The waiver wire can be a gold mine for fantasy baseball players who are looking to boost their pitching stats. 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 29 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)
Ryan Vogelsong: San Francisco Giants (42.4 percent): For a guy who has given up one earned run or less in five of his last six starts, it’s pretty incredible that Vogelsong is still available in over half of ESPN leagues. I guess people still aren’t sold on him, but the numbers speak for themselves.
He’ll face a stiff challenge tonight when he takes on the surging St. Louis Cardinals. The Red Birds have won 10 of their last 14 games, but much of that has to do with outstanding pitching. They’re still scoring just 3.91 runs per game this season (22nd in baseball), so if the Giants can muster up a little offense, Vogelsong has a good shot of getting his fourth win of the year.
Ubaldo Jimenez: Baltimore Orioles (18.9 percent): For the most part Jimenez is his own worst enemy. Though he possesses an arm that is capable of domination, he has a hard time controlling it. He’s giving up nearly three walks per start this season, and that is the biggest reason why he has really struggled at times. Maybe a date with one of baseball’s worst can get him going again.
Jimenez will square off against a Houston Astros team this evening that has surprisingly won five games in a row. They still sit at just 24th in the league in runs scored per game though and lead the league in strikeouts per game at home (9.60). If Jimenez is on tonight he could be in for a really big game, but he could absolutely implode again too. How lucky are you feeling?
Josh Collmenter: Arizona Diamondbacks (2 percent): This fellow doesn’t have the same kind of nasty stuff that Jimenez does, but he has been far more successful in 2014. As opposed to allowing nearly three walks per game, Collmenter has allowed just 14 in 53 innings pitched, and that explains his superior ERA and WHIP.
He’ll take on one of the lowest scoring teams in baseball today, and I expect another sound outing. The Cincinnati Reds sit at 28th in the league in runs scored per game, and they are having a hard time winning games right now. They’ve lost four of their last five contests, and with the struggling Tony Cingrani starting for the Reds, Collmenter has a good shot at getting a big win tonight.