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 18 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)
Aaron Harang, Atlanta Braves (58.2 percent): While Harang hasn’t been nearly as dominant in recent weeks as he was early in the season, he remains one of the steadier starting options out there. He’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 14 starts on the season, and sports a very healthy 3.20 ERA to this point. He should be in for another solid outing today.
The Philadelphia Phillies will be the opponent today, and the venue will be Turner Field. The Phillies’ offense hasn’t exactly been threatening this season, as they rank just 21st in the league in runs per game. They’re also batting a meager .234 against right-handed pitching, and that just so happens to be the way Harang chucks the ball. When you also factor in a 2.66 ERA at home, all signs point to success for Harang in this one.
Nathan Eovaldi, Miami Marlins (44.6 percent): While he was pretty terrible in his last start, I’m giving him a pass. He was readying for the pending birth of a new baby, and his mind was clearly distracted. Well that’s over now, and all systems should be go once again for the Marlins’ young right-hander. Even with that bad outing, Eovaldi sports a solid 3.50 ERA on the season, and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his last 11 starts.
He’ll face the Chicago Cubs at home this afternoon, and that should bode well for another strong game. The Cubbies own a terrible 14-26 road record, plus they rank just 27th in the league in runs per game on the road. Sprinkle in the fact that they’re batting a minuscule .223 against right-handed pitching this season, and it’s easy to see why Eovaldi should be in your lineup today.
Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles (6.9 percent): His first start this season was far from impressive, but he’s looked like an ace in his last two. He’s allowed just one earned run in each of his last two outings (both wins), and even more impressively, those games came against the No. 1 and No. 4 offenses in baseball (Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays). He won’t face nearly that kind of challenge today though.
Baltimore continues their series with the lowly Tampa Bay Rays down in Florida today. On top of being one of the weaker home teams in baseball with a 15-21 record, Tampa ranks just 27th in the league in runs per game at 3.68. Add in a weak .247 average against right-handed pitching, and this looks to be a recipe for success for the O’s top pitching prospect.