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Saturday Lineup Card: The Roof is on Fier(s)

Chris Benzine

Chris Benzine

Chris Benzine writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Projected Starters - A look at Saturday’s matchups (Eastern Time)

PHI (Kyle Kendrick - R) at SF (Tim Hudson - R) 4:05 ET
NYY (Shane Greene - R) at TB (Drew Smyly - L) 4:10 ET
BAL (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at CLE (Carlos Carrasco - R) 7:05 ET
PIT (Jeff Locke - L) at WAS (Gio Gonzalez - L) 7:05 ET
SEA (Felix Hernandez - R) at DET (David Price - L) 7:08 ET
HOU (Brad Peacock - R) at BOS (Rubby De La Rosa - R) 7:10 ET
TOR (Mark Buehrle - L) at CHW (John Danks - L) 7:10 ET
KC (Yordano Ventura - R) at MIN (Phil Hughes - R) 7:10 ET
OAK (Sonny Gray - R) at ATL (Julio Teheran - R) 7:10 ET
CHC (Dan Straily - R) at NYM (Jon Niese - L) 7:10 ET
ARI (Wade Miley - L) at MIA (Henderson Alvarez - R) 7:10 ET
SD (Jesse Hahn - R) at STL (Shelby Miller - R) 7:15 ET
LAA (Matt Shoemaker - R) at TEX (Colby Lewis - R) 8:05 ET
CIN (Dylan Axelrod - R) at COL (Jordan Lyles - R) 8:10 ET
MIL (Yovani Gallardo - R) at LAD (Clayton Kershaw - L) 9:10 ET

Day Game After Night Game: PHI/SF, NYY/TB

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Robinson Cano, 2B, LAD – Should play Saturday after fouling a ball off his foot Friday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS – Left early Friday night after fouling a pitch off his foot.
Darin Downs, RP, HOU - Dealing with a minor oblique injury.
Luis Valbuena, 3B, CHC - (Illness) Out of the lineup again Friday.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL - Received treatment for an abscessed tooth; should play Saturday.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN - (Back) Out of the lineup Friday with a back injury.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B, SD - (Oblique) Held out of Friday’s lineup with oblique injury.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS - (Shoulder) Hit off a tee Friday.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT - (Forearm) Out of the lineup Friday.
Kyle Lohse, SP, MIL (Ankle) Will have his next start skipped.

Players on the DL

Brandon Belt, 1B, SF - (Concussion) Will visit a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh next week.
Brett Anderson, SP, COL - (Back) Underwent successful surgery on herniated disc Friday.
Yu Darvish, SP, TEX - (Elbow) Expected to return to the rotation Aug. 25.
Matt Garza, SP, MIL - (Oblique) Played catch for about five minutes Friday.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, RP, NYM - (Elbow) Will make his second rehab start for Double-A Birmingham on Saturday.
Paul Maholm, SP, LAD - (Knee) Underwent successful reconstructive surgery Friday.
Nate McLouth, OF, WAS - (Shoulder) Will receive second opinion on his shoulder.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET - (Hamstring) Will resume his rehab assignment Saturday.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW - (Shoulder) Could return to the White Sox this weekend.
Yadier Molina, C, STL - (Thumb) Expects to be cleared to swing a bat next week.
Logan Ondrusek, RP, BOS - (Shoulder) Pitched the first inning with Triple-A on Friday as part of his rehab assignment.
Tyler Thornburg, RP, MIL - (Elbow) Will not return this season.
Jim Henderson, RP, MIL - (Shoulder) May be headed for shoulder surgery.
Jacob DeGrom, SP, NYM - (Shoulder) Will resume throwing Saturday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN - (Thumb) Could be activated as soon as Monday.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Hip) Underwent successful labral repair surgery Friday.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY - (Elbow) Will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday.
Matt Reynolds, RP, ARI - (Elbow) Threw 29 pitches in a live BP session Friday.
David Ross, C, BOS - (Heel) Expected to start catching bullpen sessions this weekend.
Allen Craig, 1B, BOS - (Foot) Could begin a rehab assignment Sunday or Monday.

