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Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Director of Media for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).

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

Pirates (Gerrit Cole - R) at Cubs (Jon Lester L), 2:20
White Sox (Carlos Rodon L) at Yankees (CC Sabathia L), 7:05
Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann R), 7:05
Rays (Jake Odorizzi R) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey R), 7:07
Twins (Mike Pelfrey R) at Tigers (Matt Boyd L), 7:08
Braves (Ryan Weber R) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez R), 7:10
Orioles (Kevin Gausman R) at Red Sox (Rich Hill L), 7:10
Mets (Noah Syndergaard R) at Reds (Anthony DeSclafani R), 7:10
Indians (Carlos Carrasco R) at Royals (Edinson Volquez R), 8:10
Dodgers (Michael Bolsinger R) at Rockies (David Hale R), 8:10
Rangers (Yovani Gallardo R) at Astros (Scott Kazmir L), 8:10
Brewers (Ariel Pena R) at Cardinals (Carlos Martinez R), 8:15
Giants (Mike Leake R) at A's (Sonny Gray R), 10:05
Mariners (Vidal Nuno L) at Angels (Garrett Richards R), 10:05
D-backs (Rubby De La Rosa R) at Padres (Casey Kelly R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Key Injuries

Out

Greg Holland, RP, KAN (Elbow) Has a significant tear in his UCL and will likely require Tommy John surgery.
Hanley Ramirez, OF, BOS (Shoulder) Shut down for the 2015 season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS (Illness) Season may be over due to pneumonia.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (Hip) Will begin light agility drills soon, could resume hitting and throwing in early November.
Danny Espinosa, SS, WAS (Hamstring) Has a slight tear, won't return in 2015.

Day-to-Day

Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY (Hamstring) Scheduled to a throw a bullpen session Friday after Thursday's examination came back positive. Expected to start Monday or Tuesday against Boston.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL (Achilles) Will throw a simulated game this weekend, but his availability for the postseason remains in question.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (Shoulder) Improving, and questionable to play Friday after missing the last two games.
Adam Jones, OF, BAL (Back) MRI came back clean, but it's unclear when he will return to the lineup.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL (Concussion) Formally cleared to play, may start Saturday against Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (Back) Missed his sixth straight game Thursday; season may be over.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL (Neck) Sat for the second straight game Thursday.
Gregory Polanco, OF, PIT (Knee) Likely to return to the lineup Friday after sitting Thursday.
Zach Britton, RP, BAL (Back) Expected to play catch Friday.
James Paxton, SP, SEA Left Thursday's start after 1.1 innings due to a torn fingernail.
Transactions

Dylan Bundy has been called up from Double-A Bowie and placed on the 60-day DL.
The Orioles purchased the contract of David Lough.
The Cardinals outrighted Xavier Scruggs to Triple-A Memphis.

Closer Watch

Kansas City Royals Wade Davis will take over as the Royals' new closer with the news that Greg Holland is likely going to have Tommy John surgery.

Baltimore Orioles See below (Recommended Pickup)

