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 8 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)
Vance Worley: Pittsburgh Pirates (12.8 percent)
This right-hander has been quite impressive in his four starts since being called up from the minors. He’s gone at least 6.2 innings in every outing and sports a dazzling 2.28 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. We’ve seen good and bad from Worley over his 67 big league appearances, so it’s tough to tell if he’ll be able to keep this up over the long haul. While I would side with “no”, another nice matchup is in the cards for him today.
The second-lowest scoring team in baseball will be his opponent this evening as the Pirates continue their series with the St. Louis Cardinals. Only the lowly San Diego Padres have scored fewer runs per contest than the Cardinals this season, which is incredible considering this team was the third-highest scoring offense in 2013. Worley should be in for another quality outing today; he deserves a comfy spot on fantasy rosters for this game and possibly going forward.
John Danks: Chicago White Sox (3.4 percent)
Thanks to a mechanical adjustment, this lefty has been mowing through lineups of late. He’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven or his last eight starts and owns an excellent 2.66 ERA over that stretch. Obviously Danks has failed to garner much respect from fantasy owners considering his near universal availability, but perhaps you can take advantage of his success today.
He’ll square off against the Boston Red Sox this evening, and boy have they struggled offensively in 2014. This team ranks just 26th in baseball in runs per game this season at 3.75, but that number is an incredibly futile 3.15 since the beginning of June. The offensive talent simply isn’t what it used to be in Boston, and Danks should be able to keep the misery flowing for the Sox today.
Jacob DeGrom: New York Mets (1.7 percent)
The Mets rookie has had his ups and downs thus far, but he’s certainly on an up right now. He’s managed a solid 2.47 ERA over his last three starts (all on the road) and has struck out 19 batters over those 18.2 innings of work. Six of DeGrom’s last seven starts have actually come in enemy territory, but he’ll take his outstanding 2.49 home ERA to the diamond tonight for a game at Citi Field.
DeGrom’s foe this evening will be the offensively challenged Atlanta Braves. The Braves sit at 28th in the league in scoring, as they’ve managed to put up a minuscule 3.71 runs per contest to this point. They’ve especially struggled facing right-handed pitching on the season too as they sport a paltry .240 team batting average against them. DeGrom held the Braves to three runs while striking out eight in his last start, and better numbers than that wouldn’t be a surprise at all for him today.