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Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings – 5/24 & 5/25

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 – 11am 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.

(Opener) – Outlines that a pitcher is being opened for that day & the pitcher listed will follow the opener.

 

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:

 

Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings

 

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: 27-18

 

Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

 

  • We feel like a cheater’s dream with a ton of aces in the top tier on Tuesday. Hopefully Zac Gallen can gain the label this week with his changeup and/or slider stepping up to give us the confidence of a full season’s success, batting down the those who preach of his FIP and SIERA suggesting regression.
  • At the end of the tier are Dylan Cease and Logan Webbwho each have a difficult matchup ahead of them. Cease has been on a roll this season, though, he’s prone to a blowup, especially against the red-hot Sawx. As for Webb, he hasn’t been the overwhelming starter we wanted him to be, but his slider returned last start and should be a solid play against New York.

 

  • In the second tier, Framber Valdez and Marcus Stroman have strong cases to ascend to the top tier given their matchups against the Guardians and Reds. I’m a little concerned about their WHIP despite it, but that doesn’t make them guys to bench. Feel good about it.
  • After a disappointing outing against the Red Sox where he allowed a pair of longballs to Trevor StoryI wouldn’t have any concern throwing George Kirby out there against the Athletics. His fastball is too good.

 

  • I feel like if you have Tyler Mahleyou start him against the Cubs, even if it’s at home. This stigma of pitching in Cincy can’t last forever…right?
  • It was a rough outing against the Rangers last week, though you can’t judge Noah Syndergaard too harshly for it. Things didn’t go his way for one inning, that’s all there is to it. I don’t anticipate him soaring into the top tier any time soon, but he’s still worth the start.

 

  • It’s the second start for Blake Snell off the IL and here’s to hoping his fastball strike rate glides past the 60% mark against the Brewers. I think he has it in him.
  • Can Sonny Gray find his breakers? He’ll get a cushy matchup against the Tigers to do so and I’d take the chance.

 

  • In the third tier, I’m leading with Kyle Freeland as my streaming pick of the day. He’s outside of Coors facing a poor Pittsburgh offense after fanning eight in his last start. Seems like the time to stream Freeland.
  • You may want to start Roansy Contreras in his 2022 debut instead and I don’t have an issue with that. Personally, I don’t start like starting pitchers in their debuts (this isn’t that, but may as well be) & Contreras has been a bit wild in the minors this season. That said, it is Rockie Road and Contreras has some legit stuff. It’ll be fun to watch either way.

 

  • After a phenomenal outing against the Astros, are you trusting Nick Pivetta to dominate with heaters against the White Sox? I see it as a coin flip as Chicago has struggled against right-handers this season, but Pivetta has a history of volatility…even if he’s allowed just 2 ER across his last three starts.
  • Both Kyle Gibson and James Kaprielian are Tobywho could come out on top on Tuesday. I wouldn’t be targeting them personally – there’s too low of a floor – but I can see both of these outings working.

 

  • And hey, maybe Dane Dunning has his command against the strong Angels lineup, especially if they are still missing Taylor Ward. I’m a little nervous he’s too command-heavy and can sink your teams early in the week.
  • In the bottom tier, I can see a world where Jonathan Heasley performs well against a poor Diamondbacks offense. Good luck figuring out if this is that world.

 

  • If you’re looking for dangerous upside, Josiah Gray earned a ton of whiffs last time out with his slider (15/45!) and after the Dodgers just struggled with Zach Eflin’s curveball, they could slip against the Dodgers.
  • Maybe Jordan Hicks has another gear left in him, but it’s been underwhelming to say the least thus far and the Jays are as dangerous as they come. The juice isn’t worth the squeeze.

 

Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

 

  • Despite back-to-back poor ERA outings, Robbie Ray is my #1 play of the day as he faces the Athletics. His velocity is back up and he’s locating well – get hyped.
  • It’s also a showcase of the lack of defiantly wonderful starts for Thursday. Lucas Giolito is the highest ranked member of The List, but a matchup against Boston isn’t ideal. Meanwhile, I snuck in Drew Rasmussen at the bottom as those who have him rostered are going to ride this one against the Marlins, especially after showing life in his slider and cutter last start.

 

  • In the second tier, Cristian Javier rebounded from a 7 ER outing to dominate the Rangers with high heaters. There’s volatility here – his breakers struggled to earn strikes – and it’s not a lock that he repeats the same success with his four-seamer, but it’s a solid play to make against the Guardians.
  • Charlie Morton feels like he took two steps forward and one step back and now gets the Phillies. I want to believe he’s trending in the right direction, though some may want to be cautious here. I get it.

 

  • The third tier isn’t as enticing as we normally see. There’s the popular early Toby Paul Blackburnthe Cherry Bomb Kyle Hendricksand the most boring of boring Cal Quantrill against a tough squad in Houston. Blegh.
  • The streaming pick of the day falls onto JP Sears as he starts for the Yankees against the mediocre Orioles offense. I generally don’t go for starts like these, though Sears has strikeout ability, fanning 21 batters in his last three minor league games. He’s the pick solely because I don’t trust Aaron Ashby as a southpaw against the Padres + Reid Detmers is shaky without his slider, even if it’s the Rangers. There are better streams than this.

 

  • In the final tier, I wish it was a better situation for Ranger Suárezbut he doesn’t have his changeup and Atlanta crushes lefties. Be careful.
  • I wish I could be higher on Jakob Junisbut his slider has fallen off lately and he hasn’t flexed his filthy changeup since his first outing of the year. The Mets can bring a lot of heat in their bats and I’d sit this one out.

 

  • It’s a lovely matchup for Zach Thompsonbut he hasn’t had his hook all year. I don’t think his cutter/sinker approach is enough to warrant a start, even against Rockie Road.
  • I wouldn’t call myself a fan on relying on Rich Hill moving forward, especially against a White Sox team that performs far better against left-handers.

 

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.

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