Transactions

Activated from the DL

Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIN
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE

Placed on the DL

Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD - (Glute)
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK - (Finger)
Stolmy Pimental, RP, PIT - (Lower Body)

Claimed Off Waivers

Traded

Justin Germano, SP, (From TEX to LAD)
Brett Jackson, OF, (From CHC to ARI)

Called Up

Kevin Chapman, RP, HOU
Jon Edwards, RP, TEX
Andy Parrino, SS, OAK

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

Yohan Pino, SP, MIn
L.J. Hoes, OF, HOU
Brett Jackson, OF, ARI
Robbie Ross, SP, TEX
Anthony Gose, OF, TOR

Closer Watch

Tampa Bay Rays - Jake McGee picked up his first save since July 28 on Thursday. The team hasn't gone with anybody else in a save situation, but simply hasn't had a save opportunity come up. McGee has been dominant when given a chance, converting 13-of-14 this season, and has posted a 1.31 ERA along with a fantastic 11.79 K/9 rate. The 28-year-old should continue in the role as the closer, and will likely receive a higher rate of chances going forward than he has in the past few weeks.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – August 16, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Howard 1B PHI @ SF
4:05PM
T. Hudson 67 22 10 7 17 12 11 .328 .425 .687 1.112
J. Rollins SS PHI @ SF
4:05PM
T. Hudson 87 20 11 3 8 5 7 .230 .272 .460 .732
I. Davis 1B PIT @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 12 4 2 1 2 1 4 .333 .385 .667 1.051
J. Nix 3B PIT @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 11 4 1 1 3 2 5 .364 .429 .636 1.065
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs SEA
7:08PM
F. Hernandez 24 10 2 0 2 3 4 .417 .500 .500 1.000
I. Kinsler 2B DET vs SEA
7:08PM
F. Hernandez 77 19 7 4 8 11 11 .247 .363 .442 .804
S. Castro SS CHC @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 16 5 2 1 5 0 5 .313 .313 .625 .938
B. Butler DH KC @ MIN
7:10PM
P. Hughes 24 7 4 1 3 1 3 .292 .320 .542 .862
A. Escobar SS KC @ MIN
7:10PM
P. Hughes 11 5 2 1 2 1 1 .455 .500 .818 1.318
M. Moustakas 3B KC @ MIN
7:10PM
P. Hughes 16 4 4 1 2 1 2 .250 .294 .625 .919
D. Navarro C TOR @ CWS
7:10PM
J. Danks 20 8 5 3 4 1 1 .400 .429 .950 1.379
N. Reimold OF TOR @ CWS
7:10PM
J. Danks 13 5 3 1 2 2 2 .385 .467 .846 1.313
D. Valencia DH TOR @ CWS
7:10PM
J. Danks 20 6 3 1 4 0 3 .300 .300 .550 .850
B. Boesch OF LAA @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 18 5 3 3 5 1 6 .278 .316 .778 1.094
M. Trout OF LAA @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 11 4 2 1 5 1 3 .364 .417 .818 1.235
A. Ethier OF LAD vs MIL
9:10PM
Y. Gallardo 21 8 4 1 3 0 6 .381 .381 .714 1.095
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD vs MIL
9:10PM
Y. Gallardo 14 4 2 1 4 1 6 .286 .333 .643 .976
M. Kemp OF LAD vs MIL
9:10PM
Y. Gallardo 17 6 3 1 3 2 5 .353 .421 .647 1.068
G. Parra OF MIL @ LAD
9:10PM
C. Kershaw 26 9 3 0 0 2 7 .346 .414 .462 .875
R. Weeks 2B MIL @ LAD
9:10PM
C. Kershaw 14 5 4 0 0 3 5 .357 .471 .643 1.113
