Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 6/27
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
June 27, 2014
It’s that time once again. Friday marks the second installment of our biweekly waiver wire updates in fantasy baseball, and we’ve got another crop of solid talent for you this morning. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if any of these guys are worth a pickup in your league.
Joe Smith, RP, Los Angeles Angels: Smith made waiver wire waves this week, after it was announced that he’d been named the team’s new closer. He logged his sixth save of the year on Tuesday prior to the news.
Smith won’t have the ninth-inning job forever--unless he plays really well and Ernesto Frieri just can’t get his mojo back. In the meantime, however, he makes a very prudent pickup for the RP-needy.
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Jake Odorizzi, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: Since his losing streak last month, Odorizzi has turned things around on the mound. In his last three starts, he hasn’t allowed more than two earned (once) or three hits (twice) in an appearance. He’s coming off a nice one-hit win against the Astros.
Odorizzi has an inflated 4.29 ERA, but most of that is left over from his May starts. We’re getting to the point where we can trust him again, so give him a look in Baltimore today.
Jesse Hahn, SP, San Diego Padres: Speaking of starting pitchers we’re getting to trust, we have Hahn. After faltering in his debut early this month, he’s racked up a 3-0 record, allowing no more than two earned runs (once) or five hits (once). In his most recent outing, he struck out eight batters in six innings of work.
Hahn boasts a nice 2.38 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. That’s pretty darn good, and we’re excited to see what else he’s got in store. We’ll find out on Monday against Cincinnati.
Mike Zunino, C, Seattle Mariners: Now let’s head into backstop territory by checking out the goods on Zunino. He’s been hitting quite well recently, carrying a six-game hit streak through the Boston series. In that frame, he produced five RBI, four homers and seven runs. He had two RBI along with another homer yesterday.
Zunino’s season-long BA is still pretty dumpy (.231), but this hot run is encouraging. If he can keep it up, he’ll be a 20-homer hitter this season, and you simply don’t see those too often in fantasy.
Marlon Byrd, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: Byrd has popped up on our radar a couple of times this year, and now it’s time to check him out again. Heading into the Miami finale, he had four hits, three runs, a homer and two RBI in a two-game stretch. He was 1-for-5 yesterday to keep it going.
Byrd has been plagued by bouts of futility this season, but has had a knack of rebounding nicely. If this is a sign of an extended surge, you’ll want to get your waiver claim in before someone else does.
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