Sit/Start Week 18: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 8/5-8/11

Max Freeze analyzes and rates every starting pitcher matchup for the week ahead.

Welcome to Sit/Start where, every Saturday here at Pitcher List, I review all expected starting pitcher matchups for the week ahead. There are three labels: StartMaybe, and Sit. Outings marked with a Maybe are dependent on your needs in a standard 5×5 Wins 12-teamer, while the other two are self-explanatory. I’ve recently changed the ranking system to make designations a little clearer. Here’s an overview. A few months ago, I implemented a scoring system (1-10) next to each designation. A score of 10 is a top-tier start option and a score of 1 is a bottom-of-the-barrel option. Here are the labels: Start 7-10, Maybe 4-6, and Sit 1-3. For example, Max Scherzer at home against the Marlins would look like this: Start-10Meanwhile, Ivan Nova against the Yankees in New York would have this designation Sit-1.

You’ll notice a few question marks next to some of the names. These are either probable starters who have not been confirmed or are situations where the team will use the bullpen to fill innings. As with the past several Sit/Start articles, spots in the rotation where a potential opener may be used will be listed as Opener/potential long man. Feel free to question my designations in the comments, and we’ll dive into it together.

Here’s the massive table containing every Week 18 start from 8/5 to 8/11:

Note: These matchups are subject to change.

Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
8/5 PHI vs ARI Velasquez Maybe-6 Leake Maybe-5
8/5 NYY vs BAL Tanaka Maybe-6 Means Sit-2
8/5 KCR vs BOS Montgomery Sit-1 Porcello Maybe-6
8/5 OAK vs CHC Bassitt Maybe-6 Hendricks Start-8
8/5 LAA vs CIN Canning Start-7 Castillo Start-9
8/5 TEX vs CLE Jurado Sit-3 Civale Maybe-4
8/5 CHW vs DET Giolito Start-9 VerHagen Sit-3
8/5 STL vs LAD Wacha Sit-1 Gonsolin Sit-3
8/5 ATL vs MIN Soroka Start-7 Berrios Start-8
8/5 MIA vs NYM Alcantara Sit-3 deGrom Start-10
8/5 MIA vs NYM Chen? Sit-2 ????
8/5 MIL vs PIT Lyles Maybe-5 Agrazal Sit-3
8/5 WSH vs SFG Fedde Maybe-5 Samardzija Maybe-6
8/5 TOR vs TBR Waguespack Sit-2 Morton Start-9
Tuesday – 8/6
8/6 PHI vs ARI Arrieta Maybe-6 Gallen Start-7
8/6 NYY vs BAL Opener/Cortes? Maybe-4 Wojciechowski Sit-3
8/6 KCR vs BOS Junis Sit-2 Cashner Maybe-6
8/6 OAK vs CHC Anderson Sit-3 Lester Start-7
8/6 LAA vs CIN Suarez Sit-3 DeSclafani Start-7
8/6 TEX vs CLE Minor Maybe-6 Plesac Maybe-4
8/6 CHW vs DET Cease Start-7 Norris Maybe-5
8/6 CHW vs DET Nova Maybe-4 ????
8/6 COL vs HOU Marquez Start-7 Greinke Start-8
8/6 STL vs LAD Mikolas Sit-3 Kershaw Start-9
8/6 ATL vs MIN Fried Maybe-5 Pineda Maybe-6
8/6 MIA vs NYM ???? Wheeler Start-9
8/6 MIL vs PIT Anderson Start-7 Williams Maybe-6
8/6 SDP vs SEA Lamet Maybe-5 LeBlanc Maybe-4
8/6 WSH vs SFG Sanchez Start-7 Rodriguez Sit-2
8/6 TOR vs TBR Thornton Sit-2 Yarbrough Start-7
Wednesday 8/7
8/7 PHI vs ARI Vargas Maybe-5 Young Maybe-6
8/7 NYY vs BAL Paxton Start-7 Brooks Sit-1
8/7 KCR vs BOS Sparkman Sit-2 Rodriguez Start-8
8/7 OAK vs CHC Bailey Sit-2 Quintana Maybe-5
8/7 TEX vs CLE Lynn Start-7 Clevinger Start-9
8/7 CHW vs DET Detwiler Sit-2 Alexander Sit-3
8/7 COL vs HOU Lambert Sit-2 Cole Start-10
8/7 STL vs LAD Flaherty Start-7 May Maybe-4
8/7 ATL vs MIN Gausman Sit-3 Perez Maybe-5
8/7 MIA vs NYM Yamamoto Maybe-4 Matz Start-7
8/7 MIL vs PIT Davies Maybe-5 Archer Maybe-4
8/7 SDP vs SEA Lucchesi Maybe-6 Kikuchi Sit-3
8/7 WSH vs SFG Ross Sit-3 Anderson Sit-3
8/7 TOR vs TBR Font/Kingham? Sit-3 McKay Maybe-6
Thursday – 8/8
8/8 LAA vs BOS Peters Sit-1 Sale Start-9
8/8 CHC vs CIN Hamels Start-7 Wood Maybe-5
8/8 KCR vs DET Duffy Start-7 Boyd Start-9
8/8 ATL vs MIA Keuchel Start-8 Hernandez Maybe-5
8/8 CLE vs MIN Plutko Sit-2 Gibson Maybe-6
8/8 COL vs SDP Gray Start-7 Lauer Sit-3
8/8 PHI vs SFG Nola Start-9 Bumgarner Start-8
8/8 NYY vs TOR German Start-7 Pannone Sit-2
Friday – 8/9
8/9 HOU vs BAL Miley Start-7 Bundy Sit-2
8/9 LAA vs BOS Pena Sit-2 Price Start-8
8/9 OAK vs CHW Fiers Start-7 Lopez Maybe-5
8/9 CHC vs CIN Darvish Start-7 Bauer Start-8
8/9 KCR vs DET Keller Start-7 Zimmermann Maybe-4
8/9 ARI vs LAD Ray Maybe-6 Buehler Start-9
8/9 ATL vs MIA Teheran Start-7 Smith Start-7
8/9 TEX vs MIL Sampson Sit-2 Gonzalez Sit-3
8/9 CLE vs MIN Bieber Start-8 Odorizzi Start-7
8/9 WSH vs NYM Strasburg Start-9 Stroman Maybe-6
8/9 COL vs SDP Freeland Sit-3 Quantrill Start-7
8/9 TBR vs SEA Opener/Beeks Maybe-4 Gonzales Maybe-4
8/9 PHI vs SFG Smyly Maybe-6 Beede Maybe-5
8/9 PIT vs STL Musgrove Maybe-6 Hudson Sit-3
8/9 NYY vs TOR Happ Sit-3 Reid-Foley Sit-2
Saturday – 8/10
8/10 HOU vs BAL Sanchez Sit-3 Eshelman Sit-1
8/10 LAA vs BOS Barria Sit-1 Porcello Maybe-4
8/10 OAK vs CHW Roark Maybe-5 Giolito Start-8
8/10 CHC vs CIN Hendricks Start-7 Gray Start-7
8/10 KCR vs DET Montgomery Maybe-6 VerHagen Sit-3
8/10 ARI vs LAD Kelly Sit-3 Maeda Start-7
8/10 ATL vs MIA Soroka Start-8 Alcantara Sit-3
8/10 TEX vs MIL Payano Sit-1 Houser Sit-2
8/10 CLE vs MIN Civale Sit-3 Berrios Start-8
8/10 WSH vs NYM Corbin Start-9 Syndergaard Start-8
8/10 COL vs SDP ???? Paddack Start-9
8/10 TBR vs SEA Chirinos Start-7 Wisler Sit-2
8/10 PHI vs SFG Velasquez Start-7 Samardzija Maybe-6
8/10 PIT vs STL ???? Wainwright Maybe-5
8/10 NYY vs TOR Tanaka Start-7 Waguespack Sit-2
Sunday – 8/11
8/11 HOU vs BAL Verlander Start-9 Means Sit-3
8/11 LAA vs BOS Canning Maybe-4 Cashner Maybe-5
8/11 OAK vs CHW Bassitt Start-7 Cease Start-7
8/11 CHC vs CIN Lester Maybe-6 Castillo Start-8
8/11 KCR vs DET Junis Maybe-6 Norris Maybe-5
8/11 ARI vs LAD Leake Sit-3 Gonsolin Maybe-4
8/11 ATL vs MIA Fried Start-8 ????
8/11 TEX vs MIL Jurado Sit-2 Lyles Sit-3
8/11 CLE vs MIN Plesac Maybe-4 Pineda Start-7
8/11 WSH vs NYM Fedde Sit-3 deGrom Start-9
8/11 COL vs SDP Marquez Start-8 Lamet Start-7
8/11 TBR vs SEA Morton Start-8 LeBlanc Sit-2
8/11 PHI vs SFG Arrieta Start-7 ????
8/11 PIT vs STL Agrazal Sit-3 Wacha Sit-3
8/11 NYY vs TOR Opener/Cortes? Sit-3 Thornton Sit-2

