The daily grind: 8-15

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

Today’s grind

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start): Uhg. Everyone remotely trustworthy is owned or in a bad match-up today. You could try Mark Rogers at Coors Field or Bud Norris against the Cubs.

If you’re looking to pull an unusual move out of the hat, Roberto Hernandez, aka Fausto Carmona, is set to start today.

Pitcher (bum): On second thought, Hernandez probably belongs on this bum list. He faces the Angels.

The Brewers take on Guillermo Moscoso, who isn’t as bad as his 8.23 ERA, but he’s still pretty flammable.

Scott Feldman and the Rangers versus Freddy Garcia and the Yankees smells like a high scoring shootout.

Hitter (power): Let’s take Raul Ibanez, Brennan Boesch, David Murphy and Jonny Gomes for the power category today.

Hitter (speed): The usual suspects, Carlos Gomez, Rajai Davis and Ben Revere come to mind.

Tomorrow’s grind

Tomorrow is loaded with pitchers worth a second thought but maybe not good enough to trigger the add button. That includes Joe Blanton against the Pirates, Matt Harvey at Cincinnati, Kris Medlen versus the Padres, Dan Straily against the Royals, and Marco Estrada against the Phillies. Double down on Medlen.

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Team Player Handedness Opposing Pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing Pitcher
Athletics         Brewers      
  Brandon Moss L Luke Hochevar     Carlos Gomez R Cliff Lee
  Jemile Weeks S Luke Hochevar   Cardinals      
  Chris Carter R Luke Hochevar     Jon Jay L Trevor Cahill
  Coco Crisp S Luke Hochevar   Dodgers      
Blue Jays           A.J. Ellis R A.J. Burnett
  Yunel Escobar R Francisco Liriano   Marlins      
  Rajai Davis R Francisco Liriano     Carlos Lee R Alex White
Rangers           Greg Dobbs L Alex White
  Geovany Soto R Ivan Nova     Justin Ruggiano R Alex White
  David Murphy L Ivan Nova   Phillies      
Rays           Domonic Brown L Marco Estrada
  Carlos Pena L Dan Haren     Laynce Nix L Marco Estrada
Red Sox           Juan Pierre L Marco Estrada
  Cody Ross R Chris Tillman   Pirates      
Royals           Starling Marte R Joe Blanton
  Salvador Perez R Dan Straily     Garrett Jones L Joe Blanton
  Alcides Escobar R Dan Straily   Reds      
  Lorenzo Cain R Dan Straily     Zack Cozart R Matt Harvey
White Sox           Todd Frazier R Matt Harvey
  Dayan Viciedo R Aaron Laffey     Ryan Ludwick R Matt Harvey
Yankees         Rockies      
  Andruw Jones R Derek Holland     Josh Rutledge R Ricky Nolasco
  Casey McGehee R Derek Holland     Eric Young Jr. S Ricky Nolasco

Cliff Lee has been homer prone, making Gomez an interesting multi-threat play tomorrow.

In the pure speed category, Davis has the platoon advantage against the volatile Francisco Liriano. Eric Young should be able to get on and swipe a bag or two from Ricky Nolasco.

Column favorite Andruw Jones returns for a dance with Derek Holland.

Domonic Brown against Marco Estrada appears to be a great power match-up on the surface, but Brown’s swing isn’t generating many fly balls these days. His contact tends to range between hard grounder and fliner. Fangraphs credits him with a 23.3 percent fly ball rate, but I’d hazard a guess that most are those fliner types I mentioned.

Reliever watch

Fernando Rodney blew his first save of the season yesterday, aided by a Carlos Pena error. Nothing to see here yet.

Casey Janssen also blew his first save, but the Blue Jays held on to win. Those kinds of blown saves are always more forgivable. Janssen’s job is very safe as the Jays pen lacks a reliable alternative.

Andrew Bailey is back in a big league uniform. We’ll be treated the Red Sox media debating who should now be the closer. With Alfredo Aceves and Mark Melancon settling in, the Sox now have one of the strongest bullpens in the game.

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Travis Snider or Andruw Jones?  Who do like better for Thursday’s matchup?

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

I figure Snider is doubtful to start because of his hamstring injury.

If he starts, I like both match-ups, but I don’t love them. I’d call it a coin flip but it must safer to bet on the Yanquis, right?

Will H.
Will H.
I have to agree with you on Harrison. I got some really nice production from him this year (7 GS,4 wins, 1.94 ERA) since I picked him up, but it feels like forever since I started him. You really have to be sure he can have a shot at a W since his WHIP and Ks will never help. Hey, I had a thought. When you look at speed for this column, do you consider the battery they are facing? I don’t know what it is about the Nats but it isn’t just catcher issues with letting everyone run on… Read more »
Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

I do keep battery in mind for the more marginal guys, but mostly I’m concerned with the likelihood of the player getting 5 at bats. The guys I lean on heavily don’t “seem” too sensitive to battery.

I also avoid certain lefties, usually those with more athletic 1b. Cole Hamels for instance isn’t very threatening because Howard’s liable to blow any pickoff attempt.