Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 7, 2014

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Apr 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re looking for a midweek boost for your starting rotation, get ready for a wild ride.  Wednesday’s MLB schedule isn’t short for options with 16 games on the schedule throughout a full day of baseball, but what it is short on is low-risk pickup options.  In most leagues, the safe options are all gone leaving some potential, but high-risk pickups for Wednesday.

If  you have to hit the wire for whatever reason or are just a dedicated streamer, there are options, though, and you can find mine in the next few slides. Make sure to check back each day for my daily pitcher pickups (archive here where you can also set a bookmark for the daily updates).  To see how my recent selections have fared, check the chart on the final slide of the post.  All of my choices are available in at least half of ESPN leagues, and their ownership percentage is included in parentheses. For each selection, I also include my perspective of the risk and reward for the scheduled start on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest risk and the highest reward.

Here’s the best of an uncertain group of pitchers widely available and scheduled to pitch on Wednesday:

Travis Wood-Chicago Cubs (13.6%)

Wood has had just one rough start which came in Milwaukee against the red-hot Brewers.  He bounced back from it nicely, though, his last time out holding the Cardinals to just two earned runs on six hits in seven innings.  He picked up six K’s in that start giving him at least that many in four of his six starts this season.

He and the Cubs face off with their crosstown rivals as they host the White Sox.  Last season, he picked up a win in his only outing against the White Sox while allowing two runs in six innings. In a shallow pool, he’s a decent option even with the White Sox improved offense, and he has a decent shot at a win as he goes against John Danks.

Risk-3, Reward-3

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