Streaming Wars: Waiver Wire Targets for September 12

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Welcome to Streaming Wars, your one-stop shop for streaming the waiver wire. Use this column to improve upon your neediest categories.

Below are your pitcher and hitter streaming targets for Tuesday, September 12.

Let's get to it.

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Agenda

  1. Eeeeeeephus
  2. Today's Weather and Updates
  3. Tomorrow's Picks

 

1. Eeeeeeephus

We had an eephus sighting yesterday - for a strikeout no less. Here's Fernando Abad getting a swinging K on a way too hittable pitch.

 

2. Today's Weather and Updates

Despite the presence of a hurricane in the southeast US, today's games will be dry. The Nationals game is at risk tomorrow.

 

3. Tomorrow's Picks - Tuesday, September 12

Pitchers to Use

Since the All Star break, Kyle Gibson has posted a luck neutral 3.19 ERA over 48 innings. He's induced 7.13 K/9 and 2.06 BB/9. Gibson's last four outings have lasted at least six innings - all of which were quality starts. He has a soft matchup against the Padres tomorrow.

Garrett Richards only lasted 3.1 innings in his return from the disabled list, but that was to be expected. Richards' fastball was humming a hair under 96 mph. He has a shot to reach five innings pitched tomorrow versus the Astros. The Houston offense is worrisome. I'd feel better about this matchup if Richards was fully healthy. Then again, he wouldn't be freely available if he was healthy.

Other Targets: Dillon Peters, Eduardo Rodriguez, Blake Snell, Robert Stephenson

 

Pitchers to Exploit

Joe Biagini does a lot of things right. He induces strikeouts despite a pitch-to-contact, ground ball profile. He has one fatal flaw, and it may prevent him from ever being a useful starting pitcher - he can't hold base runners. His stats are far worse when pitching out of the stretch. It could be a small sample blip, but this smells real to me.

Other Targets: Dylan Covey, Sam Gaviglio, Nick Pivetta, Matt Boyd, Marco Gonzales, Robert Gsellman, Travis Wood

 

Homers on the Wire

Austin Jackson bats second for the Indians when they face left-handed pitching. He's slashing a robust .339/.419/.578 with four home runs in 124 plate appearances. While the power is hardly awe inspiring, the overall profile is extremely valuable versus Boyd and the Tigers bullpen.

Despite mediocre peripherals, Lance Lynn has posted a 2.94 ERA in 29 starts. He's also run into occasional issues with home runs (1.26 HR/9). For that reason, you may wish to consider 30 home run threat Scott Schebler.

Other Targets: Tommy Joseph, Freddy Galvis, Aaron Altherr, Derek Dietrich, Brian Anderson, Austin Hays, Seth Smith, Lucas Duda, Max Moroff, Jordy Mercer, Drew Robinson, Stephen Piscotty

 

Steals on the Wire

Gerrit Cole has improved considerably with runners on base, but you can bet opposing players are still looking for opportunities to run. Keon Broxton and Hernan Perez are the best combination of fast and available.

Other Targets: Michael Taylor, Kevin Kiermaier, Delino DeShields, Manuel Margot

 

Skill Positions

If you picked up Yan Gomes for today, hang onto him for tomorrow. Boyd got bumped to Tuesday. Versus southpaws, Gomes is a .255/.348/.510 hitter with seven home runs in 113 plate appearances.

 

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