Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-July 29, 2014

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Jul 19, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (37) throws during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As we near the end of July, Tuesday night gets us back to a full slate of Major League Baseball with 15 games on the schedule for under the lights.  With all 30 teams playing, there are plenty of options if you’re looking to tweak your fantasy baseball team for the rest of the week.  Among the scheduled starters, there are four options that I really like who are widely available and can give your team valuable statistics depending on your team needs.

Whenever you are looking for available starting pitching options, you can find my top picks here on Fansided most afternoons (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.

Here are the four options to check out for Tuesday:

Henderson Alvarez-Miami Marlins (48.8%)

The mystery with Alvarez is why he’s still so available.  This season, he’s developed into a reliable option who can dominate any time he takes the mound.  Despite his success, he is still not a big name and is available in over half of leagues.  Alvarez does give up more hits than some elite options and doesn’t pile up a ton of strikeouts, but he’s still worth a look if he’s on your leagues’ wire.

He has compiled a 7-5 record this season with the Marlins lack of run support while putting up a 2.62 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  He showed no ill effects from a comebacker that forced him to leave early two starts ago as he dominated the Braves allowing two runs on six hits in eight innings.

On Tuesday, he’ll make his third start of the year against the Nationals.  Surprisingly, Alvarez is 0-1 in his two previous outings despite a 0.84 ERA allowing just one earned run in 10.2 innings.  Another thing in his favor is that he’ll be at home where he has thrown three complete game shutouts on his way to a 4-2 record and a 1.64 ERA at Marlins Park.

There’s no way he should be left on your wire, but if he is make your claim and get him in your rotation for Tuesday.

Risk-1, Reward-5

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