RotoWire Partners

Sunday Lineup Card: Reel In Chris Young

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 1:05
Rangers (Nick Tepesch - R) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L), 1:07
Indians (Josh Tomlin - R) at Tigers (Drew Smyly - L), 1:08
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Marlins (Brad Hand - L), 1:10
Rockies (Tyler Matzek - L) at Pirates (Jeff Locke - L), 1:35
Royals (Yordano Ventura - R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester - L), 1:35
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L), 1:35
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Braves (Alex Wood - L), 1:35
Astros (Jarred Cosart - R) at White Sox (John Danks - L), 2:10
Rays (Chris Archer - R) at Twins (Kevin Correia - R), 2:10
Mariners (Chris Young - R) at Angels (Tyler Skaggs - L), 3:35
Orioles (Kevin Gausman - R) at Athletics (Sonny Gray - R), 4:05
Cubs (Jake Arrieta - R) at Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R), 4:10
Mets (Zack Wheeler - R) at Padres (Odrisamer Despaigne - R), 4:10
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Cardinals (Carlos Martinez - R), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: CLE/DET, COL/PIT, MIL/WAS, HOU/CWS, KC/BOS, PHI/ATL, SF/MIA, TB/MIN, CHC/ARZ, NYM/SD, BAL/OAK, and SEA/LAA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Will Smith, P, MIL - (Back) Expecs to be back to normal by Sunday.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL - (Undisclosed) Tests for a concussion came back negative after collision Friday.
Tommy Medica, 1B, SD - (Groin) Wasn’t in Saturday’s starting lineup.
Casey Janssen, P, TOR - (Illness) Was unaavilable Saturday because of food poisoning.
Jordan Zimmermann, P, WAS - (Biceps) Threw a strong bullpen session Saturday.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL - (Neck) Missed second straight start Saturday.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF - (Back) Didn’t start Saturday after being an option off the bench Friday.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT - (Head) Missed Saturday’s start after being hit in the head Friday.
Alex Rios, OF, TEX - (Ankle) Diagnosed with an ankle sprain.
Erick Aybar, SS, LAA - (Groin) Didn’t play Saturday.

Players on the DL

Evan Gattis, C, ATL - Caught five innings in a rehab game Friday without incident.
Collin McHugh, P, HOU - (Finger) Makes first and likely only rehab start at Triple-A.
CC Sabathia, P, NYY - (Knee) Won’t undergo microfracture surgery.
Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA - (Hamstring) Was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD - (Hip) Is apparently on track to start Tuesday.
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD - (Wrist) Began a rehab assignment Friday.
Skip Schumaker, 2B, CIN - (Concussion) Is waiting for the league and PA to sign off of tests.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (Oblique) Is not ready to resume baseball activities.
Michael Pineda, P, NYY - (Back) Threw a bullpen session over the All-Star break.
Ricky Nolasco, P, MIN - (Elbow) Played catch Friday for the first time since injury.
Jim Henderson, P, MIL - (Shoulder) Rehab assignment moved to Triple-A.
Joel Hanrahan, P, DET - (Elbow) Was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday.
Ryan Lavarnway, C, BOS - (Wrist) Had a hit as a DH in a rehab game.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Played entire rehab game Friday night.
Wil Nieves, C, PHI - (Quadriceps) Is close to rejoining the Phillies.

Placed On the DL

Joel Hanrahan, P, DET (transferred to 60-day DL)
Rafael Furcal, 2B, MIA (transferred to 60-day DL)

Activated From the DL

Nick Vincent, P, SD
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS

Called Up

Corey Knebel, P, DET
Zach McAllister, P, CLE
Chasen Shreve, P, ATL
Jordany Valdespin, OF, MIA
Drew VerHagen, P, DET

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

Chad Smith, P, DET
Carlos Pena, 1B, TEX
Luis Avilan, P, ATL
Ian Stewart, 3B, LAA
Justin Bour, 1B, MIA
Chad Smith, P, DET
Kevin Shackelford, P, MIL
Eddie Butler, P, COL
Mookie Betts, OF, BOS

Traded

Huston Street, P (from SD to LAA)
Trevor Gott, P (from SD to LAA)
Taylor Lindsey, 2B (from LAA to SD)
R.J. Alvarez, P (from LAA to SD)
Jose Rondon, SS (from LAA to SD)
Elliot Morris, P (from LAA to SD)

