The daily grind: 8-16

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

Those in leagues with same-day moves should refer back to yesterday’s table.

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start): There are five worth considering today. My top pick is Kris Medlen against the Padres. My second pick is Marco Estrada. Visit yesterday for the other three picks.

Pitcher (bum): I’m going to do something I never thought I’d do and recommend the Brewers against Cliff Lee. He’s been home run prone this season and the Brewers have a lineup that could exploit that. Alex White and Francisco Liriano could have rough outings too.

Hitter (power): Andruw Jones makes his regular appearance and let’s give a hand to Chris Carter, who should appear more regularly than he does.

Hitter (speed): Carlos Gomez has the match-up I’m excited about against Lee. Rajai Davis has the platoon advantage against Liriano and Eric Young has finally earned the chance to start for the Rockies.

Tomorrow’s grind

Ross Detwiler has a solid match-up against the Mets. Wade LeBlanc might be able to survive the Rockies. My favorite pick of the day is Zach McAllister against the A’s.

How an Ace Performance Impacts Reliever Workloads
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Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Angels         Astros      
  Alberto Callaspo R James Shields     Ben Francisco R Wade Miley
Athletics           J.D. Martinez R Wade Miley
  Brandon Moss L Zach McAllister   Brewers      
  Jemile Weeks S Zach McAllister     Carlos Gomez R Vance Worley
  Chris Carter R Zach McAllister     Norichika Aoki L Vance Worley
  Coco Crisp S Zach McAllister   Cardinals      
Mariners           Jon Jay L James McDonald
  Eric Thames L Nick Blackburn   Cubs      
  Mike Carp L Nick Blackburn     Brett Jackson L Bronson Arroyo
  Trayvon Robinson S Nick Blackburn     Josh Vitters R Bronson Arroyo
  Michael Saunders L Nick Blackburn     David DeJesus L Bronson Arroyo
Rangers         Diamondbacks      
  Geovany Soto R J.A. Happ     Chris Johnson R Dallas Keuchel
  Craig Gentry R J.A. Happ     Willie Bloomquist R Dallas Keuchel
Red Sox         Dodgers      
  Cody Ross R TBA     A.J. Ellis R Tommy Hanson
Royals         Giants      
  Salvador Perez R Chris Sale     Brandon Belt L Ross Ohlendorf
  Alcides Escobar R Chris Sale     Angel Pagan S Ross Ohlendorf
  Lorenzo Cain R Chris Sale   Marlins      
Tigers           Carlos Lee R Jeff Francis
  Brennan Boesch L Tommy Hunter     Justin Ruggiano R Jeff Francis
  Quintin Berry L Tommy Hunter   Mets      
Twins           Jason Bay R Ross Detwiler
  Ryan Doumit S Hisashi Iwakuma     Scott Hairston R Ross Detwiler
  Denard Span L Hisashi Iwakuma   Nationals      
  Ben Revere L Hisashi Iwakuma     Steve Lombardozzi S Johan Santana
White Sox           Tyler Moore R Johan Santana
  Jordan Danks L Luis Mendoza   Phillies      
Yankees           Domonic Brown L Yovani Gallardo
  Raul Ibanez L TBA     Laynce Nix L Yovani Gallardo
  Andruw Jones R TBA     Juan Pierre L Yovani Gallardo
            Travis Snider L Jake Westbrook
            Starling Marte R Jake Westbrook
            Garrett Jones L Jake Westbrook
            Zack Cozart R Travis Wood
            Todd Frazier R Travis Wood
            Ryan Ludwick R Travis Wood
            Josh Rutledge R Wade LeBlanc
            Eric Young Jr. S Wade LeBlanc
            Willin Rosaio R Wade LeBlanc

Plenty of names to choose from for tomorrow. Outside the usual and common options, you could try Chris Johnson, Eric Thames, Carlos Lee, Justin Ruggiano and Brandon Belt.

Reliever watch

In the realm of completely expected developments, Jim Henderson blew the save yesterday. Just stay clear of the Brewers bullpen unless you are very confident about your ratios.

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Will H.
Will H.

Why do you see Lee’s HR rate as something other than sss noise? I guess you could note Jeff’s work on aging curves, but this year is a huge jump compared to what he showed in his article, and at any rate his velocity isn’t down, which I think he correlated with it. And his FB% is league average… and better than his career average.

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

This is one of those scenarios where I’m leaning on what I see more than the data. I’ve seen a lot of those home runs and they’re coming on fat pitches and bad misses. His cutter in particular is getting left right over the heart of the plate and punished. In fact, I think the problem is mostly trouble with his cutter.

Again that’s all subjective. But if you watch him pitch, the homer prone narrative is very believable. Like back when Hamels had home run problems because hitters were guessing right on his change up.