Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-April 25, 2014

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Apr 19, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (37) throws during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Friday night’s great for fantasy baseball players with all 30 teams in action under the lights across the country.  With 15 games, there’s potential to make some nice starting pitching pickups, but the rotations and matchups don’t present any can’t-miss selections since many of the early bloomers are already snatched up in most leagues.  There are a few potential targets who could pay off, even though they do carry some risk.  If you’ve had a rough week and need to rack up some innings, I think there are three options worth considering.

Each afternoon, check back on Fansided for my starting pitcher pickups (archive here where you can also set a bookmark for the daily updates). You can also see how my past picks have fared on the final slide of the post.  All of my choices are available in at least half of ESPN leagues and their ownership percentage is included in parentheses.

Here’s who to look at for Friday night:

Henderson Alvarez-Miami Marlins (0.8%)

Alvarez dominated on Sunday throwing a two-hit complete-game shutout against the Mariners.  He needed only 90 pitches to cruise to his first win of the year while striking out four and walking no one. After his shutout, his ERA is down to 2.66 while his WHIP is still a slightly elevated 1.44.

His gem came out of nowhere since the start before he had allowed 12 hits and three walks in six innings to the Phillies. Because it was unexpected, there is definitely risk counting on Alvarez to turn in another good start Friday, but he is in a nice matchup as Miami travels to the Big Apple to visit Citi Field and take on the Mets.  Last season, Alvarez went 2-0 in two starts against the Mets with a 1.26 ERA.  Don’t expect big strikeout numbers, but I think Alvarez is the best widely available option for Friday night.

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