The daily grind 5-4

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

I recommended Wade Miley yesterday and then saw him get added in three of my leagues. I’m not sure I like helping my opponents beat me. In any case, Miley is up to 25 percent owned and is the only remotely streamable pitcher for the day.

Ervin Santana has struggled this year and Eric Thames will look to capitalize upon that.

I said yesterday that you could cross your fingers that Juan Francisco would start tonight, but he started last night so I’d expect him to sit.

Andruw Jones should start against Bruce Chen tonight.

Will Middlebrooks
is getting snatched up quickly. He’s already up to 13 percent owned after two days. He faces Wei-Yin Chen so he’s worth a stream start.

Tomorrow’s grind

It’s been an ugly week for pitcher streaming. Kyle Drabek is only 29 percent owned and starts against the Angels. It’s a difficult assignment, but it’s the best waiver match-up of the day.

You could try James McDonald against the Reds if you’re feeling ballsy. He’s only five percent owned.

Kyle Seager and Mike Carp hold the platoon advantage against the inflammable Jason Marquis.

Luke Scott is up to 39 percent owned and has a solid match-up against Bartolo Colon. I’ll stop the fanfare once his ownership rate passes 40 percent.

Shelley Duncan faces another lefty.

Carlos Gomez will start against Madison Bumgarner. This might be one of those times I pass over Gomez.

Reliever watch

Perhaps you heard: Mariano Rivera is out for the year with a torn ACL. It’s already too late to pick up David Robertson or Rafael Soriano, but take a look on your waiver wire just in case.

Carlos Marmol had a meltdown, ruining a 3-0 lead in the ninth. Rafael Dolis was ultimately charged with the blown save but we all know who’s to blame. If the Cubs had anything remotely closer-ish, Marmol would be out of a job right now. As it stands, he’ll probably get more opportunities. James Russell and Dolis are the fallback options.

The Angels traded for Ernesto Frieri, who could challenge Scott Downs and Jordan Walden for the closer’s role.

Edward Mujica closed the door for the Marlins last night. Heath Bell was unavailable and Steve Cishek had worked two innings the night before. I’d still expect Mujica to be third in line at best.

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

Yesterday’s results

Another strong outing from Detwiler. He got the win along with: 6.1 IP, 2 K, 1.42 ERA, 0.95 WHIP

I recommended rostering Danny Duffy but not starting him. I ignored my advice in two of three leagues that I owned. Maybe you did, too. He got the win: 5.1 IP, 6 K, 3.38 ERA, 1.50 WHIP

David Phelps was Okay but wasn’t stretched out enough. That’s my fault for not seeing the obvious: 4 IP, 5 K, 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP

Strong outing from Randall Delgado, but he took the loss: 8 IP, 5 K, 2.25 ERA, 0.75 WHIP

Juan Pierre was 2-for-4 with a run.

Tony Campana did not start and went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter.

Scott went an empty 1-for-4.

Duncan failed to deliver against John Danks; he was 0-for-4.

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