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.
I’m considering dropping the “Today” section of the column since I spend about 20 percent of my effort re-writing my words from yesterday. I would replace that section with “Amendments to yesterday’s Grind.” That would allow me to be slightly more thorough with the same time allotment. Thoughts?
Pitcher (to start): Slim pickings today (and in general) for pitchers to start. Andrew Cashner is the best arm, but his start is at Colorado.
Shaun Marcum has had a rough start to the season but appears to have righted the ship. The Nationals haven’t been the hardest assignment this season.
Miguel Gonzalez doesn’t appear here often, but a match-up with the Astros promises strikeouts.
Pitcher (bum): Two games feature exploitable pitchers on both sides.
Hitter (power): Ryan Doumit‘s a solid option against Davis.
Pitcher (to start): Francisco Liriano is pretty scarce at 65 percent owned, but he’s firing on all cylinders right now and the Cubs do not have an imposing lineup.
Felix Doubront is an interesting case study. Over four of his last five starts he’s produced solid results backed by terrible peripherals. Prior to those outings, he had four poor outcomes with strong peripherals. Altogether, he’s a stretch recommendation against the Angels. His velocity is still down, but he’s getting the strikeouts.
Jarrod Parker is 54 percent owned and demonstrating improved control in recent outings.
Pitcher (bum): Nate Karns seems a little green.
Esmil Rogers probably won’t pitch deep into the game even if the outing goes well. So the Rangers will bide their time for run scoring.
I don’t usually bet on the Phillies burning down the barn, but a match-up with Alfredo Figaro could result in some runs.
Edinson Volquez has the never pleasant Coors Field start.
Let’s throw Jeremy Bonderman on this list while we’re at it, since it’s no longer 2006.
Hitter (power): That Bonderman start makes Travis Hafner look attractive.
Hold onto Van Slyke, who will face lefty Paul Maholm.
The Mets and Nationals will deal with thunderstorms today.