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 24 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. Wednesday
Henderson Alvarez: Miami Marlins (45.4 percent)
This hurler looks good to go on Thursday after being hit in the shin by a grounder in his last outing. Despite getting knocked around by the New York Mets a couple of starts ago, Alvarez still sports a dazzling 1.85 ERA over his last 11 appearances and allowed two earned runs or fewer in all but one of those contests.
The Marlins will finish off their series with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday evening. Though Atlanta sports some pretty impressive names, the team has failed to conjure up much offense this season. The Braves rank just 28th in the league in runs per game, and they are batting a paltry .241 vs. right-handed pitching. With that in mind, Alvarez makes for an intriguing play indeed.
Aaron Harang: Braves (38 percent)
Squaring off against those Marlins will be this 36-year-old veteran. Harang is quietly have a very nice season for the Braves, as he’s managed a 9-6 record to go along with a strong 3.36 ERA. He’s surprisingly allowed two earned runs or less in 15 of his 20 starts this year, and if not for a couple of disastrous outings, Harang would likely be universally owned in fantasy leagues.
The Marlins team he’ll be facing is really struggling to get their offense going right now. The club has average a lowly 2.55 runs per game over their past 11 contests and have posted a poor 4-7 record over that span. Harang has an excellent chance to help fantasy teams out strikeout wise as well, as the Marlins have fanned the most times per game as a team in baseball (8.95).
Wei-Yin Chen: Baltimore Orioles (6.8 percent)
This southpaw’s peripheral stats may not blow you away, but there’s no arguing with his outstanding 10-3 record on the season. Chen has actually pitched quite well since the beginning of June, as he’s posted an excellent 5-1 record and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of his nine outings.
Chen and the Orioles will take on the Seattle Mariners Thursday evening at pitcher-friendly Safeco Field. The Mariners have really struggled to generate offense at home this season, as they rank just 29th in the league in runs per game. The team has actually found the going to be rough at home and away of late, as the Mariners have put up an embarrassing 2.31 runs per contest over their last 16 played.