The waiver wire can be a gold mine for fantasy baseball players who are looking to boost their pitching statistics. On most days, 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 28 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)
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants (54.4 percent): Even though his WHIP is a scary-high 1.61, Lincecum has managed to keep the damage pretty moderate in most of his starts. His ERA sits at just 3.39 in his last eight outings despite all those base runners, and he’s striking hitters out at a very nice clip too (9.11 K/9).
I expect fewer runners allowed from him today when he takes on the Chicago Cubs at home. The Cubbies rank just 23rd in baseball in runs scored per game, and are second to last in team batting average (.234). Aside from Starlin Castro, the rest of the Cubs’ active roster owns a minute .180 average off of Lincecum in 89 at-bats, so your confidence should be relatively high on the two-time Cy Young Award winner today.
Jordan Lyles, Colorado Rockies (37 percent): How a guy with a 5-1 record and 3.45 ERA is still so widely available on waiver wires is beyond me. Not only is this fellow pitching for one of the best offensive teams in baseball, but he’s allowed two earned runs of fewer in seven of his 10 starts to this point. Now that’s a recipe for continued success that many more people should be taking advantage of.
If you’re smart, you’ll indeed take advantage of Lyles’ talents today when he faces the Philadelphia Phillies. Not only does Philly sit way down at 26th in baseball in runs scored per game at home, but Lyles has already thrown seven scoreless innings in a win against these guys back in April.
Considering his next two starts come against bottom-five offenses in terms of runs scored per game (Arizona, Atlanta), I recommend making this fellow a nice warm bed and inviting him to stay on your roster for a while.
Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates (2.8 percent): Here’s a stat that will blow your mind: Morton owns a terrible 1-6 record with a 3.29 ERA, while Rick Porcello of the Detroit Tigers is 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA. It must be nice to pitch for the Tigers huh?
I think Morton improves on that record today when he squares off against the light-hitting New York Mets. The Metropolitans are not only the lowest-scoring home team in baseball at 3.10 runs per game, but their average is a minuscule .222 at Citi Field. Considering the terrible Bartolo Colon will be his counterpart on the mound today, the Pirates should be able to muster enough offense to get the win for Morton.