MLB Waiver Wire
With the NFL locked out and the NBA about to be, it’s nice to know we still have baseball. The biggest news lately is the injury to Albert Pujols. He wasn’t having his best season but he’s still hard to replace. As a Reds fan, I’m hoping it means the Cards start to fall in the standings. But now the Cardinals get to see how they can perform without Pujols and maybe get some good research for deciding whether they should spend all that money to sign him to another contract.
Cleveland finally dropped out of first place but they are only a half game back. Boston has stormed back after a terrible start and is only a game and a half out of first. And my Reds are a game over .500 but only three and a half games out.
Cliff Lee just tossed his third straight shutout and is on fire right now. The Phillies have the best record in baseball but with Lee and Roy Halladay heading up your pitching staff, that’s not really much of a surprise.
Here’s my list for this week.
Mitch Moreland (1B, Rangers) – If you are a Pujols owner, you’ve been searching for a replacement while he’s out. One option that should be available in your league is Moreland. He plays in a high-powered Rangers’ offense and is hitting .289 with 11 home runs, 35 runs and 24 RBI.
Brandon Beachy (SP, Braves) – Beachy was out with an injury for awhile so if he was picked up earlier this season, he might have been dropped. In the 12 innings he’s pitched since returning, Beachy has given up 2 runs and struck out 20 while only walking 3. For the season, he’s 3-1 and has struck out 66 and walked 15 in 56.1 innings.
David Freese (3B, Cardinals) – Freese was off to a hot start before an injury and he’s just been activated off the disabled list. Before the injury, he was hitting .363 with 2 home runs, 13 runs and 14 RBI. If he can pick up where he left off, he could be a nice option at third.
Jemile Weeks (2B, A’s) – Weeks was called up a little while back and through his first 19 games, he’s hit .304 with 12 runs, 3 triples, 6 RBI and 6 stolen bases. The average is nice but is likely to come down. But the triples and stolen bases are nice if he can keep them up.
Matt Joyce (OF, Rays) – Most leagues start several outfielders so you can always look for someone to pick up and trade in and out. Last time, I mentioned Adam Jones (and I picked him up in one of my leagues) so if he’s still available, you can go after him. If he’s gone, you can look at Joyce. Sure, he tends to sit against lefties but he’s hitting .309 with 10 home runs, 41 runs and 38 RBI.
Jhonny Peralta (3B/SS, Tigers) – It’s always nice to have a player that you can plug into multiple positions. Peralta is hitting .310 with 12 home runs, 33 runs and 46 RBI. And he’s hot right now, hitting .450 in the last 7 days.
Ian Kennedy (SP, Diamondbacks) – Arizona has been a bit of a surprise this season and Kennedy is one of the reasons. He’s 8-2 with a 3.01 ERA and he’s struck out 97 in 116.2 innings. Over his last 4 games, his strikeout-to-walk ratio is 31:5.
Ryan Vogelsong (SP/RP, Giants) – Vogelsong has started 10 games this season and is 6-1 with a 1.86 ERA and a 54:18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in those starts. Batters are only hitting .225 against him this season and the Giants are in first place, so he should get plenty of help racking up more wins.
Antonio Bastardo (RP, Phillies) – If you own Ryan Madson, you need someone to fill in while he’s injured. You might as well grab the guy that will be filling in for him in real life. Bastardo has struck out 33 in 28 innings and he’s 3-0 with 2 saves already this year. Madson isn’t supposed to be out for long but Bastardo is a nice fill-in.
I’ve seen a lot of first pitches thrown out. Teams trot out celebrities, politicians and so on. More times than I think should be possible, the person can’t get the ball to the plate or throws it waaaay to wide or too high. The Padres decided to let a Cirque du Solei performer toss out the first pitch and check out what he does. A lot of people can’t even stand still and throw it to the plate and this guy does a crazy flip, turns and throws one right down the middle. That all for this edition of the MLB Waiver Wire Hustle.