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
Games in Washington D.C. and New York (AL) have a high probability of thunderstorms. Games in Atlanta and Colorado have a lesser chance of being affected.
Today is a solid day for pitcher streaming in most leagues.
Pitcher (to start): Michael Wacha has been named the Cardinals starting pitcher tomorrow. He’s opposed by a light-hitting Cubs lineup. Wacha is a solid but non-elite option in most mixed leagues. It’s unclear how long he’ll be up this time around.
Wei-Yin Chen remains a solid choice for pursuing wins, ERA, and WHIP. Just remember that he doesn’t strike out many. He’ll face the Giants.
Andre Rienzo has been solid across his first two starts. The Twins are usually an advantageous match-up, but be wary of his short track record and weak supporting cast.
Felix Doubront is yet another option with a solid match-up. He’s opposed by the Royals, and he continues to post good peripherals.
Alex Wood is the top streaming name for the day. He’ll take on a weak Marlins offense.
Tony Cingrani has a higher ownership rate than the above names (currently 58 percent), but he has an excellent assignment against the Padres
Pitcher (bum): Brad Peacock is potentially exploitable against the Rangers’ multi-platoon offense. He has a bloated 7.25 ERA at the major league level this season, but FIP (6.58) and xFIP (4.99) also dislike his work. At Triple-A, Peacock threw to a much better 2.73 ERA and 3.63 FIP.
Juan Nicasio has been erratic for much of the season, flashing upside but generally struggling with consistency. He’s opposed by the NL-best Pittsburgh Pirates.
Brandon McCarthy may still be prone to endurance issues while working back from injury—he seemed to run out of gas in his last outing.
Justin Maxwell gets another lefty in Doubront.
Chris Denorfia will start, but the match-up isn’t great.
Pitchers to come
Monday: Ricky Nolasco remains the only name that I’m comfortable recommending on Monday. You might be tempted to use Bruce Chen against the Marlins, and it may even work. Don’t buy into the recent hot streak. His xFIP remains the same as it always has been.
Tuesday: Tuesday is mostly TBA at the moment. Alexi Ogando is the current front runner with match-up against the Brewers, but he’s not going to remain the top dog.