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 22 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)
Jacob DeGrom, New York Mets (44.9 percent):
This rookie has pitched quite well thus far as he sports a solid 3.18 ERA on the season. He’s really turned a corner of late however, as that ERA sits at an impressive 1.68 over his last five outings, plus he’s whiffed a lofty 38 batters over those 32.2 innings of work. Three of those five starts have come on the road, and that’s a good sign for today as the Mets continue their road trip out west.
The Mets will once again square off with the Seattle Mariners this evening. Though the Mariners beat up on a rusty Jonathon Niese in yesterday’s contest, the team still ranks just 28th in the league in runs per game at home, and have managed to score a pitiful 2.43 runs per game over their last 14 played. Add in the fact that the M’s are batting just .243 as a team vs. right-handed pitching, and DeGrom looks like a strong start for today.
Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays (17.1 percent):
After posting an ugly 5.31 ERA over his first 12 outings, this fireballer has been mowing down lineups in recent weeks. Odorizzi sports a superb 2.30 ERA over his past seven appearances, and has struck out 45 batters over those 43.1 innings pitched. You have to like his chances at another solid outing as he’ll face one of the weakest offenses in the game today.
The Rays will begin a brief two-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. The Cardinals continue to surprisingly struggle on offense this season, as they rank 29th in the league in runs per game. Odorizzi has already faced the redbirds once this year, and held them to just one run on three hits over 7.1 innings of work.
Scott Carroll, Chicago White Sox (1.7 percent):
This fellow is the weakest of the streaming options for today, but could still pay off for those who like to live dangerously. Carroll’s overall numbers are nothing to write home about, as he’s posted a mediocre 4.19 ERA and 1.46 WHIP on the season. He’s been nearly unhittable in his last two outings, however, as he hasn’t allowed a run over 11.2 innings of work while surrendering just three hits.
Carroll will look to take advantage of the offensively-reeling Kansas City Royals today. It would seem that most of the K.C. offense is experiencing some sort of amnesia, as the majority of players have forgotten how to hit. Over the Royals’ past 13 contests, they’ve managed to put up a dreadful 2.69 runs per game, and sport an awful 3-10 record over that span.