Friday Lineup Card: Snag Jake Lamb

Friday Lineup Card: Snag Jake Lamb

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle – L) at Orioles (Bud Norris – R), 3:05
Astros (Collin McHugh – R) at Rangers (Derek Holland – L), 4:05
Tigers (Alfredo Simon – R) at Indians (Zach McAllister – R), 4:10
Cubs (Travis Wood – L) at Rockies (Tyler Matzek – L), 4:10
Twins (Tommy Milone – L) at White Sox (Hector Noesi – R), 4:10
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L) at Phillies (Jerome Williams – R), 7:05
Red Sox (Wade Miley – L) at Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi – R), 7:05
Cardinals (John Lackey – R) at Reds (Jason Marquis – R), 7:10
Rays (Erasmo Ramirez – R) at Marlins (Dan Haren – R), 7:10
Mets (Jon Niese – L) at Braves (Eric Stults – L), 7:35
Pirates (Jeff Locke – L) at Brewers (Mike Fiers – R), 8:10
Dodgers (Brett Anderson – L) at Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson – R), 9:40
Royals (Jason Vargas – L) at Angels (Hector Santiago – L), 10:05
Mariners (Taijuan Walker – R) at Athletics (Drew Pomeranz – L), 10:05
Giants (Tim Lincecum – R) at Padres (Brandon Morrow – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: TOR/BAL

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Ian Kennedy, SP, SD (Hamstring) – Removed from Thursday's game due to a strain.
Chris Herrmann, OF, MIN (Face) – Passed a concussion test and will likely be available to pinch hit on Friday.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (Groin) – Did not start on Thursday, but will likely be ready to play the field on Friday.
Odubel Herrera, 2B, PHI (Foot) – Did not play on Thursday.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (Back) – Missed Thursday's game.
Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIN (Elbow) – Flew back to Minnesota to have his elbow examined.

Players on the DL

Garrett Richards, SP, LAA (Knee) – Struck out 12 hitters in Thursday's rehab start and will likely be activated after one more rehab start.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS (Hamstring) – Could return to action next week.
Joe Kelly, SP, BOS (Biceps) – Will start Saturday against the Yankees.
Chris Stewart, C, PIT (Hamstring) – Began a rehab assignment on Thursday.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX (Back) – Was placed on the 60-day DL.
Jaff Decker, OF, PIT (Calf) – Started a rehab assignment on Thursday.
Chris Taylor, SS, SEA (Wrist) – Took part in hitting and fielding drills on Thursday.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN (Forearm) – Expected to pitch for Triple-A Louisville on Sunday with the expectation he'll be activated from the DL after.
Denard Span, OF, WAS (Abdomen) – Will continue rehab at the Nationals spring training complex.
Casey Janssen, RP, WAS (Shoulder) – Will continue rehab at the Nationals spring training complex.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS (Knee) – On target for a late-April return.
Chris Sale, SP, CHW (Foot) – Is completely healthy for his season-debut on Sunday.

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

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

Matt Harrison, SP, TEX (Back) – Moved to the 60-day DL.
Joe Nathan, RP, DET (Elbow)

Called Up

Blaine Hardy, RP, DET

Claimed

Alex Hassan, OF, TEX – (from OAK)

Signed (Minor league contract, unless otherwise noted)

Alexi Casilla, 2B, TB
Adam Reifer, RP, PHI
Scott Baker, SP, LAD
Jorge De Leon, RP, LAD
Freddy Garcia, SP, LAD
Matt Koch, C, LAA

