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Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball – 6/17 & 6/18

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 6/7)

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.

To get access to PL Bot’s picks each day, sign up for PL Pro here.

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. Close calls are decided by Twitch chat.

 

Nick’s 2023 Streamer Record: 42-34

My pick yesterday: Rich Hill @ MIL

PL Bot’s 2023 Streamer Record: 40-36

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Jared Shuster vs. COL

Want PL Bot’s pick today? Sign Up for PL Pro here.

 

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

 

Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

 

Auto-Starts

 

Bobby Miller vs. SFG – I’m shocked he’s the #1 play, but looking at everyone else, you have to agree. He’s the guy.

Logan Gilbert vs. CHW – Gilbert had a bid for the top spot, but he has been a little rocky lately. The White Sox should be a lovely antidote.

Mitch Keller @ MIL – He recovered against the Mets last time out and the Brewers don’t pose a major threat.

Lucas Giolito @ SEA – Giolito’s arsenal isn’t at its peak, but his command has been.

Braxton Garrett @ WSN – Garrett is on a tear and the Nationals don’t scare me, even if they are better against left-handers.

Shane Bieber @ ARI – Bieber finally got strikeouts in his last start, though it only came with five slider whiffs. We’re all starting him after that explosion, though it may be a premier sell high moment.

 

Probably Starts

 

Hunter Greene @ HOU – The strikeouts may be there and without Alvarez, he could skirt on by with his ERA and WHIP. Definitely a bit Cherry Bomb here.

Bryce Elder vs. COL – His last start was disappointing, though this is Rockie RoadWe have to give him a chance for redemption before we drop him, right?

Zach Eflin @ SDP – The season has been magnificent, though Eflin didn’t have his sinker last time out and the Padres are heating up.

Blake Snell vs. TBR – The start against the Rockies wasn’t as much of an ascension to dominance as it looked on paper and the Rays are…the Rays.

Griffin Canning @ KCR – He’s our streaming pick of the day as the Royals are hurting and Canning has found a good groove of roughly 30% four-seamers.

Brayan Bello vs. NYY – Pick your favorite for the BOS/NYY matchup. I’m going with Bello as I think his stuff speaks to more overall dominance than Schmidt.

Clarke Schmidt @ BOS – However, Schmidt has the easier matchup against the Sawx. Up to you.

 

Questionable Starts

 

Kyle Gibson @ CHC – He’s a Cherry Bomb and we have no idea what we’re getting.

Kodai Senga vs. STL – Speaking of Cherry Bomb pitchers, Senga’s success is rooted in having his forkball.

Justin Steele vs. BAL – It’s a Still ILL as I wouldn’t start any of these guys in most scenarios. That said, Steele was phenomenal before the injury (mostly) and could come through here.

Brandon Bielak vs. CIN – If Bielak has the changeup working, there’s a chance he steals a Win.

Wade Miley vs. PIT – Miley is returning for the Brewers and if they let him go five frames, his cutter could make easy work against the Pirates.

Tommy Henry vs. CLE – I was surprised to see Henry have his curve and slider working last time and I’m not quite ready to believe he’s a new pitcher primed for success. Sneaky streaming option if you’re searching for six innings of production.

James Kaprielian vs. PHI – Jimmy Hat had his fastballs for strikes against the Astros and came away with a PQSDon’t rule it out.

 

Do Not Starts

 

Mike Mayers vs. LAA – I don’t trust Mayers’ secondaries and the Angels bring thump.

Adam Wainwright @ NYM – Waino is not the man he used to be.

Connor Seabold @ ATL – He shocked us against the Red Sox, but this is Atlanta. Surely this isn’t real…?

Dane Dunning vs. TOR – Dunning doesn’t do enough with his repertoire and this floor is rough.

Jake Irvin vs. MIA – Even against the Marlins, Irvin isn’t the guy you want.

Joey Wentz @ MIN – Wentz isn’t what you’re looking for.

Cristopher Sánchez @ OAK – The Phils need some help right now, but it’s unlikely to come from Sánchez.

Alex Wood @ LAD – It’s a Still ILL for a guy who rarely went 80+ pitches against an elite offense.

Trevor Richards @ TEX – The Rangers are deadly and so are Richards’ ratios to your fantasy squads.

