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): I’m nervous recommending Scott Kazmir, but it seems like conditions are in his favor. He faces the Phillies and is coming off a superb outing against the A’s.
John Lackey is another guy on the retread rack. He’ll face the Rays, who seem light-hitting but have actually been a top 10 offense.
John Gast is a potentially interesting choice for those who are comfortable playing minor league success. From what I can gather, Gast is “live-armed,” can struggle with command, and has a high ceiling as a reliever.
Andrew Cashner is still out there, waiting to hit triple digits on your team.
Jeff Francis has one of his best assignments so far—the Cubs. That isn’t stopping me from recommending against him.
Dillon Gee spent a lot of time in my “to start” section. This isn’t me throwing him under the bus, the Cardinals are a tough offense to overcome.
Hitter (power): Scott Hairston is the top pick for power output.
Hitter (speed): Gerardo Parra is worth a look.
As noted in the comments yesterday, Charlie Blackmon will likely see some of the time I originally slated for Eric Young Jr. Still, Young was already starting frequently, so he’s should see a few more games now.
Pitcher (to start): Phil Hughes has settled in after a shaky start to the season and has a favorable assignment against the Mariners. He’s also 50 percent owned, so he may not be available to many readers.
For some reason, I’m reticent to recommend Mike Leake, even against the lowly Marlins. There’s nothing in his peripherals to justify that reticence besides a low-ish strikeout rate.
Pitcher (bum): For once, I’m going to recommend using the Phillies offense. Corey Kluber is coming off a meltdown outing, though he had previously looked sharp.
Mike Pelfrey will face a struggling White Sox team in a battle to see who can struggle more.
Shaun Marcum has been a mess thus far, and like Gee, he’ll also need to turn it around against the Cardinals. Eesh.
Hitter (power): Gomes faces another difficult lefty in David Price.
Domonic Brown draws Kluber.
Hitter (speed): Lorenzo Cain would be a nice addition against Enright.
Bryce Harper is showing the portion of his skill set that most worries me. He lost a fight with a wall yesterday that has left him day-to-day with some stitches and a possibly jammed shoulder. Harper has that Griffeyesque penchant for leaving it all on the field (and then some).
Hooray for more great weather.