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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 16

By Chris Routledge

So here we are again after the All-Star Break. I’d like to say that there wasn’t a column last week because it felt unnecessary with the ASB’s arrival, but it wouldn’t be true. The fact is that I, like many of us, had a lot of trouble accessing the Cafe and so just was not able to submit an article. Thankfully, it looks like the access problems are resolved, just in time for the second half of the baseball season. And with trading deadlines fast approaching in most leagues, the waiver wire will become even more important down the home stretch.

Week 14 Review

Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN

Last 14 daysH/ABRHRRBISBAVG
 9/378250.243

A reasonable return for Hicks on his return to the big leagues — certainly worthwhile numbers for AL-only players.

Alex Avila, C, DET

Last 14 daysH/ABRHRRBISBAVG
 4/231030.174

Very disappointing numbers from Avila. Maybe he is still rusty (in which case having another break over the last few days won’t have helped). Better options are probably available for you, but do keep an eye on him over the next few weeks.

Dan Straily, SP, OAK

Last 14 daysIPWSVKERAWHIP
 6.11071.420.79

Ignore the NA in Yahoo Leagues (which may well be gone anyway by the time you read this). Straily pitched very well against the Pirates, and should be starting against the Angels Saturday. Ride him if you own him, and pick him up if you don’t; he remains available in 89% of Yahoo leagues at time of writing.

Bruce Rondon, RP, DET

Last 14 daysIPWSVKERAWHIP
 4.10054.151.38

Clearly, my suggestion to pick Rondon up planted the kiss of death on him. Although, to be fair, he only had one bad outing out of the four appearances he made in the last two weeks (a two-earned-run outing against the White Sox). He will need to improve, though, to have any chance of earning save opportunities this year.

Let’s gloss over a largely unproductive outing last time (thank you, Straily, for saving it from being a complete bust), and look forwards to our choices for this coming week. Please note: because of the All-Star Break, the stats look back over the last 14 days, not seven.

Week 16 Adds

Batters

Luke Scott, 1B, TB

Last 14 daysH/ABRHRRBISBAVG%Yahoo%ESPN
 15/366380.41757

Luke Scott was swinging a hot bat going into the All-Star Break, riding a 10-game hitting streak that has seen his season average leap 34 points and his OPS increase by 113 points. He’s the sort of guy who, with 450 ABs, can be expected to knock in around 25 HRs; assuming health and regular playing time, there could easily be 15 or more coming his way for the rest of the season.

Pitchers

Wily Peralta, SP, MIL

Last 14 daysIPWSVKERAWHIP%Yahoo%ESPN
 16.020140.561.0056

A dearth of hitting options means that I’m going for three pitchers this week. The first of them is Wily Peralta, who gave up one run in his last three pre-All-Star outings over 21.1 innings, and that run came on a solo homer. He picked up 19 Ks over that same period and lowered his ERA a full point. With a start due Sunday against the Marlins, he is worth at least a spot start at this point, and perhaps more.

Tom Gorzelanny, RP/SP, MIL

Last 14 daysIPWSVKERAWHIP%Yahoo%ESPN
 12.000120.001.0031

Why suggest one Brewer pitcher when you can have two? Tom Gorzelanny has spent most of the season pitching out of the Milwaukee bullpen, but his last two outings have been as a starter, and he has done a fine job in both cases, going six innings and giving up no earned runs but two unearned runs in both outings (losing both games only because his teammates failed to perform with either glove or bat). His record at maintaining a spot in the rotation is not good, but he is scheduled to start against the Padres this week, so, again, as a spot-starter he is absolutely worth a shout.

Antonio Bastardo, RP, PHI

Last 14 daysIPWSVKERAWHIP%Yahoo%ESPN
 7.11181.230.6840.6

Bastardo is well established as the eighth-inning guy to go to for the Phillies, having 14 holds so far this season along with a couple of saves. He has his share of hiccups, and his value for the rest of the season really depends on how the Phillies start the second half. If they struggle out of the gate, then Jonathan Papelbon will become an obvious candidate to be traded to a contender, leaving the way clear for Bastardo to take over the closer role at some point.

If you’re like me, the All-Star Break was a chance to pause and think about my teams, and try to get a few trade ideas going before the deadline hits. But the withdrawal has hit in, so it’s great to have baseball back again. Enjoy the second half, guys!

 
Chris Routledge is foolishly excited about watching the Mets again as they battle to avoid last place in the NL-East. Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
 
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