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 9 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)
Dillon Gee, New York Mets (21.8 percent):
Before a back injury sidelined him in the middle of May, this right-hander was working on a career-best season. Though his strikeout numbers leave a bit to be desired, his 3-1 record and outstanding 2.73 ERA are certainly valuable for fantasy owners. Gee will come off the DL today for his first start in nearly two months, and will be welcomed back with an outstanding matchup.
The Mets will host the offensively-challenged Atlanta Braves this evening. Only two big league teams have scored fewer runs per game than the Braves to this point, and the team scores even less frequently on the road, having managed a paltry 3.63 runs per contest. Atlanta has also whiffed the fifth-most times per game as a team this season, so Gee should reward fantasy owners with a few Ks in this one too.
Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins (4.5 percent):
Gibson has been very hit-or-miss this season. He’s allowed five runs or more on six occasions already, but has amazingly given up one run or fewer in nine of his 17 starts. The majority of his clunkers this season have come against strong offenses, but that won’t be a problem today when he takes the hill.
The Twinkies will continue their series with the Seattle Mariners today up in the great state of Washington. While the Mariners have proven to be a competent offense on the road, the same can’t be said about their bats at home. The team ranks just 28th in the league in runs per home contest, and are batting a minuscule .229 at Safeco Field. The Mariners’ bats have gone especially ice-cold of late, as they’ve put up just six total runs over their last five games.
Brandon Cumpton, Pittsburgh Pirates (0.3 percent):
This right-hander gets another shot with the big club due to yet another injury to Pittsburgh’s pitching staff. While his overall numbers leave much to be desired, most of that ugliness came in one abysmal start back in May. Aside from that disastrous performance in which he allowed 10 earned runs, his ERA in all other starts is actually a very respectable 3.12 on the season.
I like his chances for a quality outing today when the Pirates take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The redbirds just can’t get their offense in gear this season, as only the hapless San Diego Padres have scored fewer runs per game to this point. A win is by no means a guarantee for Cumpton today, but he could certainly give your team’s peripheral stats a boost.