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Monday Lineup Card: Peralta Steals Home and the Attention of Fantasy Owners

Ryan Rufe

Ryan Rufe

Ryan covers the Houston Astros, writes the Monday Lineup Card and contributes to the RotoWire baseball magazine and draft kit. He's an NFBC, MFL10 and DFS enthusiast who bleeds orange and brown on Sundays. For more from Ryan, follow him on Twitter, @RyanRufe.

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

NYM (Jon Niese - L) at PHI (David Buchanan - R) 1:05 PM
LAD (Dan Haren - R) at ATL (Julio Teheran - R) 7:00 PM
NYY (Chris Capuano - L) at BAL (Bud Norris - R) 7:05 PM
DET (Justin Verlander - R) at PIT (Jeff Locke - L) 7:05 PM
STL (Shelby Miller - R) at MIA (Tom Koehler - R) 7:10 PM
TB (Drew Smyly - L) at TEX (Colby Lewis - R) 8:05 PM
MIL (Yovani Gallardo - R) at CHC (Jake Arrieta - R) 8:05 PM
OAK (Sonny Gray - R) at KC (Yordano Ventura - R) 8:10 PM
MIN (Tommy Milone - L) at HOU (Brad Peacock - R) 8:10 PM
TOR (Drew Hutchison - R) at SEA (Felix Hernandez - R) 10:10 PM
COL (Jordan Lyles - R) at SD (Jesse Hahn - R) 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (back) -- Missed his second straight start Sunday and could be a candidate for the DL upon Joe Mauer's return.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD (hamstring) -- Was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a hamstring cramp.
Mike Carp, 1B, TEX (groin) -- Was not in the starting lineup Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with a groin injury.
Scott Carroll, P, CWS (finger) -- Will miss his scheduled start Wednesday due to a blister.
Jarred Cosart, P, MIA (oblique) -- Threw a pain-free bullpen on Saturday and is on track to return to the rotation Tuesday.
Jacob deGrom, P, NYM (shoulder) -- Was scratched from Tuesday's start and will return to New York on Monday for an MRI.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL (thumb) -- Had X-rays done Sunday that came back negative.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT (broken rib) -- Missed his sixth straight start Sunday, but was able to take some swings and throw from 90 feet.
Tommy Medica, 1B, SD (head) -- Was held out of the starting lineup Sunday after he was hit in the head by a pitch in Saturday's game.
Jenrry Mejia, P, NYM (calf) -- Blew a save Sunday and later announced he's been pitching through a sports hernia.
Mike Morse, OF, SF (toe) -- Was scratched from the starting lineup Sunday with an infected ingrown toenail.
Brayan Pena, C, CIN (hamstring) -- Missed his second straight start Sunday, but singled as a pinch-hitter late in the game.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN (foot) -- Was held out of the starting lineup Sunday and x-rays came back negative.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (back) -- Was held out of the starting lineup Sunday due to soreness.
Alex Rios, OF, TEX (ankle) -- Left Sunday's game after aggravating a right ankle injury. Will be reevaluated Monday.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL (ankle) -- Is reportedly improving and hopes to return Tuesday.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (back) -- Was scratched from Sunday's lineup and is likely headed to the DL.

