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 10 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)
Bartolo Colon: New York Mets (42.2 percent)
Despite giving up five earned runs in each his last two outings, this veteran is still going through a very nice stretch on the mound. Prior to those stinkers Colon had allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of seven previous starts and posted a marvelous 6-0 record over that span. I think Colon and his sparkling 2.72 home ERA get back on track today against one of the league’s worst offenses.
The Mets will look to complete a sweep of the Atlanta Braves in the Big Apple today. The Braves surprisingly rank just 29th in baseball in runs per game this season despite some pretty big bats in their lineup. Atlanta has especially struggled against right-handed pitching this year, and in two games facing Colon, the Braves have managed only three runs in 14 innings while striking out 11 times.
Jose Quintana: Chicago White Sox (50.2 percent)
This southpaw has been flat-out nasty in his past four starts. To go along with a dazzling 0.96 ERA, he’s also fanned an impressive 31 batters over that span. Three of those four starts came away from home where Quintana has actually posted a lower ERA on the season, and he’ll hit the road yet again for his start today.
He’ll take on a Boston Red Sox team this afternoon that has massively disappointed in 2014. The Sox sport a terrible 40-51 record to this point, and much of the problem has come on offense. The team ranks just 27th in baseball in runs per game at 3.76, and that number is an even more embarrassing 2.92 since the beginning of June.
Aaron Harang: Braves (38.8 percent)
For some reason this guy just can’t get any respect. Despite two absolute clunkers on his resume this season which saw him allow eight and nine earned runs respectively, Harang’s ERA is still a very respectable 3.67. He’s actually allowed two earned runs or fewer in 13 of his 18 starts, and if you take away those two stinkers his ERA is a fantastic 2.51 in his other 16 outings.
He’ll take on the Mets today in what should be a very low scoring affair. New York ranks just 25th in the league in runs per game at home and are batting a meager .237 against right-handed pitching this season. Look for Harang to improve upon his solid 7.59 Ks per nine innings today too, as the Mets have struck out the seventh most times per game as a team this year.