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): Marco Estrada did NOT work out yesterday, but such is the life of a grinder.
But it’s a new day with more streaming options than I can count (I lied, there are seven). If I had to pick one to target today, it would be Tommy Milone against the Blue Jays. My number two pick would be Chris Tillman against the Rays. None of the match-ups is perfect, but all are potentially playable.
Pitcher (bum): There isn’t really a sure fire bum today, but Dallas Keuchel against the Pirates could take a thumping.
Hitter (speed): Starling Marte is being activated today and those in keeper leagues should pay attention. There’s also Rajai Davis and Quintin Berry. I cut Davis for Marte today in a keeper league today, but I may end up regretting that.
None of the streaming options are superb tomorrow, but there are a couple interesting ones. Scott Diamond against the Indians won’t get you strikeouts, but he should survive the outing. A couple of guys who might not be available—Jonathon Niese and Jarrod Parker—have solid match-ups too. Zach Britton is very available and takes on the A’s.
|Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing pitcher||Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing pitcher|
|Jean Segura||R||Alex Cobb||Chris Johnson||R||TBA|
|Alberto Callaspo||R||Alex Cobb||J.D. Martinez||R||TBA|
|Jemile Weeks||S||Zach Britton||Brewers|
|Coco Crisp||S||Zach Britton||Carlos Gomez||R||Ross Detwiler|
|Jonny Gomes||R||Zach Britton||Marlins|
|Blue Jays||Greg Dobbs||L||Kip Wells|
|Travis Snider||L||Rick Porcello||Mets|
|Anthony Gose||L||Rick Porcello||Kirk Nieuwenhuis||L||Josh Collmenter|
|Adam Lind||L||Rick Porcello||Padres|
|Mariners||Yasmani Grandal||S||Carlos Zambrano|
|Michael Saunders||L||Jeremy Guthrie||Yonder Alonso||L||Carlos Zambrano|
|Orioles||Carlos Quentin||R||Carlos Zambrano|
|Wilson Betemit||S||Jarrod Parker||Will Venable||L||Carlos Zambrano|
|Jim Thome||L||Jarrod Parker||Phillies|
|Rays||Juan Pierre||L||Ben Sheets|
|Carlos Pena||L||Dan Haren||Pirates|
|Red Sox||Starling Marte||R||Jordan Lyles|
|Ryan Sweeney||L||Phil Hughes||Pedro Alvarez||L||Jordan Lyles|
|Royals||Garrett Jones||L||Jordan Lyles|
|Salvador Perez||R||Blake Beaven||Reds|
|Alcides Escobar||R||Blake Beaven||Zack Cozart||R||Drew Pomeranz|
|Lorenzo Cain||R||Blake Beaven||Todd Frazier||R||Drew Pomeranz|
|Tigers||Chris Heisey||R||Drew Pomeranz|
|Brennan Boesch||L||Carlos Villanueva||Rockies|
|Quintin Berry||L||Carlos Villanueva||Marco Scutaro||R||Bronson Arroyo|
|Twins||Tyler Colvin||L||Bronson Arroyo|
|Ryan Doumit||S||Josh Tomlin||Willin Rosaio||R||Bronson Arroyo|
|Denard Span||L||Josh Tomlin|
|Ben Revere||L||Josh Tomlin|
|Raul Ibanez||L||Aaron Cook|
Four straight for grind favorite Jonny Gomes.
A number of interesting names have joined our table, some of which I’ve ignored the past few days. Angels prospect Jean Segura is up and about although his playing time is in question while they decide if Erick Aybar needs a trip to the disabled list.
Starling Marte begins his major league career today (Thursday) and should be an everyday option in deep formats.
Anthony Gose has been up for awhile and is doing part time work platooning with Rajai Davis. Travis Snider is starting most days.
Francisco Cordero just needs to be cut in all formats. Including real. He blew his second save in a row and erased a late-inning comeback by the Astros. Wilton Lopez should be taking over immediately.
It was a bad day for Franciscos in baseball. Francisco Rodriguez blew his second in a row as well. Tell me if this sounds familiar: He erased a late-inning comeback while taking the loss. John Axford should be shutting the door on the next opportunity.
Frank Francisco got beat up in a rehab outing for the Binghamton Mets.
Juan Francisco did not blow the save. In fact, he went 3-for-4 with a home run, so not all Franciscos were affected.