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 Aug. 1 and are quite possibly available on a waiver wire near you.
(Ownership percentages based off ESPN standard leagues)
Wily Peralta: Milwaukee Brewers (59.9 percent)
After going through a bit of a rough patch, this right-hander has been dynamic over his past three outings. Peralta has won each of his last three starts, and he has posted an outstanding 1.41 ERA over those 19.2 innings of work. He actually has a lower ERA on the road this season, and he’ll take the mound in enemy territory this evening.
The St. Louis Cardinals will be his opponent, and those boys continue to struggle mightily on offense. The team has posted a lowly 3.67 runs per contest this season, a number that ranks them 29th out of 30 teams in baseball. The Cardinals have currently lost six of their last nine games, so Peralta will have a decent chance at improving upon his excellent 12-6 record.
Wei-Yin Chen: Baltimore Orioles (28.3 percent)
After a rough first two months of the season, this lefty has been a very valuable fantasy commodity. Chen has now allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 outings and sports a terrific 11-3 record on the season. He’s coming off of one of his best performances in 2014 and will have the luxury of facing the same team he dominated just a few days ago.
That team is the Seattle Mariners, and they managed just five hits over eight scoreless innings against Chen in that game. The Mariners have actually been pretty flat overall since the All-Star break, as the team sports a lousy 5-8 record and have scored a lowly 2.77 runs per contest over that span. With one of Seattle’s weaker starters going up against him today, a win is likely to be in the cards as well for Chen.
Jonathan Niese: New York Mets (16.2 percent)
This southpaw has been incredibly consistent for the Metropolitans in 2014. Niese has allowed three earned runs or fewer in all but one start this season and has posted a strong 3.27 ERA to this point. Though his strikeout numbers certainly don’t blow you away, Niese’s 6.61 Ks per nine innings aren’t exactly terrible either.
Niese will look to improve upon those numbers when he takes on the struggling San Francisco Giants this evening. The Giants came out of the All-Star break smoking hot but have seen that flame extinguished of late. San Fran has now lost six of their last seven games and have scored one run or less in five of those contests.