Saturday Lineup Card: Eyeing the Axe
Saturday Lineup Card: Eyeing the Axe

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

Projected Starters

A look at Saturday's matchups (all times Eastern)

CLE (Trevor Bauer – R) at DET (Alfredo Simon – R) 1:08 PM
CHC (Jake Arrieta – R) at CIN (Anthony DeSclafani – R) 1:10 PM
KC (Edinson Volquez – R) at CWS (John Danks – L) 2:10 PM
HOU (Scott Feldman – R) at OAK (Kendall Graveman – R) 4:05 PM
NYM (Matt Harvey – R) at NYY (CC Sabathia – L) 4:05 PM
WAS (Stephen Strasburg – R) at MIA (Tom Koehler – R) 4:10 PM
TOR (Daniel Norris – L) at *TB (Erasmo Ramirez - R) 6:10 PM
ATL (Shelby Miller - R) at PHI (David Buchanan - R) 7:05PM
BOS (Justin Masterson) at BAL (Wei-Yin Chen - L) 7:05PM
STL (Adam Wainwright - R) at MIL (Wily Peralta - R) 7:10 PM
PIT (A.J. Burnett - R) at ARI (Rubby De La Rosa - R) 8:10 PM
SF (Tim Hudson - R) at COL (Jorge De La Rosa - L) 8:10 PM
LAD (Brandon McCarthy - R) at SD (Ian Kennedy - R) 8:40 PM
TEX (Colby Lewis – R) at LAA (C.J. Wilson – L) 9:05 PM
MIN (Trevor May – R) at SEA (James Paxton – L) 9:10 PM

*Expected, but not confirmed

Day Game After Night Game: CLE/DET, CHC/CIN, KC/CWS, HOU/OAK, NYM/NYY, WAS/MIA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Jake Marisnick, OF, HOU – Scratched Friday with right leg discomfort and won't play Saturday.
Max Scherzer, SP, WAS – Thumb was swollen Friday but remains on track to make his next start.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN – (Hip) Out of the lineup again Friday.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS – (Hamstring) Out of the lineup Friday.
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR – (Shoulder) Out of the lineup Friday.

Out

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA – Placed on the paternity list Friday.

Players on the DL

Tim Federowicz, C, SD – (Knee) Will be able to begin running in six weeks.
Josh Johnson, SP, SD – (Elbow) Threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Friday.
Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK – (Elbow) Threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Friday.
Hunter Pence, OF, SF – (Forearm) Hit soft toss in the batting cage Friday and could begin a rehab assignment soon.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA – (Shoulder) Will be traded from the Angels to the Rangers.
Randal Grichuk, OF, STL – (Back) Unlikely to come off the DL when first eligible May 2.
Matt Cain, SP, SF – (Forearm) will play catch Tuesday but remains weeks from returning to the mound.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL – (Hamstring) Ran on a treadmill at its top speed Friday.
Casey Janssen, RP, WAS – (Shoulder) Threw a bullpen session Friday in Florida.
Ryan Flaherty, 2B, BAL – (Groin) Expected to return from the disabled list when first eligible.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL – (Shoulder) Could go on a rehab assignment next week.
Alex Cobb, SP, TB – (Forearm) Bullpen session Friday went well, and could be scheduled for another one Monday.
Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM – (Elbow) Shut down for a week with shoulder soreness.
Michael Saunders, OF, TOR – (Knee) Expected to join the Blue Jays either Saturday or Sunday.
Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK – (Elbow) Allowed four hits and three runs over 3.2 innings in his first rehab start since Tommy John surgery.
Neil Ramirez, RP, CHC – (Shoulder) Remains without a timetable for return.
Justin Grimm, RP, CHC – (Forearm) Threw a recent bullpen session in Arizona, but remains without a timetable.
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR – (Hamstring) Injury is worse than initially believed.

