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Waiver Wire September 17, 2023

Jarred Kelenic, OF, SEA (CBS: 56 % rostered, ESPN: 17% rostered): He’s back and healthy after the IL stint for taking his frustrations out on a water cooler. Here’s hoping he picks up where he left off, as the Mariners could use his five-category production as they duke it out with Houston, Texas, and the Jays for a playoff berth.

Heston Kjerstad, OF, BAL (CBS: 22% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): In daily move Leagues, give him a look. He won’t play every day, not with Ryan O’Hearn at the ready, but still could provide an excellent opportunity to boost your power numbers over the last two weeks of the season.

Sawyer Gipson-Long, SP, DET (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): We’ve now seen two starts from Gipson-Long and one win with solid peripherals, is now in the books, which, if not for Alex Lange turning victory into defeat last night, could very well be two victories. Toss in the 11 strikeouts, and with Oakland next on the schedule, he should be added in all formats. The fastball isn’t fooling anyone, but the off-speed stuff sure is!

Elehuris Montero, 1B/3B, COL (CBS: 7% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): After a rather dismal August, Montero has bounced back nicely, posting a two-homer, 7 RBI, 11 runs, scored .992 OPS in September. It’s a good time for Montero to get hot as the Rockies look to 2024.

Gabriel Moreno, C, ARZ (CBS: 38% rostered, ESPN: 6% rostered): A great August has morphed into an equally good September for the young backstop. In 95 second-half at-bats, he is posting a great .989 OPS with five homers and 18 RBI. Is this a harbinger of things to come moving into 2024?

Rene Pinto, C, TBR (CBS: 2% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): In 35 September at-bats, Pinto has now hit 4 home runs while driving in 8 runs. As a #2 catcher in two-catcher formats, one could do much worse.

Cal Quantrill, SP, CLE (CBS: 34% rostered, ESPN: 10% rostered): In his three starts since coming off the IL, Quantrill has tossed three consecutive quality starts while allowing only a miserly three runs. The rest appears to have done him a world of good, and with the Royals (Brady Singer) and O’s (John Means) next on the agenda in a two-start week, he should be considered a must-add in all formats.

JP Sears, SP, OAK (CBS: 32% rostered, ESPN: 6% rostered): In three September starts, Sears has posted a 1.59 ERA. and is looking at three starts (Seattle, Detroit, and the Angels) over the last two weeks of the season. He’s an option that shouldn’t be overlooked for those looking to stream starting pitching. There might still be a future for Sears!

Matt Vierling, 3B/OF, DET (CBS: 7% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): No, he’s not an everyday player, but he sure is taking advantage of every opportunity he has received. Out of the leadoff slot, Vierling has recorded 2 home runs and 12 runs scored in only 40 at-bats thus far in September. If one is looking at chasing runs scored in the last couple of weeks of the season, he’s worthy of our attention.

Closer Report

Chris Martin, RP, BOS (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Kenley Jansen has been placed on the Covid IL and could be lost for an extended period. Chris Martin becomes the principal closer in his Hunter Harvey, RP, WAS (CBS: 18% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered) absence and should prove to be very capable of getting the job done in Jansen’s absence.  Kyle Finnegan has been struggling……again. How much longer do the Nat’s stick with him before turning the ninth inning over to Hunter Harvey?

Tyler Kinley, RP, COL (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Justin Lawrence has not enjoyed a good September, capping it off with a rolled ankle last week. It hasn’t sent him to the IL, but he has struggled to a second-half 6.35 ERA and opened the door for Tyler Kinley. Kinley has posted a 2.57 ERA in September with four saves and appears to be solidly in the driver’s seat for save opps at this time.

Julian Merryweather, RP, CHC (CBS: 13% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Adbert Alzolay has hit the IL with a right forearm strain, necessitating a move to a committee for the hot Cubbies. I’ll go with Julian Merryweather as the favorite to earn saves during Alzolay’s absence, but wouldn’t rule out Mark Leiter Jr. or even Marcus Stroman ending up in the mix for saves.

Two-start Pitchers

Cal Quantrill, CLE (CBS: 34% rostered) @Jordan Lyles, KCR and vs. Dean Kremer, BAL.

Reese Olson, DET (CBS: 28% rostered) @Ryan Pepiot, LAD and @TBD, OAK.

Jose Butto, NYM (CBS: 6% rostered) @Edward Cabrera, MIA and @Michael Lorenzen, PHI.


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