Pitching and middle infield potential adds


A quarter of the way through the fantasy baseball season finds a few opportunities to improve upon your team via the waiver wire. Those in need of starting pitching may want to add Luis Perdomo of the San Diego Padres, Eddie Butler of the Chicago Cubs, or Hansel Robles of the New York Mets. All are less than 20 percent owned in CBSSports.com leagues. After a horrid start, Perdomo has reduced his ERA from 9.00 to 4.18 while not permitting a home run since his initial start. His strike rate per nine innings is approaching eight while his ground ball rate is close to 70 percent. Former Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler has moved on to the Cubs and accrued a 1.17 ERA in Triple-A. He did not miss a beat in his first start with the Cubs gaining a win versus the Cardinals after pitching six strong innings that included five strikeouts. Robles has become the Mets new setup man as Addison Reed replaced the injured Jeurys Familia. His 95 miles per hour fastball could get him the closing role soon if Reed continues to blow saves as was the case on Sunday against the Brewers.


If looking to improve upon your home run category for the middle infield position, take a look at Ryan Schimpf of the San Diego Padres and Jed Lowrie of the Oakland Athletics. Schimpf has just 17 hits on the year for a woeful .170 batting average. However of the 17 hits, nine have left the ballpark. Lowrie has been solid after returning from an injury plagued 2016 campaign. His four home runs in 120 at bats has surpassed his 2016 total. His fly ball rate has maintained at 45 percent thus far, so if maintained, it is realistic for Lowrie to come through with 12 plus home runs by the end of the season. Follow the Fantasy Alarm team for MLB lineup updates throughout the year (http://www.fantasyalarm.com/mlb).