Fantasy Baseball News 9/6/13: Waiver Wire Pitchers
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Weekend Waiver Wire Pitchers
September 6, 2013
Around here, Friday means it’s time once again to visit the waiver wire in fantasy baseball. In this second edition of our biweekly trend updates, we’re looking at the SP and RP positions. There are several viable names out there just begging to be added, as teams across the MLB are testing out some of the young arms in their systems. Let’s examine the hot adds right now and see what’s so special about these players.
Tanner Roark, SP, Washington Nationals: Roark is getting his shot. He’ll see the Nats’ starting rotation tomorrow against the Marlins, relegating Ross Ohlendorf to the bullpen. Roark boasts some nice stats in relief thus far: he’s rocking a 1.19 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in 22 2/3 innings of work. If there’s a favorable spot to pick him up, it’s now. The looming matchup against Miami is pretty nice, and he’ll be determined to show his stuff on the mound.
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Dan Straily, SP, Oakland Athletics: As far as established starting pitchers go, Straily is the hot hand (or arm, if you will) in fantasy right now. He’s got two straight wins to his credit, during which he’s collected just three earned in 11 innings on the mound. Those wins follow a down-period for Straily, but it’s looking like he may be able to keep his success going. He’ll face a tepid Astros offense in his start tomorrow, so if you’re looking for a spot-start or injury replacement, he’s a nice pickup.
Tyson Ross, SP, San Diego Padres: Here’s an interesting SP candidate from the Padres. At first glance, Ross’ numbers aren’t all that impressive recently: he’s just 3-7 on the year and hasn’t posted a W since August 10. He’s been solid recently, though: during three of his last five starts, he allowed just one earned run. The 1-2 record doesn’t give him much to show for it, but hey, he plays for the Padres. Ross should be able to at least post a quality start at home against Colorado tomorrow.
Corey Kluber, SP, Cleveland Indians: Here’s the good news on Kluber: he’ll be making his return to the mound tomorrow against the Mets (he was DL’d for the past month with a finger injury), giving him a nice opportunity to improve on his 7-5 record. The bad news is that Kluber will reportedly have a pitch count limit of 70-80 tosses. If you can live with that, he’s a nice pickup. Looking ahead, he’ll have another favorable start in Chicago against the struggling White Sox. He should have a longer leash in that one.
RP Woes: There’s usually very little to get excited about when it comes to RP names on the waiver wire. It’s no different right now, as there’s pretty much nothing out there. Desperate owners can take a look at Josh Fields from Houston, who tallied a save on Thursday and could earn some reliability going forward, or Brad Ziegler, who also posted a save (his first since August 7) yesterday against the Giants. Neither player elicits much fantasy excitement, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
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