Jun 21, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Samuel Deduno (21) delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball-Waiver Wire Pitching Pickups, July 2

Jun 26, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) celebrates after pitching a complete game against the Cincinnati Reds at O.Co Coliseum. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

After a lighter Monday schedule, Major League Baseball is back with a full Tuesday schedule with all 30 teams in action on Tuesday night. If you’re looking on the waiver wire for starting pitching help, here are three options available in more than half of ESPN leagues that are worth a look:

Possible Pickups

A. J. Griffin-Oakland Athletics: (31.4% owned) Griffin allowed just two hits and two walks in a complete game shutout against the Reds in his last start. The win got him back to 6-6 while lowering his ERA to 3.56 and his WHIP to 1.09. Griffin will be at home again in his start Tuesday as the A’s take on the Cubs. At home this season he has a 3.06 ERA with a 3-2 record. The Cubs offense isn’t horrible, but this is still a matchup worth checking out to see if Griffin can continue his momentum from his last start.

Samuel Deduno-Minnesota Twins: (1.8%) Deduno is also coming off a solid start against the Royals in which he allowed one run on five hits in seven strong improving to 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA. He’s at home Tuesday night against the Yankees where he’s 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA while holding opponents to a .211 average in his three starts at Target Field. Deduno is risky since he is facing the Yankees, but he’s been pitching well enough that he makes a good streaming option that’s very widely available.

Corey Kluber-Cleveland Indians: (23.9%) Unlike Griffin and Deduno, Kluber suffered a setback his last start getting pounded in Baltimore allowing six earned runs on 11 hits while failing to finish the fifth inning. Before that start he was cruising along and had a few very strong starts against the Nats and Rangers. Tuesday he takes on Royals for the second time this season. He went seven innings to get the win in his first start in KC allowing two earned runs on seven hits while striking out six. He’ll look to bounce back with a similar outing Tuesday night, and I expect him to be much better than he was in Baltimore.

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