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Sunday Lineup Card: Blasting Into Space

Daniel Kennedy

Kennedy covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for RotoWire. A veteran reporter, Kennedy has covered sports for various newspapers in the Southeast.

Projected Starters - A look at Sunday’s matchups (all times Eastern)
TOR (R.A. Dickey – R) at NYY (Masahiro Tanaka – R) 1:05 PM
STL (Michael Wacha – R) at CIN (Raisel Iglesias – R) 1:10 PM
WAS (Max Scherzer – R) at MIA (Brad Hand – L) 1:10 PM
BOS (Rich Hill – L) at TB (Drew Smyly – L) 1:10 PM
DET (Justin Verlander – R) at CLE (Trevor Bauer – R) 1:10 PM
NYM (Jon Niese – L) at ATL (Ryan Weber – R) 1:35 PM
CHC (Dan Haren – R) at PHI (Aaron Harang – R) 1:35 PM
MIL (Taylor Jungmann – R) at PIT (Francisco Liriano – L) 1:35 PM
MIN (Kyle Gibson – R) at CWS (Chris Sale – L) 2:10 PM
OAK (Felix Doubront – L) at TEX (Chi Chi Gonzalez – R) 3:05 PM
HOU (Mike Fiers – R) at LAA (Andrew Heaney – L) 3:35 PM
SD (Odrisamer Despaigne – R) at SF (Mike Leake – R) 4:05 PM
COL (Kyle Kendrick – R) at SEA (James Paxton – L) 4:10 PM
LAD (Zack Greinke – R) at ARI (Patrick Corbin – L) 4:10 PM
DET (Randy Wolf – L) at CLE (Cody Anderson – R) 4:40 PM
KC (Johnny Cueto – R) at BAL (Wei-Yin Chen – R) 8:00 PM

Day Game After Night Game: WAS/MIA, CHC/PHI, MIL/PIT, MIN/CWS, OAK/TEX, HOU/LAA, SD/SF, COL/SEA, LAD/ARI

Injuries

Out

Norichika Aoki, OF, SF - (Concussion) Manager Bruce Bochy said there remains a chance he may not play again this season.
Gregor Blanco, OF, SF - (Concussion) Unlikely to play again this season, according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLE - (Hamstring) Could start Wesnesday, but has yet to be named the starter for that game.
Drew Storen, RP, WAS - (Thumb) Diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb and is unlikely to pitch again this season.

Day-to-Day

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS - (Oblique) Missed his fourth straight game Saturday.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI - (Hamstring) Did not play Saturday.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, LAD - (Hand) Missed his his fifth straight game Saturday.
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA - (Hamstring) Missed his eighth straight game Saturday.
Cameron Maybin, OF, ATL - (Eye) Will miss a couple more games, but says his vision is improving daily.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, NYM - (Wrist) Will return to the lineup Monday.
Billy Burns, OF, OAK - (Hamstring) Unlikely to play Sunday after he missed Saturday's game.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT – (Illness) Scratched from Saturday's lineup with the stomach flu.
Jose Reyes, SS, COL - (Achilles) Status Sunday remains uncertain after he missed third straight game Saturday.
Joe Panik, 2B, SF - (Back) Remained out of the lineup Saturday.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF - (Calf) Remained out of the lineup Saturday.
Yunel Escobar, SS, WAS - (Illness) Scratched from Saturday's lineup with a stomach bug.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL - (Concussion) Was officially diagnosed with a mild concussion; plans to return this season.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CWS - (Back) Left Saturday's game with back spasms.
Robinson Chirinos, C, TEX - (Biceps) Ruptured a tendon in his left biceps and will not return until next week.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD - (Hamstring) Left Saturday's game with right hamstring tightness.
Colin Rea, SP, SD - (Elbow) Will not start Sunday due to soreness in his elbow and forearm area.

Players on the DL

Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL - (Shoulder) Will resume playing catch from 45-60 feet Monday.
Daniel Norris, SP, DET - (Oblique) Could pitch in the same game as Anibal Sanchez in their first game back from their respective injuries.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET - (Shoulder) Could pitch in the same game as Daniel Norris in their first game back from their respective injuries.
Hanley Ramirez, OF, BOS - (Shoulder) Was running the bases before Saturday's game, the most work he's done in several weeks.
Phil Hughes, SP, MIN - (Back) Threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday and will be activated to start Tuesday's game.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD - (Hamstring) Currently rehabbing at the team's spring training complex in Arizona; return date uncertain.

