Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball – 5/29 & 5/30

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

Here are today’s daily SP Streamer rankings.

Every day of the 2023 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 Twitch.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 Twitch 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.

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,” 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.

(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):

Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings (Updated 5/22)

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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Nick’s 2023 Streamer Record: 32-25

My pick yesterday: Marco Gonzales vs. PIT

PL Bot’s 2023 Streamer Record: 28-29

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Colin Rea vs. SF

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With the new formatting for the notes, I’ve made the streaming pick of the day Underlined and Italicized.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Nathan Eovaldi @ DET – He’s in a wonderful place and the Tigers are a lovely gift.

Bryce Miller vs. NYY – Bryce’s heater is brilliant and you can’t deny him this start.


Probable Starts


Bobby Miller vs. WSN – The worse Miller is still a promising arm and the Nationals make for a fun day at the park. His floor is still unclear, but if you’re unfamiliar with what he does, check out my YouTube breakdown of his MLB debut.

Sonny Gray @ HOU – Sonny hasn’t been at his peak as of late and I’m worried this may be the start that gets people scared. I still feel you have to start him, though.

Tyler Wells vs. CLE – It’s been a Vargas Rule for Wells and the Guardians are an easy decision.

Anthony DeSclafani vs. PIT – He’s a Toby against a weak offense.

Marcus Stroman vs. TBR – Stroman gets a tough team, but he’s gone six frames so often that it’s hard to sit him.

J.P. France vs. MIN – I like the matchup and the Astros make France’s starts come with a solid win chance.

Taj Bradley @ CHC – A little risky here, but I think the strikeout ceiling makes me lean start.

Michael Kopech vs. LAA – Same with Kopech as he’s had a much better fastball in his last two games. His command is still an issue, though, and it may burn you here.


Questionable Starts


Logan Allen @ BAL – I wrestled with where to place Allen as he’s a Toby against a solid crew. He has a higher floor than the others, though.

Ryne Nelson vs. COL – It’s Rockie Roadbut Nelson hasn’t found his secondaries quite yet.

Rich Hill @ SFG – Hill has come through against poor offenses throughout the year.

Domingo Germán @ SEA – He’s returning from his suspension and I’m not sure what we’ll get – will he get the same amount of whiffs with an elevated focus on his rosin application?

Griffin Canning @ CHW – When Canning is able to go 70% secondaries, he can cruises through 5/6 frames. The floor isn’t fun is he has to lean too heavily on his heater, sadly.

Michael Soroka @ OAK – Soroka is expected to return to the majors after a long hiatus and the Athletics are as great of a matchup as you could hope for. No idea what we’re going to get, though.

Adam Wainwright vs. KCR – I know it’s the Royals, but Waino is not the pitcher he used to be.

Mike Mayers @ STL – He impressed last time out and I understand how this could work, but boy is it risky.

Matthew Boyd vs. TEX – The slider whiffs returned last week as his slider felt better than it has for three years. It was just one game, though, and the Rangers can make Boyd pay if it’s not there.


Do Not Starts


Trevor Williams @ LAD – Never Williams.

Karl Kauffmann @ ARI – Kauffman is not the pitcher you’re looking for.

Paul Blackburn vs. ATL – It’s a Still ILL mixed with a tough matchup and a low ceiling pitcher with a low Win chance. Ho boy.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Shane McClanahan @ CHC – You start McShane. Duh.

Zac Gallen vs. COL – It’s Rockie Roadbut Gallen hasn’t been at the top of his game lately.

Joe Ryan @ HOU – The matchup hurts, but Ryan has been that good this year. The slider and splitter should come back in this one.

Sandy Alcantara vs. SDP – It’s been a rocky start to the year and we have to trust it’ll smooth out.

Logan Gilbert vs. NYY – The splitter is a gamechanger and he should do well against the Yanks.

Nestor Cortes @ SEA – With the slider earning strikes now, I trust the four-seamer to dominate once again.


Probable Starts


Bryce Elder @ OAK – I was tempted to place him in the top tier with this gorgeous matchup against Oakland.

Martín Pérez @ DET – Pérez is a Toby and we love these matchups against Detroit.

Tony Gonsolin vs. WSN – I don’t think he’s at his peak, but his current state is good enough for the Nationals.

Miles Mikolas vs. KCR – The Royals aren’t enough to push away a start from Mikolas.

Lucas Giolito vs. LAA – Giolito is still trying to get into a rhythm and the Angels could mess him up. Still, worth the gamble.

Brayan Bello vs. CIN – We didn’t see the fastball whiffs return, but Bello has an arsenal that can be a complete package over time. The floor is decently high here hosting the Reds, too.


Questionable Starts


Kyle Gibson vs. CLE – Despite the fantastic matchup, we just don’t know what to expect from Gibson on a given night.

Tyler Anderson @ CHW – The White Sox aren’t scary, but Anderson has been all over the place with his arsenal. I’m not sure what to expect.

Kodai Senga vs. PHI – If Senga has his forkball, he’ll survive. That’s a big IF, sadly.

Brandon Bielak vs. MIN – The changeup has been good and the Twins aren’t too scary.

Johan Oviedo @ SFG – If Oviedo’s four-seamer can earn effective strikes, the slider will do the rest. The Giants are better than I’ve been giving them credit, though.

JP Sears vs. ATL – The whiffs disappeared last time and Atlanta is rough.

Yusei Kikuchi vs. MIL – He’s a Cherry Bombeven against the Brewers. Super low floor here.

Ben Lively @ BOS – His slider has been ridiculous in the two starts we’ve seen, but I’m skeptical it’ll keep up.

Cal Quantrill @ BAL – If the sinker gets inside and jams enough batters, he’ll survive in Camden.

Ryan Weathers @ MIA – It’s the Marlins, but Weathers also carries a low ceiling with him.


Do Not Starts


Alex Faedo vs. TEX – The slider has been great for two straight starts, but the Rangers crush right-handers. Too risky here.

Ranger Suárez @ NYM – Suárez is getting closer to his ideal self, though I’d wait at least one more with the Mets on the docket.

Zack Greinke @ STL – It’s Greinke. The ceiling is too low for fantasy relevance against any but the worst of offenses.

Sean Manaea? vs. PIT – Manaea was used out of the pen for under 30 pitches last time out and even if he was able to toss 80 in this one, he’s been underwhelming in the opportunities he’s been given.

Kyle Freeland @ ARI – I don’t buy what Freeland has done for a second.

Kyle Hendricks vs. TBR – He didn’t look special in his season debut and the Rays are a tough pull.

Adrian Houser @ TOR – There’s a chance Houser gets outs off the fastball, but it could be a 7 ER clunker, too.

Jake Irvin @ LAD – Irvin has shown very little upside and the Dodgers are a dangerous lineup.


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

Featured Image by Kurt Wasemiller (@KUWasemiller on Twitter / @kurt_player02 on Instagram)

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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