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NL Waiver Wire 6-23-15


Chase Anderson – Diamondbacks – SP – Y! 23% – ESPN 24%

A couple of Andersons here, so let’s start with Chase. About 80 innings into 2015, he has a 2.84 ERA, and three wins. His strikeout rate isn’t great, but every now and then he will turn in a nice strikeout game. He has a 3.18 FIP, and holds both sides of the plate below a .300 wOBA. He is definitely a streaming option week to week, like when he faces San Diego later on, but I will skip his start in Coors.

Brett Anderson – Dodgers – SP – Y! 11% – ESPN 13%

The next Anderson, Brett, he is the man holding the backend of the Dodgers rotation together. Like Chase, he does not have a big strikeout rate, but he gives quality starts almost each time he pitches. He keeps everything on the ground, and in the ballpark. Very similar numbers, he has a 3.29 ERA, and 52 strikeouts in 82 innings. He is backed by a good offense, but has been a part of some tough luck no decisions and losses.

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Justin Turner – Dodgers – 2B, 3B – Y! 60% – ESPN 37%

Just another friendly mention to grab Justin Turner, wink wink. He is coming off a monster week with a homer in three straight games, and is really ripping right-handed pitching this year. I know there is some concern with Seager and Olivera possibly coming up, but it will likely be Jimmy Rollins making way if anyone. Don Mattingley has come out and said a few times that Turner is their everyday third baseman. He has a .472 wOBA off righties, with a 34% line drive rate. He has been hitting third the past few games, and deservingly so.

Marlon Byrd – Reds – OF – Y! 33% – ESPN 12%

It was a quick return for Marlon Byrd, he somehow healed his broken hand in about two weeks. He has already homered since he returned about three games ago, and was hitting .244 with eight home runs before he went down. A couple of extra base hits and a homer in his return is a good sign for Byrd going forward. He has the luxury of playing in Cincinnati, which should bump up his home run numbers. He dropped his strikeout rate 11% from April to May, and that could be a trend to continue into June. If you are looking for power, Byrd is likely out there.

Francisco Cervelli – Yankees – C – Y! 18% – ESPN 18%

Nothing flashy from Francisco Cervelli, but give me a catcher off the waiver wire who is hitting over .300 with 40 R+RBI. Not bad from someone who was expected to be a big drop from Russell Martin in Pittsburgh. If you are dealing with injuries, or are a Yan Gomes and Devin Mesoraco owner, here is your guy to pick up. His average is enough to make up for the slack in other departments, he certainly won’t hurt your team.