Friday Lineup Card: Underrated Davis

Friday Lineup Card: Underrated Davis

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

Reds (Alfredo Simon – R) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija – R), 2:20
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison – R) at Indians (Justin Masterson – R), 7:05
Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton – R), 7:05
Cardinals (Michael Wacha – R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L), 7:05
Angels (Jered Weaver – R) at Tigers (Drew Smyly – L), 7:08
Braves (Aaron Harang – R) at Mets (Jon Niese – L), 7:10
Orioles (Chris Tillman – R) at Red Sox (John Lackey – R), 7:10
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda – R) at Rays (Erik Bedard – L), 7:10
Mariners (Chris Young – R) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi – R), 7:10
White Sox (Felipe Paulino – R) at Rangers (Martin Perez – L), 8:05
Twins (Ricky Nolasco – R) at Royals (Jason Vargas – L), 8:10
Phillies (Jonathan Pettibone – R) at Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R), 8:40
Astros (Jarred Cosart – R) at Athletics (Sonny Gray – R), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke – R), 10:10
Giants (Matt Cain – R) at Padres (Tyson Ross – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Buster Posey, C, SF – (Shoulder) Took a foul ball off the shoulder and may be rested on Friday.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC – (Groin) Suffered a strain during Wednesday's game and missed Thursday's action.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF – (Knee) Missed Thursday's game due to a minor knee injury colliding into the wall, but may return Friday.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT – (Head) Available only as a bench option on Thursday, but could return to action fully on Friday.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD – (Biceps) Likely to miss the DL, but may miss a couple of more days of action.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF – (Hamstring) Missed Thursday's game and may miss Friday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD – (Hand) Expects to return to the lineup on Friday after missing Thursday's game.
Adam Lind, OF, TOR – (Back) Might avoid the DL after lower back stiffness and missed doubleheader on Thursday.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS – (Shoulder) Threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and will be available to pitch Friday.

Players on the DL

Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS – (Calf) Starting a rehab assignment next week, but could be pushed back a bit due to the flu and high fever.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS – (Hamstring) Expected to return to the lineup next Thursday.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL – (Knee) Ran the bases on Thursday and is expected to incorporate sliding on Friday.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL – (Neck) Started baseball activity, which included hitting off a tee.
David Robertson, RP, NYY – (Groin) – Threw 25 pitches during a bullpen session and felt good in the process.
Doug Fister, SP, WAS – (Back) Experienced no discomfort in an extended spring training game on Thursday and could return as soon as May 7.
Brett Anderson, SP, COL – (Finger) Will miss the next four-to-six weeks after undergoing surgery on his broken index finger.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY – (Hamstring) Played in an extended spring training game on Thursday, with an expectation of being activated next week.
Jason Bartlett, SS, MIN – (Ankle) Started a rehab assignment on Thursday after being pushed back originally last week.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD – (Back) No target date as of yet, but threw a bullpen session on Thursday mixing up his arsenal of pitches.
Joe Kelly, SP, STL – (Hamstring) Placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX – (Back) Set to make at least one more rehab start, possibly two, at Double-A Frisco.
Casey Janssen, SP, TOR – (Back) Temporarily shut down for a few days due to lower back stiffness.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR – (Hamstring) Expected to be activated on Saturday after serving one additional day on the DL due to inclement weather on Friday.
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL – (Shoulder) Will make a second rehab start on Friday after struggling in his first rehab start on Monday.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS – (Hamstring) Starting rehab assignment on Friday or Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, RP, PHI – (Shoulder) On the 60-day DL and is expected to throw from the mound soon.

