StrategyJune 22, 2013

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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 12

By Chris Routledge

Tuesday was a good day for this Mets fan, who is still revelling in the joys of seeing both Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler pitching well on the same day. The rest of the week wasn’t so hot, but what can you do? There are crumbs of comfort to be found for every team in every season, even if you have to really make an effort to put a positive spin on things. Those of us struggling in keeper or dynasty leagues are perhaps approaching the point where we need to make decisions about whether to trade our superstars for the likes of Zack Wheeler, and play for victory in 2015. But for single-season leagues, that’s not an option, so we have two choices. Make the right trade … or look for difference-makers on the waiver wire.

Week 11 Review

Mike Carp 1B/OF, BOS


Carp started off the week well with another home run, but an injury sustained on Sunday has seen him miss the entire week through Friday. He’s reportedly going to play some part over the weekend … but then he was supposed to play the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, and that never happened. Monitor the situation.

Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, WAS


Rendon finally has his first home run and is hitting for average (albeit without many counting stats, as the Nationals go through a bit of a funk with the bats). Definitely worth hanging onto, particularly if he is your 2B or MI guy.

John Danks, SP, CHW


Oh Danks, you little tease! You put together a few signs of encouragement, which were just enough to suck me in and then BOOM! Back to the horrors of recent years. This is most likely the worst suggestion I have made so far this season. Many apologies if you took my advice on Danks.

Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA


Technically a quality start, although not a patch on his previous two outings. Nevertheless, Ramirez remains someone to stash if you have the room, particularly with Aaron Harang seemingly trying to pitch his way out of the Mariners’ rotation.

So, an injury, a nightmare, a speculation and a decent week. Quite a mixed bag, really. Bring on week 12 for (hopefully!) a better outcome.

Week 12 Adds


Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA


After missing the whole of May, and the first week or so of June, Bourjos is back in the Angels’ lineup and mashing. He has raised his average by 40 points and his OPS by 85 over the last week thanks to five multi-hit games in the last six. He has also picked up three stolen bases and a home run to add to the delicious line you can see above. He’s been batting more out of the ninth spot than leading off recently, which is disappointing, but if he can keep this up, a return to the leadoff position is possible, and with it, an increase in run potential.

Leonys Martin, OF, TEX


In Week 7, I recommended Leonys Martin after a similarly hot week to the line he has posted over the previous seven days. At present, he has a six-game hitting streak with four stolen bases over that period; however, like Bourjos, he tends to bat ninth more often than not. The reality is, Martin is worth picking up when he has streaks like this, but you may well have to take the lean patches in order to enjoy the fruitful ones.


Jordan Lyles, SP, HOU


Whisper it softly, but Lyles has seven straight starts in which he has given up at most two earned runs. That is, frankly, exceptional. Perhaps he is owned in so few leagues because, by nature of playing for the Astros, he only has three wins in those seven starts, but nevertheless, he really ought to be owned in most leagues at this point. With his next two starts against the Cubs and Angels, there is every chance of that streak of quality starts extending to nine.

Tyler Chatwood, SP/RP. COL


Two years ago, I drafted Tyler Chatwood to my minor-league roster in my dynasty League, when he was then part of the Angels’ system. He made his major-league debut that year, and it wasn’t good: a 6-11 record with a 4.75 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. The Angels weren’t too impressed either, and sent him to the Rockies, where there aren’t exactly a huge number of fantasy-relevant starters.

2012 saw Chatwood continue to struggle, but 2013 has shown signs of improvement. The WHIP for this season is not exactly ace-caliber, but 1.37 is a lot better than 1.67! Encouragingly, the K/BB ratio is heading in the right direction (31/13 this season, compared with 41/33 in 2012). He has found his way back onto that Dynasty League roster of mine; I am not starting him every time out, but there are some match-ups on the way which look promising (after this week’s outing against the Nationals, the next four scheduled starts are Mets, Dodgers, Padres, Dodgers). He doesn’t go deep into games, but he hasn’t given up more than four earned runs in an outing since his first of the season, which is six consecutive outings before last night. Play the match-ups and he could provide a real boost to your team.

Time to bring this week’s proceedings to a close. Here’s hoping these selections produce a better haul of results than the last group!

Chris Routledge is loving the prospect of seeing Matt Harvey & Zack Wheeler anchor the Mets' rotation for years to come. Now if we can just find someone to help David Wright carry the team's hitting... Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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