The daily grind 6-12

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

Wei-Yin Chen has a favorable match-up against the Pirates that isn’t quite good enough to be called “safe.”

Alex Cobb is set to take on the Mets.

Clay Buchholz and Max Scherzer have both showed up on a couple of my waiver wires despite high ownership rates. They face the Marlins and Cubs respectively.

The Phillies vs. Twins game could be a slugfest with Kyle Kendrick opposing Nick Blackburn. Try snagging Ryan Doumit, Ben Revere or Jim Thome.

Andruw Jones should face the lefty Mike Minor today.

Rajai Davis and Colby Rasmus draw Chien-Ming Wang. Rasmus has been on fire lately, while Davis is dealing with a seemingly minor hand injury.

Tomorrow’s grind

Felix Doubront is up to 43 percent owned, but he’s available in some of my leagues so he’s worth a mention. I’ll be using him at least once tomorrow.

Nathan Eovaldi has an avoidable match-up against the Angels. I mention him because other writers like him. I haven’t seen him since last season and I was unimpressed.

J.A. Happ will face the Giants. He’s having a stealthily decent season.

Justin Smoak, Mike Carp and Michael Saunders should all benefit from facing Jason Marquis tomorrow.

I’d give Seth Smith against Alex White a try if I needed a push in power.

Raul Ibanez is back to being widely available at 34 percent owned. He’ll face Tim Hudson, who’e been a bit banged up and could be rusty. The game is in Atlanta, so it wouldn’t be a total shock if Ibanez sat.

Reliever watch

Mark Melancon is back in the picture in Boston. The Sox recalled Melancon to take the roster spot of Rich Hill. Alfredo Aceves recently blew a save, but currently appears to have a firm grip on the role.

Rafael Soriano is battling a blister and should be considered day-to-day. David Robertson is expected to return on Friday.

Yesterday’s results

One of Chris Capuano‘s worst outings of the year: 5 IP, 2 K, 3.60 ERA, 2.40 WHIP

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

Palatable outing from Garrett Richards: 5 IP, 4 K, 1.80 ERA, 1.80 WHIP

Ibanez was 1-for-3 with one home run, one run, one RBI and one walk.

Daniel Nava sat due to a cortisone shot in his hand. Rajai Davis played but did nothing.

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Any love for Tyler Colvin?  My least favorite manager Jim Tracy said he would get more PT.  Better not be at Dexter Fowler’s expense though.  Todd Helton, grab some pine!

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

I like Colvin, but at the moment I have no ability to predict that he will start on a given day. At least not at 6:30 AM on that day.


I am in a mixed leauge 14 team h2h points leauge and desperatly need a catch and right now I have Ryan DOumit as my catcher. Here is a link to the available catcher in my leauge:

Please help me I need a catcher

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

I’m unable to open that link, but I wouldn’t feel terrible about Doumit in a 14 teamer depending on your bench size.

Can you list the top 5 available?