Thursday, May 16, 2013
The daily grind: 5-16-13Posted by Brad Johnson at 5:40am
The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice for tinkerers and daily fantasy players. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective, including notice of impending weather events, new injuries, and changes to platoon situations. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!
The daily picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.
Pitcher (to start): Today is not a good day to stream. If you must, Jose Quintana, Jerome Williams, Francisco Liriano and Felix Doubront look like the best options.
Pitcher (bum): Hiram Burgos is probably exploitable on a good day and he's had a long rest. Most pitchers don't like that.
Aaron Harang still seems like he's a few starts from putting it all together.
Edinson Volquez will face a depleted Nationals lineup. It sounds like Harper could miss another game.
Hitter (power): Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay face Harang.
Garrett Jones draws Burgos.
Hitter (speed): Eric Young Jr. continues to be an everyday option for steals. I have a suspicion he may be coming off the bench tonight in favor of Charlie Blackmon.
Pitcher (to start): Jeanmar Gomez will face the Astros, who have turned into a feast or famine unit. They starve a lot more frequently than they feast, but Gomez is still hard to justify using.
Pitcher (bum): Jordan Lyles seems to be having trouble adjusting to life in the major leagues.
Brandon Maurer versus Ubaldo Jimenez could produce many runs. The same goes for Jeremy Hellickson versus Jason Hammel.
The Rangers will aim to exploit Rick Porcello. Free Drew Smyly.
There are other exploitable pitchers, but I'll draw the line at Vance Worley against the Red Sox.
Hitter (power): Lucas Duda will face Edwin Jackson, whose 6.02 ERA is balanced by a 3.50 FIP.
Continue using Jones.
Daniel Nava is a good play against Worley.
Brett Pill may start against Jorge de la Rosa in place of Brandon Belt.
Hitter (speed): Lorenzo Cain goes against Jarrod Parker.
Chris Denorfia will see Gio Gonzalez.
Francisco Rodriguez is expected to join the Brewers soon. Don't expect him to take over the closer's gig immediately. In fact, I wouldn't speculate on him unless you're in desperate need of saves or don't have any other use for the roster spot.
Yasmani Grandal is starting his minor league assignment and is expected to return to the Padres May 28. He will likely platoon with Nick Hundley until he can prove himself.
The Mets and Cardinals might see thunderstorms, but otherwise the coast is clear.
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