Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-June 9, 2014

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Jun 4, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Monday starts another mid-season week of fantasy baseball, but make sure you stay active and keep your lineup tuned up and operating at its highest level. One area that constantly needs turnover on almost any fantasy team is the starting rotation. As players get injured, heat up, and cool off it’s important to keep your rotation running at a high level each week.

To help you tweak your rotation, each afternoon you can find my daily picks of scheduled starters who are widely available (archive here). My recent results are available on the final slide of this post, but since I took a few days off the numbers are just getting underway for June. My choices are always available in at least half of ESPN leagues, and 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’s who to look at for Monday:

Ryan Vogelsong-San Francisco Giants (34.6%)

Vogelsong and the Giants open the week hosting a visit from the Nationals as they visit AT&T Park. Vogelsong will take on Stephen Strasburg in what should be a low-scoring game.

Vogelsong comes into this game 4-2 with a 3.39 ERA on the season, but he’s been especially effective at home where he hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts and is 2-1 on the year with a 2.15 ERA in six starts. At home, he’s holding opponents to a .207 average while allowing them to hit at a .303 clip when he’s on the road.

Against Washington, he should be able to continue that success especially since he pitched well against them last season (2 starts, 1-0, 3.12 ERA) in what was a down year overall for the righty.  He’s the safest and best option for Monday, and he has another home start scheduled for later this week making him an even more attractive option.

Risk-2, Reward-4

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