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The daily picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.
Pitcher (to start): Wade Davis has a favorable match-up against Ubaldo Jimenez. I expect Davis to have a bit of a bumpy season, but he’s a solid pitcher and should have solid stats when all is said and done. He has a great chance to earn a win tonight.
Ted Lilly starts at home against the Rockies. Which is not a great match-up, but I don’t have much to point at today.
Pitcher (bum): Did I just say I don’t have much to point at today? Here’s a laundry list:
New name alert! Wellington Castillo and Scott Hairston should both be happy to face Richard.
One more, Nolan Reimold against Saunders.
Hitter (speed): Lorenzo Cain is a little too heavily owned at 53 percent, but I need a competent speedster.
I suppose Gerardo Parra could be that guy.
Kevin Slowey is back on the fringe of fantasy relevance. He’s getting more swinging strikes, so the 2011 version of Slowey is more likely to show up than the 2012 version.
I like what Jose Quintana has shown this year, but I’m not a fan of a start against the Rangers.
Pitcher (bum): Jarrod Parker has struggled this season, but I’m more concerned about his immediate match-up with the Angels than his long term outlook.
The Orioles can be a tough assignment for a pitcher like Brandon Maurer.
What’s more unimpressive, the Yankees lineup or Philip Humber?
Hitter (power): Travis Hafner is stuck with the UTIL only tag, but he’s also available in two-thirds of leagues and seemingly loves his new home.
Moss and Smith again? Garrett Richards specializes in a hard fastball, which lines up with their strengths.
Hitter (speed): Something to keep in mind: Eric Young Jr. and Rajai Davis are both getting into a lot of games lately. Davis should play against Jon Lester, although that’s hardly an ideal match-up. It’s uncertain if Young will play against Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Craig Gentry will get the start against Quintana.
Isolated storms could affect the Padres, Cubs, Astros, and Yankees, but it doesn’t sound like anything to worry about.
Good enough for me
I’m going to direct you to the Mets section of my division update over at the main THT site. It has some more details on Duda’s no-swinging ways.