Sit/Start Week 5: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 8/17-8/23

Max Freeze scores every starting pitcher matchup for the week ahead.

Welcome back to Sit/Start, where every Saturday here at Pitcher List, we review all expected starting pitcher matchups for the week ahead. There are three labels: Start, Maybe, and Sit. Outings marked with a Maybe are circumstantial and dependent on your needs in a standard 5×5 ,wins-based 12-teamer, while the other two are self-explanatory. Last year, I modified the ranking system to make designations a little clearer. 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-10. Meanwhile, Mike Fiers against the Rockies in Colorado would have this designation: Sit-1.

There are a few TBD listed below. Once these spots are determined, I’ll update the sheet. Spots in the rotation where a potential opener may be used will be listed as Opener/potential long man. I am hopeful that we can avoid any COVID postponements this week. If that is the case, the Cardinals and Cubs are will play two seven-inning doubleheaders in the first half of the week. That should make for some interesting results, to say the least. Let’s dive in and as always, please feel free to question my designations in the comments.

Here’s the massive table containing every Week 5 start from 8/17 – 8/23:

Note: Given the increase in COVID-19 outbreaks and postponements, these matchups are subject to change. This sheet updated on Thursday, August 20th for the probable staters listed from 8/20 through 8/23.

Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
08/17 OAK vs ARI Fiers Maybe-4 Gallen Start-8
08/17 WSH vs ATL Sanchez Sit-2 Toussaint Maybe-4
08/17 TOR vs BAL Ryu Start-7 LeBlanc Sit-3
08/17 STL vs CHC TBD/Bullpen? Chatwood Maybe-5
08/17 STL vs CHC Kim  Maybe-4 Hendricks Start-8
08/17 DET vs CHW Alexander Sit-3 Gonzalez Sit-3
08/17 COL vs HOU Freeland Maybe-4 Bielak Start-7
08/17 SFG vs LAA T. Anderson Sit-2 Bundy Start-9
08/17 SEA vs LAD Dunn Sit-1 Stripling Start-8
08/17 NYM vs MIA Gsellman Sit-3 Yamamoto Sit-2
08/17 KCR vs MIN Bubic Sit-2 Maeda Start-8
08/17 BOS vs NYY Perez Sit-1 Montgomery Maybe-4
08/17 SDP vs TEX Davies Maybe-5 Minor Maybe-6
TUESDAY – 8/18
08/18 OAK vs ARI Bassitt Maybe-5 Weaver Maybe-6
08/18 WSH vs ATL Voth Maybe-5 Ynoa/Bullpen Sit-1
08/18 TOR vs BAL Pearson Maybe-6 Means? Sit-3
08/18 PHI vs BOS Eflin Maybe-4 Godley Sit-2
08/18 STL vs CHC Ponce de Leon Sit-3 Darvish Start-9
08/18 DET vs CHW Boyd Sit-3 Cease Maybe-6
08/18 COL vs HOU Senzatela Sit-3 Greinke Start-9
08/18 CIN vs KCR Miley Maybe-4 Keller Maybe-6
08/18 SFG vs LAA Cahill Sit-1 Canning Start-7
08/18 SEA vs LAD Gonzales Sit-2 Gonsolin Start-7
08/18 NYM vs MIA Peterson Start-7 Castano/Bullpen Sit-2
08/18 MIL vs MIN Burnes/Peralta? Maybe-4 TBD
08/18 TBR vs NYY Snell Start-7 Tanaka Start-7
08/18 CLE vs PIT Carrasco Start-9 Williams Start-7
08/18 SDP vs TEX Paddack Start-7 Lyles Sit-3
WEDNESDAY – 8/19
08/19 WSH vs ATL Strasburg? Start-8 Wright Sit-2
08/19 TOR vs BAL Roark Sit-3 Milone Maybe-5
08/19 PHI vs BOS Arrieta Sit-3 Hart Sit-2
08/19 STL vs CHC Flaherty Mills Maybe-6
08/19 STL vs CHC TBD Rea/Bullpen? Sit-1
08/19 DET vs CHW Nova Sit-2 Detwiler/Bullpen Sit-3
08/19 HOU vs COL Valdez Maybe-4 Castellani Sit-2
08/19 CIN vs KCR DeSclafani Start-7 Junis Maybe-4
08/19 NYM vs MIA deGrom? Start-9 Lopez Start-7
08/19 MIL vs MIN Anderson Sit-2 Hill (IL)? Maybe-5
08/19 TBR vs NYY Glasnow Maybe-5 Cole Start-9
08/19 ARI vs OAK Kelly Maybe-6 Montas Start-8
08/19 CLE vs PIT Civale Start-8 Kuhl Maybe-6
08/19 TEX vs SDP Lynn Start-9 Lamet Start-8
08/19 LAD vs SEA Urias Start-8 Walker Sit-3
08/19 LAA vs SFG Sandoval Start-7 Cueto Maybe-6
THURSDAY – 8/20
