Each day of the 2022 baseball season, I will look at today’s and tomorrow’s list of scheduled pitchers and rank their matchups for your fantasy baseball streams.
There’s a lot that goes into it and you can hang out with me on Twitch.tv/pitcherlist to talk about the specific pitches I do every weekday morning from 9am to 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 tiers to this ranking for 12 teamers:
Auto start – Just do it. Don’t think about it, start with the man.
Probably beginning – I’ll probably start with these weapons, although I recognize the risk is greater than we would like. It’s either a tough matchup for a good pitcher or a weak lineup for a fugitive arm.
Questionable start – There are situations where I would take the risk, either with a strong enough advantage on the skill side or a bad offense for a pitcher to exploit.
Don’t start – The reward is not worth the risk. Do not do it.
Obviously, there will be circumstances where pitchers should rotate between teams specific to your situation, and these new tiers should provide 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 exercise more than half the time, I would call it a success. These matchup rankings and streamer picks will vary wildly from actual results throughout the year, so please excuse the scathing comments and tweets. I’m just trying to help!
Be sure to read the notes if you’re wondering why I choose certain pitchers over others – I won’t go into all of them and hopefully answer any questions you may have.
There is a second table for tomorrow is Also, start pitcher matchups and help everyone use their nightly pickups. Please note, however, these matchups are subject to change will let’s be where I’ve got the wrong pitcher running. Thank you for your future understanding.
Finally, there are my streaming picks of the day, and please keep that in mind I am forced to choose a streamer every day. Those highlighted in it Green are in the second row and I would roll with them anywhere. The most common are those in Yellow in the third tier and should be decent if you’re looking some on a specific day. After all, these are Red is that me Yes, really don’t want to start (after all, they’re marked “Do Not Start”) but have no choice. Don’t stream these guys until you’re really desperate. A streaming pick is defined as “listed in 20% or fewer leagues,” meaning Yes, really stresses that I would be happy if over 50% of these worked. I could do the whole sub 30/40% lineup, but it’s no fun. You can instead use the rankings to see who those picks would be.
(NC contact) – Outlines that a pitcher will be opened for the day and the listed pitcher follows the opener.
As I do my rankings, I thought it would be helpful to present a table showing how we rank offenses. Dave Swan makes one unbelievable Task to feature future SP matches every 2-3 weeks in this article and I decided to use his Offensive ranks to share them with all of you here:
Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings
I’m sure it will change throughout the year + there are differences between teams and LHP or RHP but it’s a great general chart to keep in mind for all of you.
Alright, let’s get to that.
Streamer record 2022: 38-23
Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings
- We have a nice selection of games on Friday, although many face some tough matchups in the first tier. I’m still starting Pablo Lopez, Walker Buehler, Luis Castillo and Zack Gallen even with the tough offenses in front of them.
- I decided to raise Jose Berrios above some of those names that gave his matchup against the Tigers – it’s the Tigers and Berríos who just fanned thirteen. you have to do it
- In the second tier, I see some who want both Triston McKenzie and Aaron Ashby promoted to the top league. McKenzie comes off a shaky outing against Detroit and makes it easy riskier than I would like.
- As for Aaron Ashby, I’m certainly starting him anywhere, although he hasn’t reached a high enough level to become a Tier 1 game yet. I reckon he’ll be there soon enough.
- I also see that others want to push Luis Garcia into the major league and he faces the Marlins. I’m not incredibly confident in Garcia’s approach of 93/94 mph heaters with a decent cutter… and not much else. It’s good, just not “you gotta start this guy” good.
- We have a fun matchup in the same tier with Roansy Contreras and Spencer Strider square. I’m starting them both and hoping for the best, favoring Strider a touch more given the lineup and his pitch count up to 87 the last time he started.
- in the third stage, Paul Blackburn and Kyle Gibson are both Tobis against mediocre opponents. It should go their way, but there is still a lower floor than I would like these guys to be.
- On the other side of Tobi spectrum are Marco Gonzales and
Michael Lorenz,where I feel a little safer but have a harder hill to climb. you make yourself here To update: It is Jonathan Diaz instead, and that is a lucid sitting.
