Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/9 & 5/10

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 5/6)

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: 26-16

My pick yesterday: Martín Pérez vs. LAA

PL Bot’s 2024 Streamer Record: 24-18

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Jack Leiter vs. OAK

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My streaming pick of the day is Underlined and Italicized.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Pablo López vs. SEA – Aces gonna ace.

Logan Gilbert @ MIN – Aces gonna ace. This is going to be THE BEST matchup.

UPDATE: Sonny Gray @ MIL – He’s on the border of AGA and yesterday’s rainout pushed him to Thursday.

Ronel Blanco @ NYY – It’s close between top and bottom tier. Blanco has proven himself against strong offenses already and if you have him, you’re letting him fly.


Probably Starts


Hunter Greene vs. ARI – Greene’s four-seamer has improved this year and even in Cin City, I’m going to take the gamble.

Ben Lively @ CHW – He’s been on a roll and this is likely the end of the line. Enjoy the grand finale against the CrySox.

Marcus Stroman vs. HOU – Stroman hasn’t had a major secondary pitch work for him across his last two games, though I expect it to return.


Questionable Starts


Keaton Winn @ COL – It was a rainy day last time out and Coors isn’t as bad as it used to be. Still, I’m not a major believer in Winn’s splitter & friends.

Michael Wacha @ LAA – Despite a great matchup, Wacha’s command hasn’t been on point for a few outings. I’m not jumping over hurdles to start him here.

Reid Detmers vs. KCR – His command has been worse as of late and he’s been branded the dreaded Cherry Bomb label.

Erick Fedde vs. CLE – He fanned 20 batters across two starts, then had his worst command of the season. He shouldn’t be in the valley for a second straight start.

Tobias Myers vs. STL – Myers looked terrible in his third outing. The Birthday Cards grant gifts, though, and if Myers has his four-seamers upstairs again, we could have a solid outing with a Win.


Do Not Starts


Lance Lynn @ MIL – Like your four-year-old who doesn’t stop talking, you can’t trust Lynn anywhere these days.

Cal Quantrill vs. SFG – Yes, he just had a marvelous start. How wonderful.

Slade Cecconi @ CIN – We’ve seen moments of bliss, but this is Cin City.


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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Tyler Glasnow @ SDP – Aces gonna ace.

Jared Jones vs. CHC – Aces gonna ace.

Logan Webb vs. CIN – Aces gonna ace.

Joe Ryan @ TOR – Aces gonna ace.

Framber Valdez @ DET – Is the slider a thing or not, Framber. MAKE UP YOUR MIND.

Yusei Kikuchi vs. MIN – Y’all know he’s killing it.

Ranger Suárez @ MIA – Suárez is on a gorgeous run and the Marlins are sure to keep it going.

Tanner Houck vs. WSN – Just don’t leave everything over the plate, okay?


Probably Starts


Garrett Crochet vs. CLE – Arguably a top-tier option, I want to see Crochet feature solid changeups and sliders instead of just four-seamer/cutter.

Jameson Taillon @ PIT – He’s in a good place and the Pirates aren’t scary.

Andrew Abbott @ SFG – Abbott is hinting at his summer self and now has a lovely matchup.

Bryan Woo vs. OAK – He’s back from the ILL and should get above 70 pitches here. Can’t wait.

Clarke Schmidt @ TBR – The cutter is getting better and the Rays are not.


Questionable Starts


Griffin Canning vs. KCR – I’ve been impressed by Canning’s lack of four-seamer mistakes lately + his secondaries have been delicately spotted across his last two outings.

Jon Gray @ COL – It’s his old stomping grounds. Coors isn’t the threat it’s been in the past and if Gray has his slider working, this should be fine.

Casey Mize vs. HOU – I still believe in Mize long-term this season, waiting for his slider and four-seamer to pair up for consistent 15%+ SwStr rates. In due time, hopefully it starts here against the Astros.

Paul Blackburn @ SEA – Blackburn has come through against poor offenses and the Mariners fit the bill.

Charlie Morton @ NYM – Morton is a Cherry Bomb but the Mets aren’t scary and the Atlanta offense should wake up.

Carlos Carrasco @ CHW – Carrasco sat three ticks harder last time out and it’s the CrySox.

Michael King vs. LAD – It’s the Dodgers, but if King has his command on point, he’ll come through.

Alec Marsh @ LAA – Marsh is returning to the rotation and gets a depleted Angels lineup. There is a touch of Still ILL here, too.

Brandon Pfaadt @ BAL – Baltimore is though RHP have fared better against the Orioles and at least Waltimore does Pfaadt favors with his longball tendencies.

Cole Irvin vs. ARI – Irvin was masterful with his curveball in his last start and there’s a decent Win chance here.


Do Not Starts


Robert Gasser vs. STL – It looks to be Gasser’s MLB debut on Friday (the most exciting one of the weekend, obviously) and I generally bench MLB debuts. It’s a flat-angled four-seamer with a good sweeper + cutter against a poor Cardinals lineup, but will he be pitch efficient enough to go five frames? Will jitters get in the way?

Taj Bradley vs. NYY – It’s the season debut for Bradley in this Still ILL and don’t forget all the concerns we’ve had about Bradley’s command. Who knows what we get.

Lance Lynn @ MIL – Like your four-year-old who doesn’t stop talking, you can’t trust Lynn anywhere these days.

Trevor Rogers vs. PHI – Despite featuring better control than previous seasons, Rogers has been horrendous. I can’t help but believe the skills are in there and maybe they give us a spark here…?

Austin Gomber vs. TEX – Gomber has been surprisingly decent lately, but this is Coors. Against Texas.

Jose Quintana vs. ATL – Quintana just allowed 8 ER and now it’s Atlanta. Noooope.

Patrick Corbin @ BOS – Just throw cutters and sliders. I beg of you, give it a shot.


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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.

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