Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/26 & 5/27

Nick Pollack ranks the starting pitcher streamers for today & tomorrow.

Here are today and tomorrow’s daily SP Streamer rankings for fantasy baseball.

Every day of the 2024 baseball season, I’ll be looking at today and tomorrow’s slate of scheduled starting pitchers and ranking their matchups for your fantasy baseball streams.

There’s a lot that goes into this and you can hang out with me on Playback.tv/pitcherlist to talk about the specific ranks as I make them every weekday morning from 10am – 12pm ET. If you have questions about these ranks, please ask during the morning Playback AMA. Those are my office hours as I generally don’t answer comments on the site.

There are four tiers to these rankings with 12-teamers in mind:

Auto-Start – Just do it. Don’t overthink this, start the man. This includes “if I have them rostered, I’m starting them” pitchers.

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-not-elite pitcher or a weak lineup for a volatile arm. These pitchers have a 50% or greater chance of performing well in my view and I’m starting them in the majority of situations.

Questionable Start – Think of this tier as “I don’t want to start these pitchers in a vacuum, but you could do worse.” Streamers found in this tier are not pitchers I’m targeting and are only if you are in dire need of one. To play it safe with streaming, just start the Probably Start streamers.

Do Not Start – The reward is not worth the risk. Don’t do it. Seriously, these pitchers have a very slim chance of success or sometimes none at all.

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 throughout 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 that day’s streaming pick in the second tier and I’d roll with them everywhere. Those in Yellow are in the third tier and should be okay if you’re searching for something on a given day, but I don’t recommend streaming unless you’re in need. 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 according to Fantasy Pros. This 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 those picks would be instead.

(Opener) – Outlines that a pitcher is being opened for that day & the pitcher listed will follow the opener.

As I do my rankings, I thought it would be helpful to showcase a table of how we’re ranking offenses (in alphabetical order by tier):

Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings (Updated 5/20)

I’m sure it’ll change through the year + there are differences to be made about teams vs. LHP or RHP, but it works as a general table that y’all should keep in mind.

Alright, let’s get to it.

This year, with our new daily fantasy baseball projections powered by PLV, I’ll be competing against PL Bot to pick the best streaming option each day.

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The streaming record is determined by “Was this a productive game for 12-teamers if I started them?” Roughly a PQS with a Win and a strikeout per inning with a sub 1.20 WHIP, with a minimum of 5 IP. Close calls are decided by Playback chat.

Nick’s 2024 Streamer Record: 34-25

My pick yesterday: José Soriano vs. CLE

PL Bot’s 2024 Streamer Record: 34-25

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Spencer Arrighetti @ OAK

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My streaming pick of the day is Underlined and Italicized.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Chris Sale @ PIT – Aces gonna ace.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto @ CIN – Aces gonna ace.

Kyle Bradish @ CHW – One start from the AGA label, make it count.

Logan Webb @ NYM – Changeup returned last time with 16/21 sweeper strikes.

Yusei Kikuchi @ DET – He’s been too dang good. Slider fell off with changeup stepping up last time. Hope the slider returns.

Ranger Suárez @ COL – This is where we are with Suárez, even in Coors.

Sonny Gray vs. CHC – Gray should be trusted to perform regularly

Pablo López vs. TEX – He’s struggled with his changeups and sweeper, but the ceiling is still very much present. Feels more like a weird rough patch than a “he’s cooked” scenario.

Bryan Woo @ WSN – After taking down the Yankees, the Nationals should be an easy call.

Tanner Houck vs. MIL – The Brewers have certainly surprised with their offense, but so has Houck’s consistency.

Ronel Blanco @ OAK – He’s returning from his suspension and I’m not sure what to make of it. I don’t expect a quality dip and it’s the Athletics.


Probably Starts


Brandon Pfaadt vs. MIA – It’s the Marlins.

Clarke Schmidt @ SDP – Schmidt is feeling his cutter and that’s a lovely thing,

Javier Assad @ STL – He stumbled last time out against Atlanta, but we’re giving him one extra outing to sort things out in this Vargas Rule + it was Atlanta, after all.

Taj Bradley vs. KCR – I’m worried he’s still a Cherry Bomb but we’re riding with this.

Garrett Crochet vs. BAL – I’d have him higher, but I’m worried about Baltimore’s strength against LHP.

Ben Lively @ LAA – He’s locating his fastballs upstairs effectively and gets the Angels.

Michael Wacha @ TBR – The changeup is still legit and his command is getting better than earlier in the season.


Questionable Starts


Sean Manaea vs. SFG – He’s a Toby and I’m on the edge deciding if he’s worth the start against the Giants. I think so…?

Nathan Eovaldi @ MIN – If Eovaldi does start this, it seems like a proper Still ILL.

Joe Musgrove vs. NYY – The Yankees are so dang hot right now.

Cal Quantrill vs. PHI – His splitter has been incredible and the run he’s on is absolutely bonkers.

