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): As I stated yesterday, I’ve found Marco Estrada‘s stuff to be quite impressive this season. He’s offering generous helpings of strikeouts with a scanty side of walks. Based purely on numbers, Miguel Gonzalez has a tolerable match-up against the Indians.
Pitcher (bum): Is Nick Blackburn the worst pitcher of the season? I think so. And I expect the Royals to add some more whoopin’ to his line. As an alternative, I think the Rays could get to Hisashi Iwakuma in a big way.
Hitter (speed): I don’t really think Lorenzo Cain is likely to steal a base, but I love his match-up and expect big things today. Beyond the usual suspects, I’d look at Tony Campana, Gerardo Parra, and Denard Span.
Chris Tillman against the Indians is one of the better freely available match-ups. You could also try Carlos Zambrano against the Pirates and hope that it’s a day that Andrew McCutchen doesn’t hit a bomb.
Alex Cobb against the feeble Mariners is worth a glance despite the fact that Cobb has struggled against mediocre competition lately.
J.A. Happ still looks like he should be having a much better year than he is. A game against the lefty-heavy Diamondbacks could help his numbers.
|Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing pitcher||Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing pitcher|
|Brandon Moss||L||Phil Hughes||Chris Johnson||R||Wade Miley|
|Seth Smith||L||Phil Hughes||J.D. Martinez||R||Wade Miley|
|Adam Lind||L||Aaron Cook||Carlos Gomez||R||Bronson Arroyo|
|Rajai Davis||R||Aaron Cook||Norichika Aoki||L||Bronson Arroyo|
|Johnny Damon||L||Chris Tillman||Tony Campana||L||Jake Westbrook|
|Travis Hafner||L||Chris Tillman||Dodgers|
|Casey Kotchman||L||Chris Tillman||Jerry Hairston Jr.||R||Miguel Batista|
|Justin Smoak||L||Alex Cobb||Scott Hairston||R||Chris Capuano|
|Michael Saunders||L||Alex Cobb||Padres|
|Orioles||Yasmani Grandal||S||Jeff Francis|
|Wilson Betemit||S||Zach McAllister||Carlos Quentin||R||Jeff Francis|
|Jim Thome||L||Zach McAllister||Cameron Maybin||R||Jeff Francis|
|Rangers||Chris Denorfia||R||Jeff Francis|
|David Murphy||L||Ervin Santana||Pirates|
|Royals||Pedro Alvarez||L||Carlos Zambrano|
|Salvador Perez||R||Scott Diamond||Garrett Jones||L||Carlos Zambrano|
|Alcides Escobar||R||Scott Diamond||Reds|
|Lorenzo Cain||R||Scott Diamond||Todd Frazier||R||Yovani Gallardo|
|Delmon Young||R||Chris Sale||Tyler Colvin||L||Kip Wells|
|Ryan Doumit||S||Luis Mendoza|
|Denard Span||L||Luis Mendoza|
|Ben Revere||L||Luis Mendoza|
|Dayan Viciedo||R||Rick Porcello|
|Raul Ibanez||L||Jarrod Parker|
It might be a good day to own Adam Lind.
I’m hoping that Tyler Colvin keeps finding his way into the lineup as he frequently draws exploitable match-ups like Kip Wells.
The options above from the Royals and Twins probably have the best combination of talent, availability, and favorable match-ups. And they play each other, which should make things interesting.
An uneventful evening although Drew Storen threw a clean inning in his return from the disabled list. He was brought into a game in which the Nationals were behind five runs in the ninth. Tyler Clippard still has a grip on the job, but it’s slipping.