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Thursday Lineup Card: Rutledge Rusty, But Secure

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

LAD (Roberto Hernandez – R) at ATL (Aaron Harang – R), 12:10 PM ET
PIT (Francisco Liriano – L) at DET (Max Scherzer – R), 1:08 PM ET
OAK (Jeff Samrdzija – R) at KC (James Shields – R), 2:10 PM ET
MIL (Mike Fiers – R) at CHC (Edwin Jackson – R), 2:20 PM ET
HOU (Scott Feldman – R) at BOS (Allen Webster – R), 7:10 PM ET
WAS (Stephen Strasburg – R) at NYM (Dillon Gee – R), 7:10 PM ET
AZ (Chase Anderson – R) at MIA (Brad Penny – R), 7:10 PM ET
TB (Jake Odorizzi – R) at TEX (Robbie Ross, Jr. - L), 8:05 PM ET
SD (Eric Stults – L) at STL (John Lackey – R), 8:15 PM ET
CIN (Alfredo Simon – R) at COL (Jorge De La Rosa – L), 8:40 PM ET

Day Game After Night Game: LAD/ATL, PIT/DET, OAK/KC, MIL/CHC

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD – (Forearm) Likely headed to DL.
Homer Bailey, P, CIN – (Forearm) Likely headed to DL.
Jay Bruce, OF, CIN – (Illness) Scratched Wednesday with illness.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, BOS – (Hand) Left Wednesdsay with bruise, origin of injury unknown.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL – (Thumb) Out Wednesday but was feeling better, Orioles off Thursday.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL – (Knee) Left Wednesday with soreness.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB – (Shoulder) Out Wednesday with soreness.
Kyle Lohse, P, MIL – (Ankle) Left Wednesday with tweak.
Justin Ruggiano, OF, CHC – (Groin) Out Wednesday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD – (Leg) Left Wednesday with strain, could miss at least one start.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B, SD – (Oblique) Left Wednesday with sprain.
Anthony Swarzak, P, MIN – (Ankle) X-rays negative, could still head to DL.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT – (Back) Missed eighth straight game Wednesday.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS – (Shoulder) Received cortisone injection for sprain in joint, will be out a couple days at least.

Players on the DL

Clint Barmes, SS, PIT – (Groin) Rehab was scheduled to begin Wednesday
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE – (Hamstring) Should be activated Friday.
Yu Darvish, P, TEX – (Elbow) Will have MRI after hitting DL.
Craig Gentry, OF, OAK – (Hand) Hitting off a tee, likely heading for rehab before activation.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL – (Knee) Rockies exploring option, season-ending surgery is possible.
Grant Green, 2B, LAA – (Abdomen) Could begin rehab next week.
Jesus Guzman, OF, HOU – (Back) Beginning rehab Thursday.
Matt Harvey, P, NYM – (Elbow) Threw off mound Wednesday, wants to pitch for Mets this season but good sign for spring training next year.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL – (Knee) Placed on DL Wednesday but required no crutches.
Brian McCann, C, NYY – (Concussion) Should be activated Saturday.
Chris Owings, SS, AZ – (Shoulder) Will face live pitching for first time since June, rehab to follow.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN – (Thumb) Could begin rehab Friday.
Nick Punto, 2B, OAK – (Hamstring) Is not yet running, but could return to team before the end of the month.
Matt Reynolds, P, AZ – (Elbow) Facing live hitting for the first time since Tommy John surgery, long way from returning, probably spring training.
Cody Ross, OF, AZ – (Calf) Not ready to run bases, rehab does not seem close.
Tyler Skaggs, P, LAA – (Elbow) Had Tommy John surgery Wednesday.
Nick Swisher, OF, CLE – (Knee) Getting second opinion on ailing knee with Dodgers team doctor next week.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY – (Elbow) Team hopes he can pitch in September.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL – (Hip) Season-ending surgery.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS – (Hamstring) Has begun strengthening program, looking to return in September.

