The latest additions before the league championship
We have come to the end of the line.
This is the season finale of the Waiver Wire Report. After 26 weeks, I can say with confidence that my first season writing this for The Action Network was not only fun but successful. I’m allowed to brag, and based on the projected hitting roster I’ve recommended throughout the season, at least some of you have listened and flourished.
For that, thank you.
If you’re about to make your way to a championship, here’s one final column of hitters you should consider to close the deal.
Thank you for your time during this one-season marathon.
Pick them up
Adam Duvall – OF, Atlanta Braves
Yahoo: 67%, ESPN: 70%
His strength is high, but Adam Duvall – he of 101 RBI (T-6e in MLB) – should be on 100% of the lists! I mainly added it as one of my biggest victory laps. He is two RBIs away from matching his career record in 2016.
Myles Straw – OF / SS, Cleveland Indians
Yahoo: 57%, ESPN: 41%
Straw did most of his damage in the second half at home. After a weekend in the Bronx, Straw and Cleveland are playing nine in a row at home. He is fifth in interceptions and deserves to be entered at the end of the season.
Austin Hays – OF, Baltimore Orioles
Yahoo: 30%, ESPN: 50%
Six of Hays’ 20 circuits took place in September. Hays also hits 0.302 for the month and shows the promise he had as a hope before injuries snowballed and stunted his development.
Worth the detour
Brandon Belt – 1B, San Francisco Giants
Yahoo: 56%, ESPN: 33%
Injuries slowed down a great season for veteran Giant. His .948 OPS is the best of his career which is not in 2020 and will be in the lineup every night as the NL West is still in doubt.
Kolten Wong – 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
Yahoo: 32%, ESPN: 46%
Wong’s next two sets are against the Cubs and Cardinals, and he has the opportunity to help Milwaukee win the NL Central against the team that let him walk. I take a left on #NarrativeStreet.
Jeimer Candelario – 1B / 3B, Detroit Tigers
Yahoo: 35%, ESPN: 41%
Candelario set a career RBI record in seven games less than when he hit 54 in 2018. He will be short-term Miguel Cabrera for the Tigers’ rising offense which has done a lot of good.
Short term solutions
Bobby Dalbec – 1B / 3B, Boston Red Sox
Yahoo: 44%, ESPN: 30%
I will take an L on Dalbec because it was solid. He did three monstrous performances but started sprinkling RBIs here and there. His next five games are against Baltimore and the Wimpy Mets.
Mike Zunino – C, Tampa Bay Rays
Yahoo: 45%, ESPN: 36%
Zunino is on another circuit warmer and has three more home games against the Detroit Tigers this weekend.
i am skeptical
Abraham Toro – 2B / 3B, Seattle Mariners
Yahoo: 18%, ESPN: 26%
Toro is a better hitter away from Seattle, but he excels against lefties. He only gets Kris Bubic from the left side this weekend and has mostly seen his power wane. Toro has four doubles and zero homers in September.
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