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 19 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)
Andrew Heaney: Miami Marlins (53.4 percent): The Marlins’ top pitching prospect will get his first taste of big league action this evening. After dominating the minor league circuit this year, this prized left-hander will look to stick in Miami’s rotation going forward. He gets a very enticing first matchup to help make that a reality, as the Marlins will host the offensively challenged New York Mets.
The Mets have had a very difficult time scoring runs all season, as they rank just 25th in the league in runs per game. The team has especially struggled of late, though, as they’ve lost 11 of the last 15 games and have managed a paltry 2.87 runs per contest during that stretch. Combine those numbers with the fact that the New Yorkers have struck out the sixth most times per game as a team, and all signs point to a successful MLB debut for Heaney.
Collin McHugh: Houston Astros (31.1 percent): This right-hander continues to mow through lineups as he sports an outstanding 2.56 ERA over his last five starts; plus he is striking out an exceptional 10.01 hitters per nine innings on the season. These are pretty good stats for a guy who is available on over two-thirds of waiver wires, so I suggest you go and grab him right now.
He’ll face the train wreck that is the Tampa Bay Rays this evening. The going has been rough for them all season as they rank 29th in the league in runs scored per game at 3.63, but it’s actually been much worse of late. In their last 22 games, the Rays sport an awful 5-17 record and have managed to score an embarrassingly low 2.82 runs per game in the month of June.
Danny Duffy: Kansas City Royals (8.4 percent): Even with a couple of subpar outings in late May, Duffy still owns a strong 2.83 ERA and 1.11 WHIP on the season. He’s been especially dominant on the road where he sports an outstanding 1.72 ERA in eight appearances, and that’s where he finds himself today when he faces the struggling Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers have managed just five wins in their last 17 games, which has resulted in the Royals seizing first place from them. It hasn’t just been bad pitching for Detroit either, as they’ve managed to score just 3.94 runs per game over that stretch. While a big strikeout day isn’t likely considering Duffy’s mediocre 7.00 Ks per nine innings on the season, he has an excellent shot at holding the Tigers’ offense at bay and getting his fifth win of the season.