Every day of the 2022 baseball season, I’ll be watching today’s and tomorrow’s scheduled starting pitchers and ranking their games for your fantasy baseball streams.
There’s a lot in there and you can hang out with me on Twitch.tv/pitcherlist to talk about specific ranks because I do them every weekday morning from 9-11am ET. If you have any questions about these ranks, please ask them during the morning Twitch AMA. These are my office hours as I generally do not respond to comments on the site.
There are four levels in these rankings with 12 teams in the lead:
Automatic start – Just do it. Don’t think too much about it, the man begins.
Probably start – I will probably start these weapons, although I recognize that there is more risk than we would like. Either it’s a tough game for a good pitcher or a weak lineup for a volatile arm.
Doubtful start – There are situations where I would take the risk, either with a strong enough advantage on the ability side, or a bad offense that a caster could take advantage of.
Do not start – The reward is not worth the risk. Don’t.
Obviously there will be circumstances where pitchers would have to move between teams for your specific situation and these new levels should act as a little more help than last year’s straight table.
Please keep in mind that streaming is far from a perfect game. In fact, if they work more than half the time, I would consider that a success. These rankings and streamer picks are going to be very different from the actual results throughout the year, so please have some sympathy ahead of the scathing comments and tweets. I’m only trying to help!
Be sure to read the notes if you wonder why I favor some pitchers over others – I won’t go to everyone and hopefully answer any questions you have.
There is a second table for tomorrow start pitcher clashes as well, helping everyone get a jump on their nighttime pick-ups. Please note that these matches are subject to change, however, and there will be be times when I have the wrong pitcher. Thank you for your future understanding.
Finally, there are my streaming picks of the day, and please keep in mind that I have to choose a streamer every day. Those highlighted in Green are second level and I would ride with them anywhere. The most common are those of Yellow in the third tier and should be decent if you are looking for Something on a given day. Finally, these are Red are the ones I really don’t want to start (they’re labeled as “Don’t Start”, after all) but have no other choice. Don’t stream these guys until you’re really desperate. A streaming pick is defined as “registered in 20% or fewer leagues”, which really highlights the fact that I would be happy if more than 50% of them worked. I could do the whole sub 30/40% list, but that’s no fun. You can use the leaderboards to figure out who those picks would be instead.
(Opening) – Indicates that a pitcher is open for that day and the indicated pitcher will follow the opener.
While I’m doing my ranking, I thought it would be helpful to present a chart of how we rank offences. Dave Swan makes a unbelievable job of showcasing future SP matchups every 2-3 weeks in this article, and I’ve chosen to use his offensive ranks to share with you all here:
Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings
I’m sure that will change over the course of the year + there are differences between teams versus LHP or RHP, but it’s a great overall picture that you should all keep in mind.
Alright, let’s go.
Broadcast record in 2022: 36-22
Ranking of today’s starting pitchers
- Not only do we have a handful of aces for Tuesday, but all of them have solid matchups and I don’t think there’s a lot of conflict here. Should make for a fun baseball Tuesday.
- Good, Yu Darvish fresh off a frustrating outing against the Cardinals and now has to endure the Mets at home. Start the man on every outing – he is who he is regardless of the opponent.
- On the second floor, Jameson Taillon has been cruise lately and even against the strong attack of the Twins, you should stick it in your lineups. It’s too wonderful as a groove.
- I hesitate a little for both Edward Cabrera and Jeffrey Springs for Tuesday, but if you have them, you start them. Cabrera had a wonderful change on his season debut, but will it hold? And Springs faces the scorching attack from the Cardinals as they destroyed the southpaws. It could be disappointing for both.
- In the third level, keep in mind that these options are all legitimately Questionable. It means someone like Konnor Pilkington, which I’m not the biggest fan of, becomes the best game in the tier and our streaming pick of the day. He’s coming off an eight-strikeout performance and with a great two-start week ahead, he could start on a high against the Rangers.
- I dig a little Graham Ashcraft with its cutters and sinkers over 97 mph, although I don’t know if its cursor will be able to find the zone for the second straight start. This gives a wide range of results, even if he takes on the Sneks.
