Saturday Lineup Card: A Koji Pair Of Sox

Saturday Lineup Card: A Koji Pair Of Sox

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

Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R) at Nationals (Dan Haren - R), 12:05 PM
Rays (Alex Colome - R) at Yankees (CC Sabathia - L), 1:05 PM
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R) at Blue Jays (Chien-Ming Wang - R), 1:07 PM
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Royals (Wade Davis - R), 2:10 PM
Astros (Bud Norris - R) at Cubs (Travis Wood - L), 4:05 PM
Marlins (Jacob Turner - R) at Giants (Barry Zito - L), 4:05 PM
Mets (Dillon Gee - R) at Phillies (Jonathan Pettibone - R), 4:05 PM
Braves (Tim Hudson - R) at Brewers (Donovan Hand - R), 4:10 PM
Red Sox (Allen Webster - R) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 7:15 PM
Reds (Mike Leake - R) at Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L), 7:15 PM
Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R) at Padres (Edinson Volquez - R), 7:15 PM
Twins (P.J. Walters - R) at Indians (Corey Kluber - R), 7:15 PM
Rangers (Martin Perez - L) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 7:15 PM
Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L) at Angels (Jerome Williams - R), 10:05 PM
Athletics (Dan Straily - R) at Mariners (Aaron Harang - R), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: COL/WAS, TB/NYY, BAL/TOR, CHW/KC, MIA/SF, NYM/PHI, ATL/MIL

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL (Personal) - Activated from paternity list on Friday and was in the lineup.
Roger Bernadina, OF, WAS (Eye) - Not in the starting lineup on Friday.
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI (Hip) - Expects to make next start on Tuesday.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF (Finger) - Still out of the lineup on Friday.
Chad Gaudin, SP, SF (Elbow) - X-rays were negative on elbow and he hopes to make his next start on Tuesday.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL (Personal) - Activated from paternity list on Friday.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (Wrist) - Will not start any games this weekend against the Pirates.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET (Hamstring) - Has soreness in the same hamstring that sent him to the DL earlier in the season.
Boone Logan, RP, NYY (Hand) - Took a line drive off the hand on Friday. He should be alright after a few days.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (Shoulder) - Still could avoid the disabled list. Not in the lineup on Friday.
Nick Swisher, OF, CLE (Shoulder) - Not a lock to return to the lineup on Saturday.

Players on the DL
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (Hand) - Will visit hand specialist Monday and hopes to return to baseball activities.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA (Shoulder) - Will throw about 85 pitches in rehab start at Double-A on Saturday.
Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL (Elbow) - Has yet to resume throwing since setback.
Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL (Groin) - Will throw to hitters on Friday.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE (Quad) - Took batting practice and fielded grounders on Friday. Could return to the lineup late next week.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL (Oblique) - Will throw simulated game on Monday then make minor league rehab start next Saturday.
Jeanmar Gomez, SP, PIT (Forearm) - Appears set to start against the Mariners on Wednesday.
J.A. Happ, SP, TOR (Head) - Hoping to return by the All-Star break.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (Knee) - Will likely begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with High-A Potomac.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI (Hand) - Will stay at Triple-A to rehab rather than play this weekend against the Reds.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (Hamstring) - Ran the bases on Friday and could go on short rehab assignment next week.
Jon Niese, SP, NYM (Shoulder) - Has a partially torn rotator cuff but surgery is not recommended yet.
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX (Shoulder) - Threw from flat ground on Thursday and could begin rehab assignment early next week.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (Hamstring) - Carted off from a rehab assignment in Triple-A Friday after re-injuring hamstring.
Chris Perez, RP, CLE (Shoulder) - Will throw simulated game at Double-A and a rehab appearance and could re-join the Indians next week.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL (Hamstring) - Scheduled to begin minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A on Tuesday.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (Hip) - Took BP, did agility drills, and ran in the outfield on Thursday.
David Ross, C, BOS (Concussion) - Will be shut down until exam in early July.
Joakim Soria, RP, TEX (Elbow) - Could return just after the All-Star break.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT (Oblique) - Will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A on Friday.
Scott Van Slyke, OF, LAD (Shoulder) - Will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A on Friday.

