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Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings – 4/22 & 4/23

Nick Pollack ranks the starting pitcher streamers for today & tomorrow.

Every day of the 2022 baseball season, I’ll be looking at today and tomorrow’s slate of scheduled starting pitchers and ranking their matchups for your fantasy baseball streams.

There’s a lot that goes into this and you can hang out with me on Twitch.tv/pitcherlist to talk about the specific ranks as I make them every weekday morning from 9am – 12am ET. If you have questions to these ranks, please ask during the morning Twitch AMA. Those are my office hours as I generally don’t answer comments on the site.

There are four tiers to these rankings with 12-teamers in mind:

 

Auto-Start – Just do it. Don’t overthink this, start the man.

Probably Start – I’m likely starting these arms, though I recognize there is more risk than we’d like there to be. Either it’s a tough matchup for a good pitcher or a weak lineup for a volatile arm.

Questionable Start – There are situations where I’d take the chance, either with strong enough upside on the ability side, or a poor offense that a pitcher could take advantage of.

Do Not Start – The reward is not worth the risk. Don’t do it.

 

Obviously, there will be circumstances where pitchers should move between teams for your situation specifically and these new tiers should act as a little more help than the straight table from last year.

Please keep in mind that streaming is far from a perfect play. In fact, if they work out over half the time, I’d consider it a success. These matchup rankings & streamer picks are going to be wildly different than the actual results throughout the year, so please, have sympathy before the scathing comments and tweets. I’m only trying to help!

Make sure to read the notes if you’re wondering why I’m favoring certain pitchers over others – I won’t get to everyone and hopefully I answer what questions you will have.

There is a second table for tomorrow’s starting pitcher matchups as well, helping everyone get a jump on their nightly pickups. Please note that these matchups are subject to change, though, and there will be times when I have the incorrect pitcher going. I thank you for your future understanding.

Finally, there are my streaming picks of the day, and please keep in mind that I am forced to pick a streamer every day. Those highlighted in Green are in the second tier and I’d roll with them everywhere. The most common are those in Yellow in the third tier and should be decent if you’re searching for something on a given day. Finally, those are Red are those I really don’t want to start (they are labeled as “Do Not Start”, after all) but have no other choice. Don’t stream these guys until you are truly desperate. A streaming pick is defined as “rostered in 20% or fewer leagues,” which really emphasizes the point that I’d be happy if over 50% of these worked. I could do the whole sub 30/40% rostered, but there’s no fun in that. You can use the rankings to realize who would be those picks, instead.

 

As I do my rankings, I thought it would be helpful to showcase a table of how we’re ranking offenses. Dave Swan does an incredible job of showcasing future SP matchups every 2-3 weeks in this article, and I’ve elected to use his offense ranks to share with all of you here:

 

Dave Swan’s Early-Season Offensive Tiers

 

I’m sure it’ll change through the year + there are differences to be made about teams vs. LHP or RHP, but it’s a great general table that y’all should keep in mind.

Alright, let’s get to it.

 

2022 Streamer Record: 9-6

 

Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

 

  • The top tier isn’t as enticing as other days we’ve seen, but I’d still feel safe starting them all. The #1 play feels odd with Justin Verlander facing the Jays, but he’s looked great in his return from TJS and I’d keep starting him without question.
  • I’m anticipating Freddy Peralta to get his rhythm back through the season and if you have him rostered, you have to keep starting him. Remember, it’s just two starts.

 

  • In the second tier, we have plenty of young arms I’m already trusting. Trevor Rogerslike Peralta, hasn’t been as his peak early in the year, but he doesn’t have massive warning signs to indicate a large regression this year. I’m still rolling with him.
  • The streaming pick of the day is Reid Detmers, who is still rostered in few leagues and could see a massive surge with this start against the Orioles. This may be your last chance to get on the train and heavily encourage you to do so.

 

  • It’s been wonderful watching Kyle Wright take full advantage of his role in the Atlanta rotation and while we should anticipate some bumps in the future, there’s little reason to anticipate it coming against the Marlins.
  • It hasn’t been the replication of 2021 that we’ve wanted to see from Ranger Suárezthough he should continue as a solid play each week when he doesn’t face the strongest of offenses.

