Fantasy Baseball Update 6/30/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
June 30, 2014
It’s Monday, and in the fantasy baseball world that means it’s time to start looking forward to all the upcoming matchups in the MLB. We’re here to help, and we’ve assembled a group of overlooked players who seem primed for big things in their teams’ series. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if anyone’s worth a pickup.
Collin McHugh, SP, Houston Astros: A few Astros pitchers have made an impression on the waiver wire this season, and McHugh is one of those. His win-loss record has been pretty sketchy recently, and he hasn’t recorded a win since June 3. He’s been close in all of those games, however, and hasn’t really gotten any help from his teammates.
McHugh is still sporting a 2.86 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, so the numbers are there. He’ll post a quality start today against the Mariners and can finally get another W if his team’s bats help out.
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Zach Putnam, RP, Chicago White Sox: Here’s a deeper-league speculation play for you. Putnam got the call late in the eighth inning on Saturday and stayed in the game, recording the final four outs and snagging his first save of the year.
Putnam also allowed three hits and an earned run, so it wasn’t the prettiest outing in the world. Still, he’s got a shot at earning more opportunities going forward, so he’s worth watching if you’re needy for saves and out of options.
Alex Wood, SP/RP, Atlanta Braves: Let’s stay on the mound for a moment and check out Wood before we move on. He’s coming off a nice outing in his return to the rotation, tossing seven innings of shutout ball on three hits, a walk and four strikeouts against the Astros.
Wood definitely has the goods to stick around, posting a 3.07 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He’s got a nice matchup against the Mets today, which will be followed by another good one against the Diamondbacks. Move on him now.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers: We’ve been talking about Gennett quite a bit recently, and he’s stayed relevant with his play at the plate. Heading into yesterday’s game, he had four runs, two homers and seven RBI in the Brewers’ previous four outings. He sat out yesterday.
Gennett is hot stuff right now, and what’s better is that he fills an often thin position at second base. If you haven’t checked him out already, you need to add him before tomorrow’s opener in Toronto.
Kole Calhoun, OF, Los Angeles Angels: We’ve talked about Calhoun a couple of times this year, and he’s been gathering some attention lately as well. Heading into the Kansas City finale, he had hits in five of his last six, with eight runs, a homer, six RBI and a steal in that span. He had a solo homer and two runs yesterday.
Calhoun has been a spark plug for the surging Angels lately, and he’s served the same purpose on fantasy lineups everywhere. As a depth add in the outfield, you can’t do a whole lot better at his level. He plays the White Sox this week.
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