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The Lineup Card: (Tuesday's Edition) Dodger Blues

Ryan Eisner

Ryan has been writing for Rotowire since 2007. He currently writes about baseball and covers the White Sox.

Projected Starters - A look at Tuesday’s matchups:

Brewers (Dave Bush - R) at Pirates (Brad Lincoln - R), 7:05
Rangers (Tommy Hunter - R) at Tigers (Armando Galarraga - R), 7:05
Rays (Matt Garza - R) at Orioles (Jake Arrieta - R), 7:05
Angels (Sean O’Sullivan - R) at Yankees (Philip Hughes - R), 7:05
Rockies (Jeff Francis - L) at Marlins (Nate Robertson- L), 7:10
Nationals (Luis Atilano - R) at Reds (Mike Leake - R), 7:10
Padres (Wade LeBlanc - L) at Braves (Jair Jurrjens - R), 7:10
Astros (Wesley Wright - L) at Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R), 8:05
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) at Twins (Kevin Slowey - R), 8:10
Blue Jays (Jesse Litsch - R) at Royals (Anthony Lerew - R), 8:10
Phillies (Jamie Moyer - L) at Cardinals (Chris Carpenter - R), 8:15
Mets (R.A. Dickey - R) at Diamondbacks (Barry Enright - R), 9:40
Red Sox (Tim Wakefield - R) at Athletics (Dallas Braden - L), 10:05
White Sox (John Danks - L) at Mariners (Doug Fister - R), 10:10
Dodgers (Tim Lincecum - R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L), 10:10

Day game following a night game: none

Injuries - A brief look at players who have been missing time due to injury and their expected returns

Day-to-Day (includes players expceted to make their return from the DL)
Jose Reyes, SS, NY-N - (Oblique) Returned to the lineup Monday after four DNP’s
Chris Coghlan, OF, FLA - (Back) Could beat expectations and return Tuesday
Will Venable, OF, SD - (Back) On the DL but will return at some point this week
Roy Oswalt, P, HOU - (Ankle) He thinks he won’t miss a start
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN - (Hamstring) Out indefinitely
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL - (Knee) Sat Monday
Oliver Perez, P, NY-N - (Knee) Done with rehab assignment and should be a part of the pen Tuesday or Wednesday
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT - (Shoulder) Sat Monday
James Loney, 1B, LA - (Hamstring) Could be back Monday after leaving Saturday and sitting Sunday
Mike Pelfrey, P, NY-N - (Neck) Side session went OK and started against the D-Backs
Nate McLouth, OF, ATL - (Concussion) Should come off DL Tuesday
Russell Martin, C, LA - (Thumb) DNP Sunday and was expected to return Monday
Carlos Quentin, OF, CHI-A - (Hand) Hurt his hand sliding Sunday and not in Monday’s lineup
Corey Patterson, OF, BAL - (Heel) Out for a few days
Justin Masterson, P, CLE - (Ankle) Start pushed from Sunday to Tuesday

Players on the DL
Todd Helton, 1B, COL - (Back) Could return Wedsneday
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Wrist) Will begin a rehab assignment this week and could be back before August
Brian Moehler, P, HOU - (Groin) Threw off a mound Monday
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN - (Concussion) Scheduled an appointment with a specialist Tuesday
Ryan Sweeney, OF, OAK - (Knee) Landed on the DL Monday
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Back) Could be back this weekend?
Travis Buck, OF, OAK - (Leg) Could start a rehab assignment soon
Victor Martinez, C, BOS - (Thumb) Has started to play catch
Andy Pettitte, P, NY-A - (Groin) Out for 4-5 weeks
Mike Gonzalez, P, BAL - (Shoulder) Making final rehab appearance Monday and then will return this week


Placed on the DL
Ryan Sweeney, OF, OAK
Scott Kazmir, P, ANA (retroactive to July 11)

Activated from the DL
Maicer Izturis, SS, ANA
Luke Scott, OF, BAL

Called Up
Armando Galarraga, P, DET
Gary Majewski, P, HOU
Jess Todd, P, CLE
Fernando Salas, P, STL
Henry Alberto Rodriguez, P, OAK
James McDonald, P, LA
Sean O’Sullivan, P, ANA
Trevor Bell, P, ANA

Sent Down
Rocco Baldelli, OF, TB (signed to minor league deal)
Frank Mata, P, BAL
Andrew Oliver, P, DET

Designated for Assignment
Paul McAnulty, 1B, ANA

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (check out Dave Regan's Closer Grid with the link to the left).

Diamondbacks - Is Aaron Heilman still the man? He hasn’t picked up a save opportunity since June 30, while both Juan Gutierrez and Chad Qualls have. Qualls couldn’t pick up an out and allowed two runs June 10 and was bailed out by Gutierrez, but the latter allowed two runs on four hits in a non-save chance Sunday. It’s a situation you want to avoid unless you have no other choice.

Orioles - Mike Gonzalez should return from the DL on Wednesday or Thursday, and he could press Alfredo Simon for ninth-inning duties before long.

