Monday Lineup Card: Still STARlin?
Monday Lineup Card: Still STARlin?

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

CWS (Jeff Samardzija - R) at DET (Kyle Ryan - L) 1:08 PM
BAL (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at WAS (Gio Gonzalez - L) 7:05 PM
NYY (Adam Warren - R) at TOR (David Price - L) 7:07 PM
CWS (Erik Johnson - R) at DET (Kyle Lobstein - L) 7:08 PM
TB (Chris Archer - R) at BOS (Eduardo Rodriguez - L) 7:10 PM
ATL (Shelby Miller - R) at NYM (Jon Niese - L) 7:10 PM
MIL (Wily Peralta - R) at CHC (Jason Hammel - R) 8:05 PM
LAA (Jered Weaver - R) at HOU (Dallas Keuchel - L) 8:10 PM
CIN (John Lamb - L) at STL (Jaime Garcia - L) 8:15 PM
PIT (A.J. Burnett - R) at COL (Jon Gray - R) 8:40 PM
ARI (Jhoulys Chacin - R) at LAD (Brett Anderson - L) 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (concussion) – Diagnosed with a concussion Saturday and is expected to miss multiple games.
Delino DeShileds Jr., OF, TEX (knee) – Left Saturday's game with a knee bruise and missed Sunday's game.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC (elbow) – Missed his second straight game Sunday after getting hit by a pitch on the elbow during Friday's game.
Carlos Gomez, OF, HOU (back) – Missed his eighth straight game Sunday and hasn't yet been cleared to swing a bat.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD (back) – Missed Sunday's game and is day-to-day dealing with back stiffness.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN (shoulder) – Missed his fifth straight start Sunday.
Felix Hernandez, P, SEA (undisclosed) – Left Sunday's game for precautionary reasons due to a stiff elbow, but is expected to make his next start.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (undisclosed) – Left Sunday's game after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY (hamstring) – Suffered a hamstring injury during Friday's start and will miss his next scheduled start Wednesday.

Out

Jung-Ho Kang, SS, PIT (knee) – Will miss the remainder of the season.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL (concussion) – Making small progress in his return from concussion.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, TOR (shoulder) – Is feeling better and can lift his arm, but remains without a timetable for return for another week or so.

Players on the DL

Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI (wrist) – Began taking normal batting practice Friday.
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 at 65 percent and is still experiencing tightness in his hamstring.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS (shoulder) – Ran the bases before Saturday's game, which is the most baseball activity he's done in weeks.
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

Bryan Anderson, C, OAK
Leonys Martin, OF, TEX

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)

Kendall Graveman, P, OAK (60-day DL)

Claimed

None

Designated for Assignment

None

Signed

None

Released

None

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Baltimore Orioles - Zach Britton blew his fourth save of the season Sunday, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning against the Rays.

Boston Red Sox - Robbie Ross allowed a hit but struck out a batter during a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Blue Jays to earn his fourth save of the season.

Cleveland Indians - Cody Allen struck out two during a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the White Sox to earn his 31st save of the season.

St. Louis Cardinals - Trevor Rosenthal allowed a hit and struck out two over 1.1 innings Sunday against the Cubs to earn his 46th save of the season, which ranks second in baseball behind Mark Melancon (48).

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – September 21, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. WietersCBAL @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez171021422.588.619.8241.443
Y. EscobarSSWAS vs BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez21821241.381.480.5711.051
D. Uggla2BWAS vs BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez15322216.200.250.600.850
J. EllsburyOFNYY @ TOR
7:07PM
D. Price602071436.333.375.517.892
C. Headley3BNYY @ TOR
7:07PM
D. Price16830313.500.529.7501.279
B. McCannCNYY @ TOR
7:07PM
D. Price261033713.385.407.7311.138
C. MaybinOFATL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese32833508.250.250.531.781
A. SimmonsSSATL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese261020130.385.448.462.910
D. OrtizDHBOS vs TB
7:10PM
C. Archer239321133.391.462.6961.157
S. CastroSSCHC vs MIL
8:05PM
W. Peralta271252414.444.464.7781.242
A. Rizzo1BCHC vs MIL
8:05PM
W. Peralta2612751133.462.5331.1151.649
R. BraunOFMIL @ CHC
8:05PM
J. Hammel23832334.348.483.6521.135
J. CastroCHOU vs LAA
8:10PM
J. Weaver18532404.278.278.667.944
D. Freese3BLAA @ HOU
8:10PM
D. Keuchel19921623.474.524.6841.208
C. IannettaCLAA @ HOU
8:10PM
D. Keuchel15531243.333.474.6671.140
J. BourgeoisOFCIN @ STL
8:15PM
J. Garcia15640322.400.471.6671.137
J. Votto1BCIN @ STL
8:15PM
J. Garcia331141669.333.436.515.951
J. Morneau1BCOL vs PIT
8:40PM
A. Burnett20621464.300.464.500.964
A. PollockOFARI @ LAD
10:10PM
B. Anderson15600002.400.400.400.800
A. EllisCLAD vs ARI
10:10PM
J. Chacin17721314.412.444.6471.092
A. EthierOFLAD vs ARI
10:10PM
J. Chacin3113413112.419.571.6131.184
Hot Pitcher Matchups – September 21, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jeff SamardzijaCWS @ DET
1:08PM
103267213318.252.279.375.655
Jered WeaverLAA @ HOU
8:10PM
1954315616644.221.256.359.615
Cold Batter Matchups – September 21, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. HardySSBAL @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez15300012.200.250.200.450
B. Holt3BBOS vs TB
7:10PM
C. Archer17310005.176.176.235.412
D. Pedroia2BBOS vs TB
7:10PM
C. Archer18300245.167.304.167.471
C. CarterDHHOU vs LAA
8:10PM
J. Weaver20411107.200.200.350.550
C. RasmusOFHOU vs LAA
8:10PM
J. Weaver15110025.067.176.133.310
E. AybarSSLAA @ HOU
8:10PM
D. Keuchel29730406.241.241.345.586
C. CowgillOFLAA @ HOU
8:10PM
D. Keuchel18310111.167.211.222.433
J. BruceOFCIN @ STL
8:15PM
J. Garcia419114110.220.233.293.525
J. ReyesSSCOL vs PIT
8:40PM
A. Burnett27530004.185.214.296.511
Cold Pitcher Matchups – September 21, 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 @ NYM
7:10PM
84281028319.333.360.513.873
Wily PeraltaMIL @ CHC
8:05PM
10237161019920.363.424.7151.139
Jhoulys ChacinARI @ LAD
10:10PM
1004092131511.400.469.5381.007
Recommended Pickup

Starlin Castro, SS, CHC - Castro continued his hot hitting by blasting two home runs and driving in six runs Friday and then went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Saturday. Over his last 15 games, he's hitting .391/.417/.696 with four home runs and 13 runs batted in. With Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez all available, Castro is not guaranteed a starting role, but if he keeps raking like this, manager Joe Maddon will make sure he's in the lineup daily.

Other Recent Recommendations:Justin Bour, Cliff Pennington, Tommy Pham, Kelby Tomlinson, Nolan Reimold and Corey Seager.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS ($8,300)
C - Welington Castillo, ARI ($3,200)
1B - C.J. Cron, LAA ($3,200)
2B - Chase Utley, LAD ($3,000)
3B - Mike Olt, CWS ($2,500)
SS - Addison Russell, CHC ($3,100)
OF - Colby Rasmus, HOU ($3,100)

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