8/31 Waiver Wire Pitchers

September is finally here, meaning the end of the MLB regular season is quickly coming to a close. Owners, if you’ve lasted this long in your leagues, keeping up with the weekly waiver wire, setting rotations and pursuing overall dominance, then the only thing you need to do is wrap it all up. Finishing is the most important aspect of fantasy success and should be treated accordingly, meaning these next 5 five pitchers should be picked up on the double.

1. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals -The unmatched fireballer of the MLB, Strasburg jumps out as the most important pickup this week as the Nat’s young star is just about set to return to the major leagues a little more than a year after he had Tommy John surgery. The Nationals announced on Tuesday that Strasburg will come back to the majors on Sept. 6, barring any problems in his final minor league rehab start on Thursday or during side sessions on Saturday. Strasburg will return against the Los Angeles Dodgers, undoubtedly reassuming his role as one of the biggest attractions in baseball. MUST HAVE IN ALL LEAGUES

2. Bruce Chen, Kansas City Royals  – I can’t believe Bruce Chen is being mentioned in this article, but Chen has been on fire the past 14 days, pitching 19.2 innings, getting three wins, striking out 16 and keeping his ERA under 3.00 (2.75 the past 14 days). Chen has won his last five starts and did a good job Sunday of picking apart a diluted Indians lineup, after escaping a dicey first inning with only one run allowed. Pick him up and hope this hot streak stays alive.

3. Randy Wells, Chicago Cubs- Far from a power pitcher, Randy Wells tossed the first complete game shutout of his career after he allowed only two hits and one walk while striking out seven against the Giants on Monday. Wells lowered his ERA to 5.06 after Monday’s start, and he has pitched better in August where he has an xFIP of 4.00. His velocity has improved of late. He averaged 89 mph with his fastball on Monday, which is an improvement over his 87.8 mph average for the season. A risky pitcher so far this year, Wells is 5-1 in his last 8 appearances.

4. Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves – In the past two weeks, Minor (who should have been picked up already if you know Rob Edgcomb and listen to anything he says)  has been outstanding. While the Braves continue to play catch up with the Phills, Minor has won three games, struck out 21 hitters in just 16.2 innings and has a 3.24 ERA. The Braves keep rolling, so Minor is a guy you should strongly consider adding to your team. His only downside is the possiblity of a skipped start here and there .

5. Guillermo Moscoso, Oakland A’s – A’s new studly product Guillermo Moscoso has been on a roll lately adding to the extensive line of successful young A’s pitchers. In the past two weeks, he’s won two games, struck out 17 and has a 1.80 ERA. There’s no way he should only be owned in eight percent of all Yahoo! leagues. Get him on your fantasy team for the stretch run we all seek. Keep an eye on him when he pitches against the offensive tanks as he posts a poor ground ball to fly ball ratio.


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