Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 22, 2014

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Thursday only has four MLB teams traveling so there are a total of 13 games on the schedule, and because of the way many teams’ rotations fall there are a host of fantasy baseball starting pitching options available on the waiver wire. There are lots of options, but finding the right one is always a tricky proposition.

Each day I try to sort through the pros and cons of each pickup available in most leagues and make my picks each afternoon here on Fansided. 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.

Here are the ones I feel best about for Thursday:

Jorge De La Rosa-Colorado Rockies (9.2%)

De La Rosa and the Rockies host the Giants in the Mile High City in an exciting NL West matchup that has already been fueled by some bad blood and beanballs earlier in the series.

De La Rosa had a few ugly starts to begin the year and at one point after three starts his ERA was up to 9.69 and he was 0-2. Since then, he’s turned things around in a big way allowing just nine earned runs over his next six starts including holding the Giants to one run in five innings on April 21 to get his first win of the season.

His last time out, De La Rosa allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings against the Padres improving to 3-0 with a 2.82 ERA at Coors Field. Last season, De La Rosa was 10-1 at home with a 2.76 ERA so any time he takes the mound at Coors he’s a great addition to your staff.  The only hesitation is that he does have a checkered history against the Giants, but I think since he’s at home and on a roll he’s due for a good outing Thursday.

Risk-2, Reward-5

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