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 glory. In today’s slice of fantasy baseball advice, let’s take a look at some hurlers who should be in for a solid day on the mound on June 6 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.)
Nathan Eovaldi: Miami Marlins (64 percent): This hurler just keeps humming along while putting up solid outing after solid outing. His ERA sits at a healthy 3.24 on the year, and he’s now allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his last nine starts. He has a good shot of making that eight out of 10 this evening.
The Marlins head to Wrigley Field to start a series with the Chicago Cubs today, and the Cubbies have struggled to generate offense this season. Not only do they rank just 21st in runs scored per game at 3.88, but they also own the league’s worst batting average against right-handed pitching (.220). Eovaldi has a good shot at improving upon his solid 7.32 Ks per nine innings too, as the Cubs have struck out the second most times per game as a team (8.81).
Tanner Roark: Washington Nationals (17.9 percent): His 3-4 record may leave a lot to be desired, but you can’t put all the blame on him considering his excellent 3.25 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Despite allowing one earned run of less in five of his past eight games, Roark has just one victory to his name in those contests, so the Nats’ offense has really been the problem here. Maybe the right-hander will have better luck tonight.
He’ll face the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on this fine Friday, and they remain the lowest scoring team in baseball by a sizable margin. The Padres have managed to plate just 3.18 runners per game this year and are hitting a microscopic .223 against right-handed pitching. Roark will face another starting pitcher who’s having a strong season in this one, so hopefully the Nationals can do enough with the bats to eke out a win.
Chris Young: Seattle Mariners (8.9 percent): Let me get this straight. This guy owns a 5-2 record, has a 3.27 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in the hitter-friendly American League and is owned in less than 10 percent of leagues. What? I understand he isn’t striking out a whole lot of hitters so far, but those stats are simply too good to be rotting away on the waiver wire. Do yourself a favor and go grab this guy for his start tonight.
Young will face the absolute mess that is the Tampa Bay Rays today and should be in for another solid outing. The Rays are now riding a 10-game losing streak and have scored just 27 total runs during that stretch. This recent ineptitude has dropped them to 27th in the league at 3.74 runs scored per game, and it seems highly unlikely that an offensive outburst is in the cards for them this evening.