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Thursday Lineup Card: Smells Like Roses

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

CHW (John Danks – L) at DET (Drew Smyly – L), 1:08 PM ET
COL (Pedro Hernandez – L) at CHC (Jake Arrieta – R), 2:20 PM ET
STL (Shelby Miller – R) at SD (Odrisamer Despaigne – R), 3:40 PM ET
LAA (Tyler Skaggs – L) at BAL (Bud Norris – R), 7:05 PM ET
SEA (Chris Young – R) at CLE (Zach McAllister – R), 7:05 PM ET
PHI (Cliff Lee – L0 at WAS (Gio Gonzalez – L), 7:05 PM ET
CIN (Johnny Cueto – R) at MIA (Tom Koehler – R), 7:10 PM ET
MIN (Kevin Correia – R) at KC (Yordano Ventura – R), 8:10 PM ET
TOR (Drew Hutchison – R) at HOU (Jarred Cosart – R), 8:10 PM ET
PIT (Jeff Locke – L) at AZ (Josh Collmenter – R), 9:40 PM ET
ATL (Julio Teheran – R) at LAD (Clayton Kershaw – L), 10:10 PM ET

Day Game After Night Game: CHW/DET, COL/CHC, STL/SD

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Chris Carter, OF, HOU – (Illness) Scratched Wednesday with flu.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK – (Neck) Out until at least Friday.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL – (Illness) Out of lineup Wednesday for second day in a row.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL – (Ankle) Out Wednesday with soreness in both ankle and knee.
Marwin Gonzalez, SS, HOU – (Hamstring) Out of Wednesday’s lineup.
Ian Kennedy, P, SD – (Oblique) Scheduled to start Saturday for Padres.
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL – (Back) Out of lineup for second straight day Wednesday, likely out until at least Friday.
Alex Rios, OF, TEX – (Quadriceps) Hit of left quad Wednesday and left game.
Josh Rutledge, SS, COL – (Illness) Out again Wednesday for third straight day.

Players on the DL
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE – (Hamstring) Took batting practice Tuesday, nearing end of recovery diagnosis but no timetable for rehab assignment yet.
Andrew Cashner, P, SD – (Shoulder) Threw another bullpen session Wednesday, could go on rehab next week.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR – (Quadriceps) Will likely go on rehab but could be back with team at the beginning of next week.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW – (Shoulder) Will start rehab at Triple-A Friday, looks like a mid-August return.
Matt Harvey, P, NYM – (Elbow) Will throw from a mound next week for first time since Tommy John surgery.
Nate Jones, P, CHW (Elbow, Back) Had Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR – (Finger) Could begin rehab this weekend.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR – (Foot) Likely going to rehab but could be back with Jays next week.
Matt Lindstrom, P, CHW – (Ankle) Beginning rehab Friday at Triple-A.
Ubaldo Jimenez, P, BAL – (Ankle) Will make second rehab start, this one at Triple-A, Sunday or Monday.
Justin Masterson, P, STL – (Knee) Will debut for Cardinals Saturday.
James Paxton, P, SEA – (Back) Good bullpen session Wednesday, likely to start Saturday.
Mike Pelfrey, P, MIN – (Elbow) Started a throwing program Wednesday.
Geovany Soto, C, TEX – (Groin) Expects to begin rehab Friday, on track to return August 8.
C.J. Wilson, P, LAA – (Ankle) Could start for Angels as soon as Saturday.
Josh Zeid, P, HOU – (Foot) Having season-ending surgery.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS – (Hamstring) Unconfirmed reports he has a Grade 3 strain, which would mean his eight week diagnosis could be optimistic.

Activated from the DL
None

Placed on the DL
Michael Wacha, P, STL (transferred from 15-day to 60-day)

Claimed Off Waivers/Traded
Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC to LAD for Jonathan Martinez, P (Barney optioned)
Felix Doubront, P, BOS to CHC for player to be named
Justin Masterson, P, CLE to STL for James Ramsey, OF

Called Up
Ed Lucas, 2B, MIA
Rob Scahill, P, COL
Brandon Workman, P, BOS

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Christhian Adames, SS, COL
Eric Chavez, 3B, AZ (retired)
Jake Marisnick, OF, MIA

Closer Watch

Houston – Chad Qualls had been doing a pretty good job holding down the fort as the Astros closer this season, but things came crashing down Tuesday as he allowed five runs in a six-run ninth inning for the Athletics. Qualls remains out there in trade discussions and he would probably not close elsewhere if he is traded.

New York Yankees – David Robertson entered Tuesday’s game having allowed 11 walks in 39.2 innings on the season, but he walked three and allowed two more hits before finally closing the door on the Rangers. The game was a 12-11 slugfest and Robertson entered with a three-run buffer. The Yankees stuck with him in a 31 pitch inning and Robertson got Adrian Beltre to fly out with the bases loaded to end the game.

