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

Reds (Mike Leake – R) at Yankees (David Phelps – R), 7:05
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa – L) at Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L), 7:05
Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R), 7:05
Rangers (Yu Darvish – R) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey – R), 7:07
Indians (Trevor Bauer – R) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R), 7:08
Royals (James Shields – R) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R), 7:10
Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L) at Marlins (Nate Eovaldi – R), 7:10
Phillies (A.J. Burnett – R) at Braves (Ervin Santana – R), 7:35
Astros (Scott Feldman – R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana – L), 8:10
Rays (Alex Cobb – R) at Twins (Kyle Gibson – R), 8:10
Dodgers (Dan Haren – R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R), 8:15
Cubs (Edwin Jackson – R) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R), 9:40
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R) at Angels (Jeff Weaver – R), 10:05
Orioles (Chris Tillman – R) at Athletics (Jeff Samardzija – R), 10:05
Mets (Bartolo Colon – R) at Padres (Ian Kennedy – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Alex Gordon, OF, KC (Wrist) – Positive workout on Thursday and may play on Friday.
Chris Dickerson, OF, CLE (Hamstring) – Expected to play on Friday.
Justin Masterson, SP, CLE (Knee) – Expected to make a rehab start on Sunday.

Players on the DL

Michael Bourn, OF, CLE (Hamstring) – Does not have a rehab plan set yet.
Collin McHugh, SP, HOU (Finger) – Scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.
Matt Albers, RP, HOU (Shoulder) – No timetable set for return.
Chone Figgins, OF, LAD (Hip) – Has joined Triple-A Albuquerque for a rehab assignment.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS (Finger) – Expected to play third base solely as he resumes his rehab assignment on Friday.
Wil Myers, OF, TB (Wrist) – Transferred to the 60-day DL.
Kevin Siegrist, RP, STL (Shoulder) – Likely won’t be activated from DL until next week.
Andrew Cashner, SP, SD (Shoulder) – Will resume playing catch soon.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (Knee) – Expected to be moved along slowly during rehab and will likely need to wear a knee brace for the rest of the season.
Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU (Back) – Will not be activated from the DL on Friday and is being viewed as day-to-day.
Danny Santana, SS, MIN (Knee) – Expected to get one more rehab start before being activated from the DL.
Jeff Bianchi, SS, MIL (Elbow) – Was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC (Elbow) – Will continue his Tommy John rehab assignment at Low-A Kane County.
Tyler Chatwood, SP, COL (Elbow) – Undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery next week.
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB (Oblique) – Placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Engel Beltre, OF, TEX (Leg) – Pulled from his rehab assignment and brought back to the majors training staff.
James Paxton, SP, SEA (Back) – Threw three innings of rehab ball at short-season Everett on Thursday.
Joel Hanrahan, RP, DET (Elbow) – No timetable for return.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL (Back) – Started his rehab assignment on Thursday.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (Quadriceps) – Weeks away from returning to action.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (Hamstring) – Could be activated from the DL over the weekend.

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Closer Watch

Baltimore Orioles – Left-handed closer Zach Britton has not given up a run since June 20 and is locked into the job for the O’s.

Chicago White Sox – The closer-by-committee (Zach Putnam, Jacob Petricka and Javy Guerra) approach is still a muddled situation in Chicago, with no one stepping up to take the bulk of the save opportunities. Unless you’re desperate for saves it’s a situation worth passing on in general. If you insist on dipping into this White Sox bag of tricks then go with Putnam.

Miami Marlins – For now, Steve Cishek’s job is safe but he has blown two saves and given up five earned runs over his last four appearances. If you’ve got Cishek then snagging Mike Dunn or Bryan Morris isn’t a bad idea.

