Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 5/30
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
May 30, 2014
It’s Friday, and you know what that means: It’s time once again for our biweekly waiver wire updates in fantasy baseball. We’ve got another crop of up-and-coming talent for you this morning, so let’s take a closer look at each player’s recent numbers and see if anyone’s right for your team.
Collin McHugh, SP, Houston Astros: The Astros pitching staff (a couple of them, anyway) is suddenly a hot commodity in fantasy circles, and McHugh is at the center of that storm. He’s coming off a pretty impressive outing in Kansas City on Tuesday, posting seven innings of work with no earned, five hits and nine strikeouts.
The win was McHugh’s third of the year, lowering his ERA to 2.80 and his WHIP to 0.98. He’ll get a chance to get his fourth victory on Sunday against the Orioles, and he makes a pretty good pickup at the moment.
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Mike Leake, SP, Cincinnati Reds: A cursory glance at Leake’s numbers may not yield a whole lot of optimism. He hasn’t recorded a win since April 15, and he’s coming off a loss to the Cardinals in his last outing.
Leake has pitched reasonably well, despite his losing (and no-decision) ways. Over his last five starts, he hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs and has struck out at least four in each game. He’ll face the Diamondbacks today, which is as good a chance as any to get that next win.
A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Pollock has been all the rage in fantasy during the latter part of this week, mostly thanks to his performance in the Padres series. In those three games, he came up with six hits, five runs, a homer and four RBI. He had a double, a triple, a steal and two runs yesterday.
The D-Backs are playing well with Pollock hitting at the top of the order, so expect him to stay there for the time-being. As long as he’s there, he’s seeing increased fantasy value due to the opportunities he has.
Martin Prado, 2B/3B/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Let’s stick with the Diamondbacks and check out another waiver wire candidate in Prado. He mashed up on the Padres as well, posting five hits, four runs, two homers and five RBI in that series. He posted a run and an RBI yesterday.
Prado was experiencing a pretty ugly power outage over the first part of this season, but has picked it up in a major way lately. If he’s out there in your league, now’s the time to be proactive and snatch him up.
Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies: There are several things propelling Howard’s return to the fantasy limelight. He had a good series against Colorado, posting five hits, three runs, two homers and nine RBI, which marked a nice turnaround after a stretch of futility. He came up empty in yesterday’s opener, though.
Howard also has a pretty good matchup at home this weekend against the Mets, so we should continue to see some nice numbers. With all the injuries and uncertainty at 1B right now, it makes sense to check him out while you can.
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