Expected SP Schedules: Who Has the Best Matchups in Weeks 19-20

EVERY starter on EVERY team broken down!

Sorry for the blip in the schedule, but the Expected SP Schedules are back to help you navigate down the stretch run of the season. As a reminder, we break down every MLB team’s starting rotation for the next few weeks to help you plan the back end of your pitching rotation. This tool is beneficial if you’re looking for streamers or flexing fringe starters in and out of your lineup.

Before we delve into the teams, below are our matchup rankings. These match those in Nick Pollack’s SP Steamers for consistency. If you disagree, that’s your prerogative! They are meant to be a loose guide. The most important thing is to pay attention to the matchups.

Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings (Updated 7/25)

Here’s a key for a few terms you may encounter below:

(OFF) means the team has an off-day before they play that team. 

(DH) indicates a doubleheader that day.

SPOT STARTER should be obvious, but it means this pitcher will only start once.

??? represents a rotational spot that is unclear, and the notes will explain options.

Above all else, please remember that schedules change often! The grids below represent our best estimate at the time of publishing, but players get hurt, come back from the IL, get sent down or called up, or get an extra day of rest all the time. Use this as a guide and double-check a player’s status before making roster changes.


  • Not a great upcoming schedule for Cleveland’s starters outside of the matchups with Detroit.


Colorado Rockies


Rockies’ Expected Schedule
  • Note: The Rockies are taxed one tier anytime they are home. Hence, different shades for games vs. ARI and CHW.
  • If you are desperate for a streamer, Peter Lambert, Kyle Freeland, and Chris Flexen have decent schedules in two of their next three starts.


Detroit Tigers


Tigers’ Expected Schedule
  • It looks like Detroit will give a spot start to someone on Wednesday to give their starters an extra day of rest. The most likely candidate is Alex Faedo, who the club optioned to Triple-A a few weeks ago.


Houston Astros


Astros’ Expected Schedule
  • It’s doubtful any of these guys are available on the waiver wire except for perhaps José Urquidy, who just came off the IL.


Kansas City Royals


Royals’ Expected Schedule
  • Cole Ragans pitched well in his first two starts with Kansas City, but it’s best to avoid him this week.


Los Angeles Angels


Angels’ Expected Schedule
  • Shohei Ohtani left his last start early due to cramping but is expected to take his next turn.


Los Angeles Dodgers


Dodgers’ Expected Schedule
  • Clayton Kershaw is expected back soon, probably Thursday. The exact timing is still TBD; thus, the schedule could shift.


Miami Marlins


Marlins’ Expected Schedule
  • Eury Pérez is expected to be recalled for Monday’s game. If someone dropped him in your league, go get him.


Milwaukee Brewers


Brewers’ Expected Schedule
  • Brandon Woodruff is finally back, though his schedule after his next start isn’t particularly friendly.


Minnesota Twins


Twins’ Expected Schedule
  • The schedule is pretty favorable for the Twins over the next few weeks if any of their pitchers are on your waiver wire. However, if you are considering Dallas Keuchel, maybe you should reconsider.


New York Mets


Mets’ Expected Schedule
  • The Mets recalled Tylor Megill after the trade deadline, and he’ll likely slot into the rotation somewhere, though it hasn’t been announced yet. In addition, the club has a doubleheader against Atlanta on Saturday. They could ask someone like José Butto to make a spot start but don’t necessarily need to due to the off day on Thursday.


New York Yankees


Yankees’ Expected Schedule
  • The Bombers’ schedule looked set, with Nestor Cortes back and Domingo Germán on the restricted list, but Carlos Rodón left Sunday’s start early with hamstring tightness. He’s scheduled for an MRI on Monday.


Oakland Athletics


A’s Expected Schedule
  • Paul Blackburn and Luis Medina are short-term streaming options in deeper leagues, as they have pretty favorable matchups ahead.


Philadelphia Phillies


Phillies’ Expected Schedule
  • With several off days in August, it will be interesting to see if the Phillies stick with a six-man rotation. Ranger Suárez and Cristopher Sánchez are the most likely to get bumped should they return to a five-man rotation.


Pittsburgh Pirates


Pirates’ Expected Schedule
  • The upcoming schedule isn’t very promising if you are considering streaming any Pirates.


San Diego Padres


Padres’ Expected Schedule
  • Michael Wacha should come off the IL within the next two weeks and slot in here somewhere. Most likely, Nick Martinez will head back to the pen.


San Francisco Giants


Giants’ Expected Schedule
  • There is no green on the Giants’ upcoming slate.


Seattle Mariners


Mariners’ Expected Schedule
  • After this week, the schedule looks pretty good for the Mariners’ starters outside of the three games at Houston.
  • Update: Woo was placed on the IL and Emerson Hancock takes his spot in the rotation.


St. Louis Cardinals


Cardinals’ Expected Schedule


Tampa Bay Rays


Rays’ Expected Schedule
  • Tyler Glasnow was a late scratch on Sunday due to back spasms, so his availability this week is questionable.


Texas Rangers


Rangers’ Expected Schedule


Toronto Blue Jays


Blue Jays’ Expected Schedule
  • Will the Jays stick with a six-man rotation with four more off days in August?


Washington Nationals


Nationals’ Expected Schedule
  • There’s not much to get excited about with the Nats’ schedule except perhaps streaming Josiah Gray against Oakland.

Scott Youngson

Scott is a SoCal native who, after two decades of fighting L.A. traffic, decided to turn his passion for fantasy sports into a blog - the now-defunct Fantasy Mutant. He currently writes for FantasyPros and Pitcher List and will vehemently defend the validity of the Dodgers' 60-game season championship.

One response to “Expected SP Schedules: Who Has the Best Matchups in Weeks 19-20”

  1. Leron says:

    So thrilled to see this come back! Thank you!

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