Sunday Lineup Card: The Plouffe Is On Fire
Sunday Lineup Card: The Plouffe Is On Fire

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Sunday's Starters

Rockies (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 1:05
Pirates (Brad Lincoln - R) at Indians (Jeanmar Gomez - R), 1:05
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Blue Jays (Brett Cecil - L), 1:07
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Mets (Chris Young - R), 1:10
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - R) at Braves (Randall Delgado - R), 1:35
Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) at Nationals (Edwin Jackson - R), 1:35
Marlins (Josh Johnson - R) at Rays (Alex Cobb - R), 1:40
Brewers (Zack Grienke - R) at Twins (Nick Blackburn - R), 2:10
Royals (Luis Mendoza - R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R), 2:15
Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L) at Rangers (Colby Lewis - R), 3:05
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R) at Angels (Garrett Richards - R), 3:35
Padres (Clayton Richard - L) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon - R), 4:05
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L), 4:10
Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R), 4:10
Red Sox (Franklin Morales - L) at Cubs (Paul Maholm - L), 8:00

Day Game After Night Game:
BAL/ATL, CIN/NYM, HOU/TEX, MIA/TB, ARZ/LAA, CWS/LAD, SF/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Vin Mazzaro, P, KC -- (Calf) Likely to make next start.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN -- (Hamstring) Missed Saturday due to tightness.
Nick Swisher, OF, NYY -- (Quadriceps) Diagnosed with contusion.
Yeonis Cespedes, OF, OAK -- (Hamstring) Likely will return Tuesday.
Brandon McCarthy, P, OAK -- (Shoulder) Scheduled to start Tuesday against Dodgers.
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX -- (Illness) Should return as early as Monday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL -- (Hand) May have to deal with injury for the whole season.
Lyle Overbay, 1B, ARZ -- (Knee) Says he is OK after leaving game with tightness.
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN -- (Groin) Missed Saturday after injry on Thrusday.
Bud Norris, P, HOU -- (Knee) Unlikely to pitch Sunday.
Antonio Bastardo, P, PHI -- (Eye) Unlikely to be available Sunday.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI -- (Oblique) Believes suffered cramp instead of strain.
Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD -- (Abdomen) Will miss two or three starts.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS -- (Oblique) Listed in initial lineup Saturday.

Disabled List
Kosuke Fukudome, OF, CHW -- (Back) Expected to beging rehab assignment Monday.
John Danks, P, CHW -- (Shoulder) Will meet with surgeon on Monday.
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE -- (Knee) Hitting soft toss.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET -- (Achilles) Has made no progress in rehabilitation.
Alex Avila, C, DET -- (Hamstring) Practiced in baseball-related activities.
Sam Fuld, OF, TB -- (Wrist) Hit from tee for first time in rehab.
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX -- (Elbow) Transfer to 60-day DL.
Derek Holland, P, TEX, -- (Shoulder) Felt good after throwing for first time since injury.
Drew Hutchinson, P, TOR -- (Elbow) Will be shut down for two weeks.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL -- (Chest) Is making progress with workouts.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL -- (Elbow) Will visit Dr. Yocum for a second opinion.
Carlos Lee, OF, HOU -- (Hamstring) On target to return Sunday.
Travis Buck, OF, HOU -- (Heel) Making progress from tendinitis.
Ted Lilly, P, LAD -- (Shoulder) Unclear about return date.
Corey Hart, OF, MIL -- (Knee) Dealing with soreness in knees.
Roy Halladay, P, PHI -- (Shoulder) Will throw against Sunday.
Chris Leroux, P, PIT -- (Chest) Likely to return June 27 or 28.
Jeff Karstens, P, PIT -- (Shoulder) Likely to return early July.
Micah Owings, P, SD -- (Forearm) Suffered setback at AAA.
Drew Storen, P, WAS -- (Elbow) Will be evaluated by Davey Johnson next week.

Transactions

Placed on the DL
Josh Beckett, P, BOS (retroactive 6/16)
Sandy Rosario, P, MIA (retroactive 6/15)
Drew Hutchinson, P, TOR (retroactive 6/16)
Sandy Rosario, P, MIA (retroactive 6/16)

Activated from DL
Doug Fister, P, DET

Optioned to Triple-A & Other Demotions
Lester Oliveros, P, MIN (optioned to Triple-A)
Casey Crosby, P, DET (optioned to Triple-A)
Matt Young, OF, DET (optioned to Triple-A)
B.J. Rosenberg, P, PHI (optioned to Triple-A)
Evan Scribner, P, OAK (optioned to Triple-A)
Adam Rosales, 2B, OAK (optioned to Triple-A)
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B, OAK (outrighted to Triple-A)

