The daily grind 5-20

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!

Today’s grind

There are some pitching choices for today, but all have their share of warts.

Anthony Bass might be the best choice out there. He’s 25 percent owned and faces the Angels. Bass is available in none of my five leagues, although I own him in two.

If you’re feeling adventurous (perhaps very adventurous), you could try Max Scherzer against the Pirates. He’s 64 percent owned, but he’s on the waiver wire in three of my leagues so I’m assuming advanced leagues are more likely to see him on the wire.

Wei-Yin Chen has a nice match-up against the Nationals. Most of the Nats’ best hitters are lefty.

If none of those guys are available for you, Derek Lowe faces the Marlins. I’d stay away, personally.

Andy Dirks. I’m firmly on the band wagon. He’s quickly becoming unavailable at 37 percent owned. This might be his last day appearing in this column for awhile.

I keep waiting for Eric Thames to find another gear. He faces Dillon Gee today so the match-up is tasty.

I’ve been completely overlooking David Murphy because I thought he was more widely owned. With only eight percent ownership, expect to see him mentioned more frequently. Oh, and he faces Jordan Lyles.

Rumor has it that Carlos Gomez is returning today. Rumor also has it that Jason Marquis is starting for the Twins. I don’t see why they would activate Gomez if they didn’t plan to start him, but don’t be surprised if he sits.

Tomorrow’s grind

I don’t know what to tell you. Felipe Paulino faces the Yankees tomorrow. Are you comfortable with that match-up? Because that about covers your choices.

Jamie Moyer has a history of dominating the Florida Marlins, but who knows how he’ll fare against the Miami product.

If you can find a Nationals lefty to start against Kyle Kendrick, do so. They’re all snapped up where I work.

I went to recommend Josh Reddick and found him 78 percent owned. That leaves Seth Smith who’s only four percent owned. He faces Jerome Williams.

Thames faces Jeremy Hellickson, which isn’t an awesome match-up but at least he has the platoon advantage.

Reliever watch

Kenley Jansen blew the save on Friday but vultured the win.

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

Sean Marshall appears to have lost the closer gig in Cincinnati. He had a rough outing yesterday but was pulled before he could blow the save.

Yesterday’s results

Let’s just say, the last two days have gone VERY badly from a pitching perspective.

The hitters performed quite admirably. If you went with Rajai Davis on Friday, you were rewarded with two surprise home runs.

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Rumour is that the Blue Jays have given Adam Lind his outright release. Too bad – I always like the guy, and was surprised by how fast he deteriorated. Hope he socked a little of that $4 mil away, as I believe he was just a few days short of 5 years and a bump in his pension.

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I think he’d fit in pretty well on several National League clubs. The Jays are hoping that someone will claim him, but they’ll probably need to make a trade.