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Sunday Lineup Card: A Vogt Of Confidence

Daniel Kennedy

Daniel Kennedy

Kennedy covers college football and college basketball for RotoWire. A veteran reporter, Kennedy has covered sports for various newspapers in the Southeast.

Sunday Lineup Card:
Projected Starters - A look at Sunday’s matchups (all times Eastern)
Rangers (Yu Darvish – R) at Indians (Trevor Bauer – R), 1:05
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa – L) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R), 1:08
Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L) at Mets (Bartolo Colon – R), 1:10
Reds (Mike Leake – R) at Marlins (Jacob Turner – R), 1:10
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman – R), 1:35
Phillies (Cole Hamels – L) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R), 1:35
Angels (Jered Weaver – R) at Rays (Jake Odorizzi – R), 1:40
Twins (Kyle Gibson – R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana – L), 2:10
Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman – R) at Astros (Scott Feldman – R), 2:10
Brewers (Matt Garza – R) at Cardinals (John Lackey – R), 2:15
Royals (James Shields – R) at Athletics (Scott Kazmir – L), 4:05
Cubs (Edwin Jackson – R) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett – R), 4:10
Braves (Aaron Harang – R) at Padres (Tyson Ross – R), 4:10
Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R), 4:10
Yankees (David Phelps – R) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R), 8:00

Day Game After Night Game: TEX/CLE, COL/DET, SF/NYM, CIN/MIA, SEA/BAL, PHI/WAS, LAA/TB, MIN/CWS, TOR/HOU, MIL/STL, CHC/LAD, ATL/SF, PIT/ARI

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Kelly Johnson, 2B, BOS (Groin) – Could be activated Thursday.
Chris Dickerson, OF, CLE (Knee) – Did not start Saturday.
Marwin Gonzalez, SS, HOU (Hamstring – Did not start Saturday.
Jesus Guzman, OF, HOU (Back) – Did not start Saturday.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL (Calf) – Did not start Saturday.
Jon Jay, OF, STL (Wrist) – Did not start Saturday.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL (Illness) – Expected to play Sunday.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (Ankle) – Did not start Saturday.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (Illness) – Did not start Saturday.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (Hamstring) – Did not start Saturday.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (Back) – Was a late scratch Saturday.

Players on the DL

Matt Lindstrom, P, CWS (Ankle) – Began rehab assignment Friday.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CWS (Shoulder) – Began rehab assignment Friday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD (Knee) – Expected to play Sunday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (Neck) – Did not start Saturday.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (Shoulder) – Expected to begin rehab assignment in 7-to-10 days.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (Back) – Will visit spine specialist next week.
Paul Maholm, P, LAD (Knee) – Suffered torn ACL on Friday.
George Springer, OF, HOU (Quadriceps) – Expected to be activated next week.
Andrew Cashner, P, SD (Shoulder) – Will begin rehab assignment Friday.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, SEA (Knee) – Expected to return Aug. 8
Gerit Cole, P, PIT (Back) – Throws bullpen session Saturday.
Jordan Lyles, P, COL (Hand) – Will start Wednesday.
Matt Cain, P, SF (Elbow) – Expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI (Elbow) – Expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Activated from Disabled List (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF

Placed on the DL (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)
David Ross, C, BOS – (Foot)
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI – (Hand)
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC – (Hand)
Corey Hart, 1B, SEA – (Knee)
Nick Punto, 2B, OAK – (Hamstring)

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

Called Up

Dan Butler, C, BOS
Jason Pridie, OF, COL
Alfredo Marte, OF, ARI
T.J. House, P, CLE
Paco Rodriguez, P, LAD

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

Evan Scribner, P, OAK
J.B. Shuck, OF, LAA
Austin Adams, P, CLE
Jarrett Parker, OF, SF

Claimed

Ryan Wheeler, 3B, LAA
Jake Elmore, SS, CIN

Released

None

Closer Watch

Chicago White Sox – A beleaguered bullpen is about a week away from receiving a shot in the arm. Matt Lindstrom, who began the season as the White Sox closer began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday and is targeting a return at some point next week. Meanwhile, the South Side finishes up a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday and continues a six-game homestand with the Texas Rangers next week. Jacob Petricka will have at least these four games against beatable opponents to pick up another save opportunity or two before the return of Lindstrom. There remains no official word on what the pecking order in the Chicago bullpen will look like once he does rejoin the club, but Petricka has not proven a lights-out option in the back end. He struggled through the ninth inning of Friday’s game with a save in Chicago’s 10-8 win, but allowed a run on three hits in an adventurous outing. The White Sox are likely aiming to reacclimate Lindstrom slowly, but Petricka’s 1.66 K/BB ratio seems to portend he is better suited in middle relief than end-game situations.

