Sit/Start Week 5: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 4/26-5/2

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.

It has been interesting to see how many new names appear here week after week. It makes my job and your job more difficult to figure out who is worth taking a shot on and who isn’t. 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 – 4/26
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
4/26 KCR at DET Keller Sit-2 Turnbull Maybe-4
4/26 MIN at CLE Berrios Start-9 Plesac Maybe-5
4/26 NYY at BAL Kluber Sit-2 Zimmermann Sit-1
4/26 OAK at TBR Manaea Start-7 Hill Sit-1
4/26 CHC at ATL Davies Sit-1 Morton Start-8
4/26 MIA at MIL Rogers Start-9 Burnes Start-10
4/26 PHI at STL Wheeler Maybe-6 Wainwright Maybe-4
4/26 LAA at TEX Ohtani Maybe-6 Lyles Sit-1
4/26 SEA at HOU Sheffield Sit-2 Urquidy Maybe-5
4/26 COL at SFG Gomber Sit-1 DeSclafani Maybe-6
4/26 CIN at LAD Mahle Start-7 Urias Start-7


Tuesday – 4/27
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
4/27 MIN at CLE Maeda Maybe-6 Civale Maybe-5
4/27 KCR at PIT Junis Start-7 Anderson Maybe-6
4/27 NYY at BAL German Sit-1 Kremer Sit-3
4/27 WSN at TOR Scherzer Start-9 Stripling Sit-1
4/27 BOS at NYM Richards Sit-1 Peterson Sit-2
4/27 OAK at TBR Montas Maybe-4 Wacha Sit-2
4/27 CHC at ATL Williams Sit-2 Anderson Start-7
4/27 MIA at MIL Castano Sit-1 Houser Maybe-4
4/27 PHI at STL Eflin Maybe-6 Martinez Sit-2
4/27 LAA at TEX Quintana Start-7 Foltynewicz Sit-1
4/27 SEA at HOU Gonzales Sit-1 Javier Start-7
4/27 DET at CHW Urena Sit-2 Rodon Start-7
4/27 SDP at ARI Paddack Maybe-6 Kelly Sit-1
4/27 COL at SFG Chi Gonzalez Sit-2 Sanchez Maybe-4
4/27 CIN at LAD Hoffman Sit-1 Buehler Start-7


Wednesday – 4/28
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
4/28 MIN at CLE Happ Sit-1 Allen Sit-2
4/28 MIA at MIL Alcantara Start-9 Anderson Sit-1
4/28 CIN at LAD Gray Maybe-5 Kershaw Start-7
4/28 KCR at PIT Minor Sit-1 Keller Sit-1
4/28 BOS at NYM Pivetta Sit-1 deGrom Start-9
4/28 NYY at BAL Montgomery Sit-3 Lopez Sit-2
4/28 WSN at TOR Fedde Sit-3 Matz Maybe-6
4/28 OAK at TBR Irvin Sit-2 Glasnow Start-8
4/28 CHC at ATL Hendricks Sit-3 Ynoa Maybe-5
4/28 PHI at STL Moore Sit-1 Oviedo Sit-2
4/28 LAA at TEX Cobb Start-7 Dunning Maybe-6
4/28 SEA at HOU Dunn Sit-1 Greinke Start-7
4/28 DET at CHW Mize Sit-2 Lynn Start-10
4/28 SDP at ARI Weathers Sit-2 Widener Sit-2
4/28 COL at SFG Marquez Maybe-6 Wood Maybe-5


Thursday – 4/29
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
4/29 NYY at BAL Cole Start-10 Means Maybe-6
4/29 OAK at TBR Bassitt Sit-2 Yarbrough Sit-3
4/29 PHI at STL Nola Start-9 Hyun Kim Sit-1
4/29 SEA at HOU Kikuchi Maybe-4 Odorizzi Sit-2
4/29 CHC at ATL Alzolay Sit-2 Smyly Maybe-4
4/29 LAD at MIL Bauer Start-9 Peralta Start-7
4/29 BOS at TEX Perez Sit-1 Gibson Maybe-4
4/29 DET at CHW Boyd Sit-3 Cease Maybe-4
4/29 COL at ARI Senzatela Sit-1 Weaver Maybe-4


