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): 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.
You can try good ‘ol Daniel Nava against Worley too.
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.
Jonny Gomes and Nava will face a hittable lefty.
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.
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.