The daily grind: 7-27

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!

The Fanduel picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.

Today’s grind

Those in leagues with same-day moves should refer back to yesterday’s table.

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start) Scott Diamond matches up well with an Indians lineup that mostly gets by via plate patience. Jonathon Niese and Jarrod Parker are solid alternatives and if they aren’t available, you could try Zach Britton.

Pitcher (bum): Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals take Blake Beavan and the Mariners today. I’d stack Royals hitters despite Guthrie being the weaker pitcher. With the way Alex Cobb has been pitching lately, his match-up against the Angels could be rough.

Hitter (power): If you want to pump some power, Jonny Gomes is once again available. Adam Lind and Travis Snider could do some damage against Rick Porcello and Pedro Alvarez against Jordan Lyles strikes me as a good bet. Speaking of Alvarez, he’s re-graduated from the Grind with an ownership rate now over 50 percent.

Hitter (speed): Carlos Gomez has a golden match-up, but let’s also focus on the less common names. Starling Marte had a strong debut yesterday and should return to the leadoff slot today. Jean Segura should get another shot after a forgettable debut. And last and probably least, Anthony Gose should be in the lineup with the platoon advantage on his side. He’s on thin ice at the moment and could be headed back to Triple-A at any moment.

Tomorrow’s grind

A couple options for pitching today.

Joe Kelly has squeezed through a eight starts now without allowing many crooked numbers. The Cubs have a weak lineup, but Kelly’s also not nearly as good as his shiny 2.78 ERA.

It’s not a sexy pick and he’s not likely to earn the win, but Kevin Millwood at Safeco against the Royals is stream-able.

Nathan Eovaldi has seen the Padres a couple times already, but this is his first crack at them as a Marlin. He’s the best match-up of the day.

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Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Angels         Astros      
  Jean Segura R Matt Moore     Ben Francisco R Erik Bedard
Athletics           Chris Johnson R Erik Bedard
  Brandon Moss L Tommy Hunter     J.D. Martinez R Erik Bedard
  Jemile Weeks S Tommy Hunter   Brewers      
  Coco Crisp S Tommy Hunter     Norichika Aoki L Jordan Zimmermann
  Seth Smith L Tommy Hunter   Dodgers      
Blue Jays           A.J. Ellis R Barry Zito
  Travis Snider L Anibal Sanchez   Giants      
  Anthony Gose L Anibal Sanchez     Nate Schierholtz L Chad Billingsley
  Yunel Escobar R Anibal Sanchez     Angel Pagan S Chad Billingsley
  Adam Lind L Anibal Sanchez   Marlins      
Indians           Carlos Lee R Ross Ohlendorf
  Johnny Damon L Sam Deduno     Greg Dobbs L Ross Ohlendorf
Mariners           Justin Ruggiano R Ross Ohlendorf
  Casper Wells R Bruce Chen   Nationals      
  Trayvon Robinson S Bruce Chen     Jesus Flores R Randy Wolf
Orioles           Steve Lombardozzi S Randy Wolf
  Wilson Betemit S Bartolo Colon     Tyler Moore R Randy Wolf
  Jim Thome L Bartolo Colon   Padres      
Rangers           Yasmani Grandal S Nathan Eovaldi
  David Murphy L Philip Humber     Yonder Alonso L Nathan Eovaldi
Red Sox           Carlos Quentin R Nathan Eovaldi
  Cody Ross R CC Sabathia     Cameron Maybin R Nathan Eovaldi
Royals           Will Venable L Nathan Eovaldi
  Salvador Perez R Kevin Millwood   Phillies      
  Alcides Escobar R Kevin Millwood     Ty Wigginton R Mike Minor
  Lorenzo Cain R Kevin Millwood     John Mayberry Jr. R Mike Minor
Tigers         Pirates      
  Brennan Boesch L Henderson Alvarez     Starling Marte R Armando Galarraga
  Quintin Berry L Henderson Alvarez     Garrett Jones L Armando Galarraga
Twins         Reds      
  Ryan Doumit S Justin Masterson     Zack Cozart R Christian Friedrich
  Denard Span L Justin Masterson     Todd Frazier R Christian Friedrich
  Ben Revere L Justin Masterson          
White Sox                
  Dayan Viciedo R Matt Harrison          
  Andruw Jones R Jon Lester          

Gomes is finally off, which means he’s replaced by Seth Smith and Brandon Moss.

David Murphy’s back on the list.

My top platoon player, Andruw Jones, should be unleashed against Jon Lester. Keep in mind, now that Ichiro is in the fold, it’s not a guaranteed start.

Stack Pirates against Armando Galarraga and roster Starling Marte while you can. Especially those in keeper leagues.

Reliever watch

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Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson
I way overdid it on Segura. I meant to change that and didn’t get around to it. Not like I need the FAAB anyway. He’s the likely starting SS next year for the Angels. Remember Alcides Escobar back when he was a prospect? Pretty similar profile. 30 sb upside with a little bit of pop. And with any luck, he’ll be hitting in front of Trout and Pujols rather than behind. But really, it was a keeper reload for trading purposes. I’m more pleased with my free Marte. Niese’s ownership is above 50%, I included him because I’ve seen him… Read more »
Will H.
Will H.

Why is Niese so little owned? Oh, and so what’s the inside info on Segura? I saw you went for him pretty aggressively and I had never heard of him. At any rate, this article format seems great, nice job!