The daily grind: 8-13

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.

There will be no column tomorrow.

Today’s grind

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start): I keep saying “try Alex Cobb” and it keeps not working, but I’m going to go ahead and do it again. Cobb against the Mariners should turn out all right for you.

I might take a peek at Jeff Samardzija against the Astros. Or alternately, Mike Minor is 46 percent owned but he’s facing the Padres and he’s on an extended run of excellent pitching. He should be owned.

Pitcher (bum): Bums aplenty this year. Armando Galarraga should help the baby Cubs provide some offense.

Chief Bum Jeff Francis will be plying his trade against the Brewers today in the match-up of the day.

Hitter (power): Brennan Boesch has been heating up and at some point, Samuel Deduno is going to reveal that he’s a swing man quality pitcher. David Murphy will get the start against David Phelps.

Hitter (speed): Carlos Gomez is foolishly only 31 percent owned despite being a regular fantasy start for the past four or more weeks. Against Francis he should wreak havoc. Juan Pierre‘s always a useful alternative.

Tomorrow’s grind

I recommend Clayton Richard and Jarrod Parker for pitchers tomorrow. For anyone needing a hitter, it’s Bumsgiving tomorrow so you’ll be tripping over options in even the deepest of leagues.

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Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Angels         Astros      
  Alberto Callaspo R Ubaldo Jimenez     Ben Francisco R Chris Volstad
Athletics           Brett Wallace L Chris Volstad
  Brandon Moss L Jeremy Guthrie     J.D. Martinez R Chris Volstad
  Jemile Weeks S Jeremy Guthrie   Brewers      
  Chris Carter R Jeremy Guthrie     Carlos Gomez R Tyler Chatwood
  Coco Crisp S Jeremy Guthrie     Norichika Aoki L Tyler Chatwood
Blue Jays         Cardinals      
  Yunel Escobar R Jose Quintana     Jon Jay L Ian Kennedy
  Rajai Davis R Jose Quintana   Cubs      
Rangers           Brett Jackson L Lucas Harrell
  Geovany Soto R Hiroki Kuroda     Josh Vitters R Lucas Harrell
  David Murphy L Hiroki Kuroda     David DeJesus L Lucas Harrell
Rays         Diamondbacks      
  Carlos Pena L Kevin Millwood     Chris Johnson R Joe Kelly
Red Sox           Stephen Drew L Joe Kelly
  Cody Ross R Wei-Yin Chen   Dodgers      
Royals           A.J. Ellis R Kevin Correia
  Salvador Perez R Jarrod Parker   Marlins      
  Alcides Escobar R Jarrod Parker     Carlos Lee R Kyle Kendrick
  Lorenzo Cain R Jarrod Parker     Greg Dobbs L Kyle Kendrick
Tigers           Justin Ruggiano R Kyle Kendrick
  Omar Infante R Brian Duensing   Padres      
  Delmon Young R Brian Duensing     Yonder Alonso L Tim Hudson
Twins           Carlos Quentin R Tim Hudson
  Ryan Doumit S Doug Fister     Cameron Maybin R Tim Hudson
  Denard Span L Doug Fister     Will Venable L Tim Hudson
  Ben Revere L Doug Fister   Phillies      
White Sox           Domonic Brown L Josh Johnson
  Jordan Danks L Henderson Alvarez   Pirates      
Yankees           Garrett Jones L Chad Billingsley
  Andruw Jones R Matt Harrison   Reds      
  Casey McGehee R Matt Harrison     Zack Cozart R Chris Young
            Todd Frazier R Chris Young
            Ryan Ludwick R Chris Young
            Josh Rutledge R Randy Wolf
            Eric Young Jr. S Randy Wolf
            Willin Rosaio R Randy Wolf

Of speed, we have plenty. Carlos Gomez, Rajai Davis, Coco Crisp, Jemile Weeks, Will Venable and Eric Young Jr. all have tasty match-ups and a better than normal shot at providing a stolen base.

Of power, we have equal plenty. Andruw Jones, Carlos Pena, Brandon Moss, Chris Carter, Delmon Young, Brett Wallace (!) and Todd Frazier all have a match-up that could reasonably produce a home run.

Reliever watch

Kameron Loe picked up a save for the Brewers, further confusing the world about the closer situation. Personally, I would divest entirely or hold John Axford as neither Jim Henderson or Kameron Loe are suitable high leverage relievers.

Frank Francisco tried to blow the save, but Jon Rauch bailed him out. The moral of the story is that sometimes it pays to invest in a closer. Francisco has a two-year, $12 million contract while Rauch is on a one-year, $3.5 million contract. This might be a case where the Mets could have combined that money and saved themselves from reliever hell. Although the theoretically available names at that price, Joe Nathan and Ryan Madson in particular, probably would have refused to sign with the Mets.

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