Friday, June 20, 2014

The Fake Baseball Presents "Working the Wire 6.20"

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Working the Waiver Wire 6.20

posted by Justin Klein

Arms
            Alex Wood was tremendous earlier this season for the Braves to the tune of a 3.43 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 63/15 K/BB ratio, and will be rejoining the Atlanta rotation to take the spot ofGavin Floyd next week. Because of his confounding demotion to Triple-A Gwinnett, Wood is available in 46% of Yahoo leagues, though that number has been steadily rising for weeks. If he’s available in your league’s free agent pool you should jump right in. The young lefty hurler is a K machine and should provide quality ratios for your fake team for the rest of the season. Wood is an SP3 with SP2 upside. It’s rare that you can scoop that kind of value up off of the waiver wire. Go get him go getters.
Andrew Heaney was outstanding in his major league debut, giving up only one run, a HR by David Wright. Unfortunately 6 innings of 4 hit 1 run ball wasn’t enough against Zack Wheeler and the Mets; as Wheeler twirled a complete game gem. While Heaney only had 3 strikeouts, I fully expect a K/9 closer to 7 or 8 from him going forward. Because of this he should provide a decent amount of value in fake leagues and should be owned in most formats. Heaney is currently available in 53% of Yahoo leagues. You can read more on him here.As for Wheeler, he is available in 45% of Yahoo leagues and should provide a good source of K’s, although we’ve already seen the ups and downs of his control. This will lead to outings where he is hit up and gives up several runs. I’d sit him in tough road matchups and roll with him at home in NY.
Jesse Hahn has flashed some fake game potential over his first 3 starts in the big leagues. While he was hit up in first start, he still managed 5 K’s in 3 and 2/3 innings. He’s been dominant over his last 2 starts, allowing only 6 hits over 13 innings and only allowing one run that was unearned. He did allow 5 walks, but also struck out 15 over those 2 games. I don’t expect the world of Hahn, but a good K source that pitches half of his games at Petco Park is an interesting asset to keep an eye on. Hahn’s next matchup will come against the red hot Giants at AT&T Park. I’m curious to see how he’ll do in that one. For those of you in deep leagues of 15 or more teams I would add Hahn where needed. If you’re in a shallower league I’d just keep an eye on him and likely just stream him in his next good matchup at home. Hahn is available in 96% of Yahoo leagues, so he’s out there for almost all of you.
Bats
            Scooter Gennett has been on a roll over the past few weeks despite the fact that he’s still in a soft platoon with Rickie Weeks at 2B for the Brewers. Because he’s a LHH he gets the majority of starts for Milwaukee, and has even been leading off of late. In the past 2 weeks he’s posted 9 runs, 1HR, 5 RBIs, 1 SB, a .405 AVG and a 1.063 OPS. He’s helped in literally every fantasy category. This weekend Scooter will be doing his hitting at Coors Field, so expect the hits to keep coming. Also of note with Scooter, is that Ron Roenicke has let him stay in to face some LHP of late. If that were to continue Scooter could see even more playing time and starts at 2B. Scooter is available in 88% of Yahoo leagues if you need help in the middle infield.

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