Key Matchups
Hot Batter Matchups – July 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs COL
7:05PM
J. De La Rosa 14 5 3 0 1 3 1 .357 .471 .643 1.113
J. Werth OF WAS vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse 27 9 6 3 6 1 6 .333 .379 .778 1.157
A. Rios OF TEX @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 18 5 3 2 5 2 1 .278 .350 .722 1.072
C. Rasmus OF TOR vs TEX
7:07PM
Y. Darvish 12 5 2 0 2 0 5 .417 .417 .667 1.083
D. Nava OF BOS vs KC
7:10PM
J. Shields 12 3 1 1 2 2 3 .250 .357 .500 .857
D. Ortiz DH BOS vs KC
7:10PM
J. Shields 57 18 12 3 16 8 8 .316 .400 .632 1.032
G. Stanton OF MIA vs SF
7:10PM
M. Bumgarner 11 7 5 0 3 1 0 .636 .667 1.091 1.758
H. Pence OF SF @ MIA
7:10PM
N. Eovaldi 10 5 4 1 5 1 2 .500 .545 1.100 1.645
F. Freeman 1B ATL vs PHI
7:35PM
A. Burnett 10 3 1 1 2 2 2 .300 .417 .600 1.017
J. Heyward OF ATL vs PHI
7:35PM
A. Burnett 11 4 1 1 2 1 0 .364 .417 .636 1.053
C. Johnson 3B ATL vs PHI
7:35PM
A. Burnett 11 4 3 1 2 1 2 .364 .417 .818 1.235
G. Laird C ATL vs PHI
7:35PM
A. Burnett 10 5 1 0 1 1 1 .500 .545 .600 1.145
R. Howard 1B PHI @ ATL
7:35PM
E. Santana 10 3 2 2 4 2 4 .300 .417 .900 1.317
G. Sizemore OF PHI @ ATL
7:35PM
E. Santana 23 6 4 0 1 3 5 .261 .346 .522 .868
P. Konerko 1B CWS vs HOU
8:10PM
S. Feldman 24 8 4 2 6 4 2 .333 .414 .667 1.080
M. Holliday OF STL vs LAD
8:15PM
D. Haren 23 6 3 2 3 2 6 .261 .346 .565 .911
M. Montero C ARI vs CHC
9:40PM
E. Jackson 12 5 3 0 3 2 3 .417 .500 .750 1.250
D. Ackley 2B SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 24 8 3 1 1 2 3 .333 .385 .542 .926
J. Smoak 1B SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 31 9 5 3 8 3 5 .290 .371 .645 1.017
R. Cano 2B SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 36 13 1 0 3 0 4 .361 .361 .417 .778
H. Kendrick 2B LAA vs SEA
10:05PM
H. Iwakuma 16 5 3 0 0 0 4 .313 .313 .500 .813
D. Wright 3B NYM @ SD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 15 5 4 2 5 4 3 .333 .474 .867 1.340
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Yu Darvish TEX @ TOR
7:07PM
60 12 4 0 7 6 19 .200 .279 .289 .567
R.A. Dickey TOR vs TEX
7:07PM
60 13 4 2 6 8 9 .217 .309 .375 .684
Anibal Sanchez DET vs CLE
7:08PM
112 25 7 2 12 10 31 .223 .291 .346 .637
Ervin Santana ATL vs PHI
7:35PM
120 26 13 3 9 10 37 .217 .276 .404 .680
Scott Feldman HOU @ CWS
8:10PM
137 30 12 4 18 6 28 .219 .251 .373 .624
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
99 20 8 1 3 2 22 .202 .218 .304 .521
Cold Batter Matchups – July 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Martin C PIT vs COL
7:05PM
J. De La Rosa 15 3 0 0 2 3 3 .200 .333 .200 .533
A. Beltre 3B TEX @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 10 2 0 0 0 1 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
J. Bautista OF TOR vs TEX
7:07PM
Y. Darvish 15 1 0 0 1 2 7 .067 .176 .067 .243
J. Kipnis 2B CLE @ DET
7:08PM
A. Sanchez 19 3 1 0 1 1 6 .158 .190 .211 .401
N. Swisher 1B CLE @ DET
7:08PM
A. Sanchez 11 1 0 0 1 3 6 .091 .333 .091 .424
M. Napoli 1B BOS vs KC
