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Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball – 6/28 & 6/29

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: 49-38

My pick yesterday: Bryan Woo vs. WSN

PL Bot’s 2023 Streamer Record: 46-41

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Bryan Woo vs. WSN

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

 

Blake Snell @ PIT – He’s been on such a good run and it’s the Pirates. There’s even room to get even better…

Aaron Nola @ CHC – I want to live every day like it’s Nola day again.

Logan Gilbert vs. WSN – The four-seamer and splitter have been weird but we saw the slider come into form last time out.

Cristian Javier @ STL – Please throw sliders for strikes…please throw sliders for strikes…

Braxton Garrett @ BOS – The sinker command has been stupid good and his new cutter has been a gamechanger.

Zach Eflin @ ARI – Eflin and the rest below have the toughest matchups in the top tier and yet we’re still starting them all.

Mitch Keller vs. SDP – The command has returned as the back luck settled down.

Lucas Giolito @ LAA – Giolito came out firing 94 mph with great sliders. Just execute the changeup to Ohtani and you’ll be fine.

Logan Webb @ TOR – 50+ changeups have been his thing and if the slider can be useful on top of it, he’ll give you another quality start.

 

Probably Starts

 

Logan Allen @ KCR – He hasn’t had his slider, but it’s the Royals. Allen should be fine here.

Domingo Germán @ OAK – It’s been two poor outings, but the curve is still good and it’s the Athletics. Go for it.

JP Sears vs. NYY – The Yankees are not a terrifying offense and Sears has a 13% SwStr with the 11th best PLV among all SP. Wild.

Kodai Senga vs. MIL – I guess I’m going to believe in the forkball against the Brewers? At least he’s showed the skill to survive once when he didn’t have the pitch.

 

Questionable Starts

 

Jaime Barría vs. CHW – I kinda dig this start for Barria with his slider being the main offering against the susceptible White Sox. The biggest concern is his pitch count as he hasn’t tossed a whole lot lately.

Kenta Maeda @ ATL – Maeda killed it against the Tigers but, well, it was the Tigers. I’d prefer to be patient in this second start and hopefully showcase a foundation we feel confident in moving forward.

Wade Miley @ NYM – If Miley has his command, he’ll be able to steal called strikes and generate quick outs against the Mets.

Dane Dunning vs. DET – It’s Detroit and Dunning always has a chance. I still don’t like his repertoire a whole lot.

Drew Smyly vs. PHI – Just get the dang curveball down and he could do well here.

Michael Soroka vs. MIN – Ayyyy he’s back again! Let’s take it slow here, but I want to believe Soroka has been able to improve on his command. That was his best skill when he first hit the bigs and with more time on the bump, I believe in his ability to refine and polish.

 

Do Not Starts

 

Kyle Gibson vs. CIN – You never know with Gibson and it’s the Reds.

Miles Mikolas vs. HOU – He’s a poor man’s shot at a Quality Start and the Astros are going to make that tough.

Zach Davies vs. TBR – Even if he has his changeup, he might not have anything else.

Austin Cox? vs. CLE – I kinda dug what Austin did in his 3.2 frames last time out as he went 8/24 whiffs on his four-seamer. It comes with a ton of rise and I have to wonder what we get if he’s able to pound the upper half consistently. Is this the best pitcher for the Royals? Honestly, maybe. It’s a low bar for the Royals, after all. That said, it’s a terribly small sample so let’s not go crazy yet.

Kyle Freeland vs. LAD – Freeland has done some dumb things this year.

Joey Wentz @ TEX – Wentz had his one amazing nine strikeout game that is unlikely to be repeated and now gets the Rangers. Womp womp.

Patrick Corbin @ SEA – Oh hi.

Trevor Richards vs. SFG – I don’t expect him to go very long here as this may end up being more of Bowden Francis and that’s not worth your time either.

Luke Weaver @ BAL – Maaaaaaaybe? Nah.

UPDATE: Kolby Allard vs. MIN – It’s Dralla instead of Soroka and he’s not an arm to start in fantasy.

Michael Grove? @ COL – Are the Dodgers bringing back Grove to start? If so, how long? And will he actually have elevated four-seamers to complement the slider? In Coors?!

Chris Murphy? vs. MIA – The Red Sox are likely going bullpen