The daily grind: 7-23

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!

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

Today’s grind

There is no table for yesterday, but I do have some quick picks below.

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start): I guess Clayton Richard against the Giants is the match-up to go with today. If that doesn’t sound convincing…

Francisco Liriano against the White Sox seems like a worthwhile throw of the dice if you’re open to an all or nothing gamble.

Pitcher (bum): I’d expect the Angels to smack Bruce Chen around. However, it’s hard to roster many Angels as they tend to be expensive. You can also try Red Sox players against Scott Feldman. A more under-the-radar play is Gavin Floyd against the Twins.

Hitter (power): John Mayberry Jr. matches up well against soft-tossing lefties like Randy Wolf. If you’re looking for someone less widely available, Alfonso Soriano might be able to swat one against Erik Bedard.

Hitter (speed): Go with Ben Revere, Denard Span, and Craig Gentry. The latter has more potential as a five category presence.

Tomorrow’s grind

It’s another one of those days where there really isn’t a freely available pitcher worth streaming. Mike Leake against the Astros might come the closest.

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

Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Angels         Astros      
  Maicer Izturis S Will Smith     J.D. Martinez R Mike Leake
  Alberto Callaspo R Will Smith     Jordan Schafer L Mike Leake
Athletics         Brewers      
  Jemile Weeks S Brett Cecil     Carlos Gomez R Cliff Lee
  Coco Crisp S Brett Cecil   Cubs      
  Jonny Gomes R Brett Cecil     Tony Campana L James McDonald
Blue Jays         Mets      
  Yunel Escobar R Travis Blackley     Scott Hairston R Gio Gonzalez
  Rajai Davis R Travis Blackley   Padres      
Indians           Yasmani Grandal S Madison Bumgarner
  Johnny Damon L Doug Fister     Carlos Quentin R Madison Bumgarner
  Travis Hafner L Doug Fister     Cameron Maybin R Madison Bumgarner
  Casey Kotchman L Doug Fister     Chris Denorfia R Madison Bumgarner
Mariners         Pirates      
  Justin Smoak L Freddy Garcia     Casey McGehee R Paul Maholm
  Michael Saunders L Freddy Garcia   Reds      
Orioles           Zach Cozart R Lucas Harrell
  Wilson Betemit S Jeremy Hellickson     Todd Frazier R Lucas Harrell
  Jim Thome L Jeremy Hellickson   Rockies      
Rangers           Marco Scutaro R Joe Saunders
  David Murphy L Clay Buchholz     Willin Rosaio R Joe Saunders
Red Sox                
  Daniel Nava S Colby Lewis          
  Ryan Sweeney L Colby Lewis          
  Salvador Perez R Garrett Richards          
  Alcides Escobar R Garrett Richards          
  Lorenzo Cain R Garrett Richards          
  Brennan Boesch L Ubaldo Jimenez          
  Quintin Berry L Ubaldo Jimenez          
  Ryan Doumit S Jose Quintana          
White Sox                
  Dayan Viciedo R Cole De Vries          

Jonny Gomes against Brett Cecil seems like a perfect match-up (for Gomes).

Adoption rates for Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez are picking up. They’re both worth owning in most formats. Cain is actually batting clean-up with some frequency.

Rajai Davis has the best pure speed match-up against Travis Blackley. As I noted in the past, the pitcher match-up is slightly less important for burner types. They tend to follow the “put it in play and see what happens” model of hitting.

David Murphy has a good match-up to show off his well-rounded talent against Clay Buchholz. However, Buchholz has looked pretty good since coming off the disabled list.

Reliever watch

Looks like Francisco Cordero is a closer again. Unless you desperately need those saves and have some ERA and WHIP to spare, you may want to let an opponent swallow that bitter pill.

Jose Valverde is battling another day-to-day injury. Joaquin Benoit locked down the save yesterday but he doesn’t seem poised to take over the role despite Valverde’s struggles this season.

Javy Guerra blew a save opportunity, further solidifying Kenley Jansen‘s standing. Jansen had gone a couple days in a row and was unavailable.

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I missed Ian Desmond’s injury which should push Steve Lombardozzi into an everyday role for a bit.


Thoughts on Paul Maholm @Pit tomorrow? He’s been on a bit of a roll..