By the looks of the way things wrapped up on Saturday, there’s going to be plenty of waiver wire action this week. We saw a few players like Bryce Harper, Brandon McCarthy and Huston Street hit the disabled list while others such as Jacoby Ellsbury and Stephen Strasburg remain banged up. For some, this shouldn’t be much of an issue, but for those who got a little over-eager in the beginning and were making it rain at Club Waivers, you’re going to need to be a little more savvy in your ways as the FAAB budget just ain’t what it used to be.
On the bright side of things though, everyone has different needs, so the chances that you’ll be able to slip a guy through rapidly increase. This isn’t like the early part of the season where everyone in the league just went after the biggest names out there. This is where strategy comes more into play, so no one is really blowing their wad on a guy who may or may not even play for more than a week. Pick-ups need to be a little savvier than that. It’s always good to scan the rest of your competition and see who needs what and which roster holes need to be filled. You’ll likely save a few bucks here or there.
So while you’re sifting through all of that, let’s hit the highlights from Saturday…
Fantasy Beast of the Day
|Adam Wainwright, STL||9.0||1||8||1||1||0||10||1.00||0.89|
The offense wasn’t nearly as hopping Saturday as it was Friday and plenty of that can be attributed to the boys on the mound which is why Adam Wainwright and his complete game victory over the Giants gets the nod here. Not a bad way to start off the month of June, huh? It was his third complete game of the season and second in under a month’s time. Overall, he’s been a beast for the season, not just select days. Out of 12 starts he’s made this year, only once did he go fewer than six innings and only once did he ever give up more than three runs in a single outing. Same game, actually. But other than that, he’s been a huge asset to all of his owners.
|Daniel Nava, OF BOS||4-6, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI|
|J.J. Hardy, SS BAL||2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B ARI||2-5, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI, BB|
|Ubaldo Jimenez, SP CLE||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, 7 K|
|Jose Fernandez, SP MIA||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.25 WHIP, 6 K|
Looks like my concerns over Daniel Nava’s playing time were assuaged as neither his level of production nor his playing time diminished with the return of David Ortiz. Obviously it’s fine if you sold high on him – it’s not like his numbers weren’t replaceable – but if you were unable to find a buyer, he’s at least maintained some steady production, holding his average at .296 and belting his eighth home run of the season.
Speaking of maintaining – J.J. Hardy continues to hit for power, but not average as these two home runs were his 11th and 12th of the season to go along with that dreadful .244 average. While it’s not ideal, he’ll still be ranked fairly well amongst the shortstops of the game simply due to the level of power he provides. Not everyone is a five-tool guy, you know. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices and if it’s batting average here, that’s just fine.
I’m not so sure there’s anything I really need to say about Paul Goldschmidt as here’s a guy whose bat does all the talking. Here we are at the start of June and he’s still batting .332 with 13 home runs, 45 RBI and he’s even kicked in four stolen bases. I’d say anyone who thought last year was a fluke and not the springboard to a phenomenal career needs to have their head examined.
OK, so that’s back-to-back strong outings for Ubaldo Jimenez and his fourth quality start out of his last seven outings. I’m still not a huge fan and you have to remember why, after a strong run of starts like this, his ERA still sits at 4.83, but he’s average just over a strikeout per inning and is beginning to look like he could be streaming-worthy. The match-up has to be super-tasty for me to endorse him, but I certainly wouldn’t begrudge giving him a try.
So Jose Fernandez gets rocked to close out May and then turns around and dazzles to open June. So many people keep asking if they should drop him, and while it’s hard to trust a rookie hurler, you can’t deny that he’s turned in some outstanding work so far. This outing gives him four quality starts out of his last six, he’s also averaging just over a strikeout per inning, but the youngster is now sporting a 3.34 ERA. Wins may be tough to come by, but he’ll still kick in for three categories.
|Drew Stubbs, OF CLE||0-4, 4 K|
|Jason Heyward, OF ATL||0-3, 3 K|
|John Buck, C NYM||0-4, 3 K|
|Tom Wilhelmsen, RP SEA||L, BS, 81.00 ERA, 12.00 WHIP|
|Jason Hammel, SP BAL||L, 15.00 ERA, 2.67 WHIP|
Certainly no surprises here. A shame that Tom Wilhelmsen decided to throw a walk-part on Saturday and blew the save opportunity and man is Jason Heyward just killing me. I know that it’s going to take a little more time to get back into the swing of things after an appendectomy, but come one, man. Do something to have made my endorsement of you during the spring look worthwhile. Jeez
Brandon McCarthy, SP ARI – shoulder (15-day DL)
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF BOS – groin (day to day)
Torii Hunter, OF DET – elbow (day to day)
David Lough, OF KC – wrist (day to day)
A.J. Ellis, C LAD – oblique (day to day)
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP LAD – foot (questionable for Sunday start)
Carl Crawford, OF LAD – hamstring (questionable)
Justin Morneau, 1B MIN – illness (day to day)
Jonathon Niese, SP NYM – shoulder (questionable for June 7 start)
Chris Stewart, C NYY – dehydration (day to day)
Jimmy Rollins, SS PHI – foot (day to day)
Yonder Alonso, 1B SD – hand (day to day)
Huston Street, RP SD – calf (15-day DL)
Angel Pagan, OF SF – hamstring (day to day)
Pablo Sandoval, 3B SF – foot (day to day)
Michael Morse, OF SEA – quadriceps (day to day)
Justin Smoak, 1B SEA – oblique (day to day)
Bryce Harper, OF WAS – knee (15-day DL)
Stephen Strasburg, SP WAS – oblique (questionable for June 6 start)
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