Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Pitching Pickups-April 2, 2014

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Mar 4, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 4, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday is the first full day of Major League Baseball action of the year with all 30 teams in action across the country. If you’re looking for spot starters for Tuesday, check out my picks here.  On Wednesday, there are four games scheduled for the afternoon so watch the early lock time depending on your leagues settings.

If your starting pitching got off to a rough start to the season (calling Cliff Lee owners), there are definitely some starting options worth considering for this Wednesday that are still available in at least half of ESPN leagues. In fact, just the way the matchups lined up, today’s options are actually all owned in less than 1% of leagues meaning they’re definitely out there for the taking if you need the numbers.

Check back each day to find my daily selections for streaming starters right here on Fansided. I’ll be tweeting out my picks @ZT_Sports and also be posting them with a brief explanation here. For our full fantasy baseball coverage, click here or click here for just our starting pitcher focus.

Here is my top pick for Wednesday, and you can click next at the bottom of the page or use the arrow keys to scroll forward to my other options.  Starting Thursday, I’ll also post data on how my picks have performed.

Charlie Morton-Pittsburgh Pirates (0.7% owned)

Morton and the Bucs host their Division-rival Cubs on Wednesday in Morton’s first start of the season.  The Cubs offense wasn’t able to get on the board in their opener losing 1-0 in 10 innings to Pittsburgh while the Bucs pitchers were able to rack up 11 strikeouts.  Morton will look to build on that success as he continues to utilize a new pitch designed to even out his splits against lefties.

Last season, Morton completed his successful return from Tommy John surgery and was especially effective at home where he went 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA with 41 K’s in 53.2 innings.  He doesn’t pile up K’s but if you need a solid start with a good chance at a win, he’s a nice pickup for a one-start fill-in.

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