The Lineup Card: Can You Say Eovaldi?

The Lineup Card: Can You Say Eovaldi?

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Sunday's Starters
Royals (Luke Hochevar - R) at Indians (Zach McAllister - R), 1:05
Yankees (Phil Hughes - R) at Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez - R), 1:07
Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi - R), 1:10
Red Sox (Zach Stewart - R) at Orioles (Joe Saunders - L), 1:35
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez - L), 1:35
Mets (Jenry Mejia - R) at Braves (Kris Medlen - R), 1:35
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R) at Twins (Liam Hendriks - R), 2:10
Astros (Jordan Lyles - R) at Brewers (Mike Fiers - R), 2:10
Rays (David Price - L) at White Sox (Jose Quintana - L), 2:10
Nationals (Ross Detwiler - L) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R), 2:15
Angels (Zack Grienke - R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 3:05
Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez - R) at Athletics (Tommy Milone - L), 4:05
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Padres (Edinson Volquez - R), 4:05
Cubs (Chris Rusin - L) at Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R), 4:10
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa - L) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett - R), 4:10

Day Game After Night Game:
BOS/BAL, CIN/PIT, KC/CLE, HOU/MIL, NYM/ATL, PHI/MIA, WAS/STL, CHC/ARZ, SF/SD, COL/LAD

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Bryan Holaday, C, DET -- (Personal) Left team to attend child's birth.
Max Scherzer, P, DET -- (Shoulder) Played catch without any pain Saturday, and hopes to start Wednesday for Tigers.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC -- (Shoulder) Missed second straight game when he was left out of Saturday's lineup.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC -- (Shoulder) May return this season from slight tear in rotator cuff.
Eduardo Escobar, SS, MIN -- (Elbow) Left Friday's game after being hit by pitch, but X-rays afterward were negative.
Mark Teixeria, 1B, NYY -- (Calf) Is on track to return Monday.
Jayson Nix, 2B, NYY -- (Hip) Went back to New York to get MRI.
Brett Anderson, P, OAK -- (Oblique) Not on track to pitch again in the regular season.
Yu Darvish, P, TEX -- (Neck) Cleared to start Sunday.
Ricky Romero, P, TOR -- (Knee) Left Saturday's game with discomfort after three innings.
Michael Bourn, OF, ATL -- (Thumb) Didn't start Saturday, but may return before the end of the season.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARZ -- (Back) Was not in Saturday's starting lineup, but could return before the end of the season.
Tyler Colvin, OF, COL -- (Elbow) Was scratched from Saturday's start because.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL -- (Hamstring) Ran Friday, but isn't considered ready to return the lineup.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL -- (Wrist) Will need to wear brace for the next two weeks.
Fernando Abad, P, HOU -- (Oblique) Will not pitch again this season.
Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD -- (Illness) Returned to the lineup Friday, but didn't start Saturday.
Wily Peralta, P, MIL -- (Biceps) Will not pitch again this season.
Tyler Cloyd, P, PHI -- (Arm) Is being shut down for the season.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI -- (Toe) Brake will cause him to miss the rest of the season.
Ryan Freese, 3B, STL -- (Ankle) Hopes to be in starting lineup Sunday.

Disabled List
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL -- (Groin) Played five innings of instructional ball Saturday.
Juan Nicasio, P, COL -- (Knee) Reports to the instructional league Monday.
Michael Stutes, P, PHI -- (Shoulder) Started throwing program, and will throw off the mound in the next couple of weeks.

Transactions

Place on Disabled List
Oliver Drake, P, BAL (placed on 60-day disabled list)

Claims
Steve Pearce, 1B (from NYY to BAL)

Closer Watch
Astros -- The last time before Friday that Astro's closer Wilton Lopez gave up a run was September 2, and he got six saves while only walking one batter, which turns out to have been an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, in 10.1 innings pitched. Even though Lopez's shutout streak was broken Friday, he still earned a save after giving up two runs because his team gave him a three-run lead coming into the ninth. Lopez should be picked up by any team still in contention that could use a couple more saves before the season ends, and he happens to still be available in 81 percent of all Yahoo! leagues.

