It’s almost mid-June, the disabled list is stacked full of players and that pitcher I recommended last waiver report just got bombed again.
You need new blood for your pitching staff. We’ve got some options for you.
The following pitchers were among the most successful in the last week and are among the most available in fantasy baseball. Some of them can help your team.
Felipe Paulino — He’s only 1-7 this season, but Paulino has thrown five straight quality starts. The Astros averaged just 1.97 runs in the 26-year-old’s first 10 starts, according to Yahoo Sports. He’s got 68 Ks in 75 innings and has lasted eight innings in three conseuctive starts. Add him, but don’t expect the wins. Available in 97% of Yahoo and ESPN leagues.
Tommy Hunter — Started the season on the DL, but pitched his second career complete game on Saturday. He allowed one run, five hits and no walks. He struck out four. Derek Holland’s trip to the DL opened up an opportunity for Hunter. If his second start is as good as his first, the Rangers will have to find more starts for him. He’s available in 90% of Yahoos and 89% of ESPNs.
Hong-Chih Kuo — A regular in our holds updates, Kuo has some value in deep leagues where there might not be a single save available on the wire. Kuo earned two wins in the last week and struck out two in 3.1 innings. He hasn’t allowed a hit to a lefthander (he’s faced 20) and has a 16.2 scoreless inning streak. He’s available in 90% of Yahoo leagues and 99.6% of ESPNs.
Sean Marshall — Earned a save and struck out five in 4.1 innings this week. In the last month, Marshall has four wins a save and 15 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched. Wins are an unreliable statistic to predict, but Marshall has proven to be one of the most reliable RPs out of the Cubs pen. He has almost as many holds (6) as he had all of last season (7) and could be in line for more. He’s owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues and 3.7% of ESPNs.
Matt Guerrier — Another setup man, Guerrier earned a win, a save and struck out one batter in 2.1 innings this week. He gave up an earned run in a loss June 2, the first run he had given up since May 14. He had seven holds and two blown saves in May. Available in 98% of ESPNs and 82% of Yahoos.
J.J. Putz — Another reliever? Promise he’s the last one. Putz has 27 Ks and 4 walks in only 20 innings this season. He only has two holds, but could be in line for more. Putz is owned in only 2% of Yahoo leagues and 99.7% of ESPN leagues.
Joe Saunders — Owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues and 5.7% of ESPN leagues, Saunders earned two wins and struck out three in 15 innings in the last week. He threw a complete game Wednesday and is 3-1 in his last five games. In the last month, he has four wins and 20 Ks in 42.1 IP. He won’t help you in Ks, but Saunders could be good for a spots start or two.
Jonathan Niese — Struck out six in seven innings in the last week, but don’t even think about adding him. He lasted just two innings in his previous start May 16 and in the two starts before that he allowed 10 earned runs and 18 hits in 10.1 innings. Niese is available in 96% of Yahoo leagues and 98.2% of ESPN leagues.
Brian Bannister — Available in 97% of Yahoo leagues and 98.7% of ESPN leagues, Bannister won his fifth straight game on Monday. But he wasn’t dominant in any of them. He’s 6-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 43 Ks to 21 BB this season. He’s a borderline play except in deep leagues and AL only leagues.
Freddy Garcia — Has five wins in the last month, striking out 21 in 36.1 IP with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. In the last week he won two games and struck out eight pitching 14.0 innings. Like Bannister, Garcia is not super effective. He’s give up at least two runs in every start this season. He’s owned in 3% of Yahoo and ESPN leagues.
Luke Hochevar — Like too many of the starters on this list, Hochevar is a risky play. He struck out 10 in seven innings in his last start, but in his last five he has given up 20 earned runs in 40 innings. He’s bound to hurt you, but if you want to gamble on a Royals pitcher, Hochevar can be had in 96% of Yahoo leagues and 99% of ESPNs.
If you were looking the hitters waiver report, you can find it here.