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): Jerome Williams has seen strong results on the back of mediocre peripherals. A match-up with the Orioles is not attractive, but he has a good shot at a win since he faces Jason Hammel.
Mike Leake is similar to Williams in that his ERA is much better than his peripherals suggest. But he’s also a legitimately better pitcher and he faces the Cubs.
Pitcher (bum): Today is riddled with exploits. Here’s a list:
Oswaldo Arcia draws the match-up with Cloyd.
Hitter (speed): Kelly Johnson will face right-hander Aceves.
Pitcher (to start): Not much to choose from today; most of the starters are in the top 15 percent of the league and owned as such.
I need some name to put here and that’s going to be 61 percent owned Jarrod Parker against the Yankees.
And I can scratch up a second name too, Felix Doubront is pitching well, has solid peripherals, and is only 12 percent owned.
Kevin Gausman may have electric stuff, but he’s in need of an adjustment or two.
Hitter (power): Take Brandon Belt for that Morton match-up.
Daniel Nava is still getting hits, so the match-up with Gausman could work out.
Travis Hafner faces Parker.
Hitter (speed): Craig Gentry will get the start against Buerhle.
Mike Zunino received an unexpected call to action in Seattle, Gerrit Cole dominated the competition in Pittsburgh, and the Dodgers and Diamondbacks were displeased with each other (benches cleared twice).
The Midwest will see some storms that could postpone a few games. Both games in Chicago and the game in Pittsburgh could be affected.