Monday, September 23, 2013
The daily grind: 9-23-13Posted by Brad Johnson at 6:48am
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.
Today’s weather watch
Baseball is free and clear of rain today.
Zack Wheeler's been scratched, leaving you with Marco Estrada, Tanner Roark, Charlie Morton, Jose Quintana and Yordano Ventura.
Pitcher (to start): People have noticed Ubaldo Jimenez's superb second half—he's up to 60 percent owned. He's pitching like it's 2010 except his fastball is nearly five mph slower. He's matched up against the lowly White Sox.
Gerrit Cole is also 60 percent owned. The young righty has seemingly improved during his stay in Pittsburgh and his strikeout rate has spiked over his last three starts. His average fastball velocity of 96.1 mph is tops in the game among starting pitchers who have thrown 100 innings.
Many owners made the mistake of ignoring John Lackey this season and missed out on a core performer. He's only 55 percent owned heading into his game at Coors Field.
Michael Wacha is paired against the Nationals. While that isn't the easiest assignment, the Nats are all but eliminated from the postseason and may be ready to take their foot off the accelerator. He's only 30 percent owned now but expect him to be exposed as an early "sleeper."
The Royals will be James Paxton's easiest assignment to date. He's seen good results but a .180 BABIP is largely responsible for the success. In his small sample, he's been very ground ball dependent. His minor league numbers suggest that his strikeout numbers could increase.
Pitcher (bum): Freddy Garcia has successfully muddled through two starts for the Braves, but he'll need all his veteran wiles to get through each and every start—even against the Brewers.
Brad Peacock has been erratic this season, leading to a mixture of good and bad outings. Against the Rangers, the odds tilt towards a bad outing.
Scott Diamond has a difficult assignment against the Tigers. Diamond will never be a fantasy asset since he doesn't strike out many batters.
Even against the Marlins, Zach Miner isn't likely to go more than five innings and his middling arsenal is nothing to fear.
Hitter (power): Justin Maxwell is coming off a big night and will face the lefty Paxton tomorrow.
Get Christian Yelich in the game against Miner.
Ryan Raburn and Drew Stubbs haven't been getting it done lately, but they're still worth considering when facing lefties like Hector Santiago.
Hitter (speed): With Wade Miley on the hill for the Diamondbacks, Chris Denorfia will start.
Leonys Martin has received fewer recommendations in this column since moving back to hitting ninth. Against Peacock, he's worth considering.
Pitchers to come
Wednesday: Danny Salazar against the White Sox is the top choice of the day.
Thursday: Ivan Nova is scheduled against the Rays, but keep an eye on it since he's had some recent soreness. If the Yankees have a rough week, he could get skipped.
Friday: Friday's pick is Scott Kazmir against the Twins. Plan ahead for Friday because there isn't much out there.
Yesterday featured a wide range of minor news, but clearly the bee delay in Anaheim takes top billing.
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