Tuesday Lineup Card: Power Plouffe Play

Tuesday Lineup Card: Power Plouffe Play

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

Marlins (Mat Latos – R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R), 7:05
Reds (Mike Lorenzen – R) at Pirates (Jeff Locke – L), 7:05
Yankees (Michael Pineda – R) at Blue Jays (Marco Estrada – R), 7:07
Orioles (Bud Norris – R) at Mets (Bartolo Colon – R), 7:10
Rays (Drew Smyly – L) at Red Sox (Rick Porcello – R), 7:10
Phillies (Chad Billingsley – R) at Braves (Shelby Miller – R), 7:10
Tigers (Shane Greene – R) at White Sox (Jeff Samardzija – R), 8:10
Indians (Danny Salazar – R) at Royals (Jason Vargas – L), 8:10
Dodgers (Zack Greinke – R) at Brewers (Matt Garza – R), 8:10
Athletics (Jesse Chavez – R) at Twins (Trevor May – R), 8:10
Rangers (Wandy Rodriguez – L) at Astros (Scott Feldman – R), 8:10
Cubs (Kyle Hendricks – R) at Cardinals (Tyler Lyons – L), 8:15
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter – R) at Rockies (Tyler Matzek – L), 8:40
Mariners (James Paxton – L) at Angels (Garrett Richards – R), 10:05
Padres (Andrew Cashner – R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS (shoulder) – Won't go Tuesday; could end up on DL
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (head) – Expected back in Tuesday's lineup
Leonys Martin, OF, TEX (wrist) – Injured Monday, but X-rays negative
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN (finger) – Might need to sit out Tuesday
Jason Hammel, SP, CHC (finger) – Will make scheduled start Friday
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (back) – Couldn't go Monday
Chris Denorfia, OF, CHC (hamstring) – Left Monday's game, headed for DL

Players on the DL

Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS (knee/oblique) – Has oblique strain; out with no timetable
Hunter Pence, OF, SF (forearm) – Taking BP; decision on next step coming Friday
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL (toe) – Has been working out despite injury; still weeks away
Alex Cobb, SP, TB (forearm) – Had a setback; shut down
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL (shoulder) – Felt good after first rehab game Monday; two more on tap
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI (foot) – Having walking boot removed Tuesday; could be within a week
Christian Yelich, OF, MIA (back) – Playing rehab games; expected to be activated Thursday
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL (hand) – Heading for Tuesday activation
Adam Ottavino, RP, COL (elbow) – Will likely need Tommy John surgery
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (hip) – Sounds like a minimum-time absence on tap
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX (shoulder) – Made extended-spring debut Monday
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE (knee) – Expected to come off the DL Tuesday
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) – Not expected back until next week at best
Casey Fien, RP, MIN (shoulder) – Starting a throwing program Thursday
Casey Janssen, RP, WAS (shoulder) – Starting rehab assignment Thursday
Eric O'Flaherty, RP, OAK (shoulder) – No structural damage; shut down until pain recedes
Neil Ramirez, RP, CHC (shoulder) – Should start throwing bullpens soon

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

Called Up

Mark Lowe, RP, SEA
Joe Beimel, RP, SEA
Carlos Perez, C, LAA
Spencer Patton, RP, TEX
Eddie Rosario, OF, MIN
Luis Jimenez, 3B, BOS
Austin Hedges, C, SD
Steve Delabar, RP, TOR
Chad Jenkins, RP, TOR
Chris Taylor, SS, SEA

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Matt West, RP, LAD
Tyler Holt, OF, CLE
Severino Gonzalez, SP, PHI
Roman Mendez, RP, TEX
Dalier Hinojosa, RP, BOS
Miguel Castro, RP, TOR
Scott Copeland, RP, TOR
Tyler Olson, RP, SEA
Yoervis Medina, RP, SEA

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

Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (hip)
Austin Jackson, OF, SEA (ankle)

Designated For Assignment

Mike Kickham, RP, SEA
Drew Butera, C, LAA
Wil Nieves, C, SD

Traded

Matt West, RP, LAD (from TOR)

Closer Watch

Rockies -- With Adam Ottavino seemingly headed for Tommy John surgery, the Rockies' season-long closing job is now John Axford's to lose. Axford's collected saves in all three of his chances and hasn't given up a run yet, but he'll need to stay sharp to hold off fellow veteran Rafael Betancourt, who's been terrific in his own right. That means Axford will need to keep a tight rein on his control, as extra baserunners will come back to kill you in Colorado.

