Travis got off to a hot start this season, then slowed down quite a bit, and eventually wound up on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Well, he’s supposedly going to be ready sometime this week, and if Travis wound up on your waiver wire, it’s time to pick him back up. Like I said, Travis really slowed down, but still posted a .271 average, seven homers, and 26 RBI in just 36 games. Travis was batting second in one baseball’s most potent offenses, so there are going to be a lot of opportunities for him to be driven in
If you need a second basemen or middle infielder, go grab Travis in anticipation of him being activated this week.
We recommended Hahn last week, but he’s still own in less than 20 percent of ESPN leagues and is coming off a great week. Against the Padres and Angels, Hahn only allowed two runs, seven hits and struck out eight in 14.1 innings.
Obviously the strikeout numbers are a tad disappointing, but on the season he has a 3.40 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP that make up for the low strikeout totals. Hahn hasn’t been perfect this season, but if his past two starts are any indication, he is heating up.
Everything I just said about Hahn can also be said for his teammate, Kendall Graveman, who is also a nice add.
The Giants have really lucked out with Matt Duffy and Joe Panik this year. Panik is also worth adding, but we’ll focus on Duffy here.
Duffy has really been heating up over the past 15 days, he’s posted a .333 average, two homers, 10 RBI, and six runs. Though he won’t offer much more than 12 to 15 homers, Duffy’s minor league numbers indicated he can keep up his .291 average. He also stole more than 20 bases in two of his three years in the minor leagues, so there is a nice chance for cheap steals. I like Duffy quite a bit, he reminds me of Matt Carpenter.
Parra has quietly batted at least .300 over the past two months and it appears he’s secured a starting spot in the outfield. This month alone, he’s posted eight double-digit hit games, two homers, 5 RBI, and three steals. No, Parra won’t steal many bases like you’d expect, but if he can hit atop the Brewers order for the rest of the season you can expect a nice source of runs.
Brett Cecil was solid for about a month, but it’s all become undone in the matter of a week. He’s allowed six runs this past week, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Blue Jays make a move. If the Blue Jays trade for Jonathan Papelbon, Ken Giles likely becomes the Phillies closer, and now would be a good time to grab hm just in case.
The Blue Jays are also reportedly interested in Francisco Rodriguez, so in the event that trade happens, Will Smith likely becomes the Brewers closer.
Lastly, it’s also possible the Blue Jays can’t pull off a move and are forced to find a new option within. In that scenario, Roberto Osuna becomes the closer.
So, Ken Giles, Will Smith, and Roberto Osuna are three names to keep in mind.