Activated from the DL
Michael Pineda, P, NYY

Placed on the DL
Yu Darvish, P, TEX
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (transferred to 60-day DL)

Claimed Off Waivers/Signed
Ramon Cabrera, C, PIT from DET (optioned to Triple-A)
Colt Hynes, P, TOR from LAD (optioned to Triple-A)
Tim Sexton, P, OAK

Called Up
Alex Claudio, P, TEX
Buck Farmer, P, DET
Brandon Gomes, P, TB
Cord Phelps, 3B, BAL

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Caleb Clay, P, LAA
Chone Figgins, 3B, LAD (released)
Cole Figueroa, 2B, TB
Jeff Francoeur, OF, SD
Ernesto Frieri, P, PIT
Ryan LaMarre, OF, CHC (resleased)
Chris Leroux, P, NYY (designated for assignment)
Kevin Obispo, P, PIT (designated for assignment)
Anthony Ranaudo, P, BOS
Domingo Santana, OF, HOU
Nate Schierholtz, OF, CHC (resleased)
Kevin Whalen, P, DET

Closer Watch

Boston – Koji Uehara earned Tuesday night’s save, but he got Wednesday off even though he had not pitched on consecutive games. Edward Mujica saved Wednesday’s win over the Reds.

Chicago White Sox – While Jake Petricka picked up his eighth save Tuesday, he faltered Wednesday while allowing two ninth inning runs and spoiling a dominant effort by Chris Sale. Zach Putnam pitched 1.1 innings and earned an extra innings win. Petricka, Putnam and Matt Lindstrom could figure in save situations the rest of the season.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – August 14, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Doumit C ATL vs LAD
12:10PM
R. Hernandez 10 3 1 1 3 0 3 .300 .300 .600 .900
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ ATL
12:10PM
A. Harang 20 8 5 3 6 2 6 .400 .455 .950 1.405
M. Kemp OF LAD @ ATL
12:10PM
A. Harang 19 7 3 2 6 2 4 .368 .409 .737 1.146
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs PIT
1:08PM
F. Liriano 29 9 5 2 7 8 8 .310 .447 .621 1.068
T. Hunter OF DET vs PIT
1:08PM
F. Liriano 15 5 1 1 2 3 2 .333 .444 .533 .978
I. Kinsler 2B DET vs PIT
1:08PM
F. Liriano 15 3 3 1 2 3 4 .200 .333 .533 .867
V. Martinez DH DET vs PIT
1:08PM
F. Liriano 27 13 7 1 7 2 6 .481 .517 .815 1.332
N. Aoki OF KC vs OAK
2:10PM
J. Samardzija 16 7 3 0 0 1 1 .438 .471 .750 1.221
J. Reddick OF OAK @ KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 19 5 3 3 4 0 2 .263 .263 .737 1.000
R. Braun OF MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
E. Jackson 28 9 5 0 1 2 6 .321 .367 .500 .867
J. Lucroy C MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
E. Jackson 29 11 4 2 6 1 3 .379 .400 .655 1.055
A. Ramirez 3B MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
E. Jackson 21 6 3 2 4 0 3 .286 .273 .619 .892
M. Napoli 1B BOS vs HOU
7:10PM
S. Feldman 29 12 3 2 7 3 6 .414 .469 .655 1.124
D. Ortiz DH BOS vs HOU
7:10PM
S. Feldman 15 3 2 2 7 3 1 .200 .333 .600 .933
D. Pedroia 2B BOS vs HOU
7:10PM
S. Feldman 20 8 2 1 3 0 1 .400 .400 .600 1.000
I. Desmond SS WAS @ NYM
7:10PM
D. Gee 35 7 3 3 4 2 10 .200 .243 .457 .700
B. Harper OF WAS @ NYM
7:10PM
D. Gee 10 4 1 1 2 2 0 .400 .500 .700 1.200
M. Ellis 2B STL vs SD
8:15PM
E. Stults 13 6 2 0 1 0 0 .462 .462 .615 1.077
R. Ludwick OF CIN @ COL
8:40PM