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

Activated from the DL

Stephen Pryor, RP, SEA

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

Joe Kelly, SP, STL – (Hamstring)
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC – (Groin)

Paternity List

Lyle Overbay, 1B, MIL

Restricted List

Ji-Man Choi, 1B, SEA

Called Up

Anthony Gose, OF, TOR
Elian Herrera, 3B, MIL
Zach Putnam, RP, CHW
Jorge Rondon, RP, STL
Eduardo Nunez, SS, MIN
Eric Fornataro, RP, STL
Raul Valdes, RP, HOU

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Keith Butler, RP, STL
Shane Greene, SP, NYY
Zach Rosscup, RP, CHC
Kevin Chapman, RP, HOU

Designated for Assignment

Donnie Veal, RP, CHW

Closer Watch

New York Yankees - Adam Warren picked up just his second save of his career on Thursday, allowing a walk to Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena before setting down the side. Warren will continue to be in the mix for saves while closer David Robertson is laid up on the DL, although look for Shawn Kelley to be the first out of the bullpen in the ninth until Robertson returns next week from a groin injury.

Seattle Mariners - With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday, the Rangers rallied for two unearned runs off closer Fernando Rodney. It was Rodney's first blown save of the season, as he gave up a hit and a walk after retiring the first two batters in the inning. Rodney is expected to bounce back after the Mariners' defense failed him, with no real threat looming to steal his gig as closer.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – April 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
T. Frazier3BCIN @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija16632243.375.500.8131.313
R. BraunOFMIL @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton15731532.467.556.8001.356
J. TabataOFPIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse301441422.467.500.7001.200
N. Walker2BPIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse271051878.370.500.6671.167
J. PeraltaSSSTL @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez14321243.214.368.500.868
J. BautistaOFTOR @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson17632556.353.500.7651.265
M. CabreraOFTOR @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson241231230.500.556.7081.264
M. Cabrera3BDET vs LAA
7:08PM
J. Weaver21641433.286.375.571.946
T. HunterOFDET vs LAA
7:08PM
J. Weaver12322201.250.250.7501.000
I. Kinsler2BDET vs LAA
7:08PM
J. Weaver8219831169.232.284.402.687
F. Freeman1BATL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese27942603.333.333.630.963
J. HeywardOFATL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese24942825.375.444.7081.153
A. SimmonsSSATL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese10410010.400.455.500.955
D. Uggla2BATL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese30940368.300.417.467.883
J. UptonOFATL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese15810221.533.588.6001.188
C. Davis1BBAL @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey321152638.344.400.6251.025
A. JonesOFBAL @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey4510436113.222.234.467.701
M. Napoli1BBOS vs BAL
7:10PM
C. Tillman15520137.333.444.467.911
D. Murphy2BNYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang14651503.429.429.9291.357
R. TejadaSSNYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang12620012.500.571.6671.238
D. Wright3BNYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang241151746.458.517.7501.267
A. SorianoOFNYY @ TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard14741331.500.556.9291.484
I. SuzukiOFNYY @ TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard15621141.400.526.7331.260
M. JoyceOFTB vs NYY
7:10PM
H. Kuroda14533313.357.4001.0001.400
B. Zobrist2BTB vs NYY
7:10PM
H. Kuroda12552432.417.5331.2501.783
J. MauerCMIN @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas21910621.429.478.476.954
E. NunezSSMIN @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas12520300.417.417.6671.083
M. MonteroCARI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke16521216.313.389.563.951
A. Gonzalez1BLAD vs ARI
10:10PM
W. Miley13431324.308.400.6921.092
M. KempOFLAD vs ARI
10:10PM
W. Miley15522313.333.375.7331.108
Y. PuigOFLAD vs ARI
10:10PM
W. Miley10400123.400.500.400.900
H. RamirezSSLAD vs ARI
10:10PM
W. Miley17521311.294.333.529.863
S. Van SlykeOFLAD vs ARI
10:10PM
W. Miley11442320.364.4621.0911.552
X. NadyOFSD vs SF
10:10PM
