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 riches. In today’s slice of fantasy advice, let’s take a look at some hurlers who should be in for a strong day on the hill on June 23 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)
Matt Garza: Milwaukee Brewers (71.7 percent): It’s been an overall disappointing season for Garza to this point, as he’s managed just four wins to go along with a pretty mediocre 4.02 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He seems to have figured some things out of late, though, as he’s 2-0 over his last four starts with a strong 2.00 ERA. I like his chances for a fifth straight solid outing today.
The Brew Crew will host the Washington Nationals this evening, and the Nats have struggled to score runs of late. They’ve been able to plate just 2.7 runs per game over their last 10 contests and are batting a paltry .236 against right-handed pitching this season. When you add in Garza’s excellent 2.89 home ERA, he certainly deserves a spot on fantasy rosters today.
Wei-Yin Chen: Baltimore Orioles (22.1 percent): With a 7-2 record and respectable 3.78 ERA, Chen deserves a spot on far more fantasy rosters. His ERA sits at an outstanding 2.13 in four June starts, plus he’s allowed three earned runs or fewer in 10 of his last 12 outings. He’ll face a strong offense today, but it’s one that has struggled of late.
While the Chicago White Sox rank 8th in the league in runs per game, they’ve put up just 3.50 per contest over their past 10. The Sox haven’t hit lefties very well this season either, as they’ve only managed a .245 average against them to this point. When you sprinkle in Chicago’s terrible 14-23 road record with a dash of Chen’s solid 3.13 home ERA, you should end up with a recipe for success for Baltimore’s crafty southpaw today.
Chase Whitley: New York Yankees (11.8 percent): This rookie has been pretty impressive in his first seven big league starts. He owns a pleasing 3-0 record and sports a sparkling 2.56 ERA and 1.03 WHIP to this point. There’s no way of knowing how long he can keep this up, but I suspect it lasts at least one more game.
The Yankees will take on the Toronto Blue Jays this evening, and like the White Sox, the Jays are a high-flying offense that have been grounded of late. Despite ranking 4th in the league in runs per game, Toronto has put up just 3.07 runs per contest over their past 15 games, and that number would be far worse if not for a 14-run outburst last Friday. Whitley handled this offense in his last start while getting the win, and I like his chances at an encore performance today.