Monday Lineup Card: New Closer in the Emerald City?
Monday Lineup Card: New Closer in the Emerald City?

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

MIL (Jimmy Nelson - R) at PIT (A.J. Burnett - R) 7:05 PM
MIA (Brad Hand - L) at TOR (Marco Estrada - R) 7:07 PM
SD (Ian Kennedy - R) at ATL (Shelby Miller - R) 7:10 PM
PHI (Cole Hamels - L) at CIN (Mike Leake - R) 7:10 PM
HOU (Lance McCullers - R) at CWS (Chris Sale - L) 8:10 PM
KC (Jason Vargas - L) at MIN (Phil Hughes - R) 8:10 PM
STL (John Lackey - R) at COL (David Hale - R) 8:40 PM
ARI (Rubby De La Rosa - R) at LAD (Michael Bolsinger - R) 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Brad Boxberger, P, TB (triceps) – Dealing with tightness in his triceps, but manager Kevin Cash expects him to be available for Tuesday's game against the Angels.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (back) – Was held out of Sunday's lineup to rest his stiff back.
Asdurbal Cabrera, SS, TB (elbow) – Was held out of Sunday's starting lineup after exiting Saturday's contest due to a hyperextended right elbow.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (shoulder) – Left Saturday's game with a shoulder injury but is confident he'll be able to play Monday against the Marlins.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAD (knee) – Missed his fourth straight start Sunday, but took grounders and batting practice and hopes to rejoin the lineup Monday.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB (wrist) – Missed his second straight start Sunday but is expected to return to the Rays' lineup Tuesday.
Jake Odorizzi, P, TB (oblique) – Left Friday's start due to an oblique strain and will see a doctor Monday. He's expected to miss a little time.
Hunter Pence, OF, SF (wrist) – Dealing with tendinitis in his wrist, but expects to return to the Giants' lineup Tuesday after missing four straight games.
Denard Span, OF, WAS (back) – Left Sunday's game due to back spasms.

Out

Jenrry Mejia, P, NYM (suspension) – Serving an 80-game suspension.
Ervin Santana, P, MIN (suspension) – Serving an 80-game suspension.

Players on the DL

Matt Adams, 1B, STL (quadricpes) – Will be sidelined until late August and may miss the rest of the season.
Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA (shoulder) – Remains on a no-throw schedule with no timetable to return.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX (thumb) – Has a sprain and laceration of his left thumb, but is not expected to miss an extended period of time.
Kyle Blanks, 1B, TEX (back) – Likely to be activated before Tuesday's series opener against the A's.
Archie Bradley, P, ARI (shoulder) – An MRI came back negative for structural damage, but expect the D'Backs to be cautious with the young starter.
Enrique Burgos, P, ARI (shoulder) – Dealing with shoulder tendinitis and is unlikely to return immediately when he is eligible.
Marlon Byrd, OF, CIN (wrist) – Broke his wrist and is not expected to return until August.
Matt Cain, P, SF (forearm) – Scheduled to make a rehab start for Double-A Richmond on Tuesday.
Jarred Cosart , P, MIA (head) – Tossed 81 pitches over five innings during an extended spring training game Saturday.
Patrick Corbin, P, ARI (elbow) – Will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Visalia on Monday.
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM (hand) – Is expected to rejoin the Mets within the week.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL (knee) – Will miss 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing successful knee surgery on Tuesday.
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL (foot) – Returned to Arizona on Sunday for extended spring training games.
Sean Doolittle, P, OAK (shoulder) – Re-injured his shoulder and went back on the DL after just one appearance.
Danny Duffy, P, KC (shoulder) – Expected to make two or three rehab starts with Triple-A Omaha before rejoining the Royals.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY (knee) – Ran sprints and took dry swings Friday and hopes to return before the end of June.
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX (arm) – Tossed a scoreless inning during his first rehab appearance at Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA (elbow) – Allowed five runs over three innings during his first rehab appearance with High-A Jupiter on Saturday.
Doug Fister, P, WAS (forearm) – Allowed two runs over 3.2 innings during a rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.
Kevin Gausman, P, BAL (shoulder) – Struck out four over three shutout innings during a rehab appearance for High-A Frederick on Saturday.
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX (hamstring) – Expected to miss four weeks.
Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA (shoulder) – Threw his second bullpen session Sunday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (knee) – Slated to visit a knee specialist in Colorado.
Mat Latos, P, MIA (knee) – Will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Jupiter on Thursday.
Kyle Lobstein, P, DET (shoulder) – Hasn't thrown since landing on the DL, as he's still waiting for soreness to subside.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU (thumb) – Expected to be out until after the All-Star break.
Victor Martinez, 1B, DET (knee) – Took batting practice Saturday and could be back as soon as Tuesday.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (hip) – Will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL (head) – Remains without a timetable to return from the DL.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM (quadriceps) – It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined after hitting the DL on Friday.
Wil Myers, OF, SD (wrist) – Took 75 swings without pain during batting practice Friday and went on a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Sunday.
James Paxton, P, SEA (finger) – Dealing with a strained middle finger tendon.
Wily Peralta, P, MIL (ribs) – Dealing with a rib-cage strain.
Jorge Soler, OF, CHC (ankle) – Likely to return in late-June.
Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS (neck) – Threw 30 pitches from the mound during a bullpen session Saturday.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR (shoulder) – Will be shut down for the next week after traveling to Florida to receive further treatment on his ailing shoulder.
Justin Verlander, P, DET (triceps) – Delivered a strong performance for Triple-A Toledo on Saturday and appears poised to return to the Tigers' rotation next week.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (wrist) – A CT scan revealed two fractures in his wrist and aiming to return August 1.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (hamstring) – Expects to play this season sooner rather than later, but still is unsure when he'll return.

