Friday Lineup Card: Ride The Closer Carousel
Friday Lineup Card: Ride The Closer Carousel

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Friday's Starters
Braves (Tommy Hanson – R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R), 7:05
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R) at Indians (Derek Lowe – R), 7:05
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco – R) at Pirates (Kevin Correia – R), 7:05
White Sox (Jake Peavy – R) at Tigers (Justin Verlander – R), 7:05
Giants (Tim Lincecum – R) at Phillies (Vance Worley – R), 7:05
Blue Jays (Aaron Laffey – L) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett – R), 7:10
Dodgers (Aaron Harang – R) at Mets (Johan Santana – L), 7:10
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R) at Rays (James Shields – R), 7:10
Brewers (Marco Estrada – R) at Reds (Homer Bailey – R), 7:10
Twins (Nick Blackburn – R) at Royals (Luke Hochevar – R), 8:10
Cubs (Ryan Dempster – R) at Cardinals (Kyle Lohse – R), 8:15
Astros (Bud Norris – R) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R), 9:40
Yankees (Ivan Nova – R) at Athletics (Tom Milone – L), 10:05
Rangers (Derek Holland – L) at Angels (Jered Weaver – R), 10:05
Rockies (Drew Pomeranz – L) at Padres (Jason Marquis – R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (groin) – Expects to be back in the lineup Friday
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX (forearm) – Removed after five innings Wednesday due to tightness
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD (wrist) – Out of the lineup for the second straight game Thursday
Jon Rauch, RP, NYM (knee) – Fluid drained from both knees Wednesday, but pitched (1 IP, 0 R, 2 K)

Disabled List
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB (hamstring) – "Getting better"; still no timetable
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (Achilles) – No rupture or tear, so he'll probably serve minimum time on DL
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (wrist) – Rehab assignment starts Friday in High-A Potomac
Tim Stauffer, SP, SD (elbow) – Throwing bullpens Monday/Wednesday, then going on rehab trip
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL (shoulder) – Next simulated game could be pushed to Saturday
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY (elbow) – Headed for arthroscopic surgery next week; out for the year
Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS (thumb) – Close to facing live batters; early August remains return estimate
Matt Capps, RP, MIN (shoulder) – Rotator cuff irritation; out indefinitely
Todd Helton, 1B, COL (hip) – Starting rehab assignment in rookie ball this weekend
Eric Stults, SP, SD (shoulder) – Threw four innings in second rehab start
Chris Carpenter, SP, STL (shoulder) – Had surgery Thursday and remains out for the year
Chris Iannetta, C, LAA (forearm) – Rehab assignment will start this weekend
Vernon Wells, OF, LAA (thumb) – Going on rehab trip Friday; will be a part-timer when he returns
Scott Baker, SP, MIN (elbow) – Will begin throwing program first week of August
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA (elbow) – Will throw a bullpen Thursday
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS (knee) – ACL surgery went well Wednesday
Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF (knee) – Back to High-A ball for more rehab; seemingly no setback
Sam Fuld, OF, TB (wrist) – Played nine innings in Triple-A Wednesday
Rafael Perez, RP, CLE (shoulder) – Could rejoin Indians as soon as middle of next week
Mark Lowe, RP, TEX (abdomen) – Hopes to throw a bullpen this weekend, then rehab trip
Jason Castro, C, HOU (knee) – Had an injection and fluid drained Wednesday; looking at next week

Transactions

Activated from DL
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
Edward Mujica, RP, MIA
Drew Storen, RP, WAS

Placed on DL
Jhonatan Solano, C, WAS (oblique)
Charlie Furbush, RP, SEA

Optioned to Triple-A
D.J. Mitchell, RP, NYY
Pedro Hernandez, SP, CHW
Rick Ankiel, OF, WAS (DFA)
Vin Mazzaro, RP, KC
Sam Dyson, RP, TOR
Mauro Gomez, 1B, BOS
Jairo Asencio, RP, CHC
Mark Hamburger, RP, SD (DFA)
Jeremy Hermida, OF, SD

Called Up
David Phelps, RP, NYY
Donald Veal, RP, CHW
Sandy Leon, C, WAS
Will Smith, SP, KC
Yan Gomes, C, TOR

Traded
Justin Germano, RP, CHC (from BOS)

Closer Watch

Cubs – Would Carlos Marmol be Carlos Marmol if he didn't make things… interesting? A walk and a hit plated a run Thursday, but Marmol held on for his 11th save – and ninth in a row. In fact, that was the first run Marmol has given up in a save situation since April 24. Bet you wouldn't have thought that was possible.