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

Claimed

None

Placed on the DL

None

Called Up

Gary Sanchez, C, NYY
Slade Heathcott, OF, NYY
Ryan Rua, OF, TEX

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

None

Closer Watch

Oakland Athletics – The 2015 season has been one of the few marks on what has otherwise been a stellar decade for Billy Beane's club. Since he took over as general manager, Beane's well-chronicled successes in building a better lineup often overshadow his knack for masterfully putting together a ragtag bunch of castoffs and reclamation projects in the A's bullpen. Though it often produces some of the league's top relievers, injuries, trades and underperformance prevented Oakland from doing so this season. Headed into 2016, Sean Doolittle and Drew Pomeranz are the only two players who seem to have locked up late-inning relief roles. That leaves the door wide open for pitchers like 25-year-old Ryan Dull to prove themselves as September call-ups. With nothing left to prove itself and the ever-present injury risk Doolittle represents, Oakland might want to see what it has in Dull. Pomeranz came up as a starter and it remains to be seen how the team views him moving forward. Monitor the situation and be ready to pounce on Pomeranz – or even Dull – should an unexpected ninth-inning situation arise.

Hot Batter Matchups – September 13, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Ackley OF NYY vs TOR
1:05PM
R. Dickey 11 4 1 1 4 1 5 .364 .417 .636 1.053
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR @ NYY
1:05PM
M. Tanaka 14 7 3 1 2 0 3 .500 .533 .857 1.390
D. Ortiz DH BOS @ TB
1:10PM
D. Smyly 10 5 2 1 2 0 2 .500 .500 .900 1.400
J. Votto 1B CIN vs STL
1:10PM
M. Wacha 16 7 4 1 1 4 0 .438 .550 .813 1.363
C. Santana 1B CLE vs DET
1:10PM
J. Verlander 50 11 7 6 10 6 11 .220 .310 .600 .910
D. Gordon 2B MIA vs WAS
1:10PM
M. Scherzer 20 7 2 1 2 0 1 .350 .350 .550 .900
M. Prado 3B MIA vs WAS
1:10PM
M. Scherzer 16 8 2 1 2 0 1 .500 .500 .750 1.250
I. Desmond SS WAS @ MIA
1:10PM
B. Hand 13 4 1 0 3 5 4 .308 .500 .385 .885
D. Espinosa 2B WAS @ MIA
1:10PM
B. Hand 13 5 3 0 2 1 2 .385 .429 .692 1.121
B. Harper OF WAS @ MIA
1:10PM
B. Hand 13 4 2 1 5 0 3 .308 .308 .692 1.000
A. Rendon 2B WAS @ MIA
1:10PM
B. Hand 14 6 2 0 3 0 2 .429 .429 .571 1.000
J. Werth OF WAS @ MIA
1:10PM
B. Hand 18 6 4 1 5 3 3 .333 .429 .667 1.095
R. Zimmerman 3B WAS @ MIA
1:10PM
B. Hand 11 7 4 0 0 2 0 .636 .692 1.000 1.692
C. Maybin OF ATL vs NYM
1:35PM
J. Niese 32 8 3 3 5 0 8 .250 .250 .531 .781
A. Simmons SS ATL vs NYM
1:35PM
J. Niese 23 8 2 0 0 3 0 .348 .423 .435 .858
N. Swisher 1B ATL vs NYM
1:35PM
J. Niese 13 4 2 1 2 0 3 .308 .308 .615 .923
S. Castro SS CHC @ PHI
1:35PM
A. Harang 16 6 3 1 3 0 3 .375 .375 .688 1.063
M. Montero C CHC @ PHI
1:35PM
A. Harang 23 13 2 1 2 7 4 .565 .667 .739 1.406
