The daily grind 6-15

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

None of today’s pitchers are particularly attractive. Anthony Bass has struggled recently, but he has the friendly A’s match-up. Dillon Gee‘s a little bit better in terms of talent but he faces the Reds.

Seth Smith should get a chance to sneak into the lineup against Bass.

Jim Thome will draw DH duties against Drew Hutchison.

The Tigers and Rockies have an ugly match-up today—Casey Crosby vs. Jeff Francis. Stream righties like Wilin Rosario, Delmon Young and even Gerald Laird.

Tomorrow’s grind

Justin Grimm will make his debut for the Rangers against the Astros. He had good numbers in Double-A this season including a 1.87 ERA, but that’s the extent of the intel I have on him.

Jonathon Niese will get a shot at the Reds. He’s been slightly better than expected this year.

Break out Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra again. They’ll face Ervin Santana.

Continue hanging on to Seth Smith as he’ll face Ross Ohlendorf.

Michael Fiers has been hittable in the early going, so try Ryan Doumit.

Reliever watch

John Axford blew the save last night in a bizarre series of events. He struck out the first batter Mitch Maier, but the ball got to the backstop and Maier was able to reach base. Axford then retired the next two batters before the Royals rallied.

Ozzie Guillen lifted Heath Bell from last night’s game with two on and two out in the ninth, resulting in an on-field argument between closer and manager. The Marlins went on to lose.

Shawn Camp allowed two runs in a non-save situation.

Yesterday’s results

So how ’bout that Joe Blanton, huh? Complete game win: 9 IP, 7 K, 1.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP. Honestly though, the readership presented a well-reasoned argument that I can find little reason to disagree with. Baseball’s funny like that.

Barry Zito pitched a stinker: 5 IP, 3 K, 9.00 ERA, 1.60 WHIP

As did Scott Diamond: 6 IP, 1 K, 6.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP

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As did Erasmo Ramirez: 5 IP, 3 K, 9.00 ERA, 1.80 WHIP

Parra was 1-for-4, but he made the one hit count by sending it over the fence. He finished with one home run, one run, and three RBIs.

Similar night for Kubel. He went 1-for-4 with one home run, one run, two RBIs, and one walk.

Ben Revere was 1-for-4 with one stolen base. Which is why you would employ him.

Ryan Doumit did not play.

Norichika Aoki was 1-for-3.

Seth Smith was 1-for-2 with one run and three walks against Alex White.

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