Giants – Santiago Casilla's 10th-inning blown save against the Braves on Wednesday prompted Bruce Bochy to announce that change is coming to the back end of the San Francisco bullpen. After Casilla blew five of his last eight save chances, Bochy had clearly seen enough. Look for Sergio Romo to finally take over the job that should have been his in the first place. He's quietly been the ace of the Giants' bullpen for the last two years.

Phillies – Jonathan Papelbon has blown three of his last seven save tries, including giving up two runs in the ninth Wednesday against the Dodgers. That said, he has about as much job security as any closer in the game because, well, what other Phillies reliever can Charlie Manuel possibly trust to go get the last three outs (or any three outs)?

Brewers – Francisco Rodriguez didn't exactly inspire a lot of confidence Wednesday, walking three batters and giving up a hit and a run, but he struck out two for his third save. He's not the answer to Milwaukee's closing problem, but John Axford certainly isn't either. No one else has made a strong case, though, so K-Rod is basically it, and he's a wily enough pitcher that he probably won't blow too many saves, but he's not going to help you in ERA and WHIP either. Closers like K-Rod must be responsible for – and this is purely an estimate – 94 percent of revenue from sale of Rolaids.

Nationals – Drew Storen is finally back from the DL after missing all season to this point, and while he'll be eased back into action, Tyler Clippard's hold on the closer's role is weakening by the moment. The Nationals have always seemed to prefer Clippard serve as their "bullpen ace," coming in for the highest-leverage situations, rather than confining him to the ninth inning. If Storen shows he hasn't missed a beat, he'll be back in the closer's seat in no time.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
J.J. Hardy - SSBAL @ CLE
7/20 7:05 PM
Derek Lowe5-15.33300111.333.375.708
Mark Reynolds - 3BBAL @ CLE
7/20 7:05 PM
Derek Lowe8-24.33314504.625.333.958
A.J. Pierzynski - CCWS @ DET
7/20 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander17-52.327371215.577.340.917
Kevin Youkilis - 3BCWS @ DET
7/20 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander5-14.35722301.786.3571.143
Austin Kearns - OFMIA @ PIT
7/20 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia3-10.30022212.900.3641.264
Carlos Lee - OFMIA @ PIT
7/20 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia5-11.45502201.636.4551.091
Ryan Howard - 1BPHI vs SF
7/20 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum6-19.31635536.895.4091.304
Juan Pierre - OFPHI vs SF
7/20 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum6-12.50003311.917.5381.455
Matt Kemp - OFLAD @ NYM
7/20 7:10 PM
Johan Santana4-12.33300112.333.385.718
Rickie Weeks - 2BMIL @ CIN
7/20 7:10 PM
Homer Bailey8-15.53301225.600.6111.211
Jason Bay - OFNYM vs LAD
7/20 7:10 PM
Aaron Harang17-46.3705129111.870.4081.278
Ronny Cedeno - SSNYM vs LAD
7/20 7:10 PM
Aaron Harang6-21.28623618.619.318.937
David Wright - 3BNYM vs LAD
7/20 7:10 PM
Aaron Harang8-12.667135231.083.7141.797
Chone Figgins - 3BSEA @ TB
7/20 7:10 PM
James Shields10-27.37003124.481.400.881
Miguel Olivo - CSEA @ TB
7/20 7:10 PM
James Shields5-15.33302007.467.333.800
Ichiro Suzuki - OFSEA @ TB
7/20 7:10 PM
James Shields11-30.36712127.500.406.906
Adam Lind - 1BTOR @ BOS
7/20 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett8-18.44415423.833.5001.333
Alexi Casilla - SSMIN @ KC
7/20 8:10 PM
Luke Hochevar4-10.400043101.000.4551.455
Joe Mauer - CMIN @ KC
7/20 8:10 PM
Luke Hochevar9-17.52903230.765.6001.365
Justin Morneau - 1BMIN @ KC
7/20 8:10 PM
Luke Hochevar2-11.18212244.545.400.945
David DeJesus - OFCHC @ STL
7/20 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse8-16.50012412.813.5291.342
Alfonso Soriano - OFCHC @ STL
7/20 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse15-39.38525724.615.4151.030
Matt Holliday - OFSTL vs CHC
7/20 8:15 PM
Ryan Dempster6-18.33300101.333.333.666
Skip Schumaker - 2BSTL vs CHC
7/20 8:15 PM
Ryan Dempster18-40.45003515.525.463.988
Erick Aybar - SSLAA vs TEX
7/20 10:05 PM
Derek Holland5-15.33312102.600.333.933
Torii Hunter - OFLAA vs TEX
7/20 10:05 PM
Derek Holland2-10.20011232.500.385.885
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Tim LincecumSF @ PHI
7/20 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters29-144.201516121039.404.259.663
Jake PeavyCWS @ DET
7/20 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters10-65.154042521.219.214.433
Johan SantanaNYM vs LAD
7/20 7:10 PM
Dodgers Batters26-162.16021081040.259.215.474
Nick BlackburnMIN @ KC
7/20 8:10 PM
Royals Batters15-68.221137110.290.251.541
Jered WeaverLAA vs TEX
7/20 10:05 PM
Rangers Batters65-287.226420171555.324.271.595

