The Daily Grind: That’s A Wrap

Six pitchers and the usual slew of hitters headline tomorrow’s Waiver Wars. Just two days left. You can do it.


  1. TDG Invitational
  2. Weather Reports
  3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse
  4. SaberSim Says…
  5. Final Exploits

1. The Daily Grind Invitational

Lollygagr’s signature blend of Jason Vargas, Marco Gonzales, and Adalberto Mondesi supplied most of the juice. Congrats and Leaderboard. First place in the overall standings is very much up for grabs with kidzero holding a $2 lead over jaymcstell. A first place finish tonight could push Giantr00 or cubbieblues onto the podium too.

The final hootenanny is on FantasyDraft. Let’s finish strong, shall we?

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2. Weather Reports

The weather is iffy in Chicago, but they’ll probably play. Besides, it’s a day game so it matters naught to us.

3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse

Main Slate: Gerrit Cole ($24,700) is back for a second straight day, and this time we can talk about him as a serious piece of this slate. We know he’ll probably be modestly limited in his pitch count. Expect five to six innings. The win bonus is likely along with pristine ratios. Even with the reduced workload, he’s a good value.

Next up is Patrick Corbin ($21,300). He’s visiting the Padres, a team that I rarely mention without referencing their strikeout rate. The current blend of talent is more interesting than earlier in the year, but they still whiff frequently.

The Dodgers are playing for their lives in the NL West. The Rockies hold a one game lead on the division and L.A. has a one game lead on the second Wild Card (St. Louis). I love that the Giants held back Madison Bumgarner ($16,900) to make this a competitive game. Hyun-Jin Ryu is the better side of the matchup, but he’ll cost you $21,000. The lefty is having an outstanding season. A visit to AT&T Park makes this price tag palatable if not quite desirable.

Mike Clevinger ($20,500) has an easy romp past the Royals in a tune up outing. Like Cole, it might only last five or six frames.

The Phillies are in free fall. Although Mike Foltynewicz has to contend with tiny Citizen’s Bank Park, he so frequently outperforms this price point that he’s almost a must-play. Especially since Philadelphia is strikeout prone and has taken to starting terrible players.

Kyle Freeland ($17,600) is unperturbed by pitching at Coors Field. The bigger concern is the quality of the Nationals lineup. I’m going to call this par value.

Tyler Glasnow ($17,000) looks like a smart upside play for strikeouts and an easy win bonus. Mike Fiers ($16,300) is a similarly valued play in my book – although others may disagree. Others to consider include Jose Urena, Jaime Barria, Eric Lauer, and Lucas Giolito.

Stack Targets: Martin Perez, Chase De Jong, Zach Davies, Jerad Eickhoff, Corey Oswalt, David Hess, Joe Ross, Thomas Pannone, Ian Kennedy

4. SaberSim Says…

Cole, Clevinger, Corbin, Foltynewicz, and Ryu are the showstoppers. Bargains include Lauer, Folty, Clevinger, Corbin, and Barria. Preferred hitters consist of Charlie Blackmon, Mookie Betts, Alex Bregman, Mike Trout, and Trea Turner with Jose Fernandez, Steven Souza, Logan Forsythe, Tyler White, and Kole Calhoun filling the role of value.

5. Final Exploits

Somebody has to call for it…


He’s so fast.

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wouldn’t Urena be a pretty solid play vs the Mets? He’s 5-0 last 6 starts with a 1.85 ERA. Averaging 20.41 points. And that’s with a 4 point start vs Boston- you take that out and other 5 starts average 23.67 points.

(coincidentally his last 6 starts coincide with his beaning of Acuna).