Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 23, 2014

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Friday night’s another full one for fantasy baseball players with all 30 teams in action in their weekend series.  Everyone is under the lights on Friday night which means there are plenty of options if you’re looking on the waiver wire for starting pitchers to help give you a boost into the weekend.

Whenever you choose to hit the waiver wire for starting pitching,  you can find my starting pitcher pickups 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 my favorite options for Friday:

Tom Koehler-Miami Marlins (18.2%)

Koehler has been one of the biggest surprises in any MLB rotation coming off a tough season last year but looking solid in his nine starts so far this season.  He had one bad outing in LA, but bounced back nicely in his last start.

On Saturday night, he held the Giants scoreless for seven innings to improve to 4-3 while striking out seven and allowing just four hits. Except for that outing in LA (4 ER in 3.2 IP) Koehler hasn’t allowed any runs in his last four starts. He’s been especially dominant at home which is where he’ll face the Brewers Friday night.  In four home starts, Koehler is 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA and just a .140 BAA.

While facing the Brewers is no easy task this season, Koehler has been so good at home that he’s the best option if he’s available in your league.  There’s still risk-just like with any starter, but Koehler is a pickup that could definitely pay off.

Risk-2, Reward-5

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