Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 25, 2014

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The fantasy baseball week comes to a close with a bang on Sunday with 16 games on the schedule thanks to a double-header scheduled between the Diamondbacks and Mets giving us 32 options to sift through in the search of value in the starting pitcher market.

Each day,  you cand find my starting pitcher pickups here on Fansided to help you identify the pitchers you can grab who are ready to make a difference in your lineup. 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.

There are a number of options who may be available in your league but are too owned for this post but still make good pickups if available–like Jason Hammel, Dallas Keuchel, Drew Pomeranz, and Josh Beckett. However, there are some more available options I do like for Sunday:

Trevor Bauer-Cleveland Indians (19.8%)

Bauer has been solid in his two starts in the Majors this season going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA.  He got that win in his last outing when he pitched the Tribe past the Tigers allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings against a potent Detroit lineup.

On Sunday, he’ll face the Orioles as he takes on Miguel Gonzlaez who has been struggling lately.  Bauer has the pedigree and potential to be a nice long-term pickup as well as a one-start fill-in if you need a week-ending start.

In 12 innings total this season, he has allowed three earned runs striking out 13 and walking five.  The 23-year old makes an intriguing pickup that could pay off down the road if he can prove he deserves to stay with the Big Leauge club the rest of the season.

Risk-3, Reward-3

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