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Saturday Lineup Card: Worley of a Pickup

Chris Benzine

Chris Benzine

Chris Benzine writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Projected Starters

CLE (Corey Kluber - R) at NYY (Brandon McCarthy - R) 1:05 ET
DET (Max Scherzer - R) at TOR (Marcus Stroman - R) 1:07 ET
STL (John Lackey - R) at BAL (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) 4:05 ET
TB (Jake Odorizzi - R) at CHC (Edwin Jackson - R) 4:05 ET
NYM (Dillon Gee - R) at PHI (Cole Hamels - L) 7:05 ET
SD (Eric Stults - L) at PIT (Francisco Liriano - L) 7:05 ET
MIA (Brad Penny - R) at CIN (Alfredo Simon - R) 7:10 ET
LAD (Zack Greinke - R) at MIL (Mike Fiers -R) 7:10 ET
SF (Tim Hudson - R) at KC (James Shields - R) 7:10 ET
TEX (Yu Darvish - R) at HOU (Scott Feldman - R) 7:10 ET
WAS (Tanner Roark - R) at ATL (Ervin Santana - R) 7:10 ET
COL (Jorge De La Rosa - L) at ARI (Trevor Cahill - R) 8:10 ET
BOS (Clay Buchholz - R) at LAA (Garrett Richards - R) 9:05 ET
MIN (Trevor May - R) at OAK (Jeff Samardzija - R) 9:05 ET
CWS (Hector Noesi - R) at SEA (James Paxton - L) 9:10 ET

Day Game After Night Game: STL/BAL, DET/TOR, CLE/NYY

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD - Left Friday's game with tightness in his left side.
Brayan Pena, C, CIN - Left Friday's game with left hamstring tightness.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL - Missed Friday's game with a lingering quad injury.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL - Held out Friday with a sore hamstring.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS - (Shoulder) Could return to the lineup Saturday.
Alex Rios, OF, TEX - Missed Friday's game after aggravating an ankle injury.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT - (Ribs) Has taken a few swings, may avoid a DL stint.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL - (Ankle) Not expected to play this weekend.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT - (Back) Held out of the lineup again Friday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Finger) Missed his second straight game Friday.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI - (Illness) Hasn't played in over a week due to throat infection, but nearing a return.

Players on the DL
Shae Simmons, RP, ATL - (Shoulder) Progressing towards a return from disabled list.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Thigh) Ran and participated in lateral drills Friday.
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM - Will throw another bullpen session Saturday.
Josh Beckett, SP, LAD - (Hip/Groin) May pitch again this season.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, RP, NYM - (Elbow) Set to throw a bullpen session Saturday.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, SEA - (Knee) Out for the season after undergoing micro fracture surgery Friday.
George Springer, OF, HOU - (Quad) Will get treatment Friday and be reevaluated this weekend.
Jason Giambi, DH, CLE - (Knee) Not likely to return from 60-day DL before Sept. 1.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET - (Hamstring) Taken off rehab assignment Friday.
Jake Smolinski, OF, TEX - (Foot) Will wear a walking boot for two-to-three weeks.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT - (Back) Will make another rehab start Sunday.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY - (Elbow) Threw at 60 and 90 Friday and will throw at 90 feet again Saturday.
Christian Bergman, SP, COL - (Hand) Pitched in a rehab assignment Friday.
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL - (Shoulder) Expected to start playing light catch in two-to-three weeks.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL - (Shoulder) Went 5-for-7 in two rehab assignments
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY - (Back) Expected to start for the Yankees Wednesday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN - (Thumb) Was cleared to swing the bat.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR - (Foot) Was out of the lineup at his rehab assignment with a back issue.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA - (Oblique) went 1-for-4 in a rehab game at Triple-A on Thursday.
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI - (Hand) went 1-for-15 in three rehab games with Triple-A Reno.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC - (Hand) will be out of baseball activities for at least two weeks.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (Oblique) did not play Thursday, but played Friday for Low-A Cedar Rapids.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW - (Shoulder) played right field for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.

