Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-April 9, 2014

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Apr 3, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday is always a big day for fantasy baseball owners who should have everyone in action as all 30 teams play across the country (barring weather issues).  In fact, the recent weather issues have even given us an extra game as the Padres and Indians play a double-dip giving us 16 total games on the schedule.

With all those starting pitchers, there is definitely opportunity for you to make a meaningful acquisition if you need help from the waiver wire. If you’re streaming starters on a regular bases or using spot starters when needed, check back each day for my Starting Pitcher Pickups which are usually posted mid-afternoon for the following day’s games.  All of my selections are available in at least half of ESPN leagues and their ownership percentage is included in parentheses. For our full fantasy baseball coverage, click here, or you can click here for just our starting pitcher focus.

My picks for Wednesday are below and in the following slide and you can find my results so far this season on the final slide.

Tanner Roark-Washington Nationals (0.7%)

Roark isn’t in a great matchup as the Nats host the hot-hitting Miami Marlins, but he did look solid in his first start of the year even though he made it a day early in place of an ailing Jordan Zimmermann.

Roark allowed just two runs in six innings to the Mets in picking up the road win, and he’ll try and build on the momentum in his first home start of the season Wednesday. Roark was excellent at Nationals Park last season going 3-0 with a 0.47 ERA over his seven appearances (one start) at home.  He also did well against the Marlins not allowing a run in nine innings against them spanning three games including a start. Even though this year’s Marlins are different than last year’s team, I still expect Roark to make a good pick-up and play option this Wednesday.

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