Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 15, 2014

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May 10, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (45) throws a pitch during the first inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday is a lighter day for Major League Baseball with just nine games on the schedule as 12 teams take a travel day getting set up for their weekend series.  It’s been a mixed week for my starting pitcher pickups with a horrible Monday night followed by a really nice day Tuesday.  Hopefully I can keep my hot streak rolling with these selections for Thursday.

However depleted your starting pitching depth is, hitting the waiver wire can bring you some hope especially with some new names making this list for Wednesday. Each afternoon, 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 done (and view the carnage of last night), 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.

Today, I only really like one option as you’ll see from my ratings, but the other two are worth a look in deep leagues or desparate situations.

Tyler Skaggs-Los Angeles Angels (10.4%)

I’ve used Skaggs a bunch this season, but he’s still very available and coming off his best start of the season.  In his seven starts, he has a 4.14 ERA to go with a 3-1 record and a 1.12 WHIP.  He had a horrible start against the Rangers two outings ago, but he bounced back in a big way with a eight-inning gem against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

He gave up just four hits in Toronto while striking out four and not walking anyone. Even at his best, Skaggs hasn’t really piled up big strikeout numbers, but he’s been effective and typically been able to work deep into games giving himself a change to get the win.  On Thursday night, he and the Angels host Tampa whose offense hasn’t been tearing it up lately and should present another opportunity for Skaggs to turn in a fantasy-relevant outing.

Risk-2, Reward-4

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