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) Scott Diamond matches up well with an Indians lineup that mostly gets by via plate patience. Jonathon Niese and Jarrod Parker are solid alternatives and if they aren’t available, you could try Zach Britton.
Pitcher (bum): Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals take Blake Beavan and the Mariners today. I’d stack Royals hitters despite Guthrie being the weaker pitcher. With the way Alex Cobb has been pitching lately, his match-up against the Angels could be rough.
Hitter (power): If you want to pump some power, Jonny Gomes is once again available. Adam Lind and Travis Snider could do some damage against Rick Porcello and Pedro Alvarez against Jordan Lyles strikes me as a good bet. Speaking of Alvarez, he’s re-graduated from the Grind with an ownership rate now over 50 percent.
Hitter (speed): Carlos Gomez has a golden match-up, but let’s also focus on the less common names. Starling Marte had a strong debut yesterday and should return to the leadoff slot today. Jean Segura should get another shot after a forgettable debut. And last and probably least, Anthony Gose should be in the lineup with the platoon advantage on his side. He’s on thin ice at the moment and could be headed back to Triple-A at any moment.
A couple options for pitching today.
Joe Kelly has squeezed through a eight starts now without allowing many crooked numbers. The Cubs have a weak lineup, but Kelly’s also not nearly as good as his shiny 2.78 ERA.
It’s not a sexy pick and he’s not likely to earn the win, but Kevin Millwood at Safeco against the Royals is stream-able.
Nathan Eovaldi has seen the Padres a couple times already, but this is his first crack at them as a Marlin. He’s the best match-up of the day.
|Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing pitcher||Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing pitcher|
|Jean Segura||R||Matt Moore||Ben Francisco||R||Erik Bedard|
|Athletics||Chris Johnson||R||Erik Bedard|
|Brandon Moss||L||Tommy Hunter||J.D. Martinez||R||Erik Bedard|
|Jemile Weeks||S||Tommy Hunter||Brewers|
|Coco Crisp||S||Tommy Hunter||Norichika Aoki||L||Jordan Zimmermann|
|Seth Smith||L||Tommy Hunter||Dodgers|
|Blue Jays||A.J. Ellis||R||Barry Zito|
|Travis Snider||L||Anibal Sanchez||Giants|
|Anthony Gose||L||Anibal Sanchez||Nate Schierholtz||L||Chad Billingsley|
|Yunel Escobar||R||Anibal Sanchez||Angel Pagan||S||Chad Billingsley|
|Adam Lind||L||Anibal Sanchez||Marlins|
|Indians||Carlos Lee||R||Ross Ohlendorf|
|Johnny Damon||L||Sam Deduno||Greg Dobbs||L||Ross Ohlendorf|
|Mariners||Justin Ruggiano||R||Ross Ohlendorf|
|Casper Wells||R||Bruce Chen||Nationals|
|Trayvon Robinson||S||Bruce Chen||Jesus Flores||R||Randy Wolf|
|Orioles||Steve Lombardozzi||S||Randy Wolf|
|Wilson Betemit||S||Bartolo Colon||Tyler Moore||R||Randy Wolf|
|Jim Thome||L||Bartolo Colon||Padres|
|Rangers||Yasmani Grandal||S||Nathan Eovaldi|
|David Murphy||L||Philip Humber||Yonder Alonso||L||Nathan Eovaldi|
|Red Sox||Carlos Quentin||R||Nathan Eovaldi|
|Cody Ross||R||CC Sabathia||Cameron Maybin||R||Nathan Eovaldi|
|Royals||Will Venable||L||Nathan Eovaldi|
|Salvador Perez||R||Kevin Millwood||Phillies|
|Alcides Escobar||R||Kevin Millwood||Ty Wigginton||R||Mike Minor|
|Lorenzo Cain||R||Kevin Millwood||John Mayberry Jr.||R||Mike Minor|
|Brennan Boesch||L||Henderson Alvarez||Starling Marte||R||Armando Galarraga|
|Quintin Berry||L||Henderson Alvarez||Garrett Jones||L||Armando Galarraga|
|Ryan Doumit||S||Justin Masterson||Zack Cozart||R||Christian Friedrich|
|Denard Span||L||Justin Masterson||Todd Frazier||R||Christian Friedrich|
|Ben Revere||L||Justin Masterson|
|Dayan Viciedo||R||Matt Harrison|
|Andruw Jones||R||Jon Lester|
Gomes is finally off, which means he’s replaced by Seth Smith and Brandon Moss.
David Murphy’s back on the list.
My top platoon player, Andruw Jones, should be unleashed against Jon Lester. Keep in mind, now that Ichiro is in the fold, it’s not a guaranteed start.
Stack Pirates against Armando Galarraga and roster Starling Marte while you can. Especially those in keeper leagues.
Nothing to report.