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Friday Lineup Card: Rockies Not Giving Hawkins Save Opportunities

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

Rays (Chris Archer – R) at Cubs (Tsuyoshi Wada – L), 4:05
Indians (Trevor Bauer – R) at Yankees (Esmil Rogers – R), 7:05
Mets (Bartolo Colon – R) at Phillies (A.J. Burnett – R), 7:05
Padres (Eric Stults – L) at Pirates (Vance Worley – R), 7:05
Cardinals (Justin Masterson – R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman – R), 7:05
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey – R), 7:07
Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi – R) at Reds (Mike Leake – R), 7:10
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R) at Braves (Ervin Santana – R), 7:35
Dodgers (Roberto Hernandez – R) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R), 8:10
Rangers (Mike Mikolas – R) at Astros (Brett Oberholtzer – L), 8:10
Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L) at Royals (Jason Vargas – L), 8:10
Rockies (Tyler Matzek – L) at Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson – R), 9:40
Twins (Kyle Gibson – R) at Athletics (Scott Kazmir – L), 10:05
Red Sox (Allen Webster – R) at Angels (Jered Weaver – R), 10:05
White Sox (Jose Quintana – L) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR (Elbow) – X-rays came back negative.
Adam Eaton, OF, CHW (Back) – Did not start on Thursday but expected to play on Friday.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK (Finger) – Missed his third straight game on Thursday.
Jenrry Mejia, RP, NYM (Calf) – May not be available for Friday’s game.
Josh Beckett, SP, LAD (Hip) – Underwent an MRI and is expected to be placed on the DL Friday.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT (Ribs) – May avoid the DL, although more rest is needed for now.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (Illness) – Missed the start on Thursday and is not at full strength.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (Back) – Was not in the lineup on Thursday and could be worse than initially thought.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (Head) – Removed from Wednesday’s game and missed Thursday’s game due to headaches, but likely not related to the concussion suffered last month.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL (Quadriceps) – Did not start on Thursday.
Eugenio Suarez, SS, DET (Knee) – Missed Thursday’s game, which was his third straight.
Torii Hunter, OF, DET (Hand) – Missed Thursday’s game.

Players on the DL

George Springer, OF, HOU (Quadriceps) – Suffered a minor setback on Wednesday and will be reevaluated on Friday.
Kyle Blanks, OF, OAK (Calf) – Expected to start a rehab assignment on Sunday.
Zach Putnam, RP, CHW (Shoulder) – Expected to be activated from the 15-day DL on Friday.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL (Ankle) – Will start on Saturday after a strong rehab start.
Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU (Back) – Will play in his first rehab game on Friday at AAA-Oklahoma City.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (Back) – Placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET (Hamstring) – Suffered the hamstring injury while rehabbing a previous back injury, although is considered to be minor in nature.
Allen Craig, 1B, BOS (Foot) – There is no concern by the Red Sox over the long-term health of Craig.
Daniel Hudson, SP, ARI (Elbow) – Pitched in an Arizona League game on Thursday, which was his first action in well over a year.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT (Back) – Threw a bullpen session on Thursday.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI (Elbow) – Will not require surgery after visiting orthopedist David Altchek.
Logan Ondrusek, RP, CIN (Shoulder) – Expected to throw another bullpen session on Friday or Saturday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (Thumb) – Was able to use a standard glove in fielding drills during rehab.

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

Traded

Roberto Hernandez, SP, LAD – (from the Phillies for two players to be named later)
Vinnie Pestano, RP, LAA – (from the Indians for Mike Clevinger, RP)

Signed

Xavier Paul, OF, ARI – (minor league contract)

Placed on the DL (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)

Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR

Activated from the DL

Kelly Johnson, 3B, BOS
Angel Pagan, OF, SF

Activated from the Paternity List

Wilson Ramos, C, WAS

Called Up

Sean O’Sullivan, RP, PHI
Juan Nicasio, RP, COL
Rob Rasmussen, RP, TOR
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI
C.C. Lee, RP, CLE

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

Chris Gimenez, C, TEX
Andy Marte, 3B, ARI
Matt Duffy, 2B, SF
Mookie Betts, OF, BOS
Sandy Leon, C, WAS
Danny Salazar, SP, CLE
Brooks Brown, RP, COL
Dean Anna, 2B, PIT
Tyler Colvin, OF, SF
Irving Falu, 2B, MIL

Released

Dan Uggla, 2B, SF

Closer Watch

Colorado Rockies – The Rockies aren’t really giving current closer LaTroy Hawkins a ton of opportunities as far as saves go; however, it’s worth noting that while Hawkins’ seasonal numbers have been solid (3.00 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) he’s had a rough go of it over the last three weeks. Hawkins locked down his last save on July 9 - yes, all you party people, that’s almost a month - and since that time he has only made six appearances for the Rockies, while allowing four earned runs on eight hits. Since the Rockies can’t seem to buy a win (2-8 over their last 10 games), it’s a smart move on your part to try to trade for saves elsewhere assuming you’ve got a trade deadline approaching fast in your league. You don’t have to go after Craig Kimbrel, but even landing a body that gets trotted out there a bit more than Hawkins is smart.

