Sit/Start Week 23: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 8/30-9/5

Lucas Zenobi scores every starting pitcher matchup for the week ahead.

Welcome back to Sit/Start, where every Saturday here at Pitcher List, we review all expected starting pitcher matchups for the week ahead.  I will be carrying over Max Freeze’s ranking system from last year.

There are three labels: StartMaybe, and Sit. Starts are sure-fire starts for those particular pitchers. This does not mean that they are incapable of having a bad outing, but I consider them more likely than not to have a good outing if they are designated as a Start.

However, the degree of confidence I have in a pitcher to have a strong outing is judged by their number in the tier. For example, I am much more confident that a Start-10 will have a good outing over a Start-7, even though I expect both to perform well.

The same goes for the other tiers. Maybes are starts that are a bit riskier, but depending on your league size or roster requirements, they may need to be used. A Start-10 is a pitcher who I believe will almost definitely have a strong outing, for example, Shane Bieber at the Detroit Tigers. A Sit-1 is a pitcher who under no circumstances you should consider starting.

A lot of tough matchups and fringy starters on the schedule this week. Take a look below, and see how your rotation shapes up this week. Feel free to question my rankings in the comments, and let’s discuss!


Monday – 8/30
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
8/30 MIN at DET Ober Maybe-4 Mize Sit-2
8/30 STL at CIN Lester Sit-1 Castillo Start-9
8/30 PHI at WSN Wheeler Start-10 Gray Maybe-6
8/30 BAL at TOR Ellis Sit-1 Ray Start-10
8/30 BOS at TBR Pivetta Sit-2 Rasmussen Maybe-5
8/30 COL at TEX Marquez Start-7 Latz Sit-1
8/30 NYY at LAA Kluber Maybe-4 Ohtani Maybe-6
8/30 SDP at ARI Johnson Sit-2 Gilbert Maybe-4
8/30 MIL at SFG Burnes Start-8 Cueto Maybe-4
8/30 ATL at LAD Smyly Sit-2 Urias Start-7
8/30 HOU at SEA Garcia Start-8 Flexen Sit-2


Tuesday – 8/31
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
8/31 CHC at MIN Steele Sit-3 Gant Sit-2
8/31 STL at CIN Mikolas Maybe-4 Gray Start-8
8/31 PHI at WSN Moore Sit-1 Corbin Sit-1
8/31 BAL at TOR Akin Sit-1 Ryu Maybe-5
8/31 MIA at NYM Cabrera Maybe-5 Walker Sit-3
8/31 BOS at TBR Sale Start-8 Yarbrough Sit-3
8/31 OAK at DET Irvin Maybe-5 Skubal Maybe-4
8/31 COL at TEX Gomber Start-8 Lyles Sit-1
8/31 PIT at CHW Wilson Maybe-4 Giolito Start-10
8/31 CLE at KCR Plesac Maybe-4 Singer Maybe-5
8/31 CHC at MIN Steele Sit-3 Gant Sit-2
8/31 NYY at LAA Taillon Maybe-4 Barria Sit-2
8/31 SDP at ARI Snell Maybe-6 Gallen Start-7
8/31 MIL at SFG Woodruff Start-9 Wood Maybe-6
8/31 ATL at LAD Morton Maybe-5 Buehler Start-8


Wednesday – 9/1
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
9/1 COL at TEX Freeland Maybe-5 Otto Sit-1
9/1 SDP at ARI Darvish Start-10 Widener Sit-1
9/1 HOU at SEA Odorizzi Maybe-4 Gilbert Maybe-4
9/1 STL at CIN Happ Sit-1 Miley Maybe-6
9/1 PHI at WSN Nola Start-9 Espino Sit-3
9/1 BAL at TOR Harvey Sit-1 Matz Maybe-6
9/1 NYY at LAA Cole Start-8 Quintana Sit-2
9/1 MIA at NYM Hernandez Maybe-6 Carrasco Maybe-6
9/1 BOS at TBR Rodriguez Maybe-5 McClanahan Maybe-6
9/1 OAK at DET Kaprielian Maybe-5 Peralta Sit-2
9/1 PIT at CHW Keller Sit-1 Rodon Start-10
9/1 CLE at KCR Hentges Sit-1 Minor Sit-1
9/1 CHC at MIN Davies Sit-1 Albers Sit-1
9/1 MIL at SFG Anderson Maybe-4 Gausman Start-8
9/1 ATL at LAD Fried Maybe-6 Scherzer Start-9