Transactions

Activated from the DL

Placed on the DL

Shawn Kelley, RP, SD
Christian Yelich, OF, MIA

Called Up

Grant Green, OF, LAA
Kevin Quackenbush, RP, SD
Brandon Finnegan, RP, KC
Rey Navarro, SS, BAL
Justin Bour, 1B, MIA
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, TEX
John Cornely, RP, ATL
Michael Kohn, RP, ATL
Jhonatan Solano, C, MIA

Optioned (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Mike Bolsinger, SP, LAD
Nick Tropeano, SP, LAA
Chris Heisey, OF, LAD
Sugar Ray Marimon, RP, ATL
Brandon Cunniff, RP, ATL
Dean Anna, SS, STL
Orlando Calixte, SS, KC
Zach Walters, 2B, CLE
Mikie Mahtook, OF, TB
Allan Dykstra, 1B, TB

Designated For Assignment

Xavier Cedeno, RP, LAD
Logan Verrett, RP, TEX
Grant Dayton, RP, MIA

Closer Watch
Colorado Rockies – John Axford picked up his second save of the season Thursday, allowing one runner via a walk but striking out two. He's yet to allow a runs this season over three innings, with the walk being his first baserunner allowed. However, Adam Ottavino (two saves this season) was named the club's closer, but it appears the Rockies may turn to Axford as well, who has experience as a closer. It's a situation to keep an eye on moving forward, but Ottavino should be considered the favorite for the job at this point.

Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek collected his first save of the season Friday, setting down the Nationals in order. Following a rocky start to the season - allowing four starts in one-third of an inning his first time out and blowing a save his second time out – he's since tossed three scoreless outings and hasn't allowed a hit. He remains on firm ground as the Marlins' closer right now, and appears to be hitting a groove.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – April 25, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. BrantleyOFCLE @ DET
1:08PM
A. Simon12730610.583.615.8331.449
I. Kinsler2BDET vs CLE
1:08PM
T. Bauer15521202.333.353.600.953
J. MartinezOFDET vs CLE
1:08PM
T. Bauer11511213.455.500.7271.227
V. Martinez1BDET vs CLE
1:08PM
T. Bauer12311233.250.400.500.900
A. LaRoche1BCWS vs KC
2:10PM
E. Volquez19631456.316.480.5791.059
S. PerezCKC @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks17422313.235.278.588.866
J. ReddickOFOAK vs HOU
4:05PM
S. Feldman22653413.273.304.7731.077
M. OzunaOFMIA vs WAS
4:10PM
S. Strasburg13631513.462.500.9231.423
G. StantonOFMIA vs WAS
4:10PM
S. Strasburg2810839410.357.438.8571.295
J. WerthOFWAS @ MIA
4:10PM
T. Koehler10322550.300.533.9001.433
M. Machado3BBAL vs BOS
7:05PM
J. Masterson10321301.300.364.7001.064
X. BogaertsSSBOS @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen11311122.273.385.545.930
R. HaniganCBOS @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen10211222.200.385.500.885
D. NavaOFBOS @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen16711314.438.471.6251.096
D. OrtizDHBOS @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen23821624.348.370.522.892
D. Pedroia2BBOS @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen291560533.517.563.7591.321
S. VictorinoOFBOS @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen12411212.333.429.5831.012
A. Ramirez3BMIL vs STL
7:10PM
A. Wainwright63231139312.365.412.6351.047
J. SeguraSSMIL vs STL
7:10PM
A. Wainwright17621201.353.353.588.941
M. Carpenter3BSTL @ MIL
7:10PM
W. Peralta241131342.458.536.6671.202
J. HeywardOFSTL @ MIL
7:10PM
W. Peralta11510011.455.500.5451.045
M. HollidayOFSTL @ MIL
7:10PM
W. Peralta231022722.435.519.6961.214
C. DickersonOFCOL vs SF
8:10PM
T. Hudson10411212.400.455.7001.155
D. LeMahieu2BCOL vs SF
8:10PM
T. Hudson11420400.364.364.6361.000
M. McKenryCCOL vs SF
8:10PM
T. Hudson11500102.455.455.455.909
C. CrawfordOFLAD @ SD
8:40PM
I. Kennedy291230423.414.424.517.941
A. EthierOFLAD @ SD
8:40PM
I. Kennedy341142537.324.378.559.937
J. Turner3BLAD @ SD
8:40PM
I. Kennedy11630202.545.545.8181.364
Y. Alonso1BSD vs LAD
8:40PM
B. McCarthy15531202.333.333.6671.000
K. CalhounOFLAA vs TEX
9:05PM
C. Lewis13641401.462.4621.0001.462
A. Pujols1BLAA vs TEX
9:05PM
C. Lewis15732511.467.444.9331.378
M. TroutOFLAA vs TEX
9:05PM
C. Lewis20742726.350.409.8501.259
E. AndrusSSTEX @ LAA
9:05PM
C. Wilson21841322.381.435.7141.149
A. Beltre3BTEX @ LAA
9:05PM
C. Wilson3411515511.324.425.529.954
P. Fielder1BTEX @ LAA
9:05PM
C. Wilson12621523.500.571.8331.405
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 25, 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 @ CIN
1:10PM
87207011728.230.287.305.593
John DanksCWS vs KC
2:10PM
17033113101629.194.267.311.578
Edinson VolquezKC @ CWS
2:10PM
8016729921.200.287.350.637
CC SabathiaNYY vs NYM
4:05PM
8317517318.205.237.290.528
Adam WainwrightSTL @ MIL
7:10PM
2086122721744.293.327.466.793
Brandon McCarthyLAD @ SD
8:40PM
92241038325.261.294.441.735
Cold Batter Matchups – April 25, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
L. Chisenhall3BCLE @ DET
1:08PM
A. Simon10221601.200.200.600.800
J. BruceOFCIN vs CHC
1:10PM
J. Arrieta11210206.182.182.273.455
T. Frazier3BCIN vs CHC
1:10PM
J. Arrieta12200206.167.167.167.333
E. Bonifacio2BCWS vs KC
2:10PM
E. Volquez11000014.000.083.000.083
A. EatonOFCWS vs KC
2:10PM
E. Volquez10110101.100.100.300.400
L. CainOFKC @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks14110125.071.188.143.330
A. EscobarSSKC @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks20210026.100.182.150.332
A. GordonOFKC @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks34610044.176.282.206.488
K. Morales1BKC @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks21430202.190.190.333.524
M. Moustakas3BKC @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks18210122.111.200.167.367
C. GrandersonOFNYM @ NYY
4:05PM
C. Sabathia19300007.158.158.158.316
E. Sogard2BOAK vs HOU
4:05PM
S. Feldman12210020.167.286.250.536
S. Vogt1BOAK vs HOU
4:05PM
S. Feldman12200002.167.167.167.333
B. Zobrist2BOAK vs HOU
4:05PM
S. Feldman16310121.188.278.250.528
A. HechavarriaSSMIA vs WAS
4:10PM
S. Strasburg21310216.143.182.238.420
D. Solano2BMIA vs WAS
4:10PM
S. Strasburg19310223.158.273.211.483
B. HarperOFWAS @ MIA
4:10PM
T. Koehler13211212.154.214.385.599
D. YoungOFBAL vs BOS
7:05PM
J. Masterson20310205.150.143.200.343
M. Napoli1BBOS @ BAL
7:05PM
W. Chen18332335.167.286.556.841
M. MaldonadoCMIL vs STL
7:10PM
A. Wainwright11200002.182.182.182.364
M. Adams1BSTL @ MIL
7:10PM
W. Peralta19300223.158.238.158.396
J. PeraltaSSSTL @ MIL
7:10PM
W. Peralta17300013.176.222.176.399
K. Wong2BSTL @ MIL
7:10PM
W. Peralta17300115.176.222.176.399
C. PenningtonSSARI vs PIT
8:10PM
A. Burnett13210013.154.214.231.445
C. GonzalezOFCOL vs SF
8:10PM
T. Hudson18310122.167.250.222.472
D. StubbsOFCOL vs SF
8:10PM
T. Hudson13300104.231.231.231.462
A. EllisCLAD @ SD
8:40PM
I. Kennedy20300136.150.250.150.400
Y. PuigOFLAD @ SD
8:40PM
I. Kennedy21311428.143.250.286.536
J. Gyorko2BSD vs LAD
8:40PM
B. McCarthy14000005.000.067.000.067
D. Freese3BLAA vs TEX
9:05PM
C. Lewis11211302.182.308.455.762
S. ChooOFTEX @ LAA
9:05PM
C. Wilson14211205.143.250.357.607
L. MartinOFTEX @ LAA
9:05PM
C. Wilson10100002.100.100.100.200
A. Rosales2BTEX @ LAA
9:05PM
C. Wilson21310137.143.269.190.460
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 25, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Alfredo SimonDET vs CLE
1:08PM
6726711578.388.450.522.972
Trevor BauerCLE @ DET
1:08PM
8627959813.314.383.540.923
Tom KoehlerMIA vs WAS
4:10PM
6917641287.246.331.511.842
Wei-Yin ChenBAL vs BOS
7:05PM
13943157231626.309.383.524.907
Wily PeraltaMIL vs STL
7:10PM
1755673201626.320.382.400.782
Colby LewisTEX @ LAA
9:05PM
1033315725718.320.379.6461.024

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