Major League Baseball doesn’t take a break — and neither can you.
It’s important to never let your guard down. Being vigilant when it comes to monitoring your league’s waiver wire is of the utmost importance.
(All ownership percentages are provided by ESPN.com)
» Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers (50.6 percent): Uribe is often made fun of for his stout stature and tortoise-like speed, but the 13-year vet has been one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball. Over his last four games Uribe is 8-for-20 (.400) with six RBI and four runs scored. The Dodgers face some tough tests this week in the form of Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg and Madison Bumgarner, but Uribe warrants an add in all but the shallowest leagues, regardless of his opponents.
» James Loney, Tampa Bay Rays (48.8 percent): I recommended Loney last week, but apparently people still aren’t picking up the good vibes, because the Rays’ 1B is still available in over 50 percent of leagues. Please, please, please change this. All this guy does is hit. He absolutely torched the Yankees this past weekend, going 9-for-19 (.474) with one RBI and one run scored. That nice series was coming off the heels of a 3-for-7, two RBI day in Thursday’s doubleheader vs. the Red Sox. Owners shouldn’t expect too much power from the 29-year-old, but he can really help in the batting average and RBI departments. The Rays play the Orioles and Indians this week, who are 10th and 12th in the AL in starting pitchers’ ERA.
» Chris Heisey, Cincinnati Reds (0.1 percent): Reds’ starting right fielder Jay Bruce has a partially torn meniscus and will miss at least 3-to-4 weeks, meaning Chris Heisey will be given the opportunity to play nearly full-time in Cincinnati. Heisey has always possessed intrigue (his 6 HR tied him for the league-lead during spring training), but he’s been very inconsistent at times. With Billy Hamilton nursing sprained knuckles over the past week, Heisey has played fairly well, hitting .250 with a couple of runs scored and a stolen base. The right field job will be his until Bruce comes back and he’s worth a flier in deep leagues for his power/speed potential and for the home park he plays in. Heisey’s best season came in 2011 when smacked 18 HR with 50 RBI and a .341 wOBA. The Reds are one of just two teams (Boston is the other) who play only five games this week, so if you’re in need of more game volume, Heisey may not be your guy. If you’re in a gambling mood and have a disposable roster spot, Heisey is worth the risk. If the doesn’t pan out, you can just drop him from whence he came.
» George Springer, Houston Astros: Fantasy owners were itching for the day George Springer would be called up from Triple-A, and when he finally was, excitement filled the air. Unfortunately, the 24-year-old phenom hasn’t lived up to the hype — at least for the time being. Owners will just have to wait a little longer to cash in on Springer’s five-tool ability. Since his promotion, the Astros’ top prospect has hit just .185 with an astounding 24 strikeouts in 65 at bats. Any fears owners had about his lack of plate discipline carrying over to the pros have been fulfilled. A 34% K-rate just isn’t gonna get the job done in The Show. If you were an owner who jumped the gun and traded for Springer over the past two weeks, it’ll be tough, but you may need to bite the bullet and drop the youngster (only in redraft leagues, of course). I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Astros send him back down to the minors within the next month. He’s clearly not ready to face major league pitching.