The daily grind 6-27

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!

I learned yesterday that Salvador Perez is not widely owned. He probably should be.

Today’s grind

Jonathon Niese‘s ownership is up to 43 percent, which means he probably isn’t available in your league. If he is, snatch him up for the Cubs match-up.

Jarrod Parker against the Mariners is more readily available.

The Rockies switch up starters and are now going with the intriguing Edwar Cabrera. He’s not in the Yahoo player universe so I suggest you take this opportunity to scout him. Tyler Moore or Mark DeRosa may get the start against him.

Dayan Viciedo will face the combustible Nick Blackburn.

Seth Smith against Kevin Millwood is worth a shot.

Rajai Davis against Jon Lester is a decent match-up.

Tomorrow’s grind

Wei-Yin Chen is up to 32 percent owned and probably won’t be stream-able much longer. He faces the Indians.

Trevor Bauer is set to make his debut tomorrow. He’s already 40 percent owned and hasn’t been available in any of my leagues since March.

Stick with Smith for tomorrow. He faces Scott Feldman.

On the other side of that match-up, David Murphy draws Tyson Ross.

My new duo of lefty Pirates—Alex Presley and Pedro Alvarez—has another great match-up to exploit, this time against Kyle Kendrick.

Josh Outman‘s start was pushed back a day, which gives Moore another opportunity to mash a lefty.

Reliever watch

Addison Reed gave up a couple runs while converting the save.

Otherwise, it was a quiet night on the reliever front.

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Yesterday’s results

Erik Bedard turned in his fifth bad outing in eight games. I’m starting to think he’s hurt: 6 IP, 3 K, 6.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP

Dillon Gee gave up a few too many hits. His numbers hide that he basically did what he’s done all season: 5 IP, 6 K, 7.20 ERA, 2.20 WHIP

Jordan Lyles squeezed through his outing with decent fantasy numbers, including the win: 6.1 IP, 4 K, 1.42 ERA, 1.58 WHIP

Chris Archer pitched respectably: 5.2 IP, 7 K, 4.76 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

Jonny Gomes was 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Viciedo was 0-for-4.

Ben Revere was 1-for-4.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 0-for-3 with a walk and a caught stealing.

Adam Lind was an empty 2-for-4.

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Do you like Andrew Cashner facing the Astros?

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

I’m on the fence on that one. Consider it a high risk, med-high reward match-up.


How do you feel about starting pitchers coming off a DL stint, in particular Norris tomorrow At Wrigley?

My philosophy has always been to give them one start before rostering them, just in case, but this seems like a juicy matchup.

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Yea I usually try to get some scouting reports for guys coming off the DL and make my decision based on that. Norris was DL’d in all my leagues rather than cut so I assumed his ownership is high.


Norris’s ownership is relatively high for a low-draft-pick starter from a bad team on the DL (35%), yes, but espn leagues don’t report start%, just owned%, so it’s hard to tell how many owners trust him enough to start him first day back.