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Saturday Lineup Card: Russellin' Some Feathers

Chris Benzine

Chris Benzine

Chris Benzine writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.



Projected Starters (all times Eastern)

NYY (Michael Pineda - L) at TOR (Drew Hutchison - R) 1:07 ET
DET (Max Scherzer - R) at CWS (Chris Sale - L) 1:10 ET
CHC (Tsuyoshi Wada - L) at STL (Justin Masterson - R) 2:15 ET
MIN (Kyle Gibson - R) at BAL (Chris Tillman - R) 7:05 ET
CLE (Trevor Bauer - R) at KC (James Shields - R) 7:10 ET
MIA (Jarred Cosart - R) at ATL (Aaron Harang - R) 7:10 ET
TEX (Miles Mikolas - R) at HOU (Scott Feldman - R) 7:10 ET
PHI (Jerome Williams - R) at NYM (Bartolo Colon - R) 7:10 ET
BOS (Allen Webster - R) at TB (Jake Odorizzi - R) 7:10 ET
DET (Kyle Ryan - L) at CWS (Chris Bassitt - R) 7:10 ET
COL (Tyler Matzek - L) at ARI (Vidal Nuno - L) 8:10 ET
CHC (Felix Doubront - L) at STL (Marco Gonzales - L) 8:15 ET
LAD (Zack Greinke - R) at SD (Ian Kennedy - R) 8:40 ET
OAK (Scott Kazmir - L) at LAA (Undecided) 9:05 ET
MIL (Mike Fiers - R) at SF (Jake Peavy - R) 9:05 ET
WAS (Stephen Strasburg - R) at SEA (Roenis Elias - L) 9:10 ET

Day Game After Night Game: NYY/TOR, DET/CWS, CHC/STL, CIN/PIT

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC - (Back) Out of the lineup again Friday.
Travis Snider, OF, PIT - (Hamstring) Out of the lineup Friday.
Robbie Grossman, OF, HOU - (Ankle) Remained out of the lineup Friday.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF - (Shoulder) Returned to the lineup Friday.
Scott Van Slyke, OF, LAD - (Ankle) Should be ready to return Sunday.
Steve Pearce, OF, BAL - Left Friday with an abdomen injury
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB - Scratched Friday with left knee soreness.
Chris Denorfia, OF, SEA - (Neck) Out of the lineup again Friday.
Omar Infante, 2B, KC - (Shoulder) Not in the lineup Friday

Players on the DL

Ryan Sweeney, OF, CHC - (Hamstring) Went on a rehab assignment Friday.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD - (Hamstring) Will likely be ready for Sunday but activation likely will come Monday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD - (Leg) Will start Sunday if he passes tests Friday.
Nick Punto, 2B, OAK - (Hamstring) Still a few days from being able to test his hamstring to it's fullest.
Daniel Hudson, SP, ARI - (Elbow) Expected to rejoin the Diamondbacks on Sept. 1.
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI - (Hand) Expected to rejoin Diamondbacks on Sept. 1 as well.
Justin Ruggiano, OF, CHC - (Ankle) Out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Friday.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK - (Finger) Sent to Triple-A Sacramento on rehab assignment Friday.
Jason Motte, RP, STL - (Back) Threw a bullpen session Friday.
Shane Robinson, OF, STL - (Shoulder) Underwent shoulder surgery Thursday and is out for the remainder of the season.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC - (Hand) Will begin a rehab assignment Saturday.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY - (Elbow) Dealing with pain throughout is right arm but isn't concerned.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX - (Knee) Will start Tuesday against the Royals.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM - (Calf) Could be out a substantial amount of time.
Jonny Venters, RP, ATL - (Elbow) Will undergo a third Tommy John surgery.
Stolmy Pimentel, RP, PIT - (Lower Body) Was sent on a rehab assignment Friday.

Transactions

Activated from the DL

Nolan Reimold, OF, ARI
Yadier Molina, C, STL
Yan Gomes, C, CLE
Josh Outman, RP, NYY

Placed on the DL

Jim Adduci, OF, TEX - (Concussion) 7-day DL
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM

Called Up

James Jones, OF, SEA
Louis Coleman, RP, KC
Ryan Rua, 3B, TEX
Anthony Ranaudo, SP, BOS
Evan Reed, RP, DET
Dilson Herrera, 2B, NYM
Andrew Lambo, OF, PIT

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

Bruce Chen, RP, KC (DFA'd)
Tommy Field, SS, PIT (DFA'd)
Tony Cruz, C, STL (Double-A)
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
Dane De La Rosa, RP, LAA (DFA'd)
Jose Ortega, RP, DET (DFA'd)
Rich Hill, RP, NYY (DFA'd)
Kyle Lobstein, SP, DET

Released

Xavier Paul, OF, ARI
Phil Irwin, SP, TEX

Closer Watch

New York Mets - Jenrry Mejia recorded his 20th save of the season Friday against the Phillies, pitching a perfect ninth and striking out the side in the process. He is firmly entrenched in the closer role, but was dealing with a back injury over the past couple weeks. He returned to the mound Sunday in the eighth inning and has since successfully converted two straight saves for the Mets.

