The waiver wire can be a goldmine for 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 teams 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. 29, and are quite possibly available on a waiver wire near you.
(Ownership percentages based off ESPN standard leagues)
Jacob deGrom, New York Mets (39.9 percent):
This rookie looked a bit rusty in his first start since coming off a brief DL stint, but he had been quite dominant leading up to that. Prior to that game, the right-hander had been in quite the groove on the mound as he posted an dazzling 1.83 ERA over his previous nine outings. Assuming the rust has been thoroughly shaken off, deGrom has a nice matchup to take advantage of today.
The Mets will kick off a series with the Philadelphia Phillies tonight. While the Phillies have played quite well at home of late, it’s been a very different story in enemy territory. Not only has the team posted an ugly 5-10 road record since the All-Star break, but the offense has especially let them down by scoring a lowly 3.07 runs per game over that span. Expect the Phillies’ offensive woes to continue this evening.
Edinson Volquez, Pittsburgh Pirates (16.2 percent):
This 31-year-old has been prone to the occasional stinker this year, but with a solid 3.56 ERA and 11-7 record, it’s a shame most fantasy owners have left him rotting on the waiver wire. Volquez has been especially productive in recent weeks as he’s now allowed three earned runs or fewer in 10 of his last 11 outings, and that has translated into shiny 2.31 ERA.
Volquez and the Pirates will have the luxury of facing a Cincinnati Reds club today that has been simply atrocious since the All-Star break. The wheels have completely fallen off the Cincinnati train since those festivities as the team has posted a terrible 14-25 record, and have scored a lowly 3.38 runs per contest over that stretch. With the way Volquez is pitching right now, the Reds’ misery is likely to continue today.
David Buchanan, Philadelphia Phillies (0.2 percent):
For a guy who’s barely owned by anybody in fantasy baseball, you will probably be surprised to hear that this fellow has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 12 of his 14 starts this season. His 4.21 ERA may leave a bit to be desired, but Buchanan pitches well enough to give fantasy owners a shot at a win most every time he pitches, plus he strikes out enough batters to at least add a little frosting to the cake.
With an excellent matchup on the docket for him today, Buchanan makes for an intriguing option indeed.
Expect a low-scoring affair in The Big Apple tonight as the Phillies will take on the aforementioned deGrom and the Mets. It’s been a nightmare-ish month of August for the Metropolitans as the team has posted a miserable 10-16 record, and much of that has to do with the team scoring a paltry 3.27 runs per game. The Mets have scored the second-fewest runs per game at home overall this season, and Buchanan has a good shot at keeping the team grounded in this one.