The Lineup Card: Filling A-Void
The Lineup Card: Filling A-Void

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Friday's Starters
Reds (Homer Bailey – R) at Cubs (Justin Germano – R), 2:20
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R) at Indians (Chris Seddon – L), 7:05
Royals (Luke Hochevar – R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R), 7:05
Padres (Edinson Volquez – R) at Pirates (James McDonald – R), 7:05
Cardinals (Kyle Lohse – R) at Phillies (Roy Halladay – R), 7:05
Yankees (Freddy Garcia – R) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero – L), 7:07
Braves (Paul Maholm – L) at Mets (Matt Harvey – R), 7:10
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L) at Marlins (Mark Buehrle), 7:10
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Rangers (Scott Feldman – R), 8:05
Brewers (Mark Rogers – R) at Astros (Bud Norris – R), 8:05
Athletics (Brandon McCarthy – R) at White Sox (Gavin Floyd – R), 8:10
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson – R) at Twins (Cole De Vries – R), 8:10
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R), 9:40
Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) at Angels (Ervin Santana – R), 10:05
Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: CIN, CHC

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN – (Back) Was not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Jason Kipness, 2B, CLE – (Neck) Scratched from Thursday's starting lineup.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, ARI – (Back) Scratched from Thursday's starting lineup.
Mike Napoli, C, TEX – (Quad) Expects to be back in the lineup Friday.
Alex Rios, OF, CWS – (Back) Expects to return to the lineup Friday.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS – (Concussion) Will likely be placed on the 7-day DL.

Disabled List
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL – (Hip) Placed on the 60-day DL.
Tim Byrdak, LHP, NYM – (Shoulder) Will undergo surgery.
Luke Scott, DH, TB – (Oblique) Will play in a rehab stint Friday and Saturday.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF – (Hamstring) Will play five innings in a rehab game Friday.
Brett Anderson, RHP, OAK – (Elbow) Scheduled to throw 90 pitches in a rehab game Friday.
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE – (Back) Placed on the 15-day DL.
Andrew Bailey, RHP, BOS – (Thumb) Threw a scoreless inning for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Trevor Plouffe, SS, MIN – (Thumb) Might need a rehab assignment.
Jaime Garcia, LHP, STL – (Shoulder) Pitched for Double-A Springfield on Thursday.
Jeff Niemann, RHP, TB – (Leg) Had his first rehab start Wednesday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR – (Ribs, oblique) Placed on the 15-day DL.
Koji Uehara, RHP, TEX – (Lat) Could be cleared for a bullpen session Friday.
Jhoulys Chacin, RHP, COL – (Chest) Expected to make his final rehab start Saturday.
Mark Lowe, RHP, TEX – (Abdomen) Expected to be activated Friday.
DaDavid Ortiz, DH, BOS – (Achilles) Took batting practice Wednesday.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY – (Wrist) Will have an X-ray Monday.
Jose Bautista, 3B, TOR – (Wrist) X-rays showed improvement.
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL – (Knee) Has experiences discomfort while on his rehab assignment.
Brandon Morrow, RHP, TOR – (Oblique) Threw five innings in a rehab start Wednesday.
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI – (Back) Expects to start hitting over the weekend.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
Adam Kennedy, 2B, LAD

Demotions
Dioner Navarro, C, CIN – Optioned to Triple-A
Steve Johnson, RHP, BAL – Optioned to Triple-A
Bobby Abreu, OF, LAD – Optioned to Triple-A
Johnny Damon, OF, CLE – Released
Jeremy Accardo, RHP, TOR – Released
Brian Bixler, SS, HOU – Designated for assignment
Don Kelly, OF, DET – Outrighted to Triple-A
Jerry Sands, OF, LAD – Optioned to Triple-A
Tony Gwynn Jr., OF, LAD – Optioned to Triple-A

