The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice based on my every-morning waiver wire search. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!
To qualify for the daily grind, my unofficial cutoff rate is 50 percent owned. Today, Vance Worley and Jason Vargas look like decent streaming options but they are 55 and 54 percent owned respectively. Worley faces the Dodgers but likely has a 50-pitch limit. He is good to own going forward. Vargas faces the Angels and a suddenly hot Albert Pujols.
Christian Friedrich takes on the Diamondbacks. I could see this one going very well or very poorly given the Snakes’ all-or-nothing mentality at the plate.
Drew Smyly has the friendly Indians match-up.
Chris Young is making a rare appearance between injuries tomorrow for those who are into that. I’m not buying.
A.J. Burnett against the Reds feels like today’s Friedrich match-up—it could go very well or horribly wrong.
Jose Valverde blew his third save of the season yesterday but he managed to vulture the win. Joaquin Benoit is now half a step closer to steady save opportunities although Valverde still has some wiggle room.
This was a long time ago, but since you’re asking…
On Friday, Felipe Paulino picked up the win with six shutout frames: 6 IP, 5 K, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
Wade Miley wasn’t nearly as good: 7.1 IP, 4 K, 4.91 ERA, 0.82 WHIP
Carlos Quentin was 1-for-4 with one RBI.
Andruw Jones was 1-for-4 with one RBI.
Michael Brantley was 1-for-4 with one RBI. I’m noticing a pattern.
Greg Dobbs was 0-for-1. So much for that.
On to Saturday: Rajai Davis went 0-for-4. As an aside, Davis is getting full time play temporarily, so I suggest snatching him up if you need steals.
Smith did not play.
Carlos Gomez was a fugly 0-for-5.