Tuesday Lineup Card: Cleaning Up With Mesoraco
Tuesday Lineup Card: Cleaning Up With Mesoraco

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

Rays (Jake Odorizzi – R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R), 7:05
Cubs (Jason Hammel – R) at Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka – R), 7:05
Braves (David Hale – R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee – L), 7:05
Indians (Zach McAllister – R) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R), 7:08
Pirates (Gerrit Cole – R) at Reds (Mike Leake – R), 7:10
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R) at Marlins (Tom Koehler – R), 7:10
Mariners (Blake Beavan – R) at Rangers (Robby Ross – R), 8:05
Red Sox (Jake Peavy – R) at White Sox (Erik Johnson – R), 8:10
Cardinals (Shelby Miller – R) at Brewers (Marco Estrada – R), 8:10
Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow – R) at Twins (Phil Hughes – R), 8:10
Royals (Yordano Ventura – R) at Astros (Lucas Harrell – R), 8:10
Mets (Jenrry Mejia – R) at Diamondbacks (Bronson Arroyo – R), 9:40
Athletics (Dan Straily – R) at Angels (Garrett Richards – R), 10:05
Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R) at Padres (Robbie Erlin – L), 10:10
Dodgers (Josh Beckett – R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Yu Darvish, SP, TEX (thumb) – Seems on track to start Wednesday
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (quad) – Left Monday's game, but expected to start Tuesday
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (wrist) – Likely to avoid DL
Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL (shoulder) – Dealing with soreness
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS (shoulder) – MRI negative; could be available Tuesday
A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI (groin) – Expected to start on schedule Wednesday
Ben Revere, OF, PHI (ribs) – Healthy, but got rested with Tony Gwynn Jr. hot
Brian McCann, C, NYY (hand) – X-rays negative; check back for Tuesday status
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYM (forearm/ribs/knee) – Day-to-day after outfield-wall collision Monday
Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA (foot) – Out Monday after fouling one off his foot Sunday
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (elbow) – Day-to-day after being hurt Monday
Scott Kazmir, SP, OAK (triceps) – "Feels great"; should make next start
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (hamstring) – Took BP Monday; could be ready to go Tuesday
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM (hamstring) – Likely headed for DL after Monday injury
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB (illness) – Catch session cut short Monday; possible Tuesday scratch
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (hamstring) – Injury may not be too serious
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA (hamstring) – Removed Monday; to be reevaluated Tuesday
Joel Peralta, RP, TB (illness) – Feeling better, but didn't pitch Monday
Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL (illness) – Under the weather the last few days
Nate McLouth, OF, WAS (knee) – Not in the lineup Monday, but available off the bench

Players on the DL
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR (hamstring) – May return from DL on Friday
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN (head) – Felt great after Monday bullpen session
Mike Minor, SP, ATL (shoulder) – Looks like one more rehab start on tap
Matt Moore, SP, TB (elbow) – Having TJ surgery; see you next year
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (thumb) – No baseball activities 'til May 2
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) – Rehab assignment starting this week
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (knee) – Could play in extended spring games by end of week
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA (finger) – Bullpen coming up Tuesday; sim game Saturday
Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW (shoulder) – Having his season-ending surgery Tuesday
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX (shoulder) – Not throwing yet
Doug Fister, SP, WAS (back) – Threw 50-pitch BP session Monday
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (wrist) – Eligible for April 20 return, but won't be back yet
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL (shoulder) – First rehab start in High-A Tuesday
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (knee) – Took BP on Monday
Sean Marshall, RP, CIN (shoulder) – Triple-A rehab games starting Tuesday; could return Friday
Cody Ross, OF, ARI (hip) – Could be back as soon as Friday
Maicer Izturis, 2B, TOR (knee) – Out 4-to-6 months
Joe Saunders, SP, TEX (ankle) – Slated for Monday bullpen, but expects to start Sunday
Skip Schumaker, 2B, CIN (shoulder) – Getting close to game action
Juan Oviedo, RP, TB (general soreness) – About a week away
Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC (elbow) – Left Monday's extended spring appearance
Jacob Turner, SP, MIA (shoulder) – Expected to play catch Tuesday
Jonny Venters, RP, ATL (elbow) – Could increase intensity of throwing sessions this week
Chris Stewart, C, PIT (knee) – Could join the Pirates by Thursday
Ed Lucas, 3B, MIA (hand) – Cleared to resume baseball activities
Sean Burnett, RP, LAA (elbow) – Will resume throwing Monday
Chris Young, OF, NYM (quad) – Looking good on rehab; should be back in minimum time
Mark Ellis, 2B, STL (knee) – Started rehab games Sunday
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB (elbow) – Scheduled to return to throwing off a mound Tuesday

