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Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings – 6/7 & 6/8

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: 36-22

 

Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

 

  • Not only do we have a handful of aces for Tuesday, but all have solid matchups and I don’t think there’s much contention here. Should make for a fun Tuesday of baseball.
  • Fine, Yu Darvish is fresh off a frustrating outing against the Cardinals and now has to endure the Mets at home. Start the man each outing – he’s who he is regardless of the opponent.

 

  • In the second tier, Jameson Taillon has been cruising lately and even against the strong Twins offense, you should stick him in your lineups. It’s too wonderful of a groove.
  • I’m a little hesitant about both Edward Cabrera and Jeffrey Springs for Tuesday, but if you have them, you’re starting them. Cabrera had a marvelous changeup is his season debut, but will it stick? And Springs faces the red hot Cardinals offense as they have destroyed southpaws. It could be disappointing for both.

 

  • In the third tier, keep in mind that these options are all legitimately Questionable. It means someone like Konnor Pilkingtonwho I’m not the largest fan of, becomes the top play of the tier and our streaming pick of the day. He’s fresh off an eight strikeout performance and with a great two-start week ahead, he could begin on a right note against the Rangers.
  • I kinda dig Graham Ashcraft with his 97+ mph cutters and sinkers, though I don’t know if his slider will be able to find the zone for the second straight start. It makes for a wide range of outcomes, even if he’s facing the Sneks.

 

  • The other options are all…suspect. Garrett Whitlock fanned zero batters in his last start, Taijuan Walker is simply not the dependable arm you want him to be, Michael Kopech didn’t have his velocity and gets the Dodgers, Bailey Ober faces the Yanks without momentum on his side, and Dakota Hudsonwell you know he’s a toss up each start.
  • I was tempted to put Kyle Bradish, José Quintanaand even Mitch White into the bottom of the Questionable start as well. Bradish and Quintana each face weak lineups (Quintana’s pitch separation is cool!) and White has some filthy breakers, but all of their floors are too low to chance the unlikely outcome of excellence.

 

  • The rest of the bottom tier isn’t pretty. You have Chris Flexen and Cole Irvin as a pair of Tobywho face strong offenses in the Astros and Atlanta. Not something I’d consider for my rosters.
  • And even names you know like Reid Detmers and Ranger Suárez aren’t guys I’d be trusting at the moment. Look elsewhere for your starts this week.

 

  • Some are enamored with Keegan Thompson and want to start him against the Orioles. Go for it if you feel strongly about me, what do I know, I personally don’t think he does a whole lot and would limp into a productive start if it works out.
  • And finally, maybe some are intrigued with a Joan Adon outing against the Marlins. Personally, his ceiling simply isn’t enough, even against the mediocre Miami crew.

 

Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

 

  • Pretty clear auto-starts per usual here, with our boy Sandy Alcantara nestling into the nook that is the first spot on the ranks. Expect 100+ pitches and possibly yet another seven-inning outing.
  • Shohei Ohtani is stuck with another tough matchup after his disaster against the Yankees. I wouldn’t overthink this – he has a poor history against New York – and I’d still start Ohtani against the Sawx.

 

  • In the second tier, I did consider a moment if Sean Manaea was worthy of jumping into the top tier. The Mets are a tough squad, though, and I brought him down a notch for it. Still very worth your start.
  • Despite his nightmare against the Cardinals, you should still be starting Marcus Stroman against the Orioles next week. Brush off the previous outing and anticipate a Quality Start ahead.

 

  • I know Alex Wood hasn’t blossomed with his extra velocity quite yet this year, though a start against Rockie Road could be the outing where he begins to get his love this year.
  • I placed Logan Gilbert at the bottom of the tier as I’m a bit intimidated by the Astros, but ultimately if you have him on your squad, you’re letting him fly.

 

  • In the third tier, we have a whole lot of Toby arms getting great matchups, including Merrill Kelly and Dane DunningI think you’re safe starting both, but there’s still a mediocre floor that brings them down here.
  • With Monday’s rainout, Konnor Pilkington gets pushed to Wednesday, killing his two-start week. Still, this start against the Rangers is the bottom half of the top tier of starters among the “Questionable Starts”, a crew likely better than most other Third Tier options this week.

 

  • That top half includes our streaming pick of the day in Alex FaedoHe gets the lowly Pirates (even if they messed up the Dodgers) and is armed with a wicked slider. I’d go after this.
  • I’ve made my concerns about the legitimacy of Yusei Kikuchi pretty clear over the last two weeks, but he does get the poor Kansas City offense and he should be relatively safe there.

 

  • In the bottom half of the tier, I’m not quite sure what to do with José UrquidyHe hasn’t been as effective across his four-pitch mix as we’ve seen in the past and the Mariners are a dangerous crew. Weigh your options here.
  • Josiah Gray is fresh off a high strikeout game against the Reds and could repeat it against the Marlins. Be wary, though – Josiah could destroy your ratios in a heartbeat.

 

  • There are two final options here I elected to keep in the third tier. Mike Minor just returned from the IL and gets the Sneks, making a decent opportunity for his secondaries to steal a productive outing. It feels like a coin flip.
  • The same goes for Jordan Lyles against the Cubs. If he has his slider and/or curveball working, he could skate through and provide dividends to bold managers.

 

  • In the bottom tier, I don’t want to trust Brady Singer against the Jays. I’m worried his slider/sinker combo isn’t quite enough and he’ll get punished a bit too frequently.
  • I’m far past trusting Mitch Kellereven if he’s going against one of the most struggling offenses out there. Not even Detroit will pull me back in.

 

  • I recognize that Corey Kluber just pulled it off against the Yankees, but the Cardinals are as hot as any team out there at the moment. It’s not worth it.
  • I’m super curious what we see from Jared Koenig making his MLB debut on Wednesday. I don’t start debuts so he’s in the bottom tier (and he’s a southpaw against Atlanta!), but keep an eye out for him.

 

Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


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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.

  • Andrew Frank says:

    I don’t get the Keegan Thompson hate. High GB%, sure that ERA is unsustainable but all the predictor stats have him in the low 3s. Pitching against a below AVG lineup in a good pitchers park. Don’t get it Nick!

  • Jack says:

    Ian Anderson is gonna kill it, because I dropped him 2 or 3 starts ago.

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