Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 6/10
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
June 10, 2014
It’s Tuesday, and around here that means it’s time once again for the first of our biweekly waiver wire updates in fantasy baseball. Today’s crop of potential pickups is loaded with talent and could help steer your team in the right direction as we approach the mid-point of the season. Here’s a closer look at the trending names out there right now.
Drew Pomeranz, SP/RP, Oakland Athletics: We’ll start things off today on the mound, like usual, and check out Pomeranz. He’s coming off a loss in the Big Apple against the Yankees, but allowed just one earned on six hits in his seven innings of work in that one. He also struck out seven batters.
Even with the loss, Pomeranz has a clean 2.20 ERA and 1.16 WHIP on the year, which is nothing to sneeze at. He’ll take the hill once again today in Los Angeles against the Angels. Chances are he’ll log at least a quality start.
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Kendrys Morales, 1B, Minnesota Twins: Have you added Morales yet? If not, it’s high time you did. The Twins set off a firestorm of fantasy activity when they announced he’d be foregoing a stint in the minors in favor of just jumping right into action. Morales was available on Sunday, but didn’t play. He was in the lineup yesterday and went 1-for-3.
We’ve pretty much got a must-add situation here, as Morales can provide an instant jolt to any fantasy roster. 1B is an increasingly difficult position, so he at least deserves a look.
Francisco Liriano, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Okay, so Liriano is just 1-5 on the season, and that stinks pretty bad. Don’t overlook him, though, if you’re in need of some fantasy arms. In his last two appearances, he’s allowed just two earned runs over 10 2/3 innings on a combined six hits.
Liriano seems to be trending in the right direction, even though the most recent sample size is pretty small. The best part is that he gets the lowly Cubs at home today, which should help boost his confidence.
John Jaso, C, Oakland Athletics: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Jaso, so let’s see how he’s doing, as it seems he’s the cool new fantasy catcher in town. He had a pretty good series against Baltimore, posting three hits, two runs and four RBI in three games. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Jaso and his bat will go dormant from time to time, but when he strikes, he strikes big. He’s got some reasonably tough series coming up this week, but should keep his BA and power numbers headed in the right direction.
Mike Napoli, 1B, Boston Red Sox: Once he came off the disabled list on Sunday, Napoli didn’t waste much time in getting back to business. He nailed a solo homer as part of a 3-for-4 effort, and also stole a base. Yesterday, he posted an 0-fer.
Napoli’s big strength is his ability to get on base, and he’s been doing that quite a bit this season so far. 1B has seen its share of hard times in fantasy so far, so he’s definitely a target to consider if you’re in the market.
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