Hot Batter Matchups – August 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Gonzalez OF COL @ DET
1:08PM
A. Sanchez 10 3 2 1 1 1 3 .300 .364 .700 1.064
T. Hunter OF DET vs COL
1:08PM
J. De La Rosa 13 3 3 1 3 1 2 .231 .267 .615 .882
C. Young OF NYM vs SF
1:10PM
M. Bumgarner 17 7 3 1 3 4 3 .412 .500 .706 1.206
M. Byrd OF PHI @ WAS
1:35PM
S. Strasburg 15 6 2 1 6 0 5 .400 .400 .667 1.067
C. Ruiz C PHI @ WAS
1:35PM
S. Strasburg 13 5 2 1 2 0 2 .385 .385 .692 1.077
R. Cano 2B SEA @ BAL
1:35PM
C. Tillman 25 11 3 2 8 2 3 .440 .481 .720 1.201
S. Hairston OF WAS vs PHI
1:35PM
C. Hamels 41 16 10 5 9 2 10 .390 .432 .878 1.310
A. LaRoche 1B WAS vs PHI
1:35PM
C. Hamels 37 10 5 4 7 1 11 .270 .308 .622 .929
Y. Escobar SS TB vs LAA
1:40PM
J. Weaver 10 6 3 1 2 3 1 .600 .692 1.100 1.792
E. Longoria 3B TB vs LAA
1:40PM
J. Weaver 15 5 3 0 0 2 3 .333 .412 .533 .945
J. Molina C TB vs LAA
1:40PM
J. Weaver 13 4 2 1 3 0 2 .308 .308 .615 .923
B. Zobrist 2B TB vs LAA
1:40PM
J. Weaver 18 6 4 1 4 1 5 .333 .368 .722 1.091
J. Willingham OF MIN @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Quintana 18 9 3 3 6 3 1 .500 .591 1.000 1.591
J. Bautista OF TOR @ HOU
2:10PM
S. Feldman 13 5 3 1 5 2 2 .385 .438 .769 1.207
L. Overbay 1B MIL @ STL
2:15PM
J. Lackey 32 11 6 0 6 3 4 .344 .389 .531 .920
M. Holliday OF STL vs MIL
2:15PM
M. Garza 24 9 2 0 1 2 5 .375 .423 .458 .881
J. Jay OF STL vs MIL
2:15PM
M. Garza 13 8 3 1 3 2 1 .615 .667 1.000 1.667
J. Peralta SS STL vs MIL
2:15PM
M. Garza 30 13 3 1 4 0 7 .433 .433 .600 1.033
A. Pierzynski C STL vs MIL
2:15PM
M. Garza 14 4 2 2 3 1 1 .286 .333 .714 1.048
O. Infante 2B KC @ OAK
4:05PM
S. Kazmir 13 3 2 1 3 3 1 .231 .375 .538 .913
M. Trumbo OF ARI vs PIT
4:10PM
F. Liriano 14 3 2 2 5 2 6 .214 .313 .643 .955
R. Sweeney OF CHC @ LAD
4:10PM
J. Beckett 10 3 3 1 1 1 3 .300 .364 .800 1.164
A. Ethier OF LAD vs CHC
4:10PM
E. Jackson 15 5 2 2 3 1 4 .333 .375 .733 1.108
H. Ramirez SS LAD vs CHC
4:10PM
E. Jackson 14 3 3 2 3 2 0 .214 .313 .714 1.027
E. Cabrera SS SD vs ATL
4:10PM
A. Harang 13 5 1 0 0 3 1 .385 .500 .462 .962
C. Nelson 3B SD vs ATL
4:10PM
A. Harang 10 4 3 0 2 1 3 .400 .455 .800 1.255
D. Pedroia 2B BOS vs NYY
8:00PM
D. Phelps 17 6 3 0 3 0 0 .353 .353 .529 .882
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Madison Bumgarner SF @ NYM
1:10PM
67 13 3 1 4 8 15 .194 .273 .284 .557
Stephen Strasburg WAS vs PHI
1:35PM
129 30 7 3 12 6 39 .233 .267 .333 .600
James Shields KC @ OAK
4:05PM
72 15 2 2 3 6 16 .208 .276 .285 .560
Edwin Jackson CHC @ LAD
4:10PM
78 16 7 6 12 8 19 .205 .279 .449 .728
Clay Buchholz BOS vs NYY
8:00PM
103 25 3 2 12 6 19 .243 .290 .309 .599
Cold Batter Matchups – August 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
E. Young Jr. OF NYM vs SF
1:10PM
M. Bumgarner 25 3 0 0 0 2 6 .120 .185 .120 .305
N. Cruz OF BAL vs SEA
1:35PM
H. Iwakuma 20 4 2 0 0 1 5 .200 .238 .300 .538
D. Brown OF PHI @ WAS
1:35PM
S. Strasburg 12 2 0 0 0 1 6 .167 .231 .167 .397
J. Rollins SS PHI @ WAS
1:35PM
S. Strasburg 27 3 1 1 2 2 11 .111 .172 .222 .395
C. Utley 2B PHI @ WAS
1:35PM
S. Strasburg 19 3 0 0 0 1 3 .158 .200 .158 .358
A. Jackson OF SEA @ BAL
1:35PM
C. Tillman 12 2 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
K. Seager 3B SEA @ BAL
1:35PM
C. Tillman 10 1 1 0 0 2 4 .100 .250 .200 .450
I. Desmond SS WAS vs PHI
1:35PM
C. Hamels 41 8 5 1 2 1 10 .195 .214 .390 .605
D. Espinosa 2B WAS vs PHI
1:35PM
C. Hamels 18 3 1 0 0 2 8 .167 .250 .222 .472
W. Ramos C WAS vs PHI
1:35PM
C. Hamels 14 2 0 0 0 1 4 .143 .200 .143 .343
J. Werth OF WAS vs PHI
1:35PM
C. Hamels 25 4 2 2 7 2 7 .160 .214 .400 .614
M. Joyce OF TB vs LAA
1:40PM
J. Weaver 15 2 1 0 1 1 5 .133 .176 .200 .376
M. Reynolds 1B MIL @ STL
2:15PM
J. Lackey 11 2 0 0 0 1 8 .182 .250 .182 .432
M. Ellis 2B STL vs MIL
2:15PM
M. Garza 12 1 0 0 0 0 3 .083 .083 .083 .167
A. Callaspo 3B OAK vs KC
4:05PM
J. Shields 19 4 0 0 0 1 5 .211 .250 .211 .461
J. Lowrie SS OAK vs KC
4:05PM
J. Shields 13 2 0 0 0 0 4 .154 .154 .154 .308
J. Reddick OF OAK vs KC
4:05PM
J. Shields 16 3 1 1 2 0 2 .188 .188 .375 .563
T. Snider OF PIT @ ARI
4:10PM
T. Cahill 10 2 0 0 4 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
A. Amarista 2B SD vs ATL
4:10PM
A. Harang 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 .100 .100 .100 .200
J. Francoeur OF SD vs ATL
4:10PM
A. Harang 16 3 1 1 3 0 3 .188 .176 .375 .551
S. Smith OF SD vs ATL
4:10PM
A. Harang 12 2 1 0 1 1 0 .167 .231 .250 .481
W. Venable OF SD vs ATL
4:10PM
A. Harang 20 3 1 1 1 2 5 .150 .227 .300 .527
B. Gardner OF NYY @ BOS
8:00PM
C. Buchholz 20 3 0 0 0 0 5 .150 .150 .150 .300
I. Suzuki OF NYY @ BOS
8:00PM
C. Buchholz 14 3 0 0 0 1 1 .214 .267 .214 .481
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ BOS
8:00PM
C. Buchholz 21 4 2 2 5 1 7 .190 .227 .476 .703
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jered Weaver LAA @ TB
1:40PM
118 36 17 4 17 9 25 .305 .353 .542 .895
Jose Quintana CWS vs MIN
2:10PM
78 24 11 4 19 11 19 .308 .398 .565 .963
Matt Garza MIL @ STL
2:15PM
126 46 12 5 15 15 21 .365 .433 .527 .960


