After a slow day Thursday, the MLB is back in full-swing Friday with 15 games scheduled. With every team in action Friday night, there are plenty of pitching pickup options. Here are five to consider if you need help from the waiver wire for Firday:
Brandon McCarthy-Arizona Diamondbacks: (40.9% owned) Facing the Phillies, Marlins, and Padres in three in a row can definitely help your confidence and your ERA. McCarthy had given up three runs or more in every start of the season before his last two against the Phils and Fish. In those two starts, McCarthy has not allowed a run in 17 innings while allowing just 10 hits and two walks and striking out ten. McCarthy now gets the Padres as he looks to continue his recent run of success. His long-term chances of keeping this up may be dubious, but he’s worth having while he’s rolling.
Chris Tillman-Baltimore Orioles: (24,4%) Tillman has been solid allowing three runs or less in each of his last six starts while throwing at least six innings in each start. During that time he’s 3-1 after taking a loss his last time out against the Rays. Friday he’ll face the Blue Jays as he goes against Chad Jenkins. He faced the Jays once this year going 6 2/3 and allowing just four hits and a run earning a no-decision.
John Lackey-Boston Red Sox: (8.8%) Lackey had been a little snake-bitten until his last start pitching well but falling victim to bad luck. He finally got a win in Minnesota pitching well against the Twins allowing just one unearned run on one hit while striking out five and moving to 2-3. He isn’t throwing tons of pitches and the Indians at Fenway aren’t the best matchup ever. However, if you need some innings, Lackey is worth a look since he’s been very solid for the Sox this season. His only ugly start since returning from the DL was mostly as a result of a infield double that his infielders lost in the Tropicana roof.
Jason Vargas-Los Angeles Angels: (22.2%) Vargas hasn’t been consistent in his first year with the Angels but has been much better lately. In three of his last four outings he’s allowed two runs or less and gone at least seven innings. All three of those starts have been at home, but he’ll be on the road Friday night against the Royals. He was effective when he faced them in LA allowing two runs on five hits and going seven innings for the win. Hopefully, he can have another solid outing Friday at Kauffman Stadium.
Tyler Chatwood-Colorado Rockies: (0.1%) Chatwood gets the start for Colorado as they travel to San Francisco. He allowed just a run in 5 2/3 in his last start against the Giants which came at Coors Field on May 18. He walked four and allowed seven hits, so he’ll need to cut down on base-runners if he wants to continue to succeed. He has been good this year when asked to start going 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA.
Here’s the way my picks have gone the last seven days: