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Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

Adam began writing for RotoWire in the spring of 2012 as an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He primarily serves as the site's day-to-day editor of NHL content, while also working as the Chicago Bears and Colorado Rockies beat writer, managing the site's Closer Grid, and contributing to the football and baseball magazines.

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

Brewers (Yovani Gallardo -- R) at Rays (David Price -- L), 12:10
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick -- R) at Mets (Zack Wheeler -- R), 12:10
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley -- L) at Reds (Alfredo Simon -- R), 12:35
Nationals (Tanner Roark -- R) at Marlins (Brad Hand -- L), 12:40
Athletics (Jason Hammel -- R) at Astros (Dallas Keuchel -- L), 2:10
Pirates (Charlie Morton -- R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum -- R), 3:45
Angels (Garrett Richards -- R) at Orioles (Kevin Gausman -- R), 7:05
Mariners (Felix Hernandez -- R) at Indians (Corey Kluber -- R), 7:05
White Sox (Hector Noesi -- R) at Tigers (Max Scherzer -- R), 7:08
Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle -- L) at Red Sox (Brandon Workman -- R), 7:10
Rockies (Brett Anderson -- L) at Cubs (Travis Wood -- L), 8:05
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda -- R) at Rangers (Colby Lewis -- R), 8:05
Twins (Phil Hughes -- R) at Royals (Danny Duffy -- L), 8:10
Braves (Alex Wood -- L) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke -- R), 10:10
Cardinals (Joe Kelly -- R) at Padres (Jesse Hahn -- R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: MIL/TB, PHI/NYM, ARI/CIN. WSH/MIA, OAK/HOU, PIT/SF

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jay Bruce, OF, CIN (personal) -- Placed on the bereavement list Tuesday and is expected to return to the Reds on Friday.
Marlon Byrd, OF, PHI (foot) -- Took a ball off his left foot Monday and was held out of Tuesday’s lineup vs. the Mets as a result. Expects to play Wednesday.
Nick Castellanos, OF, DET (finger) -- Held out of the lineup Tuesday vs. the White Sox due to a right index finger contusion.
Endy Chavez, OF, SEA (finger) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday vs. the Indians.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE (illness) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Mariners.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (neck) -- Monday’s MRI revealed a trip to the DL wasn’t necessary, but still uncertain when he may return to the lineup.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL (illness) -- Was away from the team during Tuesday’s game vs. the Angels due to an illness.
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL (groin) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Cubs.
Kyle Gibson, SP, MIN (back) -- Was able to make the start Tuesday vs. the Royals.
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL (back) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday vs. the Dodgers, but is hoping to play Wednesday.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI (hand) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Reds.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC (hand) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Twins.
Phil Hughes, SP, MIN (shin) -- Has been cleared to start Wednesday’s game vs. the Royals.
Edwin Jackson, SP, CHC (hand) -- Started Tuesday’s game vs. the Rockies after leaving early in his previous outing due to hand cramps.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS (finger) -- Held out of the lineup Tuesday vs. the Blue Jays due to swelling in his left ring finger.
Manny Parra, RP, CIN (back) -- Was available for Tuesday’s game vs. the Diamondbacks despite a bout with a back injury.
Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY (general soreness) -- Will receive the next couple of days off to recover from some body soreness.
Josh Rutledge, SS, COL (illness) -- Held out of the lineup Tuesday vs. the Cubs due to an upper respiratory infection.
Eugenio Suarez, SS, DET (back) -- Left Tuesday’s game with lower-back tightness.
Drew Stubbs, OF, COL (foot) -- Held out of the lineup Tuesday vs. the Cubs.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (back) -- Returned to the lineup after an eight-game absence Tuesday vs. the Rangers.
Nick Tepesch, SP, TEX (knee) -- Will be pushed back in the rotation at least a few days.
Jayson Werth, OF, WSH (ankle) -- Held out of the lineup Tuesday vs. the Marlins.

Disabled List
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (concussion) -- May complete a short rehab assignment before being activated from the DL.
Matt Cain, SP, SF (elbow) -- Will visit Dr. James Andrews for a consultation on his elbow.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET (back) -- Has yet to restart his rehab assignment.
Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC (elbow) -- Will make at least one more rehab appearance at Triple-A Iowa before returning to the Cubs.
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB (oblique) -- Is still experiencing soreness and will not embark on a rehab assignment until the weekend at the earliest.
Kelly Johnson, 3B, NYY (groin) -- Expected to return from the DL on Aug. 7 when eligible.
Matt Lindstrom, RP, CHW (ankle) -- Will likely begin a rehab assignment this weekend.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (concussion) -- Took batting practice on the field and ran the bases prior to Tuesday’s game, but manager Clint Hurdle is not optimistic the outfielder will come off the DL on Wednesday.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN (oblique) -- Took soft toss in the batting cages Tuesday and will do so again throughout the week until building toward a rehab assignment.
Wil Myers, OF, TB (wrist) -- Slated to take batting practice Saturday. Remains on target for a mid-August return.
Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIN (elbow) -- Threw a bullpen session Tuesday without any issues and will throw another one Thursday.
James Paxton, SP, SEA (back) -- Will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and is a possibility to return from the DL to start for the Mariners on Saturday vs. the Orioles.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY (back) -- Reportedly “looked great” during 45-pitch simulated game Tuesday and will make a rehab start Sunday.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (oblique) -- Hoping to begin a rehab assignment by the end of the Mariners’ current road trip.
George Springer, OF, HOU (quadriceps) -- Is progressing well in his recovery and was able to take batting practice on the field Tuesday.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (elbow) -- Had the immobilizer on his arm removed Tuesday, but still won’t play again this season.
C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA (ankle) -- Could return to the Angels’ rotation by the end of the week.

