Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 8/8
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
August 8, 2014
It’s Friday (finally), and around here that means it’s time once again for the second installment of our biweekly waiver wire updates in the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual roundup of up-and-coming players for you to peruse this morning, so let’s take a look at the numbers and see if anyone’s right for your team.
Vance Worley, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Worley has been on quite a roll recently, and it’s translating into lots of fantasy adds. Over his last three starts, he’s 2-0 and has allowed only a combined two earned runs. He’s also got a complete-game shutout in that span.
Worley is sporting a 2.43 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP to his credit this season, which should make you sit up and take notice. He’ll get a pretty nice matchup against the incoming Padres today.
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Mike Leake, SP, Cincinnati Reds: After a string of “meh” starts, Leake seems to be putting things together. In his last two appearances, he’s 2-0 with only one earned run allowed between them on eight combined hits.
Leake has a 3.46 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP to his credit, and after a three-start run where he allowed 12 combined earned runs, it’s good to see him playing well. He gets a favorable matchup today at home as well, with the Marlins coming in.
Chris Coghlan, 3B/OF, Chicago Cubs: It seems that Cubs players are all the rage lately in fantasy, and Coghlan is riding the waves of that trend. Heading into play yesterday, he had a seven-game hit streak to his credit, with the last six of those being multi-hit affairs. That streak came to an end yesterday, but he did manage a run.
Coghlan has been destroying the ball since July started, and he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down just yet. If you’re looking for a hot corner man or some outfield depth, here’s where to start.
J.P. Arencibia, C/1B, Texas Rangers: Arencibia is one of the hotter backstops on the wire right now, so let’s look at his recent numbers and see why. He helped bury the White Sox on Tuesday, banging in three hits with a homer and four RBI. He came up empty Thursday but still supplied a run.
Now that the Rangers are phoning it in for the rest of the year, you can expect to see Arencibia as a regular contributor. His BA is still atrocious, but if he can show some signs of life he’s worth kicking the tires on.
Tommy Medica, 1B/OF, San Diego Padres: Medica is a relative newcomer to the waiver wire radar, but it’s time we gave him his due. He’s hit in four of his last five games, with six runs, three homers, six RBI and a stolen base in that span.
Medica will need to continue his strong-hitting ways to be able to find his way into the lineup on a regular basis, and if he can do that, he’s a deeper-league consideration. Keep your eye on him.
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