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
Another day in the clear.
Today has plenty of interesting match-ups with the usual amount of risk and reward.
Pitcher (to start): With just seven games tomorrow, the pickings are slim. Sonny Gray has a great match-up versus the Astros. He’s doing what most of the successful rookies have done—strike out a healthy number of batters while limiting walks.
Tony Cingrani returns from the disabled list tomorrow in time to face the Cardinals. This is more a game to be aware of than to use.
Ivan Nova is penciled in against the Red Sox according to ESPN, but MLB still lists the game as TBA. Keep an eye on it. I’ve been saying to use Nova in all match-ups. He handled the Orioles last time out and has also pitched well against the Tigers recently.
Miguel Gonzalez is a fantasy replacement pitcher, but his match-up against the White Sox could help him out. He’s up against frequent Grind pick Jose Quintana whose match-up is probably too fringy to use.
Pitcher (bum): Lance Lynn has looked spent in recent outings. That could just small sample variation, but he hasn’t looked like his usual self. A look through individual games shows that he’s mostly been hurt by an unusual number of hits on balls in play, so I’m either jumping the gun or he’s throwing too many fat pitches.
You can bet that Brad Peacock will have trouble with the feisty Athletics lineup.
I’m still doubting Ryan Vogelsong after he barely survived his last outing due to bad control. The Diamondbacks have some good hitters who should take advantage.
Jerome Williams is a pretty mediocre pitcher, and the Rays are very platoon heavy these days with expanded rosters.
Pitchers to come
Friday: ESPN has been saying all week that Marco Estrada will pitch on Friday (and still does), but MLB.com has Kyle Lohse on the board and it’s right more often. If not Estrada, then 60 percent owned A.J. Griffin versus the Astros.
Saturday: Alex Wood will attempt to bounce back from last week’s disasterpiece against the Marlins. He’ll face the Phillies. James Paxton makes his debut as well, but he’s not as interesting to me as he was a couple years ago.
Billy Hamilton scored the lone run as a pinch runner in yesterday’s game with the Cardinals. In other news, Jason Grilli has returned from the disabled list. Mark Melancon is expected to continue closing games for the moment.