The daily grind: 6-13-13

The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice for tinkerers and daily fantasy players. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective, including notice of impending weather events, new injuries, and changes to platoon situations. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!

The daily picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.

Today’s grind

Pitcher (to start): Slim pickings today, as Jarrod Parker is the only option for the day. He’s up to 63 percent owned, so there’s a good chance you’re taking today off in the streaming game.

Felix Doubront is an option if the predicted storms in Baltimore don’t materialize.

Pitcher (bum): Jeff Francis is expected to be on the outs, so he’ll need to impress against the Nationals. I’m not sure that’s in the cards.

Charlie Morton is making his first start for the Buccos this season. If they get the game in.

Esmil Rogers has the difficult assignment of out-pitching Yu Darvish at Arlington.

Hitter (power): Travis Hafner should DH against Parker.

If that Giants/Pirates game happens, then Brandon Belt is a nice option.

Hitter (speed): Lorenzo Cain will face the struggling Jeremy Hellickson while David Murphy sees Rogers.

Tomorrow’s grind

Pitcher (to start): Edwin Jackson‘s peripherals insist that he’s a strong candidate to stream against the Mets. His actual results make it hard to pull the trigger. He’s opposed by Shaun Marcum, whose numbers tell a similar story.

Jake Westbrook is back for a start against the Marlins. Just make sure you don’t need strikeouts.

Rick Porcello is a possible breakout candidate, showing an increase in whiffs and strikeout rate while maintaining a strong walk rate.

Pitcher (bum): Mark Buehrle was pushed back to tomorrow and will face Justin Grimm. I’m a big fan of Grimm, but Toronto’s list of sluggers makes it hard to support the righty tomorrow.

Scott Diamond has a tough lineup to conquer – the Tigers.

Hitter (power): Garrett Jones faces Stephen Fife.

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The payoff of being polite.

Just to hedge, I’ll pepper in a Lucas Duda recommendation against Jackson.

Dayan Viciedo has been quiet this season, but give him a spin against Erik Bedard.

Cody Ross has also been quiet and he faces lefty Eric Stults tomorrow.

Hitter (speed): Drew Stubbs faces lefty Gio Gonzalez.

Craig Gentry will finally get that Buehrle match-up.

Will Venable draws Trevor Cahill.

Noteworthy news

Baseball will open the 2014 season in Australia with an Aussie rules battle royale between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.

Weather watch

The Cardinals and Mets appear to be sitting on a rainout. The Red Sox and Orioles have to dodge some storms to avoid a postponement, and it supposed to rain right up until game time in Pittsburgh for the Pirates’ game against the Giants.

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G. Shumway
G. Shumway

A power hitter for tomorrow: Jeff Baker should face lefty Mark Buehrle. Baker is hitting .386 with 8 HR and a 1.000 OPS against left handed pitchers in 44 at bats this season.