Tuesday Lineup Card: The Second Coming of Jesus Montero
Tuesday Lineup Card: The Second Coming of Jesus Montero

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

Red Sox (Henry Owens – L) at Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka – R), 7:05
Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin – L) at Nationals (Max Scherzer – R), 7:05
Dodgers (Alex Wood – L) at Phillies (Jerome Williams – R), 7:05
Cubs (Jake Arrieta – R) at Pirates (J.A. Happ – L), 7:05
Twins (Phil Hughes – R) at Blue Jays (Marco Estrada – R), 7:07
Royals (Danny Duffy – L) at Tigers (Justin Verlander – R), 7:08
Mets (Jon Niese – L) at Marlins (Brad Hand – L), 7:10
Giants (Jake Peavy – R) at Braves (Shelby Miller – R), 7:10
Cardinals (John Lackey – R) at Reds (Anthony DeSclafani – R), 7:10
Astros (Dan Straily – R) at Rangers (Yovani Gallardo – R), 8:05
Rays (Chris Archer – R) at White Sox (Chris Sale – L), 8:10
Padres (Andrew Cashner – R) at Brewers (Jimmy Nelson – R), 8:10
Mariners (Vidal Nuno – L) at Rockies (Jon Gray – R), 8:40
Indians (Carlos Carrasco – R) at Angels (Matt Shoemaker – R), 10:05
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R) at Athletics (Chris Bassitt – R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Hanley Ramirez, OF, BOS (knee) – Left Sunday's game, but expected back in Tuesday
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL (oblique) – Left Monday's game
Justin Upton, OF, SD (thumb) – Injured Monday; should be a short-term thing
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (back) – Out Monday, but could be back in Tuesday
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS (forearm) – Pinch hit Sunday
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (knee) – Scratched with sore knees Monday
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA (thumb) – Out of Monday's lineup, but took BP
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL (thumb) – Has a bone bruise
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE (neck) – Suffered whiplash Monday
Ryan Raburn, OF, CLE (illness) – Out for eighth straight game Monday

Players on the DL

Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS (oblique) – Struck out 11 in final rehab start Monday
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE (shoulder) – Could spend minimum time on DL
Mookie Betts, 2B, BOS (concussion) – Will be reexamined midweek
A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT (elbow) – Could return in four weeks
Steven Matz, SP, NYM (back) – Threw off flat ground Monday
Denard Span, SP, WAS (back) – Aiming to take BP and run this week
Jesse Hahn, SP, OAK (forearm) – Still not throwing; could be done for season
Miguel Montero, C, CHC (thumb) – Expected back this weekend
Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA (elbow) – Throwing bullpens at 70 percent intensity
Chase Anderson, SP, ARI (triceps) – Rehab plan not yet fully determined Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE (knee) – Will rejoin team Saturday
Tommy Milone, SP, MIN (arm) – DL stint considered precautionary
Matt Joyce, OF, LAA (concussion) – Went through first post-injury workout
Carlos Corporan, C, TEX (thumb) – Caught seven innings in rehab game Monday
Robinson Chirinos, C, TEX (shoulder) – Got platelet-rich plasma injection
Carter Capps, RP, MIA (elbow) – Expected to resume throwing in a few days
David Carpenter, RP, WAS (shoulder) – Will resume throwing program
Nick Tepesch, SP, TEX (elbow) – Shut down; tested for thoracic outlet syndrome

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

Called Up

Trayce Thompson, OF, CWS
Cam Bedrosian, RP, LAA
Jose Ramirez, SS, CLE
Kyle Crockett, RP, CLE
Arnold Leon, RP, OAK
Kelby Tomlinson, 2B, SF
Tomas Telis, C, MIA
Brian Ellington, RP, MIA
Tyler Wilson, SP, BAL
Richie Shaffer, 3B, TB
Mike Morse, 1B, PIT
Tyler Duffey, RP, MIN

