May 19, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) throws during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Pitching Pickups, 5/25/13

One of the best spot starter options for Saturday is Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke who here  delivers a warm-up pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

As the fantasy baseball week comes to a close, there are still waiver wire options that can step in this weekend and help your team get the numbers you need. Here’s a quick look at some of the starters available in over half of  ESPN leagues who are scheduled to start Saturday and should be in a position to give your fantasy team a boost:

Possible Pickups

Jeff Locke-Pittsburgh Pirates: (24.3% owned) Locke has been exceptional this season in his nine starts goign 4-1 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He has allowed three hits or fewer in five of his last six starts and is holding opponents to just a .215 average on the season. His one less-than-great outing was against Milwaukee who he faces against Saturday. In that start 10 days ago he went six innings allowing three runs on seve hits but did match his season-high with six strikeouts. I think he’ll have a nice game at Miller Park and continue a great May.

May 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone (44) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Reds, 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Pettibone-Philadelphia Phillies: (4.7%) Pettibone has been good for the Phils going 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his six starts. He faces the Nats in Washington in a less-than-ideal matchup Saturday, but has faced the Reds, Indians, and Giants in his last three starts and fared decent. He struggled with his command a bit against San Francisco but looked better his last time out against Cincinnati. There’s some risk involved since Pettibone’s better starts have been at home while this one’s on the road, but I think he’s got another solid outing in him for Saturday.

John Gast- St. Louis Cardinals: (2.8%) The Cards take on the Dodgers again Saturday in cavernous Dodger Stadium. Gast will be looking to win his third start in a row. So far he’s been able to go 2-0 despite a 4.76 ERA. His WHIP is low at just 1.15 and he has a nice 8:3 K:BB ratio. The Dodgers send Ted Lilly to the mound meaning he should again get solid run support and could easily move to 3-0 in his three career starts.

Andrew Cashner-San Diego Padres: (21.3%) Cashner has allowed four runs in his last three starts and has giving up one earned run or fewer in three of his last five. Saturday, he faces the Diamondbacks for the first time this season and may be catching them at the right time as their offense has been struggling recently. Cashner’s a solid in not elite option if you need a good outing and a shot at a win.

Past Performance

Here’s how things have gone the past week:

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