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Fantasy Baseball News 9/13/13: Waiver Wire Pitchers

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Waiver Wire Pitching Adds

September 13, 2013

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Around these parts, Fridays mean it’s time once again for our biweekly waiver wire updates in fantasy baseball. This time we’re checking out the SP and RP candidates out there. The good news is that there’s no shortage of available talent, as MLB teams test-drive their younger arms in the waning days of the season. Let’s examine a few of the popular names out there and see who’s trending.

Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Cleveland Indians: Jimenez is probably the hottest SP name on the waiver wire right now, and it’s pretty easy to see why. In his last two starts, he’s got two wins, posting no earned runs and 14 strikeouts through 13 innings in that span. As a matter of fact, Jimenez hasn’t given up more than three earned over his last nine starts. Pretty decent for a potential waiver wire name. He’ll face the White Sox tomorrow.

Fantasy Baseball News 9/13/13: Waiver Wire Pitchers

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Michael Wacha, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: Closely behind Jimenez as a waiver wire trend is Wacha, who is tearing up the trends thanks to his last two outings. In that time, he’s posted a 1-0 record, allowing just five hits and no earned runs. Wacha won’t bag you the huge strikeout numbers, and he’ll be on a relatively short leash when it comes to pitch counts, but if you can live with that he’s golden. He’ll see the Mariners at home tomorrow.

Gerrit Cole, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Cole has experienced a bumpy road this season, with spots of bliss and failure. He’s trending upward at the moment, however, so you should jump on the train now if you’re thinking about it. Over his last two starts, Cole has given up a combined two earned runs and struck out 14. What makes us so positive about him is his solid matchup looming tomorrow, which is a home game against the Cubs. If you’re going to use him, this is the start to do it.

Esmil Rogers, SP, Toronto Blue Jays: If you look at his season-long numbers, Rogers is something of a mixed bag. He’s got a 5-7 record and a 4.46 ERA, marks which don’t exactly promote confidence. Still, his most recent pair of starts have been good, with a 2-0 record and no earned on a combined four hits. Rogers will take the mound tomorrow against the Orioles, which isn’t too bad of a matchup. He works as a lower-end fantasy add for those who need quality starts and wins as the season winds down.

Brad Ziegler, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks: Okay, here’s the scoop on the RP market right now: it’s as ugly as usual. That said, if you reach down toward the bottom of the barrel, there’s a closer or two who just might suit your needs in the last couple weeks of the season. Ziegler is one such name, and he’s got a save in each of his last three appearances. He doesn’t have any strikeouts either, but hey, let’s not be picky here. The Diamondbacks will face Colorado and the Dodgers in the next two series, so there might be a handful of opportunities for Ziegler in there somewhere. He’s about the best option you’ve got when it comes to RP names.

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