The daily grind 4-24

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Today’s grind

Tom Milone and Randy Wolf are your pitching plays of the day. They face the White Sox and Astros, respectively. I considered both players for my rosters today but couldn’t stomach the associate risk. Avoid if you can.

Gerardo Parra and Jason Kubel face another righty—Vance Worley. Ryan Sweeney should get a start against Nick Blackburn. Eric Thames has a friendly match-up against Tommy Hunter.

Tomorrow’s grind

Jarrod Parker makes his second major league start and 2012 debut against the White Sox. The other dugout will send out Chris Sale. He’d be a great streaming pick if he wasn’t already over 60 percent owned. Same story for Trevor Cahill. He faces an inept Phillies lineup but is probably owned in your league. Juan Nicasio faces the lowly Pirates. A rough start for Nicasio has dropped his ownership rate to seven percent.

I’ve been waiting for the Brewers to face a lefty so I could recommend Carlos Gomez. He’s making a case to be a full time starter over Nyjer Morgan.

The Rockies and Pirates have a double-header, so let’s walk through a few options. Todd Helton might snag two starts against mediocre righties. Marco Scutaro is only 14 percent owned and can be plugged in either middle infield slot. Garrett Jones looks like he could get two starts since both Rockies starters are righties.

Jason Hammel starting for Toronto might make it worthwhile to hold Eric Thames a second day.

Think Chris Heisey will get the start against Barry Zito?

Reliever watch

Alfredo Aceves recorded a save yesterday. Daniel Bard, who is temporarily in the pen, recorded the win with a .2 inning relief appearance. Bard might eventually end up with the job if saves remain an issue in Boston.

Jason Motte blew a save last night, but his job is secure.

Yesterday’s results

Bartolo Colon had a strong outing but took the loss – 7 IP, 2 K, 2.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP

Chris Capuano walked a fine line all night but managed to earn the win while allowing only one run – 7 IP, 5K, 1.29 ERA, 1.43 WHIP

Parra was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Kubel had the money performance. He went 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBI, and a walk. His hits all went for extra bases—two doubles and a home run.

Rajai Davis went 1-for-4 with an RBI. He was also caught stealing.

Sweeny had a 2-for-4 evening.

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Jason Hammel is starting for the Orioles against Toronto tonight, not for them.

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

That is correct.


Who do you like better tomorrow: Kelly Johnson (vs. Hammel) or Jason Kipnis (vs. Hochevar)?

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Good question. Incidentally, I platoon them in a shallow roster, linear weights league. I’ll be playing Johnson.