Transactions -- Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We’ll cover it here.

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Cristhian Adames, SS, COL
Christian Colon, SS, KC
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, SF
Juan Jaime, RP, ATL
Curtis Partch, RP, CIN
Juan C. Perez, OF, SF
Bo Schultz, RP, ARI

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Tony Abreu, 2B, SF (designated for assignment)
Chad Bettis, RP, COL
Brooks Brown, RP, COL
Adam Duvall, 3B, SF
Matt Guerrier, RP, MIN (outrighted)
Jason Lane, P, SD (designated for assignment)
Alfredo Marte, OF, ARI
Ben Paulsen, 1B, COL
Rob Rasmussen, RP, TOR

Activated from the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
Boone Logan, RP, COL
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL

Placed on the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Jay Bruce, OF, CIN (bereavement list)
Neil Ramirez, RP, CHC
Shae Simmons, RP, ATL

Released
Matt Guerrier, RP, MIN
George Kottaras, C, STL
Joe Saunders, SP, KC (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Chicago Cubs -- Though his hold on the closer’s job once appeared in jeopardy, Hector Rondon has done well to solidify his standing as the team’s end-gamer. He worked a 1-2-3 inning Monday against the Rockies to claim his 13th save in 16 chances on the season, extending his streak of scoreless appearances to three games. Rondon saw his hold on the ninth-inning job tighten up even more with the news that Neil Ramirez, the team’s top reliever this season, would require a trip to the DL due to a sore triceps.

