The daily grind 6-28

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

You can go looking for Trevor Bauer, but odds are he’s not available.

Wei-Yin Chen is starting to become scarce too. He’ll face the Indians today.

Seth Smith has a good match-up against Scott Feldman.

David Murphy had a big day yesterday and will look to follow it up against Tyson Ross.

With Kyle Kendrick pitching, Pedro Alvarez and Alex Presley have a larger than usual platoon advantage.

Tyler Moore should get a shot at Josh Outman.

Tomorrow’s grind

Ross Detwiler has a decent match-up against the Braves tomorrow. He’s more of a medium risk, medium reward type. His is also the only waiver wire match-up I would consider.

Try Michael Saunders against Aaron Cook or Daniel Nava against Hector Noesi.

The Rockies should find a way to sneak Tyler Colvin into the lineup against Jason Marquis. Playing time is far from guaranteed, though.

Ben Revere should get back to his high average ways against Luis Mendoza.

Reliever watch

Two consecutive quiet days on the reliever front. What is this world coming to?

Sergio Santos had another setback in his rehab, which is certainly a worrying sign. At this point, it might be time to consider this a lost season for Santos.

Yesterday’s results

Jonathon Niese pitched well in a blowout win: 7 IP, 6 K, 1.29 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

Jarrod Parker pitched well but walked a few too many. He earned the win with: 7 IP, 9 K, 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP

Tyler Moore had a big day. He went 3-for-5 with one home run, two runs, and two RBI.

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

Dayan Viciedo was 0-for-4. Forget I mentioned him. Did you notice how well Tyler Moore did?

Seth Smith was 0-for-2 with a walk.

Rajai Davis was 0-for-4.


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Isaac
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Isaac

As far as your Viciedo pick, he didn’t play yesterday….he was 0-4 two days ago. Rest of your picks were solid.

Ben
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Ben

I think you can dig a little deeper than Detwiler.

Bud Norris coming off the DL @CHC.. 42% owned.  He’s due for a correction and I wish he was available in any of my leagues.
Mike Leake has been decent on the road and is @SFO, but against Cain.  Probably won’t win, but I can see 6-7IP, 2-3ER, and 4-5K.  That’s probably all you’re hoping for with Detwiler anyway.
Brian Duensing also an OK matchup home vs KC, but it’s his second start of the year and he may not make it 5 IP.

Brad Johnson
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Brad Johnson

I thought the Norris start was supposed to be today? In any case, I didn’t include him because he was owned in all of my leagues. And as the lead-in says every morning, it’s based on my search of the waiver wire.

Leake’s a decent alternative, but I always worry about blow ups with him. Duensing doesn’t pass muster in my eyes. I see no scenario in which I would start him tomorrow.

Ben
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Ben

What about Duensing sets you off?  He and Detwiler are basically the exact same guy.

Brad Johnson
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Brad Johnson
I don’t have a good answer for you Ben. When I watch Detwiler, I think he looks like a pretty good pitcher. When I watch Duensing, I think he looks iffy as a starter. My current job has really killed my ability to spend hour upon hour tinkering with stat sheets, so I’m forced to rely on my eyes a little more than I’d like. That in itself isn’t a bad thing, but I’m also watching way less baseball than I usually do. For example, I can’t remember the last time I saw Duensing pitch. Or the Twins period…I think… Read more »
Doug Strange
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Doug Strange

Dallas Keuchel v SD today?  I streamed Harrell last night, and now I’m nervous about doubling-down on Houston starters.

Brad Johnson
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Brad Johnson

Ballsy to try it once, even against the Pads. I wouldn’t unless you’re in a very deep or NL only league

Eyebrows
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Eyebrows

Can you answer a question that is driving me crazy? Why was Pettitte charged with 2 R, 1 ER yesterday? The runner that scored in the second reached on an error, and the runner he allowed before leaving in the fifth (Kotchman) was thrown out at home. Shouldn’t he have had 1 R, 0 ER? Or is there some sort of weird inherited runner / fielder’s choice rule I am missing?

I realize this is a bit off-topic, but I’m clueless where to turn with trivia like this.

Bob Shelly
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Bob Shelly

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