Originally written May 17, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
Welcome to Dumpster Diving, where we search for deep league pick-ups among the picked over. In this space we’ll highlight some of the good and bad lurking on the waiver wire in those deep mixed leagues (14+ teams) and NL/AL-only leagues. Today we look at starting pitchers.Over the last seven days, Ubaldo Jimenez has become one of the hottest pick-ups in fantasy baseball. That’s right. U-Ball-4-do. UbalDOH! Jimenez.His ownership has skyrocketed from 2% to 31% in ESPN leagues and 7% to 25% in Yahoo formats. How does this happen for a guy who hasn’t posted an ERA below 4.50 since 2010 and is currently sporting a 5.55 ERA and a BB/9 rate of 4.29?The answer is likely a combination of factors. For one, Jimenez is starting tonight against the Mariners, who rank 13th in the AL in OPS and 14th in runs scored. He’s also starting opposite struggling rookie Brandon Maurer, making him a good candidate for a win (as far as these things can be projected) and therefore an relatively attractive cand...
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