Players on the DL

Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA (shoulder) -- Was scheduled for a bullpen session Sunday and will return from the DL on Thursday if everything goes well.
Brett Anderson, P, COL (back) -- An MRI revealed a bulging disk in his back which will likely end his season.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD (hip) -- Has a groin strain in addition to the hip issue, but is expected to pitch again this season.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (concussion) -- Was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Friday after reporting a headache during Wednesday's game.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, SEA (knee) -- Had microfracture surgery Friday and will miss the remainder of the season.
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE (hamstring) -- Expected to return from the DL on Tuesday.
Matt Cain, P, SF (elbow) -- Will undergo season-ending surgery on Monday.
Andrew Cashner, P, SD (shoulder) -- Will continue his rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A El Paso.
Gerrit Cole, P, PIT (back) -- Could possibly return to the Pirates this week after retiring 18 of the 19 batters he faced in a rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday.
Allen Craig, 1B, BOS (foot) -- Started swinging at balls off a tee and is doing treadmill work.
Adam Eaton, OF, CWS (oblique) -- Left Friday's game due to soreness in his rib cage and is not eligible to return until August 24.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (quadricpes) -- Began a rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Saturday.
Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU (back) -- Will likely return to the Astros this week after performing well during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CWS (shoulder) -- Suffered a bruised triceps hit on the elbow by a pitch Sunday in a rehab game with Triple-A Charlotte.
Matt Garza, P, MIL (oblique) -- Will miss more than the minimum 15 days required by his DL stint.
Craig Gentry, OF, OAK (hand) -- Hopes to hit off a tee on Monday.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI (hand) -- Expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (knee) -- Manager Walt Weiss is considering shutting him down for the remainder of the season.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC (hand) -- Will be held out of the baseball activities for at least two weeks.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (back) -- Returned to the DL Thursday after injuring his back in his first game with Toronto since returning from a finger injury.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI (elbow) -- Will not require surgery, but is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR (foot) -- Will likely rejoin the Blue Jays on Monday.
Matt Lindstrom, P, CWS (ankle) -- Will be activated from the DL on Tuesday.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN (oblique) -- Will be activated from the DL on Monday.
Brian McCann, C, NYY (concussion) -- Was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Saturday.
Ricky Nolasco, P, MIN (elbow) -- Expected to rejoin the Twins' rotation this week after a second rehab start with Low-A Cedar Rapids Sunday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (thumb) -- Was cleared to swing a bat on Friday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (oblique) -- Was placed on the DL Sunday.
Tyler Skaggs, P, LAA (forearm) -- Will have Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, ending his season.
Joakim Soria, P, DET (oblique) -- Was placed on the 15-day DL Sunday.
George Springer, OF, HOU (knee) -- Nearing a return to the Astros' lineup after participating in batting practice Saturday.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY (elbow) -- Threw at 90 feet Saturday after feeling good throwing from 60 and 90 feet Friday.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (thigh) -- Will head back to Denver for treatment after feeling "on-and-off" discomfort with his left hip.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (back) -- Had season-ending surgery Tuesday.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (quadriceps) -- Expected to return in September.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (hamstring) -- Will attempt to return by mid-September.

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

Called Up

Darwin Barney, 2B, LAD
Caleb Clay, P, LAA
Adam Duvall, 1B, SF
Edwin Escobar, P, BOS
Tyler Holt, OF, CLE
Ben Paulsen, 1B, COL
Vinnie Pestano, P, LAA
Erasmo Ramirez, P, SEA
Michael Taylor, OF, WAS
Zach Walters, 2B, WAS

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Tim Beckham, SS, TB
Cam Bedrosian, P, LAA
C.J. Cron, 1B, LAA
Chris Gimenez, C, TEX
Heath Hembree, P, BOS
Ryan Kalish, OF, CHC
Lucas Luetge, P, SEA
Juan Perez, OF, SF
Chris Rusin, P, CHC
Joe Wieland, P, SD

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)

Neil Ramirez, P, CHC

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

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (knee)
David Murphy, OF, CLE (abdominal)
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (oblique)
Anibal Sanchez, P, DET (pectoral)
Hector Sanchez, C, SF (concussion, 7-day DL)
Brian Schlitter, P, CHC (shoulder)
Tyler Skaggs, P, LAA (forearm, 60-day DL)
Joakim Soria, P, TEX (oblique)
Steve Souza, OF, WAS (shoulder)
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE (knee)

Designated for Assignment

Colt Hynes, P, LAD
Sean O'Sullivan, P, PHI

Signed

George Kottaras, C, TOR

Released

Bobby Abreu, OF, NYM

Traded

Kevin Correia, P, LAD (from MIN)

Claimed

Tommy Field, 2B, PIT
Jerome Williams, P, PHI

Closer Watch

New York Mets - Jenrry Mejia (calf) took his fifth loss of the season on Sunday after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk against Philadelphia. He announced after the game that he's been pitching through a sports hernia, and while he wants to finish the season before having surgery, New York may choose to shut him down and go with Jeurys Familia as their closer.

