The waiver wire can be a gold mine for fantasy players who are looking to boost their pitching statistics. On most any day, there is sure to be a starter or three just waiting to be scooped up who can help lead a fantasy team to the promised land. In today’s slice of fantasy baseball advice, let’s take a look at some hurlers who should be in for a strong day on the hill on May 27 and are quite possibly available on a waiver wire near you.
Now hurry up and grab one of these pitchers before some other cagey owner gets to them first.
(Ownership percentages based off ESPN standard leagues)
Alfredo Simon: Cincinnati Reds (78.9 percent): With a 6-2 record, 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, I’m flabbergasted that this guy is still available on so many waiver wires. He’s allowed just one earned run and struck out 14 in his last two starts (both wins), and he has a very good shot at another strong showing today.
He gets the Los Angeles Dodgers this evening, and while it seems like a tough matchup, the Dodgers have actually struggled at home this year. They sport a 10-13 record on home turf and have scored just 3.83 runs per game at Dodger Stadium. Simon has been even more brilliant on the road this season with a 1.05 ERA and makes for a smart play on this lovely Tuesday.
Jonathon Niese: New York Mets ( 38.8 percent): This lefty has been incredibly reliable in 2014, as he’s yet to allow more than three earned runs in any of his nine starts. That equals out to a very strong 2.70 ERA, and even though he isn’t exactly a strikeout artist, he adds value to any fantasy roster.
Niese could add a whole lot of value today when he takes on the Pittsburgh Pirates at home. The Bucs have found the sledding to be rough on the road this season, as they own just a 7-14 record. A big reason behind that would be their 3.33 runs scored per game average on enemy turf, which ranks them just 26th in baseball. Feel free to use this Niese with confidence tonight.
Jorge De La Rosa: Colorado Rockies (21.3 percent): After a rough start to the 2014 campaign, De La Rosa has been a very sturdy arm on a weak Colorado staff. He’s won five of his last six starts and owns a superb 2.03 ERA in his last seven outings. Look for continued success today.
He’ll take on the Philadelphia Phillies tonight, and though they lit up the Rockies yesterday to the tune of nine runs, they have generally struggled at home this season. Their record sits at 10-14 in the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park, and they’ve scored just 3.58 runs per game at home, ranking them 25th in the league.