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 mound on June 1 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.)
Nathan Eovaldi, Miami Marlins (53.2 percent): This guy is quietly having a really nice season for the Marlins. He sports a strong 3.36 ERA, and has allowed three earned runs of fewer in eight of his 10 starts this year.
I smell another quality outing today when he takes on the Atlanta Braves. The Braves rank just 29th in the league in runs scored per game and are hitting a measly .228 against right-handed pitching. Eovaldi has already faced Atlanta twice this season, and has allowed just one earned run in 13 innings pitched with 12 strikeouts to boot.
Jonathan Niese, New York Mets (42.4 percent): This Lefty has flown under the radar a bit in 2014, but his stats are much stronger than many bigger names. His ERA sits a very solid 2.74 and he’s yet to allow more than three earned runs in a start.
He’ll square off against the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon, and should be in for another solid outing. The Phillies are only scoring 3.62 runs per game at home in 2014, and have struck out the eighth most times as a team in the league. Considering that Philly has been a worse team at home and Niese has performed better on the road, the math tells you to have faith in the Mets’ pitcher today.
Josh Tomlin, Cleveland Indians (nine percent): Tomlin has been quite good for the Indians since being promoted to the big club in May. His ERA (3.04) and WHIP (0.98) are both solid, and he’s managed to pick up the win in three of his five starts.
Today’s task would seem to be a lofty one for Tomlin, though. He faces the Colorado Rockies, and they rank No. 2 in baseball in runs scored per game. The good news is that while the Rockies’ offense is about as scary as a hungry lion at home, they’re more like a scared puppy on the road. While they average an incredible 6.96 runs per game at Coors Field, they’ve managed a feeble 3.66 per game on the road.