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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 13

By Chris Routledge

Welcome to Week 13 of our regular look at who might be available on the waiver wire in your league. The number 13 is, of course, associated with bad luck, and, judging by the injury streak my selections are on, this column may be heading that way too! Mike Carp two weeks ago; Peter Bourjos last week — anyone who finds their name mentioned here today may want to keep a close look out for errant pitches, dogs or other potential health hazards. Still, it wasn’t all bad, as last week’s stats prove.

Week 12 Review

Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA


A thumb injury sustained last Thursday has kept Bourjos out of the lineup ever since. He’s still worth a flyer when he makes it back onto the field; he didn’t start Friday but could return this weekend provide he doesn’t suffer a setback.

Leonys Martin, OF, TEX


Much better, as Martin continues his hot streak, which includes an active (as of Friday’s pregame) 11-game hitting streak. A couple of home runs this past week were a nice bonus!

Jordan Lyles SP, HOU


His string of quality starts came to a crashing end with a poor outing against the Cubs. I would throw him out there against the Angels Saturday, but another poor start there would probably mean a trip to the wire for Lyles.

Tyler Chatwood, SP, COL


No wins to show for it, but Chatwood had 12 solid innings against the Nationals and Mets. He now has eight consecutive starts of giving up two earned runs or less, and will definitely remain on my roster for the foreseeable future.

A 50% success rate last week, which will improve this time out (he said optimistically). Let’s check out this week’s four targets.

Week 13 Adds


Juan Francisco, 1B/3B, MIL


No longer sharing a platoon of third base in Atlanta, Francisco is starting the vast majority of the Brewers’ games, and as of Thursday had homered in three straight games. He has always had power and a low batting average, but if you can stomach the latter, the former could be highly profitable for you (particularly if you need help at the hot corner).

Eric Young Jr, OF, NYM


At some point this season, someone will stake a claim for the Mets’ leadoff spot and keep it for the whole year. The latest option is Eric Young, Jr., who, like Omar Quintanilla before him, has got off to a great start. A very speedy player, Young currently has a six-game hitting streak going, and is worth a flyer in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues if you are looking for cheap speed.


Neal Cotts, RP, TEX


Cotts is quietly having an outstanding season, pitching in relief for the Rangers. In 18 innings, he has a 20/8 K/BB and a .157 BAA, and has given up only one earned run all year. His consistency and reliability mean that he is often brought into pressure situations, but not as your typical LOOGY — he regularly pitches a whole inning and often more (one reason why he has picked up four wins to date this season). There’s no reason to expect more than the odd save on days when Joe Nathan is unavailable, but the peripheral stats make him a valuable addition to your bullpen if space allows.

Jacob Turner, SP, MIA


I hate to be re-recommending a pitcher who I only mentioned a few weeks ago, but really, come on people! Turner has yet to have a poor outing in the majors this season and is facing the Padres Saturday. We all know that wins are hard to come by, but what would you rather have? Five innings with four earned runs that get you a win because the guy pitches for an offense-orientated team, or seven innings of one-run ball with no win to show for it? Give me the latter any time, which is why Turner is a fixture on my roster. He really ought to be owned in more than 12% of Yahoo leagues.

Let’s hope that week 13 isn’t an unlucky one for you (or, indeed, any of the guys named above). I’ll be back next week, by which time we’ll be in July and the All-Star Break will be imminent. Where is the season going?!

Chris Routledge is avoiding all ladders, black cats, and opening of umbrellas indoors this week. Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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