Sit/Start Opening Weekend: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 3/28 – 3/31

Here's a giant table of every starting pitcher matchup for opening weekend, telling you which pitchers should get in your lineup or stick on your bench.

Every Sunday here at Pitcher List, we review all expected starting pitcher matchups for the week ahead. This week is a little different with just the opening weekend featured today and an expanded article for next week arriving over the weekend.

There are three labels: StartMaybe, and Sit. Outings marked with a Maybe are circumstantial and dependent on your needs in a 12-teamer, while the other two are self-explanatory. Feel free to question my designations in the comments and we’ll dive into it together.

Here’s the massive table containing every opening weekend start from 3/28 – 3/31:

Note: These matchups are subject to change.

Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
3/28 PIT vs CIN Taillon Start Castillo Start
3/28 CHW vs KCR Rodon Maybe Keller Maybe
3/28 ARI vs LAD Greinke Start Ryu Start
3/28 COL vs MIA Freeland Start Urena Bench
3/28 STL vs MIL Mikolas Start Chacin Maybe
3/28 CLE vs MIN Kluber Start Berrios Start
3/28 BAL vs NYY Cashner Bench Tanaka Start
3/28 LAA vs OAK Cahill Maybe Fiers Bench
3/28 ATL vs PHI Teheran Bench Nola Start
3/28 SFG vs SDP Bumgarner Start Lauer Bench
3/28 BOS vs SEA Sale Start Gonzales Bench
3/28 HOU vs TBR Verlander Start Snell Start
3/28 CHC vs TEX Lester Start Minor Maybe
3/28 DET vs TOR Zimmermann Bench Stroman Bench
3/28 NYM vs WSH deGrom Start Scherzer Start
3/29 ARI vs LAD Ray Start Stripling Start
3/29 COL vs MIA Marquez Start Richards Maybe
3/29 STL vs MIL Flaherty Start Peralta Bench
3/29 LAA vs OAK Harvey Bench Estrada Bench
3/29 SFG vs SDP Samardzija Start Lucchesi Start
3/29 BOS vs SEA Eovaldi Start Kikuchi Start
3/29 HOU vs TBR Cole Start Morton Start
3/29 DET vs TOR Boyd Start Shoemaker Bench
3/30 PIT vs CIN Williams Maybe Gray Start
3/30 CHW vs KCR Lopez Start Junis Maybe
3/30 ARI vs LAD Godley Bench Maeda Start
3/30 COL vs MIA Anderson Bench Lopez Start
3/30 STL vs MIL Hudson Bench Woodruff Start
3/30 CLE vs MIN Bauer Start Odorizzi Bench
3/30 BAL vs NYY Karns Bench Paxton Start
3/30 LAA vs OAK Pena Bench Anderson Bench
3/30 ATL vs PHI Wilson Maybe Pivetta Start
3/30 SFG vs SDP Holland Start Strahm Start
3/30 BOS vs SEA Rodriguez Start Leake Bench
3/30 HOU vs TBR McHugh Start Glasnow Maybe
3/30 CHC vs TEX Darvish Start Volquez Bench
3/30 DET vs TOR Turnbull Maybe Sanchez Maybe
3/30 NYM vs WSH Syndergaard Start Strasburg Start
3/31 PIT vs CIN Musgrove Start Roark Maybe
3/31 CHW vs KCR Giolito Bench Lopez Bench
3/31 ARI vs LAD Weaver Start Buehler Start
3/31 COL vs MIA Gray Start Alcantara Bench
3/31 STL vs MIL Wacha Start Burnes Start
3/31 CLE vs MIN Carrasco Start Pineda Maybe
3/31 BAL vs NYY Bundy Bench Happ Start
3/31 LAA vs OAK Skaggs Start Montas Bench
3/31 ATL vs PHI Wright Maybe Arrieta Start
3/31 SFG vs SDP Rodriguez Maybe Paddack Start
3/31 BOS vs SEA Porcello Start LeBlanc Bench
3/31 HOU vs TBR Miley Maybe Opener? Bench
3/31 CHC vs TEX Hamels Start Lynn Bench
3/31 DET vs TOR Moore Bench Thornton Bench
3/31 NYM vs WSH Wheeler Start Corbin Start

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.

11 responses to “Sit/Start Opening Weekend: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 3/28 – 3/31”

  1. Perfect Game says:

    Like this table. Was really helpful last year.

    Freeland question – Fangraphs and other sources project Freeland’s ERA to be north of 4.00 and WHIP 1.25 or higher. You mentioned you moved him up in your rankings due to an increase in velo and slider usage this spring? Where do you conservatively see his ratios this year?

    • Nick Pollack says:

      Hey man!

      I think projections often overlook a pitcher’s craft and how they are able to induce poor contact at a consistent basis.

      I’m not seeing a 4.00 ERA from Freeland…nor a sub 3.00 mark. A 3.50 with a 1.20 WHIP and 23% strikeout rate (as he raises his cutter/slider usage + showcases improved velocity) seem very reasonable to me.

      • Perfect Game says:

        That’s good enough for me. Drop Stripling for him? I currently have Clevinger, Flaherty, Buehler, Marquez, Stripling and Strahm. It’s a 10-team standard roto that uses QS instead of W.

  2. John says:

    If your league had a cap on the number of pitcher starts each week, how would you handle Kikuchi? It sounds like the Mariners will occsionally limit him to one inning, in an effort to keep him fresh all season. What isn’t known is how often that will happen, and burning a start on a guy who lasts one inning could be pretty costly in a weekly game.

    “The whole key with Yusei is to get him through the entire season healthy,” manager Scott Servais said. “I can’t tell you if it’ll be the fourth start or fifth start or sixth start or seventh start. I don’t know when exactly, but it’s definitely something we want to stay on.”

    • Sean says:

      I’m in a league with 12 starts/week and if I had him (I don’t in that one but do in a roto-league) I’d almost certainly sit him for that ‘start’. The counter could be to find out who’s coming in for him in relief and getting those innings (though my league is a QS league so that doesn’t help me)

      • John says:

        I should have mentioned my league is a QS league too. I can see it being a total nightmare, unfortunately.

  3. Kevin says:

    Is Strahm slated to start the Monday game instead of Sat? Thought I saw something on mlb.com about the skipper lining up Strahm for Monday.

  4. Stephen says:

    Pivetta vs. ATL or Ryu vs. Arizona (QS not wins)

  5. GR says:

    Got a chance to get Glasnow for Marwin Gonzalez. How much do you believe in him taking a big step forward in 2019?

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