Wednesday Lineup Card: Milone Worth a Look

Wednesday Lineup Card: Milone Worth a Look

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

Royals (Felipe Paulino – R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello R), 1:05 PM
Twins (Scott Diamond - L) at White Sox (Jake Peavy – R), 2:10 PM
Padres (Wade LeBlanc - ) at Dodgers (Ted Lilly – L), 3:10 PM
Cubs (Rodrigo Lopez – R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L), 3:45 PM
Yankees (Philip Hughes – R) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett – R), 7:00 PM
Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez – R) at Orioles (Jo-Jo Reyes – L), 7:05 PM
Athletics (Rich Harden – R) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R), 7:05 PM
Nationals (John Lannan - ) at Braves (Derek Lowe – R), 7:10 PM
Phillies (Cliff Lee – L) at Reds (Dontrelle Willis – L), 7:10 PM
Rays (James Shields – R) at Rangers (Alexi Ogando – R), 8:05 PM
Pirates (James McDonald – R) at Astros (J.A. Happ – L), 8:05 PM
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R) at Brewers (Randy Wolf – L), 8:10 PM
Rockies (Esmil Rogers – R) at Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter – R), 9:40 PM
Angels (Dan Haren – R) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R), 10:10 PM

Day game after a night game: KC, DET, MIN, CHI-A, SD, LA, CHI-N, SF

Injuries - A brief look at players who have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)
Joe Mauer, C, MIN – (Neck) Started for Minnesota on Tuesday.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS – (Foot, Hand) Out of Tuesday's lineup with soreness.

Players on the DL
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX – (Hamstring) Officially placed on the DL; expected to be out for three weeks.
Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE – (Knee) Expects to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday.
Carlos Guillen, 2B, DET – (Wrist) Went 1-for-3 with a double in first rehab start at Triple-A on Tuesday.
Michael Wuertz, P, OAK – (Thumb) Allowed a hit and struck out three in first rehab appearance at Triple-A Sunday.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS – (Back) Cleared to throw Tuesday, will relieve if he returns in 2011.
Juan Gutierrez, P, AZ – (Elbow) Will undergo Tommy John surgery.
Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS – (Elbow) Will start Tuesday, September 7 against Los Angeles.
Manny Parra, P, MIL – (Elbow) Underwent successful surgery Tuesday.
Juan Castro, C, HOU – (Knee) Will play in Arizona Fall League this year.
Joe Blanton, P, PHI – (Elbow) Threw another bullpen session Monday.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI – (Groin) Likely won't return until after September 6.
Andrew Cashner, P, CHI-N – (Shoulder) Struck out three of three batters faced in a rehab game Monday.

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

Traded
Aaron Hill, 2B, from TOR to ARI
John McDonald, SS, from TOR to ARI
Kelly Johnson, 2B, from ARI to TOR

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Darren O'Day, P, TEX
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX

Activated from DL
Troy Patton,P, BAL

Called Up
Mark Hamburger, P, TEX
Neil Wagner, P, OAK
Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
Jeanmar Gomez, P, CLE
Blake Tekotte, OF, SD

Sent Down
Erik Hamren, P, SD
Scott Atchison, P, BOS
Matt LaPorta, 1B, CLE
Jerry Blevins, P, OAK
Bruce Billings, P, OAK (outrighted off 40-man)