Recommended Pickup

Stephen Vogt, OF, OAK – Vogt has quietly been one of the A’s hottest hitters, with a .965 OPS in the month of July. It is perhaps this torrid pace at the plate that gave general manager Billy Beane the confidence to send star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes packing at Thursday’s trade deadline. It is assumed Vogt will eventually settle into a platoon with newly-acquired Jonny Gomes in left field to replace Cespedes’ production. With Coco Crisp’s latest injury, however, Vogt continues to see regular playing time and will likely see more at-bats than Gomes over the long haul due to his versatility. Eligible in most leagues at the corner outfield positions, first base and catcher, Vogt sees action all over the field and delights owners with his ability to fill gaps left by injured regulars in all fantasy formats. If he can maintain the scorching rate at which he is spraying hits across the diamond, he will not only inspire the confidence of management to garner a daily spot in the lineup; Vogt could work his way into a spot in the middle of an extremely productive Oakland order.

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Draft Kings Value Picks

SP: Aaron Harang, ATL ($6,600)
C: Stephen Vogt, OAK ($3,700)
1B: Brandon Belt, SF ($3,900)
2B: Gordon Beckham, CWS ($3,500)
SS: Xander Bogaerts, BOS ($3,300)
3B: Casey McGehee, MIA ($3,500)
OF: Marcell Ozuna, MIA ($3,800)