Welcome to the latest feature blog the Waiver Wizard. Where we take a quick look at some waiver wire guys that you should be rostering.
Of course there has to be some criteria involved, player must be owned in less then 50% of CBS leagues. So without further ado away we go.
Stat's correct as of June 4th day games
Scott Podsednik- 4% Ownership- Next Matchups- Cleveland, Detroit- If you're in the market for a fifth outfielder and could use a handful or speed and runs then Pods is a guy you should eyeing. Given that the White Sox don't really have any other option in center field Podsednik will get plenty of playing time. His batting average. OBP, and SLG are right in line with his career numbers, so there are clear indications that he can continue on this pace. In his past 10 games- 8 R, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB, .311 AVG.
Gary Sheffield- 45 % Ownership- Next Matchups- Washington, Phiadelphia, New York (AL)- If you haven't already you need to pick up Shef. Drop Francisco Liriano, drop a middle reliever, do what ever just make sure you can get this guy into your lineup. Sure there are always concerns about his health and age, but there should never be a concern regarding his production when he's healthy. After all the New York Mets on the whole are banged up and someone has to get those AB it's not going to be Ryan Church after all. Last 10 games- 10 R, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 1 SB, .343 AVG
Andy LaRoche- 39% Ownership- Next Matchups- Houston, Atlanta- Could it be? The emergence of the good LaRoche! Well it's been a long time coming for this one highly touted prospect. Unfortunately for those that are looking for power LaRoche may not be the best option having a career high 5 HR in the majors. He's only on pace to pop 6 out of the yard. But if you don't mind rostering a high average corner infielder then LaRoche is a great option, even better in keeper league formats. Last 10 games- 4 R, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB, .361 AVG
Andrew McCutchen- 41% Ownership- Next Matchups- Houston, Atlanta- There's always a flip side to the coin when a player gets traded. There are three possible outcomes, a- the recieve a player in return and he starts, b- they have a bench player or FA pick up take over the role, c- you promote your best prospect and see what happens. That's what happened when the Pittsburgh Pirates jettisoned another star to the Atlanta Braves for James Parr, Charlie Morton and Gorkys Hernandez. The move immediately opened up a role for McCutchen. A highly touted prospect who seems to me to be another Juan Pierre clone albeit with a bit more pop (2 is more then 1 after all) If you're in the market for a dirt stolen base threat, then you may want to take note. Especially those in keeper leagues. 2009 debut- 3 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB, ,500 AVG
Clint Barmes-43% Ownership- Next Matchups- Houston, St.Louis, Milwaukee- For all those Ian Stewart owners quick question. How's that panning out? While Stewart got all the fantasy love, Barmes has quietly gone about his way and stolen a ton of playing time away at 2b. Proving to be a little more proficient at the dish, despite possessing less raw power. In the long run, the safe play is usually the best play. Last 10 games- 5 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB, .342 AVG
Joe Blanton- 53% Ownership-Next Matchups- Los Angelas- Ok I cheated a bit here, but this guy has been good his past couple of starts. It's also worth mentioning his good control this season a 2.65 K/BB ratio. He's won his past three outtings giving up a combined 8 runs. Nothing to write home to mom about but the 20/4 K/BB ratio is. Now I'm not proclaiming Blanton to be much more then he is (that being a 5 K, 1 BB, 6 IP) guy but in the right matchups he's worth a flier. His next start is in LA against Hiroki Kuroda.
J.A. Happ- 50# Ownership- Next Matchups- New York Mets- Only just does Happ make it. Though given his numbers he shouldn't even be on this list. Sporting a 4-0, 30 K, 2.48 ERA, 0.97 WHIP line one begins to wonder what does it take to get peoples attention? Granted he's only made three starts this year, but 18.1 IP, 13 K, 5 BB in those starts should make you take notice. His next start will be a true test against the Mets and Johan Santana. I'd consider sitting him out this time, but he's a great option for spot starts.
Diligence is the key to waiver wire gems, take advantage of market over sights and exploit them. That's how I've managed to wrangle up 15 R, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 1 SB, .354 AVG since May 15th courtesy of the Sheff's fine cooking.