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 23 and are quite possibly available on a waiver wire near you.
(Ownership percentages based off ESPN standard leagues)
(All stats current through 7:00 p.m. Tuesday)
Jose Quintana: Chicago White Sox (67.3 percent)
Despite a disappointing 5-7 record, this southpaw has pitched quite well for the Sox this season as he sports a strong 3.26 ERA. He’s been especially dominant of late, as Quintana has posted a superb 1.79 ERA over his last six outings, and has struck out an impressive 46 batters over those 40.2 innings of work. An excellent matchup on Wednesday should lead to more of the same for this hurler.
The Kansas City Royals will be his opponent, and all systems have not been a go for K.C. as of late. The Royals have won just three times over their last 13 games, and the offense has failed them to the tune of a minuscule 2.69 runs per contest over that span. Quintana has struggled against these guys in two starts this season, but I expect this lefty to extract some revenge this time.
Jesse Chavez: Oakland Athletics (66.4 percent)
This 30-year-old has struggled in three of his past four outings, but all of those subpar efforts have come in enemy territory. Chavez has been a different animal at home this season however, as he sports a dynamic 2.13 ERA to go along with an opponent’s batting average of just .219. Not only does he get to pitch at home on Wednesday, but he’ll get to face one of baseball’s weakest offenses.
The A’s will host the Houston Astros on Wednesday evening, and Houston will be bringing a flimsy offense to the park that ranks just 25th in the league in runs per game. The Astros have especially struggled vs. right-handed pitching this year, as only one team in baseball owns a worse average than their .224 mark. You have to like Chavez’s chances at getting a win in this one too, as the Astros own an ugly 5-10 record to this point in July.
Ian Kennedy: San Diego Padres (64.6 percent)
This fireballer has surprisingly struggled at pitcher-friendly Petco Park this season, as he owns a mediocre 4.18 ERA over 11 outings. It’s been a different story on the road though, as his ERA is a much stronger 3.06, and he’s allowing opponents to hit a paltry .237. Kennedy and the Padres will be on the road Wednesday, and will take on the coldest team in baseball at the moment.
Wrigley Field will be the venue, and the Chicago Cubs will be San Diego’s opponent in this one. The Cubs’ season has taken a rapid nosedive, as the team is 2-11 over their last 13 games, and have managed to score a lowly 3.46 runs per contest over that span. In his first meeting with the Cubs this year, Kennedy dominated as he allowed one run on just two hits over six innings of work.