Fantasy Baseball News 9/2/13: Waiver Wire Pitchers
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Waiver Wire Pitching Adds
September 2, 2013
Around here, Monday means it’s time once again for the first of our biweekly waiver wire updates. In this edition, we’re looking at the SP and RP positions. We’ve managed to dig up a few potentially worthwhile names out there, so let’s take a closer look at the trends and see if any of these hurlers are right for your roster.
Michael Wacha, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: Wacha earned the nod as a starter for tomorrow’s game, beating out fellow rookies Carlos Martinez and Tyler Lyons. He’ll be in Cincinnati to face Homer Bailey and the Reds, which isn’t a terrible matchup for a pretty strong Cardinals offense. Wacha should be able to hold the game together while his hitters do the dirty work on the scoreboard. He’s a decent fantasy plug-and-play who could have possibilities for the rest of the year.
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Danny Duffy, SP, Kansas City Royals: If you’re late to the party on Duffy, you’ll have to wait until after today’s start against Seattle to decide what to do with him. He’ll be making his second start since his recall; in the first, he went 6 2/3, allowing no earned on five hits and seven strikeouts. Duffy’s got some promise throughout this last month, but it remains to be seen what KC decides to do with him.
Jason Vargas, SP, Los Angeles Angels: Vargas is another promising hurler who will make a start today, so if you’re interested in his services you may have to wait until September 7 for another scheduled appearance (depending on your league settings). He’ll be facing the Rays today, and he’s coming off two straight victories in his last pair of starts. In those games, Vargas allowed just one combined earned run and struck out 12. Not too shabby; he’s one of the more potentially useful names out there.
Bruce Chen, SP, Kansas City Royals: Let’s head back to KC and check in on Chen, who will be appearing tomorrow in Game 2 of the Seattle series. Late last month, he was lit up in a pair of starts, but rebounded in his most recent outing. In that one, he went 5 2/3 innings against the Twins, bagging the win off one earned run. Chen is 6-2 on the year and carrying a 2.79 ERA. You won’t find those numbers on too many arms at the waiver wire level, so make the move if you’re contemplating.
Rex Brothers, RP, Colorado Rockies: Brothers is still out there in a lot of leagues, and he’s just about the only waiver-wire-level RP worth anything right now. He allowed two hits and an earned run in his last appearance, but before that had snagged three straight saves. Brothers is still in a comfortable position as the ninth-inning man now that Rafael Betancourt is gone, so if you need saves and he’s available, he’s likely your best option. Make the move.
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