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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 21 - 5 comments

By Chris Routledge

In case you didn’t know, the English Premier League football season began last weekend. The first day of the season is much like the first day of the MLB season; every fan is brimming over with optimism, convinced that maybe, just maybe, this might be the year.

For myself, that feeling lasted about five minutes, until Newcastle United went one goal down to Manchester City. The final score was 4-0, and it could easily have been eight or more. Sigh. At least I still have a month of the baseball season left, where I can watch the Mets make a push for the postseason er, a .500 record er to not finish bottom of the NL East.

Week 20 Review

Chris Nelson, 2B/3B, LAA


What can I say about this one? Nelson is still playing every day, and…no that’s it.

Grant Green, 2B/SS, LAA


Green isn’t even playing every day. I knew I should have gone with Emilio Bonifacio! Nice call, BChinly.

Sonny Gray, SP/RP, OAK


Another sweet outing for Gray against Seattle, and he was arguably unlucky to give up two earned runs on only two hits and two walks. Starting him Monday against the Tigers would be a huge risk, but after that, his scheduled run-in looks very nice.

Andrew Albers, SP/RP, MIN


The five runs given up against the Tigers on Thursday was predictable — I hope you didn’t start him then. The five runs given up against the White Sox last weekend was unfortunate considering the streak he was on entering the game. Sad to say that I don’t see any merit in keeping him on your roster as of now, although with KC and Houston next up, if you’re desperate, there are worse opponents he could face.

Sonny Gray saved last week from being a complete washout. In (English) football terms, have to say it was a 3-1 defeat. Let’s go for the victory this week!

Week 21 Adds


Eduardo Nunez, 3B/SS, NYY


Don’t be fooled by the relatively low number of ABs; Eduardo Nunez is starting every game for the Yankees at present, at least while Derek Jeter is out (who may be back next week; it’s really uncertain at time of writing). The reason for the “17″ in the above line is a combination of walks, sacrifices and batting lower in the order most games. Why is he worth a look (in deeper leagues)? Nunez is a good, cheap source of batting average and steals; anything you get on top of that is gravy.

Jose Tabata, OF, PIT


With Starling Marte nursing a sore finger, Jose Tabata has been promoted in the last couple of games to leadoff hitter for the Pirates, and did an excellent job of it on Thursday, going 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBI. Marte is now on the disabled list, meaning Tabata could be in for plenty of time leading off. If you’re short an outfielder in a deep league, having an every-day starter from a winning team like the Pirates (did I really just say that?) is a solid option to go for.


Joe Kelly, SP/RP, STL


Since July 12, Joe Kelly has a 5-0 record through seven starts, giving up no runs on three occasions and two runs or less on three more, and he has only one real blemish (a four-run hiccup against the Cubs, whom he promptly shutout for six innings in his next start). Of course it helps when you’re getting the run support that a team like the Cardinals will give you, but that’s not something to criticize Kelly for. It is a little concerning that he hasn’t made it through seven innings yet, and the K/BB ratio leaves a little to be desired, but if you are in desperate need for some wins from a guy who pitches in the NL, Kelly is as good a waiver-wire option as any.

Tommy Hunter, SP/RP, BAL


Here’s a speculative grab for those of you who are desperate for saves from any quarter. Last Wednesday, the Orioles had a 4-2 lead over the Rays heading into the ninth, and it was Tommy Hunter who got the call — he went on to pitch a clean inning for his fourth save of the year. There is, of course, no guarantee that he will get the next opportunity, but with Jim Johnson struggling mightily, there is every chance of a few more saves heading Hunter’s way over the final month of the season. And even if there aren’t, he has had an excellent season as a full-time reliever, and will contribute to your ratios, at least, in the weeks to come.

That’s it for this week. I’m off now to prepare for Newcastle’s first home game of the season. It promises to be a doozy – facing off against our former manager (who keeps insisting that it wasn’t his fault when the team got relegated a few seasons ago, despite the fact that all the players who took the team down were the ones that he brought into the club. Note to self – let it go, Chris). See you again next week, if I survive the next 24 hours, that is.

Chris Routledge would be tearing his hair out over Newcastle's start to the season...if he had any left, that is. Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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5 Responses to “Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 21”

  1. BChinly says:

    Do you think Tabata will be fighting for time with Andrew Lambo?

  2. hondo4mvp says:

    Jeter is back Monday and will start.

    Sonny Gray was moved up a day and got blown out at Baltimore.His new schedule has Texas twice and he isn’t going to pitch in the Houston series now.

  3. User avatar chris8 says:

    Sucks big time that Gray’s schedule has been altered.

    It’s possible Lambo will take the odd start from Tabata here and there, but as long as the Pirates are seeking to secure their postseason spot, I would expect the more experienced player to have the majority of starts. Once the playoffs are secured, Lambo may get more starts from Tabata. That said, who can predict the mind of a Major League manager?!

  4. User avatar chris8 says:

    Looking like Starling Marte is going to be out longer than initially expected, which is good news for Tabata’s playing time. Marlon Byrd’s arrival might cut into it a little, but I suspect it’s Lambo who will suffer more time on the bench.

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