Fantasy Baseball Update 6/5/14: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
June 5, 2014
Each Thursday during the fantasy baseball season, we take a look forward to the weekend and check out all the upcoming matchups in the MLB. It’s that time once again, and we’ve got some interesting games heading our way for the weekend. Here’s a look at a few lesser-known players who could have big stat-lines in the next few days.
Eddie Butler, SP, Colorado Rockies: We’ll start off with the SP prospect Butler, who has made all sorts of noise on the waiver wire ever since the Rockies announced that he’d be making his Major League debut tomorrow against the Dodgers.
Butler is one of the top 25 or so prospects in the game right now, so he’s definitely got the goods to take the Bigs by storm. He probably won’t log a ton of strikeouts just yet but should be worth looking at in most fantasy leagues.
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Henderson Alvarez, SP, Miami Marlins: Let’s take a look at Alvarez, who has been a popular waiver wire fixture over the past couple of days. He posted a complete-game shutout in his last appearance against the Rays, logging five strikeouts and eight hits.
That makes a whopping three shutouts on the season for Alvarez, which is certainly unexpected--but welcome nonetheless. Even better, he’ll get the Cubs this weekend, so it’s looking like the stars are aligning for that one.
Denard Span, OF, Washington Nationals: Let’s move on from the mound to the outfield now and take a look at Span. Heading into yesterday’s game against Philly, he had a five-game hit streak going, with six runs and a stolen base to his credit in that span. He had a run and two RBI on two more hits yesterday.
After what turned out to be a downright putrid start to the season, Span has turned things around. He’s not hitting for a ton of RBI, but should bolster your BA and stolen base totals if you pick him up. He gets the Padres this weekend.
Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds: Mesoraco has been mesmerizing recently. Heading into yesterday’s matchup against the Giants, he was riding a three-game hit streak, clubbing three homers, three runs and seven RBI in that frame. He came up empty yesterday, though.
There isn’t much not to like about Mesoraco, and his tirade of power continues on a near-daily basis. He’s emerged from obscurity this season to become a must-have, must-start fantasy catcher. He’ll be home against Philly this weekend.
Justin Turner, 1B/2B/3B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: Turner has made a few waves this week in fantasy, thanks to a breakout three-game stretch during which he popped six RBI and three runs on five hits. He wasn’t able to connect during yesterday’s game, however.
Here’s the deal with Turner: He’s a nice-looking fantasy option right now, but that will change when Juan Uribe is back in the lineup and healthy. Turner heads to Colorado this weekend, though, so you may want to stick with him while he’s up in the rare air.
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