Fantasy Baseball News 8/23/13: Waiver Wire Pitchers
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Weekend Waiver Wire Pitchers
August 23, 2013
Around here, Friday means it’s time to delve into the waiver wire world in fantasy baseball to see if we can come up with any viable candidates for addition to your roster. In this edition, we’re checking out the SP and RP positions, and we’ve got a fresh crop of potential adds for your perusal. Let’s take a closer look and see if anyone’s right for your rotation.
Eric Stults, SP, San Diego Padres: We’ve seen Stult pop up on the waiver wire radar from time to time this season, and here he is again. After an ugly performance in Colorado, he bounced back nicely against the Mets, going 6 2/3 and allowing three earned with five Ks. Stults has been pretty hit-and-miss thus far in the season, and hasn’t recorded an actual win since July 14. Still, he’s got a nice matchup against the Cubs at home tomorrow, so he’s worth a spin.
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Bronson Arroyo, SP, Cincinnati Reds: If you can get him, Arroyo is one of the more promising starters out there on the wire right now. He’s 3-0 in his last three starts, with just four earned allowed and 20 strikeouts between them. We’ve seen more good than bad from him, as he’s posted a 12-9 record with a 3.40 ERA. Tomorrow, Arroyo will take the mound against Milwaukee. If he’s still available in your league we’d suggest picking him up while he’s cruising.
Scott Kazmir, SP, Cleveland Indians: So here’s the bad news on Kazmir: he’s 0-2 in his last two starts, and has given up 10 earned on 16 hits through just eight innings during that span. So what’s to like here? Well, the matchup he’s heading into is good. Kazmir will face the Twins, and he’s 2-0 against them this season with a 1.42 ERA. He should get enough run support to be effective in this one, and even if he doesn’t, we’d imagine at least a quality start. If you’re stuck for a starter, you could do worse.
Tommy Hunter, RP, Baltimore Orioles: We’ve got a pair of RP prospects for you today, and we’ll start with the more speculative of the two: Baltimore’s Tommy Hunter. He snagged a save this week against the Rays, retiring three on 11 pitches and a caught stealing attempt. With Jim Johnson struggling, we may see the Orioles mix things up a bit in the ninth. If they do, Hunter is a solid candidate for saves. We wouldn’t pull the trigger just yet, but watch as things develop in Baltimore.
Rex Brothers, RP, Colorado Rockies: Brothers seems to have a bit more upside at the moment, as he’s back in the driver’s seat for saves after Rafael Betancourt’s short-lived return (he’s out with an elbow injury, and things don’t look too good. He’ll get an MRI on Monday). Assuming Betancourt returns to the DL (which is likely), you can assume Brothers will get the nod. He’s pitched pretty well lately, allowing no earned runs in his last three games. Make the move now if you need him.
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