The daily grind: 5-2-13by Brad Johnson
May 02, 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): Yesterday I recommended Roberto Hernandez and Ervin Santana for today. Rain and wind will make that game interesting to say the least. Predictable outcomes are out the door.
Despite Dillon Gee failing me again, I love almost anybody starting against the Marlins. Today that is Kyle Kendrick, who is probably worth owning outright. Lefties (like Lucas Duda) can still take advantage, but he seems to have made legitimate improvements last season that have carried over to 2013.
Justin Grimm is also on that fringe of guys who can be rostered outright. I never saw through his 9.00 ERA last year to the solid peripherals, but he generates a good number of whiffs and rarely walks anybody. In a small sample this year, he's not getting mashed. In last season's mini-sample, he gave up a 29 percent line drive rate and .438 BABIP compared to this season's more sane rates of 19 percent line drives and .288 BABIP.
Pitcher (bum): I'm suppressing the urge to make a Joe Blanton fat joke, which is a shame for you because I had a good one loaded up. Anyway, start Orioles.
What's the over/under on runs scored in a Rick Porcello versus Jordan Lyles match-up? 15?
Dan Haren has lovely peripherals. The question is, do his .386 BABIP against, near 16 percent HR/FB ratio, and continued decline in whiff rate tell us that he's serving them up? I'm betting the Braves have a feast.
Hitter (power): Scott Hairston sees a lefty. Which is one of Dr. Seuss' most conventional stories.
Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava also see a lefty.
Juan Francisco sees a righty. He's different.
Hitter (speed): Chris Denorfia sees...a lefty! But you knew that as soon as I wrote Denorfia—he doesn't play otherwise.
Pitcher (to start): Jonathan Pettibone faces Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins. Have I mentioned that this is a near auto-start?
The Yankees' fairy tale has to end sometime, right? A.J. Griffin is down to 32 percent owned. He's a solid pitcher with a solid match-up. He does oppose C.C. Sabathia, so he shouldn't be choice 1A.
Felix Doubront has a fringy match-up in Arlington. I'm not sure that goes well with his penchant for home runs allowed.
Barry Zito is a wild card. I'm a fool for associating with him, but I don't much respect the Dodgers offense at the moment.
Pitcher (bum): Jason Marquis has been good this season, but I'm betting on the Diamondbacks' offense.
The Rays will be the latest team to prey on lefty Jeff Francis.
Poor Shaun Marcum has a tough game ahead of him against the Braves.
Hitter (power): Marcum starting equals Francisco in the fantasy lineup.
Ryan Raburn looks like he's on one of those hot streaks he used to supply once a year. And he'll have the platoon advantage.
Another lefty for Gomes and Nava.
Hitter (speed): Try Nate Schierholtz against Mike Leake.
It's a Craig Gentry start day.
Also try Gerardo Parra.
A windy, rainy game is expected in Kansas City between the Rays and Royals. Games hosted by the Rangers and Cubs could also see a spate here or there.
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