Thursday – 9/2
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
9/2 OAK at DET Manaea Start-7 Manning Sit-1
9/2 MIL at SFG Lauer Maybe-5 Webb Start-8
9/2 MIA at NYM Thompson Maybe-5 Hill Maybe-5
9/2 BOS at TBR Eovaldi Start-7 Patiño Sit-3
9/2 PIT at CHC Peters Sit-1 Thompson Sit-3
9/2 CLE at KCR Allen Sit-1 Keller Sit-3
9/2 ATL at COL Ynoa Maybe-5 Gray Maybe-5


Friday – 9/3
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
9/3 PIT at CHC Brault Maybe-4 Mills Maybe-5
9/3 NYM at WSN Stroman Start-8 Nolin Sit-1
9/3 BAL at NYY Means Maybe-5 Cortes Start-7
9/3 OAK at TOR Montas Start-7 Manoah Start-7
9/3 CLE at BOS Quantrill Maybe-5 Houck Start-8
9/3 DET at CIN Alexander Sit-2 Gutierrez Maybe-4
9/3 PHI at MIA Gibson Start-7 Alcantara Start-8
9/3 MIN at TBR Barnes Sit-1 Archer Sit-1
9/3 STL at MIL Wainwright Start-7 Houser Maybe-5
9/3 CHW at KCR Keuchel Maybe-4 Bubic Sit-1
9/3 ATL at COL Anderson Maybe-6 Senzatela Sit-3
9/3 TEX at LAA Allard Sit-2 Suarez Maybe-6
9/3 SEA at ARI Anderson Maybe-5 Bumgarner Maybe-4
9/3 LAD at SFG Price Maybe-6 DeSclafani Maybe-6
9/3 HOU at SDP Urquidy Maybe-6 Musgrove Maybe-6


Saturday – 9/4
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
9/4 NYM at WSN Megill Start-7 Fedde Maybe-4
9/4 BAL at NYY Watkins Sit-1 Montgomery Maybe-6
9/4 PIT at CHC Crowe Sit-1 Alzolay Maybe-6
9/4 OAK at TOR Blackburn Sit-1 Berrios Maybe-6
9/4 MIN at TBR Jax Sit-2 Rasmussen Maybe-5
9/4 CLE at BOS Morgan Sit-1 Pivetta Maybe-4
9/4 NYM at WSN Williams Maybe-4 Rodriguez Sit-1
9/4 PHI at MIA Suárez Start-8 Luzardo Sit-2
9/4 DET at CIN Boyd Sit-2 Mahle Start-8
9/4 STL at MIL Hyun Kim Maybe-5 Peralta Start-7
9/4 CHW at KCR Lynn Start-10 Hernandez Sit-3
9/4 SEA at ARI Gonzales Sit-3 Mejia Sit-1
9/4 ATL at COL Smyly Sit-2 Marquez Maybe-5
9/4 HOU at SDP Valdez Maybe-6 Stammen Sit-1
9/4 LAD at SFG Urias Start-7 Cueto Sit-2
9/4 TEX at LAA Hearn Sit-3 Ohtani Start-8


Sunday – 9/5
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
9/5 NYM at WSN Walker Sit-3 Gray Maybe-6
9/5 BAL at NYY Ellis Sit-1 Kluber Maybe-6
9/5 OAK at TOR Irvin Sit-3 Ray Start-8
9/5 CLE at BOS Plesac Sit-1 Sale Start-9
9/5 DET at CIN Mize Sit-2 Castillo Start-9
9/5 PHI at MIA Wheeler Start-10 Rogers Maybe-5
9/5 MIN at TBR Ober Maybe-4 Yarbrough Maybe-5
9/5 STL at MIL Lester Sit-1 Burnes Start-9
9/5 CHW at KCR Cease Start-8 Lynch Sit-2
9/5 PIT at CHC Wilson Maybe-5 Hendricks Start-8
9/5 ATL at COL Morton Start-7 Gomber Maybe-5
9/5 TEX at LAA Dunning Maybe-5 Barria Sit-3
9/5 SEA at ARI Flexen Maybe-5 Gilbert Maybe-5
9/5 HOU at SDP Greinke Maybe-6 Snell Sit-3
9/5 LAD at SFG Buehler Start-8 Wood Maybe-5


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Lucas Zenobi

Lucas Zenobi is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a life-long Pittsburgh Pirates fan. His other interests include film, music, and any and all things Pittsburgh.

One response to “Sit/Start Week 23: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 8/30-9/5”

  1. Trevor says:

    Thanks for the list! Would you still rank Kluber’s two-start week (two maybes) over Walker’s (two sits) knowing now that Kluber will have Heaney as a piggyback starter at least to begin?

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