D. Ross C CHC @ PHI
1:35PM
A. Harang 15 5 3 3 6 0 3 .333 .333 .933 1.267
K. Davis OF MIL @ PIT
1:35PM
F. Liriano 10 3 3 1 3 0 5 .300 .300 .800 1.100
F. Galvis SS PHI vs CHC
1:35PM
D. Haren 13 3 2 2 4 0 4 .231 .231 .692 .923
R. Howard 1B PHI vs CHC
1:35PM
D. Haren 24 6 4 4 8 2 11 .250 .333 .750 1.083
J. Abreu 1B CWS vs MIN
2:10PM
K. Gibson 12 3 3 1 1 0 3 .250 .250 .667 .917
B. Dozier 2B MIN @ CWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 36 11 7 3 11 2 10 .306 .359 .667 1.026
K. Suzuki C MIN @ CWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 21 8 2 0 6 2 3 .381 .462 .476 .938
J. Upton OF SD @ SF
4:05PM
M. Leake 14 6 2 1 1 1 2 .429 .467 .714 1.181
G. Blanco OF SF vs SD
4:05PM
O. Despaigne 12 3 2 1 2 1 1 .250 .308 .583 .891
L. Morrison 1B SEA vs COL
4:10PM
K. Kendrick 13 4 2 2 2 0 5 .308 .308 .769 1.077
S. Smith OF SEA vs COL
4:10PM
K. Kendrick 20 10 4 0 1 1 3 .500 .524 .750 1.274
G. Parra OF BAL vs KC
8:05PM
J. Cueto 26 8 5 2 3 3 5 .308 .379 .654 1.033
L. Cain OF KC @ BAL
8:05PM
W. Chen 15 6 0 0 0 0 3 .400 .400 .400 .800
E. Hosmer 1B KC @ BAL
8:05PM
W. Chen 20 7 3 2 5 1 0 .350 .381 .700 1.081
K. Morales 1B KC @ BAL
8:05PM
W. Chen 12 5 2 0 3 0 1 .417 .417 .583 1.000
B. Zobrist 2B KC @ BAL
8:05PM
W. Chen 37 14 3 1 3 4 7 .378 .439 .514 .953
Hot Pitcher Matchups – September 13, 2015
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Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Masahiro Tanaka NYY vs TOR
1:05PM
105 20 6 3 7 3 32 .190 .216 .300 .516
R.A. Dickey TOR @ NYY
1:05PM
223 49 15 4 17 19 40 .220 .279 .327 .606
Max Scherzer WAS @ MIA
1:10PM
111 31 9 4 9
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Hot Pitcher Matchups – September 13, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Masahiro Tanaka NYY vs TOR
1:05PM
105 20 6 3 7 3 32 .190 .216 .300 .516
R.A. Dickey TOR @ NYY
1:05PM
223 49 15 4 17 19 40 .220 .279 .327 .606
Max Scherzer WAS @ MIA
1:10PM
111 31 9 4 9 4 24 .279 .304 .435 .740
Michael Wacha STL @ CIN
1:10PM
119 20 9 2 3 10 20 .168 .233 .293 .526
Dan Haren CHC @ PHI
1:35PM
110 20 10 8 21 9 32 .182 .255 .408 .662
Taylor Jungmann MIL @ PIT
1:35PM
63 10 6 1 2 5 10 .159 .240 .317 .557
Chris Sale CWS vs MIN
2:10PM
263 73 27 6 36 10 77 .278 .309 .430 .738
Kyle Gibson MIN @ CWS
2:10PM
105 15 6 2 7 2 22 .143 .164 .238 .402
Zack Greinke LAD @ ARI
4:10PM
106 20 7 2 2 7 30 .189 .245 .289 .535
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Cold Batter Matchups – September 13, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Beltran OF NYY vs TOR
1:05PM
R. Dickey 31 6 3 1 5 1 4 .194 .212 .355 .567
C. Headley 3B NYY vs TOR
1:05PM
R. Dickey 15 3 0 0 0 2 1 .200 .294 .200 .494
B. McCann C NYY vs TOR
1:05PM
R. Dickey 35 6 1 1 1 5 5 .171 .275 .257 .532
C. Young OF NYY vs TOR
1:05PM
R. Dickey 13 1 1 0 0 0 5 .077 .077 .154 .231
