Mets Steven Matz and Nationals Joe Ross are Top September Waiver adds
Key waiver adds for the stretch run from insideinjuries.com
Chris Shaw OF, SF
Owned in 4% of CBS Leagues
With the trade of Andrew McCutchen and the injury to Steven Duggar (torn labrum), Shaw should get to play just about every day for the Giants the rest of the way. He struck out a lot in the minors and has continued to do so at the Major League level so far, but the pop in his bat makes him worthy of a look in deeper leagues. If he can get the strikeouts down to where they were prior to 2018, then his bat becomes a lot more useful, given the power he showed slugging 21 homers in 101 games at the Triple-A level this season. He’s a deep league add at this point, but keep an eye on him as a potential breakout candidate over the next couple of weeks.
Franmil Reyes OF, SD
Owned in 24% of CBS Leagues
Reyes flashed earlier in the season but was sent back down to the minors after hitting a rough patch. He returned to the Majors on August 5th and has been outstanding ever since, hitting .316 with 9 homers, while cutting back on the strikeouts, which he had struggled with in his previous stint. A change in approach at the plate has allowed him to make more contact while still displaying the tremendous power he has been known for. He’s currently on a 10 game hit streak and should continue to see plenty of at-bats with Franchy Cordero (elbow) and Alex Dickerson (elbow) nowhere near returning. Pick up Reyes and his 10 game hitting streak while you still can.
Steven Matz SP, NYM
Owned in 47% of CBS Leagues
2018 has been like much of the rest of Steven Matz’ career so far, riddled with inconsistency and injury. He’s battled back finger and arm issues this season, earning him a High Overall Injury Risk designation. However, he also has an Above Average Health Performance Factor, and his outings have been much better, especially if you look a bit beneath the surface. His first start off the DL on August 16th was ugly, but in his last 3 starts, he’s given up 4 runs in 19 innings while striking out 23 and walking just 3. His strikeout and walk rates had been very solid even before his latest DL stint, and now, along with improved health, the surface numbers are beginning to show. Matz is a bit risky and can be frustrating to own, but he’s worth the roll of the dice the rest of the way.
Joe Ross SP, WAS
Owned in 6% of CBS Leagues
Ross will rejoin the Nationals rotation Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. He has an Elevated Overall Injury Risk and an Above Average Health Performance Factor, both of which indicate he’s on a positive trajectory in his rehab. He likely won’t throw too many innings right away, but with the Nationals rotation ravaged by injuries and now trades, he should get a few solid opportunities to pitch over the remainder of the season. Ross was a plus ground ball pitcher before going down and pitched extremely well in his minor league rehab stint, racking up a 2.39 ERA and 0.95 WHIP over 26.1 innings. He’s a speculative add at this point, but the upside is there.
Josh James SP, HOU
Owned in 12% of CBS Leagues
James is a fast-rising prospect out of the Astros farm system that has made a giant leap in 2018. He started the year outside of all Top 100 prospect lists and is now in the Majors after posting a 3.23 ERA with a 171/49 K/BB ratio across Double and Triple-A this season. In his first start Saturday he struck out 9 in 5 innings and averaged 97.4 MPH on his fastball, touching triple digits multiple times.
It’s unclear whether or not he will stick in the rotation for good with the Astros, but with Lance McCullers (High Overall Injury Risk) still out with a forearm injury and Charlie Morton just making his way back from a shoulder issue, it seems pretty likely that James will get some more opportunities to start for the Astros before the end of the year. That makes him worth at least a speculative pickup, given his talent and the positive situation he’s in with Houston.