San Francisco Giants- Santiago Casilla recorded his 12th save as the closer for the Giants on Thursday. While he doesn't necessarily have the longest leash compared to some of the other closers in the league, he has now successfully converted 12 of his last 13 opportunities after blowing each of his first three earlier in the season. While there are a plethora of relievers breathing down his neck, he appears to have the trust of manager Bruce Bochy at this point.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups August 30, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Ellsbury OF NYY @ TOR
1:07PM
D. Hutchison 11 5 0 0 3 0 0 .455 .417 .455 .871
B. Gardner OF NYY @ TOR
1:07PM
D. Hutchison 11 3 3 1 2 2 4 .273 .385 .727 1.112
D. Jeter SS NYY @ TOR
1:07PM
D. Hutchison 14 7 0 0 0 1 4 .500 .533 .500 1.033
A. Lind 1B TOR vs NYY
1:07PM
M. Pineda 11 4 3 2 4 0 2 .364 .364 1.000 1.364
A. Dunn 1B CWS vs DET
1:10PM
M. Scherzer 47 10 3 3 4 5 23 .213 .288 .404 .693
A. Dunn 1B CWS vs DET
1:10PM
M. Scherzer 47 10 3 3 4 5 23 .213 .288 .404 .693
D. Viciedo OF CWS vs DET
1:10PM
M. Scherzer 31 9 6 2 5 1 10 .290 .303 .645 .948
D. Viciedo OF CWS vs DET
1:10PM
M. Scherzer 31 9 6 2 5 1 10 .290 .303 .645 .948
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ CWS
1:10PM
C. Sale 24 6 2 2 2 6 5 .250 .400 .500 .900
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ CWS
1:10PM
C. Sale 24 6 2 2 2 6 5 .250 .400 .500 .900
I. Kinsler 2B DET @ CWS
1:10PM
C. Sale 17 5 1 1 3 2 3 .294 .400 .471 .871
I. Kinsler 2B DET @ CWS
1:10PM
C. Sale 17 5 1 1 3 2 3 .294 .400 .471 .871
V. Martinez DH DET @ CWS
1:10PM
C. Sale 25 13 5 2 4 1 3 .520 .538 .880 1.418
V. Martinez DH DET @ CWS
1:10PM
C. Sale 25 13 5 2 4 1 3 .520 .538 .880 1.418
S. Marte OF PIT vs CIN
4:05PM
A. Simon 13 5 0 0 2 1 2 .385 .529 .385 .914
T. Snider OF PIT vs CIN
4:05PM
A. Simon 12 5 1 0 4 2 3 .417 .467 .500 .967
M. Aviles SS CLE @ KC
7:10PM
J. Shields 30 10 3 2 3 1 4 .333 .375 .567 .942
G. Jones 1B MIA @ ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 24 10 4 1 6 2 3 .417 .444 .667 1.111
M. Ozuna OF MIA @ ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 10 4 2 2 5 2 1 .400 .500 1.000 1.500
J. Saltalamacchia C MIA @ ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 10 6 3 0 3 0 1 .600 .500 .900 1.400
G. Stanton OF MIA @ ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 18 6 3 1 3 2 7 .333 .400 .611 1.011
M. Byrd OF PHI @ NYM
7:10PM
B. Colon 11 5 1 1 1 2 0 .455 .538 .727 1.266
R. Howard 1B PHI @ NYM
7:10PM
B. Colon 11 2 2 2 4 1 1 .182 .250 .727 .977
B. Revere OF PHI @ NYM
7:10PM
B. Colon 12 5 0 0 0 0 2 .417 .417 .417 .833
E. Andrus SS TEX @ HOU
7:10PM
S. Feldman 15 6 1 0 1 0 0 .400 .400 .467 .867
A. Rios OF TEX @ HOU
7:10PM
S. Feldman 41 12 7 3 6 1 4 .293 .310 .610 .919
A. Ethier OF LAD @ SD
8:40PM
I. Kennedy 34 11 4 2 5 3 7 .324 .378 .559 .937
M. Kemp OF LAD @ SD
8:40PM
I. Kennedy 28 8 5 2 6 2 11 .286 .323 .607 .930
S. Smith OF SD vs LAD
8:40PM
Z. Greinke 15 6 4 1 1 0 0 .400 .400 .800 1.200
G. Beckham 2B LAA vs OAK
9:05PM
S. Kazmir 10 3 3 0 0 0 2 .300 .300 .600 .900
J. Hamilton OF LAA vs OAK
9:05PM
S. Kazmir 18 6 3 2 6 0 2 .333 .333 .722 1.056
Hot Pitcher Matchups August 30, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Max Scherzer DET @ CWS
1:10PM
528 116 40 20 48 46 162 .220 .280 .376 .655
Cold Batter Matchups August 30, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
