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Monday Lineup Card: Another Felix

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Projected Starters – A look at Monday's matchups (all times Eastern):

American League
Twins (Cole De Vries –, R) at Royals (Will Smith – L), 8:10
Mariners (Jason Vargas – L) at Angels (Ervin Santana – R), 10:05
Rangers (Scott Feldman – R) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker – R), 10:05

National League
Mets (Kyle Lohse – R) at Mets (Dillon Gee – R), 1:10
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija – R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong – R), 3:45
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L) at Phillies (Vance Worley – R), 7:05
Rockies (Christian Friedrich – L) at Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders – L), 9:40

Day Game After a Night Game: STL/NYM

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

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)

Joaquin Benoit, P, DET – (Arm) Did not pitch Sunday after experiencing tightness Saturday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS – (Thumb) Doing batting practice Sunday and Monday, eying Tuesday return.
Johnny Damon, OF, CLE – (Personal) Out until Wednesday with birth of child.
Alex Avila, C, DET – (Hamstring) Out of Sunday’s lineup, should return Tuesday.
Carl Pavano, P, MIN – (Shoulder) Likely headed to DL.
Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK – (Hip) Out of Sunday’s lineup, should return Monday.
Felix Hernandez, P, SEA – (Back) Still sore, Wednesday’s start appears to be in question.
Brandon Morrow, P, TOR – (Leg) Bullpen session went well, on track for Wednesday’s start.
Kosuke Fukudome, OF, CHW – (Back) Left Sunday’s game with back spasms.
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR – (Hand) X-rays negative after leaving leaving Sunday’s game with HBP.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN – (Thumb) Left Sunday’s game with sprain.
Adam Jones, OF, BAL – (Wrist) Will have MRI on sore wrist Monday after leaving game Sunday.

Brian McCann, C, ATL – (Knee) Left Sunday’s game after HBP.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL – (Hip) Missed Sunday’s game.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL – (Quadriceps) Missed Sunday’s game with strained quad.
Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC – (Wrist) Started Sunday’s game.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT – (Leg) Playing through injury.
Santiago Casilla, P, SF – (Leg) Was not used Sunday, Romo earned save.
Ramon Ramirez, P, NYM – (Hamstring) Headed to DL.

Players on the DL

Kyle Farnsworth, P, TB – (Elbow) Weeks from starting rehab.
Joba Chamberlain, P, NYY – (Ankle) Threw off mound, Girardi believes he will be back in 2012.
David Roobertson, P, NYY – (Oblique) Saturday’s bullpen session went well.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET – (Achilles) Placed on DL retroactive to May 31.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET – (Abdomen) Expected to return Tuesday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB – (Knee) Says he will rejoin Rays on Tuesday.
Jonathan Sanchez, P, KC – (Biceps) Lit up in rehab start.
Jaime Garcia, P, STL – (Elbow) Thinks he can start Tuesday.
Will Venable, OF, SD – (Oblique) Left Sunday’s game with strain.

Joe Weiland, P, SD – (Elbow) Could throw in bullpen sometime this week.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF – (Hand) Scheduled to begin rehab Saturday but being investigated for sexual assault charge.
Takashi Saito, P, AZ – (Calf) Appearing in extended spring training games, rehab could come soon.
Jose Contreras, P, PHI – (Elbow) Getting second opinion on MRI.
Carlos Lee, OF, HOU – (Hamstring) Placed on DL Sunday.
Drew Storen, P, WAS – (Elbow) Transferred to 60-day DL, still on target for July return.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS – (Knee) Will need two surgeries to repair ACL and meniscus, has had one already.
Stephen Drew, SS, AZ – (Ankle) Should move on to minor league rehab.
Brad Lidge, P, WAS – (Hernia) Will begin rehab assignemtn Monday.
Ryan Mattheus, P, WAS – (Foot) Likely will do rehab before returning.
Juan Nicasio, P, COL – (Knee) Placed on DL with strain.
Marcos Mateo, P, CHC – (Elbow) Had Tommy John surgery.
Mike Baxter, OF, NYM – Shoulder) Expected to miss six weeks.
Pedro Beato, P, NYM – (Shoulder) Not being activated now.
Jason Bay, OF, NYM – (Ribs) Will play in field during Monday’s rehab game.
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM – (Quadriceps) Will begin rehab Monday.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI – (Knee) Will begin rehab at extended spring training.
Jeff Karstens, P, PIT – (Shoulder) Will need to impress in rehabs to get a spot with Pirates.

