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Fantasy baseball: 5 pitchers worth adding to replace Max Scherzer on your roster

Things were just going too well for the Mets, weren’t they?

A nice cushion atop the National League East, one of the best rotations in baseball and an offense to match. Something, inevitably, would have to give. Well, that something just happened to be Max Scherzer’s oblique.

On Thursday, New York announced Scherzer would be shelved for 6-8 weeks after he pulled himself from Wednesday’s game following an injury on the mound. Not even 24 hours later, a nightmare scenario emerged: the Mets would now be without Max for two months—all while already down Jacob deGrom and Tylor Megill.

It’s especially tough news for fantasy managers who could easily pencil in Scherzer for a quality start with 8+ strikeouts every five days. Now that the NL Cy Young favorite is going on the injured list, here’s a look at some pitchers on the waiver wires who should help in the interim.

There might not be any replacing Max, but these guys can make his absence a little easier to manager.

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Martin Perez, Texas Rangers

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Yes, he pitches in an American League West featuring heavy-hitting lineups in Los Angeles and Houston, but the 31-year-old lefty has been extremely reliable of late.

Perez has strung together five consecutive quality starts, giving up three earned runs total with 26 strikeouts over that stretch. A 2.01 ERA and 1.02 WHIP continue to make Perez valuable in all league formats. Even better, he’s available in more than 60 percent of leagues on Yahoo and ESPN.

 

Jameson Taillon, New York Yankees

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Taillon has only gone six innings once so far this year, which isn’t great, but he does pitch in front of a rather unstoppable Yankees lineup which has already provided some benefits. Namely, a 4-1 record with three straight wins next to his name. For leagues that still appreciate a nice pitcher ‘W’, Taillon’s 3.28 ERA and 1.21 WHIP is worth the add.

He’s available in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues compared to just 44 percent of ESPN leagues.

George Kirby, Seattle Mariners

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Kirby has been a Major Leaguer for all of a week and already looks like he’s right at home. After entering the season as one of the Mariners’ top prospects, Kirby has proven his worth by throwing six shutout innings with seven strikeouts against the Tampa Bay Rays in his debut.

His second start against an even tougher opponent in the New York Mets ended after four innings, but Kirby allowed just three hits and one earned run.

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Kirby’s available in 37 percent of Yahoo leagues, but 63 percent of ESPN leagues. He’s worth an immediate add.

Reid Detmers, Los Angeles Angels

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Fantasy managers haven’t quite given Reid Detmers much respect yet—and the rookie already has a no-hitter under his belt this year!

Somehow he’s available in 84 percent of ESPN leagues and 73 percent of Yahoo leagues. Granted, Detmers has only gone more than five innings just once this year. You can guess which outing that was. In his first start after no-hitting Tampa, Detmers went 3.2 innings with three earned runs and two walks on four strikeouts.

He’s still a little rough around the edges, but if he can dial back into what he did against the Rays, Detmers should remain a front-of-the-rotation option for Los Angeles for years to come.

Johnny Cueto, Chicago White Sox

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The jury, understandably, remains out on Cueto.

He’s made just one start for the Chicago White Sox this season after a ramp up period in Triple A to begin the year.  In that outing against Kansas City, he gave a slumping Sox team a quality start — six innings, two hits, two walks, seven strikeouts, no runs — right when Chicago needed it most.

Cueto’s available in more than 90 percent of both ESPN and Yahoo leagues.

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