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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Picks – Pitching


Whether you play in daily fantasy sports sites for money, or longer leagues for fun, you might want to pay attention to the waiver wire. You may be able to find some good picks for your fantasy baseball team. Here are some picks to consider:

Paul Maholm, Atlanta Braves

Maholm was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA after winning his first three starts. He struck out 20 in 20 1/3 IP. Maholm, who turns 31 in June, has a career ERA of 4.20 with a record of 69-84. But he had a 2.84 ERA and 1.10 WHIP after the break in 2012 while playing for the Chicago Cubs and the Braves. Maholm has a career 2.54 ERA in ten starts at Turner Field.

To find four more waiver wire wonders for your pitching staff, get more AFTER the jump… 

Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians

Masterson won his first two starts, both on the road, against Toronto and Tampa Bay. Masterson won three of his first four starts. He had a 1.67 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, with 25 K in 27 IP. Masterson was acquired by the Indians when they dealt Victor Martinez to the Red Sox at the 2009 trading deadline.  He went 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 2011, but regressed to 11-15, 4.93 ERA and 1.45 WHIP last season. His K/9 was under 7 both years.

Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

20-year-old Fernandez made his big-league debut against the Mets April 7, striking out eight in 5 IP and giving up 1 ER, 3 hits and 1 walk. Fernandez had a 3.60 ERA, 1.13 WHIP with 17 K in 15 IP in three starts. The fourteenth overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft finished 2012 with a 14-1 record, 1.75 ERA 0.925 WHIP and 10.6 K/9, but Fernandez did not pitch in any league higher than High-A.

Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants

Zito allowed no runs in 14 IP while winning his first two starts, which came at home against St. Louis and Colorado.  But he then had an ugly outing in Milwaukee, allowing nine ER in 2 2/3 IP. After struggling most of his time in San Francisco, he went 15-8 in 2012, though he still had a 4.15 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 5.6 K/9. But Zito excelled in the postseason, winning two of three starts with an ERA of 1.69.

Jhoulys Chacin, Colorado Rockies

After three starts, Chacin had a 1.96 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 11 K in 18 1/3 IP. Chacin had a good rookie year in 2010, particular for a Rockies pitcher, with a 3.28 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, while fanning 138 in 137 1/3. But his numbers were not quite as good in 2011 and they fell off 2012 to a 4.43 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 5.9 K/9 in 14 starts, as Chacin missed a lot of time with shoulder troubles. But the Rockies still signed Chacin to a two-year deal in the offseason worth $6.5M.

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Ben Hargrove writes on fantasy sports for sites like DraftStreet.

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