The daily grind: 6-12-13

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Today’s grind

Pitcher (to start): Jerome Williams has seen strong results on the back of mediocre peripherals. A match-up with the Orioles is not attractive, but he has a good shot at a win since he faces Jason Hammel.

Mike Leake is similar to Williams in that his ERA is much better than his peripherals suggest. But he’s also a legitimately better pitcher and he faces the Cubs.

Pitcher (bum): Today is riddled with exploits. Here’s a list:

Hammel, Edinson Volquez, Dillon Gee, Tyler Cloyd, Mike Pelfrey, Jeremy Bonderman, Ross Ohlendorf, Esmil Rogers, and Alfredo Aceves.

Hitter (power): Jason Castro and Carlos Pena should enjoy Bonderman’s attempt at a comeback.

Oswaldo Arcia draws the match-up with Cloyd.

David Murphy will face the often erratic Ubaldo Jimenez.

Hitter (speed): Kelly Johnson will face right-hander Aceves.

Chris Denorfia will see Paul Maholm.

Tomorrow’s grind

Pitcher (to start): Not much to choose from today; most of the starters are in the top 15 percent of the league and owned as such.

I need some name to put here and that’s going to be 61 percent owned Jarrod Parker against the Yankees.

And I can scratch up a second name too, Felix Doubront is pitching well, has solid peripherals, and is only 12 percent owned.

Pitcher (bum): Jeff Francis may be getting his last start as Roy Oswalt prepares to join the rotation.

Kevin Gausman may have electric stuff, but he’s in need of an adjustment or two.

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Mark Buehrle has a tough match-up opposite Yu Darvish at Arlington.

The Pirates throw the dreaded TBA. It’s expected to be Roy Halladay impersonator Charlie Morton.

Hitter (power): Take Brandon Belt for that Morton match-up.

Daniel Nava is still getting hits, so the match-up with Gausman could work out.

Travis Hafner faces Parker.

Hitter (speed): Craig Gentry will get the start against Buerhle.

Lorenzo Cain should do alright with Jeremy Hellickson.

Noteworthy news

Mike Zunino received an unexpected call to action in Seattle, Gerrit Cole dominated the competition in Pittsburgh, and the Dodgers and Diamondbacks were displeased with each other (benches cleared twice).

Weather watch

The Midwest will see some storms that could postpone a few games. Both games in Chicago and the game in Pittsburgh could be affected.

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Who do you like more as a pick up going forward if Gerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler are both available?

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

I think Cole is going to get bumped back to Triple-A but he’s the better pitcher. I really only view Wheeler as a mid-rotation guy which is barely better than the guys I point to every week. He has the stuff to be better than that, but it’s not actualized yet.