Thursday Lineup Card: Hey, Mikie!
Thursday Lineup Card: Hey, Mikie!

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin – L) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L), 3:10
Pirates (Jeff Locke – L) at Rockies (Chad Bettis – R), 3:10
Rangers (Cole Hamels – L) at Athletics (Chris Bassitt – R), 3:35
Orioles (Tyler Wilson – R) at Nationals (Tanner Roark – R), 4:05
White Sox (Chris Sale – L) at Yankees (Michael Pineda – R), 7:05
Mets (Steven Matz – L) at Reds (Josh Smith – R), 7:10
Phillies (Alec Asher – R) at Marlins (Jarred Cosart – R), 7:10
Rays (Erasmo Ramirez – R) at Red Sox (Wade Miley – L), 7:10
Brewers (Taylor Jungmann – R) at Cardinals (Michael Wacha – R), 7:15
Indians (Cody Anderson – R) at Twins (Kyle Gibson – R), 8:10
Mariners (James Paxton – L) at Royals (Johnny Cueto – R), 8:10
Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L) at Padres (Ian Kennedy – R), 9:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Ehire Adrianza, 2B, SF (Concussion) – Diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms.
Nick Ahmed, SS, ARI (Back) – Will likely not return before the weekend.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL (Neck) – Was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to stiffness.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL (Concussion) – Medically cleared to play.
Justin Turner, 3B, LAD (Knee) – Did not start on Wednesday.
Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA (Elbow) – Expected to make his next start on Saturday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL (Wrist) – Did not start on Wednesday.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (Shoulder) – Did not start on Wednesday.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL (Head) – Did not start on Wednesday.
Zach Britton, RP, BAL (Back) – May play on Thursday.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (Back) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Adam Jones, OF, BAL (Back) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, PIT (Groin) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Juan Uribe, 3B, NYM (Chest) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Carlos Gomez, OF, HOU (Back) – Is not expected back before the weekend.
Elian Herrera, 3B, MIL (Knee) – Did not start on Wednesday.
Shane Peterson, OF, MIL (Knee) – Did not start on Wednesday.
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA (Hamstring) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS (Illness) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Mike Olt, 3B, CHW (Shoulder) – Left Wednesday's game with discomfort).
Zack Greinke, SP, LAD (Calf) – Was scratched from Wednesday's start.
Martin Prado, 3B, MIA (Wrist) – Does not have a targeted return date.
Yohan Flande, SP, COL (Knee) – Will be bumped off his scheduled start on Friday.
Trevor May, SP, MIN (Back) – Was unavailable on Tuesday.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET (Back) – Did not start on Wednesday.

Out

Wily Peralta, SP, MIL (Oblique) – Will not pitch again this season.
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL (Achilles) – Is now shut down for the remainder of the season.
Jon Gray, SP, COL (Rest) – Has been shut down after reaching his innings pitched limit.
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX (Knee) – Was able to run to first base during batting practice on Wednesday.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, TOR (Shoulder) – Is improving but still not able to swing a bat.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (Oblique) – Still experiencing pain even though he's swinging the bat.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI (Knee) – Has a cyst on the back of his knee that has flared up.

Players on the DL

Juan C. Perez, OF, SF (Oblique) – Was transferred to the 60-day DL.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL (Shoulder) – Pitched Wednesday's simulated game without incident.

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

Activated from the DL

Sent Down

Tyler Holt, OF, CLE
Daniel Carbonell, OF, SF

Called Up

Adam Moore, C, CLE
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, CLE
C.C. Lee, RP, CLE
Jon Singleton, 1B, HOU

Closer Watch

St. Louis Cardinals – I know Steve Cishek was touched upon a bit in yesterday's Lineup Card, but I just want to make sure that you're not rushing out to snag him for the last week or so of games. It's nice to see Cishek net a save, however, although we know that will be it through the end of the season.

Los Angeles Angels – While the Angels are on the outside looking in, closer Huston Street is doing his part to help the Angels find a way into the 2015 playoffs. He locked down the save on Wednesday, nabbing his 40th save of the year even if he did give up a run in the process. Still, 40 saves is nothing to ignore.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – September 24, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Gonzalez1BLAD vs ARI
3:10PM
P. Corbin13411315.308.357.538.896
B. GuyerOFTB @ BOS
7:10PM
W. Miley10321121.300.462.7001.162
M. BrantleyOFCLE @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Gibson11410220.364.462.455.916
J. UptonOFSD vs SF
9:10PM
M. Bumgarner361221258.333.415.444.859
M. ByrdOFSF @ SD
9:10PM
I. Kennedy228321023.364.400.6821.082
B. PoseyCSF @ SD
9:10PM
I. Kennedy441741865.386.460.523.983
Hot Pitcher Matchups – September 24, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Madison BumgarnerSF @ SD
9:10PM
1763673151755.205.272.285.557
Cold Batter Matchups – September 24, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. OwingsSSARI @ LAD
3:10PM
C. Kershaw11220115.182.250.455.705
B. BarnesOFCOL vs PIT
3:10PM
J. Locke10200034.200.385.200.585
A. EllisCLAD vs ARI
3:10PM
P. Corbin10220010.200.273.400.673
A. EthierOFLAD vs ARI
3:10PM
P. Corbin11100005.091.091.091.182
S. Van SlykeOFLAD vs ARI
3:10PM
P. Corbin11100100.091.091.091.182
D. AckleyOFNYY vs CWS
7:05PM
C. Sale10200015.200.273.200.473
B. RyanSSNYY vs CWS
7:05PM
C. Sale14110005.071.071.143.214
E. Longoria3BTB @ BOS
7:10PM
W. Miley16331225.188.278.500.778
L. Chisenhall3BCLE @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Gibson10210102.200.182.300.482
C. Santana1BCLE @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Gibson10111222.100.308.400.708
S. SmithOFSEA @ KC
8:10PM
J. Cueto11200023.182.308.182.490
J. Gyorko2BSD vs SF
9:10PM
M. Bumgarner13100106.077.077.077.154
M. KempOFSD vs SF
9:10PM
M. Bumgarner448313313.182.234.295.529
Y. Solarte3BSD vs SF
9:10PM
M. Bumgarner10200000.200.200.200.400
M. Upton Jr.OFSD vs SF
9:10PM
M. Bumgarner11100036.091.286.091.377
B. CrawfordSSSF @ SD
9:10PM
I. Kennedy418403211.195.244.317.562
A. PaganOFSF @ SD
9:10PM
I. Kennedy41821226.195.233.293.525
Cold Pitcher Matchups – September 24, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
There are no pitchers who qualify as "cold" today.
Recommended Pickup

Mikie Mahtook, OF, Tampa Bay Rays – Sure, Mahtook saw his numbers rise like crazy after a 5-for-5 day last week against the Orioles, and he has certainly slowed some, but Mahtook should get steady full-time at-bats down the stretch over the last week and a half of the season. Mahtook is worth a grab if you need the outfield help, mainly needing a body to fill out your lineup due to injury situations. Mahtook is hitting .301 to this point.

Other Recent Recommendations:Jorge Lopez, Tyler Duffey, Starlin Castro, Justin Bour, Cliff Pennington, Thomas Pham and Kelby Tomlinson.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP: Ian Kennedy, SD ($7,600)
C: J.T. Realmuto, C ($3,300)
1B: Adam Lind, MIL ($3,900)
2B: Daniel Murphy, NYM ($3,900)
SS: Alexei Ramirez, CHW ($3,400)
3B: Mike Moustakas, KC ($4,100)
OF: Adam Eaton, CHW ($4,200)

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