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
The game between the Indians and Royals has a 30 percent chance of isolated storms.
Today has a little bit of everything to choose from. The Braves and Nationals have a surprise doubleheader as well, so any streaming options from those teams may be desirable.
Yordano Ventura will take Danny Duffy‘s turn in the rotation today. He strikes out hitters at a high rate, but he straddles the line with walks. He’s allowed a tad under four free passes per nine innings over the last two seasons.
Nathan Eovaldi will face the middling Phillies offense. He’s a typical fantasy replacement level pitcher, good for the occasional spot start but risky to own outright.
Charlie Morton has blossomed into a fairly reliable pitcher. He mostly gets by on his elite ground ball rate supported by solid walk and strikeout rates. The Padres are a decent match-up for him.
The Indians turn to Danny Salazar in their quest to reach the postseason. As before, his strong strikeout and walk rates make him a great play. He’s still likely to be pitch-,constrained so a five-inning outing is not guaranteed.
J.A. Happ has struggled since returning from the disabled list. He’s survived several seasons with a bad walk rate, but that seems to have finally come to an end. His fly ball tendencies do not help. He’s opposed by Phil Hughes, who will be on a very short leash.
Aaron Harang is posting similar peripherals to his career rates despite terrible results. While the Giants aren’t a challenging match-up, Harang has struggled enough that he’s worth exploiting.
Bruce Chen has a difficult match-up against the lefty-mashing Indians. He’s having a career best season in the “luck” department, but his peripherals still suggest that he’s the same high ERA pitcher.
Brandon Belt has raised his profile a bit after a six- RBI performance the other day. Belt is 55 percent owned.
Brian Dozier gains the platoon advantage against Danks.
You can give Avisail Garcia a shot too, although his upside isn’t very high for fantasy purposes.
Hitter (speed): There’s always Eric Young Jr.
Cesar Hernandez has been leading off with some frequency for the Phillies, and he has some stolen base upside.
Pitchers to come
Thursday: Ubaldo Jimenez is at 53 percent owned, but he’s still the best choice.
Friday: Zach McAllister versus the Astros is a good bet to provide an adequate outing.
Yesterday’s game in Washington D.C. was cancelled due to the shooting near Nationals Park. They will play a doubleheader today.