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Waiver Wire What-to-do's May 31st edition
The injury bug reared its ugly head this week knocking down three premier players in Roy Halladay (SP, Philadelphia Phillies), Jered Weaver (SP, Los Angeles Angels) and Matt Kemp (OF, Los Angeles Dodgers). Odds are if you have any of those players on your team you paid a high price to get them. Now that they are down and out you need some help replacing them in your lineup. Well, you have come to the right place my friends. To the waiver wire!
R.A. Dickey , SP New York Mets (93% owned ESPN leagues)
Dickey is the reigning National League player of the week and for good reason. His line of 14 1/3 IP, 1 ER and 21 K's make Dickey the most added pitcher this week. He is now 7-1 on the year for the surprising Metropolitans and his knuckler has been baffling hitters all year. It may be too late to jump on this train but if he is available strike now. It isn't every day you can add someone who has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Tyler Clippard, RP Washington Nationals (71% owned)
Another day another closer in Washington. Enter Tyler Clippard. After Henry Rodriguez gave the Nats fanbase numerous heart attacks with his lack of control Clippard has been getting the nod in D.C. of late. He is 3-for-3 in save opportunities and has allowed only 3 hits in his last 10 appearances. Drew Storen should be back around the all-star break but if you are in a pinch for saves on the cheap Clippard should deliver. Plus the man wears some sweet specs. Seriously.
Allen Craig, OF St. Louis Cardinals (67% owned)
Craig is set to come off the DL Friday, June 1st and with all of the injuries in St. Louis he should find himself back in the starting lineup. If he picks up at the torrid pace he was on when he went out (.373/.424/.765) he will bolster any lineup. Dude had 19 RBI and 5 long balls in only 13 games! Add that to the potent lineup he would join with Rafael Furcal, Yadier Molina, Matt Adams and MVP candidate Carlos Beltran he should produce jagged numbers across the board.
Carlos Quentin, OF San Diego Padres (61% owned)
Quentin was activated from the DL before Monday's game and has come on like he is in midseason form. Against the Cubs Carlos went 7-for-12 with 3 home runs, 6 RBI and 5 runs scored. If that doesn't get your attention I don't know what will. Also, if you are worried that he will play half of his games in spacious Petco Park there is a good chance he will be trade bait in another month as the Padres are already 16 games back, the largest deficit in baseball.
Wade Miley, SP Arizona Diamondbacks (50% owned)
Miley just might be baseballs best kept secret and it isn't that he is really Hannah Montana (though that would be neat). He is 6-1 on the season with the lone defeat coming at the hands of the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals and he only allowed 3 runs in that affair. He has modest strikeout numbers (32 in 52 1/3 IP) but hasn't allowed more than 4 runs in any of his 10 starts and has allowed only 2 home runs. Odds are he is available and if you just lost Halladay or Weaver Miley can fill in nicely.