Transactions

Activated from the DL
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT (Bereavement List)
Geovany Soto, C, TEX
Zach Putnam, RP, CHW
Steve Tolleson, 2B, TOR

Placed on the DL
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF - (Concussion)
Dan Jennings, 1B, MIA - (Concussion)
Jason Motte, RP, STL - (Back)
Josh Beckett, SP, LAD - (Hip/Groin)

Called Up
Lucas Luetge, RP, SEA
Edgar Olmos, RP, MIA
Anthony DeSclafani, P, MIA
Ed Lucas, 2B, MIA
Xavier Paul, OF, ARI
Andrew Chafin, SP, ARI
Bryan Mitchell, RP, NYY
Nick Greenwood, RP, STL
Matt Duffy, 2B, SF

Sent Down
Ernesto Frieri, RP, PIT (DFA'd)
Roenis Elias, RP, SEA
Brian Flynn, SP, MIA
Enrique Hernandez, OF, MIA
Vinnie Pestano, RP, LAA
Jerome Williams, SP, TEX (DFA'd)
Nick Ahmed, SS, ARI
Roger Kieschnick, OF, ARI
Matt Daley, RP, NYY
Ryan Kalish, OF, CHI (DFA'd)
Andre Rienzo, SP, CHW
Rob Rasmussen, RP, TOR

Traded
Jacob Turner (From MIA to CHC)

Closer Watch

Tampa Bay Rays - Jake McGee pitched the eighth inning against the Cubs on Friday rather than serving in his normal closer role. The probable reason for his early appearance lies in the fact that the Cubs had the middle of their order up in the top of the eighth inning. He shouldn't be in danger of losing his spot at the back of the bullpen, however, so fantasy owners need not worry about his usage Friday.

Toronto Blue Jays - Casey Janssen blew his third save of the season Friday, allowing two home runs en route to his first loss of the season. While he has converted 18-of-21 save opportunities on the season, he doesn't sport a high strikeout rate and now a poor ERA and WHIP to go along with it. He shouldn't be in danger of losing his job at this point, but fantasy owners can't be enthusiastic about his numbers.

