Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 5/20
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
May 20, 2014
It’s Tuesday, and around here that means it’s time for the first of our biweekly waiver wire updates. We’ve got a handful of promising candidates for your fantasy lineup this morning, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if anyone’s worth adding to your roster right now.
Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland Indians: Bauer will get his second opportunity to start today against Detroit, seeing as how his counterpart Danny Salazar was booted down to the minors this past week.
Bauer didn’t do too badly in his last start way back on April 9 against the Padres--even though he took the loss. He posted six innings of one-earned ball on just four hits and eight strikeouts. He’s got the goods to be effective against the Tigers today, so he’s there if you need him.
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Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds: Mesoraco was crushing when he hit the DL with a hamstring injury a few weeks back, and since coming off he’s gotten right back into the swing of things. He gained a lot of attention with his 4-for-4 outing on Sunday, and that popularity has maintained throughout the week. He came up empty yesterday, however.
Mesoraco has shown that he’s got the goods this year, so scoop him up if you need a backup catcher or a fill-in. Can he keep it going? That’s anyone’s guess, but you might as well take a chance while you can.
Tyler Skaggs, SP, Los Angeles Angels: Let’s venture back into starting pitcher territory and check out Skaggs, who has also been trending this week. Ever since his 2 2/3 loss against Texas on May 4, he’s been pretty decent. In two starts since then he’s produced a 1-0 record with seven earned and nine strikeouts.
Skaggs’ numbers aren’t exactly the stuff of legend, but he’s suitable for those in a bad spot with their SPs. The real positive here is that he’ll get the Astros at home today, so he’s got a good chance of knocking down that season-long 4.53 ERA.
Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals: Wong has been a hot topic of conversation in fantasy circles this year, for both good and bad reasons. The pleasant surprise on him is that he’s hit in all three games since returning from a stint in the minors, with three runs, three RBI and two steals in that span.
It’s looking like Wong figured something out down there in Triple-A, which is good news for fantasy owners who didn’t give up on him. 2B is a rough position in fantasy, so we say he deserves another shot, starting today against Arizona.
David Murphy, OF, Cleveland Indians: We can’t recall discussing Murphy yet this year, but it’s high time we featured him in this space regardless. He closed out the weekend on a high, hitting in five straight games with four runs, a homer, six RBI and a steal in that frame. He sat yesterday.
No one really expected Murphy coming into this year, but it’s hard to argue with his stats so far. Even though OF is a pretty deep fantasy position, you can’t really afford to leave him floundering on the waiver wire if you can help it. Grab him.
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