Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 20, 2014

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After a slow five-game Monday, Major League Baseball is back in full force on Tuesday, May 20 with all 30 teams in action in 15 games across the country.  Just because Monday got the week off to a slow start in fantasy baseball, didn’t mean there was no fantasy options (as I detailed in this post).  Hopefully your week got off to a running start, but whether you struggled or are looking to put the win away early, check out the starting pitching pickups who are scheduled to start Tuesday and are available in over 50% of ESPN leagues.

Almost every afternoon here on Fansided, you can find my picks for starting pitchers who are widely available and able to step in and deliver meaningful stats for your fantasy team. Check out my picks archive here where you can also set a bookmark for the daily updates.  To see my recent results, 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.

With all that explained, here are the options to target for Tuesday:

Drew Pomeranz-Oakland Athletics (27.3%)

Pomeranz has been excellent in his two starts since moving to the rotation going five scoreless in each start allowing a total of five hits and two walks while picking up an impressive 13 K’s in 10 innings.

Pomeranz has a 1.14 ERA on the season in his 11 total appearances and is averaging a strikeout per inning.  As he gets stretched out, he should be able to get deeper into games and bring even more value to your team.  He’s worth a look as a long-term pickup as well as a spot start as he takes the mound Tuesday.

On Tuesday night, he’ll take on the Rays in Tampa who are just 8-12 at home and have struggled offensively all season.  Pomeranz will be opposed by Jake Odorizzi who comes in with a 4.89 ERA to go with his 2-3 record although he’s been very good in his last two starts. I expect this to be a low scoring game, but I fear the A’s lineup much more than the Rays so I think Pomeranz is the safer pickup.

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