Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 12, 2014

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May 2, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler (34) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Monday starts a new fantasy baseball week and gives us a fresh new slate of two-start pitchers ready to take the hill and contribute to your fantasy team. If you’re looking for an option on the waiver wire, there are some solid options worth taking a look at mentioned in the next few slides.

Anytime you need pitching help from the wire, check out 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 are my selections that are widely available heading into their scheduled starts Monday:

Tom Koehler-Miami Marlins (13.2%)

Part of the Marlins surprising start has been the somewhat shocking success of their starting rotation. Koehler has been especially good lately coming off back-to-back starts without allowing a run spanning 15 innings. In those innings, Koehler has only allowed eight baserunners and has picked up nine strikeouts. So far this season, Koehler is 3-2 with a 0.99 WHIP and a 1.99 ERA.  Those numbers are even more impressive when you compare them to his numbers from last year when he was 5-10 with a 1.36 WHIP and a 4.41 ERA.

Most of Koehler’s success this season has come at home, but his start Monday is on the road in LA.  He did just have a successful start against the Dodgers holding them scoreless for seven innings to earn his third win of the season.  He’s not quite a lock since he is on the road, but he’s still a really good pickup option and he’ll probably be worth holding for his Saturday start which is scheduled to be in San Francisco if your league allows you the flexibility to do that.

Risk-3, Reward-5

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