The daily grind: 6-5-13by Brad Johnson
June 05, 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): Dan Haren has the best stream start if he's available in your league. Bartolo Colon is a solid second choice, although his low strikeout totals can be damaging.
Alexi Ogando versus John Lackey is an interesting match-up of stream-worthy starters. It's hard to make a recommendation for either given the strength of their respective lineups, but they're worth mentioning.
Pitcher (bum): The A's strike me as a lineup that can systematically pick Yovani Gallardo apart.
R.A. Dickey isn't the same pitcher he was last season. He's been making adjustments to continue pitching rather than taking a stretch of time to recuperate.
Dallas Keuchel will have trouble keeping the Orioles off the scoreboard.
Hitter (power): Scott Hairston will face Jason Vargas, who is coming off some strong outings.
Brandon Belt will see Dickey.
I still have a feeling that the Cardinals will work Matt Adams into the lineup today against Wade Miley. It's just a hunch.
Hitter (speed): On the other side of that Cardinals match-up, Gerardo Parra has a strong match-up against Joe Kelly.
Drew Stubbs doesn't have an easy assignment against CC Sabathia, but he does turn into a usable hitter against lefties.
Pitcher (to start): Miguel Gonzalez could be an interesting gamble for daily fantasy owners. He'll face the Astros.
Shaun Marcum is showing signs of finding his groove. Be wary against the Nationals.
Andrew Cashner is relatively available at 33 percent owned.
Pitcher (bum): Mike Pelfrey versus Wade Davis spells r-u-n-s. Runs. Lots of them.
Tyler Cloyd and Wily Peralta are in the same spelling bee as Pelfrey and Davis.
The Yankees and Dodgers both have TBA listed for tomorrow.
Hitter (power): Ryan Doumit has played well lately and is up to 37 percent owned. He's a solid option to hold at catcher.
Hitter (speed): Craig Gentry will face Jon Lester, who has been inconsistent lately.
Try Aaron Hicks against Davis or Lorenzo Cain against Pelfrey.
Will Venable faces contact-oriented Jhoulys Chacin.
MLB is supposedly pushing for roughly 20 suspensions in connection to the Biogenesis scandal. This strikes me as a bit of a witch hunt and making the move in-season is rather damaging considering that there is only circumstantial evidence available. I hope this is a case of the media overreacting and that the commissioner's office has the good sense to act over the offseason.
Thunderstorms are possible at the Grind Headquarters in Atlanta. Games in St. Louis and Kansas City could also see rain. The risk is currently below 50 percent in all cases.
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