Sam Dyson/Tony Watson/Mark Melancon RP, SF
Owned in 21%/14%/45% of CBS Leagues
Giants closer Hunter Strickland broke his hand after punching a door this past weekend, an injury that will keep him out 6-8 weeks. The Giants have a few different options to replace him, but it looks like it will be right-hander Sam Dyson who will get the first chance, making him the top waiver wire priority out of these options.
However, Dyson could not complete his first save opportunity Wednesday night, giving up 2 runs while only getting 2 outs in the ninth before being pulled. Watson has been the most dominant of the Giants’ options this season, pitching to an absurd 1.73 FIP. If the leash is extremely tight on Dyson, Watson could be the next man up.
And then there’s Melancon, the Giants high priced closer signing before the 2017 season, a move that has not worked out so far, as Melancon struggled mightily last season and has been banged up for most of this year. However, the veteran right-hander has pitched well since returning, and if that continues one would have to imagine he will get the opportunity to reclaim the 9th inning for San Francisco. There are three options here for a closer out of San Francisco. While Dyson has the job at the moment, there are reasons to consider all three on the wire.
Shelby Miller SP, ARI
Owned in 15% of CBS Leagues
Shelby Miller is expected to start on Monday for the Diamondbacks, his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery early in 2017. So far, the trade for Miller has been a disaster for Arizona, but now they at least get the once promising 27-year old right hander back in the rotation. His 4.66 ERA in 4 rehab starts wasn’t all that impressive, but the 28 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings were, and it showed that there might be some top line stuff left in Miller’s arm. He’s an elevated injury risk according to Inside Injuries, which is to be expected coming off of Tommy John, as is a rather strict pitch count, but Miller, who is still just 27, is worth a speculative add in most leagues ahead of his return.
Kevin Kiermaier OF, TB
Owned in 23% of CBS Leagues
Kiermaier is completing yet another injury comeback, this time from a thumb injury that cost him over two months. The Tampa center fielder is still a high injury risk according to Inside Injuries given the litany of trouble he has had staying on the diamond the past two seasons. He’s a hard guy to trust from a health perspective right now, but he should still be owned in more leagues given all the different ways he contributes. He’s not an elite outfielder, but, when healthy, his production makes him worthy of rostering in most leagues. Don’t hold your breath that he will stay on the field for the remainder of the season, but if you need outfield help he is worth a pickup.
Wilmer Flores 1B, NYM
Owned in 5% of CBS Leagues
Flores was just activated from the 10 Day DL last week, and he’s appeared and gotten on base in every game since. Given the injuries in the Mets outfield, with Cespedes still out and Jay Bruce now on the DL, they’ve had to do some reshuffling. Dom Smith has gotten some time in left, opening up first base for Flores. Flores is far from a flashy add, but in deep leagues, his bat is enough to help a needy team, given that he is in the lineup everyday, which he should be, at least for the time being. He is an elevated injury risk due to the bulky back that had him on the DL, but it hasn’t looked to slow him down since his return, and he’s looking like a solid pickup in deep leagues.