Sit/Start Week 21: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 8/26-9/1

Max Freeze covers and scores every starting pitcher matchup from 1 to 10 for the week ahead.

Welcome to Sit/Start where, every Saturday (Sunday this week) 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-10. Meanwhile, David Hess 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 21 start from 8/26 to 9/1:

Note: These matchups are subject to change.

Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
8/26 ATL vs COL Teheran Sit-3 Melville Sit-1
8/26 OAK vs KCR Bailey Maybe-4 Keller Start-7
8/26 CIN vs MIA Gray Start-9 Smith Start-7
8/26 STL vs MIL Wainwright Sit-3 Gonzalez Maybe-5
8/26 PIT vs PHI Musgrove Sit-3 Vargas Maybe-6
8/26 LAD vs SDP May Start-7 Lauer Maybe-4
8/26 NYY vs SEA Happ Maybe-4 Milone Sit-3
8/26 ARI vs SFG Young Start-7 Beede Sit-3
TUESDAY – 8/27
8/27 MIN vs CHW Pineda Start-7 Giolito Start-8
8/27 BOS vs COL Porcello Sit-2 Marquez Maybe-4
8/27 CLE vs DET Plutko Start-7 Turnbull Maybe-4
8/27 TBR vs HOU Morton Start-7 Verlander Start-9
8/27 OAK vs KCR Fiers Start-8 Montgomery Start-7
8/27 TEX vs LAA Minor Start-7 Heaney Start-7
8/27 CIN vs MIA Castillo Start-9 Alcantara Maybe-4
8/27 STL vs MIL Mikolas Maybe-4 Houser Maybe-6
8/27 CHC vs NYM Darvish Start-7 Stroman Maybe-6
8/27 PIT vs PHI Brault Sit-2 Smyly Sit-3
8/27 LAD vs SDP Buehler Start-9 Quantrill Maybe-6
8/27 NYY vs SEA Tanaka Maybe-5 Kikuchi Sit-3
8/27 ARI vs SFG Leake Start-7 Rodriguez Sit-3
8/27 ATL vs TOR Soroka Start-7 Waguespack Maybe-5
8/27 BAL vs WSH Brooks Sit-3 Corbin Start-8
8/28 MIN vs CHW Odorizzi Start-7 Detwiler? Sit-2
8/28 BOS vs COL Rodriguez Maybe-4 Lambert Sit-1
8/28 CLE vs DET Civale Start-7 Norris Sit-3
8/28 TBR vs HOU Yarbrough Maybe-5 Cole Start-9
8/28 OAK vs KCR Roark Start-7 Junis Maybe-6
8/28 TEX vs LAA Jurado Sit-2 Sandoval Maybe-5
8/28 CIN vs MIA DeSclafani Start-7 Noesi Sit-3
8/28 STL vs MIL Flaherty Start-8 Lyles Maybe-5
8/28 CHC vs NYM Hendricks Maybe-5 Syndergaard Start-8
8/28 PIT vs PHI Keller Sit-3 Velasquez Maybe-4
8/28 LAD vs SDP Maeda Start-8 Paddack Start-7
8/28 NYY vs SEA Paxton Start-7 Sheffield Sit-2
8/28 ATL vs TOR Foltynewicz Maybe-6 Thornton Sit-3
8/28 BAL vs WSH Wojciechowski Sit-3 Scherzer Start-8
8/29 LAD vs ARI Ryu Start-7 Kelly Sit-3
8/29 MIN vs CHW Berrios Start-7 Cease Maybe-5
8/29 PIT vs COL Williams Sit-2 Gonzalez Sit-2
8/29 CLE vs DET Plesac Start-7 Zimmermann Sit-3
8/29 TBR vs HOU Richards Sit-3 Greinke Start-7
8/29 OAK vs KCR Bassitt Start-7 Sparkman Sit-2
8/29 CIN vs MIA Wood Start-7 Yamamoto Sit-3
8/29 CHC vs NYM Lester Maybe-5 deGrom Start-9
