Monday Lineup Card: Souza's On

Monday Lineup Card: Souza's On

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

BOS (Eduardo Rodriguez - L) at BAL (Kevin Gausman - R) 7:05 PM
WAS (Jordan Zimmermann - R) at PHI (Aaron Nola - R) 7:05 PM
KC (Edinson Volquez - R) at CLE (Carlos Carrasco - R) 7:10 PM
MIA (Justin Nicolino - L) at NYM (Logan Verrett - R) 7:10 PM
NYY (CC Sabathia - L) at TB (Erasmo Ramirez - R) 7:10 PM
HOU (Scott Kazmir - L) at TEX (Cole Hamels - L) 8:05 PM
OAK (Sonny Gray - R) at CWS (John Danks - L) 8:10 PM
DET (Kyle Lobstein - L) at MIN (Tyler Duffey - R) 8:10 PM
SD (James Shields - R) at ARI (Jeremy Hellickson - R) 9:40 PM
LAA (Garrett Richards - R) at SEA (Taijuan Walker - R) 10:10 PM
COL (Jon Gray - R) at LAD (Clayton Kershaw - L) 10:10 PM
CIN (Keyvius Sampson - R) at SF (Tim Hudson - R) 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (finger) – Expected to return to the Blue Jays lineup for their upcoming series Tuesday against Atlanta.
Carlos Gomez, OF, HOU (back) – Expected to miss at least Monday's game as he heads back to Houston for further examination.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (undisclosed) – Was removed from Sunday's game for precautionary reasons but indicated after the game that's he's fine.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (illness) – Missed his second straight game Sunday.

Out

Norichika Aoki, OF, SF (concussion) – May not play again this season.
Corey Kluber, P, CLE (hamstring) – Might start Wednesday's game but manager Terry Francona wouldn't name him the starter yet.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL (concussion) – Dealing with a mild concussion but plans to return this season.
Glen Perkins, P, MIN (back) – Unlikely to reclaim the closer's role when he gets healthy.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, TOR (shoulder) – Could return in 2-to-3 weeks.

Players on the DL

Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI (wrist) – Hoped to be cleared to take batting practice over the weekend.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (quadriceps) – Indicated his desire to return this season but has not done much outside of a few sprints.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAD (leg) – Hit in a simulated game Friday and hopes to rejoin the Dodgers this next week.
Hunter Pence, OF, SF (oblique) – Scheduled to hit off a tee Monday.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (hamstring) – Rehabbing at the Dodgers' spring training facility in Arizona.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS (shoulder) – Ran the bases before Saturday's game, which is the most baseball activity he's done in weeks.
Jorge Soler, OF, CHC (oblique) – Will remain with High-A Myrtle Beach for their playoff series.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (wrist) – Was limited to dry swings last Sunday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (leg) – Will miss the remainder of the season after x-rays revealed a fracture in his leg.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR (shoulder) – Was transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday.

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

Called Up

Erik Davis, P, WAS
Wilmer Difo, SS, WAS
Ronnie Torreyes, 2B, LAD

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

None

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

James Paxton, P, SEA

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

None

Claimed

None

Designated for Assignment

Scott Copeland, P, TOR

Signed

None

Released

None

Traded

Darwin Barney, 2B, TOR (from LAD)

Closer Watch

Colorado Rockies - John Axford pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Mariners to earn his 23rd save of the season.

Houston Astros - Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Angels to earn his 27th save of the season.

Los Angeles Angels - Huston Street allowed a three-run homer in the ninth inning Sunday against the Astros to take the loss and blow his fifth save of the season.

Philadelphia Phillies - Ken Giles pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Cubs to earn his 13th save of the season.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – September 14, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
E. Hosmer1BKC @ CLE
7:10PM
C. Carrasco15530313.333.375.600.975
E. Longoria3BTB vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Sabathia612414614136.393.507.8201.326
S. ChooOFTEX vs HOU
8:05PM
S. Kazmir22721353.318.464.500.964
Hot Pitcher Matchups – September 14, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jordan ZimmermannWAS @ PHI
7:05PM
9721728723.216.289.338.627
Carlos CarrascoCLE vs KC
7:10PM
15332113121235.209.269.334.603
Scott KazmirHOU @ TEX
8:05PM
2044194151947.201.277.290.567
John DanksCWS vs OAK
8:10PM
14430132151227.208.268.332.600
Tim HudsonSF vs CIN
10:15PM
8918618612.202.248.306.554
Cold Batter Matchups – September 14, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Howard1BPHI vs WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann22321228.136.240.318.558
C. RuizCPHI vs WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann22411103.182.182.318.500
A. EscobarSSKC @ CLE
7:10PM
C. Carrasco18500303.278.278.278.556
A. GordonOFKC @ CLE
7:10PM
C. Carrasco232112511.087.250.217.467
S. PerezCKC @ CLE
7:10PM
C. Carrasco16300003.188.188.188.375
J. ArencibiaCTB vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Sabathia20200103.100.100.100.200
B. GuyerOFTB vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Sabathia17100017.059.111.059.170
J. Loney1BTB vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Sabathia23511306.217.217.348.565
C. GomezOFHOU @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Hamels18410104.222.250.278.528
P. Fielder1BTEX vs HOU
8:05PM
S. Kazmir18211323.111.190.278.468
B. Butler1BOAK @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks41931519.220.233.341.574
C. CrispOFOAK @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks27520425.185.241.259.501
S. FuldOFOAK @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks15220122.133.235.267.502
C. BlackmonOFCOL @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw317212011.226.226.355.581
C. GonzalezOFCOL @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw336224217.182.250.364.614
N. CruzOFSEA vs LAA
10:10PM
G. Richards20420102.200.200.300.500
B. MillerSSSEA vs LAA
10:10PM
G. Richards16300105.188.176.188.364
S. SmithOFSEA vs LAA
10:10PM
G. Richards17410103.235.235.294.529
B. Phillips2BCIN @ SF
10:15PM
T. Hudson27420312.148.172.222.395
S. SchumakerOFCIN @ SF
10:15PM
T. Hudson20300114.150.190.150.340
Cold Pitcher Matchups – September 14, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
CC SabathiaNYY @ TB
7:10PM
179502614311942.279.350.597.947
Jeremy HellicksonARI vs SD
9:40PM
752213312617.293.342.595.937
Recommended Pickup

Steven Souza, OF, TB - Souza came off the DL on Friday after missing over a month with a hand injury. He went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, picking up right where he left off. On the season, he's hitting .217 with 15 home runs and 11 steals over 352 plate appearances, showing a nice blend of power and speed - but also far too much swing and miss - as a rookie. Seemingly over his injury, he should be owned in all formats once again.

Other Recent Recommendations:Colby Rasmus, Marcus Stroman, Vidal Nuno, Carl Crawford, Tanner Roark and Joe Panik.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Aaron Nola, PHI ($8,300)
C - Matt Wieters, BAL ($2,800)
1B - Ryan Howard, PHI ($3,000)
2B - Chase Utley, LAD ($3,200)
3B - Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE ($3,000)
SS - Corey Seager, LAD ($3,500)
OF - Abraham Almonte, CLE ($2,600)

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