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. 6 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
Danny Salazar: Cleveland Indians (42.5 percent)
This hurler was pitching pretty well before being demoted to the minors and he has picked up right where he left off since being called back up. Salazar has posted an excellent 2.92 ERA in his last seven starts dating back to April, and has fanned a healthy 41 batters over those 40.1 innings of work. He should manage yet another strong outing in his next start against one of baseball’s most struggling teams.
The Tribe will hit the road to take on the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. The Reds have managed to greatly damage their playoff hopes since the All-Star break with a horrid 5-12 record, plus have managed to plate an embarrassingly low 2.41 runs per contest over that span. To go along with those terrible numbers, Cincy also ranks just 24th in the league with a .241 average vs. right-handed pitching, making Salazar an interesting streamer indeed.
Chris Young: Seattle Mariners (23.4 percent)
At 35 years of age, Young is having one of his best MLB seasons. He’s posted an excellent 3.19 ERA and 1.13 WHIP to this point, and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. He’s been especially dominant at home this season with a 2.21 ERA, and has allowed an incredibly low .179 batting average at Safeco Field. That’s where he’ll find himself pitching on Wednesday, and that should be good news for both Young and sly fantasy owners.
The M’s will take on the offensively challenged Atlanta Braves in this one. The Braves have been a mess for most of the season as they rank just 27th in the league in runs per contest, and have struck out the fifth most times per game as a team. The Atlanta offense has been extra pitiful of late, as they’ve only scored 14 total runs during their current six-game losing streak.
Josh Collmenter: Arizona Diamondbacks (1.4 percent)
Collmenter’s overall stats may be nothing special, but smart fantasy owners know what this guy is capable of in his home park. The right-hander sports a solid 3.10 ERA at home this season, and is allowing opponents to bat a minuscule .221 at Chase Field. He’s actually been even better at home of late, as he’s posted a dynamic 1.97 ERA over his past seven appearances.
The matchup will be a pretty favorable one for Collmenter on Wednesday as the D-backs will host the Kansas City Royals. K.C. continues to keep its playoff hopes alive, but haven’t been aided much by the offense of late. Since the beginning of July the team has managed a paltry 3.32 runs per contest, and have been held to four runs or fewer 20 times over those 28 games.