Wednesday Lineup Card: Closer Carousel
Wednesday Lineup Card: Closer Carousel

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

KC (Jeremy Guthrie – R) at CLE (Corey Kluber – R), 12:10 PM
DET (Justin Verlander – R) at TB (Chris Archer – R), 12:10 PM
PIT (Francisco Liriano – L) at MIN (Ervin Santana – R), 1:10 PM
COL (Eddie Butler – R) at CHC (Jon Lester – L), 2:20 PM
AZ (Patrick Corbin – L) at SEA (Felix Hernandez – R), 3:40 PM
MIL (Mike Fiers – R) at SF (Jake Peavy – R), 3:45 PM
ATL (Mike Foltynewicz – R) at BAL (Chris Tillman – R), 7:05 PM
PHI (Jerome Williams – R) at TOR (R.A. Dickey – R), 7:07 PM
CHW (Jose Quintana – L) at BOS (Rick Porcello – R), 7:10 PM
SD (Tyson Ross – R) at NYM (Bartolo Colon – R), 7:10 PM
WAS (Doug Fister – R) at MIA (Tom Koehler – R), 7:10 PM
NYY (Masahiro Tanaka – R) at TEX (Colby Lewis – R), 8:05 PM
LAA (Garrett Richards – R) at HOU (Lance McCullers – R), 8:10 PM
CIN (Anthony DeSclafani – R) at STL (John Lackey – R), 8:15 PM
OAK (Jesse Chavez – R) at LAD (Clayton Kershaw – L), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: KC/CLE, DET/TB, PIT/MIN, COL/CHC, AZ/SEA, MIL/SF

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR – (Hamstring) Left Tuesday's game, Bautista later downplayed it as a cramp.
Mookie Betts, OF, BOS – (Head) Left Tuesday after going over the wall trying to make a catch.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHW – (Ribs) Left Tuesday's game.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL – (Back) Out of Tuesday's lineup after being scratched Monday.
Welington Castillo, C, AZ – (Elbow) Says he expects to start Wednesday.
Randal Grichuk, OF, STL – (Groin) Out of Tuesday's lineup after tweaking groin Sunday.
Alex Guerrero, 2B, LAD – (Back) Out of lineup Tuesday, unknown if related to injury.
Brock Holt, 3B, BOS – (Knee) Worked out on field before Tuesday's game, expected to be in Wednesday's lineup.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT – (Illness) Scratched Tuesday with illness.
Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA – (Personal) On paternity list, could be back as early as Wednesday.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR – (Shoulder) Left Tuesday's game, will have MRI, said he feels like he aggravated same injury that caused him to miss a month earlier this season.
Mike Trout, OF, LAA – (Wrist) Had MRI Tuesday and did not start, remains day-to-day.
Justin Turner, 3B, LAD – (Leg) Sent to ER Tuesday with infection.
Scott Van Slyke, OF, LAD – (Neck) Out of lineup Tuesday, unknown if this is related to injury or platoon.

Players on the DL
Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA – (Shoulder) Tear in shoulder, going under the knife and season is over.
Manny Banuelos, P, ATL – (Elbow) Placed on DL with inflammation.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS – (Elbow) Roster spot cleared, not eligible to return until at least September 9.
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM – (Elbow) Expected to be activated from DL Friday.
Carlos Frias, P, LAD – (Back) Will make rehab appearance Friday after bad rehab outing Sunday.
Jon Jay, OF, STL – (Wrist) Has not started hitting yet, probably at least a couple weeks from rehab.
Matt Joyce, OF, LAA – (Head) Suffered concussion Sunday, Angels then acquired David DeJesus and Shane Victorino.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU – (Finger) Will be evaluated in Houston Wednesday, is 3-for-14 on rehab.
Steven Matz, P, NYM – (Side) Told by team not to throw for at least another week.
Wil Myers, OF, SD – (Wrist) Shut down and will be re-evaluated around the weekend.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE – (Knee) Started rehab Monday at Double-A.
Jordan Walden, P, STL – (Biceps) Moving rehab up to Triple-A, eying early-August return.
David Wright, 3B, NYM – (Back) Did baseball activities Tuesday, rehab could be about a week away.

