Saturday kicks off the weekend of Major League Baseball with four games in the afternoon with 11 more under the lights giving us plenty of baseball to keep our fantasy baseball teams running all day long. If you head into the weekend in need of starting pitching, check out my picks for waiver wire pickups who are scheduled to take the mound on Saturday.
Make sure to check back each day for my daily starting pitcher pickups (archive here where you can also set a bookmark for the daily updates). To see how my recent 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’s who you should take a look at for Saturday:
Jordan Lyles-Colorado Rockies (17.2%)
Lyles was a great pickup earlier this week, and he’s the best widely available option if you held onto him or are able to pick him up for Saturday’s start. Lyles improved to 4-0 by beating Texas earlier this week while allowing two runs in eight innings.
In each of his last four starts, Lyles has pitched at least six full innings while allowing two runs or fewer. During those starts he’s limited the Dodgers and Rangers as well as the D-Backs and Phillies. In Saturday’s outing, he’ll face the depleted Reds lineup and should be able to get another win with a solid start even though he’s matched up with Alfredo Simon who is also off to a good start.