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: 40-24
Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings
- The actual ranking list begins in the second stage. Alex Wood leads the way, having taken care of business last time, against it Rockie Street and gets another great matchup against the Royals. I would roll it out anywhere.
I want to believe Blake Snell still packs a punch and a date with the Cubs should mean success. I understand the trepidation given his early struggles, but that seems relatively safe with a high ceiling.To update: No it is Yu Darwish instead with Snell starting later in the week. Get Darvish in your lineups.
- I have trust Christian Javier is much better than we have seen lately. As long as he has either breaker control in the zone or increased fastball command, he should excel against Texas.
- I love the look of Ian Andersons Changeup right now and if it stays for the Nationals it will return dividends on manager confidence.
- in the third stage, Merrill Kelly seems like a safe bet in a replay against the Reds. Don’t expect the world, but this should help.
The streaming pick of the day is weird Johnny Cueto as he faces the tigers. He could hit six frames with ease and the Tigers aren’t the ones to worry about.To update: With Cueto, who threw over 70 pitches with relief on Sunday, Lance Lynn now starts for the White Sox on his return from the IL. I see it as one Still sick against the Tigers, even though they’re one of baseball’s weakest offenses — he was lit in his last rehab start and only hit 20 batters that outing.
- I’m thinking about it Brady Singer a coin toss that moves forward since it is a cherry bomb. I wouldn’t consider the Giants an elite offense right now, making this a decent play if you’re looking to play earlier in the week. To update: He’s now the streaming pick of the day with Lynn replacing Cueto.
- Speaking of gambling, mike minor was not productive in his first two starts of the season. However, we expect the rust to fully peel off at some point, and now that he has the Sneks under his belt a second time with more innings, it could be a positive evening.
- In the bottom row when you need to hunt strikes, of everyone
johnsmeans go for Josiah Gray or Mitch Keller. I think the floor is too risky to chase the reward but hey go for it. Can you do that too, Mitch? You’re welcome do you have the same slider as last time? thank you
- The only other arm of the actual consideration is Chris Flexen as he faces the twins. The man has previously been able to play more than 6 innings for a winning team, but these are the Twins and he’s in a rough patch. I would not do that.
Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings
Tomorrow’s pitcher rankings
- It’s a short top tier on Tuesday with Gerrit Cole, Max Fried, Dylan Cease and Logan Webb all clearly ahead. Don’t think twice, just do the damn thing.
- Some may not feel that way Chris Bassitt deserves a spot in the top flight given his recent struggles. It’s perfectly fair and I have no problem putting him in the second row. Personally, I think his skills are still intact and he’s worth the game against the Brewers. If you have it, start it.
- in the second stage, Sean Manaea, Miles Mikolas, and Nick Pivetta are all clear starts with their big matchups. Yes, I know how strange it is that we trust Pivetta, but hey, it’s the world we live in right now.
- It looks like joe ryan will hit the record for the twins on Tuesday when he returns from his COVID-IL stay. There’s a feeling there might be one Still sick outing, but I generally believe in Ryan’s abilities and think his ground isn’t too low here.
- Should Logan Gilbert be in the third division? I think his heating is still excellent and while the secondaries haven’t made the leap we were hoping for this season, he still plays strong in every game. The Twins are a strong team though, and I don’t blame you if you want to be a little conservative here.
- The streaming pick of the day is Zach Eflin as it only appears in 19% of leagues. Shocking I know. He’s been using his curveball a lot more over the past two weeks and he could be a big factor in this start against the Marlins…or he might not be doing enough and the bottom will show itself again. It’s not a lock but I would look for it if I could.
- In the third tier, I feel incredibly weirdly placed Shane Bieber at the top of questionable options, but he’s going to Coors in what might be his worst-case scenario. Bieber’s fastball is his biggest load at speeds below 91 mph and relies heavily on his slider to carve lineups. However, Coors’ biggest impact is reducing movement to breakers, which can mean Shane can’t get through like he normally does. I am anxious.
- It’s really hard to place Noah Syndergard Nowadays he has shown the ability to cruise through 6+ frames but has a penchant for disaster trips. Now it’s the Dodgers and that’s causing a lot more fear than I’d like.
- The rest of the third row isn’t pretty either. Jose Urquidy does not carry the depth of repertoire we envisioned for the off-season, Yusei Kikuchi doesn’t seem to be the outbreak arm we were hoping for and we’re not where we are Matthew Liberatore where we’re confident he can capitalize on a date with the pirates.
- Our backup streamer would be Zach Davis against the Cincinnati Reds since his vintage change has surfaced in his last few games. Hosting the Reds makes for a possible celebration in Arizona.
- I wish Trevor Rogers didn’t have to play the Phillies on Tuesday as he had excellent heating and a superb substitution in his last game. All that’s missing at this point is his slider, and he might survive this outing if he takes more steps towards redemption. However, it can be a bit too risky, so go for it.
- in the bottom row, Corey Kluber has a date with the mighty yankees and despite a few wins against them, it’s way too dangerous for me.
- In spite of Kyle Hendricks Looking at the right-handed weak Padres, the ground at this point is just too low to chase. I wouldn’t field Hendricks at all right now.
- The rest of the bottom row consists mostly of bad matchups for medium arms. I wouldn’t take any chances JT Brubaker or Dane reminder, I wouldn’t expect either Stephen Strasbourg suddenly throwing 93 mph after sitting back under 91 on his first start. Better streams later in the week.
Tomorrow’s pitcher rankings
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