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups September 25, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Rizzo 1B CHC vs PIT
2:20PM
G. Cole 14 5 1 0 1 2 3 .357 .471 .429 .899
A. Ramirez 3B PIT @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Lester 11 5 1 0 1 0 1 .455 .455 .545 1.000
G. Beckham 2B CWS @ NYY
7:05PM
C. Sabathia 23 10 3 1 4 1 4 .435 .458 .652 1.111
M. Cabrera OF CWS @ NYY
7:05PM
C. Sabathia 10 3 2 2 2 0 3 .300 .300 .900 1.200
A. Ramirez SS CWS @ NYY
7:05PM
C. Sabathia 30 11 2 1 3 1 1 .367 .387 .500 .887
C. Asche 3B PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 15 6 2 1 3 1 5 .400 .438 .667 1.104
A. Cabrera SS TB @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 16 6 4 2 5 3 1 .375 .474 .938 1.411
A. Gose OF DET vs MIN
7:08PM
M. Pelfrey 12 5 2 0 1 2 2 .417 .500 .583 1.083
J. Hardy SS BAL @ BOS
7:10PM
R. Hill 10 4 2 0 0 2 0 .400 .500 .600 1.100
D. Pedroia 2B BOS vs BAL
7:10PM
W. Chen 35 17 7 0 5 3 3 .486 .526 .714 1.241
J. Castro C HOU vs TEX
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 20 7 3 1 1 3 6 .350 .435 .600 1.035
C. Rasmus OF HOU vs TEX
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 22 7 4 2 4 7 8 .318 .483 .682 1.165
E. Hosmer 1B KC vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Carrasco 17 5 3 0 3 2 4 .294 .368 .529 .898
S. Choo OF TEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Kazmir 24 7 2 1 3 5 3 .292 .452 .458 .910
K. Davis OF MIL @ STL
8:15PM
C. Martinez 10 4 3 1 1 1 2 .400 .455 .900 1.355
R. Cano 2B SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 22 7 3 0 0 2 3 .318 .375 .500 .875
L. Morrison 1B SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 15 4 3 1 1 3 1 .267 .389 .600 .989
S. Smith OF SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 20 6 3 1 4 0 4 .300 .300 .550 .850
Y. Solarte 3B SD vs ARI
10:10PM
R. De La Rosa 10 4 2 0 2 0 1 .400 .400 .600 1.000
Hot Pitcher Matchups September 25, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jake Odorizzi TB @ TOR
7:07PM
71 12 6 3 9 9 10 .169 .256 .353 .610
Scott Kazmir HOU vs TEX
8:10PM
230 46 11 5 18 20 51 .200 .273 .295 .569
Carlos Carrasco CLE @ KC
8:10PM
160 34 10 4 13 14 41 .212 .278 .339 .617
Rubby De La Rosa ARI @ SD
10:10PM
65 13 5 0 5 5 15 .200 .257 .270 .527
Cold Batter Matchups September 25, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Coghlan OF CHC vs PIT
2:20PM
G. Cole 11 2 0 0 1 1 4 .182 .286 .182 .468
A. McCutchen OF PIT @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Lester 10 1 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .182 .100 .282
T. Snider OF PIT @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Lester 11 1 1 1 2 0 7 .091 .091 .364 .455
C. Ruiz C PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 22 4 1 1 1 0 3 .182 .182 .318 .500
K. Kiermaier OF TB @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 18 3 1 0 1 1 2 .167 .200 .222 .422
J. Bautista OF TOR vs TB
7:07PM
J. Odorizzi 11 0 0 0 0 4 4 .000 .267 .000 .267
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR vs TB
7:07PM
J. Odorizzi 11 2 1 0 0 1 0 .182 .250 .273 .523
A. Simmons SS ATL @ MIA
7:10PM
J. Fernandez 10 2 1 0 0 1 0 .200 .273 .300 .573
M. Betts OF BOS vs BAL
7:10PM
W. Chen 12 1 0 0 0 0 2 .083 .083 .083 .167
R. Hanigan C BOS vs BAL
7:10PM
W. Chen 13 2 1 1 2 2 2 .154 .313 .385 .697
J. Altuve 2B HOU vs TEX
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 28 7 0 0 0 0 5 .250 .250 .250 .500
A. Escobar SS KC vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Carrasco 20 5 0 0 3 0 5 .250 .250 .250 .500
A. Gordon OF KC vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Carrasco 26 4 2 2 3 5 12 .154 .290 .385 .675
M. Moustakas 3B KC vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Carrasco 15 2 0 0 0 2 3 .133 .235 .133 .369
S. Perez C KC vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Carrasco 18 4 0 0 0 0 4 .222 .222 .222 .444
A. Rios OF KC vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Carrasco 14 1 1 1 1 1 2 .071 .133 .286 .419
R. Chirinos C TEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Kazmir 11 1 0 0 1 1 4 .091 .231 .091 .322
C. Corporan C TEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Kazmir 11 1 0 0 0 0 3 .091 .091 .091 .182
D. DeShields Jr. OF TEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Kazmir 10 1 0 0 0 0 5 .100 .100 .100 .200
P. Fielder 1B TEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Kazmir 21 3 1 1 3 2 3 .143 .208 .286 .494
M. Napoli 1B TEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Kazmir 17 2 0 0 0 3 7 .118 .250 .118 .368
R. Odor 2B TEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Kazmir 12 2 1 0 1 0 3 .167 .167 .250 .417
R. Rua OF TEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Kazmir 11 2 1 0 1 1 3 .182 .250 .273 .523
N. Cruz OF SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 22 4 2 0 1 1 2 .182 .217 .273 .490
B. Miller SS SEA @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 16 3 0 0 1 0 5 .188 .176 .188 .364
M. Kemp OF SD vs ARI
10:10PM
R. De La Rosa 10 1 0 0 0 0 5 .100 .100 .100 .200
J. Upton OF SD vs ARI
10:10PM
R. De La Rosa 10 0 0 0 1 2 3 .000 .167 .000 .167
Cold Pitcher Matchups September 25, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Gerrit Cole PIT @ CHC
2:20PM
98 30 4 1 11 8 29 .306 .364 .368 .732
CC Sabathia NYY vs CWS
7:05PM
83 29 9 4 10 6 14 .349 .393 .554 .948
Yovani Gallardo TEX @ HOU
8:10PM
151 45 16 5 15 18 35 .298 .376 .479 .855
Edinson Volquez KC vs CLE
8:10PM
60 19 6 3 8 11 14 .317 .401 .550 .951


Recommended Pickup

Darren O'Day, RP, BAL With Zach Britton still working through a back ailment, O'Day is temporarily positioned as the Orioles' closer. O'Day picked up his third save in as many days Thursday in a win over Washington, and his elite ratios (1.44 ERA, 0.91 WHIP) and peripherals (78:13 K:BB) can make him a useful staff filler for the final 10 days of the season even if Britton is healthy enough to close out games again.

Other Recent Recommendations: Jorge Lopez, Tyler Duffey, Starlin Castro, Justin Bour, Cliff Pennington

DraftKings Value Picks

SP: Mike Leake, SF ($5,400)
C: John Jaso, TAM ($3,000)
1B: Justin Bour ($3,500)
2B: Scooter Gennett ($2,400)
SS: Alexei Ramirez ($3,300)
3B: Jake Lamb ($2,900)
OF: Chris Young ($2,700)
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