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): Slim pickings today, as Jarrod Parker is the only option for the day. He’s up to 63 percent owned, so there’s a good chance you’re taking today off in the streaming game.
Felix Doubront is an option if the predicted storms in Baltimore don’t materialize.
Pitcher (bum): Jeff Francis is expected to be on the outs, so he’ll need to impress against the Nationals. I’m not sure that’s in the cards.
Charlie Morton is making his first start for the Buccos this season. If they get the game in.
Hitter (power): Travis Hafner should DH against Parker.
If that Giants/Pirates game happens, then Brandon Belt is a nice option.
Pitcher (to start): Edwin Jackson‘s peripherals insist that he’s a strong candidate to stream against the Mets. His actual results make it hard to pull the trigger. He’s opposed by Shaun Marcum, whose numbers tell a similar story.
Jake Westbrook is back for a start against the Marlins. Just make sure you don’t need strikeouts.
Rick Porcello is a possible breakout candidate, showing an increase in whiffs and strikeout rate while maintaining a strong walk rate.
Scott Diamond has a tough lineup to conquer – the Tigers.
Just to hedge, I’ll pepper in a Lucas Duda recommendation against Jackson.
Craig Gentry will finally get that Buehrle match-up.
Baseball will open the 2014 season in Australia with an Aussie rules battle royale between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.
The Cardinals and Mets appear to be sitting on a rainout. The Red Sox and Orioles have to dodge some storms to avoid a postponement, and it supposed to rain right up until game time in Pittsburgh for the Pirates’ game against the Giants.