After a full night slate on Friday, Saturday brings plenty of afternoon starts — which means fantasy baseball owners will have to stay on top of their lineups earlier than usual. Luckily, the MLB lineup report for Saturday, April 15th is here to bring you all the latest on who’s starting and who’s sitting today.
MLB starting lineups: Friday, April 14th
Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET
DJ LeMahieu is finally back for New York after missing several games with a tight quad, while for Minnesota Max Kepler returns from his knee injury. Edouard Julien is back in the leadoff spot with a righty on the mound for the Yankees while Trevor Larnach returns to the cleanup spot.
San Francisco Giants vs. Detroit Tigers, 1:10 p.m. ET
Joc Pederson was placed on the injured list with a wrist injury prior to today’s game, while Michael Conforto sits again as he battles calf tightness. Matt Beaty was called up to take Pederson’s spot on the roster and will DH and bat fifth against Detroit righty Michael Lorenzen (also making his season debut).
Giants’ lineup at Tigers. No Michael Conforto, who’s dealing with left calf soreness:— Maria I. Guardado (@mi_guardado) April 15, 2023
LaMonte Wade Jr – RF
Thairo Estrada – 2B
Mike Yastrzemski – CF
J.D. Davis – 3B
Matt Beaty – DH
Wilmer Flores – 1B
Brandon Crawford – SS
Joey Bart – C
Blake Sabol – LF
Anthony DeSclafani – RHP
Nick Maton is back in the lineup after his walk-off heroics last night, while Kerry Carpenter is now up to hitting cleanup against right-handed pitchers and could carry some DFS appeal — he hit a combined 36 homers between the Majors and Minors last year. Akil Baddoo also draws a start for Detroit while Matt Vierling drops to ninth in the order.
It's a beautiful day for some baseball! pic.twitter.com/eFIIiQ5kvE— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 15, 2023
Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m. ET
Jorge Mateo is back in the lineup for Baltimore after nursing an ankle injury, while Adley Rutschman will DH today as James McCann handles catching duties.
Jake Burger figures to start regularly at third base, even against righties, with Yoan Moncada out, while Oscar Colas and Lenyn Sosa seem locked into right field and second base respectively.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 2:15 p.m. ET
Andrew McCutchen bats third as usual against a lefty, while Carlos Santana is back in the lineup at first base and Ke’Bryan Hayes leads off.
Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup:— Newzgod a.k.a. El_Negro_Loco (@Newzgod_dfs) April 15, 2023
1. Ke'Bryan Hayes (R) 3B
2. Bryan Reynolds (S) LF
3. A. McCutchen (R) DH
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Connor Joe (R) RF
6. Rodolfo Castro (S) SS
7. Mark Mathias (R) 2B
8. Ji Hwan Bae (L) CF
9. Jason Delay (R) C
Lars Nootbaar is finally back from his thumb injury and ready to make good on his fantasy sleeper status this offseason. Willson Contreras and Tyler O’Neill will each get the afternoon off.
St. Louis Cardinals Lineup:— Newzgod a.k.a. El_Negro_Loco (@Newzgod_dfs) April 15, 2023
1. Brendan Donovan (L) 1B
2. Alec Burleson (L) LF
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) DH
4. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
5. Nolan Gorman (L) 2B
6. Jordan Walker (R) RF
7. Lars Nootbaar (L) CF
8. Tommy Edman (S) SS
9. Andrew Knizner (R) C
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 3:07 p.m. ET
The Rays are stacking righties against lefty Yusei Kikuchi, meaning Harold Ramirez and Isaac Paredes will both start.
4/15 Tampa Bay Rays Lineup:— Grand Slam Picks (@GSMLBPicks) April 15, 2023
1 1B Yandy Diaz
2 SS Wander Franco
3 3B Isaac Paredes
4 LF Randy Arozarena
5 DH Harold Ramirez
6 2B Taylor Walls
7 CF Manuel Margot
8 C Francisco Mejia
9 RF Vidal Brujan
SP: Bullpen Game #RaysUp #MLB
Matt Chapman is back while Danny Jansen handles catching duties and Alejandro Kirk starts in the DH spot as the Jays stack righties against Rays bulk pitcher Josh Fleming.
Cleveland Guardians vs. Washington Nationals, 4:05 p.m. ET
Cam Gallagher gets a start behind the plate, but otherwise it’s business as usual for Cleveland — except Josh Bell has leapfrogged Andres Gimenez in the lineup as he breaks out of his early cold spell.