Brent Headrick? vs. DET – I’m not sure what the Twins are doing here as Maeda is pitching another game in the minors. Headrick isn’t the guy to chase, while José De Leon is likely to open.

 

Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

 

Auto-Starts

 

Zack Wheeler @ OAK – Aces gonna ace against the lowly Athletics.

Freddy Peralta vs. PIT – It seems high given his struggles, but Peralta’s fortune should turn around against a poor offense + the other arms aren’t locks.

James Paxton vs. NYY – Paxton has been too good to pass up.

Bryce Miller vs. CHW – I don’t buy the down turn and he performed well against the Marlins.

Jesús Luzardo @ WSN – Luzardo has been awfully unlucky, though he did have a few mistake sliders punished last time out.

Logan Webb @ LAD – The slider isn’t what we want it to be, but he can go seven frames on his sinker and change, even while facing the Dodgers.

 

Probably Starts

 

Charlie Morton vs. COL – It’s a lovely matchup, though Morton oscillates a little more than we want between starts based on the curve leading the way and the four-seamer/cutter being a bit unreliable.

Tony Gonsolin vs. SFG – He’s commanding his splitter incredibly well + the addition of the curve is helping him get through frames.

Louie Varland vs. DET – Varland finally removed from his horrific schedule and I love this matchup. The skills are legit with his four-seamer + cutter & slider.

Tanner Bibee @ ARI – Bibee isn’t in the greatest groove with his repertoire, but there’s enough there to make this worthwhile against the Diamondbacks.

Joe Musgrove vs. TBR – He’s dealing with elbow pain and gets a strong Rays offense.

Jon Gray vs. TOR – Gray has been stupid good, but this is a strong Jays offense and he’s dealing with a blister that has forced him to rest longer than we’d like. I worry that this gap between starts has taken him out of his rhythm.

Chris Bassitt @ TEX – Bassitt is a little shaky and it’s the Rangers. I’m still doing it (he’s overcome tough offenses before), but I understand your hesitation.

Luis Severino @ BOS – The last three outings have been rough, though I was satisfied with his four-seamer in his last outing. The Red Sox aren’t scary (save for Devers) and he could come through here in a big way.

 

Questionable Starts

 

Lance Lynn @ SEA – He’s a Cherry Bomb against a middling offense.

Tyler Anderson @ KCR – If you can’t get Varland, consider Anderson as a stream against the Royals. He pitched far better than the line suggested last time out and the Royals pack little punch.

Luis L. Ortiz @ MIL – I’m not a fan of trusting Ortiz to have his command, though the Brewers open the door for more outs than usual.

Zach Davies vs. CLE – If the changeup is there, Davies could make it work against the Guardians. Don’t forget, Davies still needs to earn called strikes with the sinker even if he does have his changeup.

Dean Kremer @ CHC – He’s volatile and I don’t love the underlying skills of Kremer. You could steal a Win here, though.

Jameson Taillon vs. BAL – Taillon is now at 90+ pitches and has the ability to return a quality start. I don’t think he carries anything super exceptional in his arsenal, though, and it makes me hesitant to lean it too hard.

Carlos Carrasco vs. STL – Maybe the St. Louis offense is just that cold.

 

Do Not Starts

 

Ronel Blanco vs. CIN – The Astros are letting him start again and while I see a world where Blanco can pull this off, I’d rather not chance it. The Reds are a solid offense on the road.

Hogan Harris vs. PHI – Harris was more kitchen sink in his last start (sweet!) but it’s still not a high upside arsenal. Win chance is also low given the Phils.

Matthew Liberatore @ NYM – I don’t Liberatore does enough (where’s the slider?), especially with his velocity dropping last time out.

Patrick Corbin vs. MIA – Even against the Marlins, you don’t want to do this.

Zack Greinke vs. LAA – Greinke does what Greinke does.

Luke Weaver @ HOU – It’s too risky, though I won’t rule out a small chance Weaver can pull it out with his change and cutter.

Chase Anderson @ ATL – Chase has had these weird outings here and there.

Yonny Chirinos @ SDP – It’s the Padres and Chirinos’ slider and sinker are not good pitches.

Tyler Alexander @ MIN – T-Lex is not the man you want.

 

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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