This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.Projected Starters - A look at Sunday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R) at Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka – R) 1:05
Orioles (Chris Tillman – R) at Blue Jays (Scott Copeland – R), 1:07
Rays (Alex Colome – R) at Indians (Cody Anderson – R), 1:10
Marlins (David Phelps – R) at Reds (Michael Lorenzen – R), 1:10
Pirates (Charlie Morton – R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L), 1:35
Cardinals (Michael Wacha – R) at Phillies (Adam Morgan – L), 1:35
Rangers (Yovani Gallardo – R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana – L), 2:10
Red Sox (Wade Miley – L) at Royals (Chris Young – R), 2:10
Cubs (Jake Arrieta – R) at Twins (Kyle Gibson – R), 2:10
Angels (Garrett Richards – R) at Athletics (Scott Kazmir – L), 4:05
Astros (Vincent Velasquez – R) at Mariners (J.A. Happ – L), 4:10
Brewers (Matt Garza – R) at Rockies (Chris Rusin – L), 4:10
Padres (Andrew Cashner – R) at Diamondbacks (Jeremy Hellickson – R) 4:10
Mets (Matt Harvey – R) at Braves (Julio Teheran – R), 5:05
Giants (Tim Lincecum – R) at Dodgers (Brett Anderson – L), 8:00
Day Game After Night Game: DET/NYY, TB/CLE, MIA/CIN, BOS/KC, LAA//OAK, HOU/SEA, SD/ARI, NYM/ATL
Mason Williams, OF, NYY – (Shoulder) Will likely miss Sunday's game; results from MRI were negative.
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, TB – (Groin) Left Saturday's game; could miss next start.
Blake Swihart, C, BOS – (Foot) Missed Saturday's game; status for Sunday is uncertain.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS – (Leg) Left Saturday's game and left the stadium in a walking boot.
Jeurys Familia, RP, NYM – (Groin) Expected to miss Sunday's game after cramping Friday.
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM – (Elbow) Will be available in emergency situations Sunday after diagnosis of injury Saturday.
Norichika Aoki, OF, SF – (Leg) Left Saturday's game and is doubtful for Sunday with contusion.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU – (Hamstring) Missed third game Saturday; status for Sunday is uncertain.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL – (Wrist) Remained out of the lineup Saturday; status for Sunday is uncertain.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT – (Illness) Missed fourth straight game Saturday.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL – (Hip) Has missed seven out of last 10 games; DL stint becoming more likely.
Players on the DL
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS – (Neck) Threw a bullpen session Saturday; could return this week.
Michael Morin, RP, LAA – (Oblique) Will begin rehab assignment Sunday; will make at least four appearances before returning.
Tim Beckham, SS, TB – (Hamstring) Could start rehab assignment Monday.
Dylan Bundy, SP, BAL – (Shoulder) Suffering from inflammation and will undergo additional testing.
Matt Moore, SP, TB – (Elbow) Will throw 90 pitches in rehab start Sunday and should return before the All-Star break.
Chris Narveson, RP, MIA – (Elbow) Made his third rehab start Saturday.
Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.
Placed on the DL
Jason Garcia, RP, BAL – (Shoulder) Transferred to 60-day DL.
Matt Buschmann, RP, OAK
Joe Patterson, RP, CIN
Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Toronto Blue Jays – Four of Brett Cecil's last five outings have been far more adventurous than fantasy owners – and Blue Jays fans – would have hoped. Credited with just one blown save since reclaiming the closer role in Toronto, the 28-year-old left hander has nevertheless allowed six earned runs through his five most recent innings pitched. He has already once relinquished ninth-inning duties this season and could be subject to removal again if manager John Gibbons does not see rapid improvement. The Blue Jays are rumored to be interested in bolstering their collection of relief pitchers – possibly by acquiring Francisco Rodriguez – which could limit Cecil's save chances moving forward. Whether or not Toronto goes outside the organization to add bullpen depth, the grip he has on the closer's role looks much more tenuous.
Career Matchup Stats
|J. Bautista||OF||TOR vs BAL|
|J. Donaldson||3B||TOR vs BAL|
|R. Goins||2B||TOR vs BAL|
|K. Pillar||OF||TOR vs BAL|
|J. Reyes||SS||TOR vs BAL|
|W. Ramos||C||WAS vs PIT|
|A. LaRoche||1B||CWS vs TEX|
|J. Reddick||OF||OAK vs LAA|
|P. Goldschmidt||1B||ARI vs SD|
|C. Gonzalez||OF||COL vs MIL|
|C. Carter||DH||HOU @ SEA|
|L. Duda||1B||NYM @ ATL|
|C. Granderson||OF||NYM @ ATL|
|Y. Puig||OF||LAD vs SF|
|J. Maxwell||OF||SF @ LAD|
|B. Posey||C||SF @ LAD|
Career Matchup Stats
Career Matchup Stats
|S. Drew||SS||NYY vs DET|
|G. Jones||1B||NYY vs DET|
|C. Young||OF||NYY vs DET|
|J. Smoak||1B||TOR vs BAL|
|A. McCutchen||OF||PIT @ WAS|
|D. Uggla||2B||WAS vs PIT|
|B. Butler||1B||OAK vs LAA|
|A. Hill||2B||ARI vs SD|
|C. Owings||SS||ARI vs SD|
|C. Pennington||SS||ARI vs SD|
|C. Rasmus||OF||HOU @ SEA|
|W. Middlebrooks||3B||SD @ ARI|
|T. d'Arnaud||C||NYM @ ATL|
|J. Lagares||OF||NYM @ ATL|
|R. Tejada||SS||NYM @ ATL|
|A. Ellis||C||LAD vs SF|
|Y. Grandal||C||LAD vs SF|
|J. Rollins||SS||LAD vs SF|
|A. Pagan||OF||SF @ LAD|
Brock Holt, UTIL, BOS – The versatility of this 27-year-old has made him a popular stopgap for fantasy owners to plug into their lineups in place of injured stars. Rarely viewed as a permanent fixture, perhaps it is time to find him a more regular spot. In the last two weeks, Holt has reached base in nearly half his at-bats, going 18-for-50 with 10 runs, nine walks, a home run, a stolen base and four RBIs over that stretch. At that rate, Holt is on pace for 120 runs, 12 homers, 12 steals, 108 walks and a .458 OBP over 600 at-bats. Eligible at shortstop, that line would easily make him one of the five or six most valuable players at that position. The Swiss army knife is one flex option that should be rostered in more than just the 21 percent of leagues in which he currently owned.
Draft Kings Value Picks
SP: Vincent Velasquez, HOU ($4,700)
C: Kyle Schwarber, CHC ($3,500)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, LAD ($3,800)
2B: Ian Kinsler, DET ($3,800)
SS: Elvis Andrus, TEX ($3,500)
3B: Joey Gallo, TEX ($3,600)
OF: Cameron Maybin, ATL ($3,800)