J. De La Rosa 21 5 3 3 4 1 7 .238 .273 .667 .939
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 14, 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 @ ATL
12:10PM
103 20 9 3 13 15 19 .194 .297 .345 .642
James Shields KC vs OAK
2:10PM
120 22 4 4 5 6 23 .183 .234 .278 .512
Dillon Gee NYM vs WAS
7:10PM
178 39 17 9 16 17 39 .219 .291 .416 .707
Cold Batter Matchups – August 14, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
G. Laird C ATL vs LAD
12:10PM
R. Hernandez 14 1 0 0 1 0 3 .071 .071 .071 .143
J. Uribe 3B LAD @ ATL
12:10PM
A. Harang 16 2 2 0 0 1 4 .125 .176 .250 .426
R. Martin C PIT @ DET
1:08PM
M. Scherzer 15 3 1 0 1 0 2 .200 .250 .267 .517
J. Nix 3B PIT @ DET
1:08PM
M. Scherzer 11 0 0 0 0 0 9 .000 .000 .000 .000
A. Callaspo 3B OAK @ KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 22 5 0 0 0 1 5 .227 .261 .227 .488
C. Crisp OF OAK @ KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 21 3 0 0 0 0 5 .143 .182 .143 .325
J. Lowrie SS OAK @ KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 16 3 0 0 0 0 4 .188 .188 .188 .375
B. Moss 1B OAK @ KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 11 2 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
C. Gomez OF MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
E. Jackson 15 1 1 0 0 0 5 .067 .067 .133 .200
L. Overbay 1B MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
E. Jackson 30 4 2 1 3 4 4 .133 .235 .267 .502
R. Tejada SS NYM vs WAS
7:10PM
S. Strasburg 13 2 0 0 0 0 4 .154 .154 .154 .308
D. Wright 3B NYM vs WAS
7:10PM
S. Strasburg 12 3 0 0 0 0 5 .250 .250 .250 .500
D. Espinosa 2B WAS @ NYM
7:10PM
D. Gee 13 1 0 0 0 3 3 .077 .294 .077 .371
A. LaRoche 1B WAS @ NYM
7:10PM
D. Gee 25 5 3 2 3 3 4 .200 .286 .480 .766
A. Rendon 2B WAS @ NYM
7:10PM
D. Gee 17 2 1 0 1 0 2 .118 .118 .176 .294
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 14, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Aaron Harang ATL vs LAD
12:10PM
104 31 14 6 16 10 21 .298 .356 .557 .913
Francisco Liriano PIT @ DET
1:08PM
116 41 20 5 22 18 26 .353 .437 .616 1.053
Scott Feldman HOU @ BOS
7:10PM
105 40 16 6 27 10 14 .381 .433 .649 1.082


Recommended Pickup

Josh Rutledge, SS, COL – It is not often that we will recommend a player in a 1-for-27 slump, but the news that Troy Tulowitzki will have season-ending surgery means that Rutledge will be unobstructed at shortstop for the rest of the season. Rutledge was hitting over .300 in his utility role, and he may be best in that role for the long term. However, Rutledge had 15 home runs and 19 steals in 161 games between 2012 and 2013. He was not caught in either season, yet Rutledge is 0-for-2 in steal this season. Middle infield positions can get thin quickly, but Rutledge has buy low potential right now.

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DraftKingsValue Picks

SP: Jorge De La Rosa, COL ($6,400)
C: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, MIA ($3,100)
1B: James Loney, TB ($3,600)
2B: Aaron Hill, AZ ($3,600)
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera, WAS ($3,600)
3B: Brock Holt, BOS ($3,400)
OF: Dexter Fowler, HOU ($3,900)