Apr 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders (23) pitches to the Baltimore Orioles during the 9th inning at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated Baltimore 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Pitching Pickups, 5/12/13


If you need starting pitching help from the waiver wire, consider these four options including Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen who in this photo pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday is your last chance to close the week out with a strong outing for one of your starting pitchers. There are some options on the waiver wire if your current pitchers aren’t lined up to start on that day and you feel a move in necessary. If you’re streaming starters you’ll be familiar with these names, but these four starter can contribute to your fantasy team and help you get wins in the categories you need help in:

Possible Pickups

Wei-Yin Chen-Baltimore Orioles: (16.7%) Chen had a tough start in Seattle two outings ago but bounced back against Kansas City his last time out going 6 1/3 allowing just two runs. He’ll get the start Sunday in the series finale against Minnesota. Last year he went 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA against the Twins in his one start against them. Right now he’s scheduled to go up against Scott Diamond who looked great against Boston his last time out. The Orioles offense is in such a groove right now, I’d stay away from Diamond in this start and wouldn’t be surprised if Chen ends up in line for the win if he can have another solid start.

May 1, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Feldman (46) and is congratulated by catcher Dioner Navarro (30) for a victory against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. Cubs beat the Padres 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Feldman-Chicago Cubs: (12.0%) I’ve been skeptical, but it’s harder and harder to ignore Feldman’s numbers. He’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts and just five total earned runs in his last four starts spanning 27 2/3 innings. He’s lowered his EA all the way to 2.70 and opponents are hitting just .200 against him. The Cubs bats haven’t exactly backed him up as you can see from his 3-3 record, but his three wins have been in his last three starts. Feldman isn’t overpowering but has been dominating as he heads into Sunday’s start in Washington. The Naionals are far from a pushover lineup, but they’ve also had their struggles at times this season meaning it’s not a start to totally be avoided as he goes against the inconsistent Gio Gonzalez.

Jorge De La Rosa-Colorado Rockies: (3.4%) De La Rosa bounced back from his first rough outing of the year by shutting down the Yankees at Coors Field allowing just three hits in six scoreless innings to get his third win of the season. He’s 3-3 with a 3.52 ERA entering his scheduled start Sunday but does have the potent Cardinals lineup to deal with in St. Louis. It isn’t a great matchup, but De La Rosa can still be used since in four of his last five starts he’s allowed two earned runs or fewer, including the start against the Yankees and a pair against the D-backs.

Joe Saunders-Seattle Mariners: (0.9%) Saunders got hammered in Toronto and has been brutal on the road with a 12.54 ERA in his four road starts. Why could he help you Sunday? Because he’s not on the road. He’ll get the start in Seattle as the Mariners take on the Athletics. As bad as he’s been on the road, he’s 2-0 with a 0.81 ERA in three home starts and has held opponents to a .173 average. He’s extremely risky, but you can roll the dice if the other options have been snapped up.  I’m going to try and recommend one starter who is virtually unowned each day as my “long shot.” Their numbers won’t count against my performances, but it will give you a choice for ultra-deep or extremely-active leagues.

Past Performance

Starter Date IP ER K H BB W L
Jhoulys Chacin 5-May 7 5 3 8 3 0 1
Kevin Slowey 5-May 7 0 7 2 2 1 0
Wandy Rondriguez 5-May 6 3 7 6 1 0 1
Corey Kluber 5-May 5 2/3 3 4 5 4 0 1
Nick Tepesch 6-May 4 5 4 6 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
Justin Grimm 7-May 5 5 7 8 3 0 1
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
Chris Tillman 8-May 6 3 2 5 3 1 0
Bud Norris 8-May 8 1 2 9 1 1 0
Jake Westbrook 8-May 5 1/3 3 1 9 1 0 0
Jason Marquis 8-May 8 0 3 5 1 1 0
Jason Vargas 9-May 5 2/3 4 7 10 2 0 0
Jeff Locke 9-May 6 1 3 3 1 0 0
Freddy Garcia 9-May 6 4 3 5 1 0 1
Jose Fernandez 10-May 6 4 6 8 3 1 0
Wandy Rondriguez 10-May 6 1 2 6 0 1 0
Day Straily 10-May 5 6 4 6 4 0 1
Kevin Slowey 11-May
Jhoulys Chacin 11-May
Jerome Williams 11-May
Brandon Maurer 11-May
ERA WHIP
Totals: 130 53 87 130 43 10 7 3.67 1.33

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