Monday Lineup Card: Dealin' Derek

Monday Lineup Card: Dealin' Derek

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

KC (Danny Duffy - L) at CLE (Carlos Carrasco - L) 7:05 PM
BAL (Wei-Yin Chen - L) at NYY (Michael Pineda - R) 7:05 PM
SEA (James Paxton - L) at TOR (J.A. Happ - L) 7:07 PM
CWS (Chris Bassitt - R) at DET (Kyle Lobstein - L) 7:08 PM
PIT (Francisco Liriano - L) at ATL (Aaron Harang - R) 7:10 PM
HOU (Nick Tropeano - R) at TEX (Derek Holland - L) 8:05 PM
STL (Adam Wainwright - R) at CHC (Travis Wood - L) 8:05 PM
ARI (Josh Collmenter - R) at MIN (Ricky Nolasco - R) 8:10 PM
LAA (C.J. Wilson - L) at OAK (Jeff Samardzija - R) 10:05 PM
SF (Jake Peavy - R) at LAD (Dan Haren - R) 10:10 PM
COL (Tyler Matzek - L) at SD (Eric Stults - L) 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Alex Avila, C, DET (head) – Competed in a simulated game and took batting practice Sunday, but a decision regarding his status won't be made until Monday.
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY (elbow) – Didn't start Saturday or Sunday, but the Yankees encouraged him to wait until after the season to undergo elbow surgery.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS (neck) – Left Sunday's game with neck stiffness but is expected to play Tuesday.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL (illness) – Missed his second straight game Sunday.
Danny Duffy, P, KC (shoulder) – Threw a bullpen session Friday and will start Monday at Cleveland.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL (illness) – Hasn't started a game for nearly two weeks and remains without a clear timetable for a return.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (ribs) – Missed his fifth straight game Sunday with rib inflammation.
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL (thumb) – Is unable to grip a bat due to swelling and missed his third straight start Sunday.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR (back) – Missed his second straight game Sunday due to a sore back.
Nick Markakis, OF, BAL (shoulder) – Missed his fourth straight game Sunday and is expected to get all the rest he needs to get healthy for the postseason.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS (foot, finger) – Missed his fourth straight start Sunday and may not return to the lineup until Tuesday.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (back) – Isn't expected to be available for the upcoming three-game series against the Dodgers.
Steve Pearce, 1B, BAL (wrist) – Was held out of Sunday's game as a precaution despite believing he could play.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD (shoulder) – Played catch for the second time Sunday, but will need to get through a bullpen session free of additional inflammation to make another regular season start.
Matt Shoemaker, P, LAA (oblique) – Uncertain to make another regular season start, but expects to be ready for the postseason.
Jordan Zimmermann, P, WAS (shoulder) – Will be re-evaluated after being hit by a line drive during Saturday's game.

Out

Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT (foot) – Won't be available if the Pirates advance to the play-in game, but there's a chance he could return for the NLDS.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL (illness) – Pneumonia will likely end his season.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC (ankle) – Expected to miss the rest of the season.
Michael Choice, OF, TEX (hamstring) – Will miss the rest of the season.
Craig Gentry, OF, OAK (concussion) – His recovery isn't going as expected and is in danger of missing the rest of the season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY (hamstring) – Hopes to return before the end of the regular season.
Brock Holt, 2B, BOS (head) – Hasn't played since Sep. 5, is tentatively scheduled for an exam Tuesday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (knee) – Will likely miss the remainder of the season.
Mat Latos, P, CIN (elbow) – Won't make another start in 2014.
Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA (ankle) – Was seen in a walking boot after Sunday's game and is expected to miss a few weeks.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (wrist) – Underwent season-ending surgery last Thursday.
Glen Perkins, P, MIN (arm) – Was shut down for the season with a forearm strain and nerve irritation in his elbow.
Alex Rios, OF, TEX (thumb) – Has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI (hamstring) – Uncertain if he will play again this season.
Tyson Ross, P, SD (elbow) – Played catch Friday, but still has forearm soreness and is unlikely to make another start this season.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (head) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (shoulder) – Was shut down for the remainder of the season, but will not require surgery.

Players on the DL

Homer Bailey, P, CIN (elbow) – Will not pitch again this season after undergoing flexor mass tendon surgery Friday.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD (hip) – Will not pitch again this season.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD (hamstring) – Doubtful to return to the Padres prior to Sep. 24.
Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR (finger) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
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.
Yu Darvish, P, TEX (elbow) – Will not pitch again this season.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI (hand) – Will not need surgery, but is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (knee) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
John Jaso, C, OAK (concussion) – Met with a concussion specialist recently, but there's a possibility he might not return this season.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (back) – Is not expected to resume playing anytime soon.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI (elbow) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (knee) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
Anibal Sanchez, P, DET (chest) – Threw a simulated game Sunday in hopes for a possible return next week, but it could be as a reliever.
George Springer, OF, HOU (quadriceps) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
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 batting practice Tuesday, but a return to the Reds' lineup is uncertain.

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

Called Up

None

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

None

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

Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY (60-day DL)

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

None

Designated for Assignment

Chaz Roe, P, NYY

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Pittsburgh Pirates - Pirates closer Mark Melancon was unavailable Sunday after pitching in three straight games, so left-hander Tony Watson got the call to protect a 1-0 lead against the Brewers after starter Vance Worley pitched eight shut-out innings. Watson gave up two hits to start the inning and also hit a batter, but he didn't allow a run to nail down his first save of the season. Melancon should be back in the closer's role for the Pirates should a save opportunity arise on Monday.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – September 22, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. SantanaCCLE vs KC
7:05PM
D. Duffy16621201.375.375.6881.063
B. ButlerDHKC @ CLE
7:05PM
C. Carrasco17722413.412.444.7651.209
C. Hart1BSEA @ TOR
7:07PM
J. Happ211071242.476.560.9051.465
B. UptonOFATL vs PIT
7:10PM
F. Liriano20730224.350.391.500.891
R. MartinCPIT @ ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang17820220.471.526.5881.115
W. CastilloCCHC vs STL
8:05PM
A. Wainwright17630303.353.333.529.863
L. Valbuena3BCHC vs STL
8:05PM
A. Wainwright20851212.400.429.7501.179
M. Carpenter3BSTL @ CHC
8:05PM
T. Wood28832434.286.344.536.879
M. HollidayOFSTL @ CHC
8:05PM
T. Wood3713848210.351.400.7841.184
J. JayOFSTL @ CHC
8:05PM
T. Wood291230531.414.469.517.986
Y. MolinaCSTL @ CHC
8:05PM
T. Wood3514731206.400.389.7711.160
A. Pujols1BLAA @ OAK
10:05PM
J. Samardzija16743950.438.5911.0631.653
J. Donaldson3BOAK vs LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson26642453.231.355.538.893
J. GomesOFOAK vs LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson22731364.318.464.5451.010
C. BlackmonOFCOL @ SD
10:10PM
E. Stults20721301.350.350.550.900
D. LeMahieu2BCOL @ SD
10:10PM
E. Stults21920102.429.429.5711.000
W. RosarioCCOL @ SD
10:10PM
E. Stults15532502.333.333.8001.133
P. Sandoval3BSF @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren15520012.333.375.533.908
Hot Pitcher Matchups – September 22, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C.J. WilsonLAA @ OAK
10:05PM
26358165303246.221.313.325.638
Jake PeavySF @ LAD
10:10PM
143287416836.196.247.302.549
Cold Batter Matchups – September 22, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Cano2BSEA @ TOR
7:07PM
J. Happ20421204.200.238.400.638
G. LairdCATL vs PIT
7:10PM
F. Liriano15310036.200.333.267.600
M. Ellis2BSTL @ CHC
8:05PM
T. Wood16310111.188.235.250.485
A. Callaspo3BOAK vs LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson29610012.207.233.241.475
C. CrispOFOAK vs LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson40731559.175.283.300.583
N. Freiman1BOAK vs LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson16310123.188.278.250.528
D. NorrisCOAK vs LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson26521515.192.222.346.568
J. ReddickOFOAK vs LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson21300135.143.250.143.393
A. EthierOFLAD vs SF
10:10PM
J. Peavy345004311.147.211.147.358
H. RamirezSSLAD vs SF
10:10PM
J. Peavy20310105.150.150.200.350
H. PenceOFSF @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren16100113.063.118.063.180
Cold Pitcher Matchups – September 22, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J.A. HappTOR vs SEA
7:07PM
10636176171114.340.408.6081.016
Aaron HarangATL vs PIT
7:10PM
10332811179.311.357.415.773
Travis WoodCHC vs STL
8:05PM
206662810371732.320.376.551.928
Adam WainwrightSTL @ CHC
8:05PM
1033113310521.301.330.486.816
Ricky NolascoMIN vs ARI
8:10PM
80269114113.325.340.464.804
Jeff SamardzijaOAK vs LAA
10:05PM
802212720516.275.322.627.950
Eric StultsSD vs COL
10:10PM
993310412513.333.359.502.861
Recommended Pickup

Derek Holland, P, TEX - Holland didn't make his 2014 debut until Sep. 2 after his recovery from offseason knee surgery took a bit longer than expected, but he's been brilliant through four starts for the Rangers thus far. The 27-year-old left-hander is 1-0 with a 0.99 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and a 22:3 K:BB over 27.1 innings. Holland is scheduled for two home starts during the final week of the regular season, drawing the Astros on Monday and the A's on Saturday. The match up against Oakland may look intimidating, as the team tries to secure a Wild Card spot in the playoffs, but the A's have the fourth-worst batting average (.236) against left-handers this season, making Holland an excellent two-start pitcher for the week ahead.

Other Recent Recommendations:Clay Buchholz, David Freese, Wilmer Flores, Rusney Castillo and A.J. Pollock.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Josh Collmenter, ARI ($6,900)
C - Derek Norris, OAK ($3,300)
1B - Eric Hosmer, KC ($3,600)
2B - Rougned Odor, TEX ($3,100)
3B - Jedd Gyorko, SD ($3,300)
SS - Elvis Andrus, TEX ($3,500)
OF - Ender Inciarte, ARI ($3,700)

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