Designated for Assignment
Mark Hendrickson, P, BAL

Released
Ryan Tucker, P, TEX
Joe Beimel, P, PIT

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (also check out our Closer Grid)
NY-N – Bobby Parnell picked up his second save of the season Monday night against the Marlins. It wasn't clean – he allowed a solo shot to Gaby Sanchez – but he managed to finish the job. It's not like Jason Isringhausen was unavailable, either. The veteran Isringhausen picked up his 16th hold in the eigth inning. It's possible this was just a one-day arrangement, but it also wouldn't shock to see the Mets go to Parnell more in the ninth inning, as he has the stuff to be the Mets' closer of the future.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Casey Blake - 3BLAD vs SD
8/31 3:10 PM
Wade LeBlanc5-12.41701121.500.5001.000
Andre Ethier - OFLAD vs SD
8/31 3:10 PM
Wade LeBlanc5-13.38503022.615.4671.082
Pablo Sandoval - 3BSF vs CHC
8/31 3:45 PM
Rodrigo Lopez6-12.500156121.083.5001.583
Miguel Tejada - SSSF vs CHC
8/31 3:45 PM
Rodrigo Lopez10-21.47614230.762.5421.304
Andres Torres - OFSF vs CHC
8/31 3:45 PM
Rodrigo Lopez7-16.43813303.813.4381.251
Alex Gonzalez - SSATL vs WAS
8/31 7:10 PM
John Lannan6-10.60001101.700.6001.300
Dan Uggla - 2BATL vs WAS
8/31 7:10 PM
John Lannan5-15.33311221.533.444.977
David Ortiz - DHBOS vs NYY
8/31 7:10 PM
Phil Hughes6-14.42913522.786.4711.257
Miguel Cairo - 3BCIN vs PHI
8/31 7:10 PM
Cliff Lee5-12.41701201.583.4621.045
Brandon Phillips - 2BCIN vs PHI
8/31 7:10 PM
Cliff Lee5-15.33313400.667.313.980
David Wright - 3BNYM vs FLA
8/31 7:10 PM
Chris Volstad4-11.36402203.545.417.962
Robinson Cano - 2BNYY @ BOS
8/31 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett20-59.3393101257.610.4091.019
Alex Rodriguez - 3BNYY @ BOS
8/31 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett16-56.2863711712.518.365.883
Nick Swisher - OFNYY @ BOS
8/31 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett10-35.286337510.543.375.918
Ryan Howard - 1BPHI @ CIN
8/31 7:10 PM
Dontrelle Willis4-11.36411313.636.4621.098
Brian Schneider - CPHI @ CIN
8/31 7:10 PM
Dontrelle Willis4-14.28611324.500.353.853
Ian Desmond - SSWAS @ ATL
8/31 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe5-17.29424527.824.3681.192
Ryan Zimmerman - 3BWAS @ ATL
8/31 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe14-46.304247513.478.373.851
Matt Diaz - OFPIT @ HOU
8/31 8:05 PM
J.A. Happ7-12.58312121.917.6431.560
Andrew McCutchen - OFPIT @ HOU
8/31 8:05 PM
J.A. Happ5-14.35711113.571.4381.009
Ian Kinsler - 2BTEX vs TB
8/31 8:05 PM
James Shields3-13.23112131.538.375.913
Michael Young - 3BTEX vs TB
8/31 8:05 PM
James Shields4-14.28623403.786.2861.072
Mark Kotsay - OFMIL vs STL
8/31 8:10 PM
Jake Westbrook7-24.29222852.542.400.942
Albert Pujols - 1BSTL @ MIL
8/31 8:10 PM
Randy Wolf10-31.323241121.581.351.932
Vernon Wells - OFLAA @ SEA
8/31 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez5-19.26313436.526.364.890
Adam Kennedy - 2BSEA vs LAA
8/31 10:10 PM
Dan Haren6-19.31624404.737.3001.037
Luis Rodriguez - SSSEA vs LAA
8/31 10:10 PM
Dan Haren5-16.31302123.500.389.889
Brendan Ryan - SSSEA vs LAA
8/31 10:10 PM
Dan Haren5-13.38501202.538.385.923
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Dontrelle WillisCIN vs PHI
8/31 7:10 PM
Phillies Batters26-119.21846181021.354.300.653
Randy WolfMIL vs STL
8/31 8:10 PM
Cardinals Batters40-192.208417251432.338.264.601

