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 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 7 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.)
Matt Garza: Milwaukee Brewers (73.3 percent): It’s been a struggle for Garza this season, but he’s looked pretty darn good his past couple starts. In his last two outing he’s allowed just three earned runs and 11 hits over 13 innings, and has fanned a sky-high 17 hitters. A third strong start in a row could be in the cards today.
He’ll face a Pittsburgh Pirates team this afternoon that ranks just 19th in the league at 4.05 runs scored per game. The Bucs are also hitting .251 against right-handed pitching, which is substantially lower than their .262 clip against lefties. The Pirates offense has been buzzing the past few games, though, so this option comes with a buyer beware sticker.
Roenis Elias: Seattle Mariners (14 percent): This left-handed rookie is enjoying a fine season to this point. His 3.53 ERA is quite good by American League standards, and his 7.91 Ks per nine innings is nothing to shake a stick at either. A date with the struggling Tampa Bay Rays is likely to improve upon those numbers.
Even after finally getting a win under their belt yesterday, the Rays have still lost 10 of their last 11 games. The problem has been mostly on the offensive end, as they’ve managed just 2.8 runs per game over that stretch. The Rays weren’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard before that either as they rank just 27th overall in runs scored per game at 3.74. With a .240 team average against left-handed pitching combined with their recent struggles, it’s unlikely Tampa finds much success against Elias today.
Kyle Gibson: Minnesota Twins (3.7 percent): On the surface, Gibson’s numbers don’t look all that great as he’s posted a 4.35 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. If you take away his road games however, his numbers might just temporarily blind you. In five home starts this season, Gibson has a sparkling 1.85 ERA while holding hitters to a .229 average. I think that trend continues this afternoon.
The Twins will face one of the lowest scoring teams in baseball today when they host the Houston Astros. Not only does Houston rank just 25th in baseball at 3.81 runs scored per game, but are hitting a minuscule .224 against right-handed pitching this year. The Astros are also one of the worst road teams in baseball with a 13-17 record, so a win seems highly likely as well for Gibson.