Jul 26, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Chris Young (53) walks off the field following the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-August 6, 2014

Wednesday brings us another full midweek day and night of Major League Baseball with all teams scheduled to be in action in either one of the four afternoon games or the 11 under the lights. A full slate means plenty of fantasy baseball owners will be looking for starting pitching on the waiver wire, and there are some intriguing options who are widely available.

Each afternoon, you can find my starting pitching pickups here on Fansided (archive here). I highlight options who are available in at least half of ESPN leagues who are worth knowing about as you build your lineup. All these pickups are scheduled to start Wednesday and worth a look if you need a boost for your starting rotation.


Chris Young

23.4% owned, vs Atlanta Braves

Young has been an excellent addition for the Mariners this season and a consistent option as a streaming starter whenever he’s at home. At Safeco, Young is 6-3 with a 2.21 ERA while on the road his ERA is 4.33 and he’s just 3-3. He’ll be at home for this Wednesday afternoon start and should be able to give you a quality outing as he faces off with Julio Teheran and the Braves.  Young doesn’t pile up strikeouts, but is a relatively safe option at home earning him this top spot.

Danny Salazar

42.5% owned, @ Cincinnati Reds

After a bumpy start to the season, the Indians sent Salazar down to Triple-A, but he has returned looking much better and could be ready to deliver on the promise that had many tagging him as a breakout candidate this season.  Since coming back to the Majors, Salazar has gone 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 17 K’s in 18 innings. He’s a little bit higher risk than Young, but he does offer more strikeouts, so know what you need and pickup the right option for your roster. 

Wei-Yin Chen

37.9% owned, @ Toronto Blue Jays

Even in a less than ideal matchup, Chen deserves considering based on his recent run of success. He has picked up a win in his last five straight starts to go to 12-3 on the year and has turned in back-to-back dominant performances against the Mariners.  He hasn’t faced the Blue Jays this season, but even if he does get touched for some runs, the O’s should be able to get him some support against Drew Hutchinson giving him a good shot to pick up the W if he can turn in another quality start.

Jordan Lyles

3.1% owned, vs Chicago Cubs

Lyles is scheduled to return from the disabled list against the Cubs in Wednesday night’s game, but he’s a risky play until he shows he’s returned to his early season form.  Lyles was excellent for the first six weeks of the season going 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA. He tailed off a little and comes into this start 5-1 with a 3.52 ERA. His return is worth noting and monitoring, but putting him in your lineup for Wednesday is pretty risky. 

Tags: Baltimore Orioles Chris Young Cleveland Indians Colorado Rockies Danny Salazar Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Jordan Lyles Seattle Mariners Spot Starters Starting Pitchers Streaming Starters Wei-Yin Chen

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