Monday Lineup Card: Stealing Schafer

Monday Lineup Card: Stealing Schafer

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

PHI (Cole Hamels - L) at ATL (Julio Teheran - R) 1:00 PM
NYM (Zack Wheeler - R) at MIA (Henderson Alvarez - R) 1:10 PM
BOS (Rubby De La Rosa - R) at TB (Drew Smyly - L) 1:10 PM
MIN (Phil Hughes - R) at BAL (Kevin Gausman - R) 1:35 PM
PIT (Gerrit Cole - R) at STL (Lance Lynn - R) 2:15 PM
MIL (Jimmy Nelson - R) at CHC (Jacob Turner - R) 2:20 PM
DET (David Price - L) at CLE (Corey Kluber - R) 4:00 PM
SEA (Chris Young - R) at OAK (Jason Hammel - R) 4:05 PM
ARI (Trevor Cahill - R) at SD (Tyson Ross - R) 4:10 PM
SF (Tim Hudson - R) at COL (Franklin Morales - L) 4:10 PM
TEX (Colby Lewis - R) at KC (Yordano Ventura - R) 8:10 PM
WAS (Gio Gonzalez - L) at LAD (Roberto Hernandez - R) 8:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: -

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT (foot) – Missed his fourth straight game Sunday.
Joaquin Benoit, P, SD (shoulder) – Will be sidelined a few days after experiencing renewed discomfort in his shoulder.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET (ankle) – Missed his second straight game Sunday and could also be held out of the next few games despite the Tigers fighting for their playoff hopes.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (neck) – Missed his second straight game Sunday and could miss a few more games while receiving an injection to reduce the pain in his neck.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY (ankle) – Pinch-hit during Sunday's game but will receive an MRI on his ankle.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL (wrist) – Exited Sunday's game and is doubtful to play Monday.
Marwin Gonzalez, SS, HOU (hamstring) – Missed his second straight game Sunday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (knee) – Missed his third straight game Sunday.
Steve Pearce, OF, BAL (abdomen) – Missed his second straight game Sunday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (concussion) – Out indefinitely while he follows the league's concussion protocol.
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI (hand) – Is likely to rejoin the Diamondbacks when rosters expand September 1.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC (back) – Missed his sixth straight game Sunday, but is hopeful to return during the team's home stand next week.
Yordano Ventura, P, KC (back) – Was scratched from Wednesday's start but is likely to take the mound September 1.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL (head) – Was removed from Sunday's game after a collision.

Players on the DL

Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (forearm) – Underwent season-ending surgery on Friday.
Homer Bailey, P, CIN (elbow) – A second MRI didn't show the improvement the Reds were hoping for. It's looking less likely Bailey will pitch again this season.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD (hip) – Is a long-shot to pitch again this year.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (concussion) – Hopes to return in September but a return this season isn't a sure thing.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD (hamstring) – Will likely begin a rehab assignment with High-A Lake Elsinore on Wednesday.
Matt Cain, P, SF (elbow) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX (elbow) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (hamstring) – Isn't eligible to return until September 7.
Yu Darvish, P, TEX (elbow) – May not pitch again this season as the Rangers take a cautious approach with their ace.
Sean Doolittle, P, OAK (oblique) – Feeling better but no timetable for his return.
Matt Garza, P, MIL (oblique) – Will rejoin the Brewers' rotation on Wednesday.
Jason Giambi, DH, CLE (knee) – Will be activated from the DL on Monday.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI (hand) – Expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (knee) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC (hand) – Began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.
John Jaso, C, OAK (concussion) – Was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Monday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (back) – Is rehabbing in Arizona, but there's no timetable for his return.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI (elbow) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK (finger) – May return Tuesday after going on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (knee) – Underwent season-ending surgery on Wednesday.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM (calf) – Is wearing a full walking boot on his right leg and may not return for a while.
David Murphy, OF, CLE (oblique) – Took 45 swings Tuesday.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL (wrist) – Dealing with inflammation and is eligible to return September 7.
Anibal Sanchez, P, DET (chest) – Season may be in jeopardy after Dr. James Andrews confirmed a pectoral strain.
Joakim Soria, P, DET (oblique) – Plans to throw Monday.
George Springer, OF, HOU (quadriceps) – Has yet to attempt to run at 100 percent.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY (elbow) – Experiencing soreness in his right arm and the Yankees will likely take a cautious approach.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (hip) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (back) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (quadriceps) – Took groundballs Wednesday.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (hamstring) – Has resumed jogging after an MRI revealed progress with his injury.

