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!
The Fanduel picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.
Have I mentioned I’m a little slow in the morning?
I accidentally made the table for today instead of tomorrow, which is fine since we had no handy table to refer to for today. I don’t have time to make two, so I’ll post tomorrow’s table tonight.
I also tried to introduce a new table layout to make it less long, but that didn’t really work out. And I forgot to do @ again.
|Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing pitcher||Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing pitcher|
|Erick Aybar||R||Rick Porcello|
|Alberto Callaspo||R||Rick Porcello||Norichika Aoki||L||Lance Lynn|
|Yunel Escobar||R||Phil Hughes||Jon Jay||L||Mike Fiers|
|Adam Lind||L||Phil Hughes||Diamondbacks|
|Rajai Davis||R||Phil Hughes||Stephen Drew||L||Bronson Arroyo|
|Johnny Damon||L||Alex Cobb||Jesus Flores||R||Carlos Zambrano|
|Travis Hafner||L||Alex Cobb||Padres|
|Rays||Yasmani Grandal||S||J.A. Happ|
|Luke Scott||L||Zach McAllister||Carlos Quentin||R||J.A. Happ|
|Carlos Pena||L||Zach McAllister||Cameron Maybin||R||J.A. Happ|
|Elliot Johnson||S||Zach McAllister||Chris Denorfia||R||J.A. Happ|
|Daniel Nava||S||Dylan Axelrod||Juan Pierre||L||Nathan Eovaldi|
|Ryan Sweeney||L||Dylan Axelrod||Pirates|
|Cody Ross||R||Dylan Axelrod||Casey McGehee||R||Jeff Francis|
|Salvador Perez||R||Jason Vargas||Zach Cozart||R||Wade Miley|
|Alcides Escobar||R||Jason Vargas||Todd Frazier||R||Wade Miley|
|Lorenzo Cain||R||Jason Vargas||Chris Heisey||R||Wade Miley|
|Tigers||Ryan Ludwick||R||Wade Miley|
|Brennan Boesch||L||Ervin Santana||Rockies|
|Quintin Berry||L||Ervin Santana||Marco Scutaro||R||Jeff Karstens|
|Twins||Tyler Colvin||R||Jeff Karstens|
|Ryan Doumit||S||Chris Tillman||Willin Rosaio||R||Jeff Karstens|
|Denard Span||L||Chris Tillman|
|Ben Revere||L||Chris Tillman|
|Dayan Viciedo||R||Aaron Cook|
|Raul Ibanez||L||Henderson Alvarez|
Pitcher (to start): There’s all kinds of ugly pitching today, which means that there are several risky picks with upside. Personally, I’m a fan of J.A. Happ going against an ineffective Padres lineup at Petco. Chris Tillman is more than deserving of an honorary shout out.
Pitcher (bum): It’s easy to pick out today’s bums but it’s hard to do something with that information. Dylan Axelrod faces the Red Sox and Ervin Santana draws the Tigers. Both offensive clubs have the kind of pricey talent that makes it harder to play a team match-up.
Hitter (power): I’m going to put my money down on Travis Hafner against Alex Cobb tonight. Carlos Quentin against J.A. Happ is a fair second choice.
Hitter (speed): There are three names that are going to show up here a LOT: Rajai Davis, Ben Revere and Juan Pierre. Use any and all of them today.
Additional notes: I’ve lost a handle on the Red Sox outfield situation. I think Daniel Nava and Ryan Sweeney will start tonight over Cody Ross, but that’s a barely educated guess. The Reds tend to platoon Chris Heisey and Ryan Ludwick in a difficult-to-predict deployment. So I left both on the chart.
I’ll post this in the early evening.
Heath Bell has been temporarily removed from the closer role. Steve Cishek stands to benefit the most, especially with Edward Mujica on the disabled list. Meanwhile, Juan Carlos Oviedo (Leo Nunez in a past life) has elbow pain and will be out indefinitely.
Sergio Santos is officially done for the year with the decision to schedule season-ending surgery.
Jim Johnson blew an ugly one on Saturday, but his job is safe for the time being. Besides, the Orioles won the game.
Here’s a fun one. The Padres stole home off Kenley Jansen to hand him his fourth blown save.
There was a smattering of other blown saves over the weekend, but we have to stop somewhere, right?