Fantasy Baseball Update 6/2/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
June 2, 2014
It’s Monday, and around here that means it’s time to start looking forward to the early-week series around the MLB. We’ve got our usual crop of fantasy baseball breakouts who are ready for your consideration, so let’s take a closer look at a few guys who could have big games in the coming days.
Charlie Morton, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: In the matchup game, it’s always prudent to see who’s playing the Padres (and the Cubs, but we digress). Today, that honor goes to the Pirates and Morton. He’s had a bit of a hard-luck season, going 1-7 in the record column, but has shown some decent stuff as well.
Morton allowed more than two runs in just one start during the month of May, but it didn’t translate into wins. He’ll try again in San Diego today, which is as good a spot as any to give him a try.
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John Lackey, SP, Boston Red Sox: Also pitching today is Lackey, who is another pretty solid pitching consideration. He’s coming off a pair of nice starts since his last loss, logging no earned runs and striking out a dozen batters in that span.
Lackey will have an ugly game here and there--like most pitchers--but on the whole is a pretty consistent name. He’s sporting a 3.27 ERA and 1.24 WHIP at the moment. He’ll make you bite your nails in nervousness sometimes, but should get the job done in Cleveland today.
Adam Lind, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays: Since coming off the DL late last month, Lind has found his stride. Heading into the finale against the Royals, he’d posted five hits, six runs and two RBI in the series. He had two hits and a run yesterday.
Lind will likely be sitting out against left-handed pitching for at least the near future, so you’ll want to keep note of that if you’re window shopping here. That said, he’s settled into a nice groove lately and should remain productive.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, Boston Red Sox: Let’s head back to Boston for a moment to check out Pierzynski, who has been on fire at the plate recently. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the Rays, he’d delivered a string of four straight two-hit games, posting three RBI in that span. He sat out yesterday’s game.
Pierzynski had some pretty ugly lines in the early part of the season, but has managed to pull his BA up quite a bit since then. He’s now fantasy-relevant once again, so if you’re in the market for a backstop this is where to look.
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington Nationals: Okay, here’s the deal on Rendon: He had a pretty bad May up until the last couple of days in the month, when he slapped seven hits, five runs and a solo homer in a three-game stretch. He came up empty yesterday.
With such a thin market at second base this season, Rendon should be considered for immediate pickup in any league where he’s available. Even if he was owned at the beginning of the year, there’s a good chance he’s been dropped since then. It’s definitely worth checking out.
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