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Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
July 7, 2014
The big weekend series are over in the MLB, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your fantasy baseball team. There are plenty of opportunities taking place out there today, and with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the potential breakout players who could be available on your league’s waiver wire.
Tom Koehler, SP/RP, Miami Marlins: Koehler has been a popular waiver wire fixture over the last couple of days, so let’s check out the numbers and see why. He’s coming off a nice showing at home against Philadelphia in his last outing, going six innings and allowing no earned on three hits.
Koehler now has six wins on the year and sports a 3.48 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP. He’ll go into a favorable matchup today in Arizona against the Diamondbacks, so he’s a good bet for the SP-needy.
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Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: Most fantasy owners have heard of Pearce by now, which is definitely a good thing. He’s been posting some very nice numbers as of late, including four hits in the Texas finale and a run and RBI in the Boston doubleheader Saturday. He had a hit and a run yesterday.
There’s not a whole lot to dislike about Pearce right now. Sure, he’ll come back to earth at some point and level out, but while he’s streaking like this there’s no reason to leave him on the waiver wire.
Logan Forsythe, 2B/3B/SS/OF, Tampa Bay Rays: Forsythe has remained a steady waiver wire presence recently as well, and it’s pretty easy to see why. His multi-hit run continued on Saturday, when he posted a pair of hits, two runs, a homer and two RBI in Detroit. He posted an 0-fer yesterday, though.
Forsythe’s positional eligibility should be more than enough to get most fantasy owners’ interests piqued, and the solid run of hits and production will only serve to amplify that. He’s back home this week against Kansas City and Toronto. Check him out.
Jake Odorizzi, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: Let’s head back to the mound and check out Odorizzi, who has been making some waiver wire noise of his own recently. He’s coming off a 5 2/3 effort against New York, where he allowed three earned runs but still got the win.
Odorizzi is 2-0 in his last four appearances and has only allowed more than three earned runs once in his last five starts. He’s still got a relatively big 4.18 ERA, but he seems headed in the right direction. He’ll see KC at home today.
C.J. Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Cron, so let’s see how he’s doing. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the Astros, he had a three-game hit streak to his credit, posting four runs, a homer and four RBI in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
As long as Cron’s BA continues to hover in the high .200s, he’ll be in the conversation for a spot in most fantasy leagues. The home-stand concludes this week against Toronto, before it’s off to Texas to see the Rangers this weekend.
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