Sit/Start Week 18: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 8/5-8/11

Max Freeze analyzes and rates every starting pitcher matchup for the week ahead.

Welcome to Sit/Start where, every Saturday here at Pitcher List, I review all expected starting pitcher matchups for the week ahead. There are three labels: StartMaybe, and Sit. Outings marked with a Maybe are dependent on your needs in a standard 5×5 Wins 12-teamer, while the other two are self-explanatory. I’ve recently changed the ranking system to make designations a little clearer. Here’s an overview. A few months ago, I implemented a scoring system (1-10) next to each designation. A score of 10 is a top-tier start option and a score of 1 is a bottom-of-the-barrel option. Here are the labels: Start 7-10, Maybe 4-6, and Sit 1-3. For example, Max Scherzer at home against the Marlins would look like this: Start-10Meanwhile, Ivan Nova against the Yankees in New York would have this designation Sit-1.

You’ll notice a few question marks next to some of the names. These are either probable starters who have not been confirmed or are situations where the team will use the bullpen to fill innings. As with the past several Sit/Start articles, spots in the rotation where a potential opener may be used will be listed as Opener/potential long man. Feel free to question my designations in the comments, and we’ll dive into it together.

Here’s the massive table containing every Week 18 start from 8/5 to 8/11:

Note: These matchups are subject to change.

DateGameAway PitcherSit / StartHome PitcherSit / Start
8/5PHI vs ARIVelasquezMaybe-6LeakeMaybe-5
8/5NYY vs BALTanakaMaybe-6MeansSit-2
8/5KCR vs BOSMontgomerySit-1PorcelloMaybe-6
8/5OAK vs CHCBassittMaybe-6HendricksStart-8
8/5LAA vs CINCanningStart-7CastilloStart-9
8/5TEX vs CLEJuradoSit-3CivaleMaybe-4
8/5CHW vs DETGiolitoStart-9VerHagenSit-3
8/5STL vs LADWachaSit-1GonsolinSit-3
8/5ATL vs MINSorokaStart-7BerriosStart-8
8/5MIA vs NYMAlcantaraSit-3deGromStart-10
8/5MIA vs NYMChen?Sit-2????
8/5MIL vs PITLylesMaybe-5AgrazalSit-3
8/5WSH vs SFGFeddeMaybe-5SamardzijaMaybe-6
8/5TOR vs TBRWaguespackSit-2MortonStart-9
Tuesday – 8/6
8/6PHI vs ARIArrietaMaybe-6GallenStart-7
8/6NYY vs BALOpener/Cortes?Maybe-4WojciechowskiSit-3
8/6KCR vs BOSJunisSit-2CashnerMaybe-6
8/6OAK vs CHCAndersonSit-3LesterStart-7
8/6LAA vs CINSuarezSit-3DeSclafaniStart-7
8/6TEX vs CLEMinorMaybe-6PlesacMaybe-4
8/6CHW vs DETCeaseStart-7NorrisMaybe-5
8/6CHW vs DETNovaMaybe-4????
8/6COL vs HOUMarquezStart-7GreinkeStart-8
8/6STL vs LADMikolasSit-3KershawStart-9
8/6ATL vs MINFriedMaybe-5PinedaMaybe-6
8/6MIA vs NYM????WheelerStart-9
8/6MIL vs PITAndersonStart-7WilliamsMaybe-6
8/6SDP vs SEALametMaybe-5LeBlancMaybe-4
8/6WSH vs SFGSanchezStart-7RodriguezSit-2
8/6TOR vs TBRThorntonSit-2YarbroughStart-7
Wednesday 8/7
8/7PHI vs ARIVargasMaybe-5YoungMaybe-6
8/7NYY vs BALPaxtonStart-7BrooksSit-1
8/7KCR vs BOSSparkmanSit-2RodriguezStart-8
8/7OAK vs CHCBaileySit-2QuintanaMaybe-5
8/7TEX vs CLELynnStart-7ClevingerStart-9
8/7CHW vs DETDetwilerSit-2AlexanderSit-3
8/7COL vs HOULambertSit-2ColeStart-10
8/7STL vs LADFlahertyStart-7MayMaybe-4
8/7ATL vs MINGausmanSit-3PerezMaybe-5
8/7MIA vs NYMYamamotoMaybe-4MatzStart-7
8/7MIL vs PITDaviesMaybe-5ArcherMaybe-4
8/7SDP vs SEALucchesiMaybe-6KikuchiSit-3
8/7WSH vs SFGRossSit-3AndersonSit-3
8/7TOR vs TBRFont/Kingham?Sit-3McKayMaybe-6
Thursday – 8/8
8/8LAA vs BOSPetersSit-1SaleStart-9
8/8CHC vs CINHamelsStart-7WoodMaybe-5
8/8KCR vs DETDuffyStart-7BoydStart-9
8/8ATL vs MIAKeuchelStart-8HernandezMaybe-5
8/8CLE vs MINPlutkoSit-2GibsonMaybe-6
8/8COL vs SDPGrayStart-7LauerSit-3
8/8PHI vs SFGNolaStart-9BumgarnerStart-8
8/8NYY vs TORGermanStart-7PannoneSit-2
Friday – 8/9
8/9HOU vs BALMileyStart-7BundySit-2
8/9LAA vs BOSPenaSit-2PriceStart-8
8/9OAK vs CHWFiersStart-7LopezMaybe-5
8/9CHC vs CINDarvishStart-7BauerStart-8
8/9KCR vs DETKellerStart-7ZimmermannMaybe-4
8/9ARI vs LADRayMaybe-6BuehlerStart-9
8/9ATL vs MIATeheranStart-7SmithStart-7
8/9TEX vs MILSampsonSit-2GonzalezSit-3
8/9CLE vs MINBieberStart-8OdorizziStart-7
8/9WSH vs NYMStrasburgStart-9StromanMaybe-6
8/9COL vs SDPFreelandSit-3QuantrillStart-7
8/9TBR vs SEAOpener/BeeksMaybe-4GonzalesMaybe-4
8/9PHI vs SFGSmylyMaybe-6BeedeMaybe-5
8/9PIT vs STLMusgroveMaybe-6HudsonSit-3
8/9NYY vs TORHappSit-3Reid-FoleySit-2
Saturday – 8/10
8/10HOU vs BALSanchezSit-3EshelmanSit-1
8/10LAA vs BOSBarriaSit-1PorcelloMaybe-4
8/10OAK vs CHWRoarkMaybe-5GiolitoStart-8
8/10CHC vs CINHendricksStart-7GrayStart-7
8/10KCR vs DETMontgomeryMaybe-6VerHagenSit-3
8/10ARI vs LADKellySit-3MaedaStart-7
8/10ATL vs MIASorokaStart-8AlcantaraSit-3
8/10TEX vs MILPayanoSit-1HouserSit-2
8/10CLE vs MINCivaleSit-3BerriosStart-8
8/10WSH vs NYMCorbinStart-9SyndergaardStart-8
8/10COL vs SDP????PaddackStart-9
8/10TBR vs SEAChirinosStart-7WislerSit-2
8/10PHI vs SFGVelasquezStart-7SamardzijaMaybe-6
8/10PIT vs STL????WainwrightMaybe-5
8/10NYY vs TORTanakaStart-7WaguespackSit-2
Sunday – 8/11
8/11HOU vs BALVerlanderStart-9MeansSit-3
8/11LAA vs BOSCanningMaybe-4CashnerMaybe-5
8/11OAK vs CHWBassittStart-7CeaseStart-7
8/11CHC vs CINLesterMaybe-6CastilloStart-8
8/11KCR vs DETJunisMaybe-6NorrisMaybe-5
8/11ARI vs LADLeakeSit-3GonsolinMaybe-4
8/11ATL vs MIAFriedStart-8????
8/11TEX vs MILJuradoSit-2LylesSit-3
8/11CLE vs MINPlesacMaybe-4PinedaStart-7
8/11WSH vs NYMFeddeSit-3deGromStart-9
8/11COL vs SDPMarquezStart-8LametStart-7
8/11TBR vs SEAMortonStart-8LeBlancSit-2
8/11PHI vs SFGArrietaStart-7????
8/11PIT vs STLAgrazalSit-3WachaSit-3
8/11NYY vs TOROpener/Cortes?Sit-3ThorntonSit-2

