
Zoilo Almonte, OF, NYY
Dallas Beeler, P, CHC
Brandon Cumpton, P, PIT
Matt Hague, 1B, PIT
Eric Kratz, C, TOR
Stephen Pryor, P, SEA
Christian Vazquez, C, BOS

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Gonzalez Germen, P, NYM
David Holmberg, P, CIN
Donnie Murphy, 2B, TEX (released)
A.J. Pierzynski, C, BOS (designated for assignment)
B.J. Rosenburg, P, PHI
Chris Rusin, P, CHC
Tsuyoshi Wada, P, CHC
Taijuan Walker, P, SEA
Brandon Workman, P, BOS

Closer Watch

Miami – Steve Cishek has delivered some fairly good results as Miami’s closer this season. The problem is, when he has been bad, he has been really bad. Take Wednesday when Cishek entered in the bottom of the 10th with a two run lead, for example. Cishek failed to retire a batter and allowed three runs on three hits and a walk. Cishek has allowed one earned run in three games this season, but he has allowed multiple runs in five games, including three times since June 27.

New York Mets – Jenrry Mejia rebounded from his second blown save Monday to notch Wednesday’s save while allowing two hits to the Braves.

Tampa Bay – Jake McGee surrendered two runs Tuesday – his first runs allowed since June 5 – but notched his sixth save of the season against the Royals. While he was lucky to enter the game with a three run lead, McGee went over a month without allowing a run and he appears to have Joe Maddon’s trust as the closer.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – July 10, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
W. Castillo C CHC @ CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 10 3 2 0 2 1 3 .300 .364 .500 .864
A. Rizzo 1B CHC @ CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 16 6 2 1 2 6 1 .375 .545 .625 1.170
N. Schierholtz OF CHC @ CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 20 8 3 1 3 0 6 .400 .400 .650 1.050
M. Byrd OF PHI @ MIL
2:10PM
M. Garza 19 5 2 2 9 1 7 .263 .286 .579 .865
A. De Aza OF CWS @ BOS
4:05PM
J. Lester 14 4 4 0 2 1 2 .286 .333 .571 .905
A. Dunn 1B CWS @ BOS
4:05PM
J. Lester 11 3 1 1 3 4 2 .273 .467 .545 1.012
P. Konerko 1B CWS @ BOS
4:05PM
J. Lester 28 10 6 3 7 4 6 .357 .438 .786 1.223
D. Viciedo OF CWS @ BOS
4:05PM
J. Lester 15 5 2 1 3 0 5 .333 .333 .600 .933
B. Upton OF ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
B. Colon 29 9 3 1 5 4 8 .310 .412 .517 .929
B. Abreu OF NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 10 4 2 2 4 1 4 .400 .455 1.000 1.455
D. Murphy 2B NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 17 6 5 1 5 0 3 .353 .353 .765 1.118
R. Tejada SS NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 14 6 2 0 0 2 3 .429 .529 .571 1.101
D. Wright 3B NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 26 11 5 1 7 5 8 .423 .500 .692 1.192
C. Young OF NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 27 7 3 3 5 2 5 .259 .310 .593 .903
P. Alvarez 3B PIT @ STL
7:15PM
S. Miller 18 4 3 3 3 2 6 .222 .333 .722 1.056
R. Martin C PIT @ STL
7:15PM
S. Miller 11 4 3 2 3 2 2 .364 .462 1.000 1.462
N. Walker 2B PIT @ STL
7:15PM
S. Miller 15 5 3 0 1 1 1 .333 .412 .533 .945
A. Craig 1B STL vs PIT
7:15PM
E. Volquez 12 5 1 0 4 4 0 .417 .563 .500 1.063
M. Ellis 2B STL vs PIT
7:15PM
E. Volquez 24 8 2 1 4 4 3 .333 .429 .500 .929
M. Holliday OF STL vs PIT
7:15PM
E. Volquez 27 10 3 2 5 2 4 .370 .400 .630 1.030
S. Choo OF TEX vs LAA
8:05PM
H. Santiago 11 3 1 1 1 1 3 .273 .333 .545 .879
A. Avila C DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 26 7 5 3 9 4 8 .269 .367 .692 1.059
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 43 14 3 3 9 5 8 .326 .388 .535 .923