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Gordon Beckham - 2BCWS @ DET
7/20 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander2-10.20000102.200.182.382
Paul Konerko - 1BCWS @ DET
7/20 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander5-41.122112312.195.200.395
Alexei Ramirez - SSCWS @ DET
7/20 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander5-28.17911114.286.207.493
Miguel Cabrera - 3BDET vs CWS
7/20 7:05 PM
Jake Peavy2-22.091000210.091.167.258
Jhonny Peralta - SSDET vs CWS
7/20 7:05 PM
Jake Peavy2-14.14302103.286.143.429
Mike Fontenot - 2BPHI vs SF
7/20 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum1-13.07700106.077.077.154
Hunter Pence - OFPHI vs SF
7/20 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum3-22.13601017.182.174.356
Jimmy Rollins - SSPHI vs SF
7/20 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum3-18.16701003.222.167.389
Carlos Ruiz - CPHI vs SF
7/20 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum2-10.20002011.400.273.673
Chase Utley - 2BPHI vs SF
7/20 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum2-20.10012117.300.182.482
Shane Victorino - OFPHI vs SF
7/20 7:05 PM
Tim Lincecum4-21.19012215.381.227.608
Rod Barajas - CPIT vs MIA
7/20 7:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco2-10.20000102.200.182.382
Clint Barmes - SSPIT vs MIA
7/20 7:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco1-12.08300003.083.154.237
Ryan Zimmerman - 3BWAS vs ATL
7/20 7:05 PM
Tommy Hanson3-15.20002306.333.235.568
Nick Punto - 2BBOS vs TOR
7/20 7:10 PM
Aaron Laffey2-11.18201022.273.308.581
Mark Ellis - 2BLAD @ NYM
7/20 7:10 PM
Johan Santana1-14.07101014.143.188.331
Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3BLAD @ NYM
7/20 7:10 PM
Johan Santana0-13.00000113.000.067.067
Juan Rivera - OFLAD @ NYM
7/20 7:10 PM
Johan Santana2-12.16701101.250.167.417
Juan Uribe - 3BLAD @ NYM
7/20 7:10 PM
Johan Santana9-62.145152019.258.145.403
Corey Hart - OFMIL @ CIN
7/20 7:10 PM
Homer Bailey3-17.17600115.176.222.398
Scott Hairston - OFNYM vs LAD
7/20 7:10 PM
Aaron Harang2-10.20001014.300.273.573
Yunel Escobar - SSTOR @ BOS
7/20 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett1-11.09100003.091.091.182
Jeff Mathis - CTOR @ BOS
7/20 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett2-10.20002103.400.200.600
Chris Getz - 2BKC vs MIN
7/20 8:10 PM
Nick Blackburn2-11.18200201.182.167.349
Alex Gordon - OFKC vs MIN
7/20 8:10 PM
Nick Blackburn2-11.18201104.273.250.523
Denard Span - OFMIN @ KC
7/20 8:10 PM
Luke Hochevar3-22.13602125.273.208.481
Rafael Furcal - SSSTL vs CHC
7/20 8:15 PM
Ryan Dempster2-26.07700018.077.111.188
Kendrys Morales - 1BLAA vs TEX
7/20 10:05 PM
Derek Holland2-10.20002013.400.273.673
Adrian Beltre - 3BTEX @ LAA
7/20 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver8-46.17403209.239.204.443
David Murphy - OFTEX @ LAA
7/20 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver5-28.17901118.214.200.414
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
James ShieldsTB vs Sea
7/20 7:10 PM
Mariners Batters31-84.369183422.488.393.881
Aaron HarangLAD @ NYM
7/20 7:10 PM
Mets Batters37-100.37092122627.767.4171.184
Luke HochevarKC vs Min
7/20 8:10 PM
Twins Batters24-75.32011310119.572.407.979
Kyle LohseSTL vs ChC
7/20 8:15 PM
Cubs Batters30-81.371381459.555.407.963
 

Recommended Pickup
Sergio Romo, RP, SF – As noted above, Romo is the frontrunner to close for the Giants with Santiago Casilla on his way out of that role, and yet he's still only 40 percent owned on Yahoo, 22 percent owned on ESPN and 26 percent owned on CBS. Don't fall behind the times – snatch Romo up, as he could be one of baseball's best closers the rest of the way. All he's done so far this year is put up a 0.66 ERA and 0.73 WHIP with a 34:8 K:BB over 27.1 innings.

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