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 make my rankings, I thought it would be helpful to present a table showing how we rank crimes:
Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings (Updated 08/16)
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: 72-56
Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings
- It’s hard to deny Shhei Ohtani the top spot in Sunday’s rankings with a date against the Tigers. We’re sorry sandy alcantara, but the Dodgers were to have a far tougher time.
- Brandon Woodruff, Dylan Cease, and Luis Castillo are also easy starts, but Alex Manoah against the Yankees is a slightly tougher call. His slider hasn’t been missing any bats lately … but the Yankees are in massive offensive funk, too. Start the man.
- in the second stage, Merrill Kelly and Jose Quintana duel and everyone has earned your trust to rule more than 5 production frames. What wild times we live in.
- Charlie Morton and Nestor Cortes have tougher matchups but did enough on Sunday to earn your trust.
- With it’s a bit more difficult Jose Urquidy & joe ryan and I tend to start them both. Urquidy effectively used his entire repertoire last time out, while a matchup for Ryan against Rangers creates a higher level for his four-boat to dominate.
- I almost bet Sean Manaea also in the second division, but he was terribly disappointing despite facing poor lineups, particularly his fastball, which fell to 89 mph so far. I worry he doesn’t have enough to enjoy Natty Lite.
- After throwing a brilliant hook against the Tigers, you should feel good about starting Aaron Civale against the White Sox. He goes in the same bucket as Zack Greinke against the rays and even Kyle Gibson against the Mets – Gibson’s slider was ridiculous last time out.
- Our streaming pick of the day is Justin Steele as he faces the Brewers. His slider was amazing and while the Brewers are tougher than the Nationals, Steele is my go-to for performing well on low rosters.
- It was nice age since we’ve seen Eduardo Rodriguez and he’s performed well (including a spotless inning!) in his rehab starts in preparation for Sunday’s return to the Bigs. He’s stretched out far enough that I think he can do well against the Angels.
It is unclear whether Taijuan Walker starts Sunday for the Mets as he will only start if he is “100%” with his back problem. I would generally avoid this one and run it in the Do Not Start stage. If it’s not Walker, we could see a Mets bullpen game when their backup starters throw in Saturday’s doubleheader.To update: Walker is officially out today and it’s unclear who will leave for the Mets. avoid it
- Further down the bottom row, I know JP Sears has done well in his two starts for athletics but I’m very concerned that we’ve seen what his skills can bring out the most. I wouldn’t field him against the Mariners.
- The matchup of Dean Kremer vs. Nick Pivetta is a difficult decision on a desperate Sunday. I’m declining Kremer and Orioles Magic to carry him, but there’s a chance Pivetta is his best self and flying ahead.
- Unfortunately, I wouldn’t touch anything else. The duel of Zach Thompson vs. Mike Minor is sure to leave a bad taste in the mouth of any trusted manager, and everything else below has little to no track record this year.
Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings
Tomorrow’s pitcher rankings
- It is a short Monday table with Max Scherzer and Julio Urías by far the best games for Monday’s games as the only two AGA teams.
- Jordan Montgomery and Edward Cabrera slide into the premier league as a pitching pair with excellent rolls against poor offense. It’s hard to deny both of them a spot in your Monday lineups against the Cubs and Athletics.
- The top of the second row goes on Jeffrey Springs against the angels. I like his transformation lately and his command is at a point where it should be fruitful for his fantasy managers.
- Michael Kopech could survive against the Astros and as long as he’s going over 95mph and pumping strikes he should be fine against the Royals.
- Rule out the second stage Sonny Grey and Noah Syndergard. Gray had his curveballs back on the last start and I have my fingers crossed that I have a feeling it will stay that way for the foreseeable future while Syndergaard is one Tobi Type grants the gift of the reds on the street.
- The start of the third stage is Jake Odorizzi as our streaming pick of the day. He hasn’t been quite as sharp as we would like in his last two starts but the Pirates are a welcome change and give a solid chance to win.
- I almost went Drew Smyly instead of Odorizzi when he gets a date with the Cardinals. Ultimately, he has a tougher chance of winning either The bear against him and the cardinals are a tougher team to contend with. That means as long as the hook stays low and he can ramp up his heating, Smyly could excel again.
- There are also Roansy Contreras to consider after earning double-digit puffs with his slider on his return from the minors. However, he is riskier than the other two as he is a bit of a gambler cherry bomb at the moment. It may be wise to sit this out and wait for the next one against the Brewers.
- in the bottom row, Eric Lauer just had a date with the dodgers that he barely got off unscathed, and now he’s being tasked with doing it again. At least he had his 94-mile heater last time and he could build on that, but I wouldn’t take the chance.
- Domingo German and Daniel Lynch are also interesting options, although Domingo has yet to find a proper groove and now faces a tough Mets offense. Meanwhile, Lynch hasn’t clicked with his slider and fourseamer and the White Sox are a little better against southpaws.
- I can see some perks Adam Oller or Tucker Davidson against a few flimsy offenses on Monday, and I’m not ruling them out entirely. However, their ceilings are limited – that’s ERA games over about five frames – and with floors that low, the wheel doesn’t spin well.
Tomorrow’s pitcher rankings
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