The daily grind: 9-6-13

The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice for tinkerers and daily fantasy players. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective, including notice of impending weather events, new injuries, and changes to platoon situations. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!

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

Today’s weather watch

Another clear September day throughout baseball.

Today’s grind

Today has a full complement of options.

Tomorrow’s grind

Pitcher (to start): John Lackey‘s ownership still isn’t skyrocketing. He’s currently at 61 percent, but he’s reliable enough to start against any team, even the Yankees.

Dan Straily versus Brett Oberholtzer offers a couple of flyball heavy, fringe choices. Straily doesn’t quite strike out enough batters to support his average walk rate while Oberholtzer has gotten the job done by allowing a lot of balls in play.

Corey Kluber will return from the disabled list tomorrow, but he will be limited to roughly 75 pitches, so beware. He faces the Mets, but I would sit this one out in case there is rust.

Alex Wood blew up painfully in his last outing, but that’s not giving me any pause in deploying him. His ownership is still at 46 percent and he will face the Phillies.

Tanner Roark will move into the rotation for the Nationals in the place of Ross Ohlendorf. The start will mark his first in the majors after he’s posted a 1.19 ERA (3.08 xFIP) in 22.2 relief innings. He’s split his time as a starter and reliever this season in the minors, but he’s not stretched out, so even the friendly match-up with the Marlins may not be enough to use him.

Pitcher (bum): David Huff isn’t particularly bad, but he faces a tough Red Sox lineup, is working on short rest, and has underwhelming stuff. The combination could lead to some crooked numbers. The game is in Oakland, so the flyball-happy tendency of the two pitchers isn’t as dangerous as it would be in Houston.

Jake Arrieta has a soft match-up with the Brewers, but he’s exhibited a walk problem in recent starts despite good results. The Brew Crew will field John Hellweg, who has his own walk problems and a low strikeout rate.

I wanted to highlight James Paxton in some way, but I can’t recommend starting him against the Rays. He improved his walk rate this season at the expense of his formerly elite strikeout rate, but the fantasy profile screams “adequate.” The Rays can be a tricky lineup to tame, so my money is on them.

Hitter (power): Jonny Gomes will see time against Huff, with David Ross being a possible spot starter.

Seth Smith, Brandon Moss and Michael Choice (if he starts) get a contact oriented, flyball pitcher in Oberholtzer.

Get Michael Morse a start against Hector Santiago Surprisingly, he’s owned in 35 percent of leagues.

I haven’t taken Junior Lake very seriously this season because his numbers are built entirely upon a .380 BABIP and he doesn’t stand out in any one category. Still, his start against Hellweg is enticing.

A comparative study on an unwritten rule of baseball.

Even though Roark has had a great season, I’d still gamble on five-category monster Christian Yelich.

Hitter (speed): Guess who? Eric Young Jr. will face a potentially rusty Kluber and an early bullpen.

Will Venable will face Tyler Chatwood.

Leonys Martin has cooled off recently, but he’s still the same speed threat.

Pitchers to come

Sunday: What can be a better start for Danny Salazar than against Daisuke Matsuzaka? Seriously?

Monday: has updated the Mariners’ starting pitcher. It’s now Taijuan Walker, who I feel better about recommending.

Tuesday: Tony Cingrani performed well in his return the rotation yesterday, and he’ll face the Cubs next Tuesday.

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I love me some Danny Salazar, but just be aware they’re holding him to about 75 pitches as well, so his last 4 outings have been 4,5,4, and 6 IP. How would you rank these 2 start pitchers for next week: Nova (@BAL, @BOS), Arroyo (vs. CHC, @MIL), Gee (vs.WAS, vs. MIA), and Ubaldo (vs. KC, @CHW), who’s been on fire lately.  I know you like Nova, but his k% is down to 17.9 since the break, his BB% is up slightly since the break and significantly the last few weeks, and he faces the 1st and 4th highest scoring… Read more »
Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

They’re all remarkably similar in overall quality. I’m sure I could tease out a difference if I spent 30 minutes on it, but my instinct is Ubaldo, Gee, Nova, Arroyo with very little separating them.


Wow.  I watched Yuesmiro Petit’s near perfect game last night…glad I picked him up for the game.

I think at this point he’s a worthy streamer.