Jun 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Hector Santiago throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Pitching Pickups, 6/16/13


May 21, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez (50) throws in the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Yankees 3-2 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

If you need starting pitching help to close out your fantasy baseball week, don’t worry there are some solid options that can help you get the wins your after. MLB has all 30 teams in action with Sunday Night Baseball in Atlanta for the Braves-Giants clash. Here are four starters who scheduled to start and are available in over half of ESPN leagues who can help out your team.

Possible Pickups

Miguel Gonzalez-Baltimore Orioles: (4.7% owned in ESPN leagues) Gonzlaez has allowed one run in three of his last four starts. His best was his last where he held the Angels to four hits and a run over eight innings to improve to 4-2 with a WHIP of 1.22. He faces a Boston lineup that has been bi-polar this season but does tend to strike out a lot. He should be able to put together a nice outing Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

Hector Santiago-Chicago White Sox: (2.4%) If you’re looking for K’s another good option is Santiago who faces the strikeout-prone Astros in Houston. Santiago has started six games for Chicago this year holding opponents to a .210 average in those starts. Overall, he’s 2-4 with a 3.12 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 52 innings. He’s a great spot-start pickup in Houston Sunday.

Corey Kluber-Cleveland Indians: (1.1%) Kluber starts at home against the Nats coming off a dominant performance in Texas where he held the Rangers to a run on six hits in eight innings. He improved to 4-4 and got his fourth quality start in his last five. Kluber has had a couple ugly outings, but he’s maturing and growing into a usable fantasy option in the Tribe rotation. He goes against Stephen Strasburg in this one, and the Nats never seem to get him any run support. Maybe that will help Kluber’s cause as he looks to continue his progression.

P.J. Walters-Minnesota Twins: (0.2%) Walters is a deep league long-shot but has allowed two earned runs or less in three of his four starts including his first outing against Detroit  where he picked up the win allowing two runs in six innings. He faces the Tigers again Sunday looking to improve to 3-1. He has given up a lot of hits and a .298 BAA, so proceed cautiously if you decide to go with Walters.

 

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