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
It looks like it’s another clear day. We’re getting to the point of the season where we’ll need to pay attention to temperature again, but so far there haven’t been any cold night games.
Pitcher (to start): It’s been awhile since Zach McAllister had a good enough match-up to start. A game against the Royals should give him an opportunity to win with decent ratios. Just remember, he’s a core performer on his good days. There’s some safety in his profile but not a ton of upside.
I’m a strong advocate of Ivan Nova—at least this season—but a start against the Orioles’ elite offense is just about the only time I’d consider not playing him.
Tony Cingrani draws an easy Cubs lineup, but there’s always cause for concern due to his fastball-heavy repertoire. His fastball velocity is also hovering just above 90 mph over his last four starts, which is down from the 92 he was pumping earlier in the season.
Dillon Gee draws the Nationals. This is yet another match-up that I would not rush to the waiver wire to own, but he has a decent enough shot at a win and will probably post respectable ratios.
Pitcher (bum): Tyler Cloyd features a 3.57 ERA, but he’s not remotely close to that good. The Padres’ platoon-heavy lineup should find ways to get to Cloyd.
Erik Johnson is likely to appear in the positive section in future starts, as he possesses a nice mix of fantasy skills. Unfortunately, he’s paired against the Tigers tomorrow.
Definitely stack Athletics against Liam Hendriks.
Do the same with Diamondbacks versus Edinson Volquez.
Lucas Duda is being evaluated at first base and has the platoon advantage tomorrow.
Guess who? Eric Young Jr.
Will Venable has the platoon advantage against the hittable Cloyd.
Pitchers to come
Wednesday: Scott Kazmir might have the best combination of talent and match-up, which isn’t a good thing for streamers.
Thursday: Alex Wood has burned me twice in a row against crappy lineups, but rather than learn my lesson I’m going to keep trumpeting his stuff. As an interesting anecdote, I live in Atlanta and warned a friend that we could start to see Wood (andJulio Teheran) tire out down the stretch. This was the day before Wood’s first meltdown. Apparently, I don’t see the same viewpoint when I put on my fantasy analyst hat.
If you’re feeling less adventurous, Corey Kluber draws the White Sox and should be allowed deeper into the ballgame.
Friday: Pitch count-limited Danny Salazar is still a stud. And he’ll face the White Sox.
Clay Buchholz returns to action tomorrow, but 88 percent of owners found a way to hang onto him all season long.
Baseball will not return to the 2020 Olympics, which seems a given since there isn’t any chance that MLB would interrupt the season to send its best athletes.