The waiver wire can be a gold mine for fantasy players who are looking to boost their pitching stats. On just about any day, there is sure to be a starter or three just waiting to be picked up who can help lead a fantasy team to glory. In today’s slice of fantasy advice, let’s take a look at some hurlers who should be in for a solid night on the mound on May 21 and are quite possibly available on a waiver wire near you.
Now hurry up and grab one of these pitchers before some other sly owner gets to them first.
Ownership percentages based off ESPN standard leagues
Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres (60.6 percent): Quietly, this fellow is having a pretty nice season for the Padres. He’s their only starting pitcher with a winning record (5-3), and sports a very solid 2.83 ERA. Ross is also striking out 8.27 batters per nine innings, which makes him an even more desirable fantasy asset.
His success is likely to continue this evening when San Diego takes on the Minnesota Twins at Petco Park. After a sizzling hot start offensively, the Twinkies have slowed down substantially, scoring just 3.63 runs per game in the month of May. To make Ross an even more appetizing option, he’s been far more dominant at home this season, where his ERA sits at a minuscule 1.59. He makes for a high-end option tonight.
Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins (22.7 percent): Sitting in the opposing dugout from Mr. Ross will be this projected starter, and he’s had plenty of success himself this year. After four mediocre starts to kick off the season, Hughes has really been mowing down hitters in his last four. He’s allowed just four total earned runs in that span, which totals up to a tidy 1.38 ERA.
He’ll be taking on the weakest offense in baseball today, as the Padres score just 3.09 runs per game. San Diego also ranks in the top half of the league in strikeouts per game as a team, so Hughes’ 7.61 K’s per nine innings could be in for a welcomed increase. Expect a low-scoring affair out on the west coast tonight, so one or both of this game’s starting pitchers should be on your radar.
Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox (9.4 percent): While this guy hasn’t exactly been dominant, he has been very good this season. He’s allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts, and has a very respectable 3.67 ERA. Based on his stats, he should be owned in far more leagues, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option this evening.
He’ll be taking on the Kansas City Royals today, and their offense clocks in at just 3.96 runs per game, good for 20th in baseball. The Royals don’t strike out a ton, but Quintana should be able to hold this offense in check. K.C. will be sending their weakest starter to the hill in Jeremy Guthrie, so a win for the Sox seems like a strong possibility as well.