Sit/Start Week 9: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 5/24-5/30

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.

Pitching has been weird this year with the new baseball that MLB using. We’ve had multiple no-hitters already, and it’s hard to maneuver the pitching landscape. 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 – 5/24
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
5/24 TBR at TOR Yarbrough Maybe-4 Stripling Sit-2
5/24 PHI at MIA Eflin Start-8 Rogers Start-8
5/24 CLE at DET Hentges Sit-1 Turnbull Maybe-5
5/24 COL at NYM Gomber Sit-3 Peterson Maybe-4
5/24 BAL at MIN Means Start-7 Shoemaker Sit-1
5/24 SDP at MIL Snell Maybe-6 Woodruff Start-8
5/24 STL at CHW Hyun Kim Maybe-5 Lynn Start-8
5/24 SEA at OAK Kikuchi Maybe-4 Montas Maybe-4


Tuesday – 5/25
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
5/25 CHC at PIT Arrieta Sit-2 Yajure Sit-2
5/25 PHI at MIA Velasquez Maybe-4 Alcantara Start-7
5/25 TOR at NYY Matz Maybe-5 Kluber Maybe-6
5/25 CIN at WSN Mahle Maybe-6 Scherzer Start-9
5/25 KCR at TBR Keller Sit-1 Hill Sit-3
5/25 CLE at DET Civale Start-7 Skubal Sit-1
5/25 COL at NYM Freeland Sit-1 deGrom Start-10
5/25 ATL at BOS Morton Maybe-6 Richards Sit-3
5/25 BAL at MIN Kremer Sit-1 Berrios Maybe-6
5/25 SDP at MIL Musgrove Start-7 Burnes Start-8
5/25 LAD at HOU Kershaw Start-7 Greinke Maybe-6
5/25 STL at CHW Flaherty Start-7 Giolito Start-7
5/25 TEX at LAA Yang Sit-2 Heaney Maybe-5
5/25 SEA at OAK Gilbert Sit-2 Irvin Maybe-6
5/25 SFG at ARI Gausman Start-9 Smith Sit-1


Wednesday – 5/26
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
5/26 BAL at MIN Lopez Sit-1 Pineda Maybe-5
5/26 STL at CHW Gant Sit-3 Rodon Start-7
5/26 SEA at OAK Flexen Sit-3 Kaprielian Maybe-5
5/26 TEX at LAA Dunning Maybe-5 Canning Maybe-4
5/26 CHC at PIT Williams Sit-3 Crowe Sit-1
5/26 PHI at MIA Nola Start-9 Castano Sit-1
5/26 TOR at NYY Pearson Sit-2 German Maybe-4
5/26 CIN at WSN Hoffman Sit-1 Ross Sit-1
5/26 CLE at DET Quantrill Sit-3 Urena Sit-3
5/26 KCR at TBR Minor Sit-2 Glasnow Start-9
5/26 COL at NYM Marquez Sit-3 Stroman Maybe-5
5/26 ATL at BOS Smyly Sit-1 Pivetta Sit-2
5/26 LAD at HOU Bauer Start-7 Garcia Sit-3
5/26 SDP at MIL Paddack Maybe-5 Houser Sit-3
5/26 SFG at ARI Cueto Maybe-5 Kelly Sit-1


Thursday – 5/27
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
5/27 COL at NYM Senzatela Sit-1 Lucchesi Sit-2
5/27 PHI at MIA Howard Sit-3 Lopez Maybe-6
5/27 CHC at PIT Hendricks Start-7 Anderson Maybe-5
5/27 CLE at DET Bieber Start-10 Boyd Maybe-5
5/27 SDP at MIL Weathers Maybe-4 Anderson Sit-1
5/27 KCR at TBR Singer Maybe-4 McClanahan Maybe-5
5/27 TOR at NYY Ray Maybe-5 Montgomery Maybe-4
5/27 CIN at WSN Gray Maybe-6 Strasburg Sit-3
5/27 BAL at CHW Zimmermann Sit-1 Cease Start-7
5/27 LAA at OAK Cobb Maybe-5 Bassitt Maybe-5
5/27 STL at ARI Martinez Sit-1 Frankoff Sit-1
5/27 TEX at SEA Gibson Start-7 Sheffield Sit-3
5/27 SFG at LAD Wood Maybe-6 Buehler Start-7


