Welcome back to Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers. Last week’s suggestions preformed great. Drew and Latos played spectacularly while Napoli and Gonzalez got the job done. Let’s hope I’m just a slow starter and last week’s success is a sign of things to come.
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Corey Hart, OF, MIL
Owned % Yahoo 33 ESPN 29 CBS 46
What a week for Hart! 4 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB and a .364 BA is attracting a lot of attention. Hart was a huge prospect just a few years ago but never lived up to the billing. Now that Gomez has hit the DL and Edmonds followed suit Hart is seeing regular at bats and capitalizing on it. If he keeps this up he will be a five category contributor and will not be on the waiver wire for long. If he is still out there after his blistering hot streak you need to grab him now.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
Owned % Yahoo 49 ESPN 29 CBS 85
Cueto disassembled the Pirates and not many took notice. After that he pitched a great game against the Brewers and still not much noise. I’m not sure what Cueto has to do to get noticed. He is sporting a 7.35 K/9 and a 3.08 K/BB for the season so I’m pretty optimistic about his next two starts, at Cleveland and home against the Pittsburgh. Add Cueto while you still can.
Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
Owned % Yahoo 7 ESPN 2 CBS 34
Masterson’s 5.92 ERA isn’t wooing anyone but don’t be fooled as he might be the unluckiest pitcher in the MLB. Hitters have posted a .412 BABIP and a 21.1% HR/FB ratio against Masterson. In case you were wondering those are both the worst in MLB. With an xFIP of 3.41 (which includes his elite 10.18 K/9), you can expect his ERA to start heading south. By the time you read this he will already have faced Kansas City but his next start against the White Sox looks like a good matchup as well.
Jon Ely, SP, LAD
Owned % Yahoo 8 ESPN 7 CBS 36
Honestly the numbers are just staggering at this point. 0.94 WHIP, 8.77 K/9, 1.05 BB/9, and K/BB 8.33 looks like a Little League stat line not something you would see out of a 24 year old rookie pitcher. He hasn’t given up a homerun yet and hasn’t walked a batter in his last three starts. If Ely is anywhere near this good the rest of the season he deserves a spot on your team now.
So that’s it for this week. Next week we’ll check and see if my picks are duds or studs. I’ll also be back to offer up four more waiver wire moves to be made. Until next week, keep watching that waiver wire!
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