This is several days in a row now for the Nats with this lineup, which seems to be their go-to look against righties — Alex Call remains a recommended add in NL-only and deeper leagues as the leadoff man.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Diego Padres, 4:05 p.m. ET
Jesse Winker is finally back for the Brew Crew after battling what seemed to be a pretty serious illness. Garrett Mitchell, Brice Turang and Joey Wiemer will all start for Milwaukee against righty Seth Lugo. It seems the Rougned Odor experiment is over in San Diego, as Jose Azocar will get the start in right field for the Pads. (Only a few days left until Fernando Tatis Jr. returns, Friar fans.)
New York Mets vs. Oakland Athletics, 4:07 p.m. ET
Mark Canha gets a rare start against a righty while Francisco Alvarez will finally handle catching duties — here’s hoping Buck Showalter is convinced to give his prized rookie regular run.
At this point, it feels like the A’s should just plant Esteury Ruiz in the leadoff spot regardless of matchup — it’s not like there are a ton of better options. Tony Kemp is back in the lineup for Oakland while Connor Capel starts in left.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Boston Red Sox, 4:10 p.m. ET
Welcome to the show, Zach Neto. L.A.’s first-round pick in last year’s draft gets the call to Fenway Park to make his MLB debut after tearing up Double-A so far this year — he’s a recommended add in all leagues as he looks to take Luis Rengifo’s job.
No Masataka Yoshida again for Boston, although it’s unclear whether that’s because of his hamstring or because there’s a lefty on the mound.
Red Sox lineup - Verdugo RF, Turner DH, Refsnyder LF, Devers 3B, K. Hernández CF, Arroyo 2B, Casas 1B, Wong C, Chang SS, Pivetta P— Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) April 15, 2023
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds, 4:10 p.m. ET
J.T. Realmuto gets a day off for Philly, as Drew Stubbs will catch while Jake Cave and Edmundo Sosa get their typical starts against a righty.
Spencer Steer is up to second in the batting order while Stuart Fairchild starts in right as the Reds look to stack righties against lefty Matt Strahm.
Atlanta Braves vs. Kansas City Royals, 4:10 p.m. ET
Matt Olson will get a day off with Royals lefty Kris Bubic on the mound, while Marcell Ozuna will man first and Kevin Pillar starts in left.
Hunter Dozier is back in the lineup at first while Franmil Reyes will sit against Bryce Elder. Jackie Bradley Jr. gets a start over Edward Olivares.
#Royals lineup vs. Bryce Elder:— David Lesky (@DBLesky) April 15, 2023
Witt Jr. SS
Bradley Jr. LF
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins, 4:10 p.m. ET
Jake McCarthy and Corbin Carroll both start despite a lefty on the mound, while Evan Longoria will DH.
Bad news on the injury front for the fish, as Luiz Arraez (finger) and Jorge Soler (back) are both out today. Bryan de la Cruz has started heating up of late and is a decent streaming option as long as Soler can’t go (and maybe even if he can).
Lineups for #Dbacks vs #Marlins— Mason Migliara (@MasonMigz) April 15, 2023
-Jazz back in the leadoff spot after his rest day
-Soler out with back tightness/Arraez still out with the cut on his finger
-Good on Skip, early in the season there is ZERO reason to have players play with minor injuries, don’t make it worse pic.twitter.com/XhLCn4jwwM
Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros, 7:10 p.m. ET
You have to wonder for how long Josh Smith will continue to hit second as he struggles at the plate. Robbie Grossman starts in left while Jonah Heim’s hot bat has him up to sixth in the order.
No Chas McCormick after he left Friday’s game with vision issues. Mauricio Dubon will lead off while Jake Meyers starts in center.
Houston @astros starting lineup tonight:— Patrick Creighton (@PCreighton1) April 15, 2023
Mauricio Dubon - 2B
Alex Bregman - 3B
Yordan Alvarez - DH
José Abreu - 1B
Kyle Tucker - RF
Jeremy Peña - SS
Corey Julks - LF
Yainer Diaz - C
Jake Meyers - CF
Hunter Brown - SP@gallerysports
Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. 9:10 p.m. ET
Cody Bellinger will bat fifth against Michael Grove while Eric Hosmer slots in at DH and Eric Mancini plays first.
James Outman and Jason Heyward are back in the lineup after a day off against a lefty, while Miguel Rojas is healthy enough to start at short.
Colorado Rockies vs. Seattle Mariners, 9:40 p.m. ET
The recently recalled Nolan Jones won’t start tonight as Elehuris Montero feels well enough to start at third. Ezequiel Tovar gets the nod at shortstop and is an intriguing stash in deeper leagues.