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): There is a bushel of iffy pitchers to consider starting today. Jacob Turner, Zack Wheeler, Rick Porcello, Tyler Skaggs, Felix Doubront, Aaron Harang and Andrew Cashner all have some potential for a strong outing. I’ve selected Doubront for my own teams.
Pitcher (bum): John Hellweg is easy to bet against while his ERA rest north of 12.00.
Wade Davis has the stuff to be a decent innings eater but he’s had a rough go at it this season.
Josh Lindblom has done surprisingly well as a spot starter for the Rangers, but he’s an easy guy to bet against.
Pitcher (to start): Danny Salazar is a solid pitching prospect, but you don’t hear about him too often. He will be making his big league debut against a difficult Blue Jays lineup. Most Yahoo league will have him on waivers, so watch the game if you’re interested in him.
Wade Miley is down to 39 percent owned and has a somewhat favorable match-up against the Brewers.
Pitcher (bum): Mike Pelfrey is back and showing improved velocity, so he might not be as ridiculously terrible as he was earlier in the season.
Hitter (power): Justin Smoak is heating up. He was one of my preseason picks to breakout this season along with Josh Donaldson, Domonic Brown, Brandon Belt (meh), Lorenzo Cain (meh) and Nolan Reimold (grumble).
I’m going to keep trotting out Leonys Martin until he’s over 50 percent owned. He’s up to 46 percent now.
Speaking of Cain, I’d try him out against Andy Pettitte.
The Biogenesis scandal is heating up. Or more precisely, it is expected to be allowed to heat up once the All-Star break is over. The AP seems to think suspensions are likely and while that may be true, they’re far from certain given the information publicly available.
Storms continue to be scattered throughout the Northeast today. Games in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland, and New York (AL) could be affected.