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Saturday Lineup Card: Don't Dwell on Swell Odubel

Chris Benzine

Chris has been a RW contributor since early 2014, focused on Breaking News, MLB Daily Lineups and occasional NFL Team Previews.



Probable Pitchers

A Look at Saturday’s Matchups (All Times Eastern)

NYY (Nathan Eovaldi – R) at BOS (Wade Miley – L) 1:35 PM
CWS (Hector Noesi – R) at MIN (Ricky Nolasco – R) 2:10 PM
PIT (Francisco Liriano – L) at STL (John Lackey – R) 2:15 PM
MIL (Mike Fiers – R) at CHC (Jake Arrieta – R) 2:20 PM
LAA (Hector Santiago – L) at SF (Tim Hudson – R) 4:05 PM
PHI (Cole Hamels – L) at MIA (Dan Haren – R) 4:10 PM
TOR (Aaron Sanchez – R) at CLE (Corey Kluber – R) 4:10 PM
TB (Chris Archer – R) at BAL (Miguel Gonzalez – R) 7:05 PM
CIN (Jason Marquis – R) at ATL (Eric Stults – L) 7:10 PM
DET (David Price – L) at KC (Edinson Volquez – R) 7:10 PM
SEA (Taijuan Walker – R) at HOU (Collin McHugh – R) 7:10 PM
WAS (Gio Gonzalez – L) at NYM (Jon Niese – L) 7:10 PM
OAK (Drew Pomeranz – L) at TEX (Nick Martinez – R) 8:05 PM
COL (Jorge De La Rosa – L) at SDP (Brandon Morrow – R) 8:40 PM
ARI (Jeremy Hellickson – R) at LAD (Scott Baker – R) 9:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: NYY/BOS CWS/MIN, PIT/STL, LAA/SF, PHI/MIA, TOR/CLE

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA – (Hamstring) Hit in the batting cage and on the field Friday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB – (Knee) Will return to the lineup Saturday.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR – Out of the lineup Friday due to a sore collarbone, but X-rays were negative.
Denard Span, OF, WAS – (Abdomen) Was not in the lineup Friday.
Jordan Schafer, OF, MIN – (Knee) Was out of the lineup again Friday.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL – Out of the lineup Friday with left hamstring tightness.

Players on the DL

Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD – (Foot) May not retake closer’s role immediately.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD – (Hamstring) Expected to go on rehab assignment soon.
David Wright, 3B, NYM – (Hamstring) Absence may extend beyond initial May 8-10 return date.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU – Underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK – Will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Sunday.
Tom Wilhelmsen, RP, SEA – (Elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA – (Shoulder) Has progressed to long toss, but remains 3-4 weeks from return.
Greg Holland, RP, KC – (Pectoral Strain) Will throw a 25-pitch simulated game Saturday.
Adam Eaton, OF, CWS – Out of Friday’s lineup due to illness.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL – (Hand) Expected to miss 3-to-6 weeks.
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, WAS – (Knee) In the lineup for Double-A Harrisburg on Friday.
Justin Verlander, SP, DET – (Triceps) Will undergo a third MRI early next week.
Adam Ottavino, RP, COL – (Triceps) Continues to seek multiple opinions on his elbow injury.
Chad Billingsley, SP, PHI – (Elbow) could join the Phillies rotation as early as next week.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN – (Elbow) Will undergo Tommy John surgery.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL – (Hamstring) Will likely be activated Saturday.
Jake McGee, RP, TB – (Elbow) Made his second rehab appearance with High-A Charlotte on Friday.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL – (Elbow) Probably won’t join Orioles until late May or early June.

Transactions

Activated from the DL

Alex Colome, SP, TB

Placed on the DL (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)

Tommy Pham, OF, STL – (Quad), Transferred to the 60-day DL.
Maicer Izturis, 2B, TOR – (Groin), Transferred to the 60-day DL.
T.J. House, SP, CLE – (Shoulder)
Tim Stauffer, SP, MIN – (Intercostal Strain)
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL – (Hand)
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC – (Concussion), Placed on 7-day DL

Called Up

Mike Foltynewicz, SP, ATL
Ryan Pressly, RP, MIN
Tyler Holt, OF, CLE
Nick Vincent, RP, SD
Orlando Calixte, SS, KC
Dilson Herrera, 2B, NYM
Kevin Chapman, RP, HOU
Efren Navarro, OF, LAA
Miguel Socolovich, RP, STL
Andrew Albers, RP, TB

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Tim Cooney, RP, STL
Daniel Norris, SP, TOR
Cory Mazzoni, RP, SD
Jack Leathersich, RP, NYM
L.J. Hoes, OF, HOU
Grant Green, 2B, LAA

Closer Watch

Tampa Bay Rays – Brad Boxberger picked up his sixth save of the season Friday against the Orioles, striking out the side in the ninth. He’s allowed just two runs over 10.1 innings this season. The situation should become interesting soon, with former closer Jake McGee (elbow) set to rejoin the club soon. Boxberger has been dominant to start the season, so it’s possible he’ll hang onto the closer’s role when McGee rejoins the club, but the situation should work itself out over the next week or two.

