Jake Cave Among Top Waiver Adds | Carlos Rodon Ready to Surge
Your Fantasy Baseball Planner, with recommended streamers and waiver adds
Back to work, kids. Regain your focus and let’s grind as the July 31 trade deadline looms among us.
Pitching For Two, Please (Recommended two-start pitchers)
Julio Teheran, Braves (at Marlins, Monday; vs. Dodgers, Sunday): His 4.00 ERA is courtesy of his penchant for giving up the long ball (18 in 105 innings pitched), but when the ball stays in the yard, Teheran is a downright tough nut to crack. Opponents have hit .185 against him this month and he ends July with a pair of starts at home that includes a Marlins offense that is 26th in runs scored.
Andrew Suarez, Giants (at Mariners, Tuesday; vs. Brewers, Sunday): Got tagged by the Athletics in his last start on July 15 but it’s a blip for Suarez, who had allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his previous nine starts. I’d run him out there with confidence considering his K:BB rate is almost 4:1 and he has allowed six or fewer hits in eight of his last 10 outings.
Zach Eflin, Phillies (vs. Dodgers, Tuesday; at Reds, Sunday): Eflin, who has not lost since May 30, will return from the 10-day DL to make the start against the Dodgers. Before being put on dry dock, Eflin had a six-start run in which he allowed two or fewer runs along with giving up less than five hits in that span. It’s time to start considering Eflin as the Phils’ potential third starter should they make the postseason.
Carlos Rodon, White Sox (at Angels, Tuesday; vs. Blue Jays, Sunday): The 7.33 K/9 rate will continue to climb as Rodon gets comfortable. Blanking the Cards over 7.1 innings on just three hits in his last start might be a warning shot that Rodon could be a Fantasy sleeper in the second half. That he’s averaging nearly 100 pitches per start is also an encouraging sign.
Zach Wheeler, Mets (vs. Padres, Monday; at Pirates, Saturday): This hasn’t been a stellar month for Wheeler, but inside his 4.34 ERA in July lies the fact Wheeler is averaging better than a strikeout per inning. Getting a hapless San Diego lineup makes him a must-start and he gets a Pittsburgh team he shut out over seven innings on June 27.
Jose Urena, Marlins (vs. Braves, Monday; vs. Nationals, Sunday): On almost any other team, Urena isn’t a 2-9 pitcher. Despite striking out nearly a batter per inning and a K:BB rate of better than 3:1, Urena has yet to win at home this season. I’ll call my shot and say he gets his first W in front of the 10s and 10s of fans this week.
Joe Musgrove, Pirates (at Indians, Tuesday; vs. Mets, Saturday): I like Musgrove against the Indians on Monday, as his ERA outside of PNC Park is a sharp 1.96. Cleveland marks only the fourth stadium Musgrove has pitched in this season, joining his home park, PETCO Park and PNC Park.
C.C. Sabathia, Yankees (at Rays, Tuesday; vs. Royals, Sunday): Two of Sabathia’s four losses are against Tampa Bay despite the fact he allowed just four runs and struck out 14 over 13 innings. Revenge will be sweet, since he has a 3.30 ERA when the lights go down. Facing the Royals doesn’t need much explanation.
Kirby Yates, P, Padres: Mixed league owners flocked to Yates upon learning that Brad Hand was dealt to the Indians on Thursday. Yates has allowed just three runs since June 19 and is averaging better than 11 strikeouts per nine innings, which is why he’s now owned in 39 percent of CBSSports.com leagues. Jump on him now while he’s still barely under the radar.
Austin Hedges, C, Padres: Owned in 31 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, Hedges should see more time behind the plate. He’s hitting .368-2-6 in limited at-bats (38) this month and his power potential makes Hedges an intriguing play, especially in deeper leagues. Keep in mind, though, that the next recommended pickup could eventually threaten his playing time.
Francisco Mejia, C/UT, Padres: The crown jewel in the deal that sent Hand to Cleveland, Mejia will find his way into the San Diego lineup for one simple reason: his bat will demand it. The top catching prospect in the minors, the Padres announced Mejia will stay behind the plate, which is part of the reason his ownership in CBSSports.com leagues is now at 40 percent. He will make for a nice consolation prize for those in NL-only leagues who missed out on Manny Machado.
Justus Sheffield, P, Yankees: If the Pinstripers are going to make a blockbuster deal at the deadline, Sheffield will be in the middle of it. He’s fanned 95 hitters over 85 frames between Double-A and Triple-A with the use of a heater that can be dialed up to 97 MPH. Sheffield is owned in 20 percent of CBSSports.com leagues but I’d bet that number rises as he either is moved or becomes a sure bet to get a handful of appearances with the Yankees in September.
