The waiver wire can be a goldmine 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 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 17 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)
Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals (70.6 percent): Despite an outstanding 2.92 ERA and 1.06 WHIP, many fantasy owners are still leaving this fellow to rot away on the waiver wire. Do yourself a favor and go grab him right now if you can. Not only has Roark been exceptional in his last seven starts with a cool 1.95 ERA, but he has an excellent matchup for you to take advantage of today.
The Nationals host the Houston Astros this evening, and while Houston is certainly better than most people thought they would be, the playoffs aren’t exactly on their horizon either. Roark will face a Astros offense that has been more miss than hit this season, as they rank 23rd in baseball at 3.89 runs per game. They’re also batting just .226 against right-handed pitching, so all signs point to a solid evening for Roark and the Nats.
Jonathan Niese, New York Mets (45.2 percent): This Mets hurler has been outstanding this season, yet has really flown under the radar. Despite his 3-3 record, Niese owns an excellent 2.54 ERA, and has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any start. The wins will continue to be difficult to come by considering New York’s inept offense, but it should be a crime that this lefty remains sitting on so many waiver wires.
Niese has a strong matchup this evening, and I recommend that you consider utilizing his services. He’ll face a St. Louis Cardinals team that ranks 26th in baseball in runs scored per game, and are hitting just .230 against left-handed pitching. Perhaps the Mets bats can muster enough runs to get him a win today too, since their offense has been far better on the road this season, scoring 4.68 runs per game.
Miguel Gonzalez, Baltimore Orioles (1.9 percent): After a short DL stint, all systems seem to be a go for Gonzalez to get the starting nod today. Though his 4.17 ERA isn’t exactly appealing, this right-hander has actually been far better than his surface numbers. After a disastrous first outing this season, Gonzalez has allowed three earned runs or less in each of his 10 appearances since, and sports a solid 3.27 ERA during that span.
He has a good chance of keeping that streak alive when the O’s take on the Tampa Bay Rays tonight. Despite winning four of their last five games, the Rays’ offense has still been quite underwhelming. They rank 27th in baseball at just 3.66 runs per game, and sport an unremarkable .244 team batting average on the season. In his first start against Tampa this year, Gonzalez held them scoreless over five innings, while striking out six.