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Waiver review: Claim Scherzer, Cook


Waiver review: Claim Scherzer, Cook
I made a huge waiver bid on super prospect Max Scherzer in one of my leagues this weekend.

Alas, I capped my bid at half of my available funds and watched him take up residence on another squad.

Scherzer's first big league start was one of the most hyped first appearances since Kerry Wood took the hill for the Cubs nearly a decade ago. Sure, Joba and Hughes and Longoria have come down the path since then, but never did the term "men among boys" seem more appropriate than when reviewing Scherzer's ridiculous minor league stats.

Taking my cue from Terrell Owens, I grabbed my popcorn and watched Scherzer take on crafty veteran Jamie Moyer and the Phillies. Somehow, I always enjoy typing the word "crafty." In any event, Scherzer didn't earn a victory on Monday night, but he certainly raised some eyebrows and sent shivers down the spines of the GMs in the NL West. He leads the waiver wire pack for this week. That's right. Scherzer actually went unclaimed in some leagues.

By the way, can we find a way to get Micah Owings some more regular at-bats?

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"El Magnifico," Max Scherzer, blew up radar guns on Monday night with a 98 mile per hour fastball against the Phillies. He fanned five hitters, but a Stephen Drew error opened the floodgates in the fourth inning and forced him out of the game. He allowed seven hits and five runs, only two of which were earned. He'll need to mix his pitches more and not rely so heavily on the fastball going forward, but a heater approaching triple digits is nice to have in the back pocket. He'll next take the hill over the weekend against the Cubs. I expect him to take a role in the bullpen before long, but low WHIP and ERA numbers with superior strikeout totals are welcome from anywhere on the staff. He's currently available in 56.6 percent of FOXSports.com fantasy leagues.

It won't be long before Jay Bruce is creeping into the Cincinnati lineup. Corey Patterson began the season swinging a hot bat, but he's cooled considerably. He homered four times in his first eight games with eight RBI. In his past 22 appearances, Patterson's produced three RBI. He owns a miserable .263 on-base percentage and won't be leading off for long. His total of five stolen bases is a nice little bump, but again, you can't steal if you're not on base.

Ubaldo Jimenez was a pleasant surprise down the stretch for fantasy owners as the Rockies made their improbable run to the World Series. Unfortunately, the 2008 season hasn't been as kind to him, or most of the Rockies for that matter. He's pitched to a dismal 5.82 ERA with a positively brutal 1.94 WHIP. In seven starts, he's yet to complete more than six innings of work. Additionally, his walk-to-strikeout ratio is nearly one. Perhaps he'll find his stride as the season progresses, but this 2008 sleeper's yet to awaken thus far.

There's a veritable truckload of struggling superstars who are starting to teeter toward the "Drop" list, but it's far too early to pull the plug just yet. If the calendar flips again, however, then we'll need to have a heart-to-heart.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 7, 2008

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