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Monday Lineup Card: Strike It Rich

Ryan Rufe

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

CIN (Brandon Finnegan - L) at WAS (Tanner Roark - R) 3:05 PM
STL (Lance Lynn - R) at PIT (J.A. Happ - L) 7:00 PM
TOR (Marco Estrada - R) at BAL (Chris Tillman - R) 7:05 PM
BOS (Eduardo Rodriguez - L) at NYY (Masahiro Tanaka - R) 7:05 PM
MIN (Phil Hughes - R) at CLE (Corey Kluber - R) 7:10 PM
DET (Daniel Norris - L) at TEX (Colby Lewis - R) 8:05 PM
KC (Yordano Ventura - R) at CHC (Kyle Hendricks - R) 8:05 PM
OAK (Felix Doubront - L) at LAA (Hector Santiago - L) 10:05 PM
HOU (Lance McCullers - R) at SEA (Roenis Elias - L) 10:10 PM
LAD (Zack Greinke - R) at SF (Jake Peavy - R) 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Carlos Gomez, OF, HOU (back) -- Has yet to receive clearance to take batting practice.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD (back) -- Missed his second straight game Sunday but manager Don Mattingly expressed optimism he'd be ready to play Monday.
Sonny Gray, P, OAK (hip) -- Is dealing with hip soreness but will give it some time before deciding whether he'll make his next start.
Zack Greinke, P, LAD (calf) -- Threw a bullpen session Friday and is expected to start Monday against the Giants.
Kendrys Morales, 1B, KC (bruise) -- Missed Sunday's game with a bruised ankle.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN (illness) -- Missed Sunday's game due to an illness.
Jose Reyes, SS, COL (achilles) -- Missed his fourth straight game Sunday and his status for the final week of the season is in jeopardy.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY (hamstring) -- Threw off flat ground Sunday but will not start Monday as planned. If he's unable to return by Thursday, he'll be held out until the postseason.

Out

Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (back) -- Was shut down by the Brewers Sunday due to the lack of progress in his rehab.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN (shoulder) -- Underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on Friday.
Greg Holland, P, KC (elbow) -- Has a significant UCL tear and is most-likely looking at Tommy John surgery.
Jung-Ho Kang, SS, PIT (knee) -- Will miss the remainder of the season.
Carlos Martinez, P, STL (shoulder) -- Has been shut down for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.
Yadier Molina, C, STL (thumb) -- Will be re-evaluated this week after suffering a slight ligament tear in this thumb.
Aaron Nola, P, PHI (coach's decision) -- Will not pitch again in 2015 but will have no innings limit in 2016.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, TOR (shoulder) -- Swung off a tee Thursday and took grounders Friday, but his timetable to return remains unclear.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (oblique) -- Has begun swinging a bat but is still experiencing pain on his left side.

Players on the DL

Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI (wrist) -- Will get five at-bats in an instructional game Monday.
Hunter Pence, OF, SF (oblique) -- Best case scenario for a return is the Giants' final homestand that begins September 28.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (hamstring) -- Is still having problems running and is unlikely to return this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS (shoulder) -- His shoulder injury has not shown any improvement and has been shut down for the remainder of the season.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (wrist) -- Put his rehab on hold due to an abnormal amount of scar tissue in his hand.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (leg) -- Will miss the remainder of the season after x-rays revealed a fracture in his leg.

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

Called Up

None

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

None

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)

None

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

Kris Negron, 3B, CIN (60-day DL)

Claimed

Tyler Holt, OF, CIN (from CLE)

Designated for Assignment

None

Signed

None

Released

None

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Arizona Diamondbacks - Brad Ziegler pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Padres to earn his 29th save of the season.

Boston Red Sox - Robbie Ross allowed a hit but struck out two during a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Orioles to earn his sixth save of the season.

Houston Astros - Luke Gregerson needed only 10 pitches (eight for strikes) to close out a 4-2 win for the Astros on Sunday against the Rangers. He has 29 saves this season.

Kansas City Royals - Wade Davis allowed a hit but struck out two during the ninth inning Sunday against the Indians to earn his 14th save of the season.

Los Angeles Angels - With Huston Street out for the remainder of the regular season and possibly the playoffs, Michael Morin struck out two during a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Mariners to earn his first career save.

Milwaukee Brewers - Francisco Rodriguez recorded the final out of Sunday's 8-4 over the Cardinals to earn his 37th save of the season.

