Start June off right with the right Fantasy Baseball starting pitching pickup. Each day, I give you players who are scheduled to start that I think will have a good performance despite being unowned in over 50% of ESPN leagues. You can see how my picks have faired at the bottom of the page to see how they can help your squad. Saturday has a full 30-team slate with eight games in the afternoon and seven at night. In those games, here are the five options I like as pickup options from the Waiver Wire:
Mike Leake-Cincinnati Reds: (30.0%) Leake is the top Saturday option even though he’s going at Pittsburgh against Francisco Liriano. Leake has allowed just a single earned run in 21 innings over his last three starts. He’s lowered his ERA to 3.02 and improved his record to 4-2. He did get knocked around at Pittsburgh earlier this season but is on a roll at this point in the season. Even though the Pirates were great in May, it was their pitching and defense that powered their success more than their hitting which Leake hopes to tame tonight.
Jerome Williams-Los Angeles Angels: (26.6%) Williams isn’t a good long-term option since this is expected to be his last turn as the Angels go from a six-man rotation back to the typical five. Williams has been excellent in his five starts and has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last four. He’ll face the strikeout-prone Astros at home in Anaheim so I think he’s in for another solid start before losing his temporary spot in the rotation:
Jhoulys Chacin-Colorado Rockies: (12.4%) Chacin and the Rox face the depleted Dodgers in Coors Field. So far this season, Chacin has had just two ugly starts with the restbeing solid outings allowing three earned runs or less. He struck out a season-high nine his last time out while allowing just two runs on five his in seven innings. The Dodgers lineup is lacking punch, so I think Chacin gets a solid outing and quite possibly a win Saturday in Denver.
Tyler Cloyd-Philadelphia Phillies: (1.5) After two solid starts, Cloyd was beat up at Fenway raising his ERA from 2.70 to 5.74 in just 2 1/3 innings. Saturday he gets his first home start against the struggling Brewers. Cloyd had a pair of quality starts in his first two outings, and I think he’ll return to that form in this one with a good shot at a win event though the strikeout totals will most likely be low.
Collin McHugh-New York Mets: (0.5%) McHugh is a long-shot option meaning he should only be used in the deepest of leagues and won’t count against my stats for the week. McHugh gets his first start of the season in place of an Jon Niese who is sidelined with a shoulder ailment. The reason McHugh is worth a deep league look is that he’s facing the Marlins in Miami. Miami ranks last in the Majors in almost every offensive category, and McHugh did show promise in Triple-A Las Vegas where he went 3-2 with a 2.74 ERA in eight starts. Those numbers are even better when you consider he put those numbers up in the hitter-happy PCL.
Here’s my last week’s results: