Fantasy Baseball: Miles Mikolas highlights waiver wire pitchers this week.

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We are already a month into the fantasy baseball season and we are starting to get a clear pitcher of which players are good and who is struggling. At this point most pitchers have had a handful of starts and we are getting a good indication of where they are in 2018. Of course, it is still only five starts and for many pitchers that is only around a fifth or sixth of their starts so it still is not time to making hasty decisions. Yu Darvish demonstrated Friday how a season can suddenly change direction with just one good start.

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Nick Pivetta and Joey Lucchesi (Yahoo ownership: 48% and 68%)

I won’t spend long on these two because Kyle recommended them last week. Pivetta is must-add at this stage and Lucchesi has a ton of upside and should be added in most leagues.

Miles Mikolas, SP, St. Louis Cardinals (54% owned)

Mikolas backed up two good starts against the Reds with a good outing in Pittsburgh. Mikolas now has 17 strikeouts in his last 21 innings with just four earned runs surrendered. The next start he has will be at home to the Chicago Cubs so that will tell us more about what kind of pitcher he is. I would add Mikolas now in 12-team leagues because if he is good against the Cubs you will be fighting with all of the other owners in your league for him.

Junior Guerra, SP, Milwaukee Brewers (33% owned)

Guerra has put together three nice outings so far in 2018 with a 0.56 ERA in 16 innings with 15 strikeouts. The only knock on him so far has been that he has yet to go six innings in a start. However, I would expect that as he goes on he will begin to go deeper into games and as long as he can keep striking out close to a batter per innings he will become close to a must-own in fantasy leagues. If he has a good outing against the Cubs tonight (Saturday) his ownership will shoot up quickly.

Jarlin Garcia, SP/RP, Miami Marlins (31% owned)

Garcia has been extremely impressive in 2018. He has given up just three earned runs in five outings that have including home starts against the Cubs and Mets and roads starts against the Phillies, Yankees and Dodgers. Those matchups are fairly significant competition and suggest that Garcia could be a surprise package this season. He has just 20 strikeouts in 27 innings but that could be a product of his opposition so far. However, he has not been a huge strikeout pitcher in his minor league career so strikeouts will be a limiting factor from him becoming a must-own for the time being.

 

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