Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 4/12/13
Mixed-league roto owners, looking for a waiver-wire pitcher before Friday's full slate of games? Here's my free-agent choice (citing most 12-team leagues) for one day of fantasy stardom: Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners (vs. Rangers) 1. In two starts this season, spanning 14 innings, Iwakuma has a 2.57 ERA, 0.43 WHIP and letter-perfect K-BB rate of 100. 2. Of his 32 career appearances with the Mariners (2012-13), Iwakuma has rock-solid marks with ERA (3.10), WHIP (1.19) and K-BB rate (11143). 3. Seattle has a slew of elite pitching prospects coming up the pipeline (Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen, James Paxton), but Iwakuma has earned his keep in the Mariners' rotation. He's an ideal No. 5 or 6 starter in fantasy circles. The Next Five For Friday 1. Alex Cobb (Rays) @ Red Sox In most cases, it's not a good idea to recommend pitchers with only two career starts at Fenway Park. However, Cobb (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.95) has a 2-0 record and 1.80 ERA at Boston's venerable ballpark. 2. Justin Masterson (Indians) vs. White Sox As of April 9, Masterson was only one of three MLB pitchers with 13 or more innings ... and sub-1.00 ERA and WHIPs (along with Clayton Kershaw and Matt Harvey). On a grander scale, Masterson has evolved into a seasonal lock for double-digit victories and 160 strikeouts. 3. Bud Norris (Astros) @ Angels Norris draws the struggling, pitching-light Angels at the perfect time. Plus, he has allowed only two runs in his two outings this season. 4. J.A. Happ (Blue Jays) @ Royals Streaky assets like Happ (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP) shouldn't be taken lightly, especially as short-term replacements. He could be a sneaky-good No. 6 or 7 starter for a few weeks. 5. Ross Detwiler (Nationals) vs. Braves In real-world terms, Detwiler (zero runs allowed vs. Cincy on April 6) is on the short list of MLB's best No. 5 starters. From a fantasy perspective, though, it's time to ramp up the strikeouts. Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @FOX_JayClemons.
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