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.
Pitcher (to start): Today we have several mediocre pitchers you could gamble on against bad lineups. Joe Saunders might be the best of the bunch and he’s matched up with a scuffling Marlins lineup.
Mark Rogers has pitched fairly poorly this year, but he faces a Cubs lineup that is the worst in the league by some measures.
Mike Leake is extremely variable. Against the Phillies, anything can happen, especially because their lineup of scrubs has been scoring runs in bunches.
Hitter (speed): Eric Young has a rough match-up against R.A. Dickey, but he’s still a solid bet to swipe a bag. David Murphy hardly counts as a stolen base threat, but including him here rounds things out nicely.
Marco Estrada against the pitiful Cubs lineup is the top match-up of the day. Estrada has struggled recently, so it’s worth keeping that in mind.
Andruw Jones is back again. This time he’s joined by Todd Frazier against the home run prone Cliff Lee (I’m going to keep saying it until he shows otherwise) as the top power options of the day. Other quality options include Delmon Young, Eric Young, Eric Thames and Coco Crisp.
Nothing much to report. I will say that having watched Steve Cishek a number of times this season, I’m convinced that he’s merely a good ROOGY in the mold of Vinnie Pestano. Don’t think to keep him as a closer for next year because he can’t get lefties out.