A pair of resurgent Twins and a two-step at the disco highlight this week’s waiver wire column.
Anthony DeSclafani (SP – Cincinnati Reds)
Ownership: Yahoo 28% ESPN 11% CBS 52%
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani aka “Tony Disco” looks to be finally living up to the promise he showed in 2016 when he put up a 3.28 ERA in 123 innings for the Reds. DeSclafani has a 3.38 ERA in 31 innings so far this season and has looked strong in his last three starts throwing a combined 17.2 innings with 20 strikeouts and one earned run allowed. His hard hit percentage and exit velocity allowed looks to be slightly better than league average and the 83.9% left on base percentage indicated he hasn’t gotten too lucky. Although I would like to see him generate more ground balls. He should be picked up in all 15 team leagues and streamed in 12 team leagues and shallower.
Martin Perez (SP – Minnesota Twins)
Ownership: Yahoo 15% ESPN 10% CBS 58%
Leaving the Rangers and that home run friendly park was the best thing Twins starter Martin Perez could have done for his career after a nightmare season with a 6.22 ERA. Perez came into the year having added a full two miles per hour on his fastball, and its paid off with a 3.41 ERA in 34 innings with the Twins. Perez has pitched at least six innings in each of his last four starts with his most recent outing coming against the Astros in which he struck out seven in eight innings of shutout ball. This week would be a particularly good week to use Perez as he gets two favorable starts facing the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday followed by the Detroit Tigers over the weekend.
Jake Odorizzi (SP – Minnesota Twins)
Ownership: Yahoo 36% ESPN 17% CBS 63%
Another Minnesota Twins pitcher, veteran Jake Odorizzi is enjoying some early season success as well with a 2.78 ERA and 9.59 K/9 in 35.2 innings. Odorizzi has given up more than three runs only once this season and has been great in his last two starts against the Yankees and Astros with 15 combined innings, 15 strikeouts, and no runs allowed against either team. Aside from good strikeout numbers, Odorizzi sits in the top 89th percentile of pitchers in hard hit rate allowed. Odorizzi, like Perez, is seeing an uptick in his velocity by a whole mph this year. This week he gets the Detroit Tigers. AL East pitchers may frequent waiver wire articles all year as they should get a boost base on the division matchups. Twins pitchers could see themselves get a healthy share of wins this season. If you’re struggling with pitching or hurt by injuries, Odorizzi could help in 12 teams leagues and deeper.
Jerad Eickhoff (SP – Philadelphia Phillies)
Ownership: Yahoo 34% ESPN 22% CBS 58%
Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff is another veteran in the Odorizza mold, reclaiming some success this season. Nick Pivetta was off to a terrible start, earning him a demotion to AAA and to the waiver wire for many disappointed fantasy owners. In comes Eickhoff, who in holds a 2.05 ERA and 11.05 K/9 in three starts this season. Eickhoff had a track record of moderate success before injuries caused a lost 2018 season. The 3.47 SIERA and 3.46 xFIP suggest some regression coming but the success isn’t a fluke, thanks in part to a 29.4% hard hit rate and 40% ground ball rate. Eickhoff should be owned in 15 team leagues and could be streamed in shallower leagues, especially in two start weeks.
Jesus Luzardo (SP – Oakland Athletics)
Ownership: Yahoo 17% ESPN 5% CBS %
Oakland Athletics 21 year old top prospect Jesus Luzardo skyrocketed up prospect rankings last season after dominated at AA to a 2.29 ERA and 9.84 K/9. Luzardo was set to make the major league rotation after an impressive spring training that included 15 strikeouts in 9.2 innings. Luzardo was shut down before the season for four to six weeks with a shoulder strain but has already begun a throwing program. Luzardo has the stuff of an ace, generating a good amount of ground balls and strikeouts. Today, he’d be Oakland’s best starter, although Montas has impressed with major growth this season. Luzardo should be one of the top stashes at this point as we already know he is going to start when he’s up to speed and has the potential to be a top 30 starter from his debut on, and coming into the season late could mean no limits to his workload down the stretch. Luzardo will be relevant for all formats when he returns, which could be by the end of the month.