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

Called Up
Jordan Lyles, P, HOU
Matt LaPorta, 1B, CLE
Matt Young, OF, DET
Brett Wallace, 1B, HOU
Michael Gonzalez, P, WAS
Guillermo Moscoso, P, COL
Josh Satin, 2B, NYM

Sent Down
Matt Downs, 2B, HOU
Ryan Perry, P, WAS
Yasmani Grandal, C, SD

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Andy Parrino, 2B, SD
Daniel Schlereth, P, DET (transferred to 60-day DL)
Zach Britton, P, BAL (transferred to 60-day DL)
Andy Dirks, OF, DET
Carlos Lee, 1B, HOU
Drew Storen, P, WAS (transferred to 60-day DL)
Juan Nicasio, P, COL
Mike Baxter, OF, NYM

Activated from DL
Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD
Mark Kotsay, OF, SD



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

San Francisco – Santiago Casilla was not available Saturday and may not have been available Sunday. That left room for Sergio Romo to step in for Sunday’s save. Keep an eye on Casilla’s health, while Romo could become a commodity.


Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David Wright - 3B NYM vs STL
6/4 1:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 9-19 .474 2 3 4 0 4 .842 .474 1.316
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ ARI
6/4 9:40 PM
Joe Saunders 4-14 .286 1 2 1 1 4 .571 .333 .904
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA @ LAA
6/4 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 22-63 .349 2 7 4 5 3 .556 .397 .953
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
BB K Opp
Jason Vargas SEA @ LAA
6/4 10:05 PM
Angels Batters 19-81 .235 0 8 5 2 16 .355 .253 .608



Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Shane Victorino - OF PHI vs LAD
6/4 7:05 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-11 .182 1 1 2 1 4 .455 .250 .705
Dexter Fowler - OF COL @ ARI
6/4 9:40 PM
Joe Saunders 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 2 .091 .167 .258
Jason Giambi - 1B COL @ ARI
6/4 9:40 PM
Joe Saunders 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 3 .200 .333 .533
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ ARI
6/4 9:40 PM
Joe Saunders 2-10 .200 0 0 2 1 1 .200 .273 .473
Marco Scutaro - SS COL @ ARI
6/4 9:40 PM
Joe Saunders 3-15 .200 0 1 0 3 2 .267 .333 .600
Torii Hunter - OF LAA vs SEA
6/4 10:05 PM
Jason Vargas 3-15 .200 0 2 1 1 4 .333 .250 .583
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA vs SEA
6/4 10:05 PM
Jason Vargas 3-19 .158 0 1 1 0 5 .263 .158 .421
Cliff Pennington - SS OAK vs TEX
6/4 10:05 PM
Scott Feldman 2-11 .182 0 1 0 2 2 .364 .308 .672
Chone Figgins - 3B SEA @ LAA
6/4 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 3-17 .176 0 1 0 0 2 .294 .176 .470
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
BB K Opp

Recommended Pickup

Felix Doubront, P, BOS – No one could have expected that Doubront would be Boston’s most effective starter two months into the season, but it’s true, Doubront has better numbers that Josh Beckett or Jon Lester. That may not continue all season. However, Doubront has given up two or less runs in each of his last five starts. He strikes out more than a batter per inning, though walks have been an issue. The home run has hurt in the last three games, as he has given up five of his eight on the season in that time. He is available in plenty of conventional mixed leagues.

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Draft Street Lineup
C – Kurt Suzuki ($3,581)
1B – Matt Adams ($4,970)
2B – Howie Kendrick ($5,378)
3B – Michael Young ($6,066)
SS – Starlin Castro ($8,119)
OF – Justin Upton ($6,017)
OF – Mike Trout ($8,892)
OF – Carlos Beltran ($8,316)
UTIL – Kil Ka’aihue ($5,069)
UTIL – Joe Mather ($3,503)
SP – Clayton Kershaw ($17,031)
SP – Ryan Vogelsong ($12,693)
RP – Tom Wilhelmsen ($1,578)
P – Kyle Lohse ($8,761)
Total: $99,974