Wednesday Lineup Card: A Pirate to Pick Up
Wednesday Lineup Card: A Pirate to Pick Up

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

Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) at Indians (Josh Tomlin – L), 12:05 PM
Brewers (Shaun Marcum – R) at Pirates (Aaron Thompson), 12:35 PM
Mets (Mike Pelfrey – R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R), 1:05 PM
Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda – R) at Cardinals (Jaime Garcia – L), 2:15 PM
Astros (Wandy Rodriguez – L) at Rockies (Aaron Cook – R), 3:10 PM
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Marlins (Javier Vazquez), 4:10 PM
Red Sox (Josh Beckett - R) at Rangers (Matt Harrison – L), 7:00 PM
Athletics (Trevor Cahill – R) at Yankees (CC Sabathia – L), 7:05 PM
Diamondbacks (Daniel Hudson – R) at Nationals (Livan Hernandez – R), 7:05 PM
Royals (Luke Hochevar – R) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero – L), 7:07 PM
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Rays (Wade Davis – R), 7:10 PM
Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R) at Marlins (Chris Volstad - R), 7:30 PM
Braves (Derek Lowe – R) at Cubs (Randy Wells – R), 8:05 PM
Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie – R) at Twins (Kevin Slowey – R), 8:10 PM
White Sox (Zach Stewart – R) at Angels (Jered Weaver –R), 10:05 PM
Padres (Tim Stauffer - R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 10:05 PM

Day game after a night game: SEA, CLE, MIL, PIT, NYM, PHI, LA, STL, HOU, COL, CIN, FLA, BOS, TEX

Injuries – A brief look at players who have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)
David Ortiz, DH, BOX – (Heel) Felt no pain during routine Tuesday, will play Wednesday if cleared by doctors.
Jose Constanza, OF, ATL – (Ankle) Could be back in the lineup as soon as Wednesday.
Jonathon Niese, P, NY-N – (Back) Start pushed back from Monday to Tuesday.
Raul Ibanez, OF, PHI – (Groin) Charlie Manuel indicated Ibanez's injury isn't serious.
Philip Humber, P, CHI-A – (Head) Threw a bullpen Tuesday, should return September 5.
Carlos Quentin, OF, CHI-A - (Shoulder) Reported an improved range of motion in left shoulder Tuesday.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE – (Wirst) Will be out until at least Friday.
Victor Martinez, C, DET – (Back) Started against Tampa Bay Tuesday.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NY-A – (Thumb) Scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a jammed thumb.
B.J. Upton, OF, TB – (Shoulder) – Out of Tuesday's lineup.

Players on the DL
Bobby Jenks, P, BOS – (Back) Threw 24 pitches in a simulated game Monday.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS – (Back) The Red Sox are hopeful Buchholz might return, but chances aren't high.
J.D. Drew, OF, BOS – (Shoulder) Will begin a rehab assignment Friday, should return in September.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, CHI-A – (Wrist) Caught a bullpen session without issues.
Carlos Carrasco, P, CLE – (Elbow) Won't be activated until sometime in September.
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE – (Foot) Might need season-ending surgery on his right foot.
Alexi Casilla, SS, MIN – (Hamstring) Began on-field baserunning and agility drills Monday.
Freddy Garcia, P, NY-A – (Finger) Expects to return to the Yankees on Saturday.
Dan Cortes, P, SEA – (Ankle) Placed on the 15-day DL with a bruised left ankle.
Andres Blanco, SS, TEX – (Back) Swung a bat for the first time Monday.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX – (Hamstring) Ran in the outfield at 75% effort Monday.
Tommy Hanson, P, ATL – (Shoulder) Had a sore shoulder after throwing Monday; will proceed on "day-to-day" basis.
Matt Lindstrom, P, COL –(Arm) Could rejoin Colorado on Friday.
Edgmer Escalona, P, COL – (Nicasio) Placed on 15-day DL with a shoulder issue.
Huston Street, P, COL – (Triceps) Could rejoin Rockies on Friday.
Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL – (Ankle) Ran the bases and ran on a treadmill Monday.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL – (Shoulder) Took batting practice for first time since injury.
Jose Reyes, SS, NY-N – (Hamstring) Expected to begin a rehab assignment Thursday and play three or four games.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI – (Groin) Hopes to return by September 6.
Cole Hamels, P, PHI – (Shoulder) Retroactively placed on the 15-day DL, eligible to return Sunday.
Steve Pearce, 1B, PIT – (Finger) Out for the year with a broken finger.
Adam Wainwright, P, STL – (Elbow) Made 50 throws from 120 feet Monday.
Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS – (Elbow) Gave up two runs in three innings at a rehab start.

