Working the Waiver Wire 9.12.16
September 12, 2016 | Justin Klein
Hunter Strickland shut the door on the Diamondbacks on Sunday as he nailed down the save by getting the last four outs of the game while allowing one hit and striking out two. The save was Hunter’s third of the season and it looks like there will be more save chances in the near future as he looks to be part of a closer committee with Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla and possibly others as well. In any case, Strickland has had a fantastic season as evidenced by his 2.65 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, .202 BAA and 52:17 K:BB ratio. It’s worth noting that he’s been very good lately as well, as he’s held the opposition scoreless in nine of his last ten appearances. You can currently pick up Strickland in 84% of Yahoo leagues. I just picked him up in a handful of leagues and I suggest that you join me. He should deliver solid ratios and good amounts of K’s along with more saves and maybe even a rogue win or two. Hunter is a solid addition in every league regardless of size and scoring, and if he becomes the lone closer by the bay he becomes a must-add. At this point it appears to be a time share situation for saves, but routines seem to fall into place, and if that happens Strickland would become a great source of saves down the stretch.
Yulieski Gurriel went deep for the third time in five games on Sunday and has now hit safely in nine of his past ten games with four of them being multiple hit outings. Yuli even hit fifth on Sunday behind Carlos Correa and in front of the red hot Evan Gattis. That is a great slot in a very strong batting order, and it should help Gurriel pile up the counting numbers in September. Not only will men often be on base when he comes to the plate, but he’ll also likely get better pitches to hit as a result. Currently available in 79% of Yahoo leagues, Gurriel should be added in every size league as he should continue to contribute in all five categories. With eligibility at 3B, CI and UT, you can probably find a place for Gurriel on your fake team if he’s available. Do it. Do it.
Mike Foltynewicz has been solid in his last three starts as he won two of them and posted a QS in all of them while allowing five runs over 19 and 2/3 innings pitched with a K:BB ratio of 17:4. Foltynewicz faces the Marlins today in Atlanta, and is a solid streaming option if you’re in a daily moves league. Currently available in 78% of Yahoo leagues, I’ve recently added a couple of shares of Folty myself. In his next start he’ll face the Nationals, who he just held to one run over six innings while striking out eight in a no decision. Mike will be a solid option in that game too.
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Melky Cabrera has been swinging a hot stick lately as he’s notched five multiple hit games in his last ten, including two three hit games. Four of those hits were for extra bases with three doubles and one HR. Over that span the Melk Man delivered seven runs and eleven RBI. If you need help in your fake team’s OF, you should consider adding Melky, who is currently available in 56% of Yahoo leagues. He doesn’t have much pop, but he should pile up the hits along with solid counting numbers. Tonight, Monday September 12th, he faces Carlos Carrasco, whom he has owned in his career. I expect the hits to keep coming, so add him today if you’re in a daily moves league or play MLB DFS.
Jung Ho Kang is back healthy and blazing hot as he’s socked five HR in his past ten games. In those ten games Kang has managed 15 hits along with eight runs scored and 11 RBI. Heck, he even stole a base. With 3B and SS eligibility, Jung Ho can be played at numerous position including MI and CI as well as Utility. Currently available in 52% of Yahoo leagues, more than half of you Yahooligans can go pick him up right now. I suggest that you do and ride his red-hot bat up the standings in your rotisserie league or to a victory in a head to head playoff matchup.
Carlos Gomez has had a forgettable season as he’s struggled so much that the Astros flat out cut him as they would rather pay him to not play for them. That was okay with the Texas Rangers, who have dealt with a rash of injuries to their outfielders this season and decided to pick Gomez up and play him every day. Kind of funny how it’s worked out, because Houston is 9.5 games back of the Rangers and Gomez is red hot. Over the past two weeks, Gomez has notched a solid batting line of 8/3/9/3/.300, showcasing the power and speed that was missing for much of the season. Over that span Carlos was the 31st most valuable player in the fake game. If your fake team can use some power and speed in the outfield, Gomez is currently floating around in 52% of Yahoo league free agent pools. Heck, maybe you can use Gomez to beat his former manger that dropped him, just like the Rangers are doing to the Astros.
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