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Matt Moore, SP, TB
Ben Rowen, RP, TOR
Ezequiel Carrera, OF, TOR (outrighted)
Vinnie Pestano, RP, LAA (outrighted)
Drew Rucinski, RP, LAA
Ryan Cook, RP, BOS
Brandon Beachy, SP, LAD (outrighted)
Michael Roth, RP, CLE
Scott Carroll, RP, CWS
Jorge Rondon, RP, BAL
Jake Smolinski, OF, OAK
Dan Otero, RP, OAK
Austin Barnes, C, LAD
Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA
Pat Venditte, RP, OAK
Jaff Decker, OF, PIT

Activated From DL

Coco Crisp, OF, OAK

Placed On DL

Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE (shoulder)
Joe Panik, 2B, SF (back)
Carter Capps, RP, MIA (elbow)

Claimed

Danny Valencia, 3B, OAK (from TOR)
Ben Rowen, RP, TOR (from CHC)

Closer Watch

Rays – After hitting the skids for a while, Brad Boxberger's righted the ship, allowing just a single run over his last 10 appearances. He worked around a pair of hits Monday for his 27th save, and it doesn't look like Jake McGee (who pitched the eighth and picked up the win) is going to get too many more this year.

MarinersCarson Smith gave up three hits and a run in the ninth Monday, but also struck out two en route to his 10th save of the season. You want to give the guy a break – after all, the M's are in Colorado this week – but Smith has been scored upon in four of his last five outings. There has to be some level of concern here that Fernando Rodney will get his chances in save situations again despite not doing much to earn those duties.

