The daily grind: 6-11-13by Brad Johnson
June 11, 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): Today features several intriguing prospects including Gerrit Cole, Michael Wacha and Tony Cingrani. All three face middling offenses.
Corey Kluber has posted excellent peripherals including a 6.0 K/BB ratio, but his ERA and WHIP have suffered from an elevated BABIP against and HR/FB rate. I have him in two leagues and I'm advising others to buy.
Pitcher (bum): Wade Davis's conversion back to starting pitcher is not going well. He will look good for short stints and then blow up unexpectedly. The Tigers have a brutally effective offense and should pounce.
The Astros have a good shot to win today with their ace Bud Norris facing the inflammable Aaron Harang.
Dan Haren has a very similar story to Corey Kluber, but his start is at Coors Field.
Hitter (power): Jason Castro and Carlos Pena face Harang.
David Murphy has a decent match-up against Kluber, but I prefer Drew Stubbs against Derek Holland.
Hitter (speed): Will Venable draws another contact-oriented starter—Tim Hudson.
Rajai Davis might get the start against Jose Quintana.
Pitcher (to start): Jerome Williams has seen surprisingly good results this season. His peripherals indicate that a 4.00 ERA is to be expected, but that kind of performance might be good enough for the win against Jason Hammel.
Mike Leake is a more solid version of Williams, but he's also 43 percent owned.
Pitcher (bum): Too many exploits tomorrow...
The aforementioned Hammel is not who he was last season.
Edinson Volquez will struggle to shut down the Braves.
I still like Dillon Gee more than most, but a match-up against the Cardinals is an easy pick to exploit.
Tyler Cloyd versus Mike Pelfrey may produce runs in bunches.
Chien-Ming Wang had his debut pushed back to today.
Jeremy Bonderman will start against the Astros.
The Red Sox and Nationals will use TBA.
Hitter (power): Hang onto Castro and Pena for the Bonderman match-up.
Oswaldo Arcia should get some swings against Cloyd.
Murphy's match-up against Ubaldo Jimenez is worth owning.
Hitter (speed): Chris Denorfia has the platoon advantage versus Paul Maholm.
No major weather events are expected.
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