Key Matchups

Miguel Tejada v Matt Garza - 6-for-16 (.375/.474/.750), 0 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 0:2 K:BB
Jason Giambi v Nate Robertson - 8-for-15 (.533/.579/.867), 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4:1 K:BB
Hunter Pence v Ryan Dempster - 9-for-28 (.321/.345/.571), 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5:1 K:BB
Lance Berkman v Ryan Dempster - 14-for-54 (.259/.394/.500), 1 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 16:12 K:BB
Jeff Keppinger v Ryan Dempster - 11-for-24 (.458/.458/.667), 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1:0 K:BB
Michael Bourn v Ryan Dempster - 7-for-19 (.368/.478/.421), 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3:4 K:BB
Michael Cuddyer v Justin Masterson - 5-for-13 (.385/.429/.462), 1 2B, 0 HR,1 RBI, 4:0 K:BB
Travis Hafner v Kevin Slowey - 6-for-16 (.375/.375/.875), 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4:0 K:BB
Randy Winn v Jamie Moyer - 10-for-25 (.400/.400/.720), 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4:0 K:BB
Mark Ellis v Tim Wakefield - 9-for-27 (.333/.438/.519), 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 8:4 K:BB
Jack Cust v Tim Wakefield - 10-for-22 (.455/.520/.591), 3 2B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 4:3 K:BB
Gabe Gross v Tim Wakefield - 5-for-15 (.333/.375/.600), 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI , 1:1 K:BB
Kurt Suzuki v Tim Wakefield - 6-for-15 (.400/.438/.867), 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1:1 K:BB
Adrian Beltre v Dallas Braden - 4-for-10 (.400/.455/.900), 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1:1 K:BB
Marco Scutaro v Dallas Braden - 6-for-11 (.545/.545/.636), 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1:0 K:BB
Jose Lopez v John Danks - 8-for-19 (.421/.421/.474), 1 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:0 K:BB
Russell Branyan v John Danks - 6-for-11 (.545/.545/.636), 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3:0 K:BB

Dave Bush v Pirates - Tim Lincecum v Dodgers was also an option here, but Bush is probably more of the toss-up in daily leagues. The Pirates usually make for a cushy matchup, but Bush has held their current crop of players to a sub-.200 batting average (.173) and a sub-.300 OPS (.298) over 121 plate appearances. Bush has beat the Pirates in his two starts against them earlier this season, posting a 1.35 ERA and 1.125 WHIP in those 13.1 innings. The only real concern here is the low K:BB (7:6 this season, 13:11 in his career), but he’s on something of a roll now (2.39 ERA over his last six starts), and he’s worth rolling on Tuesday.

Ryan Doumit v Dave Bush - 1-for-24 (.042), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2:1 K:BB
Ronny Cedeno v Dave Bush - 3-for-18 (.167), 0 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0:0 K:BB
Ryan Church v Dave Bush - 2-for-11 (.182), 0 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1:4 K:BB
Nick Markakis v Matt Garza - 4-for-28 (.143), 0 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 4:5 K:BB
Julio Lugo v Matt Garza - 1-for-11 (.091), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2:1 K:BB
Ty Wigginton v Matt Garza - 2-for-10 (.200), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2:0 K:BB
Jhonny Peralta v Kevin Slowey - 4-for-20 (.200), 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 4:0 K:BB
Billy Butler v Jesse Litsch - 2-for-10 (.200), 0 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0:0 K:BB
Felipe Lopez v Jamie Moyer - 5-for-27 (.185), 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3:0 K:BB
Albert Pujols v Jamie Moyer - 2-for-10 (.200), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2:1 K:BB
Jimmy Rollins v Chris Carpenter - 4-for-17 (.235), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4:0 K:BB
Ryan Sweeney v Tim Wakefield - 2-for-13 (.154), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2:1 K:BB
Ichiro Suzuki v John Danks - 4-for-22 (.182), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3:2 K:BB
James Loney v Tim Lincecum - 4-for-20 (.200), 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 6:2 K:BB
Rafael Furcal v Tim Lincecum - 3-for-14 (.214), 0 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3:5 K:BB
Matt Kemp v Tim Lincecum - 2-for-15 (.133), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 8:1 K:BB
Russell Martin v Tim Lincecum - 0-for-13 (.000), 4:2 K:BB
Casey Blake v Tim Lincecum - 0-for-10(.000), 7:0 K:BB

Tim Wakefield v Oakland - Take a look up at the batters on the “hot” list, and you will see quite a few Oakland regulars with a history of success against Wakefield. The list is led by Mark Ellis’ .956 OPS and OPS’s over 1.000 by Jack Cust (1.111) and Kurt Suzuki (1.304). Ryan Sweeney is the only Athletic regular with more than 10 at-bats against Wakefield who has struggled against the knuckleballer, but his placement on the DL ensures he won’t be in the box. The A’s roughed up Wakefield in his only appearance against them this season (eight hits, six runs, .320 BAA in six innings), and he has a 5.61 ERA and 1.419 WHIP in 17 career appearances in Oakland.

Recommended Pickup

Lorenzo Cain, OF, MIL - Cain has yet to start since the Brewers gave him his first major league promotion Friday, but he has come on as a replacement twice and went 2-for-2 in Sunday’s game. One of those hits was a close-miss homer, but he was known more for his speed (25 steals and two CS’s in 72 games) than his power (.439 slugging percentage in 325 at-bats) in the minors. He might be a tough add in shallower mixed leagues, as he probably won’t start everyday unless Carlos Gomez’s struggles continue and Jim Edmonds gets hurt and/or traded, but his value expands in deeper leagues where steals come at a premium, and in keeper formats. Those scared by his 2009 stats (.214 batting average for Double-A Huntsville) should keep in mind he missed half of the year with an MCL injury. He is actually younger than Gomez.