Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-July 11, 2014

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Jul 6, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke (49) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into the last weekend before the All-Star break, Major League Baseball gives us a solid 15-game schedule with all the games under the lights tonight except for the Cubs and Braves who play at Wrigley at 4:05 ET. If you’re looking for a fantasy baseball pitcher on the waiver wire for a spot start or a streaming option, check out my top four options to consider.

Whenever you are planning on hitting the wire for starting pitching, you can find my favorite options right here on Fansided (archive here) most afternoons. You can bookmark the archive page or follow me on twitter for links to the daily posts of options to pick up.  Here are the basic ground rules: recent results are on the final slide of this post, and my choices are always available in at least half of ESPN leagues when I pick them (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 are my Friday selections:

Jeff Locke-Pittsburgh Pirates (12.6%)

Locke has been very good in his six starts since rejoining the Pirates but any owner who had him last year is just holding their breath and waiting for the implosion.  Last season, Locke was on a roll until a disastrous second half.

So far this season, though, he’s been back to form with six straight quality starts. On the season, he has a 3.08 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP but that includes a rough outing early in May. Since then, he’s lowered his ERA in every start he’s made and pitched into the eighth four times.  He’s averaging just a walk per game and has limited the damage every time out.

He’s in a tough matchup against the Reds to finish his first half, but Cincinnati’s lineup has been decimated by injuries, so I think Locke is the best widely available option for this Friday.

Risk-3, Reward-5

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