Fantasy Baseball Update 6/23/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
June 23, 2014
The big weekend series are all finished up in the MLB, and today marks the beginning of a fresh set of matchups across the league. That means plenty of opportunities for enterprising fantasy owners, so with that let’s take a look at some of the notable players who could serve as breakout stars in their early-week games.
Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs: We’ll start things out on the mound today and look at Arrieta, who will be in action tomorrow. He’s got a 2-0 record in his last two starts, allowing just one earned and two walks in that span while punching out a whopping 20 batters.
Arrieta hasn’t allowed more than one earned run in a start since May 27, and before that May 8. His 1.98 ERA and 1.20 WHIP should get your thoughts churning and make you forget that he plays for a horrible team. He’ll see Cincinnati at home tomorrow.
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Jeremy Guthrie, SP, Kansas City Royals: Let’s stick on the mound for a moment and check out Guthrie. He’s 2-0 in his last pair of appearances, with three earned, five walks and a nice 18 strikeouts between them.
Guthrie ran into some tough luck last month, logging an 0-5 record between May 1 and June 6. He’s getting a little more support lately, though, and could fare pretty well today against the Dodgers at home.
Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds: It’s been a while since we’ve featured Mesoraco, and now it’s time to check him out again. He took a five-game hit streak into the Toronto finale yesterday, posting six runs, three homers and seven RBI in that time frame. He sat out resting in that game.
Mesoraco has been exceeding expectations this season with his stellar power hitting and great average. As long as he’s hitting, he’s a must-have, must-start fantasy player who should rake against the Cubs at Wrigley this week.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers: Gennett has been a pretty hot topic in fantasy circles recently, thanks to his hitting run. Heading into the finale in Colorado yesterday, he had a seven-game hit streak going, with nine runs, a homer and five RBI to his credit in that span. He was 0-for-1 yesterday.
Gennett will sit every so often when a left-handed pitcher is set for the opposing team, but aside from that it’s all systems go here. The Nationals will come to town today to begin a Brewers home-stand and we like Gennett as a solid contributor.
Josh Harrison, 2B/3B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Harrison has emerged as a nice utility player in fantasy circles this season, and that’s not apt to change much this week. He came into the Cubs finale yesterday with hits in five of his previous seven, with three runs, a homer, six RBI and two stolen bases in that span. He had an RBI and a stolen base yesterday.
Harrison will come up empty here and there, as he did on Thursday and Friday of last week. That said, he’s still a pretty darn good option in middle/corner infield and outfield. He’ll be in Tampa Bay starting today.
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