Collin McHugh, P, Astros: There’s a reason why McHugh deserved All-Star consideration. Opponents are hitting just .144 against him and have whiffed 60 times over 47 innings. Over his past 21.1 innings, McHugh has allowed seven hits and two earned runs with a 27:3 K:BB rate. He’s owned in just 20 percent of CBSSports.com leagues and will see a climb if manager A.J. Hinch decides to give McHugh a shot at the closer’s role.
Jake Cave, OF, Twins: This AL-only shout out is hitting .312 with a .912 OPS in his first 77 at-bats. The former Yankees prospect is owned in just seven percent of CBSSports.com leagues, a number that will change as the Twins are committed to giving him a spot in the lineup daily.
A Streaming We Will Go (Pitchers Edition)
Tyler Mahle, Reds (vs. Cardinals, Wednesday): Turbulent July be dammed, Mahle had a stretch of seven straight starts allowing three runs or fewer before getting thumped for 11 earned runs in his last two starts.
Jameson Taillon, Pirates (at Indians, Tuesday): Has carved nearly a full run off his ERA since May 27. Taillon has not allowed more than three earned runs in his last 11 starts.
Danny Duffy, Royals (vs. Tigers, Wednesday): D-Squared has found his groove since being tagged by the Indians for six runs on July 3. Since then, he has allowed one earned run and struck out 21 batters in his last 20 innings of work.
Sam Gaviglio, Blue Jays (vs. Twins, Wednesday): Like Mahle, he’s gone through a rough stretch of late, but his body of work over the last two months suggests Gaviglio has a good chance to turn things around. He’s fanned nearly a batter per inning and the Jays have shown no qualms about letting him go over 100 pitches when he’s on.
Derek Holland, Giants (at Mariners, Wednesday): Not regarded as a strikeout artist, Holland has fanned 24 batters over 16.1 innings this month.
Ryan Yarborough, Rays (at Orioles, Thursday): Tampa Bay’s bullpen starter has a 2.53 ERA this month and is on pace for 14 wins this season. Find another reliever in range of Yarborough’s win pace (hint: you can’t).
Nick Kingham, Pirates (vs. Mets, Thursday): Somehow, he’s 2-1 in his last three starts despite allowing six homers. I’d rather be lucky than good, right? Struck out nine Brewers in his last start, putting Kingham back at fanning a batter per inning.
Brent Suter, Brewers (at Giants, Friday): Took an L against the Pirates in his last start before the ASB despite giving up one run over five innings. If he’s avoiding the long ball, Suter can be effective, especially on the road, where his 3.73 ERA looks a hell of lot better than the 4.87 ERA he sports at home.
A Streaming We Will Go (Hitters Edition)
Mallex Smith, OF, Rays (at Orioles, Thursday-Sunday): Hasn’t run much this month (two steals) but Smith is hitting a blistering .467/.524/.500 in July that included his first homer of the season.
Stephen Piscotty, OF, Athletics (at Rangers, Monday-Thursday): Has found his batting groove over the last month, hitting .315 with seven homers and 16 RBI along with a 1.028 OPS.
Derek Dietrich, OF, Marlins (vs. Nationals. Thursday-Sunday): Amidst a career year, Dietrich is slugging 1.032 over the past month.
Ketel Marte, SS, Diamondbacks (at Cubs, Monday-Thursday): Power is a major surprise from the normally light-hitting Marte, who has nine homers and nine triples this season. Marte also has some stolen base potential as well
Jason Kipnis, 2B, Indians (at Tigers, Friday-Sunday): Finally showing the traits that once made him an All-Star, Kipnis has hit three homers and has a 1.151 OPS over the past month.
Manuel Margot, OF, Padres (vs. Diamondbacks, Friday-Sunday): His power will eventually come but until then, be encouraged by his .356 OBP over the past month. San Diego is still somewhat hesitant about letting him run, though.
Brian Anderson, 3B/OF, Marlins (vs. Nationals, Thursday-Sunday): Unlike Margot, Anderson’s power is starting to emerge, as he has hit six of his eight dingers since June. At this point of the season, 15-17 homers aren’t out of the question for Anderson, who is quietly having a solid rookie season.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Rays (at Orioles, Thursday-Sunday): After spending much of the season in useless mode, Gomez has swung it at a .351/.467/.541 slash line over the past month.
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