Now that the calendar has turned from July to August, it’s now time to focus our attention on the MLB waiver wire. Contending teams are beginning to separate themselves from the pretenders, and perhaps looking to make one last move for a push in October. Teams that thought they were in the hunt, but have proven otherwise will have a chance to unload some dead weight that won’t help the organization moving forward.
Here are a few must-start players on the waiver wire:
As far as hurlers go, Luis Perdomo (SD), Eddie Butler (CHC), Hansel Robles (NYM), and Jose Urena (MIA) are seem to be viable options. Perdomo has pitched well as of late, bringing his era down to a respectable 4.18 from 9.00. Despite his low strike out rate, Eddie Butler will likely rack up wins after being freed from the challenges of Coors field and putting on a Cubs uniform. Hansel Robles has established himself as a quality set up man with a mid 90’s mph fastball, and some believe he has the stuff to shut things down in the 9th as a closer. Jose Urena of the Marlins has an electric fastball averaging 96.1 mph, but is still learning to pitch as a starter, thus the strikeout rate has been a little low.
Ben Gamel (SEA), Rhys Hoskins (PHI), Ryan Schimpf (SD), Jed Lowrie (OAK), Kenny Vargas (MIN), and Jorge Soler (KC) are all options that should be considered for mlb lineups at Fantasy Alarm. Gamel and Lowrie are both dynamic players, while Vargas and Soler have the power that could be a difference maker for a club down the stretch.