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A week after the all-star game and its time to make your last moves to try and get into your playoffs. There is not going to be much left on your waiver wire at this point, but there are still some players that you can pick up to help you make the last push. Below you’ll find some guys that are having good July’s and I think are well worth the pick up at this point.

In The Batter’s Box
Arismendy Alcantara (CHC)Arismendy Alcantara (SS – CHC) 48% ESPN, 18% Yahoo – Called up to play his first game on July 9th, Alcantra has been fantastic. In his 11 games played he has hit .277 with two home runs, seven RBI and nine runs along with four stolen bases. The only worry is that he is splitting time between second base and center field, but as long as he keeps hitting the Cubs will find a place for him in the lineup. He should be owned in all leagues right now.

Kevin Kiermaier (OF – TB) Owned in 31% ESPN, 14% Yahoo –  Kiermaier had a very slow start to his season, not getting a lot of regular playing time really until early June. His June was great though, hitting .316 with five home runs, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored.  His July hasn’t been quite as impressive, but still very good hitting .281 with a home run, 11 RBI and 11 runs. Grab him if you need moderate power a good average. 

Stephen Drew (SS – BOS) 8% ESPN, 10% Yahoo – Drew returned to the Red Sox in late May and was having a tough time getting back into the flow of things, seeing his batting average sit at .128 as of July 10th. Since the all-star break he has picked up his average 42 points, has hit two home runs, six RBI and four runs. He is kind of a shot in the dark add if you are struggling with the short stop positions and can’t get Alcantara.

From The Mound
Neftali Feliz (TEX)Neftali Feliz (RP – TEX) 33% ESPN, 38% Yahoo – Joakim Soria was recently traded to the Tigers, opening the door for Feliz to close for the Rangers the rest of the season. This alone makes him a must add, even though the Rangers aren’t winning many games, but as I’ve said before all closers need to be owned in every league. If Feliz falters, then start looking into acquiring Corey Knebel as a replacement.

Jorge De La Rosa (SP – COL) 8% ESPN, 20% Yahoo – If you remove June, where he had a 7.11 ERA, De La Rosa has had a very good season, posting a 3.10 ERA. That is very good for a pitcher who pitches in Colorado. In fact he has a better ERA at home than the does on the road, 3.23 to 5.37, which is really the only reason I can recommend him. He can also give you good strikeout numbers from time to time, like this past week when he struck out 11 batters. Don’t expect anything near that every time out his K/9 is just over 6.5.

Wade Miley (SP – ARI) 34% ESPN, 32 % Yahoo – Miley, to put it lightly, has not been good this season, but in the month of July he has been great. In July he has won three of his four starts, three straight, with a 1.88 ERA. 0.87 WHIP and a 9.10 K/9 rate. Today he is on the road against the Phillies, so even if you aren’t sold on him turning things around quite yet, today is a great spot start.

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