The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice for tinkers 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!
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Pitcher (to start): Dillon Gee is the top choice for today, and he might be worth rostering outright. I know I missed my chance at him in a couple leagues.
Pitcher (bum): Bronson Arroyo has a tough first assignment—to squelch the Angels. I have my doubts and will be betting against him later.
The Nationals haven’t dominated offensively the way I’ve expected. Wade LeBlanc is yet another Marlins pitcher who is prone to meltdowns.
The Orioles, Blue Jays, White Sox, and Tigers all have favorable match-ups as well.
Hitter (power): Nolan Reimold has looked pretty sharp at the plate in the two games I watched. He’s cheap in daily fantasy and I have hope that he’ll move up the lineup.
Hitter (speed): Collin Cowgill‘s a nice well-rounded choice to poach a steal. If you want something a little more leveraged towards steals, let’s see if Juan Pierre can slap his way on against Jordan Zimmermann.
Pitcher (to start): You have a couple stream choices today, but none of them are must-starts.
I happen to like to like Zach McAllister, probably more than I should. The Rays aren’t an offensive powerhouse, but they know how to grind out some runs.
Dan Straily has some upside and a match-up against the no-bat Astros should help him. He did not look particularly sharp this spring, so I’m wary. He’s opposed by Brad Peacock, whom I could describe the exact same way with the additional caveat that the Astros have to score for him to win.
Pitcher (bum): Liam Hendriks should help the Orioles continue to produce runs.
Matt Joyce (and left-handers in general) should enjoy Kyle Kendrick.
Hitter (speed): Domonic Brown may be more of a power threat, but I think he’s eager to prove he can swipe some bases after leg injuries forced him to play station-to-station in past seasons.
Hiroki Kuroda is fine after being hit on the hand in the second inning yesterday.
Rafael Soriano does not look poised for a repeat of his historic season after vulturing the win yesterday.
Today it’s easier to tell you who has good weather. The Mariners and Athletics will be playing in 60-degree temperatures while the Blue Jays, Indians, Orioles and Rays will have domes protecting them. The rest of the league is looking at a game time temperature between 30 and 50 degrees. There will be lingering showers in Atlanta.