FANTASY BASEBALL: DAILY WAIVER WIRE & NOTES 4/9
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Ivan Nova was lights out with 7 Ks, 1 ER in 7 INN. That is why he was the sleeper of the day in the DAILY PITCHER RANKINGS. Add him in all leagues off the Waiver Wire as he is locked in as the #3 SP until Pineda comes back. From there he will be #4. He can easily win 15+ Games, he did win 16 a season ago and that Yankee offense will give him ample run support. Usually the K rate will not be this great, but the ERA should consistently stay under 4.00 range.
Sergio Santos blows his 2nd Save of the season, and his ERA escalates to 15.43. The Blue Jays will most likely remain patient. However if this rate of blown saves and high ERA continues, than Francisco Cordero is more than capable of being the closer on this team. Keep a close eye on this situation.
Yu Darvish got bombed against the Mariners of all teams. Granted their offense is playing well right now, it is still discouraging to see 5 ER in 5.2 INN. To only go along with 5 Ks? The Mariners are going to be one of the easier teams he faces, not a great way to start the season. Looking like Dice-K hype all over again.
Alfredo Aceves threw a perfect 9th INN for his 1st save, and any Red Sox pitcher’s first save. He looks to be the man for the job right now, and that means he is worth the grab immediately off the Waiver Wire. Closers for the Red Sox get a lot of save opportunities, just ask Jonathan Papelbon. Mark Melancon is no threat to take his job as he has been much worse than Alfredo. Aceves could easily pick up 20+ Saves before the All-Star Break. Add him now.
DAILY WAIVER WIRE LOOK.
PLAYERS WHO SHOULD BE OWNED:
David Freese, just to be clear he should be added by now especially after hitting his 3rd HR to along with 8 RBIs and a .417 Average. He is going to make 20+ HRs look easy at this rate, I am a buyer.
Chris Sale was solid with 6.2 INN 1 ER and 5 Ks for the Win. He is a great option who qualifies at RP/SP, should be added in all Roto Leagues.
Grant Balfour converted his 2nd save and has still not allowed an ER this season. His job security as the Closer in Oakland is as good as gold right now.
PLAYERS WHO CAN BE OWNED:
Aroldis Chapman could be a starter sooner than later after Homer Bailey got bombed. A couple bad starts in a row for him, and the move will have to happen. Chapman is a great add.
Josh Willingham hit his 2nd HR, last season in Oakland he was great while healthy, 25+ HRs is more than possible if you need the power.
Henderson Alvarez had an impressive enough 1 ER in 6 INN start against the Red Sox where he might be worth the waiver wire add now. His matchups will only get easier after that one.
Adam LaRoche stays hot with 2 more RBIs, giving him 2 in each of the last three games. If you missed out on Pena, and you need a 1B option. I would give LaRoche a waiver wire add. If he stays hot, he will be off the wire before you notice it.
Omar Infante hit 2 HRs to now give him a MLB leading 3 on the season. I am still not a believer of the power, but if you need a 2B option. This could be your man. Steals should be double digits. I would still be surprised if the HRs reached double digits as well.
Hector Santiago got the save, but he may not be the real deal as Thornton and Reed are much better. Santiago gave up an ER in the appearance. If you need a closer now, Add Santiago. Just do not be surprised when he is not the closer by the middle of next month. If not sooner.
Jake Westbrook pulled a Kyle Lohse with 0 ER in 7 INN. The Cardinals are a hot team, and Westbrook knows how to pitch to win games. Not a bad flier if you need a starter.
Mat Gamel recorded his 1st RBI, and SB. Both in the same game, his versatility at 3B is intriguing, and he could somehow steal double digit bases as he was running a lot this Spring. Good Flier add if you are looking for a change.
PLAYERS TO LEAVE SCOUTING:
Tom Milone only gave up 3 Hits in an 8 INN shutout. The bad news is he K’d 0 batters. That will not get the job done in fantasy, but he could be a solid ERA rookie. Worth monitoring.