GiantsSantiago Casilla picked up his fifth blown save Monday, giving up three hits, a walk and two runs while recording just two outs. Casilla's WHIP is now at a hideously inflated 1.47, as he's actually been one of the least effective members of the Giants' bullpen. His blowups have been a bit too infrequent for Bruce Bochy to kick him from the ninth inning, but Casilla seems to be playing with fire every time he comes out. It's not a bad time to snag Sergio Romo off the wire for a buck or two.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – August 4, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. SaltalamacchiaCARI @ WAS
7:05PM
M. Scherzer12511204.417.417.6671.083
C. DenorfiaOFCHC @ PIT
7:05PM
J. Happ14432212.286.333.7861.119
J. FrancoeurOFPHI vs LAD
7:05PM
A. Wood10410121.400.500.5001.000
F. GalvisSSPHI vs LAD
7:05PM
A. Wood10610101.600.600.7001.300
D. Ruf1BPHI vs LAD
7:05PM
A. Wood12511321.417.500.6671.167
A. McCutchenOFPIT vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Arrieta17720113.412.444.529.974
J. BautistaOFTOR vs MIN
7:07PM
P. Hughes26831338.308.379.500.879
E. Encarnacion1BTOR vs MIN
7:07PM
P. Hughes4014516412.350.400.525.925
M. KawasakiSSTOR vs MIN
7:07PM
P. Hughes10320001.300.300.600.900
L. CainOFKC @ DET
7:08PM
J. Verlander20721204.350.350.550.900
K. Morales1BKC @ DET
7:08PM
J. Verlander24851906.333.333.625.958
S. PerezCKC @ DET
7:08PM
J. Verlander3515811006.429.405.7141.120
A. RiosOFKC @ DET
7:08PM
J. Verlander431650649.372.426.535.960
N. MarkakisOFATL vs SF
7:10PM
J. Peavy18611232.333.429.500.929
M. ByrdOFCIN vs STL
7:10PM
J. Lackey321042819.313.324.563.886
C. YelichOFMIA vs NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese12510103.417.417.500.917
L. Duda1BNYM @ MIA
7:10PM
B. Hand14531413.357.400.7141.114
N. AokiOFSF @ ATL
7:10PM
S. Miller21811113.381.409.524.933
J. CastroCHOU @ TEX
8:05PM
Y. Gallardo18731135.389.476.6671.143
M. GonzalezSSHOU @ TEX
8:05PM
Y. Gallardo13421400.308.308.615.923
C. RasmusOFHOU @ TEX
8:05PM
Y. Gallardo21742467.333.481.7141.196
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 4, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jake ArrietaCHC @ PIT
7:05PM
9320515322.215.253.293.546
Danny DuffyKC @ DET
7:08PM
8117527518.210.269.331.600
Dan StrailyHOU @ TEX
8:05PM
76175211721.224.302.361.664
Chris SaleCWS vs TB
8:10PM
60116210520.183.246.349.594
Cold Batter Matchups – August 4, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Hill2BARI @ WAS
7:05PM
M. Scherzer14200005.143.143.143.286
X. BogaertsSSBOS @ NYY
7:05PM
M. Tanaka10210203.200.200.300.500
P. Alvarez3BPIT vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Arrieta13211112.154.214.385.599
A. Ramirez3BPIT vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Arrieta10200011.200.333.200.533
N. Walker2BPIT vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Arrieta18210105.111.111.167.278
J. Donaldson3BTOR vs MIN
7:07PM
P. Hughes11220104.182.182.364.545
N. Castellanos3BDET vs KC
7:08PM
D. Duffy11200102.182.231.182.413
I. Kinsler2BDET vs KC
7:08PM
D. Duffy15311212.200.250.400.650
A. EscobarSSKC @ DET
7:08PM
J. Verlander561130325.196.237.250.487
O. Infante2BKC @ DET
7:08PM
J. Verlander19211511.105.150.263.413
M. Moustakas3BKC @ DET
7:08PM
J. Verlander50911319.180.196.240.436
T. Frazier3BCIN vs STL
7:10PM
J. Lackey11211323.182.308.455.762
B. Phillips2BCIN vs STL
7:10PM
J. Lackey17200004.118.167.118.284
C. McGehee3BMIA vs NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese15310022.200.294.267.561
M. Prado3BMIA vs NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese35750044.200.282.371.653
J. Altuve2BHOU @ TEX
8:05PM
Y. Gallardo25600005.240.240.240.480
E. AndrusSSTEX vs HOU
8:05PM
D. Straily17100015.059.158.059.217
M. Moreland1BTEX vs HOU
8:05PM
D. Straily11100135.091.286.091.377
E. Longoria3BTB @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale11100116.091.167.091.258
D. DeJesusOFLAA vs CLE
10:05PM
C. Carrasco14210002.143.143.214.357
B. Lawrie3BOAK vs BAL
10:05PM
M. Gonzalez18200204.111.150.111.261
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 4, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Alex WoodLAD @ PHI
7:05PM
823161111012.378.446.469.914
Yovani GallardoTEX vs HOU
8:05PM
12940144121531.310.382.498.880

Recommended Pickup
Jesus Montero, DH, SEA – If you saw how ripped Montero looked in spring training, you probably took a flier on him in deep leagues, only to be frustrated by the Mariners depositing him in Triple-A Tacoma for most of the year. Well, the 25-year-old hit .346 with 16 homers and 75 RBI in 93 games for Tacoma, and now he's back with the team that once upon a time traded Michael Pineda to the Yankees for him. So far, so good – Montero's started three of the Mariners' four games since being brought back up, going 5-for-12 with three doubles and a homer. He's expected to get near-everyday run from here on out, and the fantasy community has been slow to react. As they say at the ballgame, "Post-hype sleepers! Get your post-hype sleepers here!" Or something like that.

Other Recent Recommendations:Patrick Corbin, Brandon Phillips, Alex Wilson, Jackie Bradley, Aaron Hicks

DraftKings Value Picks

SP: Jon Niese, NYM ($6,100)
C: Jesus Montero, SEA ($3,700)
1B: C.J. Cron, LAA ($2,400)
2B: Rougned Odor, TEX ($3,800)
3B: Brett Lawrie, OAK ($3,400)
SS: Wilmer Flores, NYM ($3,000)
OF: Yasiel Puig, LAD ($3,400)

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