It has been a slow week for National League waiver wire news. There has been no shifts in bullpens, or major league debuts, like the AL. I mention Travis d’Arnaud below, but if you are tired of your sub .250 average catcher, Francisco Cervelli is hitting .326 with 27 combined runs and RBI. Not tremendous production, but he is certainly not going to hurt. Justin Bour, D.J. LeMahieu, and Matt Duffy are some honorable mentions.
Mike Bolsinger – Dodgers – SP,RP – Y! 55% – ESPN 68%
Just another quality start for the L.A. right-hander. He allowed two earned in six innings against an impressive Cardinals offense. So four earned, and three wins through five starts has me solid on Bolsinger for a permanent pickup. He has a 7.2 K/9, and a 55% groundball rate. If you think he has been lucky or just short term success, he has a FIP of 2.87. He can sure up anyone’s backend rotation right now.
Kyle Hendricks – Cubs – SP – Y! 23% – ESPN 13%
The NL pitching free agents are thinning out here, but Kyle Hendricks is an average source for strikeouts. He has a 7.1 K/9, but they usually come in bunches during starts. He is a guy to stream for matchups, he will get the job done against lesser offense, which there are a plenty in the NL. He has a solid 51% groundball rate, and allows a 16% line drive rate. He had a 2.81 ERA in May, which is building in the right direction from April.
Tanner Roark – Nationals – SP, RP – Y! 46% – ESPN 21%
I listed Tanner Roark last week, who was being stretched out, now he will be at full go. He threw two quality starts against the Cubs and Reds. He should of had two wins, but wasn’t supported with offense against Cincinnati. His ownership went up about 15-20%, and not enough for me to leave him off the list. Doug Fister is going to be out for at least another two weeks. His tightness has gone, but now he will barely start throwing. There is still some worth from Roark for some time.
Andre Ethier – Dodgers – OF – Y! 33% – ESPN 44%
The Dodgers outfield is actually fairly set in stone right now, and Andre Ethier is seeing everyday action. He is hitting .309, with seven homers, and 43 combined runs+RBI. What is the hold up? He should be at least your fourth outfielder, who is rotated in, especially when he heads to Coors or Arizona. I listed his teammate Justin Turner last week, who will be the everyday third baseman with Juan Uribe in Atlanta now.
Travis d’Arnaud – Mets – C – Y! 44% – ESPN 44%
If you are in need of a quality catcher, Travis d’Arnaud is due back within the next 7-10 days. He was hitting .317 with two homers, and 10 RBI before he went down with a broken hand. He was a highly touted sleeper before the season and was showing why in the early weeks. He is available in more than half of leagues, and he will likely go back to 5th-6th in the lineup, so RBI chances will be a plenty.
Cameron Maybin – Braves – OF – Y! 20% – ESPN 11%
If you are in the need of speed and runs, look towards Cameron Maybin. He has been out dealing with a minor injury, but is not expected to miss a ton of time, so hold off till he does come back. He has seven stolen bases on the season, and 20 plus runs and RBI. Maybin has also chipped in with five home runs. He has come into his own this season, and him and Peterson are a nice one-two punch before Freeman. This is a guy who has stolen 40 bags in a season before, if he ups his OBP, he will get more than the 22 he is on pace for as of now.