The daily grind 5-31

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

Sit this one out.

Some hitters worth trying include Will Middlebrooks, Todd Helton, Carlos Gomez and Brian Bogusevic. All run the risk of not starting.

Tomorrow’s grind

Felipe Paulino should probably be owned outright in most leagues, but he’s sporting a 22 percent ownership rate. He gets to face the A’s.

Wade Miley‘s outdone himself to date, but he has a solid match-up against the Padres.

Carlos Quentin is only 47 percent owned and has mashed in his three games back. He could feast yet again on Miley.

The Yankees face a lefty tomorrow and hence Andruw Jones is likely to start.

Michael Brantley against Carl Pavano looks attractive. Really, take any Indian.

Greg Dobbs gets the platoon advantage tomorrow. And against Kyle Kendrick, it’s a substantial advantage.

Reliever watch

Mike Adams has struggled over the past two days. Keep an eye on his health.

Jon Rauch‘s strong start has been erased at this point. If you’ve been holding on to him waiting for the Mets to give up on Frank Francisco, you’re probably doing more harm than good.

Dale Thayer blew the tied game save, which for whatever reason doesn’t count as a real blown save but still sucks. Huston Street is apparently on the mend.

Yesterday’s results

My picks didn’t do so well…

Christian Friedrich got the win, but at what cost: 6 IP, 6 K, 7.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP

Anthony Bass had another rough outing: 4.2 IP, 2 K, 9.64 ERA, 2.14 WHIP

Alex Cobb was hit-able last night: 5 IP, 4 K, 7.20 ERA, 2.00 WHIP

The Incompleat Starting Pitcher
The end of the nine-inning start and how we got here.

David Murphy was 1-for-5 with one run and one RBI.

Matt Adams was 0-for-4 with one walk and one run.

Ty Wigginton was my sole good pick. He went 2-for-4 with one walk, one home run, two runs, and two RBI.

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