Wednesday, July 3, is stocked with a full 15-game slate of MLB action with no afternoon games on this mid-week day which is somewhat unusual. The Brewers-Nats do start at 6:05 se be careful of daily lock leagues that will close a little sooner than the typicaly 7:05 start time. If you need help for your starting rotation in fantasy baseball, there are several scheduled starters who are widely available that may be able to offer your team a boost. Here are my pitching pickups for Wednesday who are available in over 50% of ESPN leagues
Tony Cingrani-Cincinnati Reds: (21.5%) Cingrani returns to the Reds rotation looking to rediscover the form that helped him go 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his frist three starts. He starts Wednesday against the Giants in Cincinnati and makes a good pickup since he’s a big-time prospect pitching for a very good team for the next few weeks while Johnny Cueto works his way back from his lastest injury. Cingrani gets strikeouts, and can be effective if he doesn’t become too reliant on his fastball.
Tyler Chatwood-Colorado Rockes: (15.3%) Chatwood continues to pile up quality outing after quality outing. He threw a season-high 103 pitches in his last start going six innings and allowing just one run on four hits although he ended up with a no-decision. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in his last eight starts while going 4-1 with a 2.13 ERA. He starts at Coors Field which always carries some risk especially when the other team has a guy named Puig, but he’s shown he can thrive at hitter-friendly Coors and will look to continue his very solid season Wednesday.
Jeanmar Gomez-Pittsburgh Pirates: (0.3%) Gomez is a bit of a long-shot option as he and the Bucs host the Phillies Wednesday, but Pittsburgh is on a roll and Gomez has been solid in the rotation throughout the year. In fact, in his last two starts where he didn’t leave early due to injury he hasn’t allowed an earned run. He came off the DL and went five innings in Seattle striking out five and allowing just three hits and an unearned run. He didn’t get a win although Pittsburgh did end up winning the game. He isn’t blowing people away but can be a nice source of innings if you need waiver wire help.
Miguel Gonzalez-Baltimore Orioles: (16.7%) Gonzalez hasn’t been blowing people away, but he has five straight quality starts and matched a career-high in strikeouts in his last outing with nine against Cleveland. He and the O’s are in Chicago to face the struggling White Sox as he looks to pick up win number seven on the season. He has won four of his last five starts while lowering his ERA to 3.77 and his WHIP to 1.19. He may not pitch a shutout, but he’s battling and giving his team a chance to win which can be very valuable in fantasy baseball as well.