Closer Watch

White Sox - Zach Putnam recorded his second save of the season and his career Friday when he struck out two Astros in a perfect ninth inning. Putnam has been used in a lot of high pressure situations so far this season with an additional 12 holds to his name with the last one being in his last start before the All-Star break. The White Sox have used Putnam along with Ronald Belisario, Jake Petricka, and even the now released Scott Downs in the past two months record saves for them.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – July 20, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Beltran OF NYY vs CIN
1:05PM
J. Cueto 14 6 3 2 5 2 2 .429 .500 .929 1.429
S. Choo OF TEX @ TOR
1:07PM
M. Buehrle 36 15 3 1 2 2 6 .417 .462 .583 1.045
M. Brantley OF CLE @ DET
1:08PM
D. Smyly 10 5 3 0 2 2 0 .500 .583 .900 1.483
A. Cabrera SS CLE @ DET
1:08PM
D. Smyly 10 4 1 0 2 0 2 .400 .400 .600 1.000
C. Santana C CLE @ DET
1:08PM
D. Smyly 10 3 2 0 1 3 2 .300 .462 .500 .962
A. Avila C DET vs CLE
1:08PM
J. Tomlin 10 2 2 2 2 0 4 .200 .200 .800 1.000
A. Jackson OF DET vs CLE
1:08PM
J. Tomlin 14 5 4 1 2 0 2 .357 .357 .857 1.214
G. Jones 1B MIA vs SF
1:10PM
T. Lincecum 20 5 4 2 5 0 8 .250 .250 .700 .950
G. Stanton OF MIA vs SF
1:10PM
T. Lincecum 11 3 2 1 2 0 4 .273 .333 .727 1.061
F. Freeman 1B ATL vs PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 22 8 3 1 6 4 4 .364 .462 .591 1.052
C. Johnson 3B ATL vs PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 20 7 3 0 3 0 1 .350 .350 .500 .850
A. Simmons SS ATL vs PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 15 5 1 1 1 1 2 .333 .375 .533 .908
J. Upton OF ATL vs PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 20 6 2 2 4 3 6 .300 .400 .600 1.000
A. Escobar SS KC @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 10 3 1 0 1 3 0 .300 .462 .400 .862
E. Hosmer 1B KC @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 10 3 1 1 1 3 1 .300 .462 .600 1.062
R. Ibanez OF KC @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 15 5 3 1 1 0 6 .333 .333 .667 1.000
D. Valencia DH KC @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 17 5 3 1 3 0 4 .294 .294 .588 .882
M. Byrd OF PHI @ ATL
1:35PM
A. Wood 10 4 0 0 2 1 2 .400 .455 .400 .855
A. LaRoche 1B WAS vs MIL
1:35PM
Y. Gallardo 28 9 5 2 6 4 8 .321 .406 .643 1.049
R. Zimmerman 3B WAS vs MIL
1:35PM
Y. Gallardo 12 4 1 1 5 4 6 .333 .500 .583 1.083
Y. Escobar SS TB @ MIN
2:10PM
K. Correia 12 7 2 0 2 1 1 .583 .571 .750 1.321
A. Hill 2B ARI vs CHC
4:10PM
J. Arrieta 11 4 2 1 1 0 1 .364 .364 .727 1.091
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 20, 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 @ MIA
1:10PM
82 20 8 3 10 5 30 .244 .297 .431 .728
Cold Batter Matchups – July 20, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Ludwick OF CIN @ NYY
1:05PM
H. Kuroda 13 2 0 0 1 1 5 .154 .214 .154 .368
E. Andrus SS TEX @ TOR
1:07PM
M. Buehrle 19 2 1 0 0 2 2 .105 .190 .211 .401
A. Rios OF TEX @ TOR
1:07PM
M. Buehrle 28 5 1 1 3 2 4 .179 .233 .286 .519
A. Rosales 2B TEX @ TOR
1:07PM
M. Buehrle 11 1 0 0 1 0 1 .091 .091 .091 .182
G. Soto C TEX @ TOR
1:07PM
M. Buehrle 20 2 1 0 0 2 7 .100 .182 .150 .332
J. Kipnis 2B CLE @ DET
1:08PM
D. Smyly 10 0 0 0 0 0 6 .000 .000 .000 .000
R. Johnson OF MIA vs SF
1:10PM
T. Lincecum 11 1 1 0 0 0 5 .091 .167 .182 .348
C. McGehee 3B MIA vs SF
1:10PM
T. Lincecum 14 3 1 0 0 0 4 .214 .214 .286 .500
J. Heyward OF ATL vs PHI
1:35PM
K. Kendrick 28 5 1 0 1 3 7 .179 .258 .214 .472
A. Gordon OF KC @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Lester 17 2 1 0 2 0 7 .118 .158 .176 .334
C. Gomez OF MIL @ WAS
1:35PM
G. Gonzalez 10 1 1 0 1 1 1 .100 .167 .200 .367
J. Rollins SS PHI @ ATL
1:35PM
A. Wood 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
D. Espinosa 2B WAS vs MIL
1:35PM
Y. Gallardo 12 2 2 1 3 1 2 .167 .231 .500 .731
D. Span OF WAS vs MIL
1:35PM
Y. Gallardo 18 2 1 0 0 2 3 .111 .200 .167 .367
J. Werth OF WAS vs MIL
1:35PM
Y. Gallardo 17 4 1 0 6 0 5 .235 .222 .294 .516
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 20, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Drew Smyly DET vs CLE
1:08PM
72 19 9 2 8 10 15 .264 .354 .513 .866
Josh Tomlin CLE @ DET
1:08PM
77 23 17 6 17 10 13 .299 .379 .689 1.068

Recommended Pickup

Chris Young, SP, SEA - This is a recommendation that may be coming late in a lot of deeper leagues, but Young has been so impressive in 2014 that he may not be available in many leagues much longer. With eight wins, 3.15 ERA, and 1.10 WHIP in 18 starts Young has be to one of the leading candidates in MLB for comeback player of the year after not playing in the bigs all of last year. In fact Young hasn’t pitched more than 120 innings in a season since 2007 when he pitched 173.0 with San Diego. What’s even more impressive is the fact that Young is tied for second on the Mariners in wins with Hisashi Iwakuma, but the Japanese import had a lot more hype over the offseason so he won’t be available off the waiver wire unlike Young.

Other Recent Recommendations: Travis d’Arnaud, Jacob deGrom, Chris Coghlan, Arismendy Alcantara, and Drew Stubbs.

Draft Kings Value Picks

SP - Mark Buehrle, TOR ($6,000)
C - Travis d’Arnaud, NYM ($2,600)
1B - Chris Colabello, MIN ($3,400)
2B - DJ LeMahieu, COL ($3,300)
3B - Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE ($3,900)
SS - Danny Santana, MIN ($3,400)
OF - Marlon Byrd, PHI ($3,900)
Top Fantasy Baseball Player News