Hot Batter Matchups – July 30, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Reynolds 1B MIL @ TB
12:10PM
D. Price 29 7 3 3 6 3 9 .241 .313 .552 .864
D. Wright 3B NYM vs PHI
12:10PM
K. Kendrick 47 15 6 3 7 2 8 .319 .340 .574 .914
T. Frazier 3B CIN vs ARI
12:35PM
W. Miley 10 3 2 1 1 1 2 .300 .364 .700 1.064
D. Norris C OAK @ HOU
2:10PM
D. Keuchel 11 5 1 0 0 1 3 .455 .500 .545 1.045
N. Walker 2B PIT @ SF
3:45PM
T. Lincecum 11 4 2 1 1 3 1 .364 .500 .727 1.227
B. Posey C SF vs PIT
3:45PM
C. Morton 12 4 2 0 1 1 2 .333 .385 .500 .885
M. Brantley OF CLE vs SEA
7:05PM
F. Hernandez 22 8 2 1 6 2 3 .364 .417 .545 .962
D. Murphy OF CLE vs SEA
7:05PM
F. Hernandez 78 24 9 3 16 4 18 .308 .337 .500 .837
N. Swisher 1B CLE vs SEA
7:05PM
F. Hernandez 53 11 6 4 5 7 13 .208 .300 .472 .772
A. Dunn 1B CWS @ DET
7:08PM
M. Scherzer 44 10 3 3 4 5 21 .227 .306 .432 .738
D. Viciedo OF CWS @ DET
7:08PM
M. Scherzer 29 9 6 2 4 1 10 .310 .333 .690 1.023
S. Drew SS BOS vs TOR
7:10PM
M. Buehrle 11 4 1 1 2 1 1 .364 .417 .636 1.053
J. Gomes OF BOS vs TOR
7:10PM
M. Buehrle 33 11 3 0 5 4 5 .333 .410 .455 .865
D. Nava OF BOS vs TOR
7:10PM
M. Buehrle 12 4 2 1 1 0 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000
D. Ortiz DH BOS vs TOR
7:10PM
M. Buehrle 72 20 10 4 14 4 9 .278 .316 .528 .844
D. Pedroia 2B BOS vs TOR
7:10PM
M. Buehrle 40 15 4 0 2 2 4 .375 .405 .475 .880
J. Arencibia C TEX vs NYY
8:05PM
H. Kuroda 24 9 4 1 2 0 9 .375 .375 .625 1.000
B. Butler DH KC vs MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes 21 7 4 1 3 1 3 .333 .364 .619 .983
M. Moustakas 3B KC vs MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes 13 3 3 1 1 1 2 .231 .286 .615 .901
J. Schafer OF ATL @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 11 5 3 0 0 0 1 .455 .455 .818 1.273
J. Upton OF ATL @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 11 5 2 1 2 4 4 .455 .600 .818 1.418
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 30, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Charlie Morton PIT @ SF
3:45PM
111 26 6 1 7 6 22 .234 .290 .305 .595
Tim Lincecum SF vs PIT
3:45PM
98 20 5 2 9 13 27 .204 .303 .310 .613
Max Scherzer DET vs CWS
7:08PM
279 60 21 9 19 26 88 .215 .283 .355 .638
Cold Batter Matchups – July 30, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
L. Duda OF NYM vs PHI
12:10PM
K. Kendrick 20 4 4 1 4 1 2 .200 .304 .500 .804
C. Young OF NYM vs PHI
12:10PM
K. Kendrick 21 4 2 1 1 2 5 .190 .261 .381 .642
Z. Cozart SS CIN vs ARI
12:35PM
W. Miley 11 2 1 1 1 0 3 .182 .182 .455 .636
I. Davis 1B PIT @ SF
3:45PM
T. Lincecum 20 4 0 0 1 1 8 .200 .238 .200 .438
R. Martin C PIT @ SF
3:45PM
T. Lincecum 20 2 0 0 1 3 6 .100 .217 .100 .317
D. Uggla 2B SF vs PIT
3:45PM
C. Morton 11 1 1 0 0 1 4 .091 .167 .182 .348
A. Cabrera SS CLE vs SEA
7:05PM
F. Hernandez 17 3 1 0 2 1 4 .176 .250 .235 .485
C. Santana C CLE vs SEA
7:05PM
F. Hernandez 16 3 2 0 1 2 2 .188 .278 .313 .590
J. Abreu 1B CWS @ DET
7:08PM
M. Scherzer 10 1 1 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .200 .300
A. Ramirez SS CWS @ DET
7:08PM
M. Scherzer 51 6 2 0 1 5 7 .118 .193 .157 .350
I. Kinsler 2B DET vs CWS
7:08PM
H. Noesi 13 2 1 0 1 1 0 .154 .214 .231 .445
S. Victorino OF BOS vs TOR
7:10PM
M. Buehrle 28 6 2 1 2 0 5 .214 .233 .357 .590
C. Gonzalez OF COL @ CHC
8:05PM
T. Wood 10 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000
J. Ellsbury OF NYY @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 10 1 0 0 0 4 2 .100 .357 .100 .457
B. Roberts 2B NYY @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 13 2 1 0 2 1 0 .154 .214 .231 .445
A. Beltre 3B TEX vs NYY
8:05PM
H. Kuroda 18 2 1 0 1 0 4 .111 .111 .167 .278
B. Dozier 2B MIN @ KC
8:10PM
D. Duffy 10 2 2 0 1 0 2 .200 .200 .500 .700
J. Willingham OF MIN @ KC
8:10PM
D. Duffy 11 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .083 .000 .083
B. Upton OF ATL @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 23 4 2 0 1 3 11 .174 .296 .261 .557
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 30, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Dallas Keuchel HOU vs OAK
2:10PM
70 23 4 0 4 4 15 .329 .365 .379 .744
Mark Buehrle TOR @ BOS
7:10PM
248 76 29 9 30 16 35 .306 .350 .505 .854
Hiroki Kuroda NYY @ TEX
8:05PM
74 23 8 3 5 3 18 .311 .338 .496 .833

Recommended Pickup

Brett Anderson, SP, COL -- The usual caveats of treading carefully with a Rockies pitcher still apply to Anderson, but since returning from a broken finger shortly before the All-Star break, he’s provided a needed jolt atop the team’s rotation. While making back-to-back starts against the Pirates in a home-and-home series in his most recent two turns, Anderson limited a respectable offense to one run on six hits and five walks over a total of 13.1 innings, with Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle praising the lefty as one of the best pitchers his unit has seen this season. It’s probably unwise to expect Anderson to return to the dominant form he showed with the Athletics in 2010 (7-6, 2.80 ERA, 1.19 WHIP in 19 starts), but his career track generally suggests that, when healthy, he’s an above-average hurler. If deployed in road matchups or against weaker lineups at Coors Field, Anderson’s ERA and WHIP figures should remain rather stable for the most part, though he won’t provide much in the way of strikeouts. Still, he’d make for a good target in NL-only and deeper mixed formats, and looks to be a nice daily play as well Wednesday, going against a middling Cubs squad at Wrigley Field.

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DraftKings Value Picks
SP: Brett Anderson, COL ($6,400)
C: J.P. Arencibia, TEX ($3,400)
1B: Billy Butler, KC ($4,100)
2B: Danny Valencia, TOR ($3,000)
3B: Kyle Seager, SEA ($4,200)
SS: Chris Taylor, SEA ($2,000)
OF: Kole Calhoun, LAA ($4,300)