Saturday Lineup Card: Happy Fourth of July

Saturday Lineup Card: Happy Fourth of July

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

Happy Fourth of July Everyone! Here's your Saturday lineup card.

Probable Pitchers (All Times Eastern)

SF (Madison Bumgarner - L) at WAS (Stephen Strasburg - R) 11:05 AM
TB (Nate Karns - R) at NYY (Michael Pineda - R) - 1:05 PM
TOR (R.A. Dickey - R) at DET (David Price - L) 1:08 PM
HOU (Collin McHugh - R) at BOS (Clay Buchholz - R) 1:35 PM
BAL (Chris Tillman - R) at CWS (Jeff Samardzija - R) 2:10 PM
SD (Odrisamer Despaigne - R) at STL (Carlos Martinez - R) 2:15 PM
CLE (Cody Anderson - R) at PIT (Jeff Locke - L) 4:05 PM
SEA (Felix Hernandez - R) at OAK (Kendall Graveman - R) 4:05 PM
MIA (Jarred Cosart - R) at CHC (Donn Roach - R) 7:15 PM
MIL (Jimmy Nelson - R) at CIN (Josh Smith - R) 7:15 PM
MIN (Mike Pelfrey - R) at KC (Joe Blanton - R) 7:15 PM
NYM (Matt Harvey - R) at LAD (Zack Greinke - R) 7:15 PM
PHI (Kevin Correia - R) at ATL (Alex Wood - L) 7:15 PM
LAA (COL - David Hale - R) at ARI (Patrick Corbin - L) 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: SF/WAS, TB/NYY, TOR/DET, HOU/BOS, BAL/CWS, SD/STL, SEA/OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Michael Cuddyer, OF NYM - (Knee) Feeling better Friday, and could be used as a pinch hitter.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, SD - (Ankle) Out of the lineup again Friday.
Sonny Gray, SP, OAK - (Illness) Could make his next start Tuesday in New York.
Colby Rasmus, OF, HOU - (Illness) Remained out of Friday's lineup.

Out

John Axford, RP, COL - (Personal) Rejoined the Rockies on Friday, but wasn't activated from the temporary inactive list.
Shane Robinson, OF, MIN - (Personal) Unlikely to return before Sunday at the earliest.

Players on the DL

Carl Crawford, OF, LAD - (Oblique) Hopes to rejoin the team prior to the All-Star break.
Jason Garcia, RP, BAL - (Shoulder) Will begin a rehab assignment Monday.
Dale Thayer, RP, SD - (Shoulder) Will make a rehab appearance with Double-A San Antonio on Saturday.
Delino DeShields Jr., OF, TEX - (Hamstring) "Close" to returning, but it likely won't come until next week.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK - (Neck) Dealing with kidney stones as well and is resting at home.
Kyle Blanks, 1B, TEX - (Achilles) Has not started a rehab assignment.
Jorge Soler, OF, CHC - (Ankle) Batted second and played right field for Triple-A Iowa on Friday.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL - (Quad) Increased the intensity of his running Friday.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX - (Shoulder) Threw a bullpen session Friday.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX - ( Back) Will start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB - (Oblique) Will get one more rehab start before returning to the Rays' rotation.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL - (Knee) Went 2-for-4 with a homer in a rehab game with High-A Frederick on Thursday.
Scott Feldman, SP, HOU - (Knee) Will make a rehab start Sunday with Double-A Corpus Christi.
Jake Marisnick, OF, HOU - (Hamstring) Expected to play nine innings Friday night before getting re-evaluated Saturday.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU - (Thumb) Taking grounders at shortstop and third base, but remains a few weeks from returning.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS - (Hamstring) - Increased his "ground-based activities" recently.
Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI - (Elbow) Will start Saturday against the Rockies.
Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK - Promising progress in his recovery from elbow surgery.
Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIN - (Ankle) Hoping to avoid surgery, but doesn't have a set course of treatment yet.
Yordano Ventura, SP, KC - (Arm) May make another rehab start.
Jason Vargas, SP, KC - (Hip) Unlikley to require a rehab start.
Mike Olt, 3B, CHC - (Wrist) Went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Triple-A Iowa on Friday.
Jerome Williams, SP, PHI - (Hamstring) Threw a bullpen session Friday.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET - Left Friday's game with an apparent leg injury.

