Monday Lineup Card: Hey Jackie!

Monday Lineup Card: Hey Jackie!

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

OAK (Sonny Gray - R) at BAL (Chris Tillman - R) 7:05 PM
MIN (Kyle Gibson - R) at NYY (Bryan Mitchell - R) 7:05 PM
ARI (Jeremy Hellickson - R) at PIT (Gerrit Cole - R) 7:05 PM
CLE (Danny Salazar - R) at BOS (Matt Barnes - R) 7:10 PM
SF (Chris Heston - R) at STL (Michael Wacha - R) 8:00 PM
SEA (Taijuan Walker - R) at TEX (Cole Hamels - L) 8:05 PM
MIA (Justin Nicolino -L) at MIL (Matt Garza - R) 8:10 PM
TB (Erasmo Ramirez - R) at HOU (Scott Kazmir - L) 8:10 PM
CWS (Carlos Rodon - L) at LAA (Andrew Heaney - L) 10:05 PM
ATL (Williams Perez - R) at SD (Colin Rea - L) 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (shoulder) – Hope to return during Cleveland's upcoming three-game season against Boston.
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM (back) – Eyeing a Tuesday return to the Mets' lineup.
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI (wrist) – Eyeing a Tuesday return to the Phillies' lineup.
Randal Grichuk, OF, STL (elbow) – Left Sunday's game after he felt tightness in his right elbow.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS (foot) – Has missed over a week due to a foot injury, but still no talk of a DL stint.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (hamstring) – Missed his third straight game Sunday.

Out

None

Players on the DL

Norichika Aoki, OF, SF (head) – Expects to rejoin the Giants when first eligible.
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL (ribs) – Has been working out in a pool but has not been cleared to swing a bat.
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA (biceps) – Is confident he'll return this season, but remains out with a strained biceps.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL (oblique) – On track to be activated Wednesday in San Diego.
Alex Gordon, OF, KC (groin) – Could begin a minor league rehab assignment in late August or early September.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (quadriceps) – Is likely to return this season.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAD (leg) – Expected to miss at least three weeks.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE (shoulder) – May have his return from the DL pushed back until Tuesday.
Steven Matz, P, NYM (side) – Felt no discomfort in his strained lat muscle during his first rehab start Saturday.
Joe Panik, 2B, SF (back) – Will head to the Giants' spring training facility in Arizona to continue his rehab.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (hamstring) – Will not begin baseball activities until the end of the month.
Michael Pineda, P, NYY (shoulder) – Pitched Sunday at Double-A Trenton.
Steven Souza, OF, TB (hand) – Aiming to rejoin the Rays by mid-September.
Denard Span, OF, WAS (back) – Started a rehab assignment at High-A Potomac on Sunday.
George Springer, OF, HOU (wrist) – Will likely travel with the Astros for a late-August series in New York.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (wrist) – Is hitting in cage but is not yet cleared to face live pitching.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR (shoulder) – Unlikely to rejoin the Blue Jays' until at least early September.
Christian Yelich, OF, MIA (knee) – Dealing with a right knee contusion.

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

Called Up

Cam Bedrosian, P, LAA
Ryan Jackson, SS, LAA
Mike Morin, P, LAA
Peter Moylan, P, ATL

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Jake Brigham, P, ATL
Aaron Loup, P, TOR
Matt Shoemaker, P, LAA
Taylor Thompson, P, OAK
Michael Tonkin, P, MIN
Kirby Yates, P, TB

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

Tommy Milone, P, MIN
J.B. Shuck, OF, CWS
Drew Smyly, P, TB (60-day DL)

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

Taylor Featherston, 2B, LAA
Cory Rasmus, P, LAA
C.J. Wilson, P, LAA (60-day DL)

Claimed

None

Designated for Assignment

Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CWS
Jose Dominguez, P, TB

Signed

Frank Herrmann, P, PIT

Released

None

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Chicago White Sox - David Robertson allowed a run in the ninth inning Sunday against the Cubs, but hung on for his 24th save of the season.

Miami Marlins - A.J. Ramos pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Cardinals to earn his 19th save of the season.

Milwaukee Brewers - Francisco Rodriguez pitched the final out in the ninth inning Sunday against the Phillies to earn his 29th save of the season.

Minnesota Twins - Glen Perkins pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Indians to earn his 31st save of the season.

Seattle Mariners - Carson Smith blew his third save of the season Sunday against the Red Sox, but Danny Farquhar earned his first save when the Mariners won the game in extra innings.

Texas Rangers - Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Rays to earns his 23rd save of the season.

Toronto Blue Jays - Roberto Osuna pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Yankees to earn his 13th save of the season.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – August 17, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. JonesOFBAL vs OAK
7:05PM
S. Gray8311302.375.375.7501.125
L. Morrison1BSEA @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Hamels24930232.375.429.500.929
J. Loney1BTB @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Kazmir9310000.333.400.556.956
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 17, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Chris TillmanBAL vs OAK
7:05PM
75137311413.173.215.342.557
Scott KazmirHOU vs TB
8:10PM
6813525917.191.294.339.633
Cold Batter Matchups – August 17, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. Butler1BOAK @ BAL
7:05PM
C. Tillman14221211.143.200.429.629
C. CrispOFOAK @ BAL
7:05PM
C. Tillman8100010.125.222.125.347
B. Lawrie3BOAK @ BAL
7:05PM
C. Tillman22422404.182.182.455.636
H. CongerCHOU vs TB
8:10PM
E. Ramirez9200002.222.222.222.444
M. Prado3BMIA @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza18410102.222.222.278.500
A. CabreraSSTB @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Kazmir15110034.067.222.133.356
E. Longoria3BTB @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Kazmir10211423.200.333.500.833
G. SizemoreOFTB @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Kazmir14211124.143.250.357.607
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 17, 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 HamelsTEX vs SEA
8:05PM
7023847613.329.376.548.924
Erasmo RamirezTB @ HOU
8:10PM
59187513810.305.383.607.990
Recommended Pickup

Jackie Bradley, OF, BOS - It's easy to tout a guy coming off a five-hit game, but Bradley's turnaround came before Saturday. He had four multi-hit games in his last five starts, and is playing on a regular basis. The Red Sox got some mileage earlier this season from Alejandro De Aza, but it's time to cast him aside (at least to the bench) and allow the trio of Bradley, Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts play on a regular basis. There are some parallels from Bradley to the Twins' Aaron Hicks - a highly pedigreed prospect, both excellent defensively, both with some semblance of an ability to take a walk, but both got off to terrible starts in their careers. Sometime a player needs more reps to fully get it at the big-league level - maybe it doesn't augur towards them being a star, but a player like Bradley or Hicks can be a useful major leaguer if developed properly.

Other Recent Recommendations:Carlos Rodon, Eugenio Suarez, Danny Valencia, Khris Davis, Chris Bassitt and Jose Peraza.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Carlos Rodon, CWS ($6,700)
C - Derek Norris, SD ($3,300)
1B - Mitch Moreland, TEX ($3,700)
2B - Jedd Gyorko, SD ($2,900)
3B - Jung-Ho Kang, PIT ($3,500)
SS - Jean Segura, MIL ($3,500)
OF - Aaron Hicks, MIN ($3,600)

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