After last week was difficult, the week 12 waiver wire was relatively easy for me thanks to some great performances by five pitchers. All five have had a great couple of weeks or a really solid month that has meant they should be in consideration in many more leagues than they currently are.
Taijuan Walker, SEA: Walker appears to turning it around from his early struggles, having given up just eight runs in the last 35.1 innings he has pitched. In that span he has a 4-1 record with 38 strikeouts and is now starting to look more like the pitcher we thought he was to start the year. After two four-walk games in a row he has walked just three over the last five starts, so we may have the old Walker on our hands again.
Mike Montgomery, SEA: Montgomery has been intriguingly good since his call up at the start of June as he holds a 2.04 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. He struggled for strikeouts in his first four games with just 12 in 26.1 innings whilst also walking eight. Those factors ran alarm bells massively but then he went and has a 10 strikeout shut out against the smoking hot Royals where he didn’t walk anyone and gave up just five hits. Another interesting young pitcher in a season full of them, but Montgomery is worth a speculative pick up.
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Williams Perez, ATL: Perez is developing a pattern over his last 10 outings of a few good games followed by a four-run outing. In those 10 games, he has given up zero earned runs five times, one earned run twice and four earned runs three times. Now, personally, I will take those four run games if I am getting seven fantastic starts around them. In those 10 games Perez has pitched 45.1 innings, giving up just 14 runs whilst striking out 36. He has been giving up a few walks here and there but generally Perez is pitching well and should be considered for owning in 12 team leagues.
Rubby De La Rosa, ARI: De La Rosa has been a beast in his last three games pitching 22 innings for two runs with 16 strikeouts. What makes those games even more impressive is one game was in Colorado, another was in Chase Field and in the third he played the Giants so has had some tough outings and he has come out shining. However, these outings come off the back of a couple of rough ones so take care with Rubby and maybe keep him on the bench for another start or two and see if this streak is him figuring it out or just some luck going his way.
Marco Estrada, TOR: Estrada has also had a couple of immense starts in the last week having given up just one run in 15.2 innings whilst striking out 16. In both starts he flirted with a no hitter and gave up just three hits and four walks across the two starts. One of the starts was in Tampa but the other was at home where hitters have been crushing it so Estrada is a man to take a look at.