Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-April 5, 2014

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Mar 23, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Joe Kelly (left) talks with catcher Yadier Molina (right) on the pitching mound against the Houston Astros at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Tomorrow is the first full Saturday of the new MLB season and it’s jam-packed with continuous baseball from 1:00 this afternoon through whenever the late games wrap up a little before midnight ET. With so much hardball on the docket, there are definitely ways to bolster your starting pitching if you need a fantasy boost headed into the close of the first week. There are three starters I like today if you need help from the wavier wire.

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These are the starting pitchers I’d look to pick up for Saturday with a brief analysis of each in the following slides and my results from the season so far on the final slide.

Joe Kelly-St. Louis Cardinals (4.2% owned)

Kelly gets the start Saturday night in Pittsburgh as he goes to to toe with Pirates’ ace Francisco Liriano.  Expecting Kelly to outduel Liriano may be a big ask, but he can definitely turn in a solid start  as he comes off a 10-5 season with a 2.69 ERA in his 37 games (15 starts) last season.

Kelly actually had reverse splits last season with a solid 5-1 record with a 2.07 ERA. He also had a couple of very nice starts at PNC Park going 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA allowing just one run in 14 innings. That kind of dominance is hard to sustain, but it is very encouraging that Kelly has a good history against the Pirates hitters and has had success in this venue in the past.  Look for at least a good outing from Kelly and he could get the win if the Cards’ bats can get to Liriano.

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