The daily grind: 7-16 part 1

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.

Today’s grind

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
Angels         Brewers      
  Erick Aybar R Rick Porcello          
  Alberto Callaspo R Rick Porcello     Norichika Aoki L Lance Lynn
Blue Jays         Cardinals      
  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
Indians         Nationals      
  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
Red Sox         Phillies      
  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
Royals         Reds      
  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          
White Sox                
  Dayan Viciedo R Aaron Cook          
  Raul Ibanez L Henderson Alvarez          

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

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.

Tomorrow’s grind

I’ll post this in the early evening.

Reliever watch

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.

Alexi Casilla‘s job is in jeopardy after a run of poor performances. Sergio Romo would replace him but it’s been hard to track when he’s available over the past season and a half. Stay tuned.

There was a smattering of other blown saves over the weekend, but we have to stop somewhere, right?

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  1. said...

    My pitchers for tomorrow: Travis Wood, Jon Niese, Roy Oswalt (make that guy that just dropped him really mad!)

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