Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Pitching Pickups-April 3, 2014

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Mar 29, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo (61) throws in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully your first full week of the Major League Baseball season has seen your fantasy team get off to a great start.  No matter how things have started, there’s still plenty of time to finish the week as teams transition to their weekend series.  There are 11 games on the MLB slate for Thursday with seven afternoon starts and for games under the lights.

If you need help with your pitching numbers, make sure to check back each afternoon  to find my daily selections for streaming starters right here on Fansided. All of my selections are always available in at least half of ESPN leagues and their ownership percentages is included in parentheses. If you have any questions, you can find me on twitter @ZT_Sports or drop a comment in the box at the bottom of the page. For our full fantasy baseball coverage, click here or click here for just our starting pitcher focus.

Here’s the pitchers I like who are scheduled to toe the rubber on Thursday with a brief analysis of each in the following slides and my results from the season so far on the final slide.

Bronson Arroyo-Arizona Diamondbacks (2.3% ownership)

Arroyo has turned into a innings-eater extraordinaire, and ultimately landed with Arizona although it took a while in the offseason.  He gets his first start of the season and he may e a little limited since he only made two Spring Training starts.  He did get up to over 75 pitches in his last outing, though, so he should still give you some solid innings.

Arroyo will be making his first start for his new team in his new home park, but last season he dominated the Giants in two starts allowing just one run in 15 innings for a 0.60 ERA.  Arroyo also was especially good during day games where he was 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA in his nine daytime starts. Look for a strong outing from Bronson in his first start for the Snakes.

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