The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice for tinkerers and daily fantasy players. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective, including notice of impending weather events, new injuries, and changes to platoon situations. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!
The daily picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.
Today’s weather watch
It doesn’t look good for baseball in Atlanta today. Games in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh have a lesser risk of seeing rain.
Pitcher (to start): Dillon Gee is opposed by the light-batted Twins. After a rough start to the season, Gee has settled in to provide average fantasy numbers. Based on his peripherals, he’s closer to fantasy replacement level, which makes him a pure streaming candidate.
Danny Salazar takes the reins against the Angels. He’s coming off his worst outing to date, but he still features elite peripherals aside from a “bad luck” 26.7 percent HR/FB ratio.
Jordan Lyles is coming off a strong start, but he remains a mediocre starter with a bad match-up. This time he faces Texas.
Aaron Harang has the tough job of shutting down the platoon-happy A’s.
Hitter (power): Ryan Raburn will get the start against Vargas.
Try Phillies minor prospect Cody Asche against Manship.
Hitter (speed): Try Leonys Martin against Lyles.
Drew Stubbs will also face Vargas.
Guess who rounds out the speed options for tomorrow? It’s our old friend Eric Young Jr.
Pitchers to come
Tuesday: I’m sticking with Dan Haren, but you’re going to have some choices.
Wednesday: Brandon Beachy has a good match-up with the Mets, but he is up to 47 percent owned, so you may need to move in advance.
Thursday: I guess I have to recommend Jose Quintana against the Royals until a better option reveals himself.
Alex Rodriguez is making some hullabaloo about the Yankees being out to get him, but this doesn’t really interest me. What does interest me is that Stephen Strasburg was ejected yesterday after throwing two pitches behind Andrelton Simmons. He had hit Justin Upton earlier in the game.