Friday – 4/30
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
4/30 STL at PIT Gant Sit-2 Brubaker Sit-3
4/30 NYM at PHI Lucchesi Sit-2 Anderson Sit-1
4/30 DET at NYY Fulmer Maybe-5 Taillon Maybe-5
4/30 MIA at WSN Lopez Start-8 Lester Sit-1
4/30 ATL at TOR Fried Sit-3 Ray Sit-1
4/30 HOU at TBR McCullers Maybe-6 Fleming Sit-1
4/30 CHC at CIN Arrieta Sit-1 Miley Maybe-4
4/30 BOS at TEX Eovaldi Start-9 Arihara Maybe-4
4/30 CLE at CHW Bieber Start-9 Keuchel Sit-3
4/30 KCR at MIN Singer Maybe-5 Pineda Maybe-5
4/30 LAD at MIL May Start-8 Woodruff Start-8
4/30 BAL at OAK Harvey Sit-2 Luzardo Maybe-4
4/30 COL at ARI Gray Maybe-4 Bumgarner Sit-1
4/30 LAA at SEA Heaney Start-7 Flexen Maybe-4
4/30 SFG at SDP Gausman Maybe-4 Darvish Start-9


Saturday – 5/1
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
5/1 MIA at WSN Rogers Start-8 Ross Sit-1
5/1 DET at NYY Turnbull Sit-2 Kluber Sit-2
5/1 KCR at MIN Duffy Maybe-5 Shoemaker Sit-1
5/1 CLE at CHW McKenzie Sit-3 Giolito Start-8
5/1 BAL at OAK Zimmermann Sit-1 Manaea Start-7
5/1 HOU at TBR Urquidy Maybe-4 Hill Sit-1
5/1 CHC at CIN Davies Sit-1 Castillo Maybe-6
5/1 NYM at PHI Stroman Start-7 Wheeler Start-7
5/1 STL at PIT Flaherty Start-8 Cahill Maybe-4
5/1 BOS at TEX Rodriguez Start-7 Lyles Sit-1
5/1 ATL at TOR Morton Start-8 Ryu Start-8
5/1 LAD at MIL Urias Start-8 Burnes Start-8
5/1 COL at ARI Gomber Sit-1 Gallen Start-8
5/1 SFG at SDP Webb Sit-2 Snell Start-8
5/1 LAA at SEA Canning Maybe-4 Margevicius Sit-1


Sunday – 5/2
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
5/2 DET at NYY Urena Sit-2 German Sit-1
5/2 STL at PIT Wainwright Maybe-4 Kuhl Sit-1
5/2 MIA at WSN Castano Sit-1 Corbin Sit-1
5/2 ATL at TOR Anderson Start-8 Stripling Sit-1
5/2 CHC at CIN Williams Sit-2 Mahle Start-8
5/2 HOU at TBR Javier Maybe-6 Wacha Sit-1
5/2 KCR at MIN Keller Sit-1 Berrios Start-9
5/2 LAD at MIL Buehler Start-8 Houser Sit-1
5/2 CLE at CHW Plesac Maybe-4 Rodon Start-7
5/2 BOS at TEX Richards Sit-1 Foltynewicz Sit-1
5/2 BAL at OAK Kremer Sit-2 Montas Maybe-5
5/2 LAA at SEA Bundy Start-8 Sheffield Sit-1
5/2 COL at ARI Chi Gonzalez Sit-1 Kelly Sit-1
5/2 SFG at SDP DeSclafani Maybe-5 Musgrove Start-10
5/2 NYM at PHI Walker Maybe-5 Eflin Maybe-6

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.

5 responses to “Sit/Start Week 5: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 4/26-5/2”

  1. Jason says:

    Love this feature but could you guys please include first and last name? Thanks!

  2. Johnathan Rocket says:

    Why the pessimism on Weathers? He’s looked great in his 2 starts vs. the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks aren’t necessarily a formidable opponent? Also a high likelihood of a W.

  3. Dan says:

    I have to know your thoughts on why Bumgarner is a Sit-1.

    • Lucas Zenobi says:

      He is looking slightly better than last year, but he also had a 6.48 ERA last year. The current ERA is right in that range, and even though I think it will get a little better, you can’t count on Bumgarner to give you a solid outing against any team. His ground ball rate is abysmal, and he is giving up hard contact. He is very susceptible to the long ball. Also, the 3.16 BB/9 isn’t encouraging.

      • Dan says:

        Thanks for responding- I hope you’re right. I was originally thinking that a pitcher that has pitched well (at least as reflected in his statline) for two starts in a row, meeting the Rockies on the road, might be a juicy streaming opportunity. I might pass on that now.

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