San Francisco Giants - Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the A's to earn his 37th save of the season.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Septemberá28,á2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Ortiz DH BOSá@áNYY
7:05PM
I. Nova 25 10 5 2 5 4 1 .400 .483 .760 1.243
J. Harrison 3B PITávsáSTL
7:05PM
L. Lynn 19 7 3 1 2 0 2 .368 .368 .632 1.000
S. Marte OF PITávsáSTL
7:05PM
L. Lynn 21 8 3 0 0 2 3 .381 .519 .571 1.090
J. Mercer SS PITávsáSTL
7:05PM
L. Lynn 15 7 3 0 4 1 2 .467 .500 .667 1.167
N. Walker 2B PITávsáSTL
7:05PM
L. Lynn 38 14 8 3 10 6 5 .368 .444 .789 1.234
J. Bautista OF TORá@áBAL
7:05PM
C. Tillman 36 10 6 3 7 5 10 .278 .357 .611 .968
J. Donaldson 3B TORá@áBAL
7:05PM
C. Tillman 20 7 4 1 6 1 1 .350 .381 .650 1.031
E. Encarnacion 1B TORá@áBAL
7:05PM
C. Tillman 46 15 5 2 3 3 6 .326 .367 .522 .889
R. Goins 2B TORá@áBAL
7:05PM
C. Tillman 20 8 1 1 2 1 4 .400 .429 .550 .979
M. Brantley OF CLEávsáMIN
7:10PM
P. Hughes 19 5 4 1 2 2 2 .263 .333 .579 .912
J. Mauer 1B MINá@áCLE
7:10PM
C. Kluber 36 9 5 2 4 5 10 .250 .341 .528 .869
A. Avila C DETá@áTEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 17 6 3 2 2 4 4 .353 .476 .765 1.241
M. Cabrera 1B DETá@áTEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 23 8 4 0 3 3 1 .348 .393 .522 .915
V. Martinez 1B DETá@áTEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 20 9 3 0 3 0 0 .450 .450 .600 1.050
M. Moreland 1B TEXávsáDET
8:05PM
J. Verlander 18 6 4 0 5 2 6 .333 .400 .556 .956
C. Crawford OF LADá@áSF
10:15PM
J. Peavy 24 8 2 1 2 0 6 .333 .333 .542 .875
A. Gonzalez 1B LADá@áSF
10:15PM
J. Peavy 20 5 3 3 5 0 2 .250 .250 .700 .950
J. Rollins SS LADá@áSF
10:15PM
J. Peavy 16 5 2 1 1 3 1 .313 .421 .625 1.046
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Septemberá28,á2015
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Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Septemberá28,á2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Marco Estrada TORá@áBAL
7:05PM
92 16 8 4 11 11 25 .174 .260 .381 .640
Phil Hughes MINá@áCLE
7:10PM
144 40 13 3 14 4 29 .278 .298 .412 .710
Corey Kluber
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Marco Estrada TORá@áBAL
7:05PM
92 16 8 4 11 11 25 .174 .260 .381 .640
Phil Hughes MINá@áCLE
7:10PM
144 40 13 3 14 4 29 .278 .298 .412 .710
Corey Kluber CLEávsáMIN
7:10PM
229 44 20 6 22 11 67 .192 .240 .336 .576
Jake Peavy SFávsáLAD
10:15PM
140 30 10 6 15 11 30 .214 .272 .376 .648
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Cold Batter Matchups ľ Septemberá28,á2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. McCutchen OF PITávsáSTL
7:05PM
L. Lynn 42 7 4 0 2 0 16 .167 .167 .262 .429
A. Ramirez 3B PITávsáSTL
7:05PM
L. Lynn 29 3 0 0 1 2 4 .103 .161 .103 .265
M. Reynolds 1B STLá@áPIT
7:05PM
J. Happ 16 0 0 0 0 0 8 .000 .000 .000 .000
L. Chisenhall 3B CLEávsáMIN
7:10PM
P. Hughes 19 4 0 0 2 0 3 .211 .200 .211 .411
C. Santana 1B CLEávsáMIN
7:10PM
P. Hughes 21 3 1 0 2 1 6 .143 .174 .190 .364
B. Dozier 2B MINá@áCLE
7:10PM
C. Kluber 30 4 2 1 1 1 9 .133 .161 .267 .428
E. Escobar SS MINá@áCLE
7:10PM
C. Kluber 20 3 0 0 2 0 3 .150 .190 .150 .340
T. Hunter OF MINá@áCLE
7:10PM
C. Kluber 22 3 1 0 1 0 8 .136 .174 .182 .356
C. Gentry OF OAKá@áLAA
10:05PM
H. Santiago 15 3 0 0 0 1 5 .200 .333 .200 .533
A. Ethier OF LADá@áSF
10:15PM
J. Peavy 38 6 1 1 5 3 11 .158 .214 .237 .451
M. Byrd OF SFávsáLAD
10:15PM
Z. Greinke 29 5 2 1 1 3 11 .172 .250 .310 .560
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Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Septemberá28,á2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Chris Tillman BALávsáTOR
7:05PM
218 71 28 12 37 19 38 .326 .388 .564 .952
J.A. Happ PITávsáSTL
7:05PM
73 22 2 1 4 8 20 .301 .370 .380 .751
Ivan Nova NYYávsáBOS
7:05PM
82 25 11 5 13 8 8 .305 .367 .558 .925
Colby Lewis TEXávsáDET
8:05PM
122 40 14 4 14 9 13 .328 .380 .511 .891
Hector Santiago LAAávsáOAK
10:05PM
111 32 12 5 14 16 25 .288 .388 .494 .883
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