Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-April 23, 2014

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Feb 21, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Tyson Ross (38) poses for a photo during photo day at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday gives us another full midweek day at the ballpark with 15 games spread throughout the day and all 30 teams with games on the schedule.  There are five games scheduled for this afternoon starting with an early 12:10 first pitch in Atlanta.  Tonight, the remaining ten games start from 7:05 until the Phillies and Dodgers get underway on the left coast at 10:10 ET.

There is definitely plenty of baseball throughout the day which means there are options if you need to upgrade your fantasy baseball team. Whether you’re making a one-time move or changing starters everyday, check back each afternoon for my starting pitcher pickups (archive here where you can also set a bookmark for the daily updates). You can also see how my past picks have fared on the final slide of the post.  All of my selections are available in at least half of ESPN leagues and their ownership percentage is included in parentheses.

With Martin Perez, Jason Vargas, and Aaron Harang owned in too many leagues to be considered waiver wire pickups anymore, we have to dig a little deeper for today’s selections.  If you can still get any of the above three in your league, they make better pickups than these options, but in most leagues these are the best available starters scheduled to take the hill on Wednesday:

Tyson Ross-San Diego Padres (16.5%)

Ross is coming off his best start of the season in which he held the Giants scoreless for eight innings allowing just four hits while walking one and picking up nine K’s.

Ross has been good all season with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in his first four starts.  He has seven or more strikeouts in three of those starts and hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs since his first start of the year. He’s not in the best matchup as he faces the owners of the best record in the Majors in Milwaukee, but I still think his recent performances make him the top widely available option.

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