Transactions

Placed on the DL

Blake Swihart, C, BOS - (Foot)
Collin Cowgill, OF, LAA - (Wrist), Transferred to 60-day DL.
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY - (Oblique)
Tim Hudson, SP, SF - (Shoulder)

Activated from the DL

Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
Aaron Hicks, OF, BOS
James Loney, 1B, TB

Called Up

Tommy Pham, OF, STL
Dan Straily, SP, HOU
Tyler Cravy, SP, MIL
David Goforth, RP, MIL
Ryan Tepera, RP, TOR
Gregorio Petit, SS, NYY
Ramon Flores, OF, NYY
Noe Ramirez, RP, BOS
Josh Osich, RP, SF
Felix Doubront, RP, TOR
Dusty Coleman, SS, KC

Sent Down

Jason Rogers, 1B, MIL
Mike Broadway, RP, BOS
Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, BOS
Tim Cooney, SP, STL
Cory Rasmus, RP, LAA
Matt Boyd, SP, TOR
Corey Knebel, RP, MIL
Preston Guilmet, RP, TB
Christian Colon, SS, KC
Taylor Dugas, RP, NYY
Bryan Holaday, C, DET
Zeke Spruill, RP, BOS (DFA'd)
Brett Bochy, RP, SF (DFA'd)
Todd Redmond, RP, TOR (DFA'd)
Brandon League, RP, LAD (DFA'd)
Tom Gorzelanny, RP, DET (DFA'd)
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, SF
Joba Chamberlain, RP, DET

Signed

Xavier Avery, OF, SF
Melvin Morel, RP, DET

Traded

Clayton Richard, SP, from PIT to CHC

Claimed

None

Closer Watch

Miami Marlins - Since taking over for Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos has been dominant in the closer role, converting 13 of his last 14 attempts while allowing just five runs over 37.2 innings on the season. He's also set down 46 via the strikeout and posting a 0.74 WHIP. Following Friday's shutout frame against the Cubs in which worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth, but didn't receive a save or a decision with the game going into extra innings.