Transactions - Players who have been called up, sent down, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Called Up

Wei-Yin Chen, P, BAL
Pete Kozma, SS, STL
Zach McAllister, P, CLE
Kevin Siegrist, P, STL
Scott Snodgress, P, CWS
Aaron Thompson, P, MIN
Andy Wilkins, 1B, CWS

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Chris Bassitt, P, CWS
Steve Clevenger, C, BAL (Short Season A)
Carlos Frias, P, LAD
Marco Gonzales, P, STL (Double-A)
Nick Greenwood, P, STL (Double-A)
Edgar Ibarra, P, MIN
Tyler Lyons, P, STL (Double-A)
T.J. McFarland, P, BAL (Short Season A)
Nestor Molina, P, CWS (Double-A)
Justin Miller, P, DET
Jose Ortega, P, DET
Cory Rasmus, P, LAA
Zach Rosscup, P, CHC
Miguel Rojas, SS, LAD
Kyle Ryan, P, DET
Ali Solis, C, TB
Eric Surkamp, P, CWS

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)

Grant Green, 2B, LAA
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD
Moises Sierra, OF, CWS
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)

Hector Sanchez, C, SF (transferred from 15-day to 60-day DL)
Josh Tomlin, P, CLE (paternity list)

Designated for Assignment

Deck McGuire, P, OAK

Traded

Michael Almanzar, 3B, BAL (from BOS)
Jonathan Broxton, P, MIL (from CIN)
Ivan DeJesus, OF, BOS (from BAL)
Adam Dunn, 1B, OAK (from CWS)
Kelly Johnson, 3B, BAL (from BOS)
Nolan Sanburn, P, CWS (from OAK)
Jemile Weeks, 2B, BOS (from BAL)

