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The Wire Troll: Chris Young’s Comeback Story

September 14, 2014 | by Michael Seff | Comments (0)
Chris Young has revitalized his career with the New York Yankees.
Chris Young has rediscovered his power stroke in Pinstripes. (Howard Simmons/New York Daily News)

Like countless others have done, Chris Young has gone from one team’s trash to the Yankees’ treasure. The latest Bronx hero has regained his power stroke, while in Baltimore, just hit the rewind button two months and you will notice we recommended the then-Chicago White Sock (the “x” in Sox always makes life complicated) Alejandro De Aza, and he’s back in business in Charm City. A look now at this week’s Wire Troll recommendations.

Chris Young, LF, New York Yankees (ESPN: 8 per cent owned; CBS: 10 per cent): Bonnie Tyler sang “I Need a Hero,” and now it’s clear Young was listening. The former Met has three homers in just over a week since donning Pinstripes, including a walk-off three-run shot (see video below) and a go-ahead blast in extra innings. Young’s average with the Bombers (.429) is more than double his .205 mark with their cross-town rivals. Ride the hot hand while you can.

Alejandro De Aza, OF, Baltimore Orioles (ESPN: 33 per cent owned; CBS: 26 per cent): De Aza has experienced a rebirth, not to mention a 16 percentage point spike in ownership over the past week. All he’s done since joining the Orioles is go 13-for-33 (.394) with five extra base hits, including two homers. With Chris Davis now suspended for the season, De Aza’s bat will come in even handier for the playoff-bound O’s.

Josh Fields, RP, Houston Astros (ESPN: 7 per cent owned; CBS: 6 per cent): Fields has been solid in the closer’s role, with saves in his last two appearances after some shaky outings by veteran Chad Qualls. The Astros don’t exactly provide their relievers with a plethora of save chances, but Fields might be good for the rare ones that he has.

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D.J. LeMahieu, 2B, Colorado Rockies (ESPN: 11 per cent owned; CBS: 27 per cent): Speaking of reliable infielders, the hard-to-spell LeMahieu is putting up De Aza-like numbers in September, going 13-for-35 (.371) with a homer and five RBI. LeMahieu and every other Rockie will be using September as an audition for 2015, so he might be worth a look.

Donovan Solano, 2B, Miami Marlins (ESPN: 2 per cent owned; CBS: 2 per cent): Okay, we promise, just one more second baseman to pump up here… Solano has come up with some clutch hits this season and one of his biggest games came last week against Atlanta when he racked up four hits, his second such occurrence against the Bravos this season.

Daniel Corcino, SP, Cincinnati Reds (ESPN: unowned; CBS: 1 per cent): Corcino gave the Reds an outstanding spot start in place of Mat Latos, allowing just two runs on two hits in six innings against the Brewers on Friday. The youngster just may get another look from the Reds… and Fantasy owners.

Nathan Karns, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (ESPN: unowned; CBS: 2 per cent): Another potential one-hit wonder worth taking a flyer on is Karns, who blanked Toronto over seven innings on just two hits Friday with eight strikeouts. Drew Smyly has been shut down for the year, so Karns will have a chance to prove his worth here in September.

Daniel Nava, OF/1B, Boston Red Sox (ESPN: 1 per cent owned; CBS: 9 per cent): Nava was Mr. Clutch last season but regressed so badly early on that he was sent to the minors. But he may be finding his groove again at the end of a lost season in Beantown, as he has three multi-hit games in September with a homer and six RBI. With David Ortiz and Allen Craig getting occasional breathers, Nava will find his way into the lineup just about every day down the stretch.

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The Wire Troll: Jake Locker Looking Very Efficient

September 9, 2014 | by Josh Johnson | Comments (3)
It seems the Ken Whisenhunt genius has sunk into Locker already. While Locker didn’t torch the respectable Chief Defense for 400 or more yards he did play a swift and efficient game. We think had this game been closer we would seen more shots downfield from him. Oh, by the way, Locker gets to play the historically awful Dallas Cowboys in Week Two.
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The Wire Troll: Brad Boxberger Breaks Out for Rays

September 7, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Boxberger tossed his sixth straight scoreless outing (and fifth straight hitless performance) Saturday, as he earned the win for the second straight day. He now has five wins, tons of holds, a pile of Ks, a microscopic (0.80) WHIP and a sweet ERA. Boxberger is one of the top non-closing relievers to own right now.
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The Wire Troll: Miguel Gonzalez Grooving for B-More

August 31, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
In his last three starts, he’s only given up 14 hits, four earned runs and three walks while fanning 13 in 19 1/3 IP. He’s won twice and taken a hard-luck loss. Gonzalez, part of a very cheap Orioles rotation (except for that Jimenez dude), seems to do enough to put himself in line for some wins given how strong the B-More offense is, so give him a look in deeper mixed leagues and add him in AL-only formats.
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The Wire Troll: Jon Jay Plays His Cards Right

August 24, 2014 | by Michael Seff | Comments (1)
Jay’s good friend Freese is starting to show the Angels what the Cardinals got glimpses of prior to trading him. Mr. October (2011) has turned it around after a very slow start, posting a .300 average in August with seven RBI. His season numbers are pedestrian (.259, six homers, 41 RBI), but when you consider he was hitting just .203 at the end of May, his stock is headed in the right direction.
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