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: 37-22
Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings
- Pretty clear auto start as usual here with our boy Sandy Alcantara Nestled in the corner which is the first place in the rows. Expect 100+ pitches and possibly yet another seven-inning foray.
Shhei Ohtani is stuck in another tough matchup after his disaster against the Yankees. I wouldn’t reconsider – he has a bad history against New York – and I would still start Ohtani against the Sawx.To update: Looks like Ohtani got pushed back a day and Reid Detmers Goes today. Don’t start with Reid.
- In the second row, I thought for a moment about whether Sean Manaea was it worth getting promoted to the top league. The Mets are a tough squad, though, and I brought him down a grade for it. Still very worthwhile to start with.
- Despite his nightmare you should still start against the Cardinals Markus Stroman against the Orioles next week. Leave the previous outing behind and look forward to a quality start.
- I know Alex Wood hasn’t blossomed yet with its extra speed this year, but a start against it Rockie Street could be the outing where he starts getting his love this year.
- I placed Logan Gilbert on the lower end of the tier as the Astros intimidates me a bit but ultimately if you have him in your roster let him fly.
- In the third stage we have quite a lot Tobi Weapons that get great matchups including Merrill Kelly and Dane reminder. I think you can both start safely, but there’s still some mediocre ground that brings them here.
With the rain on Monday Konnor Pilkington is moved to Wednesday, killing its two-start week. Still, this start against Rangers is the bottom half of the top-ranking starters among “questionable starts,” a side likely better than most other third-tier options this week.To update: It actually is Shane Bieber today Pilkington tomorrow. Start Bieber, of course.
- This top half features our streaming picks of the day Alex Faedo. He gets the lowly pirates (even if they messed up the Dodgers) and is armed with an evil slider. I would go after that.
- I have voiced my concerns about legitimacy Yusei Kikuchi pretty clear the last two weeks, but he’s getting 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 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. Consider your options here.
- Josiah Gray just came off a high strikeout game against the Reds and could do it again against the Marlins. Be careful though – Josiah could destroy your odds in no time.
- There are two final options here that I’ve decided to stick with in the third tier. mike minor just returned from the IL and gets the sneks, giving his secondaries a good opportunity to steal a productive outing. It feels like a coin toss.
- The same applies Jordan Lyles against the Cubs. If his slider and/or curveball works, he could be paying dividends through skating and bold managers.
- In the bottom row I don’t want to trust Brady Singer against the Jays. I’m concerned that his slider/sinker combo isn’t quite enough and he’s being penalized a little too often.
- I am far from trusting Mitch Keller, even if he’s up against one of the toughest offenses out there. Not even Detroit pulls me back.
- I recognize that Corey Kluber just made it against the Yankees, but the Cardinals are as hot as any team out there right now. It is not worth.
- I’m super excited to see what we’ll see there Jared King made his MLB debut on Wednesday. I don’t start debuts so he’s in the bottom league (and he’s a southpaw against Atlanta!) but keep an eye out for him.
Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings
Tomorrow’s pitcher rankings
- Check out the aces at the top of the ranks on Tuesday. Corbin Burtnes and Gerrit Kohl but are obviously #1 and #2 Max Fried at #3 can be a little jarring. However, Shane McClanahan has a much tougher matchup and Fried’s bottom against the Pirates earns him the Bronze rank.
- At the bottom of the level are Shhei Ohtani and Dylan stops. Ohtani is stuck in another tough matchup after his disaster against the Yankees. I wouldn’t reconsider – he has a bad history against New York – and I would still start Ohtani against the Sawx.
- As for Dylan stops I know the Dodgers are scary, but Cease is way too high to bench here. Take the chance, make it possible – h*ck, Michael Kopech finally rose on Tuesday evening.
- I can see some starting automatically as well Nick Pivetta against the fighting angels and I don’t blame you. I think I’m a little lukewarm about how long this run will last for Pivetta and put him on the second row. It seems a tad too fragile to me.
- Also in the second row is Tyler Anderson, who’s on a damn good roll himself. The White Sox are better against lefties and I’m skeptical his move can consistently pick up double-digit puffs, but hey, things are cool.
- Like us, you can find the streaming selection of the day in the third row at last see Konnor Pilkington Pitch this week as he now gets track and field on Thursday. He looked great against the Royals last time out and this change could make it another fun day at the park.
- We have a lot of starts that could go either way in the third division. Tyler Mahle houses the sneks, Zach Eflin could have his curveball one more time Miles Nicholas is a Tobi faced with a struggling Rays crew, and who knows if this is the start Trevor Rogers at last get it started.
- We also have the return of Stephen Strasbourg on Thursday as he faces the Marlins. He faced 20 batters in his last rehab start, meaning he could go 5+ strong here. I am careful and label this a Still sick, but there’s a good chance he’ll pull through.
- The final two arms of the third stage are decent coin tosses if you need help. James Kaprielian is certified Tobi against the mediocre guardians. Don’t rule it out.
- Then there are the fleeting coffee cakes, JT Brubaker. Atlanta is bad against righties, making for a start where Brubaker’s breakers (Brubreakers?) excel at a productive stream.
- The bottom tier doesn’t involve much intrigue. In spite of Zach Davis Having had his best change recently, I still don’t want to take the risk on his floor in HR-heavy Cincinnati.
- And last, Bruce Zimmerman gets a nice matchup against the Royals, but he hasn’t come through with his switch or slider lately. I would wait until later in the season to be more confident about a start.
Tomorrow’s pitcher rankings
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