Ranking All of Today’s And Tomorrow’s SP Matchups – 4/15 & 4/16

Nick Pollack ranks every starting pitcher matchup for today's and tomorrow's games.

Here are your morning rankings for today’s starting pitcher options.

It’s not perfect and will be far from the actual results at the end of the day, though it should give guidance for those questioning who to slot into your lineup on a given day.

Note: I’ve made a change moving forward to this daily article. I’ll now be including a second table for tomorrow’s starting pitcher matchups as well, helping everyone get a jump on their nightly pickups. Please note that these matchups are subject to change, though, and there will be times when I have the incorrect pitcher going. I thank you for your future understanding.

Pitchers highlighted in yellow = Possible streaming options.

FS = False Starter where there is an assumed opener actually starting the game.

Red = Postponed.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Rank Pitcher Matchup
1 Trevor Bauer @ SEA
2 Noah Syndergaard @ PHI
3 Aaron Nola vs. NYM
4 Clayton Kershaw vs. CIN
5 Luis Castillo @ LAD
6 Yusei Kikuchi vs. CLE
7 Yu Darvish @ MIA
8 Jon Gray @ SD
9 Joey Lucchesi vs. COL
10 Trevor Richards vs. CHC
11 Matt Shoemaker @ MIN
12 Freddy Peralta vs. STL
13 Martin Perez vs. TOR
14 Heath Fillmyer @ CHW
15 Dakota Hudson @ MIL
16 Shelby Miller vs. LAA
17 Ervin Santana vs. KC
18 Hector Velazquez vs. BAL
19 Matt Harvey @ TEX
20 Dan Straily @ BOS


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Rank Pitcher Matchup
1 Stephen Strasburg vs. SF
2 Tyler Glasnow vs. BAL
3 Matthew Boyd vs. PIT
4 Robbie Ray @ ATL
5 Shane Bieber @ SEA
6 Jack Flaherty @ MIL
7 Joe Musgrove @ DET
8 James Paxton vs. BOS
9 Chris Sale @ NYY
10 Jon Gray @ SD
11 Max Fried vs. ARI
12 Jose Quintana @ MIA
13 Collin McHugh @ OAK
14 Mike Minor vs. LAA
15 Kyle Gibson vs. TOR
16 Kenta Maeda vs. CIN
17 Aaron Sanchez @ MIN
18 Steven Matz @ PHI
19 Brandon Woodruff vs. STL
20 Nick Pivetta vs. NYM
21 Pablo Lopez vs. CHC
22 Frankie Montas vs. HOU
23 Dereck Rodriguez @ WSH
24 Nick Margevicius vs. COL
25 Mike Leake vs. CLE
26 Jorge Lopez @ CHW
27 Tyler Mahle @ LAD
28 Reynaldo Lopez vs. KC
29 Dylan Bundy @ TB
30 Matt Harvey @ TEX

(Photo by Samuel Stringer/Icon Sportswire)

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

13 responses to “Ranking All of Today’s And Tomorrow’s SP Matchups – 4/15 & 4/16”

  1. A- says:

    Start one
    Kikuchi vs CLE
    Flaherty @ MIL

  2. Frankie says:

    I have a hard time trusting Pivetta over Montas, despite the tough HOU matchup. I call it PTSD, Pivetta Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    • Nick Pollack says:

      It’s a risky play either way, I figured I’d go with the higher strikeout upside in Pivetta.

      I’d bench both in 12-teamers though.

  3. Wes G. says:

    Thoughts on Trevor Cahill if he gets the start over Harvey? My opponent has 16 projected starts this week compared to my 8. Pitching cats: Wins, QS, Ks, ERA, WHIP, Saves and Holds. Thanks

    • Nick Pollack says:

      Not the worst play out there, though if you’re that overmatched in volume, I’d focus on ensuring you nail down WHIP/ERA. You may find yourself losing all of it if you just throw everything at it.

  4. Jay says:

    Didn’t see Lucchessi vs. Hoffman on 4/15 ranking.

  5. Mike says:

    Just a heads up you’ve got both Jon Gray and Matt Harvey pitching both days.

  6. Sean says:

    Hey Nick, I think this is an awesome list. Do y’all have any feelings on tiering this out like you do “The List?”

    • theKraken says:

      Curious what that would accomplish. They are already ordered – don’t know what arbitrary tiers would do. Whether you start any of them is completely based on your league’s settings.

      • Sean says:

        One of the few daily articles I like on ESPN gives an estimated Gamescore to each of that days’ pitchers. The great part is they have them ordered 1-?, but that Gamescore gives you an idea of if it’s a strong slate of pitchers.

        Sometimes that dropoff between the guy at 4 and 5 on a given day is rather large. On other days the 13th ranked pitcher could be as good as the 5th on a weak day. I feel like tiers would help distinguish confidence level to supplement the rank. Or at least some extra information that shows why they’re ranked the way they are.

        • Nick Pollack says:

          Hey Sean, thanks for the feedback!

          I’m trying to avoid the full on sit/start approach and want to give more of a guiding hand for those debating between a few options.

          I have hesitation saying flat out “don’t start” since some days you have no choice but to start those guys.

          I’ll think about this. It wouldn’t be much work to add another column of “Start” “Maybe” “Sit”, but again, I’m not sure if that’s what we want.

  7. theKraken says:

    Skipping Thor today and might regret it. Limited to 7 GS. W, QS and Ks rule and I don’t love the matchup. I would greatly prefer Nola here. Should be a fun game to watch for sure.

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