The daily grind 4-22

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 Nationals-Marlins game has been postponed. Other games, including the Giants vs. Mets, also may not be played today.

Today’s grind

If fools in your league haven’t picked up on Danny Duffy yet (23 percent owned), then you need to jump on him. He’s a keeper, not a streamer. He faces Toronto today so it’s not a match-up made in heaven.

Tyson Ross versus the Indians and Joe Blanton against the Padres falls into the “well if you have to choose somebody…” column. Good match-ups, thoroughly mediocre pitchers.

Padres outfielders look like a good add this afternoon against Blanton. Will Venable, Jesus Guzman and Yonder Alonso are the best plays.

Josh Reddick holds the platoon advantage over Justin Masterson.

Tomorrow’s grind

Bartolo Colon, puzzlingly owned in 43 percent of leagues, looks like the only viable streaming choice for tomorrow. He faces the White Sox. You could also try Chris Capuano against the Braves. I keep telling people that the Braves have a middling offense and they keep trying to prove me wrong.

The Diamondbacks get to face Kyle Kendrick tomorrow, which means that Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra become excellent plays. The Blue Jays face Bruce Chen, so Rajai Davis could earn a start over Eric Thames. The Red Sox face Jason Marquis so go grab Ryan Sweeney again.

Reliever watch

Brad Lidge blew another save. Unfortunately, the Nationals are insistent that Tyler Clippard is staying in a setup role. Henry Rodriguez is Lidge’s main competition, but Rodriguez is still merely a hard throwing middle reliever due to control problems. Then again, Lidge is a broken man who relies on throwing a slider over half of the time. An injury will happen even if he does regain effectiveness. If you have room, speculate on Rodriguez, but don’t expect anything.

Greg Holland, whom I mentioned yesterday, has been placed on the disabled list.

Frank Francisco got the Mets in big trouble yesterday and was pulled in the middle of the ninth. Jon Rauch went on to blow the save (all runs credited to Francisco) and then vulture the win. Francisco’s just about out of rope, but Rauch is almost in the Kevin Gregg class of closer if he gets the job.

Yesterday’s results

Philip Humber threw a perfect game yesterday with nine strikeouts. You’re welcome.

Jeanmar Gomez had a solid outing while earning the win: 5.1 IP, 3 K, 1.69 ERA, 0.94 WHIP

Joe Saunders was hurt by a first inning error but was otherwise effective: 7 IP, 5 K, 2.57 ERA, 1.00 WHIP

Jake Westbrook also pitched well: 6.2 IP, 6 K, 2.70 ERA, 1.35 WHIP

Even Marco Estrada provided value: 5 IP, 9 K, 1.80 ERA, 0.40 WHIP

How an Ace Performance Impacts Reliever Workloads
Bullpenning has its advantages, but it's great when an elite starter eats up a bunch of innings, too.

My hitter picks weren’t nearly as golden.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis posted an 0-for-5 out of the leadoff spot.

Chris Heisey did indeed start and went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Nate Schierholtz also started and went 1-for-3 with a run and a walk.

Luke Scott had an awesome match-up, but he went 1-for-4.

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