Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-April 16, 2014

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Apr 5, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (45) pitches during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

This Wednesday, all 30 MLB teams have games on the schedule with four afternoon games helping the schedule stretch continuously from about 12:30 this afternoon through well after midnight when the West Coast games wrap up.  With so much baseball spread throughout the day, it’s a great day for fantasy baseball owners who will have plenty of hardball to follow.

If you’re a fantasy owner who is looking to upgrade your starting rotation, there are some good options on the waiver wire who can serve as a short-term solution, streaming starter, or a longer-term upgrade.

Each day, you can find my recommendations for starting pitchers to target on the waiver wire.  You can see how my past picks have fared on the final slide of this post.  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.

Here are my picks to pickup who are slated to start Wednesday:

Tyler Skaggs-Los Angeles Angels (32.3%)

Skaggs has been impressive in his first two starts with the Angels even though he did allow four runs his last time out against the Mets.  Skaggs has been able to go deep into games pitching efficiently and handing out just one free pass in his 15 innings of work. He’s also picked up nine K’s in that work and comes in to Wednesday’s action with a 1-0 record.

In his first start of the season in Houston, Skaggs allowed just one unearned run on four hits over eight innings.  That shows how high of a ceiling Skaggs has, but there is also some risk since he’ll be facing the A’s on Wednesday night in Anaheim.  He’ll be opposed by Tommy Milone (0-1, 5.40 ERA), so I think he can earn a win with a good outing.

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