I. Suzuki OF NYY @ TOR
1:07PM
D. Hutchison 10 1 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .100 .200
J. Bautista OF TOR vs NYY
1:07PM
M. Pineda 11 1 0 0 0 1 4 .091 .167 .091 .258
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR vs NYY
1:07PM
M. Pineda 10 2 0 0 0 2 0 .200 .333 .200 .533
J. Abreu 1B CWS vs DET
1:10PM
M. Scherzer 13 2 1 0 0 0 3 .154 .154 .231 .385
J. Abreu 1B CWS vs DET
1:10PM
M. Scherzer 13 2 1 0 0 0 3 .154 .154 .231 .385
C. Gillaspie 3B CWS vs DET
1:10PM
M. Scherzer 15 3 2 1 2 2 3 .200 .278 .467 .744
C. Gillaspie 3B CWS vs DET
1:10PM
M. Scherzer 15 3 2 1 2 2 3 .200 .278 .467 .744
A. Ramirez SS CWS vs DET
1:10PM
M. Scherzer 54 7 2 0 1 5 7 .130 .200 .167 .367
A. Ramirez SS CWS vs DET
1:10PM
M. Scherzer 54 7 2 0 1 5 7 .130 .200 .167 .367
J. Martinez OF DET @ CWS
1:10PM
C. Sale 10 2 0 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .200 .400
J. Martinez OF DET @ CWS
1:10PM
C. Sale 10 2 0 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .200 .400
J. Bruce OF CIN @ PIT
4:05PM
V. Worley 10 2 1 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .400 .600
P. Alvarez 3B PIT vs CIN
4:05PM
A. Simon 10 1 1 0 0 3 1 .100 .308 .200 .508
N. Walker 2B PIT vs CIN
4:05PM
A. Simon 10 1 0 0 0 2 3 .100 .250 .100 .350
L. Chisenhall 3B CLE @ KC
7:10PM
J. Shields 11 1 1 1 1 1 3 .091 .231 .364 .594
Y. Gomes C CLE @ KC
7:10PM
J. Shields 11 2 1 0 2 0 4 .182 .167 .273 .439
C. Yelich OF MIA @ ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 13 2 2 1 3 1 6 .154 .214 .462 .676
G. Sizemore OF PHI @ NYM
7:10PM
B. Colon 11 1 0 0 0 2 3 .091 .231 .091 .322
J. Arencibia C TEX @ HOU
7:10PM
S. Feldman 11 1 0 0 0 1 3 .091 .167 .091 .258
D. Barney 2B LAD @ SD
8:40PM
I. Kennedy 14 3 0 0 0 1 3 .214 .267 .214 .481
A. Ellis C LAD @ SD
8:40PM
I. Kennedy 19 3 0 0 1 2 5 .158 .227 .158 .385
Y. Puig OF LAD @ SD
8:40PM
I. Kennedy 15 3 1 1 4 2 5 .200 .333 .400 .733
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ SD
8:40PM
I. Kennedy 18 3 0 0 0 2 2 .167 .286 .167 .452
W. Venable OF SD vs LAD
8:40PM
Z. Greinke 15 2 1 0 0 1 8 .133 .188 .267 .454
R. Braun OF MIL @ SF
9:05PM
J. Peavy 11 2 1 0 1 1 5 .182 .250 .273 .523
L. Overbay 1B MIL @ SF
9:05PM
J. Peavy 10 1 0 0 0 5 3 .100 .400 .100 .500
M. Reynolds 1B MIL @ SF
9:05PM
J. Peavy 21 3 0 0 1 2 11 .143 .208 .143 .351
Cold Pitcher Matchups August 30, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Drew Hutchison TOR vs NYY
1:07PM
77 25 8 4 15 10 18 .325 .403 .543 .946
Chris Sale CWS vs DET
1:10PM
254 76 24 12 22 20 56 .299 .355 .499 .854
Aaron Harang ATL vs MIA
7:10PM
122 44 17 5 22 10 24 .361 .398 .593 .991
Scott Kazmir OAK @ LAA
9:05PM
81 27 12 2 11 5 16 .333 .372 .515 .887



Recommended Pickup

Russell Martin, C, PIT - Martin hit his seventh home run of the year last Saturday against the Brewers, and followed that up with hits in three of the next four games, including five hits combined on Tuesday and Wednesday. He now sports a .295/.417/.416 batting on the season heading into Friday night, and has 51 RBI and 39 runs scored over 87 games this season. He sits in the middle of the Pirates order currently, and his recent hot streak streak makes him a great pickup at the catcher spot if unowned.

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1B: Brandon Moss, OAK ($4,100)
2B: Javier Baez, CHC ($4,100)
3B: Nick Castellanos, DET ($3,600)
SS: Mookie Betts, BOS ($3,200)
OF: Jorge Soler, CHC ($3,500)