New York Mets – Jeurys Familia locked down his tenth save of the season Friday, pitching 1.2 flawless innings with two strikeouts to secure it. Bobby Parnell (elbow) remains a ways from returning to the lineup, though given Familia’s dominance in the role, it’s unclear whether or not he will regain the role with the club. For now Familia continues to rack up saves while posting a 1.46 ERA and 0.57 WHIP with 15 strikeouts over 12.1 innings this season.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 2, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
P. Sandoval 3B BOS vs NYY
1:35PM
N. Eovaldi 14 10 4 1 10 0 1 .714 .667 1.143 1.810
M. Cabrera OF CWS @ MIN
2:10PM
R. Nolasco 19 7 2 1 1 0 2 .368 .368 .579 .947
A. Ramirez SS CWS @ MIN
2:10PM
R. Nolasco 12 6 3 1 6 0 0 .500 .500 .917 1.417
E. Escobar SS MIN vs CWS
2:10PM
H. Noesi 15 6 2 0 4 0 2 .400 .412 .533 .945
D. Santana SS MIN vs CWS
2:10PM
H. Noesi 14 5 3 1 3 0 3 .357 .357 .714 1.071
M. Holliday OF STL vs PIT
2:15PM
F. Liriano 18 7 2 0 1 3 1 .389 .500 .500 1.000
J. Peralta SS STL vs PIT
2:15PM
F. Liriano 44 15 3 2 6 9 13 .341 .453 .500 .953
A. Lind 1B MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Arrieta 11 4 2 1 3 4 2 .364 .533 .727 1.261
A. Pujols 1B LAA @ SF
4:05PM
T. Hudson 32 14 3 3 7 2 3 .438 .471 .719 1.189
A. Hechavarria SS MIA vs PHI
4:10PM
C. Hamels 24 8 2 0 3 1 4 .333 .360 .500 .860
M. Ozuna OF MIA vs PHI
4:10PM
C. Hamels 23 7 3 3 5 1 7 .304 .333 .696 1.029
G. Stanton OF MIA vs PHI
4:10PM
C. Hamels 45 12 6 3 6 3 17 .267 .313 .556 .868
R. Howard 1B PHI @ MIA
4:10PM
D. Haren 19 5 3 3 7 2 10 .263 .333 .737 1.070
B. Revere OF PHI @ MIA
4:10PM
D. Haren 20 8 1 0 1 1 2 .400 .429 .450 .879
G. Sizemore OF PHI @ MIA
4:10PM
D. Haren 23 11 5 3 4 3 4 .478 .538 .957 1.495
D. Jennings OF TB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez 25 6 4 4 7 7 7 .240 .412 .720 1.132
N. Markakis OF ATL vs CIN
7:10PM
J. Marquis 10 5 1 0 2 2 1 .500 .583 .600 1.183
J. Altuve 2B HOU vs SEA
7:10PM
T. Walker 13 5 2 0 0 0 0 .385 .429 .538 .967
M. Cuddyer OF NYM vs WAS
7:10PM
G. Gonzalez 14 6 2 1 3 5 4 .429 .579 .714 1.293
J. Lagares OF NYM vs WAS
7:10PM
G. Gonzalez 16 6 4 1 4 0 3 .375 .412 .813 1.224
D. Murphy 2B NYM vs WAS
7:10PM
G. Gonzalez 17 6 1 0 1 2 4 .353 .421 .471 .892
D. Espinosa 2B WAS @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 18 7 2 1 3 0 5 .389 .389 .611 1.000
T. Moore OF WAS @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 11 4 1 1 4 0 1 .364 .364 .636 1.000
W. Ramos C WAS @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 11 4 1 1 3 0 4 .364 .333 .636 .970
D. Uggla 2B WAS @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 33 10 4 0 3 6 10 .303 .410 .455 .865
R. Zimmerman 3B WAS @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 17 7 1 0 1 1 4 .412 .444 .471 .915
J. Gyorko 2B SD vs COL
8:40PM
J. De La Rosa 16 11 4 0 3 5 2 .688 .762 .938 1.699
M. Kemp OF SD vs COL
8:40PM
J. De La Rosa 41 17 9 3 15 2 4 .415 .432 .805 1.237
J. Upton OF SD vs COL
8:40PM
J. De La Rosa 21 8 1 0 0 5 6 .381 .500 .429 .929
A. Hill 2B ARI @ LAD
9:10PM
S. Baker 13 6 3 1 2 0 2 .462 .462 .846 1.308
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD vs ARI
9:10PM
J. Hellickson 19 3 3 2 7 4 1 .158 .304 .579 .883
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 2, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Cole Hamels PHI @ MIA
4:10PM
241 65 20 9 24 10 61 .270 .299 .441 .740
Collin McHugh HOU vs SEA
7:10PM
107 20 7 3 11 6 32 .187 .230 .319 .549