Key Matchups
Hot Batter Matchups ľ Augustá11,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Byrd OF PHIávsáNYM
1:05PM
J. Niese 15 6 2 1 1 1 4 .400 .438 .667 1.104
C. Ruiz C PHIávsáNYM
1:05PM
J. Niese 27 10 3 1 3 3 6 .370 .433 .556 .989
S. Drew SS NYYá@áBAL
7:05PM
B. Norris 13 6 3 0 3 4 2 .462 .588 .769 1.357
C. Headley 3B NYYá@áBAL
7:05PM
B. Norris 12 4 1 1 3 2 5 .333 .429 .583 1.012
R. Martin C PITávsáDET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 14 6 1 1 2 2 5 .429 .500 .643 1.143
T. Snider OF PITávsáDET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 13 5 4 1 2 0 5 .385 .385 .923 1.308
E. Bonifacio 2B ATLávsáLAD
7:10PM
K. Correia 11 4 2 0 0 1 2 .364 .417 .636 1.053
R. Doumit C ATLávsáLAD
7:10PM
K. Correia 10 4 1 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .500 .900
J. Upton OF ATLávsáLAD
7:10PM
K. Correia 44 16 5 1 2 1 7 .364 .378 .523 .901
G. Jones 1B MIAávsáSTL
7:10PM
S. Miller 13 7 4 2 5 2 0 .538 .600 1.154 1.754
S. Castro SS CHCávsáMIL
8:05PM
Y. Gallardo 37 14 3 0 1 2 6 .378 .400 .459 .859
A. Rizzo 1B CHCávsáMIL
8:05PM
Y. Gallardo 12 4 1 0 2 3 4 .333 .467 .417 .883
J. Bautista OF TORá@áSEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 17 5 1 1 1 4 4 .294 .429 .471 .899
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Augustá11,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Tommy Milone MINá@áHOU
8:10PM
56 10 2 1 4 3 10 .179 .220 .250 .470
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Augustá11,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Brown OF PHIávsáNYM
1:05PM
J. Niese 10 1 0 0 1 0 1 .100 .100 .100 .200
R. Howard 1B PHIávsáNYM
1:05PM
J. Niese 24 4 1 1 4 1 11 .167 .192 .292 .484
C. Utley 2B PHIávsáNYM
1:05PM
J. Niese 28 3 0 0 1 2 3 .107 .219 .107 .326
P. Alvarez 3B PITávsáDET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 10 1 0 0 0 0 6 .100 .100 .100 .200
A. McCutchen OF PITávsáDET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 13 2 2 0 2 2 3 .154 .250 .308 .558
N. Walker 2B PITávsáDET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 10 2 2 0 1 2 3 .200 .333 .500 .833
W. Castillo C CHCávsáMIL
8:05PM
Y. Gallardo 10 2 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400
Y. Escobar SS TBá@áTEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 12 3 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .250 .500
C. Carter OF HOUávsáMIN
8:10PM
T. Milone 11 1 0 0 1 1 2 .091 .167 .091 .258
M. Dominguez 3B HOUávsáMIN
8:10PM
T. Milone 10 1 1 1 1 1 2 .100 .182 .400 .582
R. Ibanez OF KCávsáOAK
8:10PM
S. Gray 10 2 2 1 1 0 2 .200 .200 .600 .800
D. Valencia DH TORá@áSEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 11 2 0 0 0 1 4 .182 .250 .182 .432
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Augustá11,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Kevin Correia LADá@áATL
7:10PM
100 35 12 1 8 6 12 .350 .383 .501 .884
Yovani Gallardo MILá@áCHC
8:05PM
98 35 8 2 6 11 21 .357 .418 .491 .910
Felix Hernandez SEAávsáTOR
10:10PM
86 26 7 2 6 9 18 .302 .365 .434 .799
Jordan Lyles COLá@áSD
10:10PM
56 20 9 3 14 11 7 .357 .469 .652 1.122
Recommended Pickup

David Peralta, OF, ARI - With five multi-hit games in August, Peralta has been a hot pickup in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues. A failed former pitcher in the Cardinals' organization, the 26-year-old outfielder was got his first taste of the big leagues on June 1 after A.J. Pollock hit the DL with a broken hand. The Venezuelan native never played above Double-A, but he's been an impressive regular in the Diamondbacks' lineup, hitting .313/.347/.486 with five home runs, 29 RBI, 29 runs scored and four stolen bases in 57 games. One of his steals was a swipe of home plate against Colorado on a catcher's throw back to the pitcher. Fantasy owners who are looking for a solid all-around player can do a lot worse than Peralta, who is still widely available in CBS (76 percent), ESPN (94 percent) and Yahoo! (94 percent) leagues.

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DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Drew Hutchison, TOR ($6,000)
C - Evan Gattis, ATL ($3,300)
1B - Jonathan Singleton, HOU ($3,400)
2B - Tommy La Stella, ATL ($2,900)
3B - Kyle Seager, SEA ($3,900)
SS - Danny Santana, MIN ($3,900)
OF - George Springer, HOU ($3,100)