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

Called Up

Nate Adcock, P, CIN
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU
Junior Guerra, P, CWS
Spencer Patton, P, TEX
Drew Rucinski, P, LAA

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Vic Black, P, NYM
Jake Buchanan, P, HOU
Jumbo Diaz, P, CIN
Severino Gonzalez, P, PHI
Grant Green, 2B, LAA
Dominic Leone, P, ARI
Reynaldo Navarro, SS, BAL
Danny Santana, SS, MIN
Matt Szczur, OF, CHC

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

Chris Denorfia, OF, CHC
David Hernandez, P, ARI
Bud Norris, P, BAL

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

Dan Jennings, P, CWS
Ross Ohlendorf, P, TEX

Claimed

None

Designated for Assignment

None

Signed

David Aardsma, P, ATL

Released

Matt Magill, P, CIN

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Boston Red Sox - With Koji Ueahara unavailable Sunday, Tommy Layne earned his first save of the season and third of his career with a scoreless ninth inning against the A's.

Chicago Cubs - With Pedro Strop unavailable Sunday, Jason Motte earned his first save of the season Sunday against the Nationals. Hector Rondon worked a scoreless eighth inning during the game to earn his first hold of the season.

Detroit Tigers - Joakim Soria earned his 18th save of the season Sunday against the White Sox.

Houston Astros - Luke Gregerson was hit hard Sunday, allowing three runs on four hits against the Blue Jays while taking his first loss and blowing his second save of the season.

Kansas City Royals - Greg Holland struck out one during a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Rangers to earn his ninth save of the season.

Miami Marlins - A.J. Ramos struck out one during a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Rockies to earn his seventh save of the season.

Minnesota Twins - Glen Perkins earned his league leading 21st save of the season Sunday with a scoreless ninth inning against the Brewers.

New York Mets - Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Diamondbacks to earn his 17th save of the season.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Mark Melancon struck out two during a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Braves to earn his 18th save of the season.

Philadelphia Phillies - Jonathan Papelbon allowed an unearned run Sunday against the Giants, but still earned his 12th save of the season.

Tampa Bay Rays - Kevin Jepsen earned his fourth save of the season Sunday against the Mariners.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – June 8, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
F. Freeman1BATL vs SD
7:10PM
I. Kennedy10631841.600.6671.1001.767
R. Howard1BPHI @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake18622424.333.429.6671.095
A. EscobarSSKC @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes17621212.353.421.5881.009
A. RiosOFKC @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes271351502.481.464.7411.205
J. Mauer1BMIN vs KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas331420922.424.457.485.942
E. NunezSSMIN vs KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas15520301.333.333.533.867
H. Kendrick2BLAD vs ARI
10:10PM
R. De La Rosa12511102.417.417.6671.083
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 8, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Shelby MillerATL vs SD
7:10PM
519426714.176.270.325.595
Cole HamelsPHI @ CIN
7:10PM
136259212834.184.229.294.523
Cold Batter Matchups – June 8, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. LucroyCMIL @ PIT
7:05PM
A. Burnett12200003.167.167.167.333
A. Ramirez3BMIL @ PIT
7:05PM
A. Burnett26500125.192.250.192.442
C. MaybinOFATL vs SD
7:10PM
I. Kennedy14310005.214.214.357.571
T. Frazier3BCIN vs PHI
7:10PM
C. Hamels13210305.154.154.231.385
J. Votto1BCIN vs PHI
7:10PM
C. Hamels18320122.167.250.278.528
C. Utley2BPHI @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake12221310.167.231.500.731
J. UptonOFSD @ ATL
7:10PM
S. Miller10100024.100.250.100.350
C. CarterDHHOU @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale10221105.200.200.600.800
J. DysonOFKC @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes12211406.167.167.417.583
E. Hosmer1BKC @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes15300023.200.294.200.494
S. PerezCKC @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes17310104.176.176.235.412
T. Plouffe3BMIN vs KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas30531413.167.194.333.527
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 8, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Marco EstradaTOR vs MIA
7:07PM
4815426012.312.312.479.792
John LackeySTL @ COL
8:40PM
4511635014.244.244.511.756
Recommended Pickup

Carson Smith, P, SEA – Smith earned his first career save Saturday night, pitching a clean ninth inning against the Rays with one strikeout. Forget what manager Lloyd McClendon is saying about Fernando Rodney or other relievers – this is Smith's job to run away with. He has a 1.08 ERA (2.36 FIP) with 29 strikeouts and five walks over 25 innings. He doesn't have much experience in the majors with 35 games under his belt, but that hasn't slowed him to this point. Moreover, Rodney is a complete mess with a 6.94 ERA (5.51 FIP) while showing no signs of turning things around. Until further notice, Smith is best reliever to own in the Mariners' bullpen. If you're speculating for saves beyond Smith, check on former closer Tom Wilhelmsen, who aside from his recent hiccup has pitched very well with a 2.36 ERA (2.03 FIP), 14 strikeouts and four walks over 13.2 IP.

Other Recent Recommendations:Cameron Maybin, Joe Ross, Joey Butler, Lance McCullers, Mike Foltynewicz and Joey Gallo.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Jimmy Nelson, MIL ($6,700)
C - Kurt Suzuki, MIN ($2,900)
1B - Justin Bour, MIA ($3,100)
2B - Jace Peterson, ATL ($3,200)
3B - Alex Guerrero, LAD ($3,100)
SS - Carlos Correa, HOU ($3,600)
OF - Chris Colabello, TOR ($3,600)

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