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): Yesterday, I expanded upon why Jonathan Pettibone has produced good results but isn’t trustworthy. Still, a match-up against the Giants is potentially worth exploring. He’s opposed by Barry Zito, who also might be worth an add.
A.J. Griffin should be owned in the majority of mixed leagues. He faces the Indians, which is a decent enough match-up to start.
The Astros will face Joe Blanton.
It’s doubtful that Ricky Romero worked out his issues in one month.
Luis Mendoza will see the Orioles. Rain’s in the forecast for this one, too.
Hitter (power): The readers let me get away with a silly recommendation for Travis Hafner yesterday, so I’ll call myself out. At Coors, there is no DH.
Carlos Pena against Blanton is another great match-up.
Pitcher (to start): Bartolo Colon versus Scott Kazmir is an opportunity for two pitchers who may perform well. Kazmir is only for the ballsiest among us, but he’s showing his strongest whiff rate since 2008 and is coming off an excellent start. He’s likely to regress, but maybe he’s that fluky guy who comes back from the dead.
John Lackey has looked solid thus far and might be worth a peek against the Twins. Personally, I’m worried about his high strikeout rate, which I think will decline since he’s not generating more whiffs than usual.
Here’s another heavily qualified recommendation: Julio Teheran. It’s been a bit of a mixed bag with him this season. His velocity is down and he seems to be catching too much of the plate, which could explain an elevated BABIP and HR/FB ratio. On the plus side, he’s limiting walks and generating plenty of whiffs, though they aren’t translating to a high strikeout rate.
Pitcher (bum): One of these times I’ll pick the Braves’ feast or famine offense and they’ll feast. They see Ryan Vogelsong tomorrow.
Let’s see if I can jinx Dillon Gee into performing well. The Pirates have a solid lineup, so it will be a tough assignment for the struggling righty. His velocity is way down, so he is a candidate to be replaced by Ryan Wheeler when the time comes.
Hitter (power): Big Nate Freiman is likely to be in the lineup against Kazmir.
Brandon Belt seems to have a good match-up against Teheran.
Hitter (speed): Davis will see another tough lefty in David Price.
J.A. Happ was the latest victim of a comeback liner. He’s reported to be stable.
Junichi Tazawa is expected to close for the Red Sox. I hope you have heard that already.
Games in Cincinnati, Baltimore, Cleveland, Boston, Pittsburgh, New York, and Colorado could all see some amount of rain and storms. In other words, it’s going to be a wet day across the majors.
These are my favorite days to play daily leagues because I can increase my odds of winning simply by selecting players in dry games.