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Wavier Wire Pickups: Week 13

With regular playing time outfielder Roger Bernadina is making the most of his time in the Nationals’ lineup as he’s hit .319 with three home runs and five stolen bases over his last 91 plate appearances. The Nationals seem to be finding quality production in the lineup, and it looks like they could have another offensive summer, even without power hitter Adam Dunn from a year ago.

On the season Bernadina already has eleven stolen bases and should provide decent power for your squad as well. Consider him a must have pickup as he’s owned in just eleven percent of Yahoo leagues and 30 percent of ESPN leagues. Don’t be surprised if Bernadina finds his way into your starting lineup throughout the summer, but for now he’s almost a must to keep on your roster.

Starting Pitchers

John Lannan – Nationals

Yahoo ESPN
6% 6%

In John Lannan’s past 39 innings of work, he has an earn run average just over one with a 0.95 WHIP and three wins for the Nationals. Maybe the team lost their Head Coach, but they should continue to play respectable baseball as they are a team on the upswing. Lannan can give you respectable innings going forward, as he has decent stuff and the Nationals will provide run support to help him win games.

Brandon Beachy – Braves

Yahoo ESPN
44% 59%

After Brandon Beachy’s eleven strikeout return against the Blue Jays, he’s been a top target off the waiver wire in recent days. Take a look on the wire to see if he’s still around, and if so, make him a priority to get right away. This is a pitcher worth spending good money on for those of you that bid for waivers in weekly leagues.

Freddy Garcia – Yankees

Yahoo ESPN
12% 7%

Yankee veterans like Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon (on the DL right now), will probably fade in the second half of the season, but for now, Garcia is a decent option for week thirteen as he starts against the Brewers and at the Mets. The Brewers are a different team on the road, and Garcia should have a chance for a respectable game against the Mets in their pitcher friendly park.

Catcher

A.J. Pierzynski – White Sox

Yahoo ESPN
24% 12%

A.J. Pierzynski is probably one of my least favorite players in baseball, but I can’t deny his hot streak of late. Batting .356 over the past month, Pierzynski can provide stability to your catcher position in a year that it seems hard to find many reliable options. Don’t expect his success to last long term but for now he’s worth owning.

Second Baseman

Jemile Weeks – A’s

Yahoo ESPN
21% 35%

Brother of Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, Jemile Weeks is a little more of a speedster than his brother and at this time he’s playing so well the A’s can’t move him back to the minors. Oakland is desperate for hitting and Weeks is giving this team a spark in their recent winning streak, so expect him to get regular playing time at second base.

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