Sorry for the blip in the schedule, but the Expected SP Schedules are back to help you navigate down the stretch run of the season. As a reminder, we break down every MLB team’s starting rotation for the next few weeks to help you plan the back end of your pitching rotation. This tool is beneficial if you’re looking for streamers or flexing fringe starters in and out of your lineup.
Before we delve into the teams, below are our matchup rankings. These match those in Nick Pollack’s SP Steamers for consistency. If you disagree, that’s your prerogative! They are meant to be a loose guide. The most important thing is to pay attention to the matchups.
Here’s a key for a few terms you may encounter below:
(OFF) means the team has an off-day before they play that team.
(DH) indicates a doubleheader that day.
SPOT STARTER should be obvious, but it means this pitcher will only start once.
??? represents a rotational spot that is unclear, and the notes will explain options.
Above all else, please remember that schedules change often! The grids below represent our best estimate at the time of publishing, but players get hurt, come back from the IL, get sent down or called up, or get an extra day of rest all the time. Use this as a guide and double-check a player’s status before making roster changes.
- Not a great upcoming schedule for Cleveland’s starters outside of the matchups with Detroit.
- Note: The Rockies are taxed one tier anytime they are home. Hence, different shades for games vs. ARI and CHW.
- If you are desperate for a streamer, Peter Lambert, Kyle Freeland, and Chris Flexen have decent schedules in two of their next three starts.
- It looks like Detroit will give a spot start to someone on Wednesday to give their starters an extra day of rest. The most likely candidate is Alex Faedo, who the club optioned to Triple-A a few weeks ago.
- It’s doubtful any of these guys are available on the waiver wire except for perhaps José Urquidy, who just came off the IL.
- Cole Ragans pitched well in his first two starts with Kansas City, but it’s best to avoid him this week.
- Shohei Ohtani left his last start early due to cramping but is expected to take his next turn.
- Clayton Kershaw is expected back soon, probably Thursday. The exact timing is still TBD; thus, the schedule could shift.
- Eury Pérez is expected to be recalled for Monday’s game. If someone dropped him in your league, go get him.
- Brandon Woodruff is finally back, though his schedule after his next start isn’t particularly friendly.
- The schedule is pretty favorable for the Twins over the next few weeks if any of their pitchers are on your waiver wire. However, if you are considering Dallas Keuchel, maybe you should reconsider.
- The Mets recalled Tylor Megill after the trade deadline, and he’ll likely slot into the rotation somewhere, though it hasn’t been announced yet. In addition, the club has a doubleheader against Atlanta on Saturday. They could ask someone like José Butto to make a spot start but don’t necessarily need to due to the off day on Thursday.
- The Bombers’ schedule looked set, with Nestor Cortes back and Domingo Germán on the restricted list, but Carlos Rodón left Sunday’s start early with hamstring tightness. He’s scheduled for an MRI on Monday.
- Paul Blackburn and Luis Medina are short-term streaming options in deeper leagues, as they have pretty favorable matchups ahead.
- With several off days in August, it will be interesting to see if the Phillies stick with a six-man rotation. Ranger Suárez and Cristopher Sánchez are the most likely to get bumped should they return to a five-man rotation.
- The upcoming schedule isn’t very promising if you are considering streaming any Pirates.
- Michael Wacha should come off the IL within the next two weeks and slot in here somewhere. Most likely, Nick Martinez will head back to the pen.
- There is no green on the Giants’ upcoming slate.
- After this week, the schedule looks pretty good for the Mariners’ starters outside of the three games at Houston.
- Update: Woo was placed on the IL and Emerson Hancock takes his spot in the rotation.
- Some good streaming opportunities are ahead for the Cardinals’ staff, especially Adam Wainwright and Steven Matz.
- Tyler Glasnow was a late scratch on Sunday due to back spasms, so his availability this week is questionable.
- It could be a good time to take a flier on Dane Dunning or Andrew Heaney with their upcoming schedules.
- Will the Jays stick with a six-man rotation with four more off days in August?
- There’s not much to get excited about with the Nats’ schedule except perhaps streaming Josiah Gray against Oakland.