Mixed-league roto owners, are you in need of a waiver-wire pitcher before Wednesday's slate of games?
Here's my free-agent choice (from the majority of 12-team leagues) for one day of fantasy stardom:
Josh Tomlin, Cleveland Indians (@ White Sox)
1. Tomlin (3.55 ERA, 1.18 WHIP since April 17) has faced the White Sox just once in his career, striking out seven and allowing four runs on April 9.
2. Here's an interesting tidbit: In odd-numbered starts, Tomlin tallies seven strikeouts each time. Wednesday is Tomlin's fifth outing.
3. In 570.2 innings of minor league work, the 27-year-old Tomlin had a 51-24 mark, 3.20 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 4-1 K-BB ratio (495/123). He's a solid No. 4 starter for the Indians.
4. Tomlin has above-average career numbers when pitching at night: 15-8, 4.00 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 98-28 K-BB ratio.
5. The atmospheric conditions in the Windy City are supposed to be warm, wet and sticky on Wednesday night, ideal for Tomlin to go at least seven innings. It also helps that Chicago ranks ninth in runs (American League) and 10th in batting average (.241).
All in all, it's a good setup for Tomlin.
The Next Five For Wednesday
1. Jeff Samardzija (Cubs) @ Reds—Lights out at home, noticeably mediocre on the road.
2. Philip Humber (White Sox) vs. Indians—Still adjusting to life after the perfect game.
3. Drew Pomeranz (Rockies) vs. Dodgers—The rookie's allowing fewer runs with each start.
4. Jake Arrieta (Orioles) @ Yankees—A solid pickup...when's he's not facing the Yanks.
5. Bronson Arroyo (Reds) vs. Cubs—Tuesday rainout bumps Arroyo into Wednesday. How will he handle the extra rest?
A Look Back
Tuesday's selection: Boston's Felix Doubront
Final tally: Four innings, five runs allowed, eight strikeouts, two walks.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.