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Dave Hunter

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

Braves (Shelby Miller – R) at Cub (Kyle Hendricks – R), 4:05
Indians (Carlos Carrasco – R) at Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka – R), 7:05
Brewers (Jimmy Nelson – R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L), 7:05
Twins (Tommy Milone – L) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen – L), 7:05
Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L) at Pirates (Jeff Locke – L), 7:05
Rangers (Colby Lewis – R) at Tigers (Justin Verlander – R), 7:08
Royals (Johnny Cueto – R) at Red Sox (Henry Owens – L), 7:10
Phillies (Aaron Harang – R) at Marlins (Kendry Flores – R), 7:10
Diamondbacks (Rubby De La Rosa – R) at Reds (David Holmberg – L), 7:10
Dodgers (Brett Anderson – L) at Astros (Mike Fiers – R), 8:10
Mets (Bartolo Colon – R) at Rockies (Jonathan Gray – R), 8:40
Rays (Drew Smyly – L) at Athletics (Chris Bassitt – R), 10:05
Blue Jays (David Price – L) at Angels (Hector Santiago – L), 10:05
White Sox (Chris Sale – L) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R), 10:10
Cardinals (John Lackey – R) at Padres (Andrew Cashner – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Glen Perkins, RP, MIN (Neck) – Not expected to return to action until Tuesday.
Omar Infante, 2B, KC (Back) – Did not play on Thursday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (Leg) – Did not play on Thursday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (Biceps) – Expected to miss some time.

Players on the DL

Steven Matz, SP, NYM (Side) – Pitched 41 pitches in 2.2 innings on Thursday.
David Freese, 3B, LAA (Finger) – Hoping to begin a rehab assignment over the next few days.
Mike Wright, RP, BAL (Calf) – Expected to throw a three-inning simulated game on Saturday.
Alex Gordon, OF, KC (Groin) – Will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (Wrist) – Hoping to rejoin the team before Sept. 1.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT (Leg) – May return this weekend.
Josh Harrison, 3B, PIT (Thumb) – May return this weekend.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET (Shoulder) – Was placed on the 15-day DL.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, ARI (Leg) – Was placed on the 15-day DL.
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX (Knee) – Was placed on the 15-day DL.
Jake McGee, RP, TB (Knee) – Will undergo surgery on Friday.
Steve Pearce, OF, BAL (Oblique) – Will begin a rehab assignment on Friday.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAD (Hamstring) – May see a reduction in playing time with the acquisition of Chase Utley.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY (Forearm) – Will make a rehab start on Friday.
Daniel Norris, SP, DET (Oblique) – Was placed on the 15-day DL.
Randal Grichuk, OF, STL (Elbow) – Will not return to action for 14-20 days.

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

Activated from the DL

Gerald Laird, C, ARI
Nori Aoki, OF, SF

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

Daniel Norris, SP, DET
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, ARI
Hunter Pence, OF, SF

Called Up

Scott McGough, RP, MIA
Ryan LaMarre, OF, CIN
Darnell Sweeney, 2B, PHI
Guido Knudson, RP, DET
Vincent Velasquez, SP, HOU
Nick Tropeano, RP, LAA
Jose Valdez, RP, DET
Chase Anderson, SP, ARI
Byron Buxton, OF, MIN

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

Gerald Laird, C, ARI
Mike Morin, RP, LAA
Tomas Tellis, C, MIA
Josh Fields, RP, HOU

Traded

Randy Wolf, RP, DET – from Toronto Blue Jays for cash
Marlon Byrd, OF, SF – from Cincinnati Reds for Stephen Johnson, RP.

