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
Pittsburgh has a 30 percent chance to see some showers, but otherwise the excellent August weather is expected to continue.
The Mets and Marlins have a doubleheader tomorrow, so stream accordingly.
Pitcher (to start): Gerrit Cole is hovering at 48 percent owned and he’s set to face the Cubs tomorrow. His strikeout and whiff rates are slowly creeping up.
Ubaldo Jimenez is turning back the clock, generating healthy whiff and ground ball rates for the first time since 2011. He’s been racking up strikeouts over his last five outings, so he might be worth a plug against the White Sox.
Michael Wacha draws the Mariners. He’s showing great basic peripherals including a strikeout to walk ratio over three (3.23 K/BB). His fastball averages about 93 mph as a starter and close to 95 as a reliever. As can be expected, he posted a much better strikeout rate as a reliever.
Pitcher (bum): Johnny Hellweg has the ludicrous combination of low strikeout rate and high walk rate that makes it impossible to pitch in the majors. He currently sports 16 walks, two hit batters, two wild pitches, and only four strikeouts in 16.2 innings. Oh, and he’ll face the Reds.
Daisuke Matsuzaka was solid in his last outing against the Indians, but he remains extremely exploitable. Even the low firepower Marlins offense can be expected to post crooked numbers.
Robbie Erlin is a fringy lefty at this point in his career. He’s the kind of pitcher that the Braves should easily handle, but with half the lineup banged up, they’re liable to play the B team with frequency over the next few weeks.
Roy Oswalt will get a spot start against the Diamondbacks. At this point of his career, who knows what to expect.
Hitter (power): Christian Yelich is the only Marlin I would rush out to own for tomorrow’s doubleheader.
Lucas Duda might get both starts tomorrow, since they’re evaluating him for a starting job next season.
Eric Young Jr. also might start both games tomorrow. The Mets have so many second division types they want to look at that they may sit Young one of the games.
Pitchers to come
Sunday: It’s looking like a rough day for streaming on Sunday, I would try Dillon Gee against a perhaps tired Marlins lineup.
Monday: Erik Johnson appears to be the top pick for Monday in another thin group.
Tuesday: Tuesday is a beefier group, I’m leaning toward Marco Estrada as the top recommendation.
Derek Jeter is officially shelved for the year, but this feels like old news.