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Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

Adam began writing for RotoWire in the spring of 2012 as an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He primarily serves as the site's day-to-day editor of NHL content, while also working as the Chicago Bears and Colorado Rockies beat writer, managing the site's Closer Grid, and contributing to the football and baseball magazines.

Projected Starters -- A look at Wednesday’s matchups (all times Eastern)

Cardinals (Adam Wainwright -- R) at Pirates (Jeff Locke -- L), 12:35
Rangers (Colby Lewis -- R) at Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez -- R), 3:40
Rays (Drew Smyly -- L) at Orioles (Kevin Gausman -- R), 7:05
Nationals (Doug Fister -- R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick -- R), 7:05
Red Sox (Joe Kelly -- R) at Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman -- R), 7:07
Yankees (Shane Greene -- R) at Tigers (David Price -- L), 7:08
Braves (Julio Teheran -- R) at Mets (Zack Wheeler -- R), 7:10
Cubs (Jacob Turner -- R) at Reds (Mat Latos -- R), 7:10
Indians (Corey Kluber -- R) at White Sox (Hector Noesi -- R), 8:10
Twins (Phil Hughes -- R) at Royals (Liam Hendriks -- R), 8:10
Athletics (Drew Pomeranz -- L) at Astros (Brad Peacock -- R), 8:10
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo -- R) at Padres (Odrisamer Despaigne -- R), 9:10
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw -- L) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley -- L), 9:40
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez -- R) at Angels (Hector Santiago -- L), 10:05
Rockies (Franklin Morales -- L) at Giants (Tim Hudson -- R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: STL/PIT, TEX/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, WSH (ribs) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (quadriceps) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday after suffering a left quad contusion Monday.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET (ankle) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC (personal) -- Reinstated from the bereavement list Tuesday.
Chris Denorfia, OF, SEA (neck) -- Was a late scratch Tuesday with a stiff neck.
Sam Fuld, OF, OAK (knee) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY (ankle) -- Out of the lineup Tuesday but is optimistic he’ll be cleared to play soon after running in the field prior to the game.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD (hamstring) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Omar Infante, 2B, KC (shoulder) -- Has been dealing with shoulder inflammation and will likely remain out until the weekend.
Kevin Kiermaier, OF, TB (neck) -- Reported improvement with his stiff neck, but remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WSH (back) -- Out of the lineup Tuesday due to back tightness.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB (forearm) -- Was limited to DH duties Tuesday because his forearm has been sore for the past five days.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT (ribs) -- Was lifted from Tuesday’s game due to left rib discomfort.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM (calf) -- Held out of the lineup Tuesday due to a sore right calf and will visit a doctor about the injury.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (elbow/foot) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (illness) -- Was a late scratch from Tuesday’s lineup due to an illness.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL (wrist) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Justin Ruggiano, OF, CHC (ankle) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Ryan Sweeney, OF, CHC (hamstring) -- Left Tuesday’s game with a left hamstring issue.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (hamstring) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Yordano Ventura, SP, KC (back) -- Scratched from Wednesday’s scheduled start due to mid-back stiffness.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (neck) -- Held out of the lineup Tuesday.

Disabled List
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (forearm) -- Will undergo season-ending surgery Friday.
Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN (shoulder) -- Not expected to return to the Reds this season.
David DeJesus, OF, TB (hand) -- Unlikely to return to the Rays until next Monday.
Matt Garza, SP, MIL (oblique) -- Had a positive bullpen session Tuesday and team plans to announce his next step Wednesday.
Jason Giambi, DH, CLE (knee) -- Began a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Akron.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI (hand) -- Underwent a CT scan Tuesday that confirmed surgery would not be necessary.
Jeremy Hefner, SP, NYM (elbow) -- Will rest a few more weeks before deciding whether or not he will undergo his second Tommy John surgery.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK (finger) -- Played catch Tuesday and could begin rehab assignment later this week.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, RP, NYM (elbow) -- Threw an extensive bullpen session Tuesday, but may not be back until Sept. 1.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (knee) -- Will likely miss the remainder of the season.
Ryan Raburn, OF, CLE (wrist) -- Will transfer his rehab assignment to Double-A Akron on Wednesday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD (glute) -- Slated to throw a simulated game Wednesday and could return from the DL to start Sunday vs. the Padres.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET (chest) -- Suffered a setback Monday and has no timetable to return to the Tigers.
George Springer, OF, HOU (quadriceps) -- Took batting practice on the field prior to Tuesday’s game.
Jonny Venters, RP, ATL (elbow) -- Has been shut down again after experiencing renewed elbow soreness.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (quadriceps) -- Has begun taking dry swings and has started throwing.