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

Placed on DL
Maicer Izturis, 2B, TOR (knee)
Brett Anderson, SP, COL (finger)
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY (hamstring)

Called Up
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX
Mike Bolsinger, RP, ARI
Brad Boxberger, RP, TB
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL

Sent Down
Jeff Beliveau, RP, TB
Shane Greene, RP, NYY
Daniel McCutchen, RP, TEX (DFA)
Will Harris, RP, ARI

Closer Watch

Mets – Carlos Torres got a save Monday, but there's nothing to see here – he pitched 2.2 innings, largely with a comfortable lead. Jose Valverde's still the man in Queens, though Gonzalez Germen is becoming interesting as a handcuff.

Braves – Craig Kimbrel's got a sore shoulder, and as a result, David Carpenter earned his first save Monday. It sounds like Kimbrel's injury is minor, but fantasy owners in deeper formats would do well to snatch up Carpenter just in case.

Athletics – Luke Gregerson picked up his second save Monday, pitching a clean inning against the Angels, and he seems to have the inside track on most of the saves for Oakland. Jim Johnson got the win, so if you own both the ex-closer and the speculative new one, you had a banner night. Gregerson's been terrific to start the year, and his track record of consistency indicates he's quite capable of taking this job and running with it.

Hot Batter Matchups – April 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
K. Johnson2BNYY vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Hammel27832619.296.310.556.866
B. Roberts2BNYY vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Hammel17720322.412.474.5291.003
I. SuzukiOFNYY vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Hammel20800225.400.455.400.855
D. JenningsOFTB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez18433634.222.348.7221.070
E. Longoria3BTB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez16511123.313.389.500.889
J. MolinaCTB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez12411210.333.385.583.968
N. MorganOFCLE @ DET
7:08PM
A. Sanchez12410011.333.467.417.883
A. JacksonOFDET vs CLE
7:08PM
Z. McAllister10500224.500.583.5001.083
G. StantonOFMIA vs WAS
7:10PM
S. Strasburg24862529.333.385.7501.135
C. BarmesSSPIT @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake17620221.353.421.471.892
S. MarteOFPIT @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake10311103.300.364.600.964
R. MartinCPIT @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake19921303.474.474.6841.158
J. TabataOFPIT @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake20730123.350.409.550.959
N. Walker2BPIT @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake289511166.321.429.5711.000
A. Ramirez3BMIL vs STL
8:10PM
S. Miller10511411.500.500.8001.300
D. Descalso2BSTL @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Estrada10420122.400.500.7001.200
M. HollidayOFSTL @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Estrada21721521.333.391.524.915
Y. MolinaCSTL @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Estrada211231504.571.571.8101.381
E. Encarnacion1BTOR @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes3412515410.353.410.559.969
M. SierraOFTOR @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes12721512.583.600.9171.517
D. Murphy2BNYM @ ARI
9:40PM
B. Arroyo13620100.462.462.6151.077
E. AybarSSLAA vs OAK
10:05PM
D. Straily12600110.500.538.5001.038
A. Pujols1BLAA vs OAK
10:05PM
D. Straily14611301.429.467.6431.110
M. TroutOFLAA vs OAK
10:05PM
D. Straily15600103.400.412.400.812
B. Moss1BOAK @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards13641312.462.500.9231.423
J. ReddickOFOAK @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards10400010.400.455.400.855
C. DenorfiaOFSD vs COL
10:10PM
J. Nicasio10221112.200.273.700.973
C. Headley3BSD vs COL
10:10PM
J. Nicasio12622306.500.5001.0001.500
N. HundleyCSD vs COL
10:10PM
J. Nicasio10411104.400.400.7001.100
H. RamirezSSLAD @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum19621416.316.381.526.907
H. PenceOFSF vs LAD
10:15PM
J. Beckett17711204.412.412.5881.000
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Cliff LeePHI vs ATL
7:05PM
2234717518976.211.249.335.584
