The daily grind 5-21

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

Thin list of choices for today.

Felipe Paulino is pitching well, but he is scheduled against the Yankees. I’m starting him in a couple leagues where I’m behind on my innings requirement, but I don’t feel good about it.

Any fantasy victory is hollow if you don’t use Jamie Moyer at least once. He’s set to face the Miami Marlins today.

Seth Smith has a solid match-up against the surprisingly effective Jerome Williams.

Eric Thames has a mediocre match-up against Jeremy Hellickson, but at least he has the platoon advantage.

Tomorrow’s grind

R.A. Dickey is set to take on a feeble Pirates club. His next start is against the Padres so consider hanging on to him.

Juan Nicasio will face the Marlins.

David Murphy has a strong match-up against Hector Noesi.

Matt Adams will face Edinson Volquez. In case you haven’t been keeping track, the Cardinals just purchased Adams’ contract. He’s set to be the strong half of a platoon with Matt Carpenter.

Rajai Davis should start against Matt Moore.

Reed Johnson will probably start against J.A. Happ, although the above options are better plays.

Marlon Byrd gets a lefty tomorrow. He’s done well against southpaws this season, at least when I pick him.

Reliever watch

In a rare turn of events, I failed to uncover any major reliever news.

Yesterday’s results

Those who chose their own adventure with Max Scherzer were amply rewarded with a win: 7 IP, 15 K, 2.57, 0.71 WHIP

Anthony Bass pitched well but failed to take the win: 6 IP, 6 K, 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

May I Have Your Autograph, Please?
The payoff of being polite.

The Wei-Yin Chen bubble burst: 4.1 IP, 5 K, 12.46 ERA, 2.54 WHIP

In retrospect, I have no idea why I even mentioned Derek Lowe. That said, he had a fine outing but still took the loss: 6 IP, 2 K, 3.00 ERA, 1.17 ERA

Andy Dirks was 0-for-4. Keep owning him though.

David Murphy pulled out the boom stick with a 1-for-4 night, two runs, one RBI, one home run, and one walk.

Carlos Gomez was 1-for-2 with one run.

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What makes you think Carpenter and Adams will share time at first? Both are lefties and while its based on MiLB stats, Adams seems to have the ability to at least perform the same, if not better against LHP, compared to Carpenter.

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson
Rumors mostly. Carpenter has performed ably and there is concern that Adams could become over-exposed with full playing time since he has a tendency to expand the strike zone. I’d expect something around a 60-40 to 70-30 split in favor of Adams in the early going. His role will expand or contract based on performance. The outfield situation is interesting the watch. Skip Schumaker appears to be the go to CFer for the moment since Carlos Beltran’s knee is shaky. If Beltran has to miss time, they could potentially get Carpenter some extra reps in an OF corner. I’m told… Read more »