The daily grind: 8-2

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. There have been some pitching changes between yesterday and today so unfortunately, it’s not terribly accurate.

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start): Nathan Eovaldi has the match-up I’m most intrigued in. I must say, I lack respect for the Braves offense and I’m not entirely sure there’s a reason.

Ross Detwiler is paired against the Phillies over-the-hill stars and scrubs lineup. Cole Hamels opposes so maybe don’t bet on taking the W.

Pitcher (bum): The Cardinals should have no difficulty feasting on Alex White. Once upon a time I was really impressed with White, but then he hit the disabled list and his sinker has never looked the same.

The other bum of the day is Ross Ohlendorf. But there’s probably an alternate universe where the Reds don’t tattoo him, making the Cards a better play.

Hitter (power): Scott Hairston against Barry Zito and Todd Frazier versus Ohlendorf seem to be today’s big boppers.

Hitter (speed): The fool who needs speed might want to look at Anthony Gose or Jemile Weeks for a day.

Tomorrow’s grind

Joe Blanton‘s back on my “safe” list. Notice the quotations around safe there. The Diamondbacks do have something that resembles an offense so Joey Donuts isn’t actually safe.

I’d be comfortable playing Felix Doubront against the Twins.

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

Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Angels         Brewers      
  Alberto Callaspo R Philip Humber     Carlos Gomez R Joe Kelly
Athletics           Norichika Aoki L Joe Kelly
  Jemile Weeks S Brett Cecil   Cubs      
  Chris Carter R Brett Cecil     David DeJesus L Chad Billingsley
  Jonny Gomes R Brett Cecil   Dodgers      
Blue Jays           A.J. Ellis R Jeff Samardzija
  Yunel Escobar R Travis Blackley   Marlins      
  Rajai Davis R Travis Blackley     Carlos Lee R John Lannan
Indians               Gio Gonzalez
  Johnny Damon L Anibal Sanchez     Justin Ruggiano R John Lannan
  Travis Hafner L Anibal Sanchez         Gio Gonzalez
Rangers         Mets      
  David Murphy L Jeremy Guthrie     Jason Bay R Clayton Richard
Rays           Scott Hairston R Clayton Richard
  Carlos Pena L Tommy Hunter   Nationals      
  Elliot Johnson S Tommy Hunter     Steve Lombardozzi S TBA
Red Sox               Josh Johnson
  Cody Ross R Brian Duensing     Tyler Moore R TBA
Royals               Josh Johnson
  Salvador Perez R Matt Harrison   Phillies      
  Alcides Escobar R Matt Harrison     Nate Schierholtz L Ian Kennedy
  Lorenzo Cain R Matt Harrison     Domonic Brown L Ian Kennedy
Tigers           Laynce Nix L Ian Kennedy
  Brennan Boesch L Justin Masterson     Juan Pierre L Ian Kennedy
  Quintin Berry L Justin Masterson   Pirates      
Twins           Travis Snider L Mat Latos
  Ryan Doumit S Felix Doubront     Starling Marte R Mat Latos
Yankees           Garrett Jones L Mat Latos
  Raul Ibanez L Kevin Millwood   Reds      
            Zack Cozart R Wandy Rodriguez
            Todd Frazier R Wandy Rodriguez

Chris Carter and Jonny Gomes are set to tee off with the platoon advantage against Brett Cecil.

David Murphy has the esteemed Jeremy Guthrie to defeat.

Hairston is back for another tour of duty, this time against Clayton Richard.

The Marlins and Nationals have a double header, so you normal fantasy players ought to double up on games where you can.

Reliever watch

Now that Ernesto Frieri‘s job is secure, he blew his first save of the season. Apparently it was a wild game, but I was asleep for it.

Matt Belisle has a name that doesn’t sound anything like its spelled. He also gave up a yakker to Matt Holliday yesterday. Rafael Betancourt‘s job remains secure.

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