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

Activated from the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC (bereavement list)
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA
Adam Eaton, OF, CWS
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB

Placed on the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Shane Robinson, OF, STL

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Randal Grichuk, OF, STL
Yoslan Herrera, RP, LAA
Kevin Pillar, OF, TOR

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Curt Casali, C, TB
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA
Wade LeBlanc, SP, LAA (designated for assignment)
Nolan Reimold, OF, TOR (designated for assignment)

Closer Watch

Athletics -- Though a save opportunity didn’t materialize Monday for the Athletics (this piece was posted before Tuesday’s contest was concluded), manager Bob Melvin did pass along some surprising news regarding his closer situation. With Sean Doolittle (oblique) landing on the 15-day DL on Sunday, it was expected that top setup man Luke Gregerson would simply slide up to the ninth-inning role. Instead, Melvin indicated he preferred to keep Gregerson and Ryan Cook in their familiar middle relief roles, with Eric O'Flaherty now looking like the top option for saves. A dominant setup man in his own right with the Braves from 2010-2012, O'Flaherty lost most of last season to Tommy John surgery, but seems to have recovered just fine. He carries a 1.26 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 14.1 innings since joining the Athletics in early July, and could represent an elite closing option over the next few weeks if he indeed sticks in the role.

Hot Batter Matchups – August 27, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Barmes SS PIT vs STL
12:35PM
A. Wainwright 23 8 4 1 2 1 4 .348 .400 .609 1.009
R. Martin C PIT vs STL
12:35PM
A. Wainwright 25 9 2 0 2 4 4 .360 .467 .440 .907
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs STL
12:35PM
A. Wainwright 38 13 7 1 3 2 7 .342 .366 .605 .971
J. Tabata OF PIT vs STL
12:35PM
A. Wainwright 21 6 2 1 3 2 3 .286 .375 .524 .899
N. Walker 2B PIT vs STL
12:35PM
A. Wainwright 26 8 2 1 7 5 5 .308 .419 .462 .881
A. Jackson OF SEA vs TEX
3:40PM
C. Lewis 24 10 4 1 1 1 7 .417 .440 .667 1.107
K. Seager 3B SEA vs TEX
3:40PM
C. Lewis 17 7 2 1 6 0 2 .412 .444 .647 1.092
I. Desmond SS WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 39 15 5 2 8 0 6 .385 .390 .641 1.031
B. Harper OF WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 25 9 5 1 2 3 3 .360 .429 .680 1.109
W. Ramos C WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 11 6 2 2 3 0 0 .545 .545 1.091 1.636
J. Ellsbury OF NYY @ DET
7:08PM
D. Price 47 14 7 1 3 2 5 .298 .327 .532 .858
B. McCann C NYY @ DET
7:08PM
D. Price 12 5 3 3 5 1 1 .417 .462 1.167 1.628
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ DET
7:08PM
D. Price 54 11 5 3 7 5 5 .204 .283 .407 .691
F. Freeman 1B ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
Z. Wheeler 11 6 2 1 5 6 1 .545 .667 .909 1.576
J. Heyward OF ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
Z. Wheeler 15 6 3 1 2 1 2 .400 .438 .733 1.171
L. Duda OF NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
J. Teheran 11 4 2 1 1 2 1 .364 .462 .727 1.189
E. Young Jr. OF NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
J. Teheran 11 5 0 0 1 1 2 .455 .500 .455 .955
A. Dunn 1B CWS vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Kluber 19 6 2 1 3 3 7 .316 .409 .526 .935
P. Konerko 1B CWS vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Kluber 11 3 1 1 1 1 2 .273 .333 .545 .879
A. Escobar SS KC vs MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes 13 5 2 1 2 1 2 .385 .467 .692 1.159
C. Crisp OF OAK @ HOU
8:10PM
B. Peacock 13 4 4 1 2 5 1 .308 .500 .846 1.346
J. Donaldson 3B OAK @ HOU
8:10PM
B. Peacock 12 4 2 1 2 4 2 .333 .500 .667 1.167
E. Sogard SS OAK @ HOU
8:10PM
B. Peacock 13 6 3 0 0 0 1 .462 .462 .846 1.308
W. Venable OF SD vs MIL
9:10PM
Y. Gallardo 18 7 3 1 4 4 2 .389 .500 .667 1.167
D. Barney 2B LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
W. Miley 11 4 1 0 1 2 1 .364 .462 .455 .916
M. Kemp OF LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
W. Miley 21 6 2 2 3 1 4 .286 .318 .571 .890
Y. Puig OF LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
W. Miley 14 5 1 1 2 4 4 .357 .500 .571 1.071
S. Van Slyke OF LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
W. Miley 16 7 7 4 5 3 1 .438 .526 1.375 1.901
J. Morneau 1B COL @ SF
10:15PM