Max Freeze

Max is the founder of the FreezeStats Blog and currently writes for PitcherList and FantasyPros. Max is a lifelong Cubs fan who used to pretend he was Andre Dawson while hitting rocks in his backyard as a kid.

  • Avatar WheelhouseWreck says:

    Hey Max. Some pitchers have rather extreme home/road splits. Are these accounted for in your assessment? I have to ask because the games aren’t listed indicating who is home/road

    • Avatar Max Freeze says:

      Hey WheelhouseWreck, yes, I do account for home/road splits but typically in extreme cases. For example, Kyle Hendricks and Joey Lucchesi have been great at home but not so much on the road. The first team listed in the away pitcher and the second is the home team. It really should read @ rather than vs, so whichever pitcher is listed second is at home. Does that answer your question? Thanks for checking it out!

  • Avatar Neal says:

    Thoughts about Odorizzi vs Atl today?

  • Avatar Kevin says:

    Looking like Turnbull is returning today at home vs. the White Sox. Any confidence in streaming him?

    • Avatar Kevin says:

      Also if he goes today he could factor in to the weekend series at home vs. KC. Thinking the KC game is not a terrible start, but a bit wearier about the White Sox.

  • Avatar Y U DO DIS? says:

    Why don’t you update the starters as the week progresses? For instance, Clevinger is starting tomorrow vs. the Twins, not Plutko.

    Rotoballer does a better job of this and remains the #1 go-to list for starting pitchers.

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