The daily grind: 5-6-13

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.

Today’s grind

Pitcher (to start): Andrew Cashner is back down to 28 percent owned and the only guy today that I can possibly recommend.

I suppose Nick Tepesch‘s command and control profile matches-up well with the Cubs.

Pitcher (bum): It’s easy to forget that Chris Capuano is coming off the best season of an otherwise mediocre career. He’s probably worth trying to exploit until he has a solid start.

Vance Worley has a tough assignment against the Red Sox.

Ubaldo Jimenez is coming off his best outing in years, but the A’s present a surprisingly difficult lineup to flummox.

Hitter (power): Cody Ross will see Capuano.

Seth Smith and Brandon Moss draw the righty.

You can try good ‘ol Daniel Nava against Worley too.

Hitter (speed): Chris Denorfia will face lefty Wade LeBlanc.

Tomorrow’s grind

Pitcher (to start): There are a few names worth a shake today.

Justin Grimm looks like an under-the-radar core fantasy starter. He is opposed by a potent Brewers offense, so beware.

J.A. Happ finally gets a match-up against a mid-tier lineup.

Zach McAllister has a semi-difficult assignment against the A’s.

Pitcher (bum): I think the Pirates will plunder the Mariners and Aaron Harang.

I’m predicting some struggles out of Scott Diamond tomorrow despite good results to date.

Hitter (power): Try Brandon Belt against Kyle Kendrick.

Jonny Gomes and Nava will face a hittable lefty.

C.J. Wilson is a nice opponent for Chris Carter.

Hitter (speed): Gerardo Parra will see Josh Beckett.

Noteworthy news

Roy Halladay appears headed to the disabled list with an unspecified shoulder injury. I’ve been saying all season that he’s throwing through a shoulder issue – I’ve watched enough tape of myself doing the same to know what it looks like.

Weather watch

Three games face a rain threat today, including two in California. The Braves and Reds are most likely to see delays or cancellation, but the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Marlins, and Padres may see some rare California rain.

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  1. johhny p said...

    I dropped JP.Arencibia for McCann. I feel that JP’s due for some regression and McCann is a slam dunk for RBI numbers. Question is? will he play every day or platoon for a while?

  2. Tommy said...

    They’re playing Gettis in the OF today, so I’d guess McCann is good for at least 4-5 starts / week at first. But it’s a good question long term. Maybe a mid season trade to open up time for Gettis?

  3. GasHouse Gang said...

    My 3rd basemen (Moustakas, Prado Lawrie) are killing me early on (of course I dropped Machado as well.) Arenado and Donaldson are available, are either worth dropping Moose or Lawrie for?

    I also have Bruce and Pujols, so my it seems my entire team is in an early-season funk.

    Thoughts? Thanks.

  4. chris said...

    Brian McCann.  What are the hopes for him this season in the RBI- HR. I just picked him up off the DL

  5. Brad Johnson said...

    Without having seen him play, I can only revert to his career numbers. If he makes it back to the clean-up slot, that’s a 90 RBI/20 HR full season pace.

  6. Brad Johnson said...

    Gas, I’d take a stab at either over Moustakas. No real preference on which but I think Donaldson is a better bet.

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