The daily grind: 4-30-13by Brad Johnson
April 30, 2013
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): Zach McAllister will face a Phillies lineup that should be a little bit better with the return of Carlos Ruiz.
As I noted yesterday, Kevin Slowey has worked his way back into my good graces. In particular, an increased swinging strike rate and excellent control should result in an ERA around my 4.00 target for waiver pitchers.
I'm grudgingly using Jose Quintana against the Rangers in a league where I own him outright.
Pitcher (bum): Four pitchers have particularly difficult assignments today.
Jarrod Parker will face the Angels.
Vance Worley takes on the Tigers.
The Orioles will see Brandon Maurer, who is showing signs of settling down.
Philip Humber has the easiest match-up against a home run happy Yankees lineup.
Hitter (power): Yankees believers should keep using Travis Hafner.
Chris Johnson should get the start against Gio Gonzalez, but this isn't choice number one.
Brandon Moss and Seth Smith are part of the template. They face fastball-dependent Garrett Richards.
Hitter (speed): The speed crowd is starting to hit the waiver wires and find more real life playing time.
Rajai Davis has a difficult match-up against Jon Lester, but he'll try to swipe a base if he reaches.
Craig Gentry will start against Quintana.
Juan Pierre should find few problems slapping at Jeremy Hefner's offerings.
Pitcher (to start): I picked up Dillon Gee but I'm unsure if I'll start him. I need to analyze this current funk. Do note that he's playing the Marlins tomorrow.
David Phelps will rarely earn notice in this column, but a match-up with the Astros is hard to pass up.
Trevor Bauer will challenge Cliff Lee and the Phillies. I'm not rushing out to own this match-up, but Bauer's pedigree means that this is your one shot to own him—if you want to.
Andrew Cashner's ownership is up from 10 percent last week to 26 percent now. I didn't think I'd get a second chance to recommend him, but a match-up with the Cubs is good for him.
Something has me uncomfortable about Wei-Yin Chen still, but the Mariners offense is non-threatening and Aaron Harang is particularly flammable.
Pitcher (bum): As I just mentioned, Harang seems to catch fire early and often. In a bad way.
Erik Bedard is struggling mightily.
Hitter (power): Jonny Gomes will see Mark Buehrle.
Hitter (speed): Try Will Venable against Scott Feldman.
Continue with Pierre. The Mets' shoddy defense should increase his odds of reaching base.
You can hold Gentry too, although Chris Sale is not an easy assignment.
The Marlins' only hitter, Giancarlo Stanton, has hit the 15 day disabled list. Marcell Ozuna has been recalled. He's a solid four or five category prospect. He's worth a shot if you need outfield help.
Looks like a great weather day.
Good enough for me
Ruiz is shockingly owned in only 30 percent of leagues, probably by the resident Phillies fans. He's a good bet to be a top 10 catcher and middle-of-the-lineup threat over the rest of the season, so pick him up!
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