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...
Game No. 16 of 162 in Fantasy Baseball Insiders’ summer-long journey featured a pitcher’s duel between Randy Wells and Jonathan Niese, as well as Ike Davis’ major league debut.
Game No. 16 – Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets
Randy Wells turned in another solid performance against the Mets Monday night, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks in six innings. The 27-year-old also struck out five...
Game No. 11 in our journey to score 162 games this baseball season featured the Brewers and Cubs in an exciting finish at Wrigley Field.
Game No. 11 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs
Randy Wells was the story of the first half of this game, striking out six batters through four, all against the Brewers’ one through three batters (Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun).
With two outs in the fifth, Rickie Weeks worked a nine-pitch at-bat, forcing Wells to labor for the first time all day. After fouling off three pitches and running the count full, Weeks delivered the Brewers’ first runs of the day, whacking a two-run double into the left-field corner that tied the game...
Another day, another full slate of baseball. Game five of 162 in Fantasy Baseball Insiders' summer-long journey featured the Dodgers and Pirates.
Game No. 5 – Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Rafael Furcal and Matt Kemp had two hits and two runs on Thursday against the Pirates. Kemp also added two RBI.