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 16, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
David Price DET vs SEA
7:08PM
134 33 11 1 16 4 37 .246 .277 .361 .638
Jon Niese NYM vs CHC
7:10PM
60 13 6 1 6 2 10 .217 .254 .358 .612
Yovani Gallardo MIL @ LAD
9:10PM
127 36 13 4 14 6 36 .283 .316 .467 .783
Cold Batter Matchups – August 16, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Byrd OF PHI @ SF
4:05PM
T. Hudson 14 3 0 0 1 0 6 .214 .214 .214 .429
G. Blanco OF SF vs PHI
4:05PM
K. Kendrick 12 2 1 0 0 5 1 .167 .412 .250 .662
A. Pagan OF SF vs PHI
4:05PM
K. Kendrick 31 5 2 0 3 3 4 .161 .229 .226 .454
H. Pence OF SF vs PHI
4:05PM
K. Kendrick 13 2 0 0 0 1 4 .154 .267 .154 .421
A. Avila C DET vs SEA
7:08PM
F. Hernandez 11 3 0 0 2 0 4 .273 .273 .273 .545
A. Jackson OF SEA @ DET
7:08PM
D. Price 17 3 1 0 1 0 10 .176 .176 .235 .412
B. Miller SS SEA @ DET
7:08PM
D. Price 10 1 1 0 2 0 4 .100 .100 .300 .400
K. Morales 1B SEA @ DET
7:08PM
D. Price 12 3 0 0 1 0 3 .250 .250 .250 .500
C. Coghlan OF CHC @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 10 2 1 0 0 0 1 .200 .273 .300 .573
J. Ruggiano OF CHC @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 14 2 0 0 0 0 3 .143 .143 .143 .286
S. Perez C KC @ MIN
7:10PM
P. Hughes 11 2 1 0 1 0 2 .182 .182 .273 .455
E. Aybar SS LAA @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 12 2 1 0 2 1 1 .167 .286 .333 .619
J. Bruce OF CIN @ COL
8:10PM
J. Lyles 11 2 1 1 5 1 0 .182 .250 .455 .705
T. Frazier 3B CIN @ COL
8:10PM
J. Lyles 10 2 1 1 2 0 2 .200 .273 .500 .773
D. Barney 2B LAD vs MIL
9:10PM
Y. Gallardo 24 3 1 0 2 1 7 .125 .160 .167 .327
J. Lucroy C MIL @ LAD
9:10PM
C. Kershaw 13 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .071 .000 .071
A. Ramirez 3B MIL @ LAD
9:10PM
C. Kershaw 16 3 2 0 0 0 4 .188 .188 .313 .500
J. Segura SS MIL @ LAD
9:10PM
C. Kershaw 10 2 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 16, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Gio Gonzalez WAS vs PIT
7:05PM
72 24 9 5 13 10 22 .333 .415 .596 1.011
John Danks CWS vs TOR
7:10PM
117 36 19 7 19 6 14 .308 .341 .600 .942
Colby Lewis TEX vs LAA
8:05PM
100 33 15 5 21 6 21 .330 .373 .629 1.002


Recommended Pickup

Mike Fiers, SP, MIL - Fiers tossed his second straight gem for the Brewers on Thursday, striking out 14 over six scoreless innings. If his last two starts are any indication, Fiers is ready to take the reins as a member of the rotation, allowing just one run over 15 innings. Although his spot in the rotation may not be permanent, Matt Garza is progressing somewhat slowly (he played catch on the field for five minutes before Friday’s game) on the disabled list, he should be able to get a few more starts in before Garza is ready to return. Fiers could provide a short-term boost in strikeouts, ERA, WHIP and wins if he continues on his current path.

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DraftKings Value Picks

SP: Jon Niese, NYM ($6,100)
C: Wilson Ramos, WAS ($3,500)
1B: Lucas Duda, NYM (3,600)
2B: Jonathan Schoop, BAL ($2,600)
3B: Brock Holt, BOS ($3,700)
SS: Alexei Ramirez, CWS ($4,000)
OF: Charlie Blackmon, COL ($3,600)