Activated from the DL
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, TB
Jaime Garcia, P, STL
Dee Gordon, 2B, LAD
Jon Niese, P, NYM (from paternity list)
Wily Peralta, P, MIL
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, WAS

Placed on the DL
Manny Banuelos, P, ATL
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS (transferred to 60-day DL)
Nick Hagadone, P, CLE (transferred to 60-day DL)
Matt Joyce, OF, LAA (7-day DL)
Jenrry Mejia, P, NYM (restricted list – 162 game suspension)
Donovan Solano, 3B, MIA (paternity list)

Traded/Signed/Claimed
Phillippe Aumont, P, TOR (minor league contract)
Vince Belnome, 1B, NYM (minor league contract)
David DeJesus, OF, LAA (from TB for prospect)
Jean Machi, P, BOS (claimed from SF)
Luis Mateo, SS, ATL (minor league contract)
David Murphy, OF, LAA (from CLE for prospect)
Jonathan Papelbon, P, WAS (from PHI for prospect)
Ben Zobrist, 2B, KC (from OAK for prospects)

Called Up
Christhian Adames, SS, COL
R.J. Alvarez, P, OAK
Dallas Beeler, P, CHC
David Carpenter, P, ATL
Aaron Laffey, P, COL
Justin Miller, P, COL
Diego Moreno, P, NYY
Max Muncy, 1B, OAK
Efren Navarro, OF, LAA
Michael Roth, P, CLE

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, CLE
Joe Blanton, P, KC (designated for assignment)
Aaron Brooks, P, OAK
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B, WAS
Dan Butler, C, WAS (designated for assignment)
Miguel Castro, P, COL
Matt den Dekker, OF, WAS
Chris Dominguez, OF, CIN
Jake Elmore, 1B, TB
David Goforth, P, MIL
Nick Goody, P, NYY
Kyle Kubitza, 3B, LAA
Yoervis Medina, P, CHC
Jeremy McBryde, P, LAA (designated for assignment)
Wilin Rosario, C, COL
Zac Rosscup, P, CHC
Joe Thatcher, P, HOU (released)
Sam Tuivailala, P, STL
Logan Verrett, P, NYM

Closer Watch

New York Mets – Newly acquired Tyler Clippard threw a scoreless ninth Tuesday with a four-run lead and a non-save situation. It appears Jeurys Familia will indeed hold on to the closer's job.

Philadelphia – With Jonathan Papelbon traded to the Nationals, Ken Giles stepped in as the closer and converted Tuesday's save, allowing one hit in a scoreless inning.

