Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-July 13, 2014

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Jun 7, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (39) throws in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday is the last day of fantasy baseball action before we reach the mid-season break for the All Star game.  Every team has a game on the schedule so look to finish the first half with a flourish by getting your best team on the field.  If you need a starting pitching boost, there are some pretty good options that are widely available as you can see below and on the next few slides.

Whenever you’re headed to the waiver wire for starting pitching, check out my recommended pickups which you can find here on Fansided almost every afternoon (archive here). 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 Sunday’s best options and a special alert on a pitcher coming off the 60-day DL at the end of the post:

Kevin Gausman-Baltimore Orioles (2.9%)

The Orioles hard-throwing righty will look to finish a pretty solid first half after being recalled to face the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball.

In his six MLB starts, Gausman has allowed one run or no runs in four outings.  The other two he did allow a total of ten runs which is why his ERA is still a little elevated at 3.51.  His last start was an encouraging sign, though, as he struck out a season-high seven while allowing just one urn on four hits while pitching into the sixth at Fenway.

Gausman is a huge prospect and could definitely contribute solid strikeout totals and good numbers for the first-place Orioles if they leave him in the rotation going forward.  Gausman will face whoever the Yankees start in place of Masahiro Tanaka, so he has a good shot to pick up a win if he can put together another good start.

Risk-2, Reward-5

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