The daily grind: 4-28-13

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Today’s grind

Pitcher (to start): Wade Davis has a favorable match-up against Ubaldo Jimenez. I expect Davis to have a bit of a bumpy season, but he’s a solid pitcher and should have solid stats when all is said and done. He has a great chance to earn a win tonight.

Ted Lilly starts at home against the Rockies. Which is not a great match-up, but I don’t have much to point at today.

Dan Straily will start in place of Brett Anderson

Pitcher (bum): Did I just say I don’t have much to point at today? Here’s a laundry list:

{exp:list_maker}Tyler Chatwood
Tommy Hanson
Joe Saunders
Zach Britton
Clayton Richard
Mike Pelfrey {/exp:list_maker}


Hitter (power): Chris Carter has the platoon advantage against Andy Pettitte, although I’m not sure that’s worth a trip to the wire.

I’m becoming infatuated with Lucas Duda. He’s swinging at hardly anything this season and mashing when he does. Jose Fernandez is a talented pitcher, but I think Duda matches up well here.

New name alert! Wellington Castillo and Scott Hairston should both be happy to face Richard.

I should just put Brandon Moss and Seth Smith in the template. I recall thinking that last year, too. I love the A’s.

One more, Nolan Reimold against Saunders.

Hitter (speed): Lorenzo Cain is a little too heavily owned at 53 percent, but I need a competent speedster.

I suppose Gerardo Parra could be that guy.

Tomorrow’s grind

Pitcher (to start): Zach McAllister will face a mediocre Phillies lineup. He’s opposed by Roy Halladay, who’s no longer on my exploit list.

Mental Health and the CBA
A particular bit of language in the latest CBA could have negative consequences for some players.

Kevin Slowey is back on the fringe of fantasy relevance. He’s getting more swinging strikes, so the 2011 version of Slowey is more likely to show up than the 2012 version.

I like what Jose Quintana has shown this year, but I’m not a fan of a start against the Rangers.

Pitcher (bum): Jarrod Parker has struggled this season, but I’m more concerned about his immediate match-up with the Angels than his long term outlook.

The Orioles can be a tough assignment for a pitcher like Brandon Maurer.

Vance Worley drew the short straw and is taking on Justin Verlander.

What’s more unimpressive, the Yankees lineup or Philip Humber?

Hitter (power): Travis Hafner is stuck with the UTIL only tag, but he’s also available in two-thirds of leagues and seemingly loves his new home.

Gio Gonzalez has been inconsistent, so Chris Johnson may be in line for a couple more line drives.

Moss and Smith again? Garrett Richards specializes in a hard fastball, which lines up with their strengths.

Hitter (speed): Something to keep in mind: Eric Young Jr. and Rajai Davis are both getting into a lot of games lately. Davis should play against Jon Lester, although that’s hardly an ideal match-up. It’s uncertain if Young will play against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Craig Gentry will get the start against Quintana.

Noteworthy news

Nolan Arenado received the call-up over the weekend and Carlos Ruiz returned to action. You may be too late to grab either guy. You can probably pass on Arenado for re-draft leagues.

Weather watch

Isolated storms could affect the Padres, Cubs, Astros, and Yankees, but it doesn’t sound like anything to worry about.

Good enough for me

I’m going to direct you to the Mets section of my division update over at the main THT site. It has some more details on Duda’s no-swinging ways.

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Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson
I’ve mentioned numerous times that they’ve been surprisingly successful. That’s not stopping me from betting against a lineup that counts Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells as the second and third best hitters. Brett Gardner is the only other healthy Yankee who might be average at the plate – Youk’s already halfway to the disabled list. If you’re trying to say that Wells and Hafner will stay healthy and continue playing like it’s 2006, go ahead. I happen to think that’s outlandish. If you’re trying to say that their alternate lineup of disabled zombies will come to save the day, well… Read more »

I hear that Cano guy might be above average.

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

I think that goes without saying, which is why I didn’t say it. smile


It’s funny how sometimes a motley crew can come together and get the job done.  I hope that’s the case this week since I’m pitching Pettitte.


Youve got the date wrong on the fangraphs mainpage! says 4-28.. should be 4-29


Victorino or at UT in my weekly league?  TX has 6 at home, but 4 vs. lefties, so Berkman might miss a couple.  Victorino is day-to-day and may not play or play effectively.

Douglas Mattingly III
Douglas Mattingly III

You mean the unimpressive Yankees lineup that leads the AL in home runs, right? Try some, you know, research before you try a funny.