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Fantasy Baseball 2012: Emergency Waiver-Wire Pitcher for May 4

Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley (3-0, 1.29 ERA, 0.81 WHIP) hasn't allowed a run in his only two starts this season (12.1 innings).
Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley (3-0, 1.29 ERA, 0.81 WHIP) hasn't allowed a run in his only two starts this season (12.1 innings).Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterMay 4, 2012

Mixed-league roto owners, are you in need of a waiver-wire pitcher before Friday's slate of games?

Here's my free-agent choice (from the majority of 12-team leagues) for one day of fantasy stardom. 

 

Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks (@ Mets)

1. In five appearances, the second-year pitcher has a 3-0 record, 1.29 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 15/7 K-BB ratio.

2. In his only two starts this season, Miley has surrendered zero runs and just three hits and three walks (12.1 innings).

3. In 422.2 innings of minor league work, the 25-year-old Miley had a 24-21 mark, 3.69 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and formidable K-BB ratio of 328/147.

4. The New York City weather for Friday night (Citi Field) calls for temps in the low 70s with high humidity and a chance of rain. The conditions are ripe for Miley and Mets pitcher Dillon Gee enduring seven or eight innings.

5. Similar to Milwaukee's Marco Estrada, Miley has made the most of his reliever-to-starter conversion. While no one should expect Miley's scoreless streak to continue through the weekend, he certainly looks comfortable in a starting role.

Bottom line: Miley's a solid No. 4 or 5 starter for the Diamondbacks, depending on when Daniel Hudson rejoins the staff. 

 

The Next Five For Friday

 

Wei-Yin Chen (Orioles) at Red Sox

A great Friday pickup, although I'm somewhat leery of the Fenway effect.

 

Henderson Alvarez (Blue Jays) at Angels

Can he follow up on Brandon Morrow's SoCal shutout? 

 

Jeanmar Gomez (Indians) vs. Rangers

Gomez has been stellar in his last two starts; but the big home test awaits.

 

Carl Pavano (Twins) at Mariners

The veteran right-hander should fare well against a light-hitting club at spacious Safeco Field.

 

Kevin Correia (Pirates) vs. Reds

I'm skeptical of Pittsburgh's collective 3.33 ERA (see: A.J. Burnett). 

 

A Look Back

Wednesday's selection: Cleveland's Josh Tomlin
Final tally: six innings, three runs allowed, four strikeouts and two walks.  

 

Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.

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