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Dave Hunter

Dave Hunter

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

Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen – L) at Indians (Corey Kluber – R), 7:05
Pirates (Charlie Morton – R) at Nationals (Tanner Roark – R), 7:05
Mariners (James Paxton – L) at Tigers (Rick Porcello – L), 7:08
Cubs (Travis Wood – L) at Mets (Zack Wheeler – R), 7:10
Astros (Dallas Keuchel – L) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R), 7:10
Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R) at Marlins (Brad Hand – L), 7:10
Yankees (Brandon McCarthy – R) at Rays (Alex Cobb – R), 7:10
Athletics (Jason Hammel – R) at Braves (Alex Wood – L), 7:35
Angels (Garrett Richards – R) at Rangers (Nick Martinez – R), 8:05
Royals (Danny Duffy – L) at Twins (Ricky Nolasco – R), 8:10
Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman – R) at White Sox (Hector Noesi – R), 8:10
Padres (Tyson Ross – R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R), 8:15
Reds (Johnny Cueto – R) at Rockies (Franklin Morales – L), 8:40
Brewers (Jimmy Nelson – R) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke – R), 10:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels – L) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (Shoulder) – Could be available to pinch hit on Friday.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B, SD (Oblique) – Reported improvement on injury suffered Wednesday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (Shoulder) – Expected to return to the lineup on Friday.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT (Forearm) – May miss Friday’s game after being pulled out of the game on Thursday.
Justin Upton, OF, ATL (Hamstring) – Could miss the weekend series after trying to tag up from second base in Thursday’s game.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (Back) – Missed eight straight games but Walker remains hopeful he won’t need a DL trip.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (Thumb) – Did not play on Thursday but might be available for Friday’s game.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD (Leg) – Will have an MRI on Friday.

Players on the DL

Yu Darvish, SP, TEX (Elbow) – Diagnosed with inflammation and will rest until the pain subsides.
Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA (Hamstring) – Will not play for the rest of the season.
Dan Jennings, RP, MIA (Concussion) – No symptoms since August 7.
Wil Myers, OF, TB (Wrist) – May return to action on Tuesday.
Stolmy Pimentel, RP, PIT (Lower Body) – Will be placed on the DL on Friday.
Andrew Cashner, SP, SD (Shoulder) – Felt fine after rehab start on Wednesday and could return in just over a week.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (Ankle) – Cast was removed and get walking boot removed in another five weeks.
Yadier Molina, C, STL (Thumb) – Caught a bullpen session on Monday.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC (Hand) – Will not be cleared to swing a bat for another week.
Alex Presley, OF, HOU (Oblique) – Was scratched from Thursday rehab game.
Jason Motte, RP, STL (Back) – Not expected to return to action until September.
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYM (Shoulder) – May be cleared to resume throwing on Friday.
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM (Elbow) – Will not pitch this year.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA (Shoulder) – Expected to start on Saturday.
Michael Morin, SP, LAA (Foot) – Expected to be activated off the DL on Saturday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (Thumb) – Will begin a rehab assignment on Friday.
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA (Wrist) – Expected to rejoin the team in September.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK (Finger) – Will be placed on the DL with a hairline fracture.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (Oblique) – Has rejoined Triple-A Tacoma for his rehab assignment.
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI (Hand) – Expected to resume his rehab assignment over the weekend.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (Oblique) – Threw the ball on Wednesday but has not swung a bat yet.
Carter Capps, RP, MIA (Elbow) – Could return to the team in September if he avoids setbacks.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (Shoulder) – Could be activated from the DL over the weekend.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (Hip) – Expected to need five months of recovery time after torn labrum surgery on Friday.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (Knee) – Is expected to miss the remainder of the season, although nothing is official as of yet.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (Quad) – Expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Friday.

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

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

Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD

Called Up

Bradin Hagens, RP, ARI
Alex Wilson, RP, BOS
Luis Avilan, RP, ATL
Jace Peterson, 2B, SD
Robbie Ross, Jr., SP, TEX
Melvin Mercedes, RP, DET

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

Matt Hague, 1B, PIT
Juan Jaime, RP, ATL
Andrew Chafin, SP, ARI
Buck Farmer, RP, DET
Nate Adcock, RP, TEX
Ryan Lavarnway, C, BOS
Brad Mills, RP, TOR

Claimed Off Waivers

John Axford, RP, PIT (from Cleveland)

Closer Watch

Orioles – I don’t see Zach Britton losing his grasp on the O’s closer’s gig but he has given up four earned runs on three hits and two walks over his last two appearances (August 10 and 13), while pushing his ERA and WHIP up to 2.11 and 0.920 respectively on the year. Before Britton’s recent poor outings, the last time he gave up a run was on July 18.

Royals – Greg Holland is arguably the best closer in the game right now (Craig Kimbrel owners would disagree, maybe even Huston Street owners?) as he has helped push the Royals into first place with eight saves since July 30.

