Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 6/24
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
June 24, 2014
It’s Tuesday, and around here that means it’s time once again to check out some of the potential waiver wire targets out there in the fantasy baseball world. We’ve got our usual crop of solid talent today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if any of these guys are right for your fantasy roster.
J.D. Martinez, OF, Detroit Tigers: Martinez has been all the rage in fantasy over the past week or two, and we’ve featured him a handful of times. He’s back on the radar again heading into today’s matchup against the Rangers, as he’s got a nice 12-game hit streak coming along with him.
Martinez is rocking a .310 BA with 27 RBI and seven homers to his credit. He’ll cool off eventually, of course, but in the meantime there’s no reason why he should go unowned in just about every fantasy format.
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Matt Shoemaker, SP, RP, Los Angeles Angels: Shoemaker won’t pitch again for a few days, but we’ll throw his name out there so you can get ready for his next start. He’s pitching very well this season, posting a 3.42 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He has a glowing 5-1 record over 50 innings with 51 strikeouts to his credit.
Shoemaker is coming off another impressive outing against Texas (7 2/3 innings, one earned, eight hits, six Ks) and will go into a nice matchup against Kansas City on Friday. He’s definitely worth kicking the tires on.
Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs: In more immediate pitching news, we have Arrieta. He goes into a home start against the Reds today and is cooking over his last four starts. In that span, he’s 2-0 with just two earned runs and five walks combined.
Arrieta has a 1.98 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP to his credit this year, and his record would probably be much better if he didn’t play on the North Side. Still, those numbers are hard to ignore, so give him a look.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers: Ramirez has popped up in this space a couple of times this season, and it’s time once again to give him some recognition. Heading into yesterday’s opener against Washington, he had a four-game hit streak going, posting 10 hits, six runs, two homers and seven RBI in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Ramirez’s advanced age may cause some fantasy owners to shy away, but he can still prove to be a valuable fantasy commodity. As long as he’s hitting, he definitely works as a waiver wire candidate.
Brad Miller, 2B/SS, Seattle Mariners: Here’s the good news on Miller: Heading into the Boston series, he had a seven-game hit streak to his credit, with four runs, two homers and four RBI on his résumé in that frame. He came up empty yesterday but logged a run.
Ready for the bad news? His season-long BA is still really ugly, even with the recent hot streak factored in. (It’s at .205 right now.) He’s a player to watch at least, as he’ll become a relevant fantasy play if he can keep the dream alive in the batter’s box.
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