The daily grind 6-20by Brad Johnson
June 20, 2012
The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice based on my every morning waiver wire search. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!
Yesterday was a snooze button kind of day, which unfortunately meant no grind.
If you're not too worried about ERA, there are a couple nice pitching options today.
Dillon Gee has been better than expected this year despite a mid-4's ERA. He has a not so easy assignment against the Orioles.
Felix Doubront has played out his tenure as a daily grind pick. His ownership rate is up to 51 percent thanks to strong peripherals.
Nathan Eovaldi is set to take on the A's in the Coliseum.
Chris Archer starts for the Rays today, although I'd avoid him in all but the deepest leagues. He's struggled with walks this season.
I'd be happy to take David Murphy against a very cold Anthony Bass.
The Alex White vs. Joe Blanton match-up is one where you can target multiple hitters on either roster. Carlos Gonzalez is questionable for today's game with a knee injury, so try Tyler Colvin, Todd Helton, or Juan Pierre.
If Matt Adams starts, he'll get a manageable match-up against Rick Porcello.
With Brian Matusz on the hill, Scott Hairston should get a start.
It's Thin Thursday. I wouldn't use any of the pitchers available unless Worley is unowned in your league. Jacob Turner will make a start against the Cardinals, but it sounds like it's just a spot appearance since Drew Smyly is returning soon. I'd be very wary of that match-up.
John Mayberry Jr. has had a bit of a rough season, but he's set to face Jeff Francis tomorrow.
Try Scott Cousins against Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Alex Presley and Pedro Alvarez have the pleasure of facing Liam Hendricks.
John Axford blew his fourth save of the season last night. Francisco Rodriguez waits in the wings, but he's had a little trouble this season as well.
Aroldis Chapman blew his third save of the season last night. I'd recommend re-rostering Sean Marshall, but Dusty seemingly has a history of not liking him.
I'll get back to doing this tomorrow.
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