Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 4/29
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Current Waiver Wire Trends
April 29, 2014
The rest of the MLB’s early-week series will be getting started today, so it’s a crucial time for fantasy owners right now. If you’re looking for an upgrade to your roster, you’ll want to peruse the selection on the waiver wire. We’ve uncovered a few gems for you this morning, so let’s see if any of these current trends are worth adding to your team.
Collin McHugh, SP, Houston Astros: McHugh doesn’t pitch again for another few days, but since he’s one of the hottest pitching commodities on the waiver wire right now, we’ll give him a look. He’s coming off 8 2/3 innings against Oakland, allowing just two hits and one earned run.
That gives McHugh a 0.59 ERA and 0.52 WHIP so far this year. He’s got 19 strikeouts to his credit as well. He’ll pick things up again on Sunday against the Mariners, and is a stellar commodity for needy fantasy owners.
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Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies: Over the past few days, Ruiz has made himself into a very trendy waiver wire add. In his most recent three games, he’s accounted for five runs and three RBI, and is rocking a .296 BA so far this season.
Ruiz sat out for a day off on Sunday, so he’ll be coming into today’s Mets series well-rested and ready to roll. In the hard-luck world of the fantasy backstop, he’s a shining beacon of hope right now.
Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay Rays: Joyce had an up-and-down series against the White Sox in Chicago, but that hasn’t dampened his fantasy appeal. In the first three games, he had just one hit, but accounted for a run and an RBI. He came up empty yesterday, but had another RBI.
Despite the minor slump, Joyce has been hitting pretty darn well in the early days of this season, so he makes a pretty good choice as a depth outfielder in fantasy. The run won’t sustain the whole season, but he’s an okay choice while he’s hitting.
James Loney, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays: Let’s stick with Tampa Bay and take a look at Loney, who also has made an impression on the waiver wire. He had an up-and-down series in Chicago as well, notching four hits, a run and an RBI in the first two games, then whiffing in the third and finale.
So far in 2014, Loney has built up some respectable RBI and BA numbers. It’s tough telling where those numbers will go from here (or rather, when they’ll drop off), but if he can get over his recent 0-fers, he could sustain the good vibes in Boston this week at least.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals: It’s been a while since Peralta has made this list, likely thanks to an ugly hitting stretch a week or two ago. He’s since figured things out, though, and is back into the conversation again.
Peralta accounted for five hits, two runs, two homers and four RBI in three games against the Pirates over the weekend, and was 1-for-6 yesterday. He’ll be up-and-down all season (and won’t help your BA) but should be a consideration for those in need of help at a tough SS position in fantasy.
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