Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-June 6, 2014

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Jun 1, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Looking forward to a full Friday night of Major League Baseball?  All 30 teams in the league are scheduled to play Friday, but don’t miss the early start time in Chicago (4:05 ET) which will lock your fantasy baseball roster in many formats.  Make your moves ahead of time to gear up for the weekend, and if you need starting pitching check out my options on the next few slides who are scheduled to toe the rubber on Friday.

Whenever you are searching for a starter, check out my daily post (archive here). My recent results are usually available on the final slide of this post, but since I took a few days off the numbers are just getting underway for this month. My choices are always available in at least half of ESPN leagues. Each player’s ownership percentage is included in parentheses after their team name. I also include a risk and reward ranking for each pick on a scale of 1-5 with five being the most risk and the most reward.

Here are Friday’s recommendations:

Tanner Roark-Washington Nationals (9.6%)

Roark has lost three straight starts, but he hasn’t been pitching poorly allowing just five earned runs over 20 innings in those outings.  All of those starts have come at home, but on Friday he does head on the road as the Nationals visit San Diego.

On the season, Roark has a 3.25 ERA in his 11 starts while holding opponents to a .234 batting average.  Most of the damage to his ERA and WHIP came in an ugly start in Philadelphia, but other than that one outing he has held his opponents to three earned runs or fewer in his last nine outings.  Roark doesn’t typically pile up strikeouts, but he usually gives you a solid outing, some quality innings, and a shot at a win if he gets any run support.

On Friday night, he’ll be opposed by Tyson Ross who has also been pitching well, but it’s still a pretty decent matchup since the Padres have struggled so much offensively and Petco Park is so pitcher-friendly. If you need big-time K’s look further down on the list, but as far as solid outings go–Roark’s your top option.

Risk-2, Reward-4

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