Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 4/16/13
Mixed-league roto owners, are you looking for a waiver-wire pitcher before Tuesday's full slate of games? Here's my free-agent choice (citing most 12-team leagues) for one day of fantasy stardom: A.J. Griffin, Athletics (vs. Astros) 1. For the season, Griffin has a 2-0 record with a 1.93 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. 2. Last year, Griffin surrendered three runs or less for his first nine MLB starts from July 4 to Sept. 12. 3. Of his 17 career starts in the majors, Griffin has never allowed more than three walks in a game. 4. In the minors, Griffin (19-11, 3.15 ERA, 1.02 WHIP from 2010-12) actually had a solid K9 rate of 8.7, suggesting his strikeout averages in the majors will improve, over time. The Next Five For Tuesday 1. Jake Westbrook (Cardinals) @ Pirates On the plus side, Westbrook hasn't allowed an earned run in two starts. On the negative side, he's already walked 10 batters to date. 2. Jeremy Guthrie (Royals) @ Braves The Kansas City right has been stellar in his first two starts, posting two wins and 11 strikeouts (against only two walks). 3. Barry Zito (Giants) @ Brewers Dating back to last year, the Giants haven't lost in Zito's previous 13 starts. For 2013, the enigmatic southpaw has yet to allow a run. 4. Roberto Hernandez (Rays) @ Orioles Playing a hunch that Hernandez will respond with a good outing, as he attempts to hold off Rays dynamos like Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi from getting promoted to the majors. 5. Wily Peralta (Brewers) vs. Giants The Milwaukee fireballer is always a viable threat for eight, nine or 10 strikeouts per outing. A Look Back Last week's selection: Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma Final tally: 6.2 innings, three hits, one run allowed, six strikeouts, one walk and one victory Jay Clemons can be reached, day or night, on Twitter at @FOX_JayClemons.
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