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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)

White Sox (John Danks - L) at Indians (Trevor Bauer - R), 1:05
Marlins (Brad Hand - L) at Mets (Jacob deGrom - R), 1:10
Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L) at Reds (Johnny Cueto - R), 1:10
Nationals (Tanner Roark - R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R), 1:35
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R) at Rays (David Price - L), 1:40
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R) at Astros (Brad Peacock - R), 2:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Royals (Bruce Chen - L), 2:10
Cardinals (Carlos Martinez - R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta - R), 2:10
Braves (Julio Teheran - R) at Cubs (Travis Wood - L), 2:20
Angels (Tyler Skaggs - L) at Rangers (Scott Baker - R), 3:05
Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson - R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L), 4:05
Twins (Phil Hughes - R) at Rockies (Brett Anderson - L), 4:10
Athletics (Sonny Gray - R) at Mariners (Chris Young - R), 4:10
Padres (Tyson Ross - R) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L), 4:10
Yankees (TBA) at Orioles (Kevin Gausman - R), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: DET/KC, LAA/TEX, PIT/CIN, WAS/PHI, OAK/SEA, and SD/LAD

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Tommy Medica, 1B, SD - (Groin) Wasn’t in Saturday’s starting lineup.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD - (Shoulder) Isn’t expected to start until after the All-Star break.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK - (Ankle) Missed third start in a row Saturday.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET - (Back) On pace to return Friday.
Scott Carroll, P, CWS - (Back) Was removed Saturday after five scoreless innings pitched.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI - (Illness) Was scratched from Saturday’s start.
Mat Latos, P, CIN - (Back) Is expected to make the first start after the All-Star break.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS - (Back) Removed from Saturday’s game because of stiffness.
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB - (Upper Body) Was available only in an emergency Saturday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB - (Knee) Was possibly available off the bench Saturday.
Adam Eaton, OF, CWS - (Ankle) Likely to be out until after the All-Star break.
Muneori Kawasaki, SS, TOR - (Hamstring) Took Saturday off after leaving Friday’s game early.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL - (Personal) Placed on the bereavement list Saturday.
David Price, P, TB - (Illness) Is in line to make the final start before the All-Star break.
Chris Dickerson, OF, CLE - (Hamstring) Was scratched from Saturday’s lineup.

Players on the DL

James Paxton, P, SEA - (Back) Threw a bullpen session Saturday.
Drew Pomeranz, P, OAK - (Hand) Started rehab assignment Saturday.
Alberto Callaspo, 3B, OAK - (Hamstring) Placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI - (Concussion) Likely to start rehab assignment Friday.
Jim Adduci, OF, TEX - (Finger) Began rehab assignment Saturday.
Michael Pineda, P, NYY - (Back) Completed bullpen session Friday with no issues.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS - (Hamstring) May be able to play rehab game Sunday.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF - (Back) Hasn’t been cleared to resume swinging a bat.
Matt Lindstrom, P, CWS - (Ankle) Threw a bullpen session and did some fielding drills Saturday.
A.J. Ramos, P, MIA - (Shoulder) Begins rehab assignment Monday.
Nolan Reimold, OF, TOR - (Calf) Went on the disabled list Saturday.
Scott Elbert, P, LAD - (Elbow) Started rehab assignment Friday.
Collin McHugh, P, HOU - (Finger) Placed on the DL retroactive to Monday.
Nick Masset, P, COL - (Knee) Threw off the slope of the mound Saturday.
Jordan Lyles, P, COL - (Hand) Begins rehab assignment July 18.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Played nine innings at third in rehab game Friday.
Eddie Butler, P, COL - (Shoulder) Made first rehab start Saturday.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI - (Elbow) Limited to 75 pitches in rehab start Monday.

Placed On the DL

Collin McHugh, P, HOU
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (Bereavement List)
Nolan Reimold, OF, TOR
Alberto Callaspo, 1B, OAK

Called Up

Zach McAllister, P, CLE
Brett Oberholtzer, P, HOU
Elian Herrera, OF, MIL
Steve Clevenger, C, BAL
Anthony Gose, OF, TOR
George Kottaras, C, STL
Andy Parrino, SS, OAK
Efren Navarro, 1B, LAA
Neftali Soto, 1B, CIN
Ryan Feierabend, P, TEX

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

Aaron Poreda, P, TEX
Mark Lowe, P, CLE
Miguel Gonzalez, P, BAL
Audry Perez, C, STL
Vinnie Pestano, P, CLE
Drew Rucinki, P, LAA
Chris Partch, P, CIN
Brett Marshall, P, CIN
Matt Daley, P, NYY

