Today, we look at the best available pitchers, starting or relief, who you can pick up for fantasy baseball, as staying on top of who’s hot can get you ahead in your league.
Tyler Well (SP) – Baltimore Orioles
Tyler Wells was the ninth-ranked player in baseball and the third-ranked batter this past week winning both starts against the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins. He pitched 11 innings and had a respectable 10 strikeouts while posting a stellar 1.64 ERA (earned run average) and 0.45 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched).
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His next start comes against the Los Angeles Angels who have struggled, but the Orioles are given a chance to win anytime Wells is on the mound. He now sits at a 3.09 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 50 strikeouts in 75.2 innings and is rostered just 38 percent of the time. He is worth adding as pitchers are more difficult to come by as the season progresses.
Paul Sewald (CP) – Seattle Mariners
Now for a look at a closing pitcher. Generally, you will be able to find gems here and there in regards to closing pitchers who will get you saves. Paul Sewald may fall into that categorization as he has now recorded saves in each of his past five appearances and allowed only one run in his past 6.1 innings.
Sewald has converted eight of his 10 save opportunities, but the Mariners seem to be winning tight games, which means their closer will get in lots of meaningful work. Fantasy owners are starting to notice him as he is now rostered in 55 percent of leagues. If you need saves, he is your man on the waiver wire.
Patrick Corbin (SP) – Washington Nationals
Patrick Corbin is a starting pitcher to be careful of when picking up as he has generally had a rough season. But if you’re in need of a pitcher for one game, he could be worth a look as a streaming option. In his last outing, he went eight innings, struck out a career-high 12 batters, allowed just one run, and posted a 0.88 WHIP.
He is risky overall, as his outing before saw Corbin pitch four innings and give up three runs and seven hits. There is not much out there in terms of starting pitchers who have pitched well very recently, and maybe Corbin could build off his last start and find the game he had a few years ago instead of a 6.06 ERA and 1.70 WHIP on the season.
Roster percentages courtesy of Yahoo.
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