The daily grind 6-26

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

Erik Bedard hasn’t been crisp recently, but you have to like the match-up against the Phillies.

Dillon Gee also has a good match-up as he takes on the Cubs.

Jordan Lyles and Chris Archer are interesting plays for deeper leagues. They face the Padres and Royals, respectively.

If you need power, Jonny Gomes is set to run into Jason Vargas.

Dayan Viciedo should benefit from facing Liam Hendriks, assuming Jordan Danks isn’t pushed into a spot start.

Ben Revere has been hot for those with a need for speed. Revere and Ryan Doumit will face Gavin Floyd today.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis matches up well against Randy Wells. I keep saying it, but Nieuwenhuis is perfect roster glue.

Adam Lind against Daisuke Matsuzaka should provide some entertainment.

Tomorrow’s grind

Jonathon Niese is heavily owned at 40 percent, but if he’s available in your league, that Cubs match-up should remain friendly.

Jarrod Parker against the Mariners seems palatable.

Tyler Moore or Mark DeRosa should find his way into the lineup against Josh Outman.

Hang onto Viciedo, Nick Blackburn starts tomorrow.

Kevin Millwood has been boringly effective this year, but I’m still going to bet against him at every turn. Try Seth Smith.

I tend to forget about guys when I start them every day in multiple leagues. Use Rajai Davis against Jon Lester tomorrow. Those outside of the 12 percent who own him are missing out on a great run of production.

Reliever watch

Heath Bell asploded in a non-save situation last night. Which is unfortunate for the Marlins since Jason Motte did everything in his power to keep things close.

Retroactive Review: Ace
Looking back at some of Justin Verlander's most interesting moments.

Sean Burnett blew a save in middle relief, but that’s hardly news.

Yesterday’s results

My best recommendation yesterday was probably not to use Justin Grimm. It was ugly.

Jake Westbrook forgot a stat category for his fantasy owners: 6 IP, 0 K, 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

Travis Wood was superb while earning the win: 7 IP, 6 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP

Alex Cobb bit the bullet yesterday while giving the Rays eight innings. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help your fantasy team: 8 IP, 1 K, 9.00 ERA, 1.63 WHIP

Nathan Eovaldi also had a terrible start. I was saved from the pain by secondary roster moves in preparation of Chase Utley‘s return tomorrow. I hope something intervened on your behalf as well: 5 IP, 1 K, 14.40 ERA, 2.20 WHIP

Alex Presley was 0-for-4.

Pedro Alvarez had an empty 2-for-4.

Seth Smith was 1-for-3 with one solo home run, one run, and one RBI.

Tyler Moore was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Scott Hairston was 0-for-4.

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What is your opinion on Mat Latos?  Do you see him getting the bb and hr allowed in check?  Would you rather have him or Lance Lynn rest of the season?

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Latos is a bit of an enigma. I really don’t know what to expect from him. I’d rather have Lynn at this point although I’m not bullish on either guy.

Not So Fast
Not So Fast

Be careful with Nieuwenheis. He’s struck out something like 13 times in his last 23 AB’s and his average has plummeted over 20 points in the past couple of weeks. People still seem to think he has a BABIP adjustment coming too, although without looking it up, he does hit a lot of line drives and ground balls so maybe not as big as some expect.

Will H.
Will H.

That was Sunday for Burnett. And does he do that often? He’s been pretty good this year. What happened last night was that Strasburg had a HBP… in some poor guy’s forehead.