Blue Jays -- Brett Cecil collected his second save of the year Monday, needing just 10 pitches to cruise through a perfect ninth against the Yankees. The longer he goes without struggling, the longer Cecil's leash will be, but his inconsistent results means that Roberto Osuna should still be on fantasy owners' radar.

Nationals -- Tanner Roark swooped in for an unexpected save Monday – he worked around a hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning – but it was only because Drew Storen had pitched Saturday and Sunday. There's no changing of the guard happening here, but the potential for more saves down the line (not to mention the upside of a starting gig) gives Roark added value.

Cardinals -- Seth Maness gave up a solo homer en route to his second save of the season Monday, but this is a near-twin of the Nats' situation, as Trevor Rosenthal had pitched in three straight games. In the event of a Rosenthal injury, there would presumably be a closing platoon between Maness and southpaw Kevin Siegrist. But Rosenthal's healthy and has been one of the top closers in the game this year.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 5, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Z. CozartSSCIN @ PIT
7:05PM
J. Locke11321231.273.429.6361.065
T. Frazier3BCIN @ PIT
7:05PM
J. Locke15621221.400.471.6671.137
M. OzunaOFMIA @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg16731514.438.471.8131.283
G. StantonOFMIA @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg30129310510.400.486.9001.386
C. BeltranOFNYY @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Estrada13322323.231.333.6921.026
B. McCannCNYY @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Estrada11500101.455.455.455.909
J. GomesOFATL vs PHI
7:10PM
C. Billingsley11611402.545.500.8181.318
C. Davis1BBAL @ NYM
7:10PM
B. Colon10421334.400.538.8001.338
D. DeJesusDHTB @ BOS
7:10PM
R. Porcello22820322.364.440.500.940
J. Loney1BTB @ BOS
7:10PM
R. Porcello13510110.385.429.462.890
M. Aviles2BCLE @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas14421321.286.375.571.946
E. Hosmer1BKC vs CLE
8:10PM
D. Salazar12641201.500.5001.0001.500
H. Kendrick2BLAD @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza12721202.583.583.9171.500
A. Lind1BMIL vs LAD
8:10PM
Z. Greinke11311114.273.333.545.879
P. Fielder1BTEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Feldman11321512.273.333.636.970
C. GonzalezOFCOL vs ARI
8:40PM
J. Collmenter15542323.333.444.8671.311
N. HundleyCCOL vs ARI
8:40PM
J. Collmenter14621321.429.500.7141.214
T. TulowitzkiSSCOL vs ARI
8:40PM
J. Collmenter20641422.300.364.600.964
D. Freese3BLAA vs SEA
10:05PM
J. Paxton14532324.357.438.8571.295
R. Cano2BSEA @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards11320012.273.333.545.879
A. Amarista2BSD @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong12411323.333.400.583.983
M. KempOFSD @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong321241745.375.444.5941.038
W. VenableOFSD @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong231010004.435.435.478.913
B. Belt1BSF vs SD
10:15PM
A. Cashner12411204.333.308.583.891
B. PoseyCSF vs SD
10:15PM
A. Cashner17932420.529.579.9411.520
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 5, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Mat LatosMIA @ WAS
7:05PM
102216271620.206.312.295.607
Michael PinedaNYY @ TOR
7:07PM
6114415413.230.274.320.594
Jason VargasKC vs CLE
8:10PM
15735111121025.223.284.313.597
Scott FeldmanHOU vs TEX
8:10PM
1262882131021.222.286.318.604
Danny SalazarCLE @ KC
8:10PM
88208216319.227.250.360.611
James PaxtonSEA @ LAA
10:05PM
9016736722.178.246.320.566
Cold Batter Matchups – May 5, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. BruceOFCIN @ PIT
