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 29 and are quite possibly available on a waiver wire near you.
(Ownership percentages based off ESPN standard leagues)
Marcus Stroman: Toronto Blue Jays (47.2 percent)
This rookie has been very impressive since moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation. To go along with an excellent 5-2 record as a starter, Stroman has posted a tremendous 2.21 ERA in his 10 starts. When you combine those numbers with the fact that he hasn’t allowed a run in three of his past four outings, it may just time to pick this hurler up for the long haul.
Stroman will face the Boston Red Sox today for his second consecutive outing. Just five days ago he mowed through this Sox lineup as he shut them out over seven innings while allowing just a single hit. Boston has been awful in general of late with a 1-6 record over their past seven played, and they’ve plated a total of just 15 runs over that stretch.
Francisco Liriano: Pittsburgh Pirates (31.8 percent)
This southpaw has experienced plenty of ups and downs this season, but he may just be putting it all together right now. Liriano’s control will always be an issue, but he does own a solid 2.47 ERA over his last six outings and is coming off consecutive dominant performances against two solid offenses. He has an excellent matchup this evening, so look for his recent success to continue.
The Pirates will square off with the San Francisco Giants tonight at AT&T Park. After coming out of the All-Star break blazing hot, the Giants have once again hit the skids. The team is currently riding a five-game losing streak and have scored an embarrassingly low five total runs over that span. Liriano has enjoyed his time on the road this season, as he’s posted a solid 3.28 ERA in seven outings.
Jorge De La Rosa: Colorado Rockies (18.5 percent)
Despite some unimpressive peripheral stats, this veteran has managed a healthy 11-6 record on the season. He hasn’t been relying on Colorado’s outstanding offense to get him wins of late, however, as De La Rosa owns a dazzling 1.79 ERA over his past four starts. He’s also coming off a season-high 11 strikeouts, making him a very interesting option for today.
De La Rosa will take on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field this evening. The Cubbies are having yet another underwhelming season, and that certainly hasn’t changed since the All-Star break. The Cubs are a dismal 3-7 over their last 10 games and have scored four runs or fewer in eight of those contests. To make De La Rosa an even more intriguing option, the Cubs are striking out an a 25.6 percent clip against southpaws this season, which is easily the highest mark in baseball.