Ryan Weathers @ ARI – He’s gone a few starts now of success, maybe it sticks against Arizona?

Casey Mize vs. TOR – Mize is enduring a rough patch and the downward trend could stick around for another start.

Robert Gasser @ BOS – He just went six frames without a walk or a strikeout. What is this world.

Reid Detmers vs. CLE – His command has been rough and I’m awfully hesitant leaning into this.

UPDATE: Blake Walston vs. MIA – He’s a kitchen-sink guy who throws a 90 mph heater. I’d be a little cautious here.

Do Not Starts


Patrick Corbin vs. SEA – At least he has a long leash?

Martín Pérez vs. ATL – Absolutely not.

Aaron Brooks vs. HOU – Brooks was pummeled by Houston before and likely will be again.

Brent Suter vs. LAD – Does he even go more than two innings? Three?

UPDATE: Texas Rangers SP @ MIN – It’s unclear how the Rangers will handle this one. So let’s ignore it.


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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Joe Ryan vs. KCR – Aces gonna ace.

Freddy Peralta vs. CHC – Aces gonna ace.

Framber Valdez @ SEA – Is he an ace? Not really…?


Probably Starts


Chris Bassitt @ CHW – He’s more of a Toby these days, but it’s the CrySox.

Justin Steele @ MIL – The command is returning, though the Brewers are sneaky good of an offense.

Michael King vs. MIA – King, I don’t believe you’re a Cherry Bomb. You got this.

Gavin Stone @ NYM – It’s a great Win chance even if his arsenal isn’t the greatest.

Bryce Miller vs. HOU – Miller hasn’t found his secondaries, but let’s not let an explosion from the Yankee offense ruin our perception of him.


Questionable Starts


Nick Lodolo vs. STL – It’s a Still ILL for Lodolo.

Alec Marsh @ MIN – Marsh ahs foudnthe  top of the zone consistently with his four-seamer, allowing for more strikeouts than we’ve expected. It’s a Vargas Rulein my book.

Charlie Morton vs. WSN – Cherry Bomb city with a higher chance for a Win.

Blake Snell vs. PHI – Snell hasn’t locked inyet. Who knowsif it’ll start here.

Austin Gomber vs. CLE – It’s been a dumb run for Gomber, but we can’t expect thisto last, can we?

Cole Irvin vs. BOS – Maybe there’s a Win in  here?

Taijuan Walker @ SFG – Y’all know I’m not into this, but it’s the Giants and the Phils keep winning.


Do Not Starts


Mitchell Parker @ ATL – It’s a three-to-four pitch mix that could stun Atlanta. Not the chance I’d take, of course.

Cooper Criswell @ BAL – Maybe his sweeper keeps him around enough for five solid frames?

Tylor Megill vs. LAD – I wouldn’t risk a start against the Dodgers, though he has the pieces to make a lovely painting if he ever figures out his command.

Trevor Rogers @ SDP – He had one good outing and the rest has been…something.

Lance Lynn @ CIN – Lynning is not Winning.

Nick Nastrini vs. TOR – He just walked five, but I think that’s more of a mental thing. You can’t bank on that reversing here.

Xzavion Curry @ COL – In Coors? For limited frames? No thanks.


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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.

3 responses to “Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/26 & 5/27”

  1. larry says:

    i’m drunk. i don’t really have anything to say. i haven’t been around for a few weeks. i think i am starving up here in VT. did i say this already? so.. perhaps we can credit some ball clubs from new pitching coaches, Bailey? and then there’s KC.

    KC pitching is an enigma wrapped in a tray of ballpark pretzels and a cup of secret sauce. at the end of the season a mysterious stranger will emerge like the Wizard of Oz from behind a curtain and take credit and explain how they got Cole Ragans and turned Brady Singer around, and was smart enough to masterfully pick up Wacha and Lugo and even find ways to slightly improve their already Toby perfection. and everyone will simultaneously go ahhhhh! and like Tara the hero cat throwing out the first pitch of a baseball game and thinking, i knew someday i would be standing in front of thousands of humans worshiping me.

    soo.. like whats going on with KC? who is this so-called pitching wizard of OZ behind their success. ..thanks for answering in advance.


  2. larry says:

    also did you know, when Justin Steele injured his hamstring earlier in the season, he did it while looking like Mary Poppins jumping over the first base line while flipping the ball the first base. and then he like tripped over the baseline and went down. like George Costanza jumping over a puddle of water and being called a Mary. that’s where these phrases come from. Mary Poppins was tough as nails, she never pulled a hamstring.

    have no other observations today. Kikuchi is pitching well, still kind of waiting for the high whip to happen. also, i’ve recently been high on Marsh for no reason. haven’t seen him pitch but i’m picturing a guy like J.A Happ, challenging guys with a subliminal high heater, and getting away with it.

    i miss being drunk.

  3. Mark says:

    You’ve gone in big on Pablo Lopez and he’s bombed each of his last three outings. Luckily, I benched him and his two (2) points today.

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