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

Traded
Aaron Hill, 2B, from TOR to ARI
John McDonald, SS, from TOR to ARI
Kelly Johnson, 2B, from ARI to TOR

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Dan Cortes, P, SEA
Cole Hamels, P, PHI
Jason Marquis, P, AZ (60-day)
Steve Pearce, 1B, PIT
Trystan Magnuson, P, OAK (60-day)
Juan Nicasio, P, COL (60-day)

Activated from DL
Shelley Duncan, OF, CLE
Alex White, P, COL

Called Up
Jake Fox, C, BAL
Anthony Recker, C, OAK
Anthony Vazquez, P, SEA
A.J. Ellis, C, LA
Brian Jeroloman, C, TOR
Zach McAllister, P, CLE
Matt Angle, CF, BAL
Ross Ohlendorf, P, PIT
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B, PIT
Pete Orr, 2B, PHI

Sent Down
Blake Davis, 2B, BAL
Josh Judy, P, CLE
Luis Valbuena, 2B, CLE

Designated for Assignment
Felix Pie, OF, BAL
Dioner Navarro, C, LA
Joe Beimel, P, PIT

Closer Watch – A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (also check out our Closer Grid)

Atlanta – As Craig Kimbrel received a rest, Jonny Venters picked up his fifth save of the year with a scoreless ninth in a 3-0 game. Venters was uncharacteristically wild, walking two, but he also struck out two batters. Venters' ERA sits at a pristine 1.10, and he remains the best reliever in many fantasy formats.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Shin-Soo Choo - OFCLE vs SEA
8/24 12:05 PM
Felix Hernandez4-17.23512259.471.435.906
Jack Hannahan - 3BCLE vs SEA
8/24 12:05 PM
Felix Hernandez6-12.500233321.083.6001.683
Willie Harris - OFNYM @ PHI
8/24 1:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick5-16.31323412.813.3531.166
Ronny Paulino - CNYM @ PHI
8/24 1:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick5-14.35702202.500.400.900
Ryan Howard - 1BPHI vs NYM
8/24 1:05 PM
Mike Pelfrey14-34.41235652.735.5001.235
Chase Utley - 2BPHI vs NYM
8/24 1:05 PM
Mike Pelfrey9-30.30045834.733.4001.133
Matt Holliday - OFSTL vs LAD
8/24 2:15 PM
Hiroki Kuroda10-23.43514712.696.4581.154
Todd Helton - 1BCOL vs HOU
8/24 3:10 PM
Wandy Rodriguez11-25.44003534.600.5001.100
Edgar Renteria - SSCIN @ FLA
8/24 4:10 PM
Javier Vazquez7-18.38903403.556.389.945
Kurt Suzuki - COAK @ NYY
8/24 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia5-24.20834825.625.269.894
Endy Chavez - OFTEX vs BOS
8/24 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett9-25.36002204.520.360.880
Josh Hamilton - OFTEX vs BOS
8/24 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett6-12.500226131.000.5381.538
Yorvit Torrealba - CTEX vs BOS
8/24 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett4-10.40000000.400.400.800
Carlos Pena - 1BCHC vs ATL
8/24 8:05 PM
Derek Lowe6-17.35302214.529.389.918
Alfonso Soriano - OFCHC vs ATL
8/24 8:05 PM
Derek Lowe12-54.222345013.407.236.643
Michael Cuddyer - OFMIN vs BAL
8/24 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie5-15.33311101.533.375.908
Jason Kubel - OFMIN vs BAL
8/24 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie6-19.31614305.632.316.948
Justin Morneau - 1BMIN vs BAL
8/24 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie4-12.33323403.917.3331.250
Jim Thome - DHMIN vs BAL
8/24 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie7-22.31844568.864.4641.328
Juan Pierre - OFCWS @ LAA
8/24 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver10-26.38503123.538.429.967
Orlando Hudson - 2BSD @ SF
8/24 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum8-19.42103316.579.4291.008
Nick Hundley - CSD @ SF
8/24 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum5-15.33313126.733.4121.145
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
CC SabathiaNYY vs OAK
8/24 7:05 PM
Athletics Batters29-130.22341315827.377.273.650
Livan HernandezWAS vs ARI
8/24 7:05 PM
Diamondbacks Batters16-76.2101510614.294.265.559
Jered WeaverLAA vs CWS
8/24 10:05 PM
White Sox Batters25-115.218289533.344.247.591