Placed on the DL
Trevor Crowe, OF, HOU
Jon Niese, SP, NYM
Steve Pearce, OF, BAL
Ramiro Pena, SS, ATL
Matt Tuiasosopo, OF, DET
Jason Vargas, SP, LAA

Activated from the DL
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI

Called Up
Al Alburquerque, RP, DET
Billy Buckner, SP, LAA
Greg Burke, RP, NYM
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL
Avisail Garcia, OF, DET
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B, NYY
Paul Janish, SS, ATL
Marc Krauss, OF, HOU
Brian Omogrosso, RP, CHW
Tony Sanchez, C, PIT
Zeke Spruill, SP, ARI

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Brandon Cumpton, SP, PIT
Josh Lindblom, SP, TEX
Michael Martinez, SS, PHI
Josh Prince, OF, MIL

Designated for Assignment
Reid Brignac, SS, NYY
Logan Kensing, RP, TEX
Ross Seaton, RP, HOU
Jose Valverde, RP, DET
Josh Wilson, SS, ARI

Traded
Yoshinori Tateyama, RP, NYY (from TEX)

Closer Watch

Red Sox: The game on Thursday against the Tigers was the last straw for manager John Farrell as Andrew Bailey blew his third save in the last 10 days and the Red Sox will look to someone else to close for now. Koji Uehara is expected to see the first save chance on Friday but he is not set as the closer necessarily. Other candidates are Junichi Tazawa and Andrew Miller is a dark-horse for the spot. Bailey could take the job back later in the season but for now it looks to be a somewhat open competition. Uehara has a 2.10 ERA this season after posting a 1.75 mark last season with the Rangers. He has 15 career saves compared to Tazawa having one and Miller not having any. Keep close watch on this situation in the coming days to see if a definite closer is decided.

Tigers: The Tigers made a definite statement on Friday by designating closer Jose Valverde for assignment and basically naming Joaquin Benoit the closer going forward. Benoit has been the best performer in the bullpen for the Tigers this season with a 1.80 ERA and four saves in 29 appearances. Phil Coke and Octavio Dotel could be candidates to take save chances as well and there is a threat that the team could make a move to acquire a top-tier closer at the July 31 trade deadline to use in a playoff push.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Carlos Gonzalez - OFCOL @ WAS
6/22 12:05 PM
Dan Haren7-18.389354321.000.4761.476
Evan Longoria - 3BTB @ NYY
6/22 1:05 PM
CC Sabathia14-39.359589103.821.5001.321
Sean Rodriguez - SSTB @ NYY
6/22 1:05 PM
CC Sabathia9-28.32113335.500.406.906
Nick Markakis - OFBAL @ TOR
6/22 1:07 PM
Chien-Ming Wang8-19.42114320.737.5001.237
Paul Konerko - 1BCWS @ KC
6/22 2:10 PM
Wade Davis4-13.30802022.462.400.862
Starlin Castro - SSCHC vs HOU
6/22 4:05 PM
Bud Norris7-19.36813302.632.350.982
Alfonso Soriano - OFCHC vs HOU
6/22 4:05 PM
Bud Norris6-17.35323232.765.4501.215
Placido Polanco - 3BMIA @ SF
6/22 4:05 PM
Barry Zito12-19.63201110.684.6671.351
David Ortiz - DHBOS @ DET
6/22 7:15 PM
Max Scherzer6-10.600235211.300.6671.967
Dustin Pedroia - 2BBOS @ DET
6/22 7:15 PM
Max Scherzer3-10.30022501.900.3001.200
Mark Ellis - 2BLAD @ SD
6/22 7:15 PM
Edinson Volquez6-19.31612343.526.435.961
Andre Ethier - OFLAD @ SD
6/22 7:15 PM
Edinson Volquez6-15.40003432.600.5001.100
Skip Schumaker - 2BLAD @ SD
6/22 7:15 PM
Edinson Volquez4-13.30803151.538.5001.038
Carlos Quentin - OFSD vs LAD
6/22 7:15 PM
Zack Greinke6-24.25033424.625.357.982
Alberto Callaspo - 3BLAA vs PIT
6/22 10:05 PM
Francisco Liriano5-19.26312242.474.391.865
Howie Kendrick - 2BLAA vs PIT
6/22 10:05 PM
Francisco Liriano7-14.50013115.929.5331.462
Mark Trumbo - OFLAA vs PIT
6/22 10:05 PM
Francisco Liriano3-11.27322525.818.3851.203
Chris Young - OFOAK @ SEA
6/22 10:10 PM
Aaron Harang6-22.27333525.682.3331.015
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Dan HarenWAS vs COL
6/22 12:05 PM
Rockies Batters21-102.20661111524.442.251.692
Wade DavisKC vs CWS
6/22 2:10 PM
White Sox Batters9-61.148142611.265.223.488
Tim HudsonATL @ MIL
6/22 4:10 PM
Brewers Batters15-67.224156313.346.269.615