Washington – The acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon shakes things up in Washington. Papelbon will serve as the closer, while Drew Storen becomes the setup man.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – July 29, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. BrantleyOFCLE vs KC
12:10PM
J. Guthrie321051413.313.333.531.865
J. Kipnis2BCLE vs KC
12:10PM
J. Guthrie251152923.440.464.8001.264
B. Moss1BCLE vs KC
12:10PM
J. Guthrie16743606.438.4381.0631.500
C. Santana1BCLE vs KC
12:10PM
J. Guthrie251162452.440.533.8401.373
E. Hosmer1BKC @ CLE
12:10PM
C. Kluber338631237.242.306.606.912
M. Moustakas3BKC @ CLE
12:10PM
C. Kluber311561436.484.529.7421.271
A. Hill2BARI @ SEA
3:40PM
F. Hernandez19630134.316.409.474.883
A. Lind1BMIL @ SF
3:45PM
J. Peavy11431304.364.364.8181.182
D. BrownOFPHI @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey10331223.300.417.9001.317
G. Beckham2BCWS @ BOS
7:10PM
R. Porcello321571625.469.486.7501.236
M. CabreraOFCWS @ BOS
7:10PM
R. Porcello201041221.500.545.8001.345
A. GarciaOFCWS @ BOS
7:10PM
R. Porcello13710311.538.571.6151.187
C. GrandersonOFNYM vs SD
7:10PM
T. Ross10411212.400.455.7001.155
M. Upton Jr.OFSD @ NYM
7:10PM
B. Colon3310315410.303.395.485.880
B. HarperOFWAS @ MIA
7:10PM
T. Koehler18544623.278.350.9441.294
W. RamosCWAS @ MIA
7:10PM
T. Koehler10410001.400.400.500.900
J. WerthOFWAS @ MIA
7:10PM
T. Koehler13422551.308.500.7691.269
R. Zimmerman3BWAS @ MIA
7:10PM
T. Koehler14511211.357.400.571.971
C. CarterDHHOU vs LAA
8:10PM
G. Richards20621426.300.391.500.891
M. ByrdOFCIN @ STL
8:15PM
J. Lackey291042817.345.355.621.976
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 29, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jerome WilliamsPHI @ TOR
7:07PM
77157210715.195.260.337.597
Doug FisterWAS @ MIA
7:10PM
6510314415.154.203.236.439
Colby LewisTEX vs NYY
8:05PM
861884121014.209.303.385.689
Cold Batter Matchups – July 29, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Y. GomesCCLE vs KC
12:10PM
J. Guthrie15210012.133.188.200.388
A. GoseOFDET @ TB
12:10PM
C. Archer11300004.273.273.273.545
I. Kinsler2BDET @ TB
12:10PM
C. Archer12110115.083.154.167.321
J. MartinezOFDET @ TB
12:10PM
C. Archer10211102.200.200.500.700
L. CainOFKC @ CLE
12:10PM
C. Kluber26510205.192.192.231.423
A. EscobarSSKC @ CLE
12:10PM
C. Kluber337100014.212.212.242.455
S. PerezCKC @ CLE
12:10PM
C. Kluber21420227.190.250.286.536
B. Zobrist2BKC @ CLE
12:10PM
C. Kluber11100002.091.091.091.182
J. JasoCTB vs DET
12:10PM
J. Verlander13200113.154.214.154.368
K. SuzukiCMIN vs PIT
1:10PM
F. Liriano21410223.190.261.238.499
J. ReyesSSCOL @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Lester23200213.087.125.087.212
J. SaltalamacchiaCARI @ SEA
3:40PM
F. Hernandez255100210.200.259.240.499
R. BraunOFMIL @ SF
3:45PM
J. Peavy14210116.143.200.214.414
R. Howard1BPHI @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey18300104.167.167.167.333
J. Smoak1BTOR vs PHI
7:07PM
J. Williams21111118.048.091.190.281
T. FlowersCCWS @ BOS
7:10PM
R. Porcello15210025.133.235.200.435
A. RamirezSSCWS @ BOS
7:10PM
R. Porcello50811103.160.160.220.380
C. McGehee3BMIA vs WAS
7:10PM
D. Fister11000013.000.083.000.083
M. MorseOFMIA vs WAS
7:10PM
D. Fister12300101.250.250.250.500
J. UptonOFSD @ NYM
7:10PM
B. Colon10200003.200.200.200.400
J. EllsburyOFNYY @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis13211142.154.353.385.738
B. RyanSSNYY @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis15310004.200.250.267.517
J. CastroCHOU vs LAA
8:10PM
G. Richards22510206.227.227.273.500
M. GonzalezSSHOU vs LAA
8:10PM
G. Richards16200006.125.125.125.250
J. BruceOFCIN @ STL
8:15PM
J. Lackey10200002.200.200.200.400
B. Phillips2BCIN @ STL
8:15PM
J. Lackey14200004.143.200.143.343
H. Kendrick2BLAD vs OAK
10:10PM
J. Chavez14100106.071.133.071.205
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 29, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jeremy GuthrieKC @ CLE
12:10PM
192622510351329.323.364.561.925
Bartolo ColonNYM vs SD
7:10PM
7525518518.333.383.439.822
Rick PorcelloBOS vs CWS
7:10PM
1685623619818.333.361.551.912

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