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): Matt Garza‘s ownership is up a whopping two points to 61 percent. I expected to see a huge jump yesterday, but I think a lot of fans are still unaware of his return.
Jose Fernandez is the only other card up my sleeve for today. He jumped three ownership points to 51 percent. Sorry I don’t have somebody more widely available to point at today.
If you absolutely must use somebody, Wade Davis against the Astros seems like the best play.
Pitcher (bum): Is it me, or are there an unusual number of exploitable pitchers this season? I don’t recall leaving guys off this portion of the list on a daily basis last year.
I’ll limit myself to four picks: Aaron Harang against the Angels, Edinson Volquez versus the Cardinals, Tyler Cloyd against the Marlins (yes I’m picking the Marlins offense) and Mike Pelfrey against the Braves.
Hitter (power): It’s Juan Francisco‘s turn in the platoon.
To hedge my bets, Carlos Pena could launch a long ball against Davis.
Pitcher (to start):
Jorge de la Rosa is erratic, which makes him rather maddening to use. His strike out rate is surprisingly small this season, which eats into his value.
Speaking of maddening pitchers, Francisco Liriano is owned in only 37 percent of leagues and will face the Cubs. The only thing we can tell about him right now is that he’s generating whiffs.
The Braves offense remains a strong pick against Vance Worley.
I don’t believe in Ubaldo Jimenez‘s hot streak and generally speaking, I don’t believe in starting pitchers against the Tigers anyway.
Jason Hammel turned pumpkin.
Hitter (power): Try Travis Hafner against Hammel.
Scott Hairston could be worth employing against Liriano.
You can also try Cody Ross against de la Rosa.
Hitter (speed): Chris Denorfia should start against Lyons.
There are scattered storms expected throughout baseball today. The Cubs, Pirates, Mets, Reds, Tigers, Indians, Athletics, and Rangers could be affected. The other storm locations have domes.
I will be out from Friday, May 24 through the end of next week.