When the season began, I picked Wainwright up off of waivers before the 1st period began. I was hopeful that he would be the pitcher he was back in 2014 and the beginning of 2015 before he got hurt. Unfortunately, he got off to a rough start, compiling a 5.35 ERA over his first 7 starts. I dropped him after about 3 starts, figuring he wasn’t going to have a good year. However, there are signs that he might be back.
It’s easy to have forgotten about him, but if you look at his recent numbers, they’re elite. In his last 3 games, he’s 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA (1 run in 20 1/3 innings). The most impressive part is that he shut down the red hot Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. That’s an extreme feat even for elite pitchers. There’s certainly no guarantee that this isn’t a fluke, but with the dearth of starting pitching quality this year, you should pick him up as soon as you get the chance (he’s only owned in 76% of CBS fantasy leagues). He is now 5-3 with a 4.20 ERA on the season, so he’s a quality fantasy option – and a must-start pitcher when he has 2 starts.