Miguel GonzalezBAL vs TB
7:05PM
1142575131618.219.319.366.685
Stephen StrasburgWAS @ MIA
7:10PM
1092410318641.220.272.377.649
Shelby MillerSTL @ MIL
8:10PM
7316116616.219.276.255.531
Cold Batter Matchups – April 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
F. Freeman1BATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee338000112.242.306.242.548
J. HeywardOFATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee22310124.136.208.227.436
C. Johnson3BATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee23622506.261.292.522.813
G. LairdCATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee20220329.100.174.200.374
A. SimmonsSSATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee16311113.188.235.375.610
D. Uggla2BATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee377426117.189.205.405.611
B. UptonOFATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee369401114.250.270.361.631
D. JeterSSNYY vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Hammel22721404.318.318.500.818
B. McCannCNYY vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Hammel13300102.231.231.231.462
M. JoyceOFTB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez13200152.154.368.154.522
J. Loney1BTB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez14300102.214.214.214.429
B. Zobrist2BTB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez19210124.105.190.158.348
L. Chisenhall3BCLE @ DET
7:08PM
A. Sanchez10200112.200.273.200.473
J. Kipnis2BCLE @ DET
7:08PM
A. Sanchez17310106.176.167.235.402
G. Dobbs1BMIA vs WAS
7:10PM
S. Strasburg15510304.333.333.400.733
A. HechavarriaSSMIA vs WAS
7:10PM
S. Strasburg13200205.154.154.154.308
G. Jones1BMIA vs WAS
7:10PM
S. Strasburg15100009.067.067.067.133
A. Dunn1BCWS vs BOS
8:10PM
J. Peavy315226711.161.308.355.663
C. GomezOFMIL vs STL
8:10PM
S. Miller11100004.091.091.091.182
J. SeguraSSMIL vs STL
8:10PM
S. Miller12000005.000.000.000.000
K. SuzukiCMIN vs TOR
8:10PM
B. Morrow12211103.167.167.417.583
C. RasmusOFTOR @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes14111222.071.235.286.521
H. Kendrick2BLAA vs OAK
10:05PM
D. Straily12300004.250.250.250.500
C. CrispOFOAK @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards10200112.200.273.200.473
J. Donaldson3BOAK @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards15510004.333.333.400.733
A. Gonzalez1BLAD @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum5211004416.212.263.212.475
D. GordonSSLAD @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum13100013.077.143.077.220
M. KempOFLAD @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum469103618.196.296.217.514
J. Uribe3BLAD @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum24620217.250.333.333.667
A. PaganOFSF vs LAD
10:15PM
J. Beckett10200212.200.273.200.473
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 15, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jason HammelCHC @ NYY
7:05PM
1294110420726.318.348.457.805
Zach McAllisterCLE @ DET
7:08PM
60234011615.383.431.448.879
Marco EstradaMIL vs STL
8:10PM
12943134221321.333.399.504.902
Dan StrailyOAK @ LAA
10:05PM
8628439316.326.364.438.802
Garrett RichardsLAA vs OAK
10:05PM
962911212819.302.356.476.832
Josh BeckettLAD @ SF
10:15PM
6220437513.323.373.473.846

Recommended Pickup
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN – Considering his pedigree, job security and start to the year Mesoraco's ownership is stunningly low – especially in ESPN leagues, where he's only 8.7 percent owned. In his first handful of at-bats after missing the first few games of the year with an oblique injury, Mesoraco has gone a cool 7-for-14 with two homers, three doubles and six RBI. Backup Brayan Pena's only going to be used to rest the 25-year-old Pennsylvanian, who may have struggled to a .649 OPS last year, but hit 41 homers (showcasing good batting average and plate discipline) over the course of his last two minor-league seasons.

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C: Brian McCann, NYY ($5,572)
1B: Matt Adams, STL ($5,493)
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SS: Andrelton Simmons, ATL ($5,675)
3B: David Wright, NYM ($5,586)
OF: Leonys Martin ($4,895)

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