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Asdrubal Cabrera - SSCLE vs SEA
8/24 12:05 PM
Felix Hernandez2-11.18201213.273.231.504
Raul Ibanez - OFPHI vs NYM
8/24 1:05 PM
Mike Pelfrey9-29.31011617.414.333.747
Placido Polanco - 3BPHI vs NYM
8/24 1:05 PM
Mike Pelfrey3-16.18800210.188.278.466
Brian Schneider - CPHI vs NYM
8/24 1:05 PM
Mike Pelfrey2-11.18200021.182.357.539
Lance Berkman - 1BSTL vs LAD
8/24 2:15 PM
Hiroki Kuroda2-10.20000021.200.333.533
Yadier Molina - CSTL vs LAD
8/24 2:15 PM
Hiroki Kuroda2-11.18200103.182.182.364
Albert Pujols - 1BSTL vs LAD
8/24 2:15 PM
Hiroki Kuroda2-12.16712103.500.167.667
Miguel Cairo - 3BCIN @ FLA
8/24 4:10 PM
Javier Vazquez2-11.18200000.182.182.364
Mike Aviles - 2BBOS @ TEX
8/24 7:05 PM
Matt Harrison1-10.10000101.100.100.200
Coco Crisp - OFOAK @ NYY
8/24 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia3-16.18800026.188.278.466
Michael Young - 3BTEX vs BOS
8/24 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett3-22.13611304.273.130.403
Alex Gonzalez - SSATL @ CHC
8/24 8:05 PM
Randy Wells1-10.10011101.400.100.500
Brian McCann - CATL @ CHC
8/24 8:05 PM
Randy Wells1-12.08300001.083.083.166
Paul Konerko - 1BCWS @ LAA
8/24 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver1-17.05900104.059.056.115
Carlos Quentin - OFCWS @ LAA
8/24 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver1-12.08300105.083.083.166
Will Venable - OFSD @ SF
8/24 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum3-15.20001017.333.250.583
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Felix HernandezSEA @ Cle
8/24 12:05 PM
Indians Batters18-64.2813891318.503.407.910
Mike PelfreyNYM @ Phi
8/24 1:05 PM
Phillies Batters67-221.303918341824.472.368.840
Bronson ArroyoCIN @ Fla
8/24 4:10 PM
Marlins Batters24-79.3042107515.473.345.818
Randy WellsCHC vs Atl
8/24 8:05 PM
Braves Batters15-64.23423285.369.319.688
Jeremy GuthrieBAL @ Min
8/24 8:10 PM
Twins Batters28-85.32991315718.707.3941.102
 

Recommended Pickup

Jose Tabata, OF, PIT - Tabata was drafted in most leagues, but he was also dropped in many after struggling a bit and losing a month and a half with a quad injury. Tabata is healthy again, and his numbers since returning August 16 indicate that he is worthy of a roster spot again. In his first seven games back, Tabata went 12-for-29 (.414) with a home run, three RBI, and nine runs scored. Tabata might not be available in your league, but if for some reason he still is, make a move now.

Other recent recommendations: Alex White, Ramon Ramirez, Mike Trout, Stephen Strasburg, Will Venable

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C Rod Barajas (LAD-C) $4,769
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