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Photo Credit: Dirk HansonWhat an exciting holiday weekend! The umpires didn't do themselves any favors in the White Sox game Friday night and then again in the Giants game Saturday, but everything came up roses for both teams. Angel Pagan's walk-off inside-the-park home run has got to be one of the most exciting plays of the year so far. Here are some of this week's waiver wire pickups to help your fantasy team come up roses as well.The following prices can be used as a guide for making free agent bids and assumes standard scoring with a $100 FAAB. All players listed are available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues.OffenseChris Young | OAK - It wasn't too long ago that Chris B Young had a 20/20 season, and he's come off of the disabled list on fire. If you need the help in the outfield, Young provides a nice combination of power and speed, although he may be spelled on the bench occasionally. $3Miguel Montero | ARI - He's been dropped all over the place but his track record and recent string of games in which he has gotten an actual hit seem to point to a rebound. If you are currently riding a hot hand catcher that doesn't seem to be quite as hot anymore (stares at John Buck) or if your catcher was recently demoted (scans the room and locks eyes with Jesus Montero) I'd consider adding Miguel. $2DJ LeMahieu | COL - I admit I was one of those who got burned by the Rutledge demotion and I had no choice but to drop him. LeMahieu will take his place, but won't provide much outside of a decent batting average. He is more of an NL only or very deep league option. Plus I don't trust anybody with a name that looks like it is spelled differently every time I see it. $1 Cameron Maybin | SD - I get all in a tizzy over Maybin every year and every year I leave feeling empty inside. He's started a rehab assignment and could rejoin the Padres in the next week or two. I'm not going to promise anything spectacular, but for a buck in your free agent auction you could snag him. There is still potential here and he's worth a flier if you are looking for cheap speed with some upside. $1StartersZach Wheeler | NYM - The Mets have said that Wheeler will make another 2-3 starts in the minors before joining the big club. He's got talent and appears ready to take the next step. I would stash him now and hope for Matt Harvey Part 2. $10Jorge De La Rosa | COL - He's put together a string of nice starts recently that is worth a look, and with two good matchups in the coming week, he's someone I'd grab, even if it is only temporary. $2Dan Straily | OAK - Straily had a bit of a rough patch but he sure did right the ship in his last start in which he beat Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers, throwing 7 innings of 2-hit ball. I've always liked him for the strikeout potential and the pitching friendly ballpark. This might be a good week to grab him as well with two starts slated on the schedule. $1RelieversJoe Smith | CLE - Bad news for the Tribe as they lost 3 of 4 to the Red Sox over the weekend, and even worse news that their closer Chris Perez left with an injury. It's not a stretch to think that Smith could assume the role in his absence since Cousin Vinnie Pestano hasn't been very effective of late. Scoop up the man with the most boring name in baseball if you need some saves. $8Vinnie Pestano / Cody Allen / Bryan Shaw | CLE - Until the situation clears itself up and a closer is revealed, it would also be wise to give a look to setup man Vinnie Pestano, and the lesser known relievers Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw, for possible saves. I'm putting my money on Smith to be the guy, but I recently picked up Allen pretty easily after the dust cleared. $5Francisco Rodriguez | MIL - Jim Henderson hit the DL with a bum hamstring, and K-Rod got a save on Friday night, so I'd be adding him in most leagues if you need saves, even if the Brewers go with a committee. $8 Darren O'Day | BAL - It never hurts to have the man behind the man who's blown four of his last five save opportunities. It always hurts to get your junk caught in your zipper. $5Joel Peralta | TB - Ditto above. Just change four blown saves to five. $5What will the Cardinals do with their rotation? With Chris Carpenter's rehab slowed, Jaime Garcia out, Jake Westbrook getting a second opinion on his elbow, and now John Gast hitting the DL, the Cardinals rotation is up in the air.Michael Wacha | STL - A top pick for the Cardinals in 2012, Wacha has cruised through the minors up to this point. Like any other rookie, he would have to make some adjustments to major league hitters, but many are speculating that he would be a great option for St. Louis. He was scratched from his start for AAA Memphis yesterday and could make his MLB debut for the Cards on Thursday. If so, he's a no-brainer add in all formats. Cue Fozzie the Bear jokes... $10Mike ButtilFollow Mike on Twitter @mbuttil643
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ST. LOUIS The wait for Michael Wacha is over.
The much anticipated arrival of the right-handed rookie starter will come Thursday, as Wacha debuts against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals announced the decision Tuesday morning, news that comes after the buzz around the 6-foot-6 pitcher has grown rampant due to the Cardinals currently having four starters...
