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Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 5, 2014

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Apr 18, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Nate Eovaldi (24) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Monday starts another week of fantasy baseball goodness and there are plenty of starting pitchers to target on the waiver wire who most likely will make two-starts this week giving you double the points and possibly double the payout.  Making a two-start pickup is a great strategy as long as the starting pitcher you get gives you solid outings and doesn’t just double your misery.

Whenever your looking on the wire for a starting pitcher, check my daily pitcher pickups (archive here where you can also set a bookmark for the daily updates). I do my best to help you get the right pitchers to give your team the production it needs to get you the wins your after. To see how my past selections have fared, check the chart 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. For each selection, I also include my perspective of the risk and reward for the scheduled start on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest risk and the highest reward.

Here are my four potential pickups for Monday:

Nate Eovaldi-Miami Marlins (44.2%)

Eovaldi has been a regular in this post and has delivered pretty much all season.  In his six sarts, he has a 2-1 record with a 1.02 WHIP and a 2.58 ERA.  He has averaged just under a strikeout per inning and has allowed more than three earned runs only once.

In his last three outings, Eovaldi has allowed a total of two earned runs while throwing 19 innings and striking out 16 and walking just four.  He’ll look to coninue that success against the Mets who are in Miami for an early week series. He’ll be opposed by Jonathon Niese who could also be a good pickup, but the Miami offense has been decent lately and with the game in Florida, I prefer Eovaldi.

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