8/29 SDP vs SFG Lamet Start-7 Samardzija Start-7
8/29 SEA vs TEX Hernandez Sit-3 Lynn Start-7
FRIDAY – 8/30
8/30 LAD vs ARI Kershaw Start-9 Gallen Maybe-6
8/30 CHW vs ATL Nova Sit-3 Fried Start-8
8/30 MIL vs CHC Anderson Maybe-5 Quintana Start-7
8/30 PIT vs COL ??? ???
8/30 MIN vs DET Gibson Start-7 VerHagen Sit-3
8/30 BAL vs KCR Means Maybe-4 Skoglund Sit-3
8/30 BOS vs LAA Eovaldi Maybe-4 Peters Sit-3
8/30 OAK vs NYY Anderson Sit-2 Sabathia Maybe-5
8/30 NYM vs PHI Wheeler Start-7 Nola Start-8
8/30 SDP vs SFG Lucchesi Start-7 Bumgarner Start-9
8/30 CIN vs STL Bauer Start-8 Hudson Maybe-6
8/30 CLE vs TBR Clevinger Start-8 Pruitt? Maybe-5
8/30 SEA vs TEX Gonzales Maybe-5 Allard Maybe-4
8/30 HOU vs TOR Miley Maybe-6 Buchholz Sit-2
8/30 MIA vs WSH Hernandez Sit-2 Sanchez Start-7
8/31 LAD vs ARI May Maybe-6 Ray? Maybe-5
8/31 CHW vs ATL Lopez Sit-3 Keuchel Start-8
8/31 MIL vs CHC Davies Sit-3 Hamels Start-7
8/31 PIT vs COL Musgrove Sit-3 Melville Sit-1
8/31 MIN vs DET Perez Start-7 Jackson Sit-1
8/31 BAL vs KCR Bundy Start-7 Keller Start-7
8/31 BOS vs LAA Johnson Maybe-4 Barria Sit-2
8/31 OAK vs NYY Bailey Sit-3 German Start-7
8/31 NYM vs PHI Matz Maybe-6 Eflin Maybe-4
8/31 SDP vs SFG Lauer Start-7 Webb Start-7
8/31 CIN vs STL Gray Start-8 Wacha Maybe-4
8/31 CIN vs STL ??? Wainwright Maybe-5
8/31 CLE vs TBR Bieber Start-8 Beeks Sit-3
8/31 SEA vs TEX Milone Sit-2 Burke Sit-3
8/31 HOU vs TOR Valdez/Urquidy Maybe-4 Font? Sit-2
8/31 MIA vs WSH Smith Maybe-5 Ross Maybe-6
9/1 LAD vs ARI Buehler Start-9 Young Sit-3
9/1 CHW vs ATL Giolito Start-8 Teheran Start-7
9/1 MIL vs CHC Gonzalez Maybe-4 Darvish Start-8
9/1 PIT vs COL Brault Sit-2 Marquez Start-7
9/1 MIN vs DET Pineda Start-7 Boyd Start-7
9/1 BAL vs KCR Brooks Maybe-4 Montgomery Start-7
9/1 BOS vs LAA Porcello Maybe-4 Heaney Maybe-6
9/1 OAK vs NYY Fiers Maybe-6 Happ Maybe-5
9/1 NYM vs PHI Stroman Maybe-5 Vargas Maybe-4
9/1 SDP vs SFG Quantrill Start-7 Beede Sit-3
9/1 CIN vs STL Castillo Start-8 Mikolas Maybe-5
9/1 CLE vs TBR Plutko Sit-3 Morton Start-8
9/1 SEA vs TEX Kikuchi Sit-3 Minor Start-7
9/1 HOU vs TOR Verlander Start-9 Waguespack Sit-3
9/1 MIA vs WSH Alcantara Sit-3 Strasburg Start-9

Graphic by Michael Haas (@digitalHaas on Twitter)

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.

2 responses to “Sit/Start Week 21: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 8/26-9/1”

  1. Derek says:

    This is my first time checking out this post in a few months.. great job on the updates! So much easier to use and comprehensive

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