Fantasy Baseball Update 8/16/13: Waiver Wire Pitchers
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Waiver Wire Pitching Adds
August 16, 2013
Friday means just one thing around here when it comes to fantasy baseball: it’s time for the second installment of our biweekly waiver wire updates. In this edition, we’re looking at the SP and RP positions, and as usual there are some noteworthy names trending recently. Let’s take a closer look at the popular adds and see if there’s anyone out there who’s worth a pickup.
Martin Perez, SP, Texas Rangers: Ever since a six-earned disaster against the Indians late last month, Perez has pulled it together and been pretty impressive. He’s 2-0 in his last three games, allowing just four combined earned runs in that span and striking out 19. Perez will face the Mariners and Felix Hernandez in his next start tomorrow, so he’ll need to be on top of his game to maintain form and prove he’s worth a fantasy add.
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Garrett Richards, SP, Los Angeles Angels: Richards took the loss in his last start against the Yankees, but he pitched well overall. He went eight innings and allowed just two earned runs, but his offense couldn’t bail him out. Over his last three starts, Richards is 1-1 and has allowed a combined seven earned. Not too shabby for this level in fantasy. He’ll get the nod tomorrow at home against the Astros, which is a nice matchup.
Jenrry Mejia, SP, New York Mets: The young Mejia has offered some hope to prospective fantasy owners over the past few weeks. In four starts, he’s allowed a combined six earned runs, but hasn’t gotten much help offensively and stands at just 1-2. Still, Mejia’s upcoming matchup against the Padres tomorrow is enough to generate some interest in an add, so if you’re stuck at the lower end you should give him a thought--at least as a temporary fill-in.
Andrew Albers, RP, Minnesota Twins: Looking at Albers’ numbers from his first two starts this year, you’d think he was a shutdown ace. In that span, he’s allowed just six hits and no earned runs, tossing a combined 17 1/3 innings. That’s a pretty good return on your minimal fantasy investment. Of course, we don’t expect Albers to maintain this clip, but he does have enough stuff to play well against the White Sox tomorrow. They’re not scaring anyone.
Chia-Jen Lo, RP, Houston Astros: We’re digging deep to bring you an RP candidate today, as--like usual--there’s pretty much nothing out there. Lo nabbed his first career save on Tuesday, registering a walk and a strikeout in Oakland. We’re not sure what’s happening with the closer situation in Houston right now (though it seems to be a committee thing), but Lo seems to have as much upside as anyone else in that bullpen. He’s a real low-end add, but could nab you a few saves here and there.
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