Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-June 13, 2014

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May 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh (31) pitches during the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t neglect your fantasy baseball team in the total overload of sports this weekend with the World Cup, US Open, NHL, and NBA Finals pushing fantasy baseball to the back burner for some people.  If you need a starting pitching solution, you’ve found a place to get your info quickly so you can make your decision and update your roster quicker than the “magic spray” kicks in on the latest soccer player to go down injured.

You can find my daily picks here on Fansided along with an archive here of my past picks, and you can also drop a bookmark on that page where my new posts will appear each afternoon.  As usual, you can see my recent results on the final slide of this post to keep me accountable for my selections performance.  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 are the options I like for Friday:

Collin McHugh-Houston Astros (42.0%)

McHugh is coming off an odd start for him in which he walked a season-high five batters, picked up six strikeouts, and ultimately got a no-decision since he didn’t go the required five innings. One reason for his struggles in his last start may have been a blister on his throwing hand, so as long as it isn’t an issue going forward it’s safe to consider that outing an outlier

He’ll look to return to form as he takes the mound on Friday night at home at Minute Maid Park.  On the season, he’s 4-3 with a 2.82 ERA and a very solid .188 batting average against. He’s picked up 60 strikeouts in 54.1 innings making him a very attractive option when healthy.

The risk of rolling with McHugh is tempered by the fact that he’ll face the struggling Rays offense which gives him some very nice upside headed into the weekend series.

Risk-3, Reward-5

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