Friday – 5/28
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
5/28 CIN at CHC Gray Maybe-6 Alzolay Maybe-5
5/28 COL at PIT Gray Maybe-5 Keller Sit-2
5/28 MIL at WSN Peralta Start-8 Lester Sit-2
5/28 TOR at CLE Ryu Start-8 Plesac Maybe-5
5/28 NYY at DET Cole Start-10 Mize Sit-2
5/28 ATL at NYM Anderson Start-7 Walker Maybe-4
5/28 MIA at BOS Hernandez Sit-1 Perez Maybe-4
5/28 SDP at HOU Darvish Start-7 McCullers Maybe-6
5/28 KCR at MIN Bubic Sit-3 Happ Sit-2
5/28 BAL at CHW Harvey Sit-1 Keuchel Maybe-4
5/28 LAA at OAK Quintana Sit-3 Manaea Maybe-4
5/28 STL at ARI Mikolas Sit-2 Bumgarner Maybe-5
5/28 TEX at SEA Lyles Sit-1 Kikuchi Maybe-6
5/28 SFG at LAD Menez Sit-1 Urias Start-7


Saturday – 5/29
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
5/29 PHI at TBR Wheeler Start-9 Fleming Maybe-4
5/29 KCR at MIN Lynch Sit-1 Pineda Maybe-5
5/29 BAL at CHW Means Start-7 Lynn Start-8
5/29 CIN at CHC Castillo Maybe-6 Davies Sit-1
5/29 COL at PIT Gomber Maybe-4 Brubaker Maybe-5
5/29 LAA at OAK Bundy Maybe-5 Montas Sit-2
5/29 NYY at DET Taillon Maybe-6 Turnbull Maybe-4
5/29 SDP at HOU Snell Maybe-5 Javier Maybe-5
5/29 TOR at CLE Stripling Sit-2 Hentges Sit-1
5/29 MIA at BOS Rogers Maybe-6 Eovaldi Start-7
5/29 SFG at LAD DeSclafani Maybe-6 Price Maybe-4
5/29 ATL at NYM Fried Start-7 Peterson Sit-2
5/29 MIL at WSN Woodruff Start-9 Corbin Sit-2
5/29 TEX at SEA Foltynewicz Sit-1 Gonzales Sit-1
5/29 STL at ARI Wainwright Maybe-4 Martin Sit-1


Sunday – 5/30
Date Game Away Pitcher Sit / Start Home Pitcher Sit / Start
5/30 MIL at WSN Burnes Start-9 Scherzer Start-9
5/30 COL at PIT Freeland Sit-1 Cahill Maybe-4
5/30 TOR at CLE Matz Maybe-5 Civale Maybe-5
5/30 NYY at DET Kluber Start-7 Skubal Sit-1
5/30 PHI at TBR Eflin Start-8 Yarbrough Maybe-4
5/30 MIA at BOS Alcantara Maybe-6 Rodriguez Start-7
5/30 KCR at MIN Keller Sit-1 Shoemaker Sit-1
5/30 SDP at HOU Musgrove Maybe-6 Odorizzi Sit-2
5/30 BAL at CHW Kremer Sit-1 Giolito Start-7
5/30 CIN at CHC Miley Maybe-4 Arrieta Sit-1
5/30 LAA at OAK Heaney Sit-3 Irvin Maybe-4
5/30 TEX at SEA Arihara Sit-1 Dunn Sit-1
5/30 STL at ARI Hyun Kim Maybe-5 Smith Sit-1
5/30 SFG at LAD Gausman Start-7 Kershaw Start-8
5/30 ATL at NYM Morton Start-7 deGrom Start-8

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.

4 responses to “Sit/Start Week 9: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 5/24-5/30”

  1. Ryan says:

    Always love seeing these! Curious why you have Montas as a sit against SEA?

    • Lucas Zenobi says:

      Montas has been looking pretty lost this year, although he is looking better as of late. I might bump him up to Maybe-4, but I can see a scenario where he gives you a lackluster start like his entire 2021 track record…or he could no-hit the Mariners. Welcome to 2021 baseball.

      • Ryan says:

        Yeah, I guess none of his numbers/peripherals are looking very good. Just thought what better place to get on track than SEA!

  2. twostartgray says:

    You’ve got Gray starting Thursday and Friday for CIN

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