Trades
Tyler Greene, SS, HOU – Traded from the Cardinals to the Astros

Called Up
Jason Donald, SS, CLE


KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Alfonso Soriano - OFCHC vs CIN
8/10 2:20 PM
Homer Bailey3-10.30012312.700.3641.064
Adam Jones - OFBAL vs KC
8/10 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar6-15.40003412.600.4711.071
Casey Kotchman - 1BCLE vs BOS
8/10 7:05 PM
Clay Buchholz6-11.54503001.818.5451.364
Ryan Howard - 1BPHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse8-16.50022845.875.6001.475
Laynce Nix - OFPHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse5-17.29423308.706.2941.000
Juan Pierre - OFPHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse6-12.50002302.750.5001.250
Brian Schneider - CPHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse4-13.30814313.769.3571.126
Ty Wigginton - 3BPHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse8-15.53301100.600.5331.133
Carlos Beltran - OFSTL @ PHI
8/10 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay14-42.3332310310.500.370.870
Ichiro Suzuki - OFNYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero8-16.50001111.563.5291.092
Carlos Lee - OFMIA vs LAD
8/10 7:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw4-13.30811224.538.400.938
Miguel Cabrera - 3BDET @ TEX
8/10 8:05 PM
Scott Feldman7-10.700244101.500.7272.227
Jhonny Peralta - SSDET @ TEX
8/10 8:05 PM
Scott Feldman4-12.33311102.583.333.917
Delmon Young - OFDET @ TEX
8/10 8:05 PM
Scott Feldman4-12.33303201.667.3331.000
Ryan Braun - OFMIL @ HOU
8/10 8:05 PM
Bud Norris6-20.30023314.650.333.983
Ian Kinsler - 2BTEX vs DET
8/10 8:05 PM
Max Scherzer4-13.30801312.462.400.862
Michael Young - 3BTEX vs DET
8/10 8:05 PM
Max Scherzer4-16.25003114.563.333.896
Kendrys Morales - 1BLAA vs SEA
8/10 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez12-33.36414827.545.400.945
Mark Trumbo - 1BLAA vs SEA
8/10 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez3-13.23122304.692.231.923
Mike Carp - OFSEA @ LAA
8/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana5-15.33311113.533.375.908
Carlos Gonzalez - OFCOL @ SF
8/10 10:35 PM
Tim Lincecum7-27.25923429.556.310.866
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Luke HochevarKC @ BAL
8/10 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters17-82.2072611716.325.275.600

 

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
J.J. Hardy - SSBAL vs KC
8/10 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar1-13.07700203.077.071.148
Mark Reynolds - 3BBAL vs KC
8/10 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar1-11.09100015.091.167.258
Jimmy Rollins - SSPHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse5-27.18511132.296.267.563
Chase Utley - 2BPHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse4-24.16701133.208.286.494
Robinson Cano - 2BNYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero5-25.20023336.480.286.766
Curtis Granderson - OFNYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero4-19.21111117.368.286.654
Derek Jeter - SSNYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero3-23.13011354.261.310

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
J.J. Hardy - SSBAL vs KC
8/10 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar1-13.07700203.077.071.148
Mark Reynolds - 3BBAL vs KC
8/10 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar1-11.09100015.091.167.258
Jimmy Rollins - SSPHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse5-27.18511132.296.267.563
Chase Utley - 2BPHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse4-24.16701133.208.286.494
Robinson Cano - 2BNYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero5-25.20023336.480.286.766
Curtis Granderson - OFNYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero4-19.21111117.368.286.654
Derek Jeter - SSNYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero3-23.13011354.261.310.571
Andruw Jones - OFNYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero3-18.16701109.222.167.389
Mark Ellis - 2BLAD @ MIA
8/10 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle9-49.18401035.204.231.435
Adam Kennedy - 2BLAD @ MIA
8/10 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle3-17.17600101.176.176.353
Andres Torres - OFNYM vs ATL
8/10 7:10 PM
Paul Maholm2-10.20002211.500.273.773
Elvis Andrus - SSTEX vs DET
8/10 8:05 PM
Max Scherzer2-15.13300121.133.235.369
Josh Hamilton - OFTEX vs DET
8/10 8:05 PM
Max Scherzer2-12.16700003.167.167.333
Alex Rios - OFCWS vs OAK
8/10 8:10 PM
Brandon McCarthy1-13.07701222.154.200.354
Kevin Youkilis - 3BCWS vs OAK
8/10 8:10 PM
Brandon McCarthy1-11.09101002.182.091.273
Erick Aybar - SSLAA vs SEA
8/10 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez8-47.17003238.234.235.469
Peter Bourjos - OFLAA vs SEA
8/10 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez2-14.14300002.143.143.286
Miguel Olivo - CSEA @ LAA
8/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana3-17.17611206.353.176.529
Brendan Ryan - SSSEA @ LAA
8/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana1-11.09100122.091.214.305
Michael Saunders - OFSEA @ LAA
8/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana3-15.20011323.400.294.694
Kyle Seager - 3BSEA @ LAA
8/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana2-10.20000021.200.333.533
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Kyle LohseSTL @ Phi
8/10 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters41-132.311615201124.523.369.892
Freddy GarciaNYY @ Tor
8/10 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters20-67.29907396.432.382.813
Paul MaholmATL @ NYM
8/10 7:10 PM
Mets Batters21-69.304051578.398.361.759
 

Recommended Pickup
Eric Chavez, 3B, NYY – No one seems to want Chavez and it doesn't make much sense. He is owned in only 2.3 percent of ESPN leagues, yet the new Yankee third baseman is hitting .289/.347/.526 with 12 homers and 29 RBI in 194 at-bats on the season. Chavez had been mostly a backup to Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, but with A-rod out until September, the six-time Gold Glove winner has taken over as the main third baseman.

Meanwhile, Chavez has turned into a caricature of himself since the A-rod injury. Essentially, he has tricked himself into thinking we're living back in 2004. Since the Rodriguez injury on July 24, he is hitting .368 and slugging .789 with four homers in his 13 games played. He's playing everyday against righties, has a swing that is tailor-made for the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium, and doesn't seem to be slowing down. That 2.3 percent owned percentage seems unreasonably low and owners should be taking advantage of it.

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