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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 8 - 1 comments

By Chris Routledge

Be prepared. Be very prepared. This week’s article comes to you courtesy of my in-laws’ computer which is, shall we say, not the latest in hi-tech equipment. Basically, it’s the computer equivalent of Hank Conger attempting to reach first base on a bunt single, without being nearly as entertaining. If I make it to the end of the article, chances are that my eyes will be so glazed over that my fourth recommendation may be for the birds. Of course, judging by last week’s efforts, my first recommendation may not be much cop either, as you can see below.

Week 7 Review

Leonys Martin, OF, TEX

Last 7 daysH/ABRHRRBISBAVG
 5/133002.385

A couple of stolen bases is not really enough to salvage this suggestion. The power and speed potential is still there, but the playing time doesn’t seem to be.

Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/OF, TOR

Last 7 daysH/ABRHRRBISBAVG
 3/161010.188

An even worse suggestion here. Getting on base so rarely that the SB opportunities just aren’t happening.

Jeanmar Gomez, SP/RP, PIT

Last 7 daysIPWSVKERAWHIP
 8.10034.321.20

Dear, oh dear. Two outings in the last seven days, neither of which he made it to five innings. (Although, to be fair, the outing against the Cubs wasn’t terrible, with one ER given up over 3.2 innings). There is no way, however, I would consider starting him next time against the Tigers.

Vinnie Pestano, RP, CLE

Last 7 daysIPWSVKERAWHIP
 2.01014.501.00

The win on the 17th was nice, the solo homer on the 20th, blowing the save, was not. It was his only blemish in his first few days back from the DL, so perhaps we can call this a mulligan?

Sigh. That was easily the worst week of recommendations to date. Like Alan Partridge (how many non-Brits will understand that reference?), let’s see if I can bounce back this week.

Week 8 Adds

Batters

Yan Gomes, C/1B/3B, CLE

Last 7 daysH/ABRHRRBISBAVG%Yahoo%ESPN
 7/175370.412152.5

With 3 HRs and 7 RBI in the last three games, Gomes seems to be earning himself regular playing time after starting, at best, half the time in the early part of May. He may only be the backup catcher to Carlos Santana, but his regular appearances are coming as Cleveland get the latter into games at 1B or DH. The triple-eligibility Gomes has in the Yahoo game is a nice bonus.

Matt Joyce, OF, TB

Last 7 daysH/ABRHRRBISBAVG%Yahoo%ESPN
 7/195260.3681315

Joyce’s best year to date has been 2011, when he hit 19 HRs, with 75 RBI and a .277 AVG. He followed that up with another 17 HRs last year, although the average dropped over 30 points, which was not healthy.

There are two things notable about Joyce’s performance to date in 2013. The first is that, with two HRs in the last week, he has reached eight for the year already, which halfway to last year’s total in less than a third of the season. The second is the playing time. He has only reached 500 plate appearances once in his career (the aforementioned season of 2011), but this year, he has started the vast majority of the Rays’ games. It is true that he may be the odd man out when the Rays eventually call on Wil Myers, but Joyce is doing everything he can to prove that he not only belongs on the big team roster, but also that he deserves to start regularly.

Pitchers

John Lackey, SP, BOS

Last 7 daysIPWSVKERAWHIP%Yahoo%ESPN
 6.01050.000.171312

Leaving aside a poor start against the Rays on May 14, Lackey has been surprisingly effective in his six starts to date, allowing two ERs or fewer in four of those starts. Granted, there have been a number of unearned runs, but the stat line above from the last outing against Minnesota is extremely encouraging, with only one hit and no walks given up in those six innings. On that subject, he has a very nice 32/8 K/BB rate to date. Pitching for a team like the Red Sox will always present good opportunities for wins; if he pitched well again Friday versus Cleveland, he is definitely worth a flyer next time out at the Phillies.

Jose Quintana, SP, CHW

Last 7 daysIPWSVKERAWHIP%Yahoo%ESPN
 6.11050.000.79137

We’ve made it to the fourth and final suggestion, and it’s also my first repeat of the year, although how he remains eligible to be recommended for the second time is a struggle for me to comprehend. Did people not see his superlative effort again set Boston this week? After a couple of sticky (but hardly disastrous) outings against Texas and the Angels, Quintana looks to be back on track. With the Cubs due up next, followed by two games against Oakland, I wouldn’t hesitate to grab him if someone lost patience with him a couple of weeks back.

Phew, we made it. Two hours that took to write — what a nightmare. I think I need to persuade my in-laws that a new computer is just what they need to invest in. Until next time, keep watching those waivers.

 
Chris Routledge is exhausted! Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
 
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