Tuesday Lineup Card: Cheer Rios

Tuesday Lineup Card: Cheer Rios

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

Mets (Jacob deGrom – R) at Nationals (Joe Ross – R), 7:05
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen – L) at Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi – R), 7:05
Rays (Nathan Karns – R) at Phillies (Aaron Nola – R), 7:05
Mariners (Taijuan Walker – R) at Tigers (Shane Greene – R), 7:08
Dodgers (Brett Anderson – L) at Braves (Alex Wood – L), 7:10
Cubs (Jason Hammel – R) at Reds (Raisel Iglesias – R), 7:10
Pirates (Gerrit Cole – R) at Royals (Jason Vargas – L), 8:10
Cardinals (Michael Wacha – R), at White Sox (Carlos Rodon – L), 8:10
Indians (Danny Salazar – R) at Brewers (Matt Garza – R), 8:10
Red Sox (Brian Johnson – L) at Astros (Vincent Velasquez – R), 8:10
Rangers (Matt Harrison – L) at Rockies (Kyle Kendrick – R), 8:40
Marlins (Mat Latos – R) at Diamondbacks (Jeremy Hellickson – R), 9:40
Twins (Kyle Gibson – R) at Angels (Matt Shoemaker – R), 10:05
Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle – L) at Athletics (Kendall Graveman – R), 10:05
Giants (Chris Heston – R) at Padres (Odrisamer Despaigne – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Justin Upton, OF, SD (oblique) – Could miss multiple games, but expected to avoid DL
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI (elbow) – Has soreness, but believes it's minor
Yasmani Grandal, C, LAD (head) – Needs two more days off
Mat Latos, SP, MIA (foot) – Will start Tuesday
Francisco Cervelli, C, PIT (undisclosed) – May have injured hand Monday
Michael Cuddyer, OF, NYM (knee) – Out Monday; has a bone bruise

Players on the DL

Brandon Morrow, SP, SD (shoulder) – Will start rehab games in Triple-A this weekend
Norichika Aoki, OF, SF (leg) – Could return from DL as soon as Friday
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (oblique) – Will be activated Tuesday
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL (concussion/neck) – Still plans to return this year
Tim Lincecum, SP, SF (forearm/hip) – Received cortisone shots for hip issue
Tony Cingrani, P, CIN (shoulder) – Will be activated Wednesday and start in doubleheader
Aaron Sanchez, RP, TOR (back) – Will be used in bullpen when he returns
Rafael Montero, SP, NYM (shoulder) – Three scoreless in rookie-level rehab game Monday
Cory Spangenberg, 2B, SD (knee) – Improving, but still no timeline for return
Nate Jones, RP, CHW (elbow) – Moved rehab assignment to Triple-A
Josh Johnson, SP, SD (elbow) – Expected to start throwing again later in the week
Aaron Harang, SP, PHI (foot) – Threw 80-pitch sim game; may not need rehab assignment

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

Called Up

Aaron Nola, SP, PHI
Rafael Soriano, RP, CHC
Steven Wright, SP, BOS
Nick Martinez, SP, TEX
J.A. Happ, SP, SEA
Dylan Axelrod, RP, CIN
Austin Barnes, C, LAD
Brent Morel, 3B, PIT
Abel De Los Santos, RP, WAS
Anthony Recker, C, NYM

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

David Buchanan, SP, PHI
Tommy Pham, OF, STL
Jesus Montero, DH, SEA
Tyler Cravy, SP, MIL
David Carpenter, RP, ATL (outrighted)
Brandon Cunniff, RP, ATL
Anthony Ranaudo, SP, TEX
Sandy Leon, C, BOS (DFA)
Yohan Pino, RP, KC
Blake Treinen, RP, WAS
Johnny Monell, C, NYM
Ryan Kelly, RP, ATL
Jean Machi, RP, SF (DFA)
Edwin Jackson, RP, CHC (DFA)
Cory Rasmus, RP, LAA (called up and sent down)

Activated From DL

Tim Hudson, SP, SF
Kris Medlen, RP, KC
Blake Swihart, C, BOS
Jerome Williams, SP, PHI

Placed On DL

Manny Parra, RP, CIN (elbow)
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT (knee)
Chad Billingsley, SP, PHI (elbow)
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD (knee)

Closer Watch

Cubs -- With Rafael Soriano getting the call to the majors, the potential-closer crowd just keeps growing, but Soriano did put a pair of men on in his season debut. Jason Motte has been a pretty credible closer since displacing Hector Rondon, but his meager 23 strikeouts in 34.2 innings aren't promising. Rondon is probably the best pitcher out of that trio, and he's the best bet to eventually emerge from that trio as the closer.

