There’s not much time left in the 2023 fantasy baseball season. But for those in a tight roto race or head-to-head playoffs, this is the most important time of the year. With the sprint to the finish underway, here’s a look at five pitchers to consider off the waiver wire this week.
Guardians left-hander Logan Allen hit a rough spot in June and July, but he’s rounded into form since then. The rookie pitched to the tune of a 3.33 ERA in August, and a similar 3.60 ERA through three starts in September. The 25-year-old has also struck out at least five batters in each of his last three outings.
Allen will likely get two starts this week, one against the Royals and a second against the Orioles. The latter’s not a favorable matchup on paper, but he did strike out 10 against Baltimore in an outing this past May.
The Tigers acquired right-hander Sawyer Gipson-Long last August in the trade that sent Michael Fulmer to the Twins, and the 25-year-old made his Detroit debut earlier this month. Gipson-Long notched a win in his first MLB start against the White Sox, then recorded 11 punchouts in his second start on the 16th versus the Angels
The Mercer product is set to face another AL West team, the Athletics, this coming weekend.
While there have been bumps in the road for Nationals SP Josiah Gray, there’s no denying that this season’s been better. While the 25-year-old’s walk and hit numbers are down as compared to 2022, he’s allowed less home runs and has shown flashes of brilliance throughout the season. Most recently, Gray struck out 10 over 6.1 IP on September 14 against the Pirates.
Gray will look to continue the momentum against the White Sox on September 20.
The Twins optioned right-hander Bailey Ober to Triple-A last month after a rough stretch that saw him post a 5.63 ERA over five August starts. Minnesota recalled Ober to face the White Sox on September 15, and the tall righty did well. Ober struck out six over five innings to record his seventh win of 2023.
Ober will stick in the rotation after that start, and he’ll face the Reds on the road this week.
Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta pitched exceptionally out of the bullpen this season, as his 3.07 ERA and .166 opponent’s batting average are much better than his numbers (5.81 ERA, .260 opponent’s AVG) as a starter. However, an injury to James Paxton pushed Pivetta back to the rotation and he’s been fine in two September starts.
Pivetta struck out 10 over 5.1 innings against the Yankees on September 12, then delivered 6.1 quality innings against the Blue Jays five days later. The righty’s tentatively set to get a favorable matchup against the White Sox this coming weekend.