I. Kinsler 2B DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 34 12 3 0 1 3 5 .353 .405 .471 .876
J. Martinez OF DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 12 4 3 2 2 0 0 .333 .333 .917 1.250
B. Butler DH KC vs DET
8:10PM
D. Smyly 11 6 1 0 0 1 2 .545 .583 .636 1.220
C. Denorfia OF SD @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 29 9 5 3 4 5 8 .310 .412 .690 1.101
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 10, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Matt Garza MIL vs PHI
2:10PM
84 18 5 2 13 9 18 .214 .294 .323 .617
Gio Gonzalez WAS @ BAL
7:05PM
96 20 3 0 3 10 22 .208 .288 .237 .526
Drew Smyly DET @ KC
8:10PM
93 24 7 2 5 4 26 .258 .287 .373 .659
Cold Batter Matchups – July 10, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
S. Castro SS CHC @ CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 32 6 2 2 5 2 6 .188 .257 .375 .632
C. Coghlan OF CHC @ CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 10 2 1 0 0 1 3 .200 .273 .300 .573
L. Valbuena 3B CHC @ CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 14 1 1 0 0 3 2 .071 .235 .143 .378
R. Howard 1B PHI @ MIL
2:10PM
M. Garza 10 0 0 0 0 2 5 .000 .167 .000 .167
J. Rollins SS PHI @ MIL
2:10PM
M. Garza 20 3 0 0 0 2 1 .150 .227 .150 .377
N. Punto 2B OAK @ SF
3:45PM
T. Hudson 11 1 1 0 0 0 2 .091 .091 .182 .273
G. Beckham 2B CWS @ BOS
4:05PM
J. Lester 12 2 1 1 1 2 1 .167 .286 .417 .702
N. Cruz OF BAL vs WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 10 0 0 0 0 4 3 .000 .286 .000 .286
J. Hardy SS BAL vs WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 10 2 0 0 0 1 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
A. Jones OF BAL vs WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 19 4 1 0 0 0 3 .211 .211 .263 .474
D. Young OF BAL vs WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 20 4 0 0 0 2 4 .200 .273 .200 .473
L. Duda OF NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 14 2 1 1 2 4 4 .143 .333 .357 .690
J. Jay OF STL vs PIT
7:15PM
E. Volquez 17 4 1 0 1 0 5 .235 .235 .353 .588
Y. Molina C STL vs PIT
7:15PM
E. Volquez 26 4 2 1 3 2 5 .154 .214 .308 .522
E. Aybar SS LAA @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 10 1 1 0 0 1 1 .100 .250 .300 .550
H. Conger C LAA @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 12 2 1 0 1 0 2 .167 .167 .333 .500
H. Kendrick 2B LAA @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 23 5 2 1 2 1 7 .217 .280 .391 .671
E. Andrus SS TEX vs LAA
8:05PM
H. Santiago 10 2 0 0 0 1 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
R. Davis OF DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 19 4 1 0 1 0 5 .211 .211 .263 .474
T. Hunter OF DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 40 12 3 0 5 0 3 .300 .302 .375 .677
A. Jackson OF DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 27 5 2 1 2 2 8 .185 .241 .333 .575
D. Kelly OF DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 18 4 0 0 0 0 5 .222 .222 .222 .444
A. Escobar SS KC vs DET
8:10PM
D. Smyly 14 3 1 0 0 0 4 .214 .214 .286 .500
A. Gordon OF KC vs DET
8:10PM
D. Smyly 17 2 0 0 2 2 9 .118 .211 .118 .328
E. Hosmer 1B KC vs DET
8:10PM
D. Smyly 15 3 1 0 0 1 4 .200 .250 .267 .517
C. Maybin OF SD @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 16 2 0 0 0 2 5 .125 .222 .125 .347
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 10, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Aaron Harang ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
136 43 20 8 23 22 33 .316 .413 .574 .987


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