Max Freeze

Max is the founder of the FreezeStats Blog and currently writes for PitcherList and FantasyPros. Max is a lifelong Cubs fan who used to pretend he was Andre Dawson while hitting rocks in his backyard as a kid.

7 responses to “Sit/Start Week 18: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 8/5-8/11”

  1. WheelhouseWreck says:

    Hey Max. Some pitchers have rather extreme home/road splits. Are these accounted for in your assessment? I have to ask because the games aren’t listed indicating who is home/road

    • Max Freeze says:

      Hey WheelhouseWreck, yes, I do account for home/road splits but typically in extreme cases. For example, Kyle Hendricks and Joey Lucchesi have been great at home but not so much on the road. The first team listed in the away pitcher and the second is the home team. It really should read @ rather than vs, so whichever pitcher is listed second is at home. Does that answer your question? Thanks for checking it out!

  2. Neal says:

    Thoughts about Odorizzi vs Atl today?

  3. Kevin says:

    Looking like Turnbull is returning today at home vs. the White Sox. Any confidence in streaming him?

    • Kevin says:

      Also if he goes today he could factor in to the weekend series at home vs. KC. Thinking the KC game is not a terrible start, but a bit wearier about the White Sox.

  4. Y U DO DIS? says:

    Why don’t you update the starters as the week progresses? For instance, Clevinger is starting tomorrow vs. the Twins, not Plutko.

    Rotoballer does a better job of this and remains the #1 go-to list for starting pitchers.

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