Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-July 2, 2014

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Jun 21, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Chris Young (53) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, fantasy baseball owners get a full day of action with plenty of afternoon baseball running all the way through late games out West.  With all 30 teams scheduled to play, there are definitely options if you’re hitting the wire for starting pitching. Here are my daily options which you can find each afternoon right here on Fansided (archive here). You can bookmark the archive page or follow me on twitter for links to the daily posts of starting pitcher widely available who can contribute to a successful week.

Here are the basic ground rules: recent results are on the final slide of this post, and my choices are always available in at least half of ESPN leagues when I pick them (each player’s ownership percentage is included in parentheses after their team name).  I also include a risk and reward ranking for each selection on a scale of 1-5 with five being the most risk and the most reward.

Here’s my picks for Wednesday:

Chris Young-Seattle Mariners (4.3%)

Young has allowed a total of two runs in his last three starts and will look to improve to 8-4 on the season as he takes the mound Wednesday afternoon in Houston.

He’ll look to turn in his second quality start against the Astros after going seven innings and allowing three earned runs in a no-decision earlier this year. He has struggled on the road, but he’s still worth a look since Houston’s bats are usually ones to target.  Young finished June 2-2 with a 2.89 ERA and has been pretty effective outside of a few ugly starts for Seattle this season.

He does carry some risk due to those poundings, but I think Young will come up large in his native Texas and help your fantasy team with a solid outing and probably a win. He gets the nod for this top spot over the other options on this list based on the fact that I think it’s more like he gets the W.

Risk-3, Reward-4 

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