Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-July 8, 2014

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Jun 16, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Chris Young (53) pitches to the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Tuesday before the All-Star break is another great chance to hit the waiver wire and bolster your fantasy baseball rotation with some starters who are expected to wrap around for a second start next Sunday making them potentially even more valuable to your team than a typical pickup.

If your starting rotation is in need of help as we reach the break, make sure to make it a habit to check out my daily options which appear right here on Fansided (archive here) most afternoons. You can bookmark the archive page or follow me on twitter for links to the daily posts of options to pick up.  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 are my top picks of the widely available options for Tuesday:

Chris Young-Seattle Mariners (14.7%)

Since the Mariners grabbed him at the end of Spring Training, Young has been impressive in his rebound season for Seattle.  He looks to continue his strong start to the year in a favorable matchup at home this Tuesday as the M’s host the Twins.

In his 17 games, Young is an impressive 8-4 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  He hadn’t picked up many strikeouts until his last outing when he whiffed eight Astros, but has been a surprisingly consistent option especially at pitcher-friendly Safeco.

At home, Young is 5-1 with a 2.19 ERA while holding opponents to a .178 batting average.  With Joe Mauer out of the Twins lineup, Young makes a good pickup for a favorable matchup Tuesday.

Risk-2, Reward-5

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