 

  • In the third tier, I wonder how David Peterson and Brad Keller will perform. Peterson looked sharp as he threw harder against the Sneks and could replicate it across more pitches on Friday – he’d be the streaming pick if it weren’t for Detmers.
  • As for Keller, he’s been on a hot streak to start the year and if he avoids damage with his fastball once again, he’ll stroll through the Mariners lineup.

 

  • After a disappointing outing against Atlanta, Nick Martinez has to pick himself up to survive against the Dodgers. Don’t write off this start completely – his stuff gives him a shot every night, while the Dodgers have their fair share of cold evenings as well.
  • It’s a tough call with Bailey Ober on the hill against the White Sox. Chicago is a dangerous crew, while Ober hasn’t yet found the overwhelming rhythm we’ve hoped to see blossom this year.

 

  • In the bottom tier, I can see many of these pulling it off, but it’s simply not worth it for you to roll the dice. Bruce Zimmermann has featured a strong changeup, but do we truly believe it’s here to stay? And is it enough to consistently produce? It’s not for me.
  • It’ll be fun to see how well Ross Stripling performs over the next few weeks with Hyun Jin Ryu on the IL, though it’ll likely be a harsh time against Houston.

 

Today’s Starting Pitchers


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

 

  • There isn’t a de facto “stud” play today as the best arms of Frankie Montas and Alek Manoah face tough lineups in the Rangers and Astros. Still start them without fear, though.
  • Some may be hesitant to start Tyler Mahle at home against the Cardinals, I say let the man pitch. He still has an excellent fastball and I’m ready for the extreme home/road splits conversation to come to a close.

 

  • Welcome Nestor Cortes Jr. and Matt Brash to the top tier! I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a fantasy manager not slotting them in their lineups after their hot starts to the season.
  • Noah Syndergaard has done well in the box score, though I still have some concerns that his breakers are lagging behind as he relies a bit too much on balls in play finding gloves. Still a clear start, but not as defiant as the others.

 

  • And yes, if you have rostered Yu Darvishyou’re going to start to him through thick and thin. Good luck.

 

  • In the second tier, Zack Wheeler is coming off his second straight start of depreciated velocity, with his 94.4 mph last time out nearly three ticks lower than 2021’s mark. I’m a bit scared of what’s to come, but if Wheeler is in fact starting, it means the Phillies believe he can ramp up to his former health to some degree. I’m holding my breath here.
  • Joining Wheeler is Ian Andersonwho had the best changeup I’ve ever seen from his in his last outing. It could have been a mirage or it may something legitimate that has sparked his ascension.

 

  • In the third tier, José Urquidy is coming off a wretched day against the Mariners. It doesn’t get easier with the Jays ahead and it’s up to you if you want to force him through the gauntlet. There’s absolutely a chance he bounces back strong, but there’s a lot to think about here.
  • Today’s streaming pick of the day is Elieser Hernandezwho just fanned six with one earned run in his previous outing. If he has his slider and changeup working, Atlanta shouldn’t be too much trouble.

 

  • Despite a date with the Pirates, you simply don’t know which side of Kyle Hendricks you’re going to see. We’re all hoping it’s the opening day version.
  • In the bottom tier, we don’t have a lot we can cross our fingers for. Tyler Anderson is getting a proper start against the Padres, though I do wonder if we’ll get a taste of Dodgeritis along the way.

 

  • Austin Gomber heads on the road to face the Tigers, which would have been an exciting notion this time last year, but with his struggles out of the gate I’d prefer to take this easy and watch from afar.
  • There was also some consideration given to Garrett Whitlock as he makes his first start for the Red Sox. Sadly, I don’t believe he’s stretched out enough to let him go five frames, making the reward too little for the risk.

 

Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Featured Image by Drew Wheeler (@drewisokay on Twitter)

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

2 responses to “Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings – 4/22 & 4/23”

  1. LeftyNation says:

    Anyone to vulture a win from whitlock after he opens?

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