08/20 BOS vs BAL Eovaldi Maybe-6 Wojciechowski Sit-3
08/20 DET vs CHW Turnbull Start-7 Giolito Start-9
08/20 HOU vs COL Javier Sit-2 Marquez Maybe-4
08/20 NYM vs MIA Lugo Sit-3 Castano Sit-3
08/20 MIL vs MIN Woodruff Maybe-5 Berrios Start-7
08/20 TBR vs NYY Curtiss Sit-1 Paxton Start-7
08/20 ARI vs OAK Young Maybe-4 Manaea Maybe-5
08/20 CLE vs PIT Bieber Start-10 TBD
08/20 TEX vs SDP Gibson Maybe-4 Lamet Start-8
08/20 LAD vs SEA Kershaw Start-9 Kikuchi Sit-3
08/20 LAA vs SFG Suarez Sit-3 Gausman Start-7
08/20 CIN vs STL Gray Start-8 Wainwright Sit-3
08/20 PHI vs TOR Howard Sit-3 Anderson Sit-3
08/20 PHI vs TOR Velasquez Maybe-4 Thornton Sit-3
FRIDAY – 8/21
08/21 PHI vs ATL Nola Start-8 Fried Start-8
08/21 BOS vs BAL Valdez Sit-2 Means Sit-3
08/21 CHW vs CHC Keuchel Maybe-6 Lester Maybe-6
08/21 DET vs CLE Fulmer Maybe-5 Plutko Maybe-6
08/21 MIN vs KCR Odorizzi Start-7 Duffy Maybe-4
08/21 COL vs LAD Gray Sit-3 Buehler Start-8
08/21 NYY vs NYM Happ Sit-3 Porcello Sit-2
08/21 LAA vs OAK Heaney Maybe-6 Fiers Sit-3
08/21 MIL vs PIT Houser Start-7 Kuhl Maybe-5
08/21 HOU vs SDP McCullers Jr. Start-7 Quantrill Sit-3
08/21 TEX vs SEA Allard Maybe-4 Margevicius Sit-2
08/21 ARI vs SFG Ray Maybe-5 Webb Maybe-5
08/21 CIN vs STL DeSclafani Start-7 Hudson Sit-3
08/21 TOR vs TBR Shoemaker Maybe-5 Yarbrough Start-7
08/21 MIA vs WSH Hernandez Sit-3 Corbin Start-9
SATURDAY – 8/22
08/22 PHI vs ATL Wheeler Start-7 Erlin Sit-2
08/22 BOS vs BAL Perez Sit-3 Cobb Maybe-4
08/22 CHW vs CHC Lopez Sit-2 Hendricks Start-8
08/22 DET vs CLE Boyd Sit-3 Allen Sit-3
08/22 MIN vs KCR Dobnak Start-7 Singer Sit-3
08/22 COL vs LAD Freeland Sit-3 May Start-7
08/22 WSH vs MIA Fedde Sit-3 Guzman Sit-1
08/22 WSH vs MIA Scherzer Start-10 Sharp Sit-2
08/22 NYY vs NYM Montgomery Maybe-6 Gsellman Sit-1
08/22 LAA vs OAK Canning Maybe-5 Bassitt Maybe-5
08/22 MIL vs PIT Lindblom Start-7 Holland Sit-3
08/22 HOU vs SDP Bielak Maybe-6 Richards Maybe-5
08/22 TEX vs SEA Lyles Maybe-4 Sheffield Maybe-6
08/22 ARI vs SFG Gallen Start-9 T. Anderson Sit-3
08/22 CIN vs STL Miley Sit-3 Kim Maybe-4
08/22 TOR vs TBR Ryu Start-7 Morton Maybe-5
SUNDAY – 8/23
08/23 PHI vs ATL Eflin Maybe-5 Tomlin Sit-3
08/23 BOS vs BAL Godley Sit-2 LeBlanc Sit-3
08/23 CHW vs CHC Cease Maybe-4 Darvish Start-8
08/23 DET vs CLE Skubal Sit-3 Carrasco Start-8
08/23 MIN vs KCR Maeda Start-9 Bubic Sit-3
08/23 COL vs LAD Senzatela Maybe-4 Stripling Start-7
08/23 NYY vs NYM Tanaka Start-7 Oswalt Sit-2
08/23 LAA vs OAK Bundy Start-8 Montas Start-7
08/23 MIL vs PIT Burnes Start-8 Brubaker Sit-3
08/23 HOU vs SDP Greinke Start-8 Davies Maybe-4
08/23 TEX vs SEA Minor Maybe-4 Dunn Sit-2
08/23 ARI vs SFG Weaver Start-7 Cahill Sit-2
08/23 CIN vs STL Mahle Maybe-6 Ponce de Leon Maybe-4
08/23 TOR vs TBR Hatch Sit-2 Snell Start-8
08/23 MIA vs WSH Meija Sit-2 Sanchez Sit-3

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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 D Man says:

    Is Clevinger eligible to start on the 21st? What does him being optioned mean with regards to eligibility?

  • Avatar Pablo says:

    Have Rich Hill and Charlie Morton in my IL slot. Understand that each pitcher will come off the IL and pitch this week, Hill vs Mil and Morton vs Buffalo. I can only activate one pitcher. Should I activate Hill or Morton?

    • Avatar Max Freeze says:

      Both have missed a decent amount of time so neither has a great shot at going 5-6 innings. That being said, I’d lean Morton against the Bichette-less Jays over Hill vs MIL

  • Avatar Lei says:

    This is best tool of its kind I’ve seen, but if you guys don’t update it daily it’s not very useful

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