2013-08-24 11:00:00 EDT
Around here, Sunday means just one thing: it’s time to start looking forward to the early-week series around the MLB. We’ve scoured the schedule for the upcoming games and settled on a handful of viable waiver wire candidates who should be putting up solid numbers in their impending matchups. Let’s take a closer look at who’s out there and see if anyone’s right for your roster.
Will Venable, OF, San Diego Padres: We’ve visited with Venable several times recently as a potential waiver wire add, and he continues to remain relevant with his on-field play. In two games against the Cubs this weekend, he’s posted six hits, two homers, four RBI and a stolen base. That’s helped inflate his season numbers, which were already solid for his level. Venable and the gang will head to Arizona for a nice matchup against the Diamondbacks this week, so snatch him up while you can.
Khris Davis, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Davis is straight up on fire right now, and he’s been slapping the ball all over the place. Over his last 10 games, he has five homers, 10 RBI and nine runs. That makes eight homers and a .338 average through just 77 at-bats. Davis will see the manageable end of the Pirates lineup this week, so if you’re looking for some lower-end power, he’s the place to get it.
Darin Ruf, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies: Here’s a relative newcomer to the waiver wire radar, and you’ll want to get on this while he’s hot. Ruf has seven hits over his last four games, including three homers and five RBI. That said, there’s no way he’ll be able to sustain that sort of production long-term–Ruf just doesn’t have it in him. Still, he’s got some tasty matchups looming this week against the Mets and Cubs. He might be worth a look as a temporary fantasy add.
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Rex Brothers, RP, Colorado Rockies: It’s not often we get to insert a reliever into this space, but since Brothers is trending we’ll go ahead and take a closer look. He’s got ninth-inning duties back after Rafael Betancourt was injured (again) last week, and he should be one of the only regular closers who’s potentially available in your league. Brothers and company are about to begin a home-stand after returning from Miami, so if you need saves, he’s the guy to see.
Zack Wheeler, SP, New York Mets: The young Wheeler has looked pretty promising this season as a member of the Mets’ rotation. Over his last three starts, he’s allowed a combined five earned runs while striking out 21 in that span. That gives him a 6-2 record on the year with a 3.49 ERA and 62 strikeouts. Wheeler heads into a promising home matchup against the Phillies tomorrow, and should be able to nab a quality start at least. Pick him up as a spot-start or potential keeper for the rest of the season.
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