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 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 solid day on the hill on June 16 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)
Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres (77.6 percent): This fellow continues to frustrate offenses nearly every time he takes the hill. He’s coming off a seven shutout innings performance in his last game, and has allowed one earned run or fewer in six of his last eight starts. Ross is also piling up the strikeouts in recent weeks, as his K/9 sits at a lofty 9.59 over his last seven appearances.
The Padres take to the road to face a struggling Seattle Mariners squad tonight, and all signs point to a strong game from Ross. The Mariners own one of baseball’s worst home records at 15-20, and have lost five of their last six contests overall. During those six games, Seattle has managed to score just 15 total runs, and they rank 27th in the league in runs scored per game at home on the season.
Wily Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers (48.1 percent): Despite a couple of recent hiccups, Peralta has been quite dominant this season. He’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 13 starts, and sports a more than respectable 2.90 ERA. Regardless of these excellent numbers, he’s still available in around half of ESPN leagues, and you would be wise to see if he can be scooped up for today’s start.
Milwaukee travels to the desert to begin a series with the Arizona Diamondbacks this evening. The D’backs have struggled to find wins of late as they’ve lost five of their last seven games, and have scored four runs of fewer in all but one of those. Arizona also owns baseball’s worst home record at 12-24, and when you combine that with Peralta’s 2.55 road ERA, it seems he should serve your fantasy team well tonight.
Wei-Yin Chen, Baltimore Orioles (23 percent): This lefty has been steady as a rock for Baltimore’s less than impressive pitching staff. He’s allowed two earned runs of fewer in seven of his last nine starts, and sports an excellent 7-2 record on the season. He’s pitched even better of late with two wins and a 1.48 ERA over his last three starts, plus will face one of baseball’s worst teams today.
Despite winning three of their last four games, the Tampa Bay Rays have been truly awful in recent weeks. They own a 4-15 record over their past 19 games, and have scored a minuscule 2.53 runs per game since May 28. While the Rays have struggled against most pitchers this season, left-handers give them the most problems as they’re hitting just .237 against them. When you add up all the facts, it likely equals out to another solid performance and notch in the win column for Chen today.