The daily grind: 5-17-13by Brad Johnson
May 17, 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): Jeanmar Gomez is the best available starter today, which is not a good thing.
Pitcher (bum): However, there are plenty of bad starters to sift through.
Jordan Lyles, Rick Porcello, Vance Worley, and Burch Smith all look particularly exploitable. In addition to those names, Brandon Maurer is opposed by Ubaldo Jimenez in a probable slugfest.
Hitter (power): Lucas Duda has a nice match-up against Edwin Jackson.
Garrett Jones will see Lyles while Daniel Nava will face Worley.
The Giants seem to directing some frustration at Brandon Belt despite solid performance. I expect Brett Pill to see starts against lefties, although I suppose we'll find out tonight.
Hitter (speed): Lorenzo Cain has a solid match-up against Jarrod Parker.
Chris Denorfia should start against Gio Gonzalez.
Pitcher (to start): I would usually recommend Hector Santiago, Marco Estrada and Justin Grimm, but they face the Angels, Cardinals, and Tigers respectively. So I'm avoiding them.
I mention them because I can't point at anybody else without it being a pure gamble. If you want that gamble pick anyway, it's Juan Nicasio against the Giants. But don't credit/blame me for the results.
Pitcher (bum): Joe Blanton has looked lost at times this season. The White Sox aren't a difficult match-up, but they're good enough to cause trouble.
Erik Bedard has yet to settle in this season. He's been unusually prone to walks and home runs—a bad combination.
Chris Capuano has a tough assignment against the Braves.
The Orioles are throwing the always talented TBA.
Hitter (power): Ervin Santana gives up some home runs, which makes it a good day for Seth Smith and Brandon Moss.
Brandon Belt ought to be owned more frequently than 33 percent. A game against Nicasio is likely to help his numbers.
Chris Johnson should like batting against Capuano.
Jonny Gomes finally sees a mid-tier lefty - Scott Diamond
Hitter (speed): Eric Young Jr. or Charlie Blackmon against Tim Lincecum might produce a steal or two.
Word on the street is that expanded replay could hit the shelves as early as 2014. The game will be poorer for it. You can't tell, but that was biting sarcasm.
Minnesota, Atlanta, and Chicago have possible thunderstorms in the forecast.
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