The daily grind 7-2

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!

I will be driving from Georgia to New Jersey overnight and hence will not be writing a column tomorrow morning. And probably not the next morning either.

Today’s grind

Today’s pitching options all have their warts.

Carlos Zambrano is 36 percent owned and matches up against a solid Brewers offense.

Jarrod Parker‘s ownership has skyrocketed to 49 percent, and his match-up against the Red Sox is scary.

Jordan Lyles isn’t a great pitcher, but he’s just one percent owned and will face a weak Pirates lineup.

Jim Thome will face Mariners righty Hisashi Iwakuma. Thome is six percent owned, but should probably be picked up in most formats.

I’ll let Seth Smith out for his usual match-up against a righty. Today it’s Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Luke Scott and Carlos Pena are set to face Freddy Garcia.

Brennan Boesch is having a hard time of it this season, but he has to be able to hit Liam Hendriks. Right?

Tomorrow’s grind

Some good options including Marco Estrada against the Marlins, Jair Jurrjens versus the Cubs, Andrew Cashner against the Diamondbacks, and Wei-Yin Chen against the Mariners.

Jonny Gomes will get another crack at Jon Lester.

If Boesch can hit Hendriks, he should be able to hit Nick Blackburn too.

Vin Mazzaro seems like a good match-up for Adam Lind.

Salvador Perez is still out there for the taking in many leagues. Brett Cecil opposes.

Reliever watch

Santiago Casilla blew the save yesterday, but only because he felt like earning a win.

Yesterday’s results

Perhaps another time…

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  1. Ben said...

    Michael Fiers and Mike Leake.

    I’ll admit Duensing didn’t work, but Detwiler wasn’t a whole lot better.

  2. Brad Johnson said...

    Detwiler pitched really well for 6 innings and then really poorly for one third of an inning, so I don’t feel too badly about the pick.

  3. Abdoozy said...

    What scares you about Parker at the O?

    How do you like DiceK in that matchup? I can see two quality starts and at least one win, what am I missing?

  4. Brad Johnson said...

    I don’t like DiceK ever. Granted I haven’t seen him yet this year, but I consider him to be predictably unpredictable.

    The Red Sox still have the kind of offense that can explode against pitchers like Parker.

  5. Will said...

    What do you think of Yasmani Grandal? Other catcher free agents include Salavador Perez Ryan DOumit John Buck Alex Avila Micheal McKenry and Geovany Soto. Grandal is my current catcher. And also who are some players ou think might breakout in the second alf that could be easy buy low candidates and free agent pickups? In a 14 team h2h points leauge?

  6. Brad Johnson said...

    Looks like I’m going to need to extend the hiatus for the remainder of this week. I might have time to put together some picks for tomorrow through the break, but don’t hold me to it.

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