Waiver Wired: Top MLB Pickups

Waiver Wired: Top MLB Pickups
In this week's Waiver Wired, D.J. Short welcomes Dillon Gee back from the disabled list and hopes that Kolten Wong is ready for a breakout.
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Gio Gonzalez fell to 6-5, allowing four runs (three earned) over 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss against the Orioles.

Gonzalez entered the start having pitched 22 consecutive scoreless innings, but Steve Pearce put an end to that quickly, blasting a solo home run in the first inning. The O's later rallied for three runs in the third inning, all with two outs. Overall, Gonzalez allowed six hits, walked three, and struck out seven. The lefty will go into the All-Star break with a 3.56 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 85/33 K/BB ratio.
Jul 10 - 10:03 PM

Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning en route to save number 15 as the Orioles emerged victorious over the Nationals on Thursday.

It would have been a 1-2-3 inning if not for Anthony Rendon's two-out infield single. Britton, however, was able to get Jayson Werth to ground into a game-ending fielder's choice to end the contest. The 26-year-old lefty is now 15-for-17 in save chances with a 1.33 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 37/13 K/BB ratio.
Jul 10 - 10:00 PM

Jayson Werth hit a solo home run, his only hit in five at-bats, as the Nationals were handed a one-run loss by the Orioles on Thursday.

Werth has found his power stroke in July, having homered yesterday as well, giving him four in eight games this month. His sixth-inning homer brought the Nationals to within 4-2 and Ian Desmond would later make it 4-3, but the O's were able to hang on. Werth's slugging percentage was as low as .370 on June 30, but is now .427. He's slashing .278/.361/.427 overall with 10 home runs and 47 RBI.
Jul 10 - 9:57 PM

Steve Pearce singled and hit a solo home run in four at-bats as the Orioles defeated the Nationals on Thursday.

Pearce hasn't logged a hit since Sunday, as he only had one at-bat when the O's were in Washington playing without the DH and was held hitless on Wednesday at home. The homer got the scoring started in the bottom of the first. In only 198 plate appearances, Pearce has 11 home runs, 31 RBI, and a .322/.379/.583 slash line.
Jul 10 - 9:55 PM

Paul Maholm is likely to start on Saturday against the Padres in place of the injured Josh Beckett (hip).

He's expected to take the ball unless he's needed relief on Thursday or Friday. Red Patterson will be on standby at Triple-A Albuquerque in case Maholm does have to pitch in relief over the next couple days. He can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Jul 10 - 9:49 PM

Ian Desmond exited Thursday's game against the Orioles after being hit on the right hand by a pitch.

Desmond initially stayed in the game and tried to play defense the next inning, but he felt too much pain while making warm-up throws. The shortstop figures to undergo an X-ray to make sure he didn't break anything.
Jul 10 - 9:43 PM

Brewers recalled RHP Jimmy Nelson from Triple-A Nashville.

Nelson will take Marco Estrada's spot in the rotation starting on Saturday against the Cardinals. The young right-hander boasts a 1.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 114/32 K/BB ratio over 111 innings this season at Nashville and is worth gambling on in all fantasy formats.
Jul 10 - 9:37 PM

Brewers placed LHP Wei-Chung Wang on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder tightness.

Wang gave up two runs over a relief inning Thursday to push his ERA up to 11.12. The Rule 5 pick has some talent, but he's clearly not big league-ready and is probably better off being stashed on the DL. It's not clear how long he'll be out.
Jul 10 - 9:33 PM
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