Closer Watch

Toronto Blue Jays - Casey Janssen was back in the closer's role for the Blue Jays on Sunday, and worked around a Jacoby Ellsbury double to preserve a 4-3 victory and earn his 20th save of the season. The 32-year-old reliever was happy close August on a high-note, finishing the month with an 0-2 record, two saves and a 7.08 ERA in 11 appearances. Brett Cecil and Aaron Sanchez also earned saves for Toronto while Janssen worked through his struggles, but Sunday's clean inning may have been the confidence booster Janssen needed to finish the season in the role.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – September 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Wright3BNYM @ MIA
1:10PM
H. Alvarez19931501.474.474.7371.211
R. Howard1BPHI @ ATL
1:10PM
J. Teheran12322203.250.250.7501.000
A. De AzaOFBAL vs MIN
1:35PM
P. Hughes13421102.308.308.615.923
J. HarrisonOFPIT @ STL
2:15PM
L. Lynn12521202.417.417.7501.167
S. MarteOFPIT @ STL
2:15PM
L. Lynn16730012.438.571.6881.259
R. MartinCPIT @ STL
2:15PM
L. Lynn16631324.375.444.6881.132
N. Walker2BPIT @ STL
2:15PM
L. Lynn28952664.321.429.6791.107
M. Carpenter3BSTL vs PIT
2:15PM
G. Cole10311210.300.364.600.964
C. GomezOFMIL @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Turner10321103.300.300.7001.000
C. SantanaCCLE vs DET
4:05PM
D. Price12530132.417.533.6671.200
M. Cabrera3BDET @ CLE
4:05PM
C. Kluber281553726.536.567.9291.495
N. Castellanos3BDET @ CLE
4:05PM
C. Kluber10410004.400.400.500.900
V. MartinezDHDET @ CLE
4:05PM
C. Kluber21822322.381.435.6671.101
R. Cano2BSEA @ OAK
4:05PM
J. Hammel311231516.387.394.548.942
C. BlackmonOFCOL vs SF
4:10PM
T. Hudson13510012.385.429.462.890
J. Morneau1BCOL vs SF
4:10PM
T. Hudson17521221.294.400.529.929
A. Amarista2BSD vs ARI
4:10PM
T. Cahill13621321.462.533.7691.303
H. PenceOFSF @ COL
4:10PM
F. Morales14621312.429.467.7141.181
J. WillinghamOFKC vs TEX
8:10PM
C. Lewis24874607.333.360.9581.318
J. Uribe3BLAD vs WAS
8:10PM
G. Gonzalez11311235.273.429.545.974
Hot Pitcher Matchups – September 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Zack WheelerNYM @ MIA
1:10PM
93163031027.172.252.206.459
Julio TeheranATL vs PHI
1:10PM
10523749318.219.247.378.625
Chris YoungSEA @ OAK
4:05PM
631354848.206.254.433.687
Gio GonzalezWAS @ LAD
8:10PM
8212117831.146.222.185.407
Cold Batter Matchups – September 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. DoumitCATL vs PHI
1:10PM
C. Hamels15320012.200.250.333.583
A. SimmonsSSATL vs PHI
1:10PM
C. Hamels14110011.071.133.143.276
B. UptonOFATL vs PHI
1:10PM
C. Hamels17000015.000.056.000.056
A. HechavarriaSSMIA vs NYM
1:10PM
Z. Wheeler14210003.143.143.214.357
G. Jones1BMIA vs NYM
1:10PM
Z. Wheeler12100002.083.083.083.167
M. OzunaOFMIA vs NYM
1:10PM
Z. Wheeler11100105.091.091.091.182
G. StantonOFMIA vs NYM
1:10PM
Z. Wheeler12100033.083.267.083.350
C. YelichOFMIA vs NYM
1:10PM
Z. Wheeler10100122.100.250.100.350
L. DudaOFNYM @ MIA
1:10PM
H. Alvarez18311204.167.167.333.500
C. GrandersonOFNYM @ MIA
1:10PM
H. Alvarez25410117.160.185.200.385
E. Young Jr.OFNYM @ MIA
1:10PM
H. Alvarez13210012.154.214.308.522
D. BrownOFPHI @ ATL
1:10PM
J. Teheran10100011.100.182.100.282
M. ByrdOFPHI @ ATL
1:10PM
J. Teheran14210115.143.200.286.486
C. RuizCPHI @ ATL
1:10PM
J. Teheran10200002.200.200.200.400
N. CruzOFBAL vs MIN
1:35PM
P. Hughes15331201.200.250.533.783
A. JonesOFBAL vs MIN
1:35PM
P. Hughes44842707.182.182.364.545
P. Alvarez3BPIT @ STL
2:15PM
L. Lynn30631748.200.286.367.652
A. McCutchenOFPIT @ STL
2:15PM
L. Lynn324201012.125.125.188.313
K. Wong2BSTL vs PIT
2:15PM
G. Cole10210001.200.200.300.500
M. BrantleyOFCLE vs DET
4:05PM
D. Price10100102.100.100.100.200
A. AvilaCDET @ CLE
4:05PM
C. Kluber17320335.176.300.294.594
T. HunterOFDET @ CLE
4:05PM
C. Kluber16310106.188.188.250.438
I. Kinsler2BDET @ CLE
4:05PM
C. Kluber13100113.077.143.077.220
C. CrispOFOAK vs SEA
4:05PM
C. Young12200003.167.167.167.333
M. MonteroCARI @ SD
4:10PM
T. Ross15200103.133.133.133.267
J. Rutledge2BCOL vs SF
4:10PM
T. Hudson10211102.200.200.500.700
M. MorseOFSF @ COL
4:10PM
F. Morales11110004.091.167.182.348
P. Sandoval3BSF @ COL
4:10PM
F. Morales16321135.188.316.438.753
D. Barney2BLAD vs WAS
8:10PM
G. Gonzalez11200002.182.182.182.364
A. Gonzalez1BLAD vs WAS
8:10PM
G. Gonzalez12200104.167.167.167.333
J. Turner2BLAD vs WAS
8:10PM
G. Gonzalez16200203.125.125.125.250
Cold Pitcher Matchups – September 1, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Lance LynnSTL vs PIT
2:15PM
20660266312444.291.370.495.864
Jason HammelOAK vs SEA
4:05PM
6219318510.306.352.381.733
Corey KluberCLE vs DET
4:05PM
1394214519934.302.349.475.824
Colby LewisTEX @ KC
8:10PM
812213714717.272.341.598.938
Recommended Pickup

Jordan Schafer, OF, MIN - Schafer extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two hits, an RBI, a run and stolen base during Sunday's loss to the Orioles. The stolen base was his 10th in 24 games with Minnesota since they claimed him off waivers from the Braves in early August, and he's hit .324/.400/.423 with five doubles, a triple, nine RBI and 12 runs scored during that span. Fantasy owners in need of steals should find room to add Schafer to their roster for the final four weeks of the season, as his contributions in the category could certainly make a difference in the standings.

Other Recent Recommendations:Wade Davis, Russell Martin, Drew Smyly, Eric O'Flaherty and Jorge Soler.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Kevin Gausman, BAL ($6,700)
C - Yadier Molina, STL ($3,200)
1B - Adam LaRoche, WAS ($3,800)
2B - Rougned Odor, TEX ($2,900)
3B - Josh Harrison, PIT ($3,800)
SS - Jose Ramirez, CLE ($3,300)
OF - Bryce Harper, WAS ($3,700)

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