Mets -- Bobby Parnell earned his second save in two games since being called upon again to be the Mets closer when Frank Francisco went down. This time even more impressive than last as it only took seven pitches to get three Braves out, including one strikeout. The Mets are one of Major League Baseball's hotter teams at the moment having won seven out of their last ten games after Friday's prefomance, making Parnell worth a look in any fantasy league where he is still available off the wire.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Shin-Soo Choo - OFCLE vs KC
9/30 1:05 PM
Luke Hochevar13-23.5653710241.130.6001.730
Jack Hannahan - 3BCLE vs KC
9/30 1:05 PM
Luke Hochevar6-11.545255011.364.5451.909
Matt LaPorta - 1BCLE vs KC
9/30 1:05 PM
Luke Hochevar4-14.28623313.786.3331.119
Miguel Cairo - 3BCIN @ PIT
9/30 1:35 PM
Wandy Rodriguez5-14.35712124.643.4711.113
Andrew McCutchen - OFPIT vs CIN
9/30 1:35 PM
Johnny Cueto8-28.28635423.679.3331.012
Paul Konerko - 1BCWS vs TB
9/30 2:10 PM
David Price7-15.46712501.733.4671.200
Alex Rios - OFCWS vs TB
9/30 2:10 PM
David Price7-14.500256241.214.5631.777
Adrian Gonzalez - 1BLAD vs COL
9/30 4:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa9-26.346358410.769.4331.203
Matt Kemp - OFLAD vs COL
9/30 4:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa9-21.42925513.857.4351.292
Nick Punto - 2BLAD vs COL
9/30 4:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa5-11.45501010.545.5001.045
Hanley Ramirez - SSLAD vs COL
9/30 4:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa5-13.38503244.615.5291.145
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Zack GreinkeLAA @ TEX
9/30 3:05 PM
Rangers Batters25-118.212247535.277.246.523
Tim LincecumSF @ SD
9/30 4:05 PM
Padres Batters21-96.2191671033.310.296.606

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Adam Lind - 1BTOR vs NYY
9/30 1:07 PM
Phil Hughes4-22.182132110.409.217.626
John Buck - CMIA vs PHI
9/30 1:10 PM
Cole Hamels2-12.16722404.667.167.833
Jay Bruce - OFCIN @ PIT
9/30 1:35 PM
Wandy Rodriguez1-26.038000013.038.038.077
Drew Stubbs - OFCIN @ PIT
9/30 1:35 PM
Wandy Rodriguez3-19.15811149.316.304.620
Gordon Beckham - 2BCWS vs TB
9/30 2:10 PM
David Price1-15.06700013.067.176.243
Josh Hamilton - OFTEX vs LAA
9/30 3:05 PM
Zack Greinke0-16.00000017.000.059.059
Ian Kinsler - 2BTEX vs LAA
9/30 3:05 PM
Zack Greinke3-18.16711107.333.167.500
Mike Napoli - CTEX vs LAA
9/30 3:05 PM
Zack Greinke2-11.18211205.455.182.636
Michael Young - 3BTEX vs LAA
9/30 3:05 PM
Zack Greinke8-30.26700217.267.290.557
Chase Headley - 3BSD vs SF
9/30 4:05 PM
Tim Lincecum7-24.29213418.500.333.833
Cameron Maybin - OFSD vs SF
9/30 4:05 PM
Tim Lincecum3-16.18800026.188.278.465
Will Venable - OFSD vs SF
9/30 4:05 PM
Tim Lincecum7-28.250020110.357.276.633
Hunter Pence - OFSF @ SD
9/30 4:05 PM
Edinson Volquez3-18.16712128.389.250.639
Andre Ethier - OFLAD vs COL
9/30 4:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa1-11.09100105.091.091.182
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Luke HochevarKC @ Cle
9/30 1:05 PM
Indians Batters44-134.328719271222.571.383.954
David PriceTB @ CWS
9/30 2:10 PM
White Sox Batters27-89.3033911615.484.369.853
Jorge De La RosaCOL @ LAD
9/30 4:10 PM
Dodgers Batters40-126.317616171533.549.392.941
 

Recommended Pickup
Nathan Eovaldi, P, MIA -- With a record of only four wins to go along with 12 losses, Eovaldi hasn't been much of a fantasy option thus far at first for the Dodgers and now the Marlins. Most people that aren't in deep dynasty leagues probably have stayed away from 22-year-old Texan who only has a below-average 5.6 K/9 ratio in 2012. Why Eovaldi is getting the recommendation for his start against the Philles on Sunday is because his last two appearances, both against the Braves, were two of his best starts of the season. The first was an eight inning shutout, and the other was a six inning, eight strikeout game where he did give up two runs. While Eovaldi's record indicates he is not the odds on favorite to come out with a win against the Phillies, he has been on a hot streak, and could benefit a fantasy team looking to take a chance on him continuing to pitch well.

Other Recent Recommendations:Darin Ruf, Drew Smyly, Chris Tilman, Brett Gardner, and Jorge De La Rosa

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C -- Joe Mauer, MIN ($7,022)
1B -- Chris Davis, BAL ($7,654)
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SS -- J.J. Hardy, BAL ($4,981)
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SP -- Tommy Milone, OAK ($11,158)
SP -- Josh Beckett, LAD ($9,782)
RP -- Chris Perez, CLE ($2,113)
P -- Nathan Eovaldi, MIA ($7,877)

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