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!
Drew Smyly is set to face the Indians today. He’s hit a bit of a rough patch so it will be interesting to see how he handles the easy assignment.
Chris Young has a start today. I don’t recommend him, but he’s a curiosity so he’s worth a mention.
A.J. Burnett has the all-or-nothing start against the Reds.
Felipe Paulino against the Twins is the money match-up of the day. I still say you should own this guy outright.
Brad Lincoln has been surprisingly effective and the Reds are rather hit or miss. I’d only play this one if I were scrapping the barrel.
Jonathan Papelbon blew a tie game and took the loss.
Shawn Tolleson has been activated by the Dodgers. He went into the season as one of the top relief prospects in baseball and he’s only added to that status this season.
Vance Worley threw his 50 pitches: 4 IP, 4 K, 6.25 ERA, 2.00 WHIP
Jason Vargas was solid while earning the win: 5.2 IP, 8 K, 6.35 ERA, 1.94 WHIP
Christian Friedrich overwhelmed the Diamondbacks while earning the win: 7 IP, 4 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP
Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 1-for-4.
Ryan Doumit was 0-for-5. I’d still play that match-up any day of the week.
My favorite Murphy was 0-for-2 with a walk.
Seth Smith was a homer short of the cycle. He went 4-for-5 with two runs and one RBI.