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The Wire Troll: Jose Quintana Looking Sharp for Mets

July 19, 2024 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Jose Quintana Looking Sharp for Mets
Jose Quintana has pitched better for the New York Mets recently.
Jose Quintana could provide second half value. (D. Benjamin Miller)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy baseball. The All-Star break is over and July is fading, so you better take full advantage of the waiver wire while you can.

This week, Teoscar Hernandez became the first Dodger to win the Home Run Derby; Juan Soto remained cryptic about his future; and Bryce Harper was among the headliners for the NL in the All-Star Game, yet the senior circuit fell short yet again.

So while you wonder if Freddie Freeman can hit two or more homers against the Red Sox this weekend (currently +360 as per FanDuel), let’s get to this week’s…

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Picks

Jose Quintana, SP, New York Mets (ESPN: 18.7 per cent; CBS: 49 per cent): Quintana missed over half the season last year, but has been healthy in 2024. His record is a bit better, but his bottom line results have sagged and his K rate has slightly dipped as well. However, until his last start before the before the break, Quintana had been on a very nice roll, emerging as one of the game’s top streaming options. Really, since getting cuffed around in May, he’s been pretty damned good (2.29 ERA with superb control in July). Consider that on June 9, Quintana was 1-5 with a 5.29 ERA and how he managed to improve those numbers over a five-stretch start before serving up four dingers on Sunday (yet punching out eight — see video below). Clearly, this highly poised veteran is worth considering for the second half.

Kash Mayfield, SP, San Diego Padres (ESPN: NA; CBS: NA): With the MLB Draft recently completed, there’s a whole new wave of prospects for Dynasty League owners to consider. Mayfield was among the top high school lefties available, and the Padres (who seem to love grabbing high schoolers) scooped him up out of Oklahoma with the 25th overall pick. His velocity increased dramatically this season giving him a heater capable of touching 97 to pair with a strong changeup and a breaking ball he’s capable of controlling well. Mayfield’s smooth delivery really made him stand out among high school arms available in this draft, so he’s someone worth stashing in leagues that allow you to hold players for a few years.

Quick Hits

  • A candidate for our Wire Troll All-Star team last year, Jarren Duran has built on that breakout this season, culminating in his selection to the All-Star Game, and then consolidating that recognition with an MVP showing. He had a rough start to the month as he struggled to accumulate much in the way of counting cats, but started to heat up again heading into the break. Duran has stayed completely healthy this year and that’s been huge in him taking the next step.
  • Mason Miller also used the All-Star Game to raise his profile, earning the win and throwing the fastest pitch in the mid-season classic since they began recording such data in 2008. He was touched up in his first outing of July (hence his elevated ERA this month), but has otherwise been lights out for over a month. Miller’s transition into a full-time reliever has been a resounding success, and even his record is decent, which is saying something for an A’s hurler.
  • Jurickson Profar, who snapped a slump with a two-hit showing in the final game before the break, kept the good vibes going with a single and a run in the ASG. The veteran outfield has slowly cooled off as the season has progressed and his counting cats are down significantly in July. But Profar has been a stud in OBP leagues and has even pitched in with a few more swipes this year.
  • Clayton Andrews, Milwaukee’s 2018 17th round pick, seemed to finally be getting his shit together at Triple-A last year, going 6-0 with a solid ERA and a decent cobbling of saves/holds, plus his usual massive total of Ks. He was traded to the Yankees last offseason and opted to become a free agent after being DFAed a second time. Andrews is now in the Giants system, and is trying to work his way back from Rookie ball, but San Francisco could certainly use lefty help in its pen, so he bears watching because of his big-time strikeout potential.

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The Wire Troll: Jonatan Clase Gets Another Crack

July 12, 2024 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Jonatan Clase Gets Another Crack
He teased us with big time pop as a rookie (including a three-homer game) and then built on that last year with 26 jacks while hitting better, but this season has seen huge regression as he’s slugged just .330 through half a season, hitting rock bottom in June (490 OPS). The good news? Suwinski has really turned things around this month with a 913 OPS including a .600 SLG despite a couple of quiet days recently. This is another young outfielder with upside worth a roll of the dice.
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The Wire Troll: Expect More Aaron Civale Wins in Milwaukee

July 6, 2024 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Expect More Aaron Civale Wins in Milwaukee
Before taking an 0-fer on Friday, he was riding a nine-game hit streak, with five of those being multi-knock efforts. The thumb woe that Schanuel dealt with a few weeks ago is clearly a thing of the past as he started to deliver on his promise of being an on-base machine last month (.340 OBP in June) and is now piling up solid run and ribbie numbers for the season.
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The Wire Troll: Simeon Woods Richardson Shining in Minny

June 28, 2024 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Simeon Woods Richardson Shining in Minny
SWR wasn’t quite as good on Wednesday, but was effective enough to bag another W and has now given up more than three earned runs just once over his last eight starts. A nice winning percentage, ERA and WHIP? What’s not to like? Sure, he’s flopped in a couple of starts, but has generally been a very solid option, and at the age of 23, there’s plenty of upside development potential.
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The Wire Troll: Tobias Myers Pitching Well in Milwaukee

June 21, 2024 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Tobias Myers Pitching Well in Milwaukee
It’s clear that Milwaukee has another solid rookie hurler on its hands in Myers, who has mostly pitched out of the rotation this season. In his last outing, he managed to get 10 whiffs on 90 pitches and in the minors he was renowned for the tremendous vertical movement of his offerings. Myers is starting to look like the real deal, so scoop him up pronto, especially with news that Gasser needs Tommy John surgery.
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