Closer Watch

Cincinnati Reds – Premier closer Aroldis Chapman didn't get the save on Thursday afternoon, but he did bring home the victory as he came into a 2-2 tied ball game. Chapman threw 13 pitches, with 10 of them landing in the strike zone, as he struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning, while the Reds were kind enough to score the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Kansas City Royals – It only took 10 pitches for Greg Holland to secure his second save of the season, as he locked this one away for Edinson Volquez. With a third 45-plus save season in sight, Holland is arguably the best closer in the game.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – April 10, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Davis1BBAL vs TOR
3:05PM
M. Buehrle20622425.300.391.600.991
A. JonesOFBAL vs TOR
3:05PM
M. Buehrle311131533.355.412.516.928
D. YoungOFBAL vs TOR
3:05PM
M. Buehrle502164934.420.453.7001.153
D. NavarroCTOR @ BAL
3:05PM
B. Norris14521131.357.471.6431.113
D. StubbsOFCOL vs CHC
4:10PM
T. Wood12510105.417.417.5831.000
V. Martinez1BDET @ CLE
4:10PM
Z. McAllister18951713.500.526.8891.415
D. SantanaSSMIN @ CWS
4:10PM
H. Noesi14531303.357.357.7141.071
P. Sandoval3BBOS @ NYY
7:05PM
N. Eovaldi11841901.727.6671.2731.939
J. FrancoeurOFPHI vs WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez14531203.357.357.7141.071
B. RevereOFPHI vs WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez19810212.421.450.526.976
D. Ruf1BPHI vs WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez16632633.375.450.8131.263
G. SizemoreOFPHI vs WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez14730303.500.500.7861.286
M. ByrdOFCIN vs STL
7:10PM
J. Lackey271042817.370.379.6671.046
J. HeywardOFSTL @ CIN
7:10PM
J. Marquis10332203.300.3001.0001.300
M. Reynolds1BSTL @ CIN
7:10PM
J. Marquis16521333.313.421.563.984
J. JasoCTB @ MIA
7:10PM
D. Haren20633522.300.364.7501.114
K. Johnson3BATL vs NYM
7:35PM
J. Niese11410033.364.500.455.955
R. BraunOFMIL vs PIT
8:10PM
J. Locke17541203.294.294.647.941
C. GomezOFMIL vs PIT
8:10PM
J. Locke15521411.333.444.6001.044
J. LucroyCMIL vs PIT
8:10PM
J. Locke13621341.462.588.7691.357
A. McCutchenOFPIT @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Fiers14644902.429.4291.2861.714
N. Walker2BPIT @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Fiers13521103.385.385.6921.077
M. TrumboOFARI vs LAD
9:40PM
B. Anderson11311423.273.357.545.903
A. RiosOFKC @ LAA
10:05PM
H. Santiago11322413.273.333.8181.152
A. Pujols1BLAA vs KC
10:05PM
J. Vargas21641403.286.273.619.892
M. TroutOFLAA vs KC
10:05PM
J. Vargas15621120.400.471.6671.137
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 10, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Tommy MiloneMIN @ CWS
4:10PM
6316525212.254.277.386.663
Dan HarenMIA vs TB
7:10PM
86167512419.186.229.390.619
John LackeySTL @ CIN
7:10PM
89256312321.281.309.423.731
Hector SantiagoLAA vs KC
10:05PM
7815537622.192.259.324.583
Tim LincecumSF @ SD
10:10PM
23746121171977.194.257.259.517
Cold Batter Matchups – April 10, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. BautistaOFTOR @ BAL
3:05PM
B. Norris13100025.077.200.077.277
J. LowrieSSHOU @ TEX
4:05PM
D. Holland21410306.190.190.238.429
C. RasmusOFHOU @ TEX
4:05PM
D. Holland10221101.200.200.600.800
C. GonzalezOFCOL vs CHC
4:10PM
T. Wood10000004.000.000.000.000
T. FlowersCCWS vs MIN
4:10PM
T. Milone10111206.100.100.400.500
A. RamirezSSCWS vs MIN
4:10PM
T. Milone11100010.091.167.091.258
J. ShuckOFCWS vs MIN
4:10PM
T. Milone10100101.100.100.100.200
A. AvilaCDET @ CLE
4:10PM
Z. McAllister11100127.091.231.091.322
O. ArciaOFMIN @ CWS
4:10PM
H. Noesi10100011.100.250.100.350
B. Dozier2BMIN @ CWS
4:10PM
H. Noesi12211103.167.167.417.583
C. Headley3BNYY vs BOS
7:05PM
W. Miley17300234.176.300.176.476
R. Howard1BPHI vs WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez11000016.000.083.000.083
C. Utley2BPHI vs WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez17300311.176.222.176.399
B. Phillips2BCIN vs STL
7:10PM
J. Lackey12200004.167.231.167.397
A. CabreraSSTB @ MIA
7:10PM
D. Haren26200118.077.111.077.188
K. DavisOFMIL vs PIT
8:10PM
J. Locke10000014.000.091.000.091
A. Ramirez3BMIL vs PIT
8:10PM
J. Locke14221441.143.333.429.762
J. SeguraSSMIL vs PIT
8:10PM
J. Locke16211213.125.176.313.489
A. GordonOFKC @ LAA
10:05PM
H. Santiago11210013.182.250.273.523
M. JoyceOFLAA vs KC
10:05PM
J. Vargas10210003.200.200.300.500
Y. Alonso1BSD vs SF
10:10PM
T. Lincecum21200118.095.136.095.232
A. Amarista2BSD vs SF
10:10PM
T. Lincecum18200013.111.158.111.269
C. BarmesSSSD vs SF
10:10PM
T. Lincecum23311405.130.130.261.391
W. VenableOFSD vs SF
10:10PM
T. Lincecum5612302220.214.241.286.527
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 10, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Bud NorrisBAL vs TOR
3:05PM
85255141010.294.381.379.760
Mark BuehrleTOR @ BAL
3:05PM
1465718924915.390.430.6331.063
Zach McAllisterCLE vs DET
4:10PM
953212215725.337.379.505.885
Hector NoesiCWS vs MIN
4:10PM
1083311515215.306.325.499.823
Jason MarquisCIN vs STL
7:10PM
872311613915.264.341.534.875
Jon NieseNYM @ ATL
7:35PM
1284110414720.320.356.458.813
Recommended Pickup

Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI – It's extremely early in the season, but Lamb offers some intriguing season-long value for owners. Take comfort in knowing that Lamb's hot start to the season is preceded by three seasons of excellent minor league play, where he slashed .321/.406/.553 over 920 at-bats. There may be 158 games left in the season, but you don't want to be the guy that says, "I could've had Jake Lamb!" If Lamb is there for you, make room for him on your roster. Don't wait too long – one of your leaguemates just might beat you to him.

Other Recent Recommendations:Joe Panik, Daniel Norris, Jason Grilli

DraftKings Value Picks

SP: Nathan Eovaldi, NYY ($6,600)
C: Travis d'Arnaud, NYM ($3,800)
1B: Eric Hosmer, KC ($4,000)
2B: Dan Uggla, WAS ($3,300)
SS: Zack Cozart, CIN ($3,300)
3B: Jake Lamb, ARI ($4,100)
OF: Angel Pagan, SF ($4,000)

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