Kansas City Royals’ pitcher Bruce Chen tossed his third consecutive quality start on Tuesday, limiting the Indians to just two runs on six hits in seven innings. He also walked three and struck out five.
Through 26 innings (four starts) this season, the 33-year-old southpaw is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA and 1.15 WHIP to go along with 16 strikeouts and seven walks. This begs the question: Is Bruce Chen worth a waiver wire flier?
The Toronto Blue Jays placed outfielder Rajai Davis on the 15-day DL Monday with a right ankle injury.
The 30-year-old speedster has stolen 92 bases since 2009, so he presence in fantasy lineups won’t be easy to replace. Fortunately, there are a few short-term options that can offer cheap steals…
Milwaukee Brewers’ pitcher Chris Narveson tossed seven shutout innings against the Cubs Saturday night, allowing just six hits and one walk while striking out nine.
Through two starts (13 innings) thus far, Narveson has yet to allow a run, and boasts a 1.00 WHIP and 14/4 K/BB ratio. The 29-year-old journeyman is currently owned in just 16 percent of Yahoo! leagues, which begs the question: Is he worth a waiver wire flier?
Waiver wire pickups can offer great reward (see Jose Bautista), yet they pose very little risk. In the grand scheme of things, what’s one week of a sub-.200 batting clip or a bloated ERA when the upside is a free player who could become a valuable asset to your team’s playoff run?
Nearly a week into the season, it’s important to scout the waiver wire in search of the 2011 version of Carl Pavano. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to distinguish between the players that will eventually crash and burn, and the ones who possess staying power.
Luckily, the Insider is here to sort this out…
The Atlanta Braves have placed Jair Jurrjens on the DL (retroactive to March 25) with an oblique injury. The team is confident he wont need more than a week to return to 100 percent. In fact, he’s already scheduled for a rehab start April 11 at Triple-A Gwinnett and should be back with the Braves April 16.
In the meantime, Mike Minor will take Jurrjens’ place in the rotation and will start Wednesday at Milwaukee.
Minor, the Braves No. 4 prospect according to Baseball America, was expected to win the Braves’ No. 5 starter role out of spring training. Despite allowing just one run in 10 innings this spring, he was sent to the minors in favor of Brandon Beachy…