Wednesday Lineup Card: The Wheeler Report

Wednesday Lineup Card: The Wheeler Report

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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Wednesday's Starters (All times Eastern)

Angels (Jerome Williams – R) at Orioles (Jason Hammel – R), 12:35
Tigers (Justin Verlander – R) at Royals (James Shields – R), 2:10
Reds (Mike Leake – R) at Cubs (Travis Wood – L), 2:20
Braves (Paul Maholm – L) at Padres (Edinson Volquez – R), 3:40
Giants (Barry Zito – L) at Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L), 7:05
Red Sox (Alfredo Aceves – R) at Rays (Chris Archer – R), 7:10
Brewers (Alfredo Figaro – R) at Marlins (Kevin Slowey – R), 7:10
Cardinals (Shelby Miller – R) at Mets (Dillon Gee – R), 7:10
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R) at Rangers (Nick Tepesch – R), 8:05
Phillies (Tyler Cloyd – R) at Twins (Mike Pelfrey – R), 8:10
Blue Jays (Esmil Rogers – R) at White Sox (Chris Sale – L), 8:10
Nationals (Ross Ohlendorf – R) at Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa – L), 8:40
Yankees (Phil Hughes – R) at Athletics (Dan Straily – R), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin – L) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu – L), 10:10
Astros (Jordan Lyles – R) at Mariners (Jeremy Bonderman – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: LAA/BAL, DET/KC, CIN/CHC, ATL/SD

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (thumb) – Remained out of lineup Tuesday.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (neck) – May have scheduled start Friday pushed back a couple of days but is expected to avoid a DL stint.
Alex Cobb, SP, TB (personal) – Expected to make scheduled start Saturday.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (ribs) – Not in lineup Tuesday but was available off the bench.
R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR (back) – Pitching through a back injury that is viewed as less of an issue for knuckleballers.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (knee) – Did not undergo any operative procedures during visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday.
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM (back) – Slated to start Thursday but may not make his next start depending on how he performs Thursday.
Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA (back) – Scratched from Tuesday's game with lower back stiffness.
Placido Polanco, 3B, MIA (back) – Out of the lineup Tuesday.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (hand) – Will be held out of Wednesday's lineup after leaving Tuesday's game with injury.

Disabled List
Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL (groin) – Received two PRP injections last week and played catch Sunday.
Sean Burnett, RP, LAA (elbow) – Will not require surgery but will be shut down for a month.
Chris Capuano, SP, LAD (triceps) – Will pitch for Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
Chris Coghlan, OF, MIA (back) – MRI on Tuesday revealed lower back strain and will sideline him indefinitely.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN (shoulder) – Threw 35 pitches off a mound before Tuesday's game and could start Sunday.
Ross Detwiler, SP, WAS (oblique) – On track to come off the disabled list and start Thursday.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS (wrist) – Expected to resume baseball activities Thursday and rehab at Triple-A Syracuse.
Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC (elbow) – Underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET (hamstring) – Went 0-for-5 in his first rehab game with Triple-A Toledo on Monday.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX (ribs) – Suggested he may return from DL during current homestand running through June 20.
Erik Kratz, C, PHI (knee) – Will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus Wednesday.
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX (forearm) – Could resume throwing from mound early next week.
Ted Lilly, SP, LAD (neck) – Received an epidural in his neck Tuesday.
Zach McAllister, SP, CLE (finger) – Will have finger examined Thursday.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (hamstring) – Has resumed running and agility drills and remains on track to return June 21 when first eligible.
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR (forearm) – Completed bullpen session Tuesday but expected to miss at least two or three more weeks.
Charlie Morton, SP, PIT (elbow) – Expected to make season debut Thursday.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (hamstring) – Will not be activated from DL when eligible Wednesday.
Felipe Paulino, SP, KC (elbow) – Began rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Chris Perez, RP, CLE (shoulder) – Reported no issues after throwing a bullpen session Tuesday.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY (shoulder) – Will make rehab start with Low-A Charleston on Friday.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN (calf) – Went 0-for-3 with a walk in first rehab game at Triple-A Rochester on Monday.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR (ankle) – Will play in simulated game within the next few days.
Matt Reynolds, RP, ARI (elbow) – Has slight tear in UCL and will be shut down for six weeks.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS (oblique) – Completed 56-pitch simulated game Tuesday without any tightness in oblique.
Huston Street, RP, SD (calf) – Threw simulated game Monday.
Jake Westbrook, SP, STL (elbow) – Will be activated from DL and start Friday.