- The other options are all… suspicious. Garret Whitlock fanned zero batters in his last start, Taijuan walker just isn’t the dependable arm you want it to be, Michael Kopech didn’t have his speed and gets the Dodgers, Bailey Ober faces the Yanks with no momentum on his side, and Dakota Hudson…Well, you know there’s a toss up every start.
- I was tempted to put Kyle Bradish, Jose Quintana, and even Michael White in the bottom of the doubtful departure also. Bradish and Quintana each face weak lineups (Quintana’s split of land is cool!) and White has a few dirty circuit breakers, but all of their floors are too low to risk the unlikely outcome of Excellence.
- The rest of the lower level is not pretty. You have Chris Flexon and cole irvin like a pair of Tobys who face strong offenses in the Astros and Atlanta. It’s not something I would consider for my listings.
- And even names you know like Reid Detmer and Ranger Suarez are not guys I would trust right now. Look elsewhere for your departures this week.
- Some are in love with Keegan Thompson and I want to throw it against the Orioles. Go for it if you care about me a lot, what do I know, personally I don’t think he does much and would limp into a productive start if it worked.
- And finally, maybe some are intrigued by a Joan Adon out against the Marlins. Personally, his cap just isn’t good enough, even against Miami’s mediocre crew.
Ranking of today’s starting pitchers
Ranking of tomorrow’s starting pitchers
- Fairly clear autostarts as usual here, with our boy Sandy Alcantara nestled in the nook which is the first place in the rows. Expect over 100 pitches and maybe yet another seven inning outing.
- Shohei Ohtani is stuck with another tough game after his disaster against the Yankees. I wouldn’t think too much about that — he has a bad history against New York — and I’d still start Ohtani against the Sawx.
- On the second level, I considered for a moment if Sean Manee was worthy of jumping into the next level. The Mets are a tough team, though, and I took it down a notch for that. Always worth starting.
- Despite his nightmare against the cardinals, you should still start Marcus Stroman against the Orioles next week. Erase the previous outing and anticipate a quality outing ahead.
- I know Alex Wood has yet to blossom with his extra speed this year, although a start against Rocky Mountain Road could be the release where he starts having his love this year.
- I placed Logan Gilbert bottom tier because I’m a little intimidated by the Astros, but ultimately if you have him on your team, you let him fly.
- At the third level, we have a lot of Toby arms get great matchups, including Merrill Kelly and Dan Dunning. I think you’re safe to start both, but there’s always a mediocre floor that gets them here.
- With Monday’s rain, Konnor Pilkington is pushed back to Wednesday, killing his week of two starts. Still, this start against Rangers is the bottom half of the first tier of starters among “questionable starts,” a crew likely better than most other third-tier options this week.
- This top half features our streaming pick of the day in Alex Faedo. He gets the lowly Pirates (even though they screwed up the Dodgers) and is armed with a mean slider. I would go after that.
- I have expressed my concerns about the legitimacy of Yusei Kikuchi pretty clear the last two weeks, but he’s getting Kansas City’s offense wrong and he should be relatively safe there.
- In the lower half of the level, I’m not sure what to do with it Jose Urquidy. He hasn’t been as effective in his four-pitch mix as we’ve seen in the past and the Mariners are a dangerous crew. Weigh your options here.
- Josiah Gray fresh from a game against the Reds and could repeat it against the Marlins. Beware though – Josiah could destroy your ratios in the blink of an eye.
- There are two final options here that I chose to keep in the third tier. Mike Miner just got back from IL and gets the Sneks, providing a decent opportunity for his secondaries to steal a productive outing. It looks like a draw.
- It is the same for Jordan Lyles against the Cubs. If he gets his slider and/or curve ball working, he could skate and provide dividends for bold managers.
- On the lower level, I don’t want to trust Brady Singer against the Jays. I’m afraid his slider/lead combo isn’t quite enough and he’s getting punished a little too often.
- I’m far from trusting Mitch Keller, even though he goes against one of the toughest offenses out there. Even Detroit won’t bring me back.
- I recognize that Corey Kluber just had success against the Yankees, but the Cardinals are as hot as any team right now. It’s not worth the shot.
- I’m super curious about what we see from Jared Koenig making his MLB debut on Wednesday. I’m not starting the debut, so he’s in the bottom group (and he’s a southpaw against Atlanta!), but keep an eye out for him.
Ranking of tomorrow’s starting pitchers
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