Fantasy Baseball Update 6/19/14: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
June 19, 2014
It’s that time once again. Thursday marks a look forward to the weekend around these parts, and with that comes a check-up on the big MLB series in the next few days. Let’s check those out now, and apply a fantasy baseball angle to see if there are any players who look like solid pickups ahead of those big matchups.
Collin McHugh, SP, Houston Astros: A little bit of the luster has worn off of McHugh, who earlier this month was a fantasy darling being added at a crazy pace. He’s cooled off a bit since then, posting six earned on eight combined hits in his last two outings. He went 0-1 in that span.
McHugh gets a bit of a softer landing today in Tampa Bay (with no blister on his finger this time), though, and will have the opportunity to get back to his old self. He carries a 3.03 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the year.
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Kole Calhoun, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Calhoun has popped up on our radar once or twice this year, and here he is again. Heading into yesterday’s game in Cleveland (which was ultimately postponed), he had at least one hit in five of his previous six, posting six runs, a homer and three RBI off of those.
When the big bats are hitting well behind him, Calhoun is a pretty hefty fantasy commodity. You’ll have to keep checking the lineup cards each day to make sure he’s in there, but when he is you’ll get some nice dividends.
Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals: The Royals have served as fertile fantasy grounds recently, and Escobar is a big part of that current trend. Heading into yesterday’s game against Detroit, he had five hits, five runs, an RBI and a steal in his two previous appearances. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Escobar is having a stellar month, and given the barren wasteland of SS options out there, he needs to be owned in most every league. He’ll get you plenty of speed and finesse numbers but won’t deliver a whole lot in the way of power.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers: Let’s stick in the middle infield for amoment and check out Gennett, who will head to the rare air of Colorado this weekend. Heading into yesterday’s matchup in Arizona (which he ended up sitting out), he posted 11 hits, five runs, a homer, five RBI and a stolen base in just five games.
Gennett has rewarded the Brewers with some nice production out of the leadoff spot, so don’t expect them to change the setup any time soon. In the meantime, he’s fertile ground for a nice BA and contributions across the fantasy board.
Dany Santana, 2B/SS/OF, Minnesota Twins: Speaking of middle infield, Santana fits in there as well as OF, making him a nice utility pickup. In the first two games of the Boston series, he posted three hits, a run and a stolen base, further pumping up a nice season-long average. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Santana and company will be at home against the White Sox starting today, and that four-game set offers a break in a tough road stretch. He’ll take full advantage, so give him a look.
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