May 15, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Nationals starter Ross Detwiler (48) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Pitching Pickups, 6/17/13


Feb 23, 2013; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (65) throws in the third inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday’s pair of double-headers in Atlanta and Boston give us a total of 17 games on the MLB Schedule meaning 34 starting pitchers ready to take the mound many of which will bounce back for a second start later this week. With so many options to choose from, there are multiple ways to give your fantasy team a boost with a streaming or spot starter. Here’s my quick top 5 options for Tuesday:

Possible Pickups

Zack Wheeler-New York Mets: (47.2% owned in ESPN leagues) How big a prospect and how anticipated his arrival are can easily be seen by the fact that he’s already almost 50% owned. He’s expected to join the Mets six-man rotation and should be able to stick in the Majors as long as he lives up to his lofty expectations. From what I’ve seen and heard, he deserves the hype and should be your #1 pickup for the day.

Ross Detwiler-Washington Nationals: (12.8%) Detwiler was solid if not spectacular in his first start back off the DL which is about all you could ask since he came back at Coors Field. Detwiler gets the Phillies for this start on Tuesday. His ERA is still a solid 3.02 but he does have a high WHIP at 1.42. He’s definitely a solid option, but tread carefully.

Jeremy Bonderman-Seattle Mariners: (0.5%) After getting shelled in his first start, Bonderman has allowed just one run on six hits in his last two starts spanning 14 shutout innings. He shut out Houston for eight innings his last time out and looks to continue his success in LA against the Angels. He’s opposed by Joe Blanton who comes in 1-10, so at least a win should be a solid possibility.

Alfredo Figaro-Milwaukee Brewers: (0.2%) Figaro has been inconsistent but did have a nice outing last time against the Marlins allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out four in seven shutout innings. Figaro faces the strikeout-prone Astros Tuesday.

Alfredo Aceves-Boston Red Sox: (0.0%) If you really want to roll the dice, Aceves has allowed just one earned run in each. He’s allowed just 11 hits in those 12 innings including a four-hit, six-inning performance in Tampa last week. He faces the Rays again Tuesday afternoon in Game 1 of the double-header.

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