Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire:
Catch a Break with the Straily Show
BEAST DOME NATION.
It is now or never in fantasy baseball leagues. If your team is going to make a run for the playoffs, you have to start the momentum now. Meaning if you are holding onto Alex Rodriguez and you’re out of the playoff race. It is time to make the necessary moves to move up in the standings.
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WAIVER WIRE ADD’EM:
DAN STRAILY – SP – OAK
Stats as of 8/6: 6 INN. 1 ER. 1.00 WHIP. 5 Ks.
Straily is MUST-ADD in all leagues. He will get K’s as he had more than any pitcher in the MLB or minors. On top of getting K’s, he will give you a solid ERA and good win potential with how well the A’s are doing. Add the Straily show as he could be as good as Stephen Strasburg to close out the season. If Ryan Cook did not blow the save for Straily on Friday, he would be added in all leagues.
GREG HOLLAND – RP – KC
Stats as of 8/6: 3.30 ERA. (5-3). 1.53 WHIP. 59 Ks in 43 INN.
With the Royals unloading Jonathan Broxton, Greg Holland has a clear hold of the closers job. He did an excellent job Sunday lasting two INN’s including pitching himself out of a bases loaded jam. Holland will get a lot of K’s while getting enough saves to remain relevelant. He is MUST-OWN.
BRANDON INGE – 3B – OAK
Stats as of 8/6: .202 Average. 12 HR. 53 RBIs. 68 Games.
I have recommended Inge in the past, and I am recommending him again. Inge is back to crushing the ball as he just finished a 15 game hitting streak. Inge will give you solid power when he is hot, last time he got hot he got injured. He is the type of player that can run with the momentum. But if he fails the first couple of games, throw him back in the water.
ERIK KRATZ – C- PHI
Stats as of 8/6: .378 Average. 4 HR. 9 RBI. (15 Games)
Did your team lose a catcher this such as Carlos Ruiz or J.P. Arencibia? Erik Kratz is swinging a hot bat and should do damage in that small ball park for the next month to six weeks. The batting average and power are there this season.
DEREK NORRIS – C – OAK
Stats as of 8/6: .195 Average. 3 HR. 12 RBI. 24 Games
Want a solid keeper option at the catcher position to build into next season? The A’s have traded Kurt Suzuki away to give Derek Norris and his huge power hitting against lefties a full slate of PT to close out the season. Norris can get the RBIs and HRs you need to make a small move for the playoffs.
CHRIS JOHNSON – 3B – ARI
Stats as of 8/6: .285 Average. 11 HR. 51 RBI.
The Diamondbacks have found their power hitting 3B option that they have been looking for, for so long. Johnson is solid against left handed pitchers, but most importantly he can hit out 8 HRs to close out the season. That is his ceiling, but it is better than you will find on most waiver wires.
STARLING MARTE – OF – PIT
Stats as of 8/6: .238 Average. 2 HR. 6 RBI. 2 SB. 10 Games.
The Pirates are slowly falling in the standings, it most has to due with the recent slump of Andrew McCutchen, but Marte needs to give the Pirates a spark to keep it going. Marte has solid power and speed, but most importantly he will give you runs. If you need a spark plug player on your team, I would give Marte a roll.
JUSTIN MAXWELL – OF – HOU
Stats as of 8/6: .253 Average. 12 HR. 36 RBI. 3 SB.
Maxwell was a player I was going to write about last week, but decided to give him a week to prove himself. After a multi-HR game on Saturday, and then a huge double with a runner in scoring position on Sunday. I am giving him the green-light to be added if you are desperate for power. He is feeling it.
STEVE LOMBARDOZZI – 2B/3B/OF – WAS
Stats as of 8/6: .265 Average. 2 HR. 21 RBI.
Want a sleeper for this week? Lombardozzi not only has a great name, but the Nationals off a nice start of the week in Houston. Lombar could give you a couple cheap HRs this week, not bad for someone who you can throw right back into the flames when a better option comes around. Ian Desmond will be out this month.
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