Felix Doubront K’d 6 batters in 5 INN only allowing 2 ERs. Being a starter for a high-powered offense like the Red Sox gives you instant credibility. I like his chances to be a solid starter all year.
Barry Zito threw a Complete Game S.O. I think it has more to do with the slumping Rockies hitting, He is worth monitoring going into his next start.
Edwin Jackson had a rough Spring, and started out the season with 3 ER in 5 INN with 6 Ks. He did not get the victory, but there is hope for him to have a good season. Keep in mind that the Mets do not have a great offense.
Alejandro De Aza hits his 1st HR, he also has a SB on the season. The power may not reach double digits, but the steals can easy eclipse the 20 range. For now I would leave him on the Waiver Wire.
Brian Matusz did not pitch well against the Yankees as expected. You can leave him on the Waiver Wire.
Mike Pelfrey K’s 8 in his debut. He usually K’s around 100+ and if he does this again then he may be worth adding with all that potential we have been hearing about. For now, leave him on the Waiver Wire.
Josh Tomlin K’s 7, I would not be in a hurry to add him as the Indian offense is so weak. Leave him on the Waiver Wire.
DAILY FANTASY NOTES:
Ian Kinsler is in for a monster season and stayed hot with a HR and 3 RBIs.
Josh Hamilton is batting .500 and he hit his 2nd HR of the year. 35+ is in the works if he can stay healthy.
Emilio Bonifacio stole his MLB leading 4th Base. No problems batting 2nd this season.
Jose Reyes is running more frequently and grabbed #2 on the season. 78 Steals to go.
Nelson Cruz went 3-4 with a HR and 4 RBIs. He is ready to be a fantasy BEAST.
Jimmy Rollins stole his 1st Base. He is the catalyst of that offense with Hunter Pence. So far they are 1-3 because of it.
David Wright has 1 RBI in every game this season. Not bad for a guy hitting .583 and looks to be doing well with the shorter fences in CITI.
Shaun Marcum got some nice run support in his decent 3 ER, 6 INN start. The K’s were nice at 6, and his WHIP was at 0.83. Good way to start the season.
Anibal Sanchez was solid with 2 ER in 6.1 INN to earn the victory. His 4 Ks has him behind pace for that 200+.
Dustin Pedroia starting to heat up with a HR and a double. Gives him back-to-back multi hit games.
Pando Sandoval continues to start the season hot with his 2nd HR. His potential this season is for real.
Jhoulys Chacin starts out the season the way his owners were afraid of. 4 ER in 4 INN makes him a bench option until he can bounce back.
Ryan Braun steals a base. 30/30 potential is not dead post-steroids.
C.J. Wilson was exactly what his owners thought he was with a solid performance against the Twins for a win. Minnesota has a really bad team.
Derek Jeter went 4/4 with a RBI and a CS. Should put up better numbers than people thought batting leadoff.
Cole Hamels K’9 in 5.1 INN, but his run support was not enough for 3 ER. Cole always has problems winning games.
Coco Crisp finally stole his 1st Base of the season. He should end up with 40+ one way or another.
Matt Holiday is not hitting that great at .217, but he knocks his 2nd HR and the power is definitely there this season.
Yadier Molina is showing some surprising power, 2 HRs already and I only expected 15 total. This could be a good time to sell high to upgrade to Posey.
Jon Axford was gave up a Hit and a BB, but luckily for him the bullpen dead terrible in the 9th giving him a 2 out save.
A.J. Pierzynski hit his first HR of the season. He had a solid Spring and was among the leaders in catchers for power. Maybe it will carry over.
Rickie Weeks powered his 2nd HR. 20+ is looking like a reality.
Matt Wieters went 4/4 and blasted his 2nd HR. He is ready to be the ELITE catcher in fantasy baseball.
Brandon Beachy had everything going right, except his defense behind him who made 4 errors. Juan Francisco the new 3rd Baseman made 3 Errors by himself. Beachy only K’d 3 which is disappointing against the Astros. However his K rate can go up at anytime this season. Owners should not be too worried.