Cleveland Indians - Cody Allen was dominant once again in Thursday's game against the Rays, setting down each of the three batters he faced with a strikeout to record his 15th save of the season. He flirted with the role in 2014, but didn't necessarily secure it and struggled through the first couple months of the 2015 campaign. However, he's turned the corner, and has now made 15 straight scoreless appearances for the Indians. While he may have been in danger of losing the role at some point, that's no longer the case.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – July 4, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. PoseyCSF @ WAS
11:05AM
S. Strasburg13510015.385.429.462.890
I. Kinsler2BDET vs TOR
1:08PM
R. Dickey13422510.308.357.7691.126
J. BautistaOFTOR @ DET
1:08PM
D. Price47157511610.319.400.6811.081
E. Encarnacion1BTOR @ DET
1:08PM
D. Price36833638.222.293.472.765
D. Valencia3BTOR @ DET
1:08PM
D. Price171230341.706.762.8821.644
M. CabreraOFCWS vs BAL
2:10PM
C. Tillman22731503.318.333.545.879
S. VogtCOAK vs SEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez12721210.583.6151.0001.615
C. Johnson3BATL vs PHI
7:15PM
K. Correia10420113.400.455.6001.055
K. Johnson3BATL vs PHI
7:15PM
K. Correia3010651036.333.394.8671.261
J. Uribe3BATL vs PHI
7:15PM
K. Correia20821111.400.429.6001.029
O. Infante2BKC vs MIN
7:15PM
M. Pelfrey391610331.410.465.462.927
T. HunterOFMIN @ KC
7:15PM
J. Blanton16422303.250.250.625.875
J. Mauer1BMIN @ KC
7:15PM
J. Blanton271131233.407.467.5931.059
B. RevereOFPHI @ ATL
7:15PM
A. Wood12600102.500.500.5001.000
A. Beltre3BTEX vs LAA
9:05PM
H. Santiago20753332.350.435.9001.335
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 4, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Madison BumgarnerSF @ WAS
11:05AM
8918615529.202.249.290.539
Clay BuchholzBOS vs HOU
1:35PM
7715414621.195.262.270.532
Felix HernandezSEA @ OAK
4:05PM
20044104141538.220.273.312.585
Zack GreinkeLAD vs NYM
7:15PM
117269415725.222.272.388.659
Patrick CorbinARI vs COL
10:10PM
8017512322.212.241.326.567
Cold Batter Matchups – July 4, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
T. MooreOFWAS vs SF
11:05AM
M. Bumgarner10000004.000.000.000.000
D. Uggla2BWAS vs SF
11:05AM
M. Bumgarner20110028.050.136.100.236
E. Longoria3BTB @ NYY
1:05PM
M. Pineda17100025.059.158.059.217
J. ReyesSSTOR @ DET
1:08PM
D. Price12200003.167.167.167.333
J. Altuve2BHOU @ BOS
1:35PM
C. Buchholz12100003.083.083.083.167
C. RasmusOFHOU @ BOS
1:35PM
C. Buchholz21300235.143.280.143.423
T. SniderOFBAL @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Samardzija11210104.182.182.273.455
S. FuldOFOAK vs SEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez22310016.136.174.182.356
J. ReddickOFOAK vs SEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez43720118.163.182.209.391
B. Zobrist2BOAK vs SEA
4:05PM
F. Hernandez344002611.118.244.118.362
C. GrandersonOFNYM @ LAD
7:15PM
Z. Greinke458513311.178.229.378.607
A. Rosales2BTEX vs LAA
9:05PM
H. Santiago12300103.250.250.250.500
N. Arenado3BCOL @ ARI
10:10PM
P. Corbin11210001.182.182.273.455
C. GonzalezOFCOL @ ARI
10:10PM
P. Corbin10200106.200.200.200.400
W. RosarioCCOL @ ARI
10:10PM
P. Corbin16311116.188.235.375.610
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 4, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
David PriceDET vs TOR
1:08PM
163461710251735.282.353.516.869
R.A. DickeyTOR @ DET
1:08PM
1043214591118.308.374.538.912
Kevin CorreiaPHI @ ATL
7:15PM
932912615712.312.360.573.933
Alex WoodATL vs PHI
7:15PM
7027308811.386.449.422.871
Mike PelfreyMIN @ KC
7:15PM
115428215710.365.414.498.912
Joe BlantonKC vs MIN
7:15PM
6122951139.361.391.6681.059
Wandy RodriguezTEX vs LAA
9:05PM
81208191410.247.363.364.727

Recommended Pickup

Alejandro De Aza, OF, BOS - Following a weak start to the 2015 season that saw him designated for assignment by the Orioles in early June, he's taken full advantage of a change of scenery in Boston. Since moving to Beantown, the 31-year-old outfielder has batted .338/.372/.662 with three home runs and 16 RBI, outpacing his totals from 30 games with the Orioles. He also rides an eight-game hitting streak into Friday night, keeping himself in a lineup on a daily basis. With Rusney Castillo failing to secure the position in his time with the club and the veteran Shane Victorino also doing little, De Aza may find himself in the lineup on a consistent basis, making him an interesting option in many formats.

Other Recent Recommendations:Cesar Hernandez, Mitch Moreland, Kendall Graveman, Michael Taylor, and Matt Cain

DraftKings Value Picks

P: Collin McHugh, HOU ($7,600)
C: Yan Gomes, CLE ($3,300)
1B: Mark Reynolds, STL ($2,800)
2B: Logan Forsythe, TB ($3,200)
3B: Nick Castellanos, DET ($3,200)
SS: Francisco Lindor, SF ($3,200)
OF: Gregory Polanco, PIT ($3,400)

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