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Thursday Lineup Card: Middle Infield Help In Flores

Dave Hunter

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Dodgers (Zack Greinke – R) at Reds (Anthony DeSclafani – R), 12:35
Angels (Matt Shoemaker – R) at Tigers (Randy Wolf – L), 1:08
Blue Jays (Marco Estrada – R) at Rangers (Yovani Gallardo – R), 2:05
Orioles (Chris Tillman – R) at Royals (Yordano Ventura – R), 2:10
Cubs (Dan Haren – R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L), 3:45
Mets (Jon Niese – L) at Phillies (Aaron Harang – R), 7:05
Padres (Andrew Cashner – R) at Nationals (Joe Ross – R), 7:05
Twins (Tommy Milone – L) at Rays (Drew Smyly – L), 7:10
Pirates (Gerrit Cole – R) at Marlins (Justin Nicolino – L), 7:10
Mariners (Roenis Elias – L) at White Sox (Carlos Rodon – L), 8:10
Cardinals (Carlos Martinez – R) at Diamondbacks (Rubby De La Rosa – R), 9:40

Day Game After Night Game: LAD/CIN, LAA/DET, TOR/TEX, BAL/KC and CHC/SF

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Gregor Blanco, OF, SF (Hip) – Was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF (Oblique) – Expected to only miss a few days of play.
Dexter Fowler, OF, CHC (Hand) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (Leg) – Pinch hit on Wednesday.
Greg Garcia, SS, STL (Hand) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Francisco Cervelli, C, PIT (Foot) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Roughned Odor, 2B, TEX (Finger) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (Knee) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Grant Green, 2B, LAA (Knee) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Yasmani Grandal, C, LAD (Shoulder) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Brennan Boesch, OF, CIN (Ankle) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Felix Doubront, SP, OAK (Foot) – Expected to make his next start on Saturday.

Players on the DL

Tim Lincecum, SP, SF (Forearm) – Expected to be activated on Sep. 1.
Tim Hudson, SP, SF (Shoulder) – Expected to be activated on Sep. 1.
Marcus Stroman, SP, TOR (Knee) – Expected to throw a simulated game Friday before beginning a rehab assignment.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (Elbow) – Expected to resume throwing next week.
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI (Wrist) – Expected to play again this season, according to manager Pat Mackanin.
Rafael Soriano, RP, CHC (Shoulder) – Has joined Triple-A Iowa for a rehab assignment.
Steven Matz, SP, NYM (Side) – Scheduled to throw 60 pitches in a rehab assignment.
Reed Johnson, OF, WAS (Foot) – Pulled an oblique muscle after sneezing.
Mike Minor, SP, ATL (Shoulder) – Expected to throw this week.
Kyle Blanks, 1B, TEX (Achilles) – Expected to begin a rehab assignment next week.
Curt Casali, C, TB (Hamstring) – Was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday.
J.R. Graham, RP, MIN (Shoulder) – Was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday.
Carlos Corporan, C, TEX (Thumb) – Started a rehab assignment on Wednesday.
Boone Logan, RP, COL (Elbow) – Has resumed throwing on Tuesday.
Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA (Biceps) – Expected to return mid-September.
Phil Hughes, SP, MIN (Back) – Scheduled to play catch over the next day.
George Springer, OF, HOU (Wrist) – Expected to take batting practice on Friday.
A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT (Elbow) – Targeting a mid-September return.
Matt Belisle, RP, STL (Elbow) – Expected to throw off the mound soon.

Out

David Ross, C, CHC (Personal) – Was placed on family medical emergency leave.

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

Activated from the DL

Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
Cody Anderson, SP, CLE
Rick Porcello, SP, BOS
Blaine Boyer, RP, MIN

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

Curt Casali, C, TB
Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE
Grayson Garvin, RP, TB – place on the 60-Day DL.
J.R. Graham, RP, MIN

Called Up

J.P. Arencibia, 1B, TB
Nick Goody, RP, NYY
Matt Szczur, OF, CHC

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

Chris Capuano, RP, NYY
Chris Rearick, RP, TEX
Jonathan Aro, RP, BOS
Nick Rumbelow, RP, NYY

