If your fantasy team needs a boost headed into the weekend, it’s not too late to get some help from the waiver wire for your starting rotation. Here’s the best of Friday’s options who are available in more than half of ESPN leagues.
Jose Fernandez-Miami Marlins: (25.7%) Fernandez was dominant in his last start earning him his first MLB win. He allowed just one hit in seven shutout innings in Philadelphia walking one and striking out nine. He lowered his ERA to 3.48 while his WHIP is still a solid 1.06 and he has 32 strikeouts in 31 innings. If you need strikeouts and a solid performance, Fernandez is your top option as he takes on the Dodgers. While the Marlins offense has been horrendous, they’ll face LA starter Matt Magill who gave up five runs in just over an inning in his last start and comes in with an ERA of 7.88. Hopefully they can get Fernandez enough run support for him to earn his second win in a row, but even if they don’t his other numbers make him an option worth considering.
Wandy Rodriguez-Pittsburgh Pirates: (32.4% owned) Wandy has lost his last two starts but only has one ugly start on the year which came two starts ago in Milwaukee. In all the rest of his starts, he’s allowed three runs or less. He’s also been picking up his strikeout-rate lately with 14 over his last 15 1/3 innings in his last three starts. He’ll be pitching at pitcher-friendly Citi Field against the Mets where he has a solid track record. He’s scheduled to be opposed by Shaun Marcum who has been brutal for New York this season coming in with an 0-2 record to go with his 7.20 ERA. Rodriguez and the Bucs will look to get the win Friday night and they should be able to get enough runs to get Wandy a W.
Tommy Hanson-Los Angeles Angels: (23.8%) Hanson struggled his last time out giving up a pair of homer and three runs in his five innings against Baltimore. He still has been solid over his last three starts allowing just four runs in 17 innings. Friday, he and the Angels travel to Chicago to take on the White Sox. Chicago ranks second-to-last in the Majors in runs scored and last in batting average so Hanson should be able to put up a solid start at US Cellular Field and possibly get the win as he faces off with Dylan Axelrod who comes in 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA.
Dan Straily-Oakland A’s: (3.5%) Straily’s another solid strikeout option with 21 on the year in 16.2 innings. His ERA is high at 5.94, but he left his last start in Yankee Stadium only having given up one run. The bullpen allowed two inherited runners to score leaving him with a line of 5 1/3 innings pitched, four hits, three earned runs, and four strikeouts. He’ll pitch Friday at Safeco field as the A’s take on the Mariners. Seattle will send Hisashi Iwakuma to the hill, so expecting a win would seem over-ambitious. He should e able to get some strikeouts, though, and may even help your ERA against Seattle who enters Thursday’s play 26th in the league in runs scored.
Here’s the results of our picks from the last week:
|Mike Leake||3-May||5 2/3||2||3||9||0||1||0|
|Jonathan Pettibone||3-May||6 1/3||1||3||5||0||1||0|
|Felix Doubront||3-May||3 2/3||6||2||12||1||0||1|
|Corey Kluber||5-May||5 2/3||3||4||5||4||0||1|
|Andrew Cashner||6-May||7 1/3||0||4||4||3||1||0|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||6-May||5 2/3||2||8||4||3||1||0|
|Wei-Yin Chen||7-May||6 1/3||2||2||9||0||0||0|
|Zach McAllister||7-May||7 2/3||0||4||5||1||1||0|
|Eric Stults||7-May||6 1/3||1||4||7||2||1||0|
|Jake Westbrook||8-May||5 1/3||3||1||9||1||0||0|