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. 26 and are quite possibly available on a waiver wire near you.
(Ownership percentages based off ESPN standard leagues)
R.A. Dickey: Toronto Blue Jays (66.2 percent)
The veteran knuckleballer has certainly has his fair share of ups and downs this season. Dickey has shown signs of brilliance by allowing two earned runs or fewer in 15 of his starts, but he’s also allowed five earned runs or more on eight different occasions. There’s no guarantee as to which Dickey will show up for any given contest, but with a good matchup in store for today, he’s worst some consideration for your fantasy team.
The Blue Jays will host the Boston Red Sox this evening. The Sox offense has had a tough go of it all year as the club ranks just 25th in the league in runs per game, but the wheels have really fallen off of late. A 1-8 record over their past nine games can be directly attributed to a lack of run production as the team has managed a lowly 2.78 runs per contest over that span. Dickey has faced the Sox three times this season and has posted a terrific 3-0 record to go along with a strong 2.83 ERA.
Wei-Yin Chen: Baltimore Orioles (54.8 percent)
This southpaw doesn’t exactly possess dominant stuff, but he certainly gets the job done most every time he takes the hill. Chen now owns an outstanding 13-4 record on the season and has posted a strong 3.27 ERA since the beginning of June. Chen has actually allowed three earned runs or fewer in 12 of his last 14 outings and will look to improve upon that number further today.
Chen will look to take advantage of a nice matchup this evening when the O’s host the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays’ bats have had a tough go of it in enemy territory this season, as the team ranks 25th in the league in runs per contest on the road. With a 3-6 record over their past nine games Tampa has all but eliminated themselves from playoff contention, and the team has managed just 2.89 runs per game over that span.
Roberto Hernandez: Los Angeles Dodgers (7.6 percent)
Even before he was traded to the Dodgers, Hernandez had really begun turning his season around. The right-hander has now allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 outings, and that has resulted in a very solid 2.95 ERA. If he can continue to pitch like this the wins should begin to pile up, and Hernandez has an excellent shot at adding to that win total today.
The Dodgers will host a reeling Arizona Diamondbacks team this evening. The month of August has been a nightmare for manager Kirk Gibson‘s club as his boys have posted an ugly 7-15 record, and this has resulted in the team inching ever closer to the worst record in the NL. Those considering Hernandez’s services will be happy to hear that much of the problem with the D-backs has been on offense, as the team has managed a paltry 3.36 runs per contest during the month of August.