The waiver wire can be a goldmine 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 11 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)
Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres (73 percent): Even with a couple of hiccups in his last three games, this fireballer still owns a very solid 3.22 ERA on the season. In his last seven starts, he’s allowed just one earned run on five occasions, and has struck out 45 batters over that 44.1-inning stretch. Look for more success today.
The Padres are on the road tonight as they’ll take on the Philadelphia Phillies, and that team has really struggled of late. The Phillies have managed just two victories in their past 10 games, and have been one of the worst home teams in the league this year (13-19). Considering Philly’s elevated 8.32 Ks per game plus their .233 average versus right-handed pitching, Ross could very possibly be in for a big statistical night.
Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays (14.1 percent): In five relief appearances this season, Stroman owns an ugly 6.10 ERA with just four Ks. In his two starts, that number is a tidy 1.50 with 13 punchouts. The talent here is pretty massive and since Stroman has shown to be more than capable of handling hitters on this level, my confidence in him tonight is high.
The Minnesota Twins will be the opponent this evening for the Jays at the Rogers Centre. Though that offense of theirs is by no means a pushover, it can certainly be tamed. The Twins’ bats have been far less threatening on the road this season, and since the beginning of May, they’ve scored just 3.16 runs per game on enemy turf.
Erik Bedard, Tampa Bay Rays (0.6 percent): Fantasy owners clearly still have a bad taste left in their mouth from the last time they trusted this lefty. I understand that he has disappointed over and over in his career, but considering how well this guy is pitching, his ownership numbers should be much higher. His 3.61 ERA is still strong even with a recent eight-run blowup in Toronto, and he’s managed to hold teams to one earned run of fewer in six of his last eight starts.
A date with the St. Louis Cardinals at home seems like a tall task, but their offense has actually been about as scary as a litter of kittens this year. The Cardinals rank just 26th in baseball at 3.75 runs scored per game, and that number is even worse on the road (3.31).
To go along with those terrible stats, they’re also hitting a paltry .229 against left-handed pitching, which is the fourth-worst average in baseball. I know it’s scary to trust Bedard, but you should feel relatively safe utilizing his services today.