Friday, June 22, 2012
The daily grind 6-22Posted by Brad Johnson at 5:56am
The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice based on my every morning waiver wire search. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!
Roy Oswalt is back today. My expectation is that he'll be a stream quality pitcher, but it might be worth picking him up and trying to sell him if he gets off to a hot start.
Two pitchers I would almost never recommend are Joe Saunders and Kevin Millwood. But they play the Cubs and Padres respectively, and those teams might be that bad...
Try Jason Kubel against Jeff Samardzija.
Or Craig Gentry against Christian Friedrich.
Andruw Jones will face lefty Jonathon Niese.
Matt Adams should start all three games against the Royals.
A pair of Reds, Chris Heisey and Todd Frazier, have worked their way into everyday roles and get a chance to reap the benefits against Nick Blackburn today.
A pair of Red Sox, Daniel Nava and Ryan Kalish, will also likely find their way into the lineup to enjoy today's match-up against Jair Jurrjens.
Alex Cobb against the Phillies looks like the headline start of the day.
Wei-Yin Chen, who I mentioned yesterday, is actually pitching tomorrow. Which is good because now you have an alternative to Cobb.
You can try left-handed Mariners against Jason Marquis, but keep in mind that they'll still be Mariners. Michael Saunders is your best bet.
Carlos Gomez has been hot lately and Philip Humber definitely has not.
On the other side of that match-up, Dayan Viciedo should like Randy Wolf.
Carlos Pena has been cold most of the season, but a match-up against Kyle Kendrick could help thaw things, if only for a day.
Hang on to Gentry against Josh Outman.
Hang on to Adams as well.
I rarely get to say this: nothing to report.
Vance Worley survived the Rockies lineup but still took the loss: 7 IP, 2 K, 2.57 ERA, 0.86 WHIP
Jacob Turner walked too many but didn't suffer the consequences: 5 IP, 3 K, 1.80 ERA, 1.80 WHIP
John Mayberry Jr. went 2-for-4.
Scott Cousins flopped on his inaugural TDG appearance, going 0-for-4.
Alex Presley went 2-for-5 with one run and one stolen base.
Pedro Alvarez had a 2-for-4 evening with one home run, two runs, and one RBI.
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