M. Cain17620212.353.389.471.859
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Chris TillmanBAL @ BOS
7:10PM
1352910291631.215.296.321.617
Zack GreinkeLAD vs ARI
10:10PM
13731936638.226.268.331.599
Matt CainSF @ SD
10:10PM
17438173131443.218.279.354.632
Cold Batter Matchups – April 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. BernadinaOFCIN @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija12200103.167.167.167.333
B. Phillips2BCIN @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija29600306.207.207.207.414
J. LucroyCMIL @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton12100013.083.154.083.237
J. SeguraSSMIL @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton12300001.250.250.250.500
R. Weeks2BMIL @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton14100202.071.125.071.196
P. Alvarez3BPIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse288414110.286.310.500.810
G. Sanchez1BPIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse11211422.182.308.455.762
P. BourjosOFSTL @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez13200004.154.154.154.308
E. Encarnacion1BTOR @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson14210133.143.333.214.548
C. RasmusOFTOR @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson10110012.100.182.200.382
A. AvilaCDET vs LAA
7:08PM
J. Weaver10100003.100.100.100.200
R. DavisOFDET vs LAA
7:08PM
J. Weaver21540004.238.238.429.667
A. JacksonOFDET vs LAA
7:08PM
J. Weaver13210026.154.267.231.497
N. CruzOFBAL @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey318215111.258.303.387.690
J. HardySSBAL @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey20300035.150.261.150.411
M. WietersCBAL @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey32600206.188.188.188.375
M. CarpOFBOS vs BAL
7:10PM
C. Tillman14200112.143.200.143.343
D. NavaOFBOS vs BAL
7:10PM
C. Tillman20420047.200.333.300.633
D. OrtizDHBOS vs BAL
7:10PM
C. Tillman19200045.105.261.105.366
A. PierzynskiCBOS vs BAL
7:10PM
C. Tillman12210100.167.167.250.417
G. Dobbs1BMIA vs SEA
7:10PM
C. Young18420006.222.263.333.596
L. DudaOFNYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang12211234.167.333.417.750
D. JeterSSNYY @ TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard326102210.188.278.250.528
W. BloomquistSSSEA @ MIA
7:10PM
N. Eovaldi11000001.000.000.000.000
J. Loney1BTB vs NYY
7:10PM
H. Kuroda12110201.083.083.167.250
J. KubelOFMIN @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas10211124.200.333.500.833
T. Plouffe3BMIN @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas16331312.188.235.500.735
K. SuzukiCMIN @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas29500134.172.250.172.422
T. CampanaOFARI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke10200006.200.200.200.400
E. Chavez3BARI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke14100004.071.071.071.143
A. Hill2BARI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke30831103.267.290.433.724
C. PenningtonSSARI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke11000033.000.214.000.214
M. Prado3BARI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke18410205.222.222.278.500
A. EthierOFLAD vs ARI
10:10PM
W. Miley16400203.250.294.250.544
E. CabreraSSSD vs SF
10:10PM
M. Cain15410105.267.267.333.600
S. SmithOFSD vs SF
10:10PM
M. Cain26210222.077.167.115.282
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Kyle LohseMIL @ PIT
7:05PM
18557205291435.308.353.488.841
Jon NieseNYM vs ATL
7:10PM
15050174251631.333.402.507.910
Aaron HarangATL @ NYM
7:10PM
8432153161418.381.471.6221.093
Hiroki KurodaNYY @ TB
7:10PM
972614616818.268.321.564.885
Erik BedardTB vs NYY
7:10PM
93288371118.301.384.486.870
Jason VargasKC vs MIN
8:10PM
11232103171313.286.356.452.808
Wade MileyARI @ LAD
10:10PM
1153414618923.296.352.529.882

Recommended Pickup

Rajai Davis, OF, DET – Davis is known for his speed, but not his on-base abilities, as evidenced by his .317 career OBP. While he has battled for at-bats and hit the DL too many times in the past, Davis has a clear path to 500 at-bats with Detroit as long as he can stay healthy. His batting average has been hovering around .300 since the start of the season, and he's already snatched five stolen bases to begin the year. Davis has a fantastic chance of being among the league leaders in stolen bases yet again and should already be owned in deeper leagues, but if he's sitting there in shallower leagues, he's worth grabbing for the speed.

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