Signed

Erik Hamren, P, TEX
Rafael Perez, P, PIT

Closer Watch

Cubs - Hector Rondon blew his third save of the season when he gave up one run in the top of the ninth to tie Friday’s game against the Brave at four. Rondon was then redeemed by Justin Ruggiano who not only won the game with a walk-off hit in the bottom of ninth, but also in turn earned Rondon his second win of the season. Rondon hasn’t been spectacular since being named the Cubs closer, but he has been serviceable at worst converting 13 of his 16 save opportunities.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – July 13, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Raburn OF CLE vs CWS
1:05PM
J. Danks 39 14 8 3 11 5 9 .359 .422 .718 1.140
C. Santana C CLE vs CWS
1:05PM
J. Danks 18 4 3 1 3 5 5 .222 .375 .500 .875
N. Swisher 1B CLE vs CWS
1:05PM
J. Danks 22 6 2 2 3 6 1 .273 .429 .545 .974
A. McCutchen OF PIT @ CIN
1:10PM
J. Cueto 49 13 8 4 6 6 8 .265 .357 .592 .949
I. Desmond SS WAS @ PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 37 15 5 2 8 0 5 .405 .410 .676 1.086
B. Harper OF WAS @ PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 23 9 5 1 2 3 1 .391 .462 .739 1.201
N. McLouth OF WAS @ PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 17 4 2 2 3 2 3 .235 .316 .588 .904
R. Zimmerman 3B WAS @ PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 46 16 9 2 5 6 5 .348 .436 .630 1.067
J. Bautista OF TOR @ TB
1:40PM
D. Price 41 14 7 5 11 6 10 .341 .429 .756 1.185
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ KC
2:10PM
B. Chen 39 16 9 5 11 10 6 .410 .531 .897 1.428
A. Jackson OF DET @ KC
2:10PM
B. Chen 40 13 7 1 4 3 7 .325 .364 .575 .939
B. Butler DH KC vs DET
2:10PM
J. Verlander 76 33 7 2 14 9 10 .434 .500 .579 1.079
S. Perez C KC vs DET
2:10PM
J. Verlander 30 14 8 1 10 0 5 .467 .438 .800 1.238
A. Hill 2B ARI @ SF
4:05PM
M. Bumgarner 20 5 5 2 6 1 6 .250 .286 .700 .986
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 13, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Johnny Cueto CIN vs PIT
1:10PM
197 41 15 4 16 19 40 .208 .286 .325 .611
R.A. Dickey TOR @ TB
1:40PM
164 29 14 4 17 18 37 .177 .260 .318 .578
Julio Teheran ATL @ CHC
2:20PM
60 10 5 3 6 2 20 .167 .194 .371 .565
Madison Bumgarner SF vs ARI
4:05PM
143 30 11 3 13 13 34 .210 .278 .337 .616
Cold Batter Matchups – July 13, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Aviles SS CLE vs CWS
1:05PM
J. Danks 20 5 1 0 2 0 3 .250 .238 .300 .538
B. Pena C CIN vs PIT
1:10PM
F. Liriano 18 5 0 0 3 0 4 .278 .263 .278 .541
P. Alvarez 3B PIT @ CIN
1:10PM
J. Cueto 28 5 0 0 1 2 6 .179 .226 .179 .404
N. Walker 2B PIT @ CIN
1:10PM
J. Cueto 35 6 1 0 3 4 6 .171 .275 .200 .475
D. Espinosa 2B WAS @ PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 21 4 1 0 0 4 5 .190 .320 .238 .558
A. LaRoche 1B WAS @ PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 35 6 3 1 3 8 5 .171 .326 .343 .668
D. Span OF WAS @ PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 20 4 2 1 2 2 2 .200 .273 .400 .673
D. Jennings OF TB vs TOR
1:40PM
R. Dickey 18 2 1 0 1 3 6 .111 .238 .167 .405
M. Joyce OF TB vs TOR
1:40PM
R. Dickey 27 5 3 2 7 3 5 .185 .258 .444 .703
J. Loney 1B TB vs TOR
1:40PM
R. Dickey 26 5 0 0 0 5 5 .192 .323 .192 .515
C. Rasmus OF TOR @ TB
1:40PM
D. Price 22 4 0 0 0 2 5 .182 .280 .182 .462
R. Ibanez OF KC vs DET
2:10PM
J. Verlander 29 3 1 0 2 4 5 .103 .206 .138 .344
M. Moustakas 3B KC vs DET
2:10PM
J. Verlander 41 6 1 1 3 1 9 .146 .167 .220 .386
J. Hamilton OF LAA @ TEX
3:05PM
S. Baker 21 5 2 0 3 1 9 .238 .261 .333 .594
M. Montero C ARI @ SF
4:05PM
M. Bumgarner 32 6 1 0 2 0 8 .188 .212 .219 .431
M. Prado 3B ARI @ SF
4:05PM
M. Bumgarner 26 5 1 0 0 2 3 .192 .250 .269 .519
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 13, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
John Danks CWS @ CLE
1:05PM
186 56 28 10 32 22 28 .301 .368 .568 .936
Kyle Kendrick PHI vs WAS
1:35PM
258 77 31 12 32 31 34 .298 .379 .511 .890
Wily Peralta MIL vs STL
2:10PM
64 23 4 3 9 7 10 .359 .430 .545 .975
Bruce Chen KC vs DET
2:10PM
146 46 22 8 23 21 23 .315 .402 .592 .993
Tyson Ross SD @ LAD
4:10PM
72 22 6 1 11 10 19 .306 .372 .437 .810

Recommended Pickup

Chris Coghlan, 3B/OF, CHC - In the 15 games Coghlan has played in the about two week time from from June 28 to this past Friday he has raised his average from 68 points from .193 to .261 by making him one of the best hitters in baseball. During that time period Coghlan has been scored 12 runs which puts him tied for fifth in all of Major League Baseball behind the likes of Albert Pujols and Yasiel Puig. Coghlan also showed a streak of speed during those 15 games by stealing a valuable three bases. Coghlan may just be on hot streak, but that doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t be considered as a waiver wire pickup because of his eligibility to play at multiple positions and the fact that he is helping out in almost every fantasy category at the moment.

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