Fantasy Baseball: Top MLB Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 9 of 2021
Time is almost up for the second full month of Major League Baseball’s season, which means we’re about one-third of the way through the regular season. There are two teams in special situations in the coming week to be sure to take note. the Colorado Rockies are lined up to play six home games at Coors Field, and the Chicago White Sox are scheduled to play eight games over the next seven days. When looking on the waiver thread, target options for these two teams if available.
If your all-season fantasy baseball team needs some help on the waiver thread, you can find my top two hitters and top two pitchers to target on the waiver leads below, as well as a few specialist options if you want to. look to give your team a boost. in a specific category. Throughout the week, I’m available for scheduling advice and waivers on Twitter at @ZT_Sports, where I will also send streaming launch options with pickup alerts. As always, remember to consider your specific team needs and league rules when doing your fundraising.
BY Tyler O’Neill, Cardinals of Saint-Louis (at BOY, vs. CIN)
O’Neill missed 10 days with a fractured middle finger, but he returned to the Cardinals roster and resumed his breakout season where he left off. O’Neill has ripped three homers and went 6-for-14 with seven RBIs in his three games since returning and established himself as a big stick in the heart of the St. Louis batting order.
While it’s probably safe to say he won’t be successful in every game the rest of the season, O’Neill brings great power output with a .351 ISO and .390 wOBA over his 33 games this season. . It improved those two numbers in May with a .432 and .400 ISO wOBA with just two games remaining in the month. He’s also added four stolen bases, a career high this season, so there’s a little potential for speed as well. His hit rate is elite at 50.7 percent, according to Statcast, which is an increase of more than 10 percentage points from last season’s rate.
1B / DE Garrett Cooper, Miami Marlins (at TOR, at PIT)
Cooper started the season slow, but has become a key stick in the Marlins’ lineup, generally in batting cleanup. The former Yankees top prospect has an ISO 0.163 and 0.337 wOBA on the season, but had an ISO 0.197 and 0.394 wOBA in May by increasing his blow rate by more than 10 percentage points from April through May.
In his last nine games, Cooper has gone 14-for-28 (.500) with two doubles, a triple, three homers and nine RBIs. He was scratched last Wednesday from an oblique injury, but was able to pinch him on Thursday and start Friday and Saturday, so that doesn’t seem like a problem to be concerned about. He and the Marlins will travel to Buffalo to help the Blue Jays open their time in Triple-A Stadium, which was one of the most hitting-friendly venues last season.
SP Merrill Kelly, Arizona Diamondbacks (vs. NYM, at MIL)
It’s been a brutal season for Arizona, with the Diamondbacks losing 13 straight games heading into Sunday’s series final against the Cardinals. However, Kelly was one of the few bright spots. He allowed three earned runs or less in seven straight starts while knocking out more than one batter per inning during that streak and compiling a 3.50 ERA.
Kelly posted a 1.21 WHIP and 3.48 FIP in her 30 2⁄3 innings in May and is expected to be in place to start June on a strong footing, as he will face two troubled offenses this week. Getting wins with such a tough offense behind him is tough, but Kelly should be a good source of innings, strikeouts and ERAs if he can keep rolling.
SP Alek Manoah, Toronto Blue Jays (v MIA, v HOU)
Manoah wowed everyone with his dominating MLB debut on Thursday, allowing just two hits in six scoreless innings against the Yankees while striking out seven and clinching the win. He will start Game 1 in Buffalo for the Blue Jays against Miami and, looking down, could be lined up for a two-start week next week. However, he won’t stay on your waiver threads for long, so act now if it’s not already too late.
The hard-throw right-hander is 6-foot-6 and has dominated three Triple A starts this year, going 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA, 0.56 WHIP and 27 strikeouts. He used his four pitches very evenly and effectively in his early days and looks set to lock himself in a spinning slot for years to come for the young rising Blue Jays, who now look like they have a hot one. young arm to support all the young striking talents in their range.
Specialty pickups to consider
AVG / hits Pickup: 1B / OF Pavin Smith, Arizona Diamondbacks
Stats tally: 2G Nick Madrigal, Chicago White Sox
OBP / Runs Scored Pickup: OF Tommy Pham, San Diego Padres
Micro SB: 2B / OF Jurickson Profar, San Diego Padres
HR Pickup: 1B CJ Cron, Colorado Rockies
Change of scenery: SS Willy Adames, Milwaukee Brewers
Back in Time Pickup: 3B Evan Longoria, San Francisco Giants
Micro C: C William Contreras, Atlanta Braves
Advance add before call: OF Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels
Two-Starter Streamer: SP José Urquidy, Houston Astros
Records Pickup: RP Lucas Sims, Cincinnati Reds
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