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.
Those in leagues with same-day moves should refer back to yesterday’s table.
Pitcher (to start): He’s owned for fantasy purposes, but I like the prospect of Matt Moore against a somewhat lefty-heavy Indians lineup. While his numbers against lefties have been poor this season, it’s a 21.2-inning sample and the only thing out of sorts is his strikeout rate.
Hitter (power): Andruw Jones is known to be particularly lethal to mediocre lefties like Cecil. There are plenty of alternatives in the power department tomorrow like Scott Hairston, Jim Thome, Brandon Moss, Seth Smith, and Tyler Moore.
|Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing pitcher||Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing pitcher|
|Erick Aybar||R||Doug Fister||Chris Johnson||R||Clayton Richard|
|Alberto Callaspo||R||Doug Fister||J.D. Martinez||R||Clayton Richard|
|Brandon Moss||L||Colby Lewis||Norichika Aoki||L||Adam Wainwright|
|Jemile Weeks||S||Colby Lewis||Cardinals|
|Seth Smith||L||Colby Lewis||Jon Jay||L||Tyler Thornburg|
|Yunel Escobar||R||TBA||Tony Campana||L||Josh Johnson|
|Rajai Davis||R||TBA||Stephen Drew||L||Mat Latos|
|Johnny Damon||L||Jeremy Hellickson||Greg Dobbs||L||Jeff Samardzija|
|Travis Hafner||L||Jeremy Hellickson||Padres|
|Casey Kotchman||L||Jeremy Hellickson||Yasmani Grandal||S||Wandy Rodriguez|
|Rangers||Carlos Quentin||R||Wandy Rodriguez|
|Craig Gentry||R||Travis Blackley||Cameron Maybin||R||Wandy Rodriguez|
|Rays||Chris Denorfia||R||Wandy Rodriguez|
|Luke Scott||L||Justin Masterson||Pirates|
|Carlos Pena||L||Justin Masterson||Pedro Alvarez||L||Jeremy Guthrie|
|Elliot Johnson||S||Justin Masterson||Garrett Jones||L||Jeremy Guthrie|
|Daniel Nava||S||TBA||Zach Cozart||R||Ian Kennedy|
|Cody Ross||R||TBA||Tyler Colvin||L||James McDonald|
|Salvador Perez||R||Kevin Millwood|
|Alcides Escobar||R||Kevin Millwood|
|Lorenzo Cain||R||Kevin Millwood|
|Delmon Young||R||C.J. Wilson|
|Ryan Doumit||S||Tommy Hunter|
|Denard Span||L||Tommy Hunter|
|Ben Revere||L||Tommy Hunter|
|Dayan Viciedo||R||Felix Doubront|
|Andruw Jones||R||Ricky Romero|
Pitcher (to start): I’m hard-pressed to pick an available starter today. You could try Clayton Richards against the Astros, but only if you’re forced to. For daily leaguers, someone like Jordan Zimmermann against the Mets might make sense.
Pitcher (bum): Plenty of bum pitchers tomorrow, but who will get hit hardest? I’d try stacking Cardinals against Tyler Thornburg. Keep in mind that Carlos Beltran is expected to sit a couple games during this series. Jeremy Guthrie is going against the Pirates at Coors.
Hitter (power): My favorite platoon power hitter, Andruw Jones, should be back in the lineup tomorrow. Luke Scott and Carlos Quentin are nice alternatives.
Hitter (speed): I’m going to call a steal from Jemile Weeks just for some variety. Otherwise, look for the usual suspects.
John Axford blew another save last night, leading some to call for Francisco Rodriguez to step in. I think Axford has just a little bit more wiggle room left but it’s probably time to pick up alternatives.