The daily grind 6-8

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

So maybe I was a little crazy when I guessed that the Phillies might activate Chase Utley for today. It looks like they filled that roster spot with Michael Martinez.

Felix Doubront is set to face the Nationals today. I’m using him in two leagues.

Travis Wood and Nathan Eovaldi aren’t great, but they’re taking on the Twins and Mariners respectively. I have Eovaldi in one league, but Wood actually has the safer match-up.

Craig Gentry gets his usual mention. He faces Barry Zito.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has a solid match-up against Hiroki Kuroda.

Tomorrow’s grind

Scott Diamond draws the Cubs tomorrow. He’s not great racking up strikeouts, but he should get through this outing just fine.

If you want a wild card, try pulling Daisuke Matsuzaka out of your sleeve.

Jason Vargas has a decent match-up against the Dodgers.

Trevor Cahill should benefit from facing his former employers.

Alex Presley is back in his former leadoff role and seems to be settling in.

Matt Adams against Justin Masterson just sounds too easy.

Reliever watch

Joel Hanrahan blew the save last night. Aroldis Chapman turned around and blew the save right back. The Pirates went on to win. Both relievers have secure jobs.

Yesterday’s results

Rajai Davis is day to day with a jammed finger.

Good game for Daniel Nava. He went 2-for-3 with two walks, one run, and two RBI. Might be a good time to hang onto him.

Nate Schierholtz was 0-for-1. I guessed he would start and was wrong.

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Nieuwenhuis was 1-for-5 with one run and one stolen base.

I’m just going to spare you from future Shelley Duncan match-ups. If he can’t make anything out of Casey Crosby, then he’s useless.

Weekend updates

There will be no updates as I will be camping this weekend. However, some Twitter follows might engender good will for next week…

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