Two Start Streamers of the Week
Anthony DeSclafani (Cincinnati Reds) 5/6 vs SFG, 5/11 @ SFG
Not only a pickup this week, DeSclafani should be played wherever he is owned with possibly the best two start week as far as matchups go one could ask for. DeSclafani gets the San Francisco Giants at home to end the series on Monday then goes to San Francisco Saturday.
Aaron Sanchez (Toronto Blue Jays) 5/7 vs MIN, 5/12 vs CWS
Aaron Sanchez had gotten off to a got start this season and has given up two runs or less in five of his seven starts. This week could be a week to stream him as he gets the Twins and White Sox at home. While the Twins could present a challenge, he did go six innings giving up four runs and striking out five to get the win last time he faced them on April 16th.
Two-Start Pitcher Rankings
- Jacob deGrom – 5/6 @ SD, 5/12 vs MIA
- Max Scherzer – 5/6 @ MIL, 5/11 @ LAD
- Trevor Bauer – 5/6 vs CWS, 5/11 @ OAK
- Blake Snell – 5/6 vs. ARI, 5/11 vs. NYY
- Gerrit Cole – 5/6 vs. KC, 5/11 vs. TEX
- Jose Berrios – 5/7 @ TOR, 5/12 vs DET
- Stephen Strasburg – 5/7 A MIL, 5/12 @ LAD
- Charlie Morton – 5/7 vs. ARI, 5/12 vs. NYY
- Walker Buehler – 5/6 vs. ATL, 5/11 vs. WAS
- Caleb Smith – 5/7 @CHC, 5/12 @NYM
- Hyun-Jin Ryu – 5/7 vs. ATL, 5/12 vs. WAS
- Marco Gonzales – 5/7 @NYY, 5/12 @BOS
- Cole Hamels – 5/6 vs. MIA, 5/11 vs. MIL
- Masahiro Tanaka – 5/7 vs. SEA, 5/12 @TB
- Madison Bumgarner – 5/7 @COL, 5/12 vs. CIN
- Marcus Stroman – 5/6 vs. MIN, 5/11 vs. CHW
- Jon Lester – 5/7 vs. MIA, 5/12 vs. MIL
- Max Fried – 5/7 @ LAD, 5/12 @ ARI
- Colin McHugh – 5/7 vs KC, 5/12 vs TEX
- Griffin Canning – 5/7 @ DET, 5/12 @ BAL
- Kevin Gausman – 5/6 @ LAD, 5/11 @ ARI
- Miles Mikolas – 5/6 vs. PHI, 5/11 vs. PIT
- Anthony DeSclafani – 5/6 vs SFG, 5/11 @ SFG
- Martin Perez – 5/6 @ TOR, 5/11 vs DET
- Vince Velasquez – 5/6 @STL, 5/12 @KC
- Aaron Sanchez – 5/7 vs. MIN, 5/12 vs. CHW
- Jake Junis – 5/6 @HOU, 5/12 vs. PHI
- CC Sabathia – 5/6 vs. SEA, 5/11 @TB
- Merrill Kelly – 5/6 @TB, 5/11 vs. ATL
- John Means – 5/6 vs. BOS, 5/12 vs. LAA
- Drew Pomeranz – 5/6 @CIN, 5/11 vs. CIN
- Dakota Hudson – 5/7 vs. PHI, 5/12 vs. PIT
- Felix Hernandez – 5/6 @NYY, 5/11 @BOS
- Tyler Mahle – 5/7 @ OAK, 5/12 @ SFG
- Antonio Senzatela – 5/7 vs. SF, 5/12 vs. SD
- Sandy Alcantara – 5/6 @CHC, 5/11 @NYM
- Lucas Giolito – 5/7 @ CLE, 5/12 @ TOR
- Aaron Brooks – 5/7 vs. CIN, 5/12 vs. CLE
- Adrian Sampson – 5/7 @PIT, 5/11 @HOU
- Daniel Norris – 5/7 vs. LAA, 5/12 @MIN
- Ivan Nova – 5/6 @CLE, 5/11 @TOR