Called Up
Liam Hendriks, P, MIN
Thad Weber, P, DET
Robert Coello, P, TOR
Erik Kratz, C, PHI
Tyson Ross, P, OAK
Eric Sogard, 3B, OAK
Chris Hatcher, P, MIA

Closer Watch
Cubs - Carlos Marmol picked up his third save of the season for the Cubs on Friday, his first since May 2, but his performance was not one that instilled confidence for the fans and management of the North-siders. With a three run lead, Marmol pitched himself into a bases loaded situation, with two outs against Dustin Pedroia, who grounded out on Marmol's 29th pitch of the ninth. Even though Marmol got the save Friday, but don't be surprised if he isn't called upon next time the Cubs need someone to close out the game.

Blue Jays - Casey Janssen has been the man the Blue Jays have called upon to end their games as of late, and he has given his team the confidence they need to continue to do so. With a shotout to preserve, Janssen came in against Philadephia and recorded three outs with a mere 12 pitches. Janssen started the season with only nine saves, but it seems likely that he will end this season with a couple dozen more
than that.

Dodgers - One of the best teams in the league has one of the least known closers in Kenley Jansen, who picked up save number 11 of the season against the White Sox on Friday. The Dodgers have shown that they are not afraid to put him in during close games, but it hasn't always been a winning strategy. In Jansen's last four appearances he came on in the ninth, in two of them he was given a save situation and converted them with two strikeouts a piece, but in the other two that were tied games he gave up the game winning runs.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
David Wright - 3BNYM vs CIN
6/17 1:10 PM
Johnny Cueto4-11.36411312.636.4171.053
Derek Jeter - SSNYY @ WAS
6/17 1:35 PM
Edwin Jackson11-31.35513438.548.412.960
Alex Rodriguez - 3BNYY @ WAS
6/17 1:35 PM
Edwin Jackson9-24.37536916.875.4001.275
Nick Swisher - OFNYY @ WAS
6/17 1:35 PM
Edwin Jackson5-15.33323553.800.5241.324
Mark Teixeira - 1BNYY @ WAS
6/17 1:35 PM
Edwin Jackson4-14.28613102.714.2861.000
Ryan Braun - OFMIL @ MIN
6/17 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn7-12.58304000.917.5831.500
Corey Hart - OFMIL @ MIN
6/17 2:10 PM
Nick Blackburn3-12.25022412.750.3081.058
Jeff Francoeur - OFKC @ STL
6/17 2:15 PM
Adam Wainwright4-13.30811330.538.438.976
Adam Dunn - 1BCWS @ LAD
6/17 4:10 PM
Chris Capuano7-23.30424538.652.4071.059
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Jeremy GuthrieCOL @ DET
6/17 1:05 PM
Tigers Batters13-67.194013314.208.251.459

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Miguel Cabrera - 3BDET vs COL
6/17 1:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie2-10.20000024.200.333.533
Delmon Young - OFDET vs COL
6/17 1:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie2-14.14300010.143.250.393
Yunel Escobar - SSTOR vs PHI
6/17 1:07 PM
Kyle Kendrick1-16.06300002.063.118.181
Willie Harris - OFCIN @ NYM
6/17 1:10 PM
Chris Young1-11.09100012.091.167.258
Russell Martin - CNYY @ WAS
6/17 1:35 PM
Edwin Jackson2-10.20000011.200.273.473
Jamey Carroll - SSMIN vs MIL
6/17 2:10 PM
Zack Greinke3-12.25000104.250.250.500
Justin Morneau - 1BMIN vs MIL
6/17 2:10 PM
Zack Greinke5-29.17202116.241.200.441
Alcides Escobar - SSKC @ STL
6/17 2:15 PM
Adam Wainwright2-13.15400110.154.200.354
Mark Kotsay - OFSD @ OAK
6/17 4:05 PM
Bartolo Colon3-20.15002001.250.150.400
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Edwin JacksonWAS vs NYY
6/17 1:35 PM
Yankees Batters43-150.287719232028.527.372.899
 

Recommended Pickup
Trevor Plouffe, UTL, MIN -- Plouffe has been one of the best, if not the best, offensive fantasy option in all of MLB since June 8. He has only gone two game in that time period where he has not hit a home run! Plouffe has put up an amazing fantasy line in the 29 at-bats he has had since June 8 including, 7 HRs, 11 runs, 12 RBIs, while raising his average 40 points! If he is available in your league, there is no reason to not get him as he is eligible in certain leagues at just about every position but catcher, center field, and pitcher.

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