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Chris Getz - 2BKC @ DET
8/31 1:05 PM
Rick Porcello2-12.16700110.167.214.381
Alex Gordon - OFKC @ DET
8/31 1:05 PM
Rick Porcello1-11.09100102.091.091.182
Mitchell Maier - OFKC @ DET
8/31 1:05 PM
Rick Porcello3-16.18801121.250.278.528
Matt Kemp - OFLAD vs SD
8/31 3:10 PM
Wade LeBlanc1-10.10000032.100.308.408
Nick Hundley - CSD @ LAD
8/31 3:10 PM
Ted Lilly1-15.06700109.067.067.134
Orlando Cabrera - SSSF vs CHC
8/31 3:45 PM
Rodrigo Lopez3-19.15800013.158.200.358
Conor Jackson - OFOAK @ CLE
8/31 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez3-15.20011210.400.250.650
Josh Willingham - OFOAK @ CLE
8/31 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez2-10.20002102.400.273.673
Carl Crawford - OFBOS vs NYY
8/31 7:10 PM
Phil Hughes2-15.13300121.133.235.368
Dustin Pedroia - 2BBOS vs NYY
8/31 7:10 PM
Phil Hughes3-15.20012323.467.294.761
Marco Scutaro - SSBOS vs NYY
8/31 7:10 PM
Phil Hughes4-21.19000122.190.261.451
Brett Gardner - OFNYY @ BOS
8/31 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett6-26.23101118.269.259.528
Curtis Granderson - OFNYY @ BOS
8/31 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett5-24.208232110.542.240.782
Mark Teixeira - 1BNYY @ BOS
8/31 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett7-36.194224814.361.341.702
Placido Polanco - 3BPHI @ CIN
8/31 7:10 PM
Dontrelle Willis5-32.15612120.281.206.487
Chase Utley - 2BPHI @ CIN
8/31 7:10 PM
Dontrelle Willis4-26.154006110.154.207.361
Alex Cora - SSWAS @ ATL
8/31 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe2-10.20001100.300.200.500
Mike Morse - OFWAS @ ATL
8/31 7:10 PM
Derek Lowe2-15.13322305.533.188.721
Clint Barmes - 2BHOU vs PIT
8/31 8:05 PM
James McDonald1-10.10000014.100.182.282
Garrett Jones - 1BPIT @ HOU
8/31 8:05 PM
J.A. Happ1-12.08311211.333.154.487
Josh Hamilton - OFTEX vs TB
8/31 8:05 PM
James Shields1-10.10011304.400.100.500
Lance Berkman - 1BSTL @ MIL
8/31 8:10 PM
Randy Wolf3-27.11102166.185.273.458
Rafael Furcal - SSSTL @ MIL
8/31 8:10 PM
Randy Wolf2-27.07400107.074.074.148
Erick Aybar - SSLAA @ SEA
8/31 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez6-32.18803222.281.257.538
Alberto Callaspo - 3BLAA @ SEA
8/31 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez3-15.20000111.200.235.435
Jeff Mathis - CLAA @ SEA
8/31 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez5-27.18522206.407.185.592
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Rodrigo LopezCHC @ SF
8/31 3:45 PM
Giants Batters58-166.350526251417.574.405.979
Cliff LeePHI @ Cin
8/31 7:10 PM
Reds Batters21-65.323381137.552.356.908
Jake WestbrookSTL @ Mil
8/31 8:10 PM
Brewers Batters19-65.29334975.474.367.841
 

Recommended Pickup
Tom Milone, P, WAS
The big news in the Washington rotation is the return of Stephen Strasburg next week – and if he's available, we obviously recommend him as well – but another pitcher getting the call could make a big impact down the stretch. Tom Milone, a soft-tossing lefty, has a 155:16 K:BB ratio in 148 innings at Triple-A Syracuse this season, and he'll be replacing Jordan Zimmermann (reached his innings cap) in the rotation for the last month. He hasn't been officially recalled, but as soon as he's available, he should be snapped up.

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