Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-June 22, 2014

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Jun 17, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker (52) pitches during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

After a couple days off since I was on location for a video shoot, my starting pitching pickup suggestions are back to help you finish the fantasy baseball week with a solid Sunday of work to get you the stats you need to secure a win.  There are a number of good options that could be on your wire but you won’t find here: Phil Hughes, Jason Hammel, Yordano Ventura, and Tanner Roark are all good options owned in less than 100% of leagues but too owned to be featured here.

In this post,  you can find my options who are available in over half of ESPN standard legues. This post is available almost every afternoon right here on Fansided (archive here). My recent results are on the final slide of this post, and each player’s ownership percentage is included in parentheses after their team name.  I also include a risk and reward ranking for each selection on a scale of 1-5 with five being the most risk and the most reward.

Here’s the four options I like the most for Sunday who are widely available:

Matt Shoemaker-Los Angeles Angels (0.7%)

Shoemaker has made a solid impression this season with the Angels and is coming off his best start of the year as the Angels take on the Rangers on Sunday Night Baseball. Shoemaker would be an even better pickup if he wasn’t pitted against Yu Darvish, but I still think he’s a nice option in what should be a pitchers’ duel.

Shoemaker dominated the Indians in his last start allowing just five hits and two runs in eight innings while striking out a career-high 10 batters.  He improved to 4-1 with the win while lowering his ERA to a respectable 3.83. At home, Shoemaker is a little better with a 3.05 ERA while picking up 23 K’s in 20.1 innings.

If you need strikeouts and a solid outing, take a look at Shoemaker who I think will be able to build on his momentum from last start with another quality outing against Texas.

Risk-3, Reward-5

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Tags: Colorado Rockies Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Jonathon Niese Los Angeles Angels Matt Shoemaker New York Mets Oakland Athletics Spot Starters Starting Pitchers Streaming Starters Tommy Milone Tyler Matzek

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