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 9 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.)
Ryan Vogelsong: San Francisco Giants (47.4 percent): Despite a couple of small hiccups, this fellow continues to pitch extremely well. He’s now allowed two earned runs of fewer in six of his last eight starts, and owns an exceptional 2.07 ERA during that stretch. His matchup today will by no means be a walk in the park, but he should be up to the challenge.
The Giants will begin a home series with the Washington Nationals this evening. Although the Nats have been rolling offensively of late, Vogelsong does have a couple things going for him. Not only has he been far more effective pitching in his home park this season, but Washington’s runs per game are a bit lower in road games. Vogelsong could give your strikeout numbers a boost today as well. He’s averaged 8.45 K’s per nine innings over his past eight games and the Nats have struck out the 12th most times per game as a team this season.
Jason Vargas: Kansas City Royals (34.3 percent): This left-hander has had a very interesting season. In 13 starts, he’s allowed two earned runs of fewer 10 times, but has been roughed up pretty good in the other three. I like his chances of putting another notch in the good column tonight.
Typically it’s not a starting pitcher’s favorite day when he has to take on the New York Yankees, but this years Yankee team isn’t nearly as scary as many that have come before it. The Yanks rank just 19th in baseball at 4.02 runs scored per game and have managed a meager 2.50 per contest in their last 10.
Charlie Morton: Pittsburgh Pirates (10 percent): Despite a very solid 3.31 ERA, this poor guy owns an ugly 2-7 record. Obviously a lot of that has to do with his teams offensive troubles, as the Pirates have only supported him with 3.50 runs per game in his 12 starts. He should be able to hold up his end of the deal again today, so maybe the Pirates can help him out and score a few runs.
Pittsburgh will host the Chicago Cubs this evening, and they have struggled to score themselves this season. The Cubbies sit at just 23rd in baseball at 3.71 runs per game on the road, and are hitting a minuscule .220 against right-handed pitching. I like the Pirates chances of getting that offense going in order to get Morton a win too. Cubs starter Edwin Jackson sports a pretty high 4.59 ERA on the season, and has allowed 14 runs in his last 14.1 innings pitched.