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Michael Cuddyer - OFCOL @ WAS
6/22 12:05 PM
Dan Haren4-27.148112110.259.179.438
Todd Helton - 1BCOL @ WAS
6/22 12:05 PM
Dan Haren4-23.17412304.348.174.522
Yorvit Torrealba - CCOL @ WAS
6/22 12:05 PM
Dan Haren3-21.14302105.238.182.420
Adam LaRoche - 1BWAS vs COL
6/22 12:05 PM
Jhoulys Chacin2-10.20000104.200.182.382
Jose Molina - CTB @ NYY
6/22 1:05 PM
CC Sabathia0-14.00000112.000.067.067
Luke Scott - DHTB @ NYY
6/22 1:05 PM
CC Sabathia2-11.18211326.455.308.762
Gordon Beckham - 2BCWS @ KC
6/22 2:10 PM
Wade Davis0-12.00000111.000.071.071
Alex Rios - OFCWS @ KC
6/22 2:10 PM
Wade Davis0-13.00000002.000.000.000
Alex Gordon - OFKC vs CWS
6/22 2:10 PM
Jose Quintana2-11.18200103.182.182.364
Darwin Barney - 2BCHC vs HOU
6/22 4:05 PM
Bud Norris1-14.07100001.071.133.205
Jose Altuve - 2BHOU @ CHC
6/22 4:05 PM
Travis Wood2-11.18211102.455.182.636
Rickie Weeks - 2BMIL vs ATL
6/22 4:10 PM
Tim Hudson4-24.16713235.417.259.676
A.J. Ellis - CLAD @ SD
6/22 7:15 PM
Edinson Volquez1-10.10000143.100.357.457
Hanley Ramirez - SSLAD @ SD
6/22 7:15 PM
Edinson Volquez3-16.18801114.250.222.472
Josh Hamilton - OFLAA vs PIT
6/22 10:05 PM
Francisco Liriano2-12.16700014.167.231.397
Albert Pujols - 1BLAA vs PIT
6/22 10:05 PM
Francisco Liriano1-13.07701211.154.143.297
Seth Smith - OFOAK @ SEA
6/22 10:10 PM
Aaron Harang2-12.16701110.250.231.481
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Jose QuintanaCWS @ KC
6/22 2:10 PM
Royals Batters21-67.313469914.533.395.928
Edinson VolquezSD vs LAD
6/22 7:15 PM
Dodgers Batters27-96.281211132218.433.418.851
Max ScherzerDET vs Bos
6/22 7:15 PM
Red Sox Batters21-62.3396817618.693.3971.090
 

Recommended Pickup

Koji Uehara, RP, BOS - The Red Sox have a very unstable closing situation currently with the change away from Andrew Bailey, but with the team's offensive success this year, there is value in the closer who will have plenty of save opportunities. Uehara will be given the first shot at the closing job but Junichi Tazawa is a very capable option as is Andrew Miller. Uehara has the most experience of the group and the longest track record as a successful late-inning option. He does not have a lightning fastball, but uses movement on his pitches to much success. He has a nice splitter that sits about nine mph slower than his fastball but he only induces groundballs at a rate of 31.8 percent this season. He has a solid 12.9 SO/9 rate and has only walked seven this year. Uehara tends to pound the strike zone and this may be a reason the Red Sox feel he is the safer bet for the short-term to get the job done quickly. Because he has the first chance at saves, he has the opportunity to grab the job and will have plenty of save chances for a productive offensive unit in Boston, but be wary this job is very much up in the air for the time being.

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