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Augustá9,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
N. Swisher 1B CLEá@áNYY
1:05PM
B. McCarthy 14 6 3 2 7 1 3 .429 .467 .929 1.395
J. Bautista OF TORávsáDET
1:07PM
M. Scherzer 14 8 5 1 3 3 1 .571 .647 1.071 1.718
N. Cruz OF BALávsáSTL
4:05PM
J. Lackey 36 12 4 2 8 2 12 .333 .385 .556 .940
C. Davis 1B BALávsáSTL
4:05PM
J. Lackey 37 11 5 2 6 4 12 .297 .366 .541 .906
A. Jones OF BALávsáSTL
4:05PM
J. Lackey 51 13 4 3 7 1 16 .255 .264 .471 .735
M. Machado 3B BALávsáSTL
4:05PM
J. Lackey 18 7 3 2 4 0 2 .389 .389 .778 1.167
J. Peralta SS STLá@áBAL
4:05PM
U. Jimenez 26 9 6 1 5 5 3 .346 .452 .692 1.144
J. Loney 1B TBá@áCHC
4:05PM
E. Jackson 14 7 2 0 2 1 1 .500 .533 .643 1.176
B. Zobrist 2B TBá@áCHC
4:05PM
E. Jackson 11 2 2 1 2 3 4 .182 .357 .545 .903
J. Lagares OF NYMá@áPHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 23 9 3 0 2 2 5 .391 .440 .522 .962
D. Murphy 2B NYMá@áPHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 48 17 5 1 6 1 9 .354 .367 .500 .867
D. Wright 3B NYMá@áPHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 76 25 11 5 16 5 18 .329 .370 .618 .989
R. Howard 1B PHIávsáNYM
7:05PM
D. Gee 20 9 7 6 14 1 5 .450 .476 1.400 1.876
J. Rollins SS PHIávsáNYM
7:05PM
D. Gee 25 12 4 2 5 3 2 .480 .536 .800 1.336
M. Dominguez 3B HOUávsáTEX
7:10PM
Y. Darvish 17 4 3 3 4 1 6 .235 .278 .765 1.042
R. Grossman OF HOUávsáTEX
7:10PM
Y. Darvish 11 3 2 1 2 1 5 .273 .333 .636 .970
R. Ibanez OF KCávsáSF
7:10PM
T. Hudson 56 18 8 1 7 4 7 .321 .377 .500 .877
L. Overbay 1B MILávsáLAD
7:10PM
Z. Greinke 26 9 4 3 8 1 6 .346 .370 .731 1.101
A. Rios OF TEXá@áHOU
7:10PM
S. Feldman 41 12 7 3 6 1 4 .293 .310 .610 .919
A. LaRoche 1B WASá@áATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 36 8 7 4 7 5 6 .222 .310 .639 .948
C. Gonzalez OF COLá@áARI
8:10PM
T. Cahill 14 4 4 1 3 2 3 .286 .375 .857 1.232
J. Rutledge 2B COLá@áARI
8:10PM
T. Cahill 13 5 1 0 0 2 1 .385 .467 .462 .928
Y. Cespedes OF BOSá@áLAA
9:05PM
G. Richards 16 5 4 0 3 1 5 .313 .353 .625 .978
H. Kendrick 2B LAAávsáBOS
9:05PM
C. Buchholz 21 7 3 1 4 0 2 .333 .318 .571 .890
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Augustá9,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Edwin Jackson CHCávsáTB
4:05PM
74 16 6 2 6 6 17 .216 .275 .374 .649
Yu Darvish TEXá@áHOU
7:10PM
114 22 10 5 12 6 42 .193 .233 .369 .602
Tanner Roark WASá@áATL
7:10PM
63 12 3 1 5 4 11 .190 .258 .256 .514
Clay Buchholz BOSá@áLAA
9:05PM
98 25 10 3 10 2 12 .255 .267 .427 .693
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Augustá9,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Aviles SS CLEá@áNYY
1:05PM
B. McCarthy 10 1 0 0 1 0 1 .100 .091 .100 .191
M. Brantley OF CLEá@áNYY
1:05PM
B. McCarthy 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 .100 .100 .100 .200
D. Murphy OF CLEá@áNYY
1:05PM
B. McCarthy 17 4 0 0 1 1 0 .235 .263 .235 .498
D. Valencia DH TORávsáDET
1:07PM
M. Scherzer 11 2 1 0 2 0 3 .182 .167 .273 .439
J. Hardy SS BALávsáSTL
4:05PM
J. Lackey 26 5 0 0 1 3 6 .192 .276 .192 .468
M. Joyce OF TBá@áCHC
4:05PM
E. Jackson 12 2 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333
J. Molina C TBá@áCHC
4:05PM
E. Jackson 12 3 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500
T. d'Arnaud C NYMá@áPHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 12 1 0 0 0 3 3 .083 .267 .083 .350
L. Duda OF NYMá@áPHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 13 1 0 0 0 5 7 .077 .333 .077 .410
C. Ruiz C PHIávsáNYM
7:05PM
D. Gee 16 2 1 0 1 0 1 .125 .125 .188 .313
J. Francoeur OF SDá@áPIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 15 2 0 0 1 1 7 .133 .188 .133 .321
J. Altuve 2B HOUávsáTEX
7:10PM
Y. Darvish 20 3 1 0 0 3 6 .150 .261 .200 .461
C. Carter OF HOUávsáTEX
7:10PM
Y. Darvish 14 1 0 0 1 0 8 .071 .067 .071 .138
J. Castro C HOUávsáTEX
7:10PM
Y. Darvish 15 2 1 0 0 0 4 .133 .133 .200 .333
O. Infante 2B KCávsáSF
7:10PM
T. Hudson 23 6 0 0 2 0 4 .261 .261 .261 .522
A. Ramirez 3B MILávsáLAD
7:10PM
Z. Greinke 11 2 0 0 0 1 4 .182 .250 .182 .432
S. Choo OF TEXá@áHOU
7:10PM
S. Feldman 17 1 0 0 1 3 5 .059 .227 .059 .286
I. Desmond SS WASá@áATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 13 2 0 0 0 0 4 .154 .154 .154 .308
S. Hairston OF WASá@áATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 10 2 1 0 0 1 4 .200 .273 .300 .573
J. Werth OF WASá@áATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 22 3 2 1 1 2 10 .136 .208 .364 .572
M. Montero C ARIávsáCOL
8:10PM
J. De La Rosa 14 2 0 0 0 1 5 .143 .200 .143 .343
E. Aybar SS LAAávsáBOS
9:05PM
C. Buchholz 25 3 0 0 0 0 0 .120 .120 .120 .240
J. Hamilton OF LAAávsáBOS
9:05PM
C. Buchholz 18 2 2 0 1 0 5 .111 .111 .222 .333
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Augustá9,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Dillon Gee NYMá@áPHI
7:05PM
135 43 17 9 27 7 20 .319 .362 .578 .941
Zack Greinke LADá@áMIL
7:10PM
87 27 7 4 15 7 22 .310 .362 .491 .852
Trevor Cahill ARIávsáCOL
8:10PM
65 24 9 3 8 8 14 .369 .441 .638 1.079


Recommended Pickup

Vance Worley, SP, PIT - Worley pitched another gem Friday, tossing seven innings of one-run ball against the Padres. Though Gerrit Cole will return from the disabled list soon, Worley has likely solidified his spot in the rotation with his recent performance, pitching his way to four straight quality starts including a complete game shutout against the Giants. While his past track record hasn't been great, his recent performance warrants a pick up.

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