SP Matchups & Streamer Rankings – 4/27 & 4/28

Nick Pollack ranks every SP matchup for today and tomorrow.

With the 2021 season, I’m changing how I’m doing my starting pitcher streamers and daily matchup rankings

Instead of being featured in the SP Roundup, I’ll be highlighting my SP streamer picks for today and tomorrow inside this article, while also introducing four tiers and adding notes to each table.

The four tiers are as follows:


Auto-Start – Just do it. Don’t overthink this, start the man.

Probably Start – I’m likely starting these arms, though I recognize there is more risk than we’d like there to be. Either it’s a tough matchup for a good pitcher or a weak lineup for a volatile arm.

Questionable Start – There are situations where I’d take the chance, either with strong enough upside on the ability side, or a poor offense that a pitcher could take advantage of.

Do Not Start – The reward is not worth the risk. Don’t do it.


Obviously, there will be circumstances where pitchers should move between teams for your situation specifically and these new tiers should act as a little more help than the straight table from last year.

Please keep in mind that streaming is far from a perfect play. In fact, if they work out over half the time, I’d consider it a success. These matchup rankings & streamer picks are going to be wildly different than the actual results through the year, so please, have sympathy before the scathing comments and tweets. I’m only trying to help!

Make sure to read the notes if you’re wondering why I’m favoring certain pitchers over others – I won’t get to everyone and hopefully I answer what questions you will have.

There is a second table for tomorrow’s starting pitcher matchups as well, helping everyone get a jump on their nightly pickups. Please note that these matchups are subject to change, though, and there will be times when I have the incorrect pitcher going. I thank you for your future understanding.

Finally, I have highlighted in Green my streaming pick of the day – Yellow if I wouldn’t actually want to stream them (I have to pick one every day!) . These are defined as “rostered in 20% or fewer leagues,” which really emphasizes the point that I’d be happy if over 50% of these worked. I could do the whole sub 30/40% rostered, but there’s no fun in that. You can use the rankings to realize who would be those picks, instead.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


  • In the top tier, Lucas Giolito is sitting at #2 for a simple reason – he was already pushed back with a cut on his finger and that extra haze pulls him under the consistently fantastic Max ScherzerYou’re starting them both, though. Duh.
  • I had some trouble ranking Ian Anderson and Kenta Maeda and in the end, I understand if you want to sit Maeda one start or until he figures it out. Me? I’m starting him against Cleveland as he should be much better than he’s been.
  • As for Anderson, yeah, if you roster him, you’re starting him against the Cubs


  • The second tier is filled with developing arms who get great matchups. Corey Kluber and Chris Paddack are both trying to figure things out and they have been given a lovely gift of Baltimore and Arizona to ease them into rhythm. Let’s hope they can get there.
  • I want to slot Zach Eflin higher, but with his inconsistent curveball, it’s hard not to be skeptical of consistent performance. You should feel fine starting him against St. Louis, though.


  • After Cristian Javier’s impressive start last time out, you should feel comfortable letting him fly against the Mariners.
  • Aaron Civale hasn’t performed at his best, but his floor should make a spot in your roster worthwhile.


  • Some may want Marco Gonzales in the second tier, but I’m hesitant to let loose a command-focused arm who has already shown instability against a tough Astros lineup (who may have Jose Altuve back). Don’t start him blindly.
  • The streaming of the day is Aaron Sanchez as he hosts Rockie Road in Oracle Park. I have my concerns long-term about his low-velocity sinker, though his new curveball is performing well and could take advantage of this opportunity.


  • I’m a bit more hesitant than usual with the rest of Tier 3, with Jose Quintana as the third option. Even with a matchup against Texas, I don’t love his current arsenal and there is a low floor to be aware of.
  • Don’t overlook Tyler Anderson against the Royals, either. His fastball consistently scores excellent CSW marks and the Royals are a boom/bust squad. You could do worse for a desperate stream.


  • Leading off the final tier is Bruce Zimmermann who has flexed excellent command at times in the early season. The Yankees are beginning to heat up, though, and he’ll need that precision to survive this evening.
  • Michael Wacha had a flash of greatness over a week ago, but his superb feel for his fastball/changeup combination dissipated last time out. Now faced with a hot Athletics offense, he’s a clear bench.


  • I know it’s the Marlins, but Adrian Houser hasn’t been able to be the guy we saw at the end of 2019. His fastball just isn’t there.
  • deep option here is Chi Chi Gonzalez as he pitches inside Oracle Park. He’s had rare flashes of success in the past and there’s a sliver of hope he can amaze in San Francisco.


Today’s Starting Pitchers

Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


  • It’s Jacob deGrom day and y’all should be thrilled. It’s a wonderful day.
  • There’s some debate about the order of the first-tier arms, as I have Clayton Kershaw – the highest arm on The List – facing the toughest opponent in the Reds. I’m leaning TATIAGA as he’s endured the Padres thus far and survived. This should still work well for you.


  • Alex Wood and German Marquez square off in San Francisco and kick off the second tier. Wood’s new slider and increased velocity against the coveted Rockie Road lineup makes him the top play, while I hope Marquez can keep his fantastic curveball/slider combination from his last outing.
  • Despite struggling in his last altercation with the Cubs, I’d still roll out Huascar Ynoa with confidence against the Cubs. His fastball + slider are legit.


  • The bottom third of the tier could arguably be labeled Questionable starts. Sonny Gray has quite gotten in a rhythm yet as he returned from the IL with a back injury and with the Dodgers ahead, this may instill fear. However, this could be the start Sonny’s slider and curveball work in tandem, with the reward worth the risk.
  • Meanwhile, Kyle Hendricks hasn’t looked like the safe choice he appeared to be in your drafts, but his long track record suggests a rebound is coming in due time. Don’t forget, the Braves held just one hit across Sunday’s doubleheader. This is likely worth the start.


  • Mike Minor is the streaming pick of the day as he’s lined up to battle the Pirates. He just fanned nine Tigers last week and should carry that into a comfortable stream on Wednesday.
  • Despite getting the Orioles, I’m hesitant to let Domingo German fly. He struggled heavily with his 90/91 mph fastball last week against Cleveland and the floor is plenty lower than I’d like it to be. He’s the best of the third tier, but it’s not a confident start by any means.


  • J.A. Happ is fresh of a no-hit bid and this date with Cleveland should attract many pickups. Still, don’t overlook his low IPS across his first two starts that may return here.
  • I’m not in love with starting Justin Dunn against the Altuve-powered Astros, but given the rest of the pack, I’m more inclined to lean on Dunn’s fastball/slider arsenal than the weaker lineups of the other options.


  • In the final tier, I led off with Johan Oviedo as I’m not sure how deep he’ll go for the Cardinals. There is some excitement in his 94-97 mph fastball with a slider that can miss bats. The likely low pitch count and questionable command make him intriguing, but with a solidified “avoid” label.
  • It looks like Dean Kremer could be called up to make a start against the Yankees and while the Bronx Bombers are doing little to defend their name, Kremer hasn’t quite showcased the same upside we saw in 2020. It’s a desperate stream.


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitchers

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Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

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