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 21 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)
Edinson Volquez: Pittsburgh Pirates (25.4 percent)
Aside from a handful of implosions this year, Volquez has actually been a very strong pitching option for fantasy teams. Though he’s allowed five earned runs or more on four occasions, he’s also given up just two earned runs or fewer a startling 13 times in 19 starts. He’ll face a solid offensive ball club this evening, but it’s one that has struggled to put up runs of late.
Volquez and the Pirates will host the Los Angeles Dodgers on this lovely Monday, and it couldn’t come at a better time. While the Dodgers boast some very capable bats, the team has struggled to generate offense of late as they’ve scored just 16 total runs over their last eight games. Expect Volquez to keep the Dodgers’ bats at bay once more, and he may even sneak a win out of this one as well.
Jonathan Niese: New York Mets (21.3 percent)
This southpaw will return to action today after spending a brief stint on the DL due to a shoulder strain. That’s really the only thing that has slowed him down this season, however, as Niese sports a strong 2.96 ERA on the season and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 17 starts to this point. A favorable matchup makes him a very intriguing start today.
The Mets travel to the great state of Washington to start a series with the Seattle Mariners this evening. Though Seattle’s offense has been quite productive on the road, only the pathetic San Diego Padres have scored fewer runs per game at home this season. The Mariners have actually found the offensive pickings to be quite slim overall of late, as they’ve managed a lowly 2.23 runs per contest over their last 13 played.
Wily Peralta: Milwaukee Brewers (41.3 percent)
If you’re the gambling type, this may be a good option for you. After posting an impressive 2.12 ERA over his first 10 starts this year, Peralta has put up a stinky 5.56 ERA over his past nine outings. He is coming off an impressive performance in his last game, however, and his offense has picked him up for the most part, allowing him to win six times over those last nine trips to the hill.
The Brewers will host the Cincinnati Reds today as these clubs kick off a three-game series. The Reds’ offense has really sputtered since returning from the All-Star break, as the team sports an 0-3 record and has put up just six total runs in those three contests. In his only other start vs. the Reds this season, Peralta was masterful in shutting the team out over eight innings of work while striking out seven.