T. Hudson 15 5 2 1 2 1 1 .333 .412 .600 1.012
H. Pence OF SF vs COL
10:15PM
F. Morales 11 5 2 1 3 1 1 .455 .500 .818 1.318
P. Sandoval 3B SF vs COL
10:15PM
F. Morales 13 3 2 1 1 3 4 .231 .375 .538 .913
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 27, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Mat Latos CIN vs CHC
7:10PM
86 21 1 0 6 6 16 .244 .297 .251 .548
Clayton Kershaw LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
94 17 6 0 11 7 26 .181 .238 .256 .493
Cold Batter Matchups – August 27, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Ackley 2B SEA vs TEX
3:40PM
C. Lewis 15 3 1 0 0 2 4 .200 .294 .267 .561
D. Espinosa 2B WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 21 4 1 0 0 4 5 .190 .320 .238 .558
A. LaRoche 1B WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 38 6 3 1 3 8 5 .158 .304 .316 .620
C. Beltran OF NYY @ DET
7:08PM
D. Price 13 2 0 0 0 0 4 .154 .154 .154 .308
S. Drew SS NYY @ DET
7:08PM
D. Price 10 0 0 0 0 1 5 .000 .091 .000 .091
B. Gardner OF NYY @ DET
7:08PM
D. Price 20 2 0 0 1 4 5 .100 .250 .100 .350
C. Johnson 3B ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
Z. Wheeler 17 2 0 0 0 1 3 .118 .167 .118 .284
J. Upton OF ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
Z. Wheeler 15 0 0 0 0 0 6 .000 .000 .000 .000
S. Castro SS CHC @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Latos 28 8 0 0 2 0 6 .286 .286 .286 .571
A. Rizzo 1B CHC @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Latos 15 2 0 0 0 2 2 .133 .235 .133 .369
D. Murphy 2B NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
J. Teheran 10 2 1 0 2 2 4 .200 .333 .300 .633
R. Tejada SS NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
J. Teheran 12 1 0 0 0 0 2 .083 .083 .083 .167
J. Kipnis 2B CLE @ CWS
8:10PM
H. Noesi 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
A. De Aza OF CWS vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Kluber 17 3 0 0 1 3 6 .176 .300 .176 .476
A. Ramirez SS CWS vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Kluber 20 4 2 0 1 0 3 .200 .200 .300 .500
N. Aoki OF KC vs MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes 10 2 1 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .300 .500
S. Perez C KC vs MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes 14 2 1 0 1 0 2 .143 .143 .214 .357
B. Moss 1B OAK @ HOU
8:10PM
B. Peacock 11 2 0 0 0 1 7 .182 .250 .182 .432
S. Smith OF SD vs MIL
9:10PM
Y. Gallardo 14 2 0 0 0 2 5 .143 .250 .143 .393
M. Montero C ARI vs LAD
9:40PM
C. Kershaw 29 6 3 0 4 0 11 .207 .207 .310 .517
J. Pacheco 3B ARI vs LAD
9:40PM
C. Kershaw 17 2 1 0 1 0 3 .118 .118 .176 .294
M. Trumbo OF ARI vs LAD
9:40PM
C. Kershaw 10 0 0 0 1 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
A. Ethier OF LAD @ ARI
9:40PM
W. Miley 16 4 0 0 2 0 3 .250 .294 .250 .544
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 27, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Colby Lewis TEX @ SEA
3:40PM
84 29 9 3 10 6 19 .345 .403 .517 .920
Brad Peacock HOU vs OAK
8:10PM
73 22 11 2 7 15 17 .301 .420 .565 .985
Wade Miley ARI vs LAD
9:40PM
155 45 19 9 20 19 33 .290 .372 .539 .911
Tim Hudson SF vs COL
10:15PM
67 22 7 3 7 2 7 .328 .362 .526 .888

Recommended Pickup

Jorge Soler, OF, CHC -- On the heels of the promotions of Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez to the big leagues, Soler is the latest of the Cubs’ bumper crop of hitting prospects to join the party. After going 8-for-12 with two homers, seven RBI and three walks over his last three games at Triple-A Iowa, the Cubs determined the 21-year-old had little left to prove in the minors. Soler might not have the power-hitting potential of Baez or Kris Bryant (who could join the Cubs in September), but he’s shown a keener eye at the plate that should allow him to sustain a more respectable batting average. Over time, Soler projects to be an annual threat for 20 homers and 20 stolen bases, and while those numbers might not arrive in the majors right away, his prospect pedigree and physical gifts make him worth a look across most formats. The Cubs didn’t promote Soler to the big leagues to sit, so expect him to displace Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney for regular at-bats in right field the rest of the way.

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DraftKings Value Picks
SP: Tim Hudson, SF ($6,500)
C: Wilson Ramos, WSH ($3,700)
1B: Billy Butler, KC ($4,300)
2B: Jedd Gyorko, SD ($3,600)
3B: Nick Castellanos, DET ($3,200)
SS: Starlin Castro, CHC ($3,800)
OF: Steve Pearce, BAL ($4,200)