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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 19 - 6 comments

By Chris Routledge

Welcome to your weekly exploration of the waiver wire. I’m going to kick off this week by issuing a heart-felt plea: “Is there anybody out there?!” I’m aware that the Cafe is in a state of flux, as we wait for the new design and upgrade promised by mochabean, but the lack of interaction with the articles that we write each week do make me wonder if it is worth the effort. Is anyone actually reading them? Please let me know — even if you disagree 100% with everything I say!

OK, angsty moment over. Let’s get down to this week’s column.

Week 18 Review

Stephen Drew, SS, BOS


Drew’s hot streak continues with another highly productive week. Clearly some owners who lost Jhonny Peralta or Everth Cabrera have chosen Drew for a replacement, but he is still only owned in a third of Yahoo Leagues. What are you waiting for? Pick him up!

John Buck, C, NYM


Ross, too, had another good week, and what’s more, started every game. He seems to be playing himself into a regular gig, which is only good news for his owners.

Bud Norris, SP, BAL


A solid outing for Norris against the Padres makes it two quality starts and two wins since being traded to the Orioles. If he carried on this performance last night in Arizona, I would seriously consider him a must-start in most situations.

Martin Perez, SP, TEX


Perez took down the Angels again with another quality start. As I mentioned last week, he has a very nice schedule coming up. Buy, buy, buy!

Well, I think that might be the first time this year that all four suggestions paid off! Only took me to week 18 to do that. One-off, or beginning of a hot streak? Let’s see…

Week 19 Adds


Robbie Grossman, OF, HOU


Robbie Grossman is ranked third overall on both Yahoo and ESPN over the last 14 days, and it is not hard to see why. Since rejoining the Astros at the end of July, he has hit safely in all 10 games, picking up three HRs and four SB, and has an incredible OPS of 1.331. As with any young player, you can never tell how long this production will keep up, but he is certainly worth having on your team whilst he is hitting this well.

Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU


I’m going for two Astros hitters this week. What am I, crazy? Well, maybe, but this one is for those of you who are in desperate need of some speed at the scarce position of shortstop. Promoted a week before Grossman, Villar has picked up 10 stolen bases in 15 big-league games — an excellent return (he has been caught three times in that same period). He did miss Wednesday’s game with a slight thumb injury, but said he expected to be back on Friday. That didn’t happen, but if the injury doesn’t keep him out much longer, you could do a lot worse for cheap speed out of the SS position.


Bruce Chen, SP/RP, KC


If you’re like me, you’ve been hesitant to pick Bruce Chen up because you suspect that this streak he’s on simply cannot last. And it is quite a phenomenal streak; over the last month (incorporating five starts), Chen has this line: 31.2 IP, 2 wins, 23 Ks, 1.14 ERA, 0.63 WHIP. His latest success was to shut out the Red Sox for 7.2 innings on Thursday. Bottom line is that he has earned a place on your roster, especially for his next start against Miami.

Dillon Gee, SP, NYM


Whisper it quietly, but Dillon Gee is another pitcher quietly having an excellent second half to the season. His 3.82 ERA for the year disguises the fact that, on May 25th, his ERA was 6.34. Since that day, he has 13 starts at a record of 6-2, only once failing to pitch at least six innings, and has lowered his ERA by 2.52. Picking up wins for the Mets will always be a struggle, but he is at least pitching well enough to put himself in the picture for the win in nearly every game right now.

There’s your four targets for this week. I hope there is someone out there to read it, even if it’s to disagree with every selection.

Chris Routledge is enjoying the baseball season, and also looking forward to the start of the new Premier League in England. Surely Newcastle United will do better than last season? Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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6 Responses to “Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 19”

  1. User avatar jfg says:

    I check this out every week Chris.

  2. User avatar eatyun says:

    I read every one you post!

  3. BChinly says:

    How do you like Wilmer Flores as an option in deeper leagues? Wright might be out for the season and he’s been putting up decent numbers his past two years in the minor leagues

  4. User avatar chris8 says:

    Flores certainly seems to have the knack of clutch hitting right now – 3 RBI last night against the D-Backs. I wouldn’t expect a high average at this point in time, but bottom line is that Wright is out for a significant point of time, and Flores is getting every day starts. Would I take him over someone like Anthony Rendon? Probably not. But if your 3B in deeper leagues is someone like Michael Young, then yes, I think he’s worth a shout.

  5. JoshuaHavok says:

    Check and use your advice, thanks for the hard work! Josh

  6. Who should I drop to pick up Wheeler and Cashner? Or do I stay put?

    c-Posey Sp-Liriano, Samardzija, C. Lee, E. Santana, De La Rosa, Arroyo, F. Hernandez, Lackey,
    1b-Loney T. Wood
    3b-Machado RP- Balfour, Romo

    DL-Kendrick, Braun


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