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. 13, 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
Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox (69.6 percent):
Despite posting a dynamic 1.83 ERA over his last 10 starts, Quintana’s ownership has actually been dropping in ESPN leagues lately. This can be attributed to the southpaw winning just one game since the beginning of July, but when you also factor in his excellent 7.85 K/9 on the season, only a fool would send this talented arm to the waiver wire.
Look for yet another sound performance from Quintana on Wednesday when the Sox take on the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are doing their best to squander a playoff berth right now as the team has posted a dismal 5-12 record over their past 17 games, and have scored a mere 2.94 runs per contest over that span. Quintana should provide a few Ks in this one as well since the Giants are striking out at a 21.1 percent clip vs. lefties, the 12th-highest mark in baseball.
Ian Kennedy, San Diego Padres (56.5 percent):
Even with this hurler’s control issues, he’s still managed to post some excellent numbers of late. Despite allowing 23 walks over his last seven outings, Kennedy has posted an excellent 2.30 ERA, plus he’s managed to whiff an impressive 44 batters over those 43 innings of work. He’ll have an excellent matchup to take advantage of on Wednesday, so look for this veteran to keep grooving along.
The Padres will finish up their series with the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday afternoon, and boy have the Rockies struggled on the road of late. To go along with a frightfully terrible 3-21 record over their last 24 road contests, the Colorado offense has plated four runs or fewer in 20 of those games. Facing a hot pitcher at pitcher-friendly Petco Park, it’s highly unlikely that the Rockies will turn their fortunes around in this one.
Wei-Yin Chen, Baltimore Orioles (44.8 percent):
With Tuesday’s game being rained out, it seems likely that the O’s will simply push Chen’s next start back to Wednesday and not skip the southpaw’s turn in the rotation. That would be a pretty good idea for the Orioles considering Chen’s recent success, as he’s posted a 5-1 record over his last six outings to go along with a solid 3.16 ERA.
His opponent will be the New York Yankees, and that isn’t nearly as scary of a task as it’s been in years past. The Yankees rank just 18th in the league in runs per game on the season, and their lefty-dominant lineup could find the going to be quite difficult against the left-handed Chen. The New Yorkers have actually seen their bats go even quieter than normal of late, as the team has posted three runs or fewer in six of its last eight contests.