Week 12 is coming to a close, and with it comes new pitchers to be on the lookout for. We’ll revisit a few pitchers from last week’s waiver wire, and suggest a couple of new ones to be on the lookout for.
Griffin Canning (SP) 23.6% Rostered
Canning had an alright start this week on 6/21 against the Cardinals. He went 5.1 innings giving up just 4 hits and 2 earned runs. However, he walked 3 and only recorded 3 Ks. In terms of a points-based league, he’s given solid positive points each of his last seven starts. He’s a good addition if you’re fearful of pitchers sucking up points with horrendous outings. That being said, it’s becoming more apparent that he’s not necessarily the best guy to have in a roto league. He’s been pretty run-of-the mill and gives the Angels a good opportunity to win games with his performances, but he doesn’t put up crazy numbers while doing so.
Lance Lynn (SP) – 51.6 % Rostered
This will be the last week I write about Lynn as it seems he’s finally starting to get the recognition he deserves. He’s now rostered by 51.6%, going up 14.4% in just one week. He spun a magnificent game against Cleveland on 6/17 going 7.0 innings while only allowing 1 earned run. He recorded 9 Ks, and exited with game-line stats of a 1.29 ERA and a WHIP of 0.86. Those are numbers that are going to help in any category league, and the 41.9 (and 41.8 points on 6/12) in a standard ESPN points-based league isn’t too shabby.
Pitchers To Pick Up
Adbert Alzolay (SP) – 3.5% Rostered
With Hendricks on the IL, Alzolay (rated as the Cubs’ 4th best prospect) got the chance to fill a vacant roster spot for the team this past week. He came in in the 5th inning on 6/20 for his MLB debut. He went four innings to finish the game out, giving up only 1 hit (a solo HR), but struck out 5 and finished with a WHIP of 0.75. It’s currently not known how long he will stay rostered by the Cubs, but he is confirmed to be starting next Tuesday’s game against the Braves. If he continues to pitch like he did in his opener, I don’t see how they could send him down. Grab him while you can!
Mike Fiers (SP) 28.6% Rostered
Going into 6/22, Fiers has 3 wins in his last 3 starts. In two of those starts, he finished with a WHIP of below 1.00. He doesn’t necessarily rack up Ks, but he doesn’t give up many runs and has gone at least 6 innings in each of his last 6 starts, not giving up more than 3 runs in any of them. Due to a rough beginning to the year, his ERA is an inflated 4.38, but he’s spun a 3.00 or below ERA in 3 of his last 4 starts.
Check out our 2019 MLB closer depth chart for a look at each team.