Key Matchups
Hot Batter Matchups – August 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Werth OF WAS vs PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton 12 4 2 2 5 2 1 .333 .429 .833 1.262
R. Cano 2B SEA @ DET
7:08PM
R. Porcello 18 7 2 0 3 2 0 .389 .450 .500 .950
Y. Cespedes OF BOS vs HOU
7:10PM
D. Keuchel 10 5 1 0 0 0 2 .500 .500 .600 1.100
B. Gardner OF NYY @ TB
7:10PM
A. Cobb 10 2 1 1 1 3 1 .200 .385 .500 .885
J. Heyward OF ATL vs OAK
7:35PM
J. Hammel 12 7 0 0 0 0 1 .583 .583 .583 1.167
A. Escobar SS KC @ MIN
8:10PM
R. Nolasco 11 6 2 0 0 0 0 .545 .545 .727 1.273
J. Willingham OF KC @ MIN
8:10PM
R. Nolasco 10 4 2 0 4 0 4 .400 .400 .600 1.000
W. Venable OF SD @ STL
8:15PM
L. Lynn 10 4 2 1 1 0 2 .400 .400 .800 1.200
C. Gomez OF MIL @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 11 3 2 1 4 1 5 .273 .333 .636 .970
L. Overbay 1B MIL @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 26 9 4 3 8 1 6 .346 .370 .731 1.101
B. Posey C SF vs PHI
10:15PM
C. Hamels 14 8 5 1 5 1 3 .571 .600 1.071 1.671
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Travis Wood CHC @ NYM
7:10PM
65 13 5 2 5 6 10 .200 .268 .331 .599
Brandon McCarthy NYY @ TB
7:10PM
79 15 4 2 2 3 16 .190 .220 .293 .513
Alex Cobb TB vs NYY
7:10PM
85 15 5 3 6 6 21 .176 .231 .321 .551
Madison Bumgarner SF vs PHI
10:15PM
68 16 4 1 5 1 16 .235 .242 .319 .560
Cold Batter Matchups – August 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Aviles SS CLE vs BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen 11 1 0 0 2 1 3 .091 .154 .091 .245
R. Tejada SS NYM vs CHC
7:10PM
T. Wood 13 2 0 0 1 2 4 .154 .267 .154 .421
I. Suzuki OF NYY @ TB
7:10PM
A. Cobb 17 3 1 0 0 0 3 .176 .176 .294 .471
D. Jennings OF TB vs NYY
7:10PM
B. McCarthy 11 1 1 1 1 0 2 .091 .091 .364 .455
E. Longoria 3B TB vs NYY
7:10PM
B. McCarthy 12 2 0 0 0 1 3 .167 .231 .167 .397
B. Zobrist 2B TB vs NYY
7:10PM
B. McCarthy 16 3 2 1 1 2 2 .188 .278 .438 .715
S. Choo OF TEX vs LAA
8:05PM
G. Richards 10 2 0 0 1 2 5 .200 .333 .200 .533
R. Ibanez OF KC @ MIN
8:10PM
R. Nolasco 22 6 1 0 0 0 3 .273 .273 .318 .591
T. Plouffe 3B MIN vs KC
8:10PM
D. Duffy 12 1 0 0 0 0 5 .083 .083 .083 .167
M. Byrd OF PHI @ SF
10:15PM
M. Bumgarner 15 3 0 0 1 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
J. Rollins SS PHI @ SF
10:15PM
M. Bumgarner 14 2 0 0 0 0 3 .143 .143 .143 .286
M. Morse OF SF vs PHI
10:15PM
C. Hamels 22 5 1 1 1 0 11 .227 .227 .364 .591
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jason Hammel OAK @ ATL
7:35PM
81 25 4 2 13 5 15 .309 .355 .413 .768
Ricky Nolasco MIN vs KC
8:10PM
117 36 13 1 13 2 17 .308 .324 .438 .762
Zack Greinke LAD vs MIL
10:10PM
109 35 9 6 19 8 26 .321 .368 .516 .883
Cole Hamels PHI @ SF
10:15PM
154 47 16 5 15 7 33 .305 .340 .476 .815
Recommended Pickup

Norichika Aoki, OF, KC – There have only been a few players that have been hotter than Aoki over the last couple of weeks, and more importantly the last seven days. Aoki is a nice addition if you need the outfield help, as he has raised his batting average from .262 to .273 since August 1. Aoki has also scored 10 runs, stole four bases, smacked one homer and driven in nine RBI during that same stretch.

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Draft Kings Value Picks

SP: Madison Bumgarner, SF ($8,600)
C: Evan Gattis, ATL ($3,400)
1B: Billy Butler, KC ($3,700)
2B: D.J. LeMahieu, COL ($2,800)
SS: Scooter Gennett, MIL ($3,400)
3B: Conor Gillaspie, CHW ($3,400)
OF: Kole Calhoun, LAA ($3,800)