Released

Drew Stubbs, OF, COL
Garrett Jones, OF, NYY

Signed

Ryan Gebhardt, OF, ATL
Travis Snider, OF, PIT

Closer Watch

Boston Red Sox – I love saying “Junichi Tazawa”. Seriously, it’s a rad name. Tazawa snatched his second save in two days, shutting down the Royals on 10 pitches, as he struck out one hitter and retired the others on minimal pitches. It’s doubtful that Tazawa is there on your free agent list for saves, but, if he is, you’d be smart to snag him.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – August 21, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Davis 1B BAL vs MIN
7:05PM
T. Milone 11 4 3 2 2 1 2 .364 .417 1.000 1.417
J. Hardy SS BAL vs MIN
7:05PM
T. Milone 12 5 1 0 0 0 1 .417 .417 .500 .917
M. Machado 3B BAL vs MIN
7:05PM
T. Milone 11 5 2 1 1 0 1 .455 .455 .818 1.273
A. Lind 1B MIL @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 11 4 1 0 1 1 3 .364 .462 .455 .916
B. Dozier 2B MIN @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen 13 5 1 1 1 1 2 .385 .429 .615 1.044
E. Nunez SS MIN @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen 11 4 2 0 1 0 0 .364 .364 .545 .909
T. Plouffe 3B MIN @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen 13 4 3 1 4 1 3 .308 .357 .692 1.049
A. Ramirez 3B PIT vs SF
7:05PM
M. Bumgarner 18 6 4 1 3 2 0 .333 .381 .667 1.048
M. Byrd OF SF @ PIT
7:05PM
J. Locke 14 5 3 2 5 1 5 .357 .375 .857 1.232
A. Avila C DET vs TEX
7:08PM
C. Lewis 15 5 3 2 2 3 3 .333 .444 .800 1.244
V. Martinez 1B DET vs TEX
7:08PM
C. Lewis 17 9 3 0 3 0 0 .529 .529 .706 1.235
M. Moreland 1B TEX @ DET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 15 6 4 0 5 2 5 .400 .471 .667 1.137
D. DeJesus OF LAA vs TOR
10:05PM
D. Price 10 4 1 0 1 1 0 .400 .417 .500 .917
C. Iannetta C LAA vs TOR
10:05PM
D. Price 18 6 2 1 1 1 4 .333 .368 .556 .924
B. Butler 1B OAK vs TB
10:05PM
D. Smyly 14 7 2 1 1 1 2 .500 .533 .786 1.319
R. Cano 2B SEA vs CWS
10:10PM
C. Sale 16 5 3 0 0 1 5 .313 .353 .500 .853
N. Cruz OF SEA vs CWS
10:10PM
C. Sale 13 6 2 2 4 2 1 .462 .533 .923 1.456
J. Montero 1B SEA vs CWS
10:10PM
C. Sale 10 3 1 1 1 0 2 .300 .300 .600 .900
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 21, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Carlos Carrasco CLE @ NYY
7:05PM
74 15 5 3 5 5 18 .203 .272 .345 .617
Felix Hernandez SEA vs CWS
10:10PM
112 23 7 2 11 4 25 .205 .229 .304 .533
Cold Batter Matchups – August 21, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
S. Castro SS CHC vs ATL
4:05PM
S. Miller 11 1 1 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .182 .273
A. Jones OF BAL vs MIN
7:05PM
T. Milone 12 2 1 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .250 .417
J. Ellsbury OF NYY vs CLE
7:05PM
C. Carrasco 14 3 0 0 0 0 4 .214 .214 .214 .429
M. Teixeira 1B NYY vs CLE
7:05PM
C. Carrasco 11 1 0 0 0 2 3 .091 .231 .091 .322
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs SF
7:05PM
M. Bumgarner 10 2 0 0 0 2 2 .200 .333 .200 .533
M. Morse OF PIT vs SF
7:05PM
M. Bumgarner 10 2 1 1 2 1 3 .200 .273 .500 .773
D. Murphy OF LAA vs TOR
10:05PM
D. Price 10 2 1 0 2 1 5 .200 .250 .300 .550
A. Pujols 1B LAA vs TOR
10:05PM
D. Price 15 3 2 2 2 0 0 .200 .200 .600 .800
J. Donaldson 3B TOR @ LAA
10:05PM
H. Santiago 16 2 1 1 2 2 4 .125 .211 .313 .523
G. Beckham 2B CWS @ SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 29 5 3 2 3 2 5 .172 .226 .414 .640
A. Ramirez SS CWS @ SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 30 8 2 0 2 0 6 .267 .267 .333 .600
M. Kemp OF SD vs STL
10:10PM
J. Lackey 13 2 0 0 0 0 7 .154 .154 .154 .308
M. Upton Jr. OF SD vs STL
10:10PM
J. Lackey 32 6 3 2 5 1 13 .188 .212 .406 .618
A. Jackson OF SEA vs CWS
10:10PM
C. Sale 30 2 1 0 2 2 12 .067 .125 .100 .225
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 21, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Wei-Yin Chen BAL vs MIN
7:05PM
73 23 10 3 8 6 11 .315 .367 .544 .911
Colby Lewis TEX @ DET
7:08PM
98 34 12 4 14 8 11 .347 .400 .543 .943
Recommended Pickup

Travis Shaw, 1B, Boston Red Sox – Okay, Shaw is just someone that can’t be ignored. I know this isn’t going to last, but I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t suggest Shaw. I mean, come on, dude has been lighting the world on fire to the tune of a .382 AVG, 4 HR, 8 RBI over his last eight games. Snag Shaw if you need the CI help down the stretch. Cha-ching!

Other Recent Recommendations: Travis Shaw, Raisel Iglesias, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Rodon, Eugenio Suarez and Danny Valencia

DraftKings Value Picks

SP: Wei-Yin Chen, BAL ($8,300)
C: J.T. Realmuto, MIA ($3,600)
1B: Greg Bird, NYY ($3,900)
2B: Justin Turner, LAD ($3,400)
SS: Eugenio Suarez, CIN ($3,100)
3B: Matt Carpenter, STL ($3,900)
OF: Ender Inciarte, ARI ($3,900)
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