Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 6/3
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
June 3, 2014
It’s that time again: time for the first of our biweekly waiver wire checkups in the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got another intriguing crop of potential breakout players for you to peruse today, so let’s take a closer look at their recent numbers and see if anyone’s right for your team.
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, Colorado Rockies: With his impending start today against the Diamondbacks, De La Rosa has been a popular waiver wire pickup over the past couple of days. He’s absolutely rolling right now, logging seven wins in his last eight appearances (with one suspended). He’s coming off a six-inning, one-earned outing against the Phillies.
De La Rosa still has a 3.66 ERA, but he’s gone nowhere near that over the past several weeks. You won’t get super-high strikeout numbers or anything here, but with his current success you can’t really go wrong.
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Zack Wheeler, SP, New York Mets: Another pitcher to keep your eye on today is Wheeler, who is going into a nice matchup. In his last outing, he tossed 6 1/3 innings of one-earned ball against the Phillies on the road, striking out nine in the process.
Wheeler has logged some real stinkers in the past, but has only allowed three earned over his last two starts combined. He gets an easy one in Chicago today against the Cubs.
Brock Holt, 3B, Boston Red Sox: Who’s the hottest 3B on the wire right now? Holt, that’s who. He’s coming off a nice series against Tampa Bay, posting six hits, two runs, a homer, four RBI and a stolen base in the final two games. He had another hit/run yesterday.
Holt has been absolutely instrumental in the Red Sox’ recent successes, but there’s a downside here. Once Stephen Drew really gets going, Holt will likely see the bench more often. Still, as long as he’s hitting, they’ll find a place to put him--1B and OF are realistic choices.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, Boston Red Sox: While we’re in Boston, let’s stick around and check out Pierzynski, who has been making waiver wire waves of his own recently. Heading into the Cleveland series, he had a string of four straight two-hit games, posting three RBI in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Pierzynski has repaired his ailing BA recently and is now heading into respectable territory as a fantasy backstop. As long as those RBI keep rolling in, he’ll be a hot commodity in fantasy.
Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Polanco is trending right now, but his presence comes with a bit of explanation. He was recently moved to the top of the order with his Triple-A team, which is a promising sign as the Pirates plan for him to occupy that spot when he gets called up.
The team is waiting on getting Polanco up to the majors because of the Super Two rule (which has to do with salary arbitration), so owners will have to sit on him for a while until his deadline passes. Still, it’s time to start making those moves in deeper leagues, and at least putting him on your radar in others.
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