Key Matchups
Hot Batter Matchups – August 8, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Davis 1B BAL vs STL
7:05PM
J. Masterson 16 4 3 1 2 1 7 .250 .294 .563 .857
J. Rollins SS PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
B. Colon 18 5 2 1 2 2 2 .278 .350 .500 .850
A. Avila C DET @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 10 4 1 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .500 .900
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 21 6 3 2 2 2 2 .286 .348 .619 .967
T. Hunter OF DET @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 18 6 5 0 5 0 4 .333 .333 .667 1.000
I. Kinsler 2B DET @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 10 2 2 2 3 1 0 .200 .273 .800 1.073
M. Cabrera OF TOR vs DET
7:07PM
A. Sanchez 21 10 0 0 1 0 2 .476 .476 .476 .952
F. Freeman 1B ATL vs WAS
7:35PM
S. Strasburg 20 9 3 2 7 5 4 .450 .519 .800 1.319
J. Heyward OF ATL vs WAS
7:35PM
S. Strasburg 26 11 3 1 4 2 4 .423 .483 .615 1.098
D. Span OF WAS @ ATL
7:35PM
E. Santana 27 10 3 1 6 1 1 .370 .379 .556 .935
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ MIL
8:10PM
K. Lohse 24 8 5 1 3 2 1 .333 .385 .625 1.010
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ MIL
8:10PM
K. Lohse 24 7 5 1 5 3 4 .292 .370 .625 .995
M. Napoli 1B BOS @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 27 9 4 2 2 4 6 .333 .419 .630 1.049
D. Ortiz DH BOS @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 32 10 4 2 9 3 7 .313 .361 .563 .924
T. Plouffe 3B MIN @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 16 6 2 0 2 2 3 .375 .444 .500 .944
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 8, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Roberto Hernandez LAD @ MIL
8:10PM
76 15 4 1 6 3 12 .197 .237 .274 .511
Scott Kazmir OAK vs MIN
10:05PM
92 17 6 1 7 8 25 .185 .256 .281 .537
Cold Batter Matchups – August 8, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
N. Markakis OF BAL vs STL
7:05PM
J. Masterson 28 5 0 0 2 3 2 .179 .258 .179 .437
D. Young OF BAL vs STL
7:05PM
J. Masterson 20 3 1 0 2 0 5 .150 .143 .200 .343
C. Granderson OF NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 18 3 3 1 1 3 5 .167 .318 .444 .763
D. Wright 3B NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 27 3 1 0 4 3 12 .111 .194 .148 .342
J. Peralta SS STL @ BAL
7:05PM
C. Tillman 12 2 2 1 1 1 2 .167 .231 .500 .731
C. Rasmus OF TOR vs DET
7:07PM
A. Sanchez 16 3 1 1 5 2 10 .188 .263 .375 .638
E. Bonifacio 2B ATL vs WAS
7:35PM
S. Strasburg 10 1 1 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200 .300
A. Simmons SS ATL vs WAS
7:35PM
S. Strasburg 14 2 0 0 1 1 2 .143 .200 .143 .343
B. Upton OF ATL vs WAS
7:35PM
S. Strasburg 16 2 1 0 0 2 9 .125 .222 .188 .410
N. Aoki OF KC vs SF
8:10PM
M. Bumgarner 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
C. Crawford OF LAD @ MIL
8:10PM
K. Lohse 16 3 2 2 2 0 1 .188 .188 .563 .750
M. Kemp OF LAD @ MIL
8:10PM
K. Lohse 20 4 2 1 5 0 7 .200 .200 .400 .600
J. Uribe 3B LAD @ MIL
8:10PM
K. Lohse 21 4 0 0 1 0 4 .190 .227 .190 .418
M. Morse OF SF @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 10 2 1 1 1 0 4 .200 .200 .500 .700
D. Pedroia 2B BOS @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 28 5 2 0 2 2 7 .179 .233 .250 .483
C. Colabello 1B MIN @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 10 2 0 0 0 1 5 .200 .273 .200 .473
B. Dozier 2B MIN @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 18 2 1 1 1 1 3 .111 .158 .278 .436
K. Suzuki C MIN @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 25 3 1 0 3 2 4 .120 .207 .160 .367
J. Willingham OF MIN @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 17 3 2 0 0 1 7 .176 .222 .294 .516
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 8, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Bartolo Colon NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
93 28 7 3 9 8 13 .301 .356 .446 .802
R.A. Dickey TOR vs DET
7:07PM
84 28 13 4 11 8 12 .333 .391 .589 .980
Stephen Strasburg WAS @ ATL
7:35PM
142 43 10 4 20 12 35 .303 .358 .442 .800
Recommended Pickup

Denard Span, OF, WAS – Span is not going to give you much pop, if any at all, but he’s certainly worth adding to your roster if he’s floating around out there. He may be unavailable in most leagues, but Span has been on fire since July 30 going 16-for-36 (.444 AVG), with six runs, five stolen bases and four RBI. He’s worth checking your free agent pool in shallower leagues or going after in trade if you need the average, runs and speed.

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Draft Kings Value Picks

SP: Chase Anderson, ARI ($6,700)
C: Evan Gattis, ATL ($3,600)
1B: Steve Pearce, BAL ($3,400)
2B: Tommy LaStella, ATL ($3,100)
SS: Danny Santana, MIN ($4,000)
3B: Brock Holt, BOS ($3,500)
OF: Charlie Blackmon, COL ($4,100)