Cold Batter Matchups – May 2, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Headley 3B NYY @ BOS
1:35PM
W. Miley 19 3 0 0 2 3 4 .158 .273 .158 .431
G. Soto C CWS @ MIN
2:10PM
R. Nolasco 12 3 1 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .333 .583
O. Arcia OF MIN vs CWS
2:10PM
H. Noesi 12 1 0 0 0 2 2 .083 .267 .083 .350
B. Dozier 2B MIN vs CWS
2:10PM
H. Noesi 15 3 1 1 1 0 4 .200 .200 .400 .600
M. Carpenter 3B STL vs PIT
2:15PM
F. Liriano 20 4 2 0 1 2 6 .200 .273 .300 .573
Y. Molina C STL vs PIT
2:15PM
F. Liriano 13 2 1 1 1 0 3 .154 .154 .385 .538
M. Reynolds 1B STL vs PIT
2:15PM
F. Liriano 12 1 1 1 1 4 5 .083 .313 .333 .646
A. Ramirez 3B MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Arrieta 10 2 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533
D. Solano 2B MIA vs PHI
4:10PM
C. Hamels 25 6 1 0 1 0 4 .240 .240 .280 .520
J. Francoeur OF PHI @ MIA
4:10PM
D. Haren 18 4 0 0 4 0 4 .222 .222 .222 .444
C. Ruiz C PHI @ MIA
4:10PM
D. Haren 12 2 1 0 0 3 1 .167 .375 .250 .625
A. Jones OF BAL vs TB
7:05PM
C. Archer 14 1 0 0 1 1 4 .071 .125 .071 .196
J. Loney 1B TB @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez 20 4 1 0 3 2 2 .200 .273 .250 .523
J. Castro C HOU vs SEA
7:10PM
T. Walker 11 1 0 0 0 0 7 .091 .091 .091 .182
M. Gonzalez SS HOU vs SEA
7:10PM
T. Walker 10 2 1 1 1 0 1 .200 .200 .500 .700
E. Campbell OF NYM vs WAS
7:10PM
G. Gonzalez 10 2 0 0 2 1 3 .200 .273 .200 .473
L. Duda 1B NYM vs WAS
7:10PM
G. Gonzalez 14 2 0 0 1 3 4 .143 .294 .143 .437
W. Flores SS NYM vs WAS
7:10PM
G. Gonzalez 10 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .091 .000 .091
C. Granderson OF NYM vs WAS
7:10PM
G. Gonzalez 24 3 2 1 2 1 8 .125 .160 .292 .452
D. Ackley OF SEA @ HOU
7:10PM
C. McHugh 13 0 0 0 0 2 6 .000 .133 .000 .133
R. Cano 2B SEA @ HOU
7:10PM
C. McHugh 18 4 1 0 4 0 4 .222 .222 .333 .556
K. Seager 3B SEA @ HOU
7:10PM
C. McHugh 16 1 1 0 0 0 6 .063 .063 .125 .188
C. Gonzalez OF COL @ SD
8:40PM
B. Morrow 12 2 1 0 2 1 3 .167 .214 .250 .464
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 2, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ricky Nolasco MIN vs CWS
2:10PM
141 46 13 4 16 3 24 .326 .340 .475 .815
Jason Marquis CIN @ ATL
7:10PM
60 16 4 1 6 11 6 .267 .380 .374 .754
Jon Niese NYM vs WAS
7:10PM
170 53 12 3 16 18 40 .312 .376 .417 .793
Jorge De La Rosa COL @ SD
8:40PM
126 53 19 3 26 13 21 .421 .470 .643 1.113


Recommended Pickup

Odubel Herrera, OF, PHI – Herrera – a Rule 5 draft pick out in the offseason out of the Rangers organization - turned a hot spring into a starting job with the Phillies, and nothing he’s done so far warrants a removal. Through the first day of May, he owns a .299/.337/.414 batting line with eight RBI, 10 runs scored and four stolen bases. While he doesn’t have the benefit of a great lineup around him, he’s still managed produce. He doesn’t possess much power, but remains a solid contact hitter with the ability to steal some bases. The youngster also provides the added boost of dual eligibility at either shortstop or second base in some formats.

Other Recent Recommendations: Kevin Pillar, Luis Valbuena, Jake Marisnick, Rafael Montero and Jimmy Paredes

DraftKings Value Picks (Early Games)

SP: Mike Fiers, MIL ($7,800)
C: Chris Herrmann, MIN ($2,500)
1B: Pedro Alvarez, PIT ($3,300)
2B: Odubel Herrera, PHI ($3,100)
SS: Freddy Galvis, PHI ($3,300)
3B: Brock Holt, BOS ($3,300)
OF: Avisail Garcia, CWS ($3,700)
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