- Our streaming pick of the day is Devin Schmelzer as he faces the rays. Tampa Bay has not been a force to be reckoned with this season and Smeltzer has shown he can hit 5+ strong frames.
- I can imagine that some dare Chad Cool as he faces the Padres with their fights against right-handers. I can see Kuhl’s slider doing damage against San Diego, but with the slider gone things could get ugly.
- It looks like Tylor Megil returns Friday (SWEET!) and he threw 3.2 frames and hit just 14 batters in his minor league start in rehab. I wouldn’t expect more than five frames here, which lowers its ceiling enough to make you wonder if it’s worth it Still sick Excursion.
- are at the bottom of the line Glen Otto and rich hill. They are significantly lower than the other two in this tier, although they have a decent chance of making it work. However, I would generally avoid these launches.
- There isn’t much to do in the bottom row. Maybe Davis Martin got his best start trying to get comfortable in the White Sox rotation, or maybe Bruce Zimmerman actually pumped his slider and changeup against the royals.
- I am a little fascinated by Jonathan Heasley against the shrugging Orioles. He increased his speed to 95 mph last time out and if it stays that way a second time, it could propel him to a strong six-inning performance as he threw more than 100 pitches last time out. Easily the best desperate game if that’s what you’re looking for.
Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings
Tomorrow’s pitcher rankings
- Here is to hope Kevin Gausman Rebounds against a weak Detroit team to fully justify his first place in this ranking. He should, but hey, you never know.
- With Zack Wheeler If he gets off the paternity list, I wonder if the extra break will allow him to pump 97 mph against the sneks…or if he’ll have a touch of rust. It’s too high a ceiling Not However, place him 2nd in the ranks.
- Look, we all have our concerns about how long Martin Perez will perform at that level, but you just can’t bench him right now. Drive it until the wall arrives.
- I had some trouble figuring out the order Framber Valdez and Eric Lauer as both face mediocre NL East offenses. Just start both, K? Cool.
- in the second stage, MacKenzie Gore a nice dish is served Rockie Street, making a strong game for a Saturday, and the same goes for teammates Mike Clevinger while the Padres prepare for a doubleheader.
- It wasn’t a fun start by the standards of Coors last time out, though Charlie Morton had his best curveball and is now up against the pirates. It seems like this is the launch you’ve been waiting for all year.
- I’m thrilled to watch Shane Baz and potential Clayton Kershaw (Saturday or Sunday for TATIAG) are returning from their IL assignments this weekend. Both of these make me wonder how many innings they’ll field (about 4+ frames for each in their rehab spree), and given the tough lineups, it’s probably best to hold off for now. But Baz had ten strikeouts when he started rehab…
- And because it’s the questionable starting level, I feel uncomfortable starting it George Kirby against the Red Sox. His four sailer gives him the chance to be successful every night and let’s hope he’s there against Boston’s tough thugs.
- I wish I was more confident Hunter Greenes Fastball command and it feels like one cherry bomb Action against the cardinals. Much luck.
- He’s in the roster in more than 40% of leagues, to my surprise, although this might be the first start I’d seriously consider Zach Plesac as he faces athletics. His slider has been way better in the last three starts while his switch has netted a TON of strikes in that time. Seriously, I think it’s 26/28 strikes in his two outings alone. Wild.
- On the bottom row we have our super reluctant streaming picks of the day Ryan Feltner, who has shown increased speed and has recently been flirting at 95 mph. Now, not only is he leaving Coors, he’s up against a San Diego team that can’t beat right-handers. It’s the best moment to stream Feltner…if you will ever stream Feltner. I keep my fingers crossed.
- Eventually I can see some going after people like Matt Swarmer, Zach Thompson, Tyler Wells, and Daniel Lynch. However, Swarmer faces a dangerous Yankee crew, Thompson doesn’t have his curveball, and Wells and Lynch’s floors outweigh potential success even against weak lineups.
Tomorrow’s pitcher rankings
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