Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-July 9, 2014

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Jul 4, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman (54) fields a ground ball before recording an out against the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

As we reach the middle of the last week before Major League Baseball’s All-Star game, we get a fully packed day of action with 15 games on the schedule-four in the afternoon and 11 more under the lights.  With 30 pitchers scheduled to take the hill, there are surprisingly few great options available on the waiver wire. However, if you’re looking for a spot starter, streaming starter, or just a good value, there are some pitchers in good situations that can possibly help your team put together a winning week.

Whenever you are planning on hitting the wire for starting pitching, 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 the four options that I think are worth considering for Wednesday pickups:

Marcus Stroman-Toronto Blue Jays (14.6%)

Before we get to some familiar spot start options, the option I like the most is a first-timer in my posts from the Blue Jays, Marcus Stroman.

In his last three starts, Stroman has allowed a total of three runs in 21.2 innings to the Yankees, White Sox, and Athletics. In that span, he’s allowed a total of eight hits while walking six and striking out 20.  He’s turned in quality starts in six of his last seven starts, but only just got his ERA under 4.00 since he was hammered early in the season.

Stroman and the Jays are closing out their series in LA against the Angels on Wednesday with an afternoon contest.  Stroman has actually been much better on the road than at the Rodgers Centre, so look for his name first as you start searching on your league’s wire.

Risk-3, Reward-5

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