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): It’s another day where the pitching options are dangerous. Joe Blanton has pitched very well lately, as he often does in the second half of the season. His match-up against the Diamondbacks isn’t a walk in the park, though.
Felix Doubront has been merely solid all season long. He has the top number I look for in a fantasy pitcher—about one strikeout per inning. He also has the second number—a tolerable walk rate. But the results just haven’t really been there all season. The Twins lean lefty with some of their better hitters, so it’s a solid match-up for him.
He’s on waivers in most leagues, but Dan Straily leads baseball in strikeouts this year and he’s making his debut.
Pitcher (bum): I disrespected the Braves yesterday and it prevented me from winning some Fanduel cash for once. Today I’ll overcompensate by placing Armando Galarraga on the bum list.
The Rangers should bash Jeremy Guthrie to pieces.
Hitter (speed): David Murphy‘s not really a true speed threat, but he could swipe one if the Rangers aren’t too busy forming a conga line. Quintin Berry, Rajai Davis and Jemile Weeks have truer speed match-ups.
Wei-Yin Chen will face the Rays tomorrow. He’s generally solid and is coming off a 12 strikeout performance.
Paul Maholm is rostered in way more leagues than he ought to be—41 percent. He has a middling option against the Astros.
If I had more balls, I’d recommend Mark Rogers against the Cardinals. Instead, I not-so-subtly hint that maybe you can make use of your cojones.
|Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing pitcher||Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing pitcher|
|Alberto Callaspo||R||Gavin Floyd||J.D. Martinez||R||Paul Maholm|
|Jemile Weeks||S||Ricky Romero||Norichika Aoki||L||Adam Wainwright|
|Chris Carter||R||Ricky Romero||Cardinals|
|Jonny Gomes||R||Ricky Romero||Jon Jay||L||Mark Rogers|
|Anthony Gose||L||A.J. Griffin||A.J. Ellis||R||Chris Volstad|
|Rajai Davis||R||A.J. Griffin||Giants|
|Mariners||Marco Scutaro||R||Jeff Francis|
|Eric Thames||L||Hiroki Kuroda||Mets|
|Mike Carp||L||Hiroki Kuroda||Kirk Nieuwenhuis||L||Edinson Volquez|
|Trayvon Robinson||S||Hiroki Kuroda||Nationals|
|Michael Saunders||L||Hiroki Kuroda||Jesus Flores||R||Mark Buehrle|
|Orioles||Steve Lombardozzi||S||Mark Buehrle|
|Wilson Betemit||S||Jeremy Hellickson||Tyler Moore||R||Mark Buehrle|
|Geovany Soto||R||Will Smith||Yonder Alonso||L||Jeremy Hefner|
|Craig Gentry||R||Will Smith||Carlos Quentin||R||Jeremy Hefner|
|Red Sox||Cameron Maybin||R||Jeremy Hefner|
|Cody Ross||R||Cole De Vries||Will Venable||L||Jeremy Hefner|
|Salvador Perez||R||Scott Feldman||Domonic Brown||L||Joe Saunders|
|Alcides Escobar||R||Scott Feldman||Ty Wigginton||R||Joe Saunders|
|Lorenzo Cain||R||Scott Feldman||John Mayberry Jr.||R||Joe Saunders|
|Brennan Boesch||L||Ubaldo Jimenez||Travis Snider||L||Mike Leake|
|Quintin Berry||L||Ubaldo Jimenez||Starling Marte||R||Mike Leake|
|Twins||Garrett Jones||L||Mike Leake|
|Ryan Doumit||S||Clay Buchholz||Reds|
|Denard Span||L||Clay Buchholz||Zack Cozart||R||James McDonald|
|Ben Revere||L||Clay Buchholz||Todd Frazier||R||James McDonald|
|Dayan Viciedo||R||Ervin Santana|
A few match-ups stand out as better than the rest. There is the usual mix of A’s hitters—Gomes, Carter and Weeks. If that’s not your style Travis Snider has a friendly match-up against Mike Leake. Last and potentially least, Craig Gentry will find himself facing Will Smith.
Frank Francisco is nearing return, which shouldn’t mean anything but somehow does…