FANTASY BASEBALL: DAILY WAIVER WIRE & NOTES 4/12
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Henry Rodriguez should be the closer for the Nationals now that Brad Lidge blew a 2 run save to raise his ERA to 6.00. H-Rod is still perfect on the season in the ERA department, and he will have a good chance of locking down that closer role for a couple of months while Drew Storen recovers.
Matt Garza out duels the potential CY Young candidate Zack Greinke. Surprisingly Greinke got bombed giving up 8 ER in 3.2 INN. The poor start should be nothing to worry about, but it was against the Cubs which does sting a bit. Garza on the other hand was elite with 9 Ks in 8.2 INN to go along with 3 Hits. Garza is in for a very solid season.
Johny Damon is going to sign with the Indians which will put an end to Michael Brantley. I would not add Damon until he proves worthy of being owned. It is going to take alot.
DAILY WAIVER WIRE LOOK:
PLAYERS WHO SHOULD BE OWNED:
Carlos Pena was the featured player in the Week 1 Waiver Wire article, and he showed why he is must-own material as he hit HR #3 to go along with his 8th RBI. The man is hot, and 30+ HRs is very possible this season.
Josh Willingham has been in this category three times this week, and he hit another HR against the Angels to give you even more of a reason to add him. He is now tied for the ML lead with 4, and 25+ HRs with 100+ RBIs could easily happen at this pace.
Austin Jackson is for real, and even when he finally does not record a hit, he records his 1st SB. He will score a lot of runs even if he goes into a slump. 10 HRs and 25+ SBs are very possible to go along with a guaranteed 100 runs if he stays healthy.
PLAYERS WHO CAN BE OWNED:
Adam LaRoche continues his hot playing adding 2 more RBIs. His power potential is there for 25+, but I do not see him staying this hot all season long with his .345 average. There are also remains a small possibility that Michael Morse becomes the 1st baseman if his Lat continues to give him problems.
Chris Capuano K’d 7 Pirates in 5.1 INN, he only gave up 2 ER but still ended up with the W. Capuano has high potential, but there are times where he just does not show up. Tonight was a night that he did.
PLAYERS TO LEAVE SCOUTING:
Kyle Seager makes fantasy news with not only hitting HR #1, but he got the start at 2B. If he becomes eligible at 2B he will be worth owning in all leagues as 10+ HRs and 60+ RBIs seem very possible, and that is just the floor for him.
Joe Blanton gave up 1 ER in 7 INN against a struggling Marlins offense. He got the win and only K’d 3, but he is definitely worth monitoring as we know Blaton is capable of racking up W’s.
DAILY FANTASY NOTES:
Brad Lidge blew save as Ryan Ludwick hit a bases loaded single to score 2 runs. The Nationals will most likely turn to Henry Rodriguez who may have a leash for two blown games in a row before they turn back.
Matt Capps got the save on back-to-back days. Today he nearly blew a 3 run lead, but was able to barely hold on. His leash is probably three blown saves in a row before Glenn Perkins takes over. So far it is all Capps.
Javy Guerra gets another save to give him a MLB leading #5. He is perfect on the season and has yet to give up an ER. His job is more than safe.
Michael Adams got the save for Texas after Joe Nathan blew a big run the night before. Nathan has had little rest this week, and that could be what this was. I would be a little worried, but I still expect Nathan to come back and pitch the next one.
Alex Avila may be the catcher to own in fantasy baseball after another big performance where he recorded his 6th RBI along with his 1st SB. The numbers are coming in bunches.
Shane Victorino continues to stay as maybe the hottest player in baseball adding HR #1. He now has 1 HR, 2 RBIs, and 2 SBs in this past three games. A big season is in store for the Flyin Hawiann.
Alfonso Soriano knocks in 2 RBIs and stealing his 1st base of the season. He is doing a nice job batting cleanup with that .304 batting average. Soon Soriano will find that power stroke.
Mark Trumbo went to the DH role and added two more hits to raise his average to .455. On top of that, he added his 1st HR of the season along with his first 2 RBIs. He will be a monster once he gets everyday PT.
Ian Kinsler recorded SB #1 while having a 3/4 day with a RBI. He is doing it all right now, potential fantasy MVP.
Chris B. Young is by far the hottest hitter on the D-Backs raising his average to .364, and smashing his 3rd HR on the season. He is a lock for 20/20 this year, it would be nice if the batting average stayed this good all season.
Melky Cabrera goes 2/4 to raise his average to .385. He also hits in 2 RBIs to now give him 5, and the move to SF has not hurt his numbers from a season ago one bit.
Starlin Castro adds 2 RBIs to his total of 4, to go along with his 4 SBs. Either way you look at it, Castro is having a very versatile start to the season and a HR will go long ways in his owners eyes.
Michael Young is swinging a hot stick and adds HR #1 along with 4 RBIs to bring his total to 7. In leagues where he qualifies at multiple positions he is close to elite.
Justin Upton continues to struggle going 0/3 and lowering his average to .111. When will the slump end?
Gio Gonzalez was elite with 7 Ks in 7 INN allowing 0 ER. Brad Lidge blew the save which should completely open the door for Henry Rodriguez. The good news is, Gio looks great after that one rough start.
Madison Bumgarner shakes off a bad first start to allow 1 ER in 7.1 INN against the Rockies. It was disappointing to only see 2 Ks, but his owners will take the W. He should be top 20 status when the season is over.
Derek Holland dominated a start everyone was expecting him to, 2 ER in 7.1 INN with 8 Ks is his elite form and you will get that more often than not with Holland. He ended up with the victory, and this should be a great season for him.
Ian Kennedy dominated a weak Padres lineup with 9 Ks and 1 ER. He surprisingly only threw 6 INN, but that was good enough to get the W. 2-0 and 20 Wins is looking very possible again.
Dan Haren had 7 Ks in 5 INN, the problem was the 3 ER. He ended up with a ND thanks to the bullpen, but the disappointing streak of Angels pitching continues.
Mark Buehrle gave up 3 ER in 6.1 INN. Not a great start against the Phillies, but Buehrle will find his way to 15 wins one way or another.
Francisco Liriano has another bad start, and is starting to fade away off the fantasy radar. I think he deserves at least 5 starts before cutting him as his Spring was too dominant. 5 ER in 5 INN with 2 Ks will not get the job done.