St. Louis Cardinals top pitching prospect Michael Wacha will be called upon to make his big league debut on Thursday, May 30 against the Kansas City Royals.A first-round (19th overall) draft pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Texas A&M University, Wacha has quickly ascended through the St. Louis organization, starting the 2013 season at Triple-A Memphis following an impressive...
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With injuries wrecking the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff the team will promote highly touted propsect Michael Wacha to start on Thursday. Wacha was the 19th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.
The Cardinals had pushed Wacha’s start from Sunday to Monday before finally scratching him from his start at Triple-A Memphis.
Wacha compiled a 1.71 ERA, 0.84 WHIP...
Michael Wacha, the 19th overall pick just one summer ago, may be on his way to the majors to fill in for injured Cardinals’ pitchers. Jake Westbrook, Jaime Garcia, and most recently, John Gast, have all hit the DL as Cardinals’ starting pitchers this season. The prospect’s debut should be this Thursday, with a turn in the rotation currently empty.Fantasy Play: Pick Wacha up...
Weekly St. Louis Cardinals-focused chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.
Late Tuesday afternoon, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in our regular series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.” This time, we discussed the Cardinals pitching situation with injuries and the planned promotion of Michael Wacha...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. John Mozeliak can hear the salivating along I-70 already.
First-round draft pick Michael Wacha, the brightest jewel in a glimmering St. Louis Cardinals farm system, Mr. Untouchable at Triple-A Memphis, is finally on his way. And slated to make his Major League debut Thursday against the slumping Kansas City Royals.
Mozeliaks message? Down, boy. Dowwwwwwn.
The St. Louis Cardinals ran out of reasons not to promote their top pitching prospect.
Michael Wacha, the Cardinals' first-round pick last season, will start in his major league debut Thursday against the Kansas City Royals after a slew of injuries to their starting rotation left general manager John Mozeliak virtually out of options.
The 21-year-old Wacha dazzled during spring...
Exhale, Cardinals fans: the wait is over. St Louis will be promoting starting pitcher Michael Wacha to start on Thursday against the Royals. Wacha was taken 19th overall in last June's Draft, and will be the second first rounder from last year to debut in the majors, following Orioles starter Kevin Gausman.
In Wacha's pro debut in 2012, he started the year in the GCL...
The Cardinals posted the fourth-lowest ERA among starting staffs last season, finishing with a 3.62 mark. This was an impressive feat given ace Chris Carpenter made just three starts on the year while Adam Wainwright struggled mightily in the first half off his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. Alas, due to free-agent departures or stints on the disabled list, most of the integral...
The St. Louis Cardinals have officially promoted RHP Michael Wacha from Triple-A Memphis and will start Thursday night against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium. Wacha, out of Texas A&M University is the Cardinals’ top pitching prospect and the 1st round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Wacha had an outstanding career at Texas A&M as he posted a 9-4 record with a 2.29...
The St. Louis Cardinals will promote their first draft pick from last June, right-hander Michael Wacha.
Another weekly look at who’s hot and who’s not in minor league baseball to help your fantasy team. This week’s edition includes a top-flight pitching prospect making his major league debut, another pitcher this week to 'dash-n-stash' and if you missed out on Profar - there's a new middle infield prospect on the way. HOTKevin Gausman P | BAL (Baseball...
As the season trudges along owners must be in tune with the daily goings-on in Major League Baseball. Three potential impact players enter the player pool picture today: Nick Franklin (SS, Seattle), Michael Wacha (SP, St. Louis), and Yasmani Grandal (C, San Diego).
Nick Franklin- Shortstop/Second Baseman- Seattle Mariners: Nick Franklin offers the Seattle Mariners a desperate change...
When it rains, it pours.
According to Jennifer Langosch, the Cardinals pitching staff took another hit tonight when John Gast had to leave the game, after facing just 6 hitters, due to shoulder tightness.
As if that wasn't enough, Jennifer Langosch also reported that Jake Westbrook will likely get a second opinion on his ailing shoulder next week, most likely with Dr. James...
The St. Louis Cardinals have officially promoted RHP Michael Wacha from Triple-A Memphis and will start Thursday night against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium. Wacha, out of Texas A&M University is the Cardinals' top pitching prospect and the 1st round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Wacha had an outstanding career at Texas A&M as he posted a 9-4 record with a 2.29...