Aug 15, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy (38) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-August 21, 2014

Thursday is usually an important swing day in fantasy baseball weeks, and this week the MLB only has eight games on the schedule. Even with such limited options, there are pair of starting pitchers for arch-rivals who are each worth a look if you are streaming a starter or looking for a one-game fill-in.

My starting pitching pickups have been rolling along so far in August (archive and new posts show up here). In almost 350 innings this month, my picks are a combined 27-13 with a 3.05 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a 7.65 K/9 rate. Each day, my picks are available in at least half of ESPN leagues when they are selected the day before their scheduled start.


Brandon McCarthy

49.9% owned, vs Houston Astros

McCarthy has been excellend since coming to the Yankees going 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA.  In his last two starts which were his two losses, the Yankees have scored a total of zero runs wasting a pair of outings that would qualify as quality starts.  McCarthy has 23 K’s in his last three starts in 18.1 innings while walking just three.  He’s been great at Yankee Stadium, so make him your top pickup if he’s still available in your league.  He just squeaks in under the 50% threshold for probably the final time this season.

Rubby De La Rosa

2.9% owned, vs Los Angeles Angels

If McCarthy has already been snapped up, check with the Yankees rivals who are hosting the Angels at Fenway.  Boston sends Rubby De La Rosa to the mound looking to bounce back from getting crushed in his last outing against the Astros.  De La Rosa will look to pick up where he left off two starts ago when he looked strong against the Angels in LA holding them to just one run on five hits in seven innings while matching a career-high with eight strikeouts. In total for the season, De La Rosa is 4-4 with a 3.79 ERA.  At home, he’s 3-1 with a 3.25 ERA and I think he’ll rebound with a solid outing on Thursday night.


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