The daily grind 6-18

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 spent the weekend in the woods of Georgia and the only baseball news I heard was that Brandon Beachy got pulled early from his start with elbow pain. Feel free to update me on other happenings.

Today’s grind

J.A. Happ has a manageable start at home against the Royals. He’s been particularly cold of late, but the peripherals are there for him.

Jake Arrieta is a similarly difficult play to make as his peripherals speak to him being better than his ERA. A Met’s match-up might make him the most attractive option today.

Matt Harrison and Wade Miley face the Padres and Mariners respectively, although both have ownership rates above 60 percent.

David Murphy gets the pleasure of facing Jason Marquis. I’m going to go ahead and call a triple.

Rajai Davis will have the platoon advantage against Randy Wolf.

Andruw Jones should get the call against lefty Mike Minor.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis is set to face Jake Arrieta.

Tomorrow’s grind

If Clay Buchholz is still available, you might want to pick him up long term. He’s been a different pitcher in recent outings. He’s owned in 62 percent of leagues.

Aaron Harang has a decent match-up against the A’s.

With Scott Feldman on the hill for the Rangers, try Yonder Alonso or Will Venable.

Seth Smith‘s been drawing frequent recommendations lately. He faces Harang tomorrow.

Dayan Viciedo would be a good option for tomorrow if he’s unowned. His ownership rate is 42 percent and he faces lefty Travis Wood.

It’s a Will Middlebrooks kind of day.

Hang on to Nieuwenhuis against Tommy Hunter.

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Reliever watch

Carlos Marmol appears to have re-taken the closer’s mantle in Chicago. The rest of that bullpen is terrible so he ought to have a fairly long leash again.

Sticking with Chicago, Addison Reed blew a save yesterday. It was his first of the season. There are several contenders in the White Sox pen just waiting for Reed to stumble a couple times.

Jason Motte got touched up for a home run and a blown save.

Matt Capps is dealing with a sore shoulder. He could be back as soon as tomorrow. Glen Perkins is the best pitcher in that bullpen, and many savvy fantasy owners have been waiting on Capps to stumble.

Yesterday’s results

That all seems so long ago…

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Will H.
Will H.

Here’s my update: Nats got screwed on Saturday in another obvious reason MLB should have more times they use replay (would have taken two seconds). Oh, wait, you meant fantasy-relevant news?