Transactions

Activated From Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE (suspension)
John McDonald, SS, CLE
Leyson Septimo, RP, CHW

Placed on Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Alex Cobb, SP, TB (bereavement list)
Robert Coello, RP, LAA
Edgmer Escalona, RP, COL
Clayton Mortensen, RP, BOS
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
Scott Van Slyke, OF, LAD

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN
Alex Castellanos, OF, LAD
Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
Colin Cowgill, OF, NYM
Dane De La Rosa, RP, LAA
Josh Edgin, RP, NYM
Josh Satin, 1B, NYM
Jose De La Torre, RP, BOS
Nick Noonan, 2B, SF
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB
Josh Outman, RP, COL
Nick Vincent, RP, SD
Chris Withrow, RP, LAD
Mike Zunino, C, SEA

Sent Down (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Juan Diaz, SS, CLE
Henry Rodriguez, 2B, CIN
Justin Sellers, SS, LAD
Leyson Septimo, RP, CHW
Burch Smith, SP, SD

Designated for Assignment
Brandon Bantz, C, SEA
Andy LaRoche, 3B, TOR

Signed
Mark Lowe, RP, WAS (to a minor league contract)
Chien-Ming Wang, SP, TOR

Released
Henry Blanco, C, by TOR

Closer Watch

Dodgers - After Brandon League blew his fourth save of the season Monday night, manager Don Mattingly finally made the move everyone had been waiting for, announcing that Kenley Jansen would take over the closer's role. With a 2.53 ERA and a 44:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the season, Jansen seems to have the requisite skill set to thrive in the role, just as he did in 2012 before a heart ailment derailed his run as closer. Assuming Jansen can steer clear of any sort of medical emergencies, he seems a pretty safe bet to hang on to the job the rest of the way.

Brewers-Jim Henderson was charged with the loss and his first blown save of the season in Wednesday against the Marlins, but what's most notable is that he was entered the game in the eighth inning. Manager Ron Roenicke said that he'd give Francisco Rodriguez a chance to accumulate save No. 300 for his career (he currently has 298), so it looks like for now Rodriguez will hang on to the job a little bit longer. Henderson still has a 1.66 ERA on the season and was 9-for-9 on save chances prior to Wednesday's mishap, so he should quickly reassume ninth inning duties once Rodriguez reaches the milestone.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Miguel Cabrera - 3BDET @ KC
6/12 2:10 PM
James Shields13-26.50016424.808.5361.343
Jhonny Peralta - SSDET @ KC
6/12 2:10 PM
James Shields10-22.45534825.909.4801.389
Billy Butler - 1BKC vs DET
6/12 2:10 PM
Justin Verlander21-53.39626947.585.4481.033
Darwin Barney - 2BCHC vs CIN
6/12 2:20 PM
Mike Leake7-18.38902101.500.421.921
Starlin Castro - SSCHC vs CIN
6/12 2:20 PM
Mike Leake11-28.39304512.571.400.971
Dan Uggla - 2BATL @ SD
6/12 3:40 PM
Edinson Volquez3-12.25011325.500.357.857
Justin Upton - OFATL @ SD
6/12 3:40 PM
Edinson Volquez7-12.58304202.917.5831.500
Andrew McCutchen - OFPIT vs SF
6/12 7:05 PM
Barry Zito7-16.43802200.625.4381.063
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2BMIL @ MIA
6/12 7:10 PM
Kevin Slowey5-10.50001300.600.5001.100
Adrian Beltre - 3BTEX vs CLE
6/12 8:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez5-12.41713401.833.4621.295
A.J. Pierzynski - CTEX vs CLE
6/12 8:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez3-12.25013201.667.250.917
Ryan Howard - 1BPHI @ MIN
6/12 8:10 PM
Mike Pelfrey16-43.37235774.628.4711.098
Carlos Gonzalez - OFCOL vs WAS
6/12 8:40 PM
Ross Ohlendorf4-12.33312121.750.4291.179
Troy Tulowitzki - SSCOL vs WAS
6/12 8:40 PM
Ross Ohlendorf3-10.30022402.900.2731.173
Ryan Zimmerman - 3BWAS @ COL
6/12 8:40 PM
Jorge De La Rosa3-11.27312312.636.333.970
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
James ShieldsKC vs DET
6/12 2:10 PM
Tigers Batters56-169.33151918743.509.355.864
Barry ZitoSF @ PIT
6/12 7:05 PM
Pirates Batters29-135.21527111021.302.278.580

