Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Pitchers Edition

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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Pitchers Edition
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Need some pitching?

This list consists of five pitchers with favorable matchups and/or guys that have just been tearing it up lately. Most of them can be found on the waiver wire.

Joel Pineiro

Pineiro has been excellent in his last two performances, one of which he lasted nine innings, giving up three hits and one earned run, while striking out five.

In his other start, he tossed seven innings, surrendering five hits and one earned run, while striking out three.

Pineiro is now 8-9 on the season with a 3.09 ERA, 51 strikeouts, and 12 walks in 122.1 innings. His 12 walks are lowest in the majors among qualifiers. In his last seven starts, he has an ERA below 2.00 and a WHIP below 1.00.

Did I mention he's in a contract year?

Although Pineiro won't provide your team with many strikeouts, he can help you out with his low ERA and WHIP.

He is owned in 14.9 percent of ESPN Fantasy Baseball leagues. Take a look at him if he's available in your league.

 

J.A. Happ

Happ added another win to his perfect 7-0 record on Sunday by shutting out the Marlins in seven innings of work. That outing brings his season total to 94 innings pitched with 65 strikeouts, 33 walks, an ERA of 2.68, and a WHIP of 1.15.

In his last six games, he has only allowed three runs once. In the rest he allowed two or fewer.

Happ is not a huge strikeout guy either, but he has a low ERA, a low WHIP, and is undefeated on the season.

Happ is only owned in 30.9 percent of ESPN Fantasy Baseball leagues. If he continues to pitch like this, he should be owned in most formats.

 

Scott Baker

After starting off the season horribly and disappointing fantasy owners that picked him as their third or fourth starter, it seems Baker has turned it around.

He is 4-1 in his last five starts, with his best of those performances being Friday against the Rangers. He pitched eight innings, gave up one run, and struck out eight en route to his eighth win of the season.

Baker is now 8-7 on the season, with 90 strikeouts, 23 walks, an ERA of 5.10, and a WHIP of 1.20.

Baker is starting to look like the guy we thought he would be this season. He can provide your team with strikeouts, WHIP, and his ERA will drop.

As a result of his early season struggles, Baker is available in around 15 percent of ESPN Fantasy Baseball leagues. Pick him up now.


Ervin Santana

Coming off a breakout year, Santana has been plagued with injuries all season. When he wasn't injured, he was struggling on the mound.

Well, in his last start he lasted eight innings, gave up three hits, one earned run, walked two, and struck out four.

His season totals still aren't that great—2-5, with a 6.70 ERA, 34 strikeouts, and 19 walks. He has only pitched 48.1 innings, though.

He has a favorable start today against the Blue Jays, and is available in 21 percent of ESPN Fantasy Baseball leagues. If you don't already own him, pick him up and start him.

I believe in Santana the rest of the way if he can stay healthy. And if he does, look out for an increase in his strikeouts and decrease in his ERA.


Randy Wolf

Wolf has had some pretty solid numbers recently. In his last three starts he is 1-1 in 18.1 innings. In that span, he has allowed 16 hits, six earned runs, and three walks, while striking out 17 batters.

All three performances were quality starts, but he got either a loss or a no decision due to poor run support.

Wolf has pretty solid seasonal statistics too. He is 4-4 with a 3.51 ERA, struck out 91 batters, and walked 34 in 120.2 innings of work.

He has a favorable matchup in his start today against the Reds, facing Homer Bailey, who struggled in his last start.

Wolf is owned in 43.1 percent of ESPN Fantasy Baseball leagues. Pick him up if you don't already have him, and get his start for today in.


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