Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-July 23, 2014

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Jul 18, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (11) pitches during the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday’s split schedule is made up of six afternoon games for teams headed out of town and nine more under the lights tonight.  For fantasy baseball players, that means you’ll have a chance to watch or follow more of you players all day long.  It also means you’ll need to get your roster lined up early since many leagues will lock with the first pitch at 1:10 in Minnesota. If you are looking to make a starting pitching move, check out my top names to explore.

Whenever you have to hit the wire for starting pitching, you can find my top picks here on Fansided each afternoon (archive here). If you want to see how my selections have done recently, check out the chart on the final slide of this post.  My choices are always available in at least half of ESPN leagues when I pick them, and 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.

Let’s look at Wednesday’s widely available options:

Clay Buchholz-Boston Red Sox (36.7%)

His last start was less than convincing, but Buchholz is still worth a look since he could be a huge addition if he can rediscover his top form for the suddenly surging Red Sox. Buchholz allowed four runs on ten hits against the Royals in his last outing, but he still managed to get the win to level his record at 5-5.

Since coming off the DL, Buchholz has hinted at a return to form and looked very sharp two starts ago when he dominated the Astros striking out a dozen in a complete game three-hitter.

He’ll look to get back to that form as he takes on the Blue Jays in Toronto on Wednesday night.  In his last five starts at Rodgers Centre, he’s 4-0 with a 1.75 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 36 innings.  He’ll take on R.A. Dickey, and if the Sox lineup keeps firing on all cylinders he should be able to get another win.

Risk-2, Reward-5 

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