The daily grind: 9-6

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): Definitely Marco Estrada against the Marlins. That’s a good match-up on any day and today it’s a great match-up.

I think you can get away with using David Phelps, but he’s a definite step down from Estrada.

Pitcher (bum): Justin Germano is an organizational soldier, not a major league starting pitcher. He’s out there to absorb innings and it wouldn’t shock me if the Nationals battered him.

The Rangers vs. Royals features Scott Feldman vs. Luke Hochevar. That sounds like a high scoring game in the making.

Hitter (power): For power, Raul Ibanez and Tyler Colvin take top honors for the day. They both have the platoon advantage against decent pitchers.

Hitter (speed): David Murphy and Alcides Escobar might be the best plays for speed today/

Tomorrow’s grind

Late night action will provide the tolerable pitching match-ups.

Tyler Skaggs is set to oppose Andrew Cashner at Petco in a game that makes no promises. Both pitchers are very talented and very much unpolished, so anything could happen. I’m using both throughout my various leagues.

A.J. Griffin is back from the disabled list to face the Mariners (which is good) and Felix Hernandez (which is not)

Homestretch: The 1967 AL Pennant Race, Part 3
A tight race shows no signs of letting up.

Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Blue Jays         Astros      
  Yunel Escobar R Felix Doubront     Brett Wallace L Homer Bailey
  Rajai Davis R Felix Doubront   Brewers      
Indians           Carlos Gomez R Kyle Lohse
  Travis Hafner L Liam Hendriks     Norichika Aoki L Kyle Lohse
Mariners         Cardinals      
  Eric Thames L A.J. Griffin     Jon Jay L Yovani Gallardo
  Mike Carp L A.J. Griffin   Cubs      
  Michael Saunders L A.J. Griffin     David DeJesus L A.J. Burnett
Rangers         Giants      
  David Murphy L Jeremy Hellickson     Gregor Blanco L Josh Beckett
Red Sox           Brandon Belt L Josh Beckett
  Cody Ross R Henderson Alvarez   Marlins      
Royals           Carlos Lee R TBA
  Salvador Perez R Francisco Liriano     Greg Dobbs L TBA
  Alcides Escobar R Francisco Liriano     Justin Ruggiano R TBA
  Lorenzo Cain R Francisco Liriano   Mets      
Tigers           Jason Bay R Paul Maholm
  Omar Infante R TBA     Scott Hairston R Paul Maholm
  Delmon Young R TBA   Padres      
Twins           Carlos Quentin R Tyler Skaggs
  Ryan Doumit S Jeanmar Gomez     Cameron Maybin R Tyler Skaggs
  Denard Span L Jeanmar Gomez     Chris Denorfia R Tyler Skaggs
  Ben Revere L Jeanmar Gomez   Phillies      
White Sox           Erik Kratz R Jeff Francis
  Jordan Danks L Luis Mendoza     Ty Wigginton R Jeff Francis
  Dayan Viciedo R Luis Mendoza     John Mayberry Jr. R Jeff Francis
Yankees         Reds      
  Andruw Jones R Wei-Yin Chen     Zack Cozart R Lucas Harrell
            Josh Rutledge R Cliff Lee
            Willin Rosario R Cliff Lee

Our old favorite, Rajai Davis, is back with the platoon advantage.

The Twins have a lovely match-up against Jeanmar Gomez that could result in a whole heap of runs.

I like the Phillies against Jeff Francis, especially Erik Kratz and John Mayberry. Both hitters are among the hottest in baseball.

Reliever watch

All’s quiet in the trenches.

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Streamer 9/7 (need era/whip help and w would be a bonus)

Niese vs ATL
Cashner vs ARI

Also Gallardo@STL sit even though park is a bit favorable to pitchers?


On Gallardo – two starts vs the Cards this year, ERA = 22.54.  In his career, his ERA vs the cards is over 7 and is 1 and 9 in his 13 starts.  I wouldn’t touch him here.

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Well you know my 3 picks. As it turns out, I was going to recommend Maholm and Niese too but they’re both over-owned. Still I like the other 3 most.

And take your pick of them, they all have their warts.

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

If I had to pick it would be Skaggs fwiw