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 glory. 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 July 7 and are quite possibly available on a waiver wire near you.
Now hurry up and grab one of these pitchers before some other cagey owner gets to them first. (Ownership percentages based off ESPN standard leagues)
Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics (65 percent):
This right-hander has been quite the pleasant surprise for the A’s this season. He entered 2014 with a terrible 5.50 career ERA and 1.47 WHIP, but has managed be pitch very effectively to the tune of a 3.23 ERA and 1.27 WHIP to this point in the season. He’s been especially strong at home this year, and luckily for him (and maybe you), that’s where he’ll toe the rubber this evening.
Chavez will bring his sparkling 2.42 home ERA to the ballpark tonight when the A’s take on the struggling San Francisco Giants. San Fran owns an awful 7-18 record over their last 25 games, and have put up a paltry 3.00 runs per contest over that span. On top of those recent struggles, the Giants are batting just .241 vs. RHP on the season.
Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds (47 percent):
Leake has been a popular waiver wire add of late, and it’s easy to see why. Despite a 6-7 record on the season, this righty sports a solid 3.47 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, and has managed a career-best 6.95 K/9 to this point. He’s been more comfortable at home this season as he’s allowing opponents to hit just .237 at Great American Ball Park, and he’ll face a pretty weak offense there this evening.
The Reds will welcome in the Chicago Cubs for the start of a rare five-game series today. The Cubs have proven to be a terrible road team with an ugly 19-28 record, and have proven to be an overall bad offense as well. On top of ranking just 23rd in the league at 3.85 runs scored per game, the Cubbies are batting a minuscule .230 vs. RHP.
Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays (13.2 percent):
This fireballer got off to a rough start this season as he owned a ghastly 6.83 ERA over his first six starts. He’s settled in very nicely since then, however, as that number is a much more respectful 2.99 in his last 11 outings. Odorizzi has been quite dominant at home this season with an impressive 2.70 ERA and microscopic .192 BAA, and will take the hill at pitcher-friendly Tropicana Field this evening.
His opponents today will be the Kansas City Royals. The Royals’ offense has had its ups and downs this season, but Odorizzi will be fortunate enough to face them during one of those downs. To go along with a 6-10 record over the past two plus weeks, KC has managed to put up just 3.24 runs per contest over that stretch. You can expect a few Ks from Odorizzi today as well, as he’s managed a superb 10.29 K/9 this season.