May 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jerome Williams (57) delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Pitching Pickups, 5/21/13

Tuesday’s Fantasy Baseball starting pitching options from the waiver wire are a little thin, but the top option is Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez who here throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully, your fantasy baseball week gets off to a great start on Monday. If your pitchers struggle though, the good news is there’s plenty of time to recover this week and some nice options on the waiver wire for Tuesday to help you bounce back. Here’s my top options available in more than 50% of ESPN leagues scheduled to get the ball on Tuesday:

Possible Pickups

Wandy Rodriguez-Pittsburgh Pirates: (47.1% owned in ESPN leagues) Wandy just fits under our 50% threshold. and is coming off back-to-back good outings as he and the Bucs host the Cubs Tuesday night. In only one of his eight starts did he allow more than three runs and is coming off two starts where he allowed a total of two runs in 13 innings. In his earlier outing this season against Chicago, Rodriguez threw 6 2/3 scoreless, two-hit innings. He’ll be opposed this time by Matt Garza making his first start back from the DL. Garza is a wildcard, so don’t count on a win, but Wandy’s still the top pickup for Tuesday’s starts from those available in most leagues.

Jerome Williams-Los Angeles Angels: (2.3%) Williams has put together a pair of back-to-back quality starts allowing a total of four runs in 12 2/3 innings on 12 hits and striking out six. He and the Angels host Seattle Tuesday night as they face Aaron Harang who comes 1-4 with an ERA over seven. Williams should be in line for a W if he can put together a third solid start in a row.

Bud Norris-Houston Astros: (4.4%) Norris got shelled by the Tigers in Detroit his last time out allowing seven runs in five innings, but before that had been dealing for four straight allowing three runs or less. He’s 4-4 overall  on the season with a 4.32 ERA. He and the Astros host the Royals Tuesday at Minute Maid Park where he’s 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA on the season. He’s risky since he does take a beating at times, but has also paid off in good matchups like this one before.

Ramon Ortiz-Toronto Blue Jays: (0.0%) The veteran journeyman is a longshot (meaning he’s owned in under 1.0% and won’t count for my stats), but Ortiz has been solid in his two starts. He’s allowed a run in each going 1-1 with 10 hits allowed in 12 innings. He only has two strikeouts in his two starts but has earned  a third Tuesday against the Rays at Rogers Centre. He’s only a deep league or desperate add if you need innings and possibly a win.

Past Performance

Here’s my results for the last week:

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