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 25 and are quite possibly available on a waiver wire near you.
(Ownership percentages based off ESPN standard leagues)
Jesse Hahn: San Diego Padres (67.7 percent)
The Padres have gotten far more out of this rookie than they could have ever imagined. In seven starts to this point, Hahn sports a 5-2 record to go along with a terrific 2.21 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. When you combine those stats with a superb 10.40 Ks per nine innings, it’s amazing that more fantasy owners are actually dropping Hahn right now than picking him up off the waiver wire.
He’ll take on a weak Atlanta Braves offense this evening, so you have to like his chances for another solid game. The Braves rank just 27th in the league in runs per game and have managed a lowly .241 average vs. right-handed pitching on the season. Expect quite a few punch-outs from Hahn as well in this one, as Atlanta has struck out the fifth most times per game as a team this year.
Tanner Roark: Washington Nationals 68.9 percent)
This right-hander has impressed thus far with a 9-6 record to go along with a strong 2.91 ERA on the season. He’s been especially dialed in of late as he’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his last nine outings and owns an excellent 2.32 ERA over that stretch. With an excellent matchup on hand for this evening, you have to like his chances at another strong showing.
No team has struggled more since the All-Star break than the Cincinnati Reds, and that just happens to be the Nats’ opponent this evening. After closing out the first half on a hot streak, Cincy is 0-6 out of the gate in baseball’s second half and have managed to put up a total of just 12 runs in those contests. Look for Roark to kick the injury-riddled Reds while they’re down today.
Wade Miley: Arizona Diamondbacks (34.8 percent)
It hasn’t exactly been a great season for this southpaw, but he’s managed to really turn things around of late. Miley is 3-0 over his past four outings and has dominated to the tune of a dynamic 1.91 ERA over that span. If your fantasy team is in need of some strikeouts there are few better options right now, as Miley has fanned an exquisite 73 batters over his last 65.1 innings of work.
Miley and the D-backs will hit the road to face the Philadelphia Phillies tonight. The Phillies rank just 28th in the league in runs per game, and their .240 average vs. left-handed pitching is the fifth worst in baseball. Philly has especially struggled to get things going of late, as they own an awful 2-7 record over their last nine games and have scored a paltry 3.00 runs per contest over that span.