Closer Watch

Atlanta Braves – Arodys Vizcaino doesn’t get many opportunities with the toned-down Atlanta offense after the Braves made some deadline trades to move significant talent. When Vizcaino pitches, it’s hard to ignore what he’s done to this point even if he’s not locking down saves left and right. It’s highly doubtful that Vizcaino is out there for you to snag, but if he is? Come on; give him a whirl even with his limited save chances.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – August 27, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Votto 1B CIN vs LAD
12:35PM
Z. Greinke 27 12 7 3 3 4 2 .444 .516 .926 1.442
A. Pujols 1B LAA @ DET
1:08PM
R. Wolf 42 12 6 3 13 2 3 .286 .306 .571 .878
S. Victorino OF LAA @ DET
1:08PM
R. Wolf 23 6 4 1 4 1 2 .261 .292 .565 .857
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR @ TEX
2:05PM
Y. Gallardo 14 5 3 3 6 3 0 .357 .471 1.000 1.471
T. Tulowitzki SS TOR @ TEX
2:05PM
Y. Gallardo 24 11 5 1 4 1 2 .458 .480 .750 1.230
B. Zobrist 2B KC vs BAL
2:10PM
C. Tillman 37 6 4 3 4 3 3 .162 .225 .432 .657
S. Castro SS CHC @ SF
3:45PM
M. Bumgarner 24 10 1 0 1 0 5 .417 .417 .458 .875
B. Belt 1B SF vs CHC
3:45PM
D. Haren 11 4 3 1 2 0 1 .364 .333 .818 1.152
M. Byrd OF SF vs CHC
3:45PM
D. Haren 33 14 9 3 6 1 8 .424 .457 .909 1.366
D. Murphy 2B NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Harang 26 9 6 1 5 1 3 .346 .370 .654 1.024
R. Tejada SS NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Harang 19 8 3 0 0 3 3 .421 .522 .579 1.101
D. Wright 3B NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Harang 30 13 5 1 8 7 8 .433 .526 .667 1.193
C. Ruiz C PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 32 11 4 1 4 4 8 .344 .417 .531 .948
I. Desmond SS WAS vs SD
7:05PM
A. Cashner 10 3 2 0 1 1 1 .300 .364 .500 .864
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 27, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
There are no pitchers who qualify as "hot" today.
Cold Batter Matchups – August 27, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Bruce OF CIN vs LAD
12:35PM
Z. Greinke 33 6 1 1 5 0 10 .182 .182 .273 .455
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs LAD
12:35PM
Z. Greinke 22 3 1 0 1 0 4 .136 .174 .182 .356
C. Iannetta C LAA @ DET
1:08PM
R. Wolf 13 2 2 0 0 3 5 .154 .313 .308 .620
J. Bautista OF TOR @ TEX
2:05PM
Y. Gallardo 11 1 0 0 0 2 4 .091 .231 .091 .322
M. Montero C CHC @ SF
3:45PM
M. Bumgarner 32 6 1 0 2 0 8 .188 .212 .219 .431
A. Rizzo 1B CHC @ SF
3:45PM
M. Bumgarner 10 2 0 0 0 2 4 .200 .333 .200 .533
T. d'Arnaud C NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Harang 10 1 0 0 0 1 0 .100 .182 .100 .282
C. Granderson OF NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Harang 17 2 1 0 0 4 2 .118 .286 .176 .462
J. Uribe 3B NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Harang 18 2 2 0 0 1 4 .111 .158 .222 .380
D. Brown OF PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 11 2 1 0 1 0 1 .182 .182 .273 .455
F. Galvis SS PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 13 2 1 1 1 0 5 .154 .154 .385 .538
R. Howard 1B PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 26 4 1 1 4 1 12 .154 .207 .269 .476
D. Ruf 1B PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 11 2 1 1 2 1 2 .182 .250 .455 .705
D. Espinosa 2B WAS vs SD
7:05PM
A. Cashner 10 1 1 0 1 1 3 .100 .167 .200 .367
R. Zimmerman 3B WAS vs SD
7:05PM
A. Cashner 11 2 1 1 3 0 0 .182 .182 .455 .636
J. Mauer 1B MIN @ TB
7:10PM
D. Smyly 13 2 0 0 0 1 2 .154 .214 .154 .368
A. Cabrera SS TB vs MIN
7:10PM
T. Milone 11 2 1 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .273 .455
D. Jennings OF TB vs MIN
7:10PM
T. Milone 10 2 1 0 0 1 1 .200 .273 .300 .573
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 27, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Dan Haren CHC @ SF
3:45PM
92 31 16 6 13 3 15 .337 .356 .655 1.011
Andrew Cashner SD @ WAS
7:05PM
75 23 7 1 14 6 10 .307 .346 .428 .774
Recommended Pickup

Wilmer Flores, SS, New York Mets – Flores gets second base time as well, along with qualifying at shortstop, so he’s a nice bonus for middle infield help. There’s power and overall quality bat production out of Flores, and while he may be a tad undervalued you can pick him up in most leagues. Flores has scored 10 runs over his last eight games, while providing some recent pop. If Flores is there, he’s certainly worth a grab at this point in the season with the Mets trying to push for a playoff spot.

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DraftKings Value Picks

SP: Justin Nicolino, MIA ($6,800)
C: Russell Martin, TOR ($3,900)
1B: Kendrys Morales, KC ($3,800)
2B: Yangervis Solarte, SD ($3,500)
SS: Jimmy Rollins, LAD ($3,600)
3B: Daniel Murphy, NYM ($3,800)
OF: Gerardo Parra, BAL ($4,000)
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