Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The Daily Grind: 7-10-13Posted by Brad Johnson at 6:02am
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): There is a bushel of iffy pitchers to consider starting today. Jacob Turner, Zack Wheeler, Rick Porcello, Tyler Skaggs, Felix Doubront, Aaron Harang and Andrew Cashner all have some potential for a strong outing. I've selected Doubront for my own teams.
Pitcher (bum): John Hellweg is easy to bet against while his ERA rest north of 12.00.
Wade Davis has the stuff to be a decent innings eater but he's had a rough go at it this season.
Josh Lindblom has done surprisingly well as a spot starter for the Rangers, but he's an easy guy to bet against.
Hitter (power): Kyle Blanks, Brian Dozier and Travis Hafner all have favorable match-ups.
Hitter (speed): Chris Denorfia and Leonys Martin strike me as the best options for speed today.
Pitcher (to start): Danny Salazar is a solid pitching prospect, but you don't hear about him too often. He will be making his big league debut against a difficult Blue Jays lineup. Most Yahoo league will have him on waivers, so watch the game if you're interested in him.
Erasmo Ramirez will get the start for the Mariners tomorrow. He features a big change-up and little else. Eno Sarris has more words about him.
Wade Miley is down to 39 percent owned and has a somewhat favorable match-up against the Brewers.
Pitcher (bum): Mike Pelfrey is back and showing improved velocity, so he might not be as ridiculously terrible as he was earlier in the season.
Drew Pomeranzz versus Chris Capuano is today's pick for highest scoring game.
Hitter (power): Justin Smoak is heating up. He was one of my preseason picks to breakout this season along with Josh Donaldson, Domonic Brown, Brandon Belt (meh), Lorenzo Cain (meh) and Nolan Reimold (grumble).
Hitter (speed): Gerardo Parra could be a good source of runs today against Yovani Gallardo.
I'm going to keep trotting out Leonys Martin until he's over 50 percent owned. He's up to 46 percent now.
Speaking of Cain, I'd try him out against Andy Pettitte.
The Biogenesis scandal is heating up. Or more precisely, it is expected to be allowed to heat up once the All-Star break is over. The AP seems to think suspensions are likely and while that may be true, they're far from certain given the information publicly available.
Storms continue to be scattered throughout the Northeast today. Games in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland, and New York (AL) could be affected.
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