Welcome to your weekly dose of the waiver wire on a very special day for all you numerologists out there. Yes, today’s Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers comes to you on 09/09/09! Is the number 9 significant to you? If so, today could be your lucky day! Speaking of luck, Tom received a mixed bag last week with those picks of his! Drew Stubbs had an outstanding four-HR week, while Marte also hit a HR, but it was his only hit of the week. Meanwhile in the deeper leagues, Homer Bailey had another decent start, with a win, but Pie also only had a solo shot to really write home about. Still, not a bad haul when you consider three of these guys can legitimately be lumped into the “post-hype sleeper” mix.
Before we head to my choices for this week – the first week of the playoffs for many H2H leagues – a reminder of our parameters: 20-50% Yahoo ownership in mixed leagues and under 20% Yahoo ownership in for NL/AL only leagues.
Standard Mixed Leagues
Seth Smith, OF, Col
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At this stage of the season, it’s time to cut the big names and pick up the guys who are actually performing. Seth Smith definitely belongs in the latter group, having slaughtered the D-Backs’ pitching over the weekend. Playing pretty much every day for a team that remains in post-season contention and still has a number of games to play at Coors, Smith should be started ahead of struggling “big-name” OFs like BJ Upton and Carlos Quentin right now.
Bronson Arroyo, SP, Cin
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Unusually, my two choices for standard leagues this week are meeting today at Coors Field. Ordinarily, the terms “Bronson Arroyo” and “Coors Field” would not normally be found together in a positive light, but the fact is that Arroyo has been awesome since the All Star Break, and especially so in the last month. He has given up 1 ER or less in four of his last five starts (and the exception was when he gave up 2 ER); his 2 losses in the same time frame each came against the Giants, when the Reds scored a grand total of 2 runs; and he has gone at least 7 innings in each of his last 7 starts. Don’t get me wrong, starting him in Colorado tonight is a risk, but he’s worth having on your roster for future match-ups, whatever happens tonight.
Cory Sullivan, OF, NYN
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Another Met who you definitely don’t want in your standard league but could have some more than decent value in an NL-only league over the stretch, Cory Sullivan has taken advantage of some regular playing time over the last week to hit for average whilst contributing something in every other category as well. Carlos Beltran just returned, which would obviously cut into Sullivan’s playing time, but with so few healthy players on the Mets right now, a healthy one who is producing is worth owning in those deep leagues of ours.
Michael Brantley, OF, Cle
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With Grady Sizemore officially shut down, Michael Brantley is aiming to be the main beneficiary. He is starting every game for the Indians and has been given a green light to steal, having successfully stolen 46 bases in 51 chances in Triple-A. Look to him to contribute significant amounts of runs and steal over the last few weeks of the season — immensely valuable in AL-Only leagues, and potentially even in mixed leagues as well.
The end of the season is less than a month away! Trading is out. We can’t expect any more hyped rookies to be called up. The only way left to boost your team is through the wire, so, until Tom returns next week, keep watching those waivers!
Chris Routledge is one of a growing number of Brits infiltrating the Cafe, and is the double reigning champion of the H2H World Series, much to the chagrin of token Cafe Padres fan, wrveres. Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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