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 11 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)
Henderson Alvarez: Miami Marlins (80.5 percent)
Fantasy owners seem to finally be getting on board with this young right-hander, and it’s about time. Alvarez’s ownership has significantly spiked in recent days, and he should be universally owned considering his dazzling 1.26 ERA over his last nine outings and solid 6-3 record on the season. Hopefully you’re still able to snag this fellow off the wire, as he has another solid matchup this evening.
Alvarez and the Marlins travel to the Big Apple today to start a series with the New York Mets. The Mets’ weak offense has been especially dreadful at Citi Field this season as they rank just 27th in the league in runs per contest at home. The team has also struggled vs. right-handed pitching as they sport a lowly .236 average against them to this point. In his first start against the Mets this year, Alvarez posted a dominant complete-game shutout while striking out seven.
Zack Wheeler: Mets (52.8 percent)
The Mets’ sophomore pitcher has seen some big ups and downs this season. While he’s allowed four earned runs or more six times in his past 14 games, he’s also given up just one earned run or less on seven occasions over that stretch. Three of those excellent starts have come in his last four outings, and he’ll look to keep up the momentum against his favorite team today.
We should see a low scoring affair in New York tonight considering the pitching matchup. Wheeler will duel with the aforementioned Alvarez and the Marlins in this one. While Wheeler has had his fair share of good and bad outings this season, he’s utterly dominated this Marlins offense. In three meetings with the fish he’s posted a spectacular 0.43 ERA over 21 innings of work and has fanned an impressive 25 batters.
Jeff Locke: Pittsburgh Pirates (19.2 percent)
Injuries allowed this southpaw to rejoin the Pirates rotation, and he has taken full advantage of that opportunity. After getting knocked around a bit in his first outing, Locke has shut teams down to the tune of an impressive 2.24 ERA and fantastic 0.86 WHIP over his last six starts. While it isn’t likely this lefty can continue to post these kind of numbers, another solid game should be in the cards for him tonight.
The Pirates will begin a series with the Cincinnati Reds this evening. The Reds rank just 21st in the league in runs per game on the season, and that weak offense just got a whole lot weaker too. Cincy has recently lost both Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips due to injury, and speedster Billy Hamilton isn’t likely to play in this one either due to a hamstring issue. It’s the perfect time to face the Reds if you’re a starting pitcher, and it’s a smart move for fantasy owners to plug in Locke today.