Can you believe it? As we wrap up the weekend and head into week 14, teams will hit the 81 game mark, exactly half way through the 2013 season. Middle is the key word in this week's edition of Waiver Flavor. A handful of tried and true closers returned this week; J.J. Putz, Rafael Betancourt and Chris Perez to be specific. Chances are these guys were reserved in your league, so the main impact is that Heath Bell, Rex Brothers and Vinnie Pestano return to Middle relievers (OK setup men). We also are getting back Middle infielders Asdrubal Cabrera, Aaron Hill and Jose Reyes from injury. Temporary help like Mike Aviles and fellow Middle infielders in Arizona and Toronto take a major hit.
Is it just me, or are there more sub .200 hitters in mid-May than usual? Are you wondering what to do with B.J. Upton? Hoping Jason Heyward found himself while on the disabled list? Has Paul Konerko finally hit the wall? The resurgence of Adam LaRoche gives us hope that its a long season and the numbers usuallybalance out. Pitching is much more volatile with Kevin Slowey suddenly a disaster for your staff, while Jarrod Parker is finally delivering as many expected. Hang in there.... its a long way to October!
As standings in your league begin to take shape, remember it's a LONG way to October. Waiver wire advise is a tricky venture, as every league is different. Are you in a mixed league? 10 teams? 16 teams? Do you use FAAB to bid on players? Are you in a keeper league? There are so many factors to take into account. What we do each week is bring to your attention players that should be on your radar, then you can evaluate from there as it applies to your particular setup.
As we move head long into the second half, we hope you are still alive in your pennant race. This week's edition of Waiver Flavor features two veterans who could go a long way helping you climb in the standings. After two years away, Ben Sheets has returned home to the South and may be the shot in the arm that Atlanta needs. In St. Louis, the Cardinals get Lance Berkman back, which should help Carlos Beltran and give Matt Holiday a little help in carrying the club.