7:10PM
J. Shields 22 4 2 1 2 2 10 .182 .250 .364 .614
B. Butler DH KC @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz 12 2 0 0 1 2 2 .167 .313 .167 .479
R. Johnson OF MIA vs SF
7:10PM
M. Bumgarner 12 2 0 0 0 1 5 .167 .231 .167 .397
B. Crawford SS SF @ MIA
7:10PM
N. Eovaldi 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
M. Byrd OF PHI @ ATL
7:35PM
E. Santana 34 6 2 1 2 1 11 .176 .200 .294 .494
G. Beckham 2B CWS vs HOU
8:10PM
S. Feldman 20 5 3 1 3 0 3 .250 .250 .500 .750
A. De Aza OF CWS vs HOU
8:10PM
S. Feldman 15 2 1 0 2 0 4 .133 .125 .200 .325
A. Dunn 1B CWS vs HOU
8:10PM
S. Feldman 17 2 1 0 1 0 4 .118 .118 .176 .294
D. Viciedo OF CWS vs HOU
8:10PM
S. Feldman 16 2 0 0 2 0 3 .125 .125 .125 .250
J. Altuve 2B HOU @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Quintana 10 2 0 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .200 .400
K. Morales 1B MIN vs TB
8:10PM
A. Cobb 10 3 0 0 1 0 3 .300 .300 .300 .600
M. Ellis 2B STL vs LAD
8:15PM
D. Haren 12 3 0 0 1 0 5 .250 .250 .250 .500
A. Hill 2B ARI vs CHC
9:40PM
E. Jackson 41 8 3 2 4 1 7 .195 .214 .366 .580
M. Prado 3B ARI vs CHC
9:40PM
E. Jackson 15 3 0 0 0 1 2 .200 .250 .200 .450
S. Castro SS CHC @ ARI
9:40PM
T. Cahill 11 1 0 0 1 0 2 .091 .091 .091 .182
N. Schierholtz OF CHC @ ARI
9:40PM
T. Cahill 10 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .091 .000 .091
J. Hamilton OF LAA vs SEA
10:05PM
H. Iwakuma 12 2 2 1 3 1 4 .167 .231 .500 .731
A. Pujols 1B LAA vs SEA
10:05PM
H. Iwakuma 19 2 2 0 0 0 5 .105 .105 .211 .316
M. Trout OF LAA vs SEA
10:05PM
H. Iwakuma 19 3 0 0 0 1 6 .158 .200 .158 .358
E. Chavez OF SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 17 3 1 1 1 2 4 .176 .263 .353 .616
B. Miller SS SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 10 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000 .167 .000 .167
E. Young Jr. OF NYM @ SD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 14 2 0 0 1 1 4 .143 .200 .143 .343
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jorge De La Rosa COL @ PIT
7:05PM
78 26 4 0 6 12 15 .333 .421 .401 .821
Nathan Eovaldi MIA vs SF
7:10PM
72 29 15 3 24 4 8 .403 .425 .686 1.112
James Shields KC @ BOS
7:10PM
162 47 21 7 26 17 30 .290 .361 .509 .870
Ian Kennedy SD vs NYM
10:10PM
77 21 10 4 13 12 18 .273 .376 .533 .910
Recommended Pickup

Jacob deGrom, SP, NYM – I bet you can guess who’s been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball over the last few weeks? The Mets rookie pitcher has racked up impressive numbers since he was hit hard on June 16 facing the Cardinals, but since then deGrom has only given up six earned runs over his last five starts while racking up three wins in the process. The most impressive stat, however, is deGrom’s 38 strikeouts in 32.2 innings pitched. Grab deGrom while the going is good, but keep in mind rookies are known for inconsistencies so deGrom may end up just being a spot-start option only down the line for your team.

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