Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers Report (Week 16): Waiver Wire Pickups, Streamers, Injury Updates & More
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images. Pictured: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Cole Irvin.
The All-Star week in Major League Baseball is always quiet in terms of waiver wire moves, but the days off before games is a good time to dig a little deeper to see which pitchers can add value to your roster ahead of the second half.
Are there pitchers available that have a good chance of being moved to better teams? Away from playoff contenders? There will also be prospects brought up sooner than later that could anchor rotations as the sun sets on the 2021 regular season.
Enjoy the days off while watching the All-Star festivities.
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Rotations will be reset with no games for a few days. Some of these pitchers might not go until next week. However, the early bird something something…
Cole Irvin — Oakland Athletics
Yahoo: 45% | ESPN: 47%
If you want strikeouts, look elsewhere. Irvin has two wins in his last four starts, and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in a start over the same stretch. He has 19 walks in 18 starts this season.
Austin Gomber — Colorado Rockies
Yahoo: 38% | ESPN: 35%
The lefty threw a two-inning simulated game July 10 and could start a rehab assignment as soon as Friday. Gomber has been one of the bigger pitching surprises this season, registering a 3.68 ERA and 1.07 WHIP prior to landing on the injured list.
Tyler Anderson — Pittsburgh Pirates
Yahoo: 12% | ESPN: 16%
The veteran is the type of addition to a contender that could push your fantasy team toward the playoffs. Anderson’s 4.35 ERA is on par with his expected stats and has done well on a poor team.
Jon Gray — Colorado Rockies
Yahoo: 32% | ESPN: 29%
Gray gets the Padres July 11 before the All-Star break and could face the Dodgers in the series after. Not ideal, but strong outings bode well for the trade candidate.
Adrian Houser — Milwaukee Brewers
Yahoo: 15% | ESPN: 15%
Walks are an issue for Houser and they derailed his last start prior to the All-Star break. His 10% walk rate is his highest since 2018, but his 1.38 WHIP is the second lowest of his career. Houser is on one of the best pitching staffs in baseball and is worth a roster spot for at least streaming purposes.
Logan Gilbert — Seattle Mariners
Yahoo: 49% | ESPN: 39%
After a rough start to his MLB career, Gilbert has been one of the best rookie call-ups on one of the surprise teams in baseball. He enters the break with two earned runs allowed over his last two starts, including seven shutout innings against the New York Yankees. Gilbert also has a 5.3:1 K/BB ratio.
Logan Webb — San Francisco Giants
Yahoo: 20% | ESPN: 17%
Webb returned from a shoulder strain July 9 and logged three shutout innings. He deserves roster consideration as he ramps up his workload ahead of the Giants playoff push. Prior to his IL stint, Webb had more outings with zero runs allowed than four-plus. Webb will spend the break in Triple-A since the Giants do not need a fifth starter for more than one week.
Michael Pineda — Minnesota Twins
Yahoo: 40% | ESPN: 39%
I am buying Pineda as a trade candidate. His was torched by the White Sox in his first start off the IL and has not recorded a win since May 26 (five starts). Prior to June, Pineda was 3-2 and logged at least five strikeouts in each of his starts.
Blake Snell was placed on the 10-day IL with gastroenteritis.
Aaron Sanchez started a rehab assignment for the Giants July 9. He has been out since May with right biceps tightness and had a different setback in June on his initial rehab assignment.
Sonny Gray landed on the IL with ribcage soreness. He isn’t expected to miss a start.
Mariners southpaw Justus Sheffield will be out an undetermined amount of time with a mild flexor strain and Grade 2 oblique strain.
Carlos Martinez was transferred to the 60-day IL with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Braves starter Huascar Ynoa will throw off a mound in the next few days. He has no timetable for a return.
Aaron Nola was one of four Phillies placed on the COVID-19 IL and was scratched from his July 11 start.
Yu Darvish and Jacob deGrom declined invitations to the All-Star game to rest and recover from previous injuries.
None this week due to the All-Star break.