SP Matchups & Streamer Rankings – 7/26 & 7/27

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, there are my streaming picks of the day, and please keep in mind that I am forced to pick a streamer every day. Those highlighted in Green are in the second tier and I’d roll with them everywhere. The most common are those in Yellow in the third tier and should be decent if you’re searching for something on a given day. Finally, those are Red are those I really don’t want to start (they are labeled as “Do Not Start”, after all) but have no other choice. Don’t stream these guys until you are truly desperate. A streaming pick is 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.


2021 Streamer Record: 63-46


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


  • Just two arms in the top tier as Shohei Ohtani gets Rockie Road and hopefully puts on a…great performance.
  • And if you’ve been ignoring Luis Garcia’s incredible 2021, you may be shocked he’s in the top tier. He gets the Mariners and should be in line for a quality outing.


  • The second tier has a few popular names, though Wade Miley is likely the most “I don’t know him well but he’s cruising in fantasy and I guess I’m starting him” guy. His cutter has been fantastic as he makes a play for Spider-Man and the Cubs don’t pose much of a threat.
  • I was thrilled to see Marcus Stroman have his slider working as good as ever against the Reds last time out and hopefully it’s back for more against Atlanta on Monday.


  • It’s been wonderful watching Dallas Keuchel perform at his peak across his last couple of starts and the Royals should outline another day of success…still I recognize that the ceiling and floor are lower than the tier two options, making him the premier tier three arm.
  • The streaming pick of the day is Kyle Muller as he faces the slightly above average Mets crew in a doubleheader. Muller’s breakers are wonderful and if he can take that next step with command, he’ll be blazing through the second half. There’s some risk here if the heater can’t find the zone well, but I’d take the chance to start my weeks.


  • In the final tier, Nick Pivetta could pull it off against the Jays, though I’d only take the gamble if I thought I needed to desperately chase strikeouts for the week. The Jays are too dang good.
  • Last outing saw Matt Manning take a small step forward against the Rangers, but I wouldn’t expect it to continue against the Twins, even if Nelson Cruz has moved to Florida.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


  • Look at Robbie Ray sitting at the top of the rankings as the sole AGA on Tuesday, despite facing the Red Sox. He’s just too dang good, y’all.
  • At the bottom of the tier, Adam Wainwright gets the elevation to Tier 1 as any manager rostering Waino is sure to start him against Cleveland.


  • Kenta Maeda has been in a groove since returning from the IL and should be able to continue his redemption tour against the Tigers, even if Detroit has been on a tear over the last month.
  • There’s also Dylan Ceasewho has been a bit erratic but should rack up the strikeouts while keeping ratios intact against a below-average Royals offense.


  • The second tier has only two names as they face each other on Tuesday. We all adore Shane McClanahan and his stuff alone makes him worthwhile on a given night. The Yankees are hurting a bit, though still pack a decent punch and hold back Shane slightly from the top tier.
  • Representing the other clubhouse is Jordan Montgomerywho has had his changeup and curveball working to great effect over his last few outings. The Rays are a bit scarier with Nelson Cruz on their side, but I’d still let The Bear get the start on my squads.


  • The third tier kicks off with three arms we all want to hold through the week but were granted a difficult opponent. James Kaprielian has been cruising, but the Padres are a dangerous crew who could jump on his heater. Logan Webb is exciting with his slider and changeup and there is a chance he survives against the Dodgers.
  • Then there’s Adbert Alzolaywho is facing a Reds team without Nick Castellanos. In a vacuum, Alzolay gives me the most concern disregarding opponent, making him slightly below the other two options. I’d still love to roster him and hope the new cutter + elite slider carries him through the end of the year.


  • The back half of this tier is far from exciting, though I can see some making sneaky streams with this crew. Tyler Anderson is the streaming pick of the day as he faces the Brewers and as a proper Toby with a four-seamer that ranks highly on the CSW leaderboard, Anderson can make it worth your while.
  • There’s also Taylor Widener against the Rangers and, yes, Spenser Watkins against Miami. Widener can sit 94 mph with a solid slider and changeup at times and may pull it out against a Rangers squad who could be without Joey Gallo if the stove heats early. Watkins is the right-handed version of J.A. Happ and may take full advantage of the weak Marlins lineup.


  • In the bottom tier, I can see some turning to José Suarez as he gets to host Rockie RoadHe’s still in the bottom tier given the lack of track record and a heavy reliance on his curveball pulling the weight, but this could work.
  • I’ve moved past considering Dane Dunning in my leagues as he hasn’t tossed six frames in a start since May 20th, while fanning more than six batters just once this season. It ain’t for me, even against the Sneks.


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

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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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