The daily grind 5-16

The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice based on my every-morning waiver wire search. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!

Today’s grind

Three waiver guys have solid match-ups. Chris Capuano faces the Padres at Petco. The always-unpredictable Mike Minor has the Marlins. And Felipe Paulino sees the surprisingly hot Orioles in his third start since coming off the disabled list.

Craig Gentry and the Rangers face Tommy Milone.

Matt Diaz should get the start against Mark Buehrle.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis draws a favorable match-up against Mike Leake.

Tony Campana squares off against Kyle Kendrick.

Jeff Keppinger is a stealthy middle infield/corner infield add and he’s set to face Clay Buchholz.

Tomorrow’s grind

Zach McAllister is probably playable against the Mariners.

James McDonald is set to face the Nationals. As Yahoo’s splash page pointed out, he’s using his slider more frequently this year, but it’s by no means absurd. His slider usage has climbed from roughly five percent to 13 percent.

Juan Pierre will be back in the leadoff spot against Chris Volstad.

Eric Thames faces Phil Hughes. On the other side of that match-up is Raul Ibanez facing Drew Hutchinson.

Andy Dirks probably should be owned outright, but he faces P.J. Walters tomorrow.

Reliever watch

Reliever madness is back in full swing after a one-day hiatus.

David Robertson is on the disabled list with a strained oblique, so Rafael Soriano will have an opportunity to settle into the closer role.

Jason Motte vultured a win by allowing a game- tying home run to Alfonso Soriano. The Cards then got to Rafael Dolis in the bottom half of the ninth.

Chad Qualls blew a save opportunity for the Phillies. Somehow, he’s up to four blown saves on the year. Good thing they signed Jonathan Papelbon.

Retroactive Review: Ace
Looking back at some of Justin Verlander's most interesting moments.

Santiago Casilla lost a tied game by allowing a solo home run to pinch hitter Marco Scutaro.

Yesterday’s results

Good day for my pitching picks.

Anthony Bass was fantastic while earning the win: 8 IP, 7 K, 1.13 ERA, 0.75 WHIP

Wade Miley also earned the win: 6.2 IP, 5 K, 1.35 ERA, 1.35 WHIP

Michael Brantley was 2-for-4 with a stolen base.

Andruw Jones was 0-for-2 with a walk.

Josh Reddick was 0-for-2 with two walks.

Seth Smith was 0-for-3.

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Brett Myers also lost yesterday by giving up a HR in a tie game.

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Brad Johnson

I knew there was one I saw but forgot about. I use a google filter for blown saves so I miss those tie game losses sometimes. Thanks.