The 2019 Fantasy Baseball season will be finished before October. After months of baseball, two teams should be left contending for the number one spot in their league. For the finals, the waiver wire could be important. With guys like Mike Trout and Christian Yelich done for the season, some teams may need to find replacements. Here are some waiver wire hitters that can contribute to the fantasy baseball finals:
Sean Murphy, C, Oakland Athletics
Sean Murphy has a slash line of .353/.389/.853 with an OPS of 1.242 through just 12 Major League Baseball games. He is heating up at a good time for the A’s, as they are still battling for home-field advantage in the Wild Card game. As long as Murphy continues to hit well, the A’s should give him some more at-bats in the final games of the regular season. The Athletics will finish their regular season with four games against the Mariners, which can help Murphy get some pitches to hit. The rookie is being picked up in a lot of ESPN leagues and is owned in about 30 percent of them.
Howie Kendrick, 2B/3B/1B, Washington Nationals
Veteran Howie Kendrick has been playing very well as of late. After having three multi-hit games from September 15 through September 18, he has his batting average up to .343 on the season. The 36-year-old is just two homers shy of tying his career-high of 18. The Nationals are going for a Wild Card spot, and it might be smart for them to keep Kendrick’s hot bat in the lineup. He has an own percentage of about 22 in ESPN leagues.
Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets
Brandon Nimmo hasn’t had the best season to this point. However, he has stepped it up in September. Through 16 games in the month, he has a line of .297/.481/.703. Four of his seven home runs have been hit in that span as well. There is a chance he can keep this hot streak going through the fantasy baseball finals. Heading into the last games of the regular season, the Mets are still in contention to make a Wild Card spot. The Mets open up the final week of the regular season with four home games against the Marlins. Brandon Nimmo can use this to his advantage for the fantasy baseball finals. He has an own percentage of about 35 in ESPN leagues.
Kevin Newman, SS/2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Kevin Newman has appeared on this list multiple times, so one last time for 2019 makes sense. He is still hitting over .300 and has been hitting pretty consistently throughout the season. The Pirates will not be participating in the 2019 Postseason. However, this can work from a fantasy baseball perspective. Newman may play better since they will likely have less pressure as a team. The Pirates will also be at home in the final week of the regular season. This could be useful to Newman as well. He has an own percentage of about 41 in ESPN leagues.
Kyle Lewis, OF, Seattle Mariners
Kyle Lewis is another rookie to make the list. After eight big league games, he is hitting .294/.306/.794 with an OPS of 1.100. His five homers are impressive, which helped him get to 10 RBI in just eight games. The 24-year-old is putting his September call up to use, and he could keep it up throughout the rest of the regular season. He is also an outfielder, which means he can be put in a spot the Trout or Yelich occupied. Lewis has an own percentage of about 15 in ESPN leagues.
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