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Alex Avila - CDET @ KC
6/12 2:10 PM
James Shields4-15.26712317.533.313.846
Omar Infante - 2BDET @ KC
6/12 2:10 PM
James Shields2-16.12501005.188.125.313
Eric Hosmer - 1BKC vs DET
6/12 2:10 PM
Justin Verlander2-20.10001134.150.217.367
Mike Moustakas - 3BKC vs DET
6/12 2:10 PM
Justin Verlander3-18.16700215.167.211.377
Alfonso Soriano - OFCHC vs CIN
6/12 2:20 PM
Mike Leake2-18.11111224.278.238.516
Chris Denorfia - OFSD vs ATL
6/12 3:40 PM
Paul Maholm2-10.20001131.300.385.685
Chase Headley - 3BSD vs ATL
6/12 3:40 PM
Paul Maholm2-14.14301135.214.294.508
Clint Barmes - SSPIT vs SF
6/12 7:05 PM
Barry Zito5-29.17222313.379.219.598
Brandon Inge - 3BPIT vs SF
6/12 7:05 PM
Barry Zito3-26.11500124.115.179.294
Russell Martin - CPIT vs SF
6/12 7:05 PM
Barry Zito6-36.167001410.167.268.435
Ryan Braun - OFMIL @ MIA
6/12 7:10 PM
Kevin Slowey2-16.12500205.125.118.243
John Jaso - COAK vs NYY
6/12 10:05 PM
Phil Hughes2-12.16700020.167.286.452
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Mike LeakeCIN @ ChC
6/12 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters33-95.34711211611.508.395.903
Edinson VolquezSD vs Atl
6/12 3:40 PM
Braves Batters21-63.33331112619.599.391.991
 
Recommended Pickup

Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM – With owners scrambling to add Kevin Gausman and Michael Wacha to their rosters in recent weeks, it appears the next top pitching prospect to reach the majors will be Wheeler. He's set to make his first start Friday against the Cubs, and given his impressive pedigree, he's certainly worth grabbing despite having not faced big league hitters outside of spring training. Wheeler's numbers at Triple-A Las Vegas may not look especially inspiring (4.14 ERA, 1.34 WHIP), but he had the misfortune of pitching his home games at Cashman Field, one of the most hitter-friendly parks in all of minor league baseball (take a look at this Wall Street Journal article to get a sense of how untenable an environment Wheeler was contending with). With his move to the majors, the Mets are hoping that Wheeler can form a dynamic tandem at the top of the rotation with Matt Harvey for years to come. While that may not fully materialize in Year 1 – especially with Wheeler likely to face an innings cap come September – Wheeler nonetheless possesses a high-90s fastball and improving control, both of which should allow him to experience at least modest success in the early going.

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