Braves -- Jim Johnson picked up his seventh save Monday, but it wasn't easy, as he gave up three hits and a run before finishing things off. With Jason Grilli out for the year and a low likelihood of the Braves acquiring another closer, Johnson has a reasonably strong chance to parlay his ninth-inning experience into holding the role for the duration of the season.

Phillies -- Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his 16th save of the year Monday, but it's now likely just a matter of days until he finds a new home. It's awful hard to imagine the Phillies not dealing Papelbon and turning to Ken Giles as the closer, but then again, Ruben Amaro has done a lot of things that are hard to imagine.

Rockies -- John Axford blew the save, then picked up the win Monday. It was just his second failed opportunity of the year, but it's worth noting that his WHIP is starting to look ugly at 1.30; meanwhile, fellow near-retiree LaTroy Hawkins owns a 1.08. Food for thought.

Pirates -- Mark Melancon now has 30 saves to go with a WHIP under 1.00. And you were worried.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – July 21, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. GardnerOFNYY vs BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen18531527.278.381.556.937
J. BruceOFCIN vs CHC
7:10PM
J. Hammel10321404.300.300.7001.000
M. BournOFCLE @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza191000214.526.550.5261.076
B. Moss1BCLE @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza10521102.500.500.9001.400
S. ChooOFTEX @ COL
8:40PM
K. Kendrick11322421.273.385.8181.203
B. Butler1BOAK vs TOR
10:05PM
M. Buehrle6722731745.328.361.522.883
B. Zobrist2BOAK vs TOR
10:05PM
M. Buehrle301121512.367.375.500.875
G. BlancoOFSF @ SD
10:10PM
O. Despaigne10321211.300.364.7001.064
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 21, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Wei-Yin ChenBAL @ NYY
7:05PM
11826114111128.220.295.391.686
Cold Batter Matchups – July 21, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Rodriguez3BNYY vs BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen13211235.154.353.385.738
M. Teixeira1BNYY vs BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen11211111.182.250.455.705
J. Votto1BCIN vs CHC
7:10PM
J. Hammel14221233.143.294.429.723
J. RollinsSSLAD @ ATL
7:10PM
A. Wood17100003.059.059.059.118
E. Bonifacio2BCWS vs STL
8:10PM
M. Wacha10000002.000.000.000.000
S. Rodriguez2BPIT @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas21310225.143.217.190.408
I. SuzukiOFMIA @ ARI
9:40PM
J. Hellickson16200000.125.125.125.250
B. CrawfordSSSF @ SD
10:10PM
O. Despaigne10100001.100.100.100.200
B. PoseyCSF @ SD
10:10PM
O. Despaigne12000011.000.077.000.077
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 21, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Matt GarzaMIL vs CLE
8:10PM
7224538313.333.365.485.850
Mark BuehrleTOR @ OAK
10:05PM
1234012625911.325.366.519.884
Odrisamer DespaigneSD vs SF
10:10PM
721261377.167.241.279.519

Recommended Pickup
Alex Rios, OF, KC – Initial struggles followed by a DL stint got Rios cut to the wire in a lot of leagues, and with good cause – even now, after a significant warming period, his season stats still look hideous. But we don't pick guys up for today's stats; we're looking for tomorrow's, and all indications are that Rios has turned things around and could again be a major fantasy asset in the second half. He's hit safely in eight of his last nine games (and reached safely in all nine), and in that span he's gone 12-for-32 (.375) with a homer, two steals and eight runs scored. Remember, we're talking about a three-time 20-homer man who retains pop and speed even at age 34. Snag him in shallower formats where he's available and enjoy the hype-free stats.

Other Recent Recommendations:Aaron Nola, Trevor Plouffe, C.J. Cron, Nick Castellanos, Gerardo Parra

DraftKings Value Picks

SP: Joe Ross, WAS ($5,000)
C: Matt Wieters, BAL ($3,200)
1B: Ben Paulsen, COL ($3,200)
2B: Justin Turner, LAD ($3,200)
3B: Yasmany Tomas, ARI ($3,500)
SS: Addison Russell, CHC ($3,000)
OF: Kyle Schwarber, CHC ($3,200)

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