Washington – The Nationals gave Rafael Soriano two days off after he allowed four runs in a blown save loss Monday. Drew Storen stepped in and allowed two runs before earning the save against the Marlins Wednesday afternoon. Manager Matt Williams said Soriano will be available Thursday.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – July 31, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Davis OF DET vs CWS
1:08PM
J. Danks 18 5 3 0 2 3 3 .278 .409 .444 .854
T. Hunter OF DET vs CWS
1:08PM
J. Danks 49 15 5 3 10 4 7 .306 .358 .531 .889
A. Jackson OF DET vs CWS
1:08PM
J. Danks 42 16 5 3 6 5 7 .381 .447 .643 1.090
I. Kinsler 2B DET vs CWS
1:08PM
J. Danks 38 13 7 4 5 2 3 .342 .375 .737 1.112
V. Martinez DH DET vs CWS
1:08PM
J. Danks 48 10 4 3 5 2 5 .208 .240 .417 .657
N. Swisher 1B CLE vs SEA
7:05PM
C. Young 12 4 3 1 2 1 2 .333 .385 .750 1.135
D. Freese 3B LAA @ BAL
7:05PM
B. Norris 20 8 2 0 2 3 8 .400 .478 .500 .978
J. Hamilton OF LAA @ BAL
7:05PM
B. Norris 15 6 2 1 2 0 2 .400 .400 .667 1.067
M. Trout OF LAA @ BAL
7:05PM
B. Norris 16 5 3 0 1 1 5 .313 .353 .500 .853
B. Revere OF PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 13 5 1 0 1 1 2 .385 .429 .538 .967
D. Ruf OF PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 10 3 2 1 4 2 2 .300 .417 .700 1.117
K. Seager 3B SEA @ CLE
7:05PM
Z. McAllister 14 6 3 0 1 0 1 .429 .429 .643 1.071
D. Espinosa 2B WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 22 8 4 3 5 0 6 .364 .364 .818 1.182
W. Ramos C WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 11 5 1 1 2 1 1 .455 .500 .727 1.227
J. Werth OF WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 30 11 4 2 4 1 9 .367 .375 .667 1.042
R. Johnson OF MIA vs CIN
7:10PM
J. Cueto 14 5 2 0 0 0 1 .357 .471 .500 .971
G. Jones 1B MIA vs CIN
7:10PM
J. Cueto 39 11 6 1 3 4 11 .282 .349 .513 .862
L. Cain OF KC vs MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 12 7 1 0 1 1 1 .583 .615 .667 1.282
R. Ibanez OF KC vs MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 14 6 3 1 5 2 3 .429 .500 .786 1.286
O. Infante 2B KC vs MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 24 9 2 0 3 0 0 .375 .375 .500 .875
M. Moustakas 3B KC vs MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 17 7 3 0 4 2 2 .412 .450 .588 1.038
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 31, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Cliff Lee PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
219 56 23 9 19 7 51 .256 .281 .452 .732
Cold Batter Matchups – July 31, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Dunn 1B CWS @ DET
1:08PM
D. Smyly 10 2 1 1 3 1 7 .200 .250 .500 .750
H. Kendrick 2B LAA @ BAL
7:05PM
B. Norris 14 2 1 0 0 1 3 .143 .200 .214 .414
A. Pujols 1B LAA @ BAL
7:05PM
B. Norris 39 7 3 0 2 6 5 .179 .289 .256 .545
M. Byrd OF PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 13 2 0 0 0 2 5 .154 .267 .154 .421
R. Howard 1B PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 11 0 0 0 0 1 6 .000 .083 .000 .083
C. Utley 2B PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 14 3 0 0 2 1 1 .214 .267 .214 .481
B. Harper OF WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 11 1 1 0 0 1 3 .091 .167 .182 .348
A. LaRoche 1B WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 22 4 2 0 1 0 6 .182 .217 .273 .490
N. McLouth OF WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 11 2 0 0 1 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
A. Rendon 2B WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 13 2 1 1 1 0 4 .154 .154 .385 .538
E. Hosmer 1B KC vs MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 22 4 1 0 2 3 0 .182 .280 .227 .507
S. Perez C KC vs MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 19 4 0 0 0 1 1 .211 .286 .211 .496
C. Johnson 3B ATL @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 12 1 1 0 0 0 4 .083 .083 .167 .250
J. Upton OF ATL @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 29 3 2 0 2 2 9 .103 .161 .207 .368
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 31, 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 @ DET
1:08PM
281 84 30 14 39 27 37 .299 .366 .503 .868
Johnny Cueto CIN @ MIA
7:10PM
78 22 11 1 7 8 15 .282 .367 .493 .860
Kevin Correia MIN @ KC
8:10PM
196 60 15 1 23 16 21 .306 .359 .398 .757

Recommended Pickup

Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL – Long rumored in trades, De La Rosa could find a new home during Thursday’s trade deadline. This recommendation is partially predicated on that notion. De La Rosa is turning it on at the right team, likely impressing scouts along the way as he has three wins, five quality starts, a 2.30 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in five starts this month. De La Rosa has even allowed just one home run (on the road) during that same span despite three starts at home. Any other destination is an upgrade for De La Rosa as he could avoid the thin Denver air.

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DraftKingsValue Picks

SP: Jeff Locke, PIT ($6,700)
C: Salvador Perez, KC ($3,900)
1B: Kendrys Morales, SEA ($3,600)
2B: Omar Infante, KC ($3,600)
SS: J.J. Hardy, BAL ($3,500)
3B: Pedro Alvarez, PIT ($3,900)
OF: Dustin Ackley, SEA ($3,400)