7:05PM
J. Locke15220402.133.125.267.392
B. Phillips2BCIN @ PIT
7:05PM
J. Locke11100023.091.231.091.322
A. HechavarriaSSMIA @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg23310217.130.167.217.384
D. Solano2BMIA @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg19310223.158.273.211.483
D. Uggla2BWAS vs MIA
7:05PM
M. Latos16210125.125.222.188.410
J. WerthOFWAS vs MIA
7:05PM
M. Latos15100234.067.222.067.289
J. BautistaOFTOR vs NYY
7:07PM
M. Pineda17211217.118.167.294.461
C. MaybinOFATL vs PHI
7:10PM
C. Billingsley13200003.154.214.154.368
C. RuizCPHI @ ATL
7:10PM
S. Miller10220211.200.273.400.673
E. Longoria3BTB @ BOS
7:10PM
R. Porcello14200224.143.250.143.393
D. MurphyOFCLE @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas24200025.083.185.083.269
R. RaburnOFCLE @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas22320004.136.136.227.364
J. MartinezOFDET @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Samardzija10210301.200.200.400.600
C. RasmusOFHOU vs TEX
8:10PM
W. Rodriguez12000013.000.077.000.077
A. GordonOFKC vs CLE
8:10PM
D. Salazar15300118.200.235.200.435
O. Infante2BKC vs CLE
8:10PM
D. Salazar12110213.083.154.167.321
S. PerezCKC vs CLE
8:10PM
D. Salazar16320402.188.188.313.500
J. RollinsSSLAD @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza23400021.174.240.174.414
A. Beltre3BTEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Feldman31621533.194.278.323.600
S. ChooOFTEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Feldman21410136.190.308.238.546
D. LeMahieu2BCOL vs ARI
8:40PM
J. Collmenter10000002.000.000.000.000
J. Morneau1BCOL vs ARI
8:40PM
J. Collmenter11100001.091.091.091.182
E. AybarSSLAA vs SEA
10:05PM
J. Paxton11100011.091.167.091.258
K. CalhounOFLAA vs SEA
10:05PM
J. Paxton15410004.267.267.333.600
C. IannettaCLAA vs SEA
10:05PM
J. Paxton10000014.000.167.000.167
A. Pujols1BLAA vs SEA
10:05PM
J. Paxton14221202.143.143.429.571
M. TroutOFLAA vs SEA
10:05PM
J. Paxton13210015.154.214.231.445
N. CruzOFSEA @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards11210101.182.182.273.455
B. MillerSSSEA @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards11200003.182.182.182.364
Y. Alonso1BSD @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong11200211.182.231.182.413
C. BarmesSSSD @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong13210110.154.313.231.543
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 5, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Bartolo ColonNYM vs BAL
7:10PM
72254110818.347.421.438.859
Andrew CashnerSD @ SF
10:15PM
8732848618.368.405.558.963
Ryan VogelsongSF vs SD
10:15PM
14646142201130.315.370.455.825

Recommended Pickup
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN -- It looks like the good version of Plouffe is back again, as the 29-year-old has emerged from a slow start into one of the game's hottest hitters over the last couple weeks or so. In his last 16 games, Plouffe has gone 22-for-64 (.344) with four of his five homers and a respectable 7:13 BB:K. Third base has been a mixed bag for fantasy purposes so far this year, with precious few at the position offering well-rounded production, so Plouffe certainly has some mixed-league relevance to owners dealing with injury or ineffectiveness at the hot corner.

Other Recent Recommendations:Blake Swihart, Andre Ethier, Odubel Herrera, Kevin Pillar, Luis Valbuena

DraftKings Value Picks

SP: Drew Smyly, TB ($7,800)
C: Blake Swihart, BOS ($3,200)
1B: Lucas Duda, NYM ($4,000)
2B: Devon Travis, TOR ($3,600)
3B: Pedro Alvarez, PIT ($3,700)
SS: Ian Desmond, WAS ($3,900)
OF: Nori Aoki, SF ($3,400)

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