Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 13, 2014

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May 7, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake (44) pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday’s are always a big night for fantasy baseball players and this week is no exception as all 30 teams are in action on the diamond under the lights meaning we get a full 15-game slate.  With so many starting pitchers taking the hill, there are some nice value plays that you can get cheap in daily formats or find on the waiver wire in many leagues whether you’re looking for a streaming option or someone to potentially keep long-term.

Whenever you’re looking for starting pitching, you can 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 the options I like most for this Tuesday:

Mike Leake-Cincinnati Reds (13.4%)

The Reds offense hasn’t been on fire, but they’ll be at home Tuesday as they start their series against the visiting Padres.  Leake takes the ball against Andrew Cashsner looking to get his first win in five starts despite turning in some quality starts over that timespan.  His last time out against the Red Sox he allowed just two runs in seven innings but took a no-decision.  He typically doesn’t pile up strikeouts, but he can be counted on to give you solid innings and get a win if the Reds offense can put anything together.

Only one team has scored fewer runs than the Padres coming into Monday’s action, as the Braves have scored just 115 and San Diego has scored 116.  However, the Padres have played three more games than Atlanta giving them the lowest runs-per-game average in the Majors. Leake should be able to put together a good start on Tuesday at home against San Diego.

Risk-1, Reward-4

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