J. Bautista OF TOR @ NYY
1:05PM
M. Tanaka 17 3 1 1 1 0 6 .176 .176 .353 .529
J. Donaldson 3B TOR @ NYY
1:05PM
M. Tanaka 10 1 1 1 2 1 3 .100 .167 .400 .567
D. Navarro C TOR @ NYY
1:05PM
M. Tanaka 16 2 0 0 0 0 4 .125 .125 .125 .250
J. Bruce OF CIN vs STL
1:10PM
M. Wacha 21 0 0 0 0 1 10 .000 .045 .000 .045
B. Hamilton OF CIN vs STL
1:10PM
M. Wacha 18 1 1 0 0 1 1 .056 .105 .111 .216
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs STL
1:10PM
M. Wacha 22 3 0 0 1 1 3 .136 .174 .136 .310
J. Kipnis 2B CLE vs DET
1:10PM
J. Verlander 39 4 1 0 4 7 13 .103 .229 .128 .357
W. Ramos C WAS @ MIA
1:10PM
B. Hand 10 1 1 0 1 1 1 .100 .182 .200 .382
D. Fowler OF CHC @ PHI
1:35PM
A. Harang 17 2 2 0 0 4 7 .118 .318 .353 .671
J. Lucroy C MIL @ PIT
1:35PM
F. Liriano 26 5 1 0 2 3 4 .192 .276 .231 .507
J. Segura SS MIL @ PIT
1:35PM
F. Liriano 18 5 0 0 0 0 3 .278 .278 .278 .556
C. Asche 3B PHI vs CHC
1:35PM
D. Haren 11 1 0 0 1 0 4 .091 .091 .091 .182
J. Francoeur OF PHI vs CHC
1:35PM
D. Haren 18 4 0 0 4 0 4 .222 .222 .222 .444
C. Ruiz C PHI vs CHC
1:35PM
D. Haren 16 2 1 0 0 4 3 .125 .333 .188 .521
M. Cabrera OF CWS vs MIN
2:10PM
K. Gibson 14 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
T. Flowers C CWS vs MIN
2:10PM
K. Gibson 12 1 0 0 0 0 5 .083 .083 .083 .167
J. Mauer 1B MIN @ CWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 35 8 2 0 3 1 8 .229 .250 .286 .536
D. Santana SS MIN @ CWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 16 3 1 0 1 0 5 .188 .188 .250 .438
A. Amarista 2B SD @ SF
4:05PM
M. Leake 11 2 1 0 1 0 0 .182 .167 .273 .439
A. Pagan OF SF vs SD
4:05PM
O. Despaigne 10 2 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .273 .200 .473
B. Posey C SF vs SD
4:05PM
O. Despaigne 12 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .077 .000 .077
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI vs LAD
4:10PM
Z. Greinke 20 4 2 0 0 3 9 .200 .304 .300 .604
A. Ethier OF LAD @ ARI
4:10PM
P. Corbin 11 1 0 0 0 0 5 .091 .091 .091 .182
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ ARI
4:10PM
P. Corbin 10 2 1 1 3 1 4 .200 .273 .500 .773
J. Hardy SS BAL vs KC
8:05PM
J. Cueto 15 2 0 0 1 0 1 .133 .133 .133 .267
J. Gomes OF KC @ BAL
8:05PM
W. Chen 21 4 1 1 1 2 7 .190 .261 .333 .594
S. Perez C KC @ BAL
8:05PM
W. Chen 16 3 1 0 2 1 0 .188 .222 .250 .472
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Cold Pitcher Matchups – September 13, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Brad Hand MIA vs WAS
1:10PM
106 38 18 3 20 17 19 .358 .447 .594 1.041
Aaron Harang PHI vs CHC
1:35PM
99 33 12 5 12 12 21 .333 .412 .584 .995
Odrisamer Despaigne SD @ SF
4:05PM
72 15 7 2 6 8 7 .208 .287 .355 .643
Johnny Cueto KC @ BAL
8:05PM
70 19 9 5 10 6 16 .271 .329 .541 .870
Wei-Yin Chen BAL vs KC
8:05PM
188 59 14 6 19 8 28 .314 .341 .452 .793
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