Monday starts a brand new week for Fantasy Baseball players which means your starting rotation hasn’t even hurt your team this week. If you still want to give it some reinforcing and possibly grab some two-start options for the week, here’s our waiver wire pitching pickups for Monday. All pitchers listed are available in at least half of ESPN leagues and make good options for their starts on Monday:
Julio Teheran-Atlanta Braves: (9.0%) Teheran starts at home against the Twins as Atlanta opens their three game set against Kevin Correia and Minnesota. Teheran has been solid over his last four starts getting into the sixth in each while allowing three earned runs or fewer. All three of his decisions have come during that span and he comes into this start 2-1. He gives up hits but has been able to limit damage against good teams like Arizona and San Francisco so facing the Twins should mean a solid outing for Teheran.
Scott Kazmir-Cleveland Indians: (15.8%) Kazmir struggled his last time out against the Phillies allowing four runs and a pair of home runs in five innings falling to 2-2. Before that start he had a pair of encouraging outings at home where he takes the ball on Monday. He’ll be opposed by Hisashi Iwakuma for the Mariners who is having a great year, and I expect this to be a low-scoring game. A win may be too much to ask, but Kazmir is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 12 innings at Progressive Field making him an option as he starts there Monday
Josh Lindblom-Texas Rangers: (0.0%) Lindblom gets his first MLB start for the Rangers after relieving for the Phillies and Dodgers with fairly solid numbers. He has been pitching well at Triple-A with a 2.23 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 4-0 record in his seven starts for Round Rock. He gets the start tonight for Alexi Ogando against the visiting A’s and Bartolo Colon.
Chad Jenkins-Toronto Blue Jays: (0.0%) Jenkins is a long-shot pick for Monday meaning he’s owned in less than 1% of leagues and doesn’t count for my stats at the bottom of the page. He looked good in his first start of the year against the Red Sox holding them to two runs on five hits in the game that Ryan Dempster imploded for Boston giving him his first win of the season. Monday Jenkins matches up with Joke Odorizzi a recent call-up of the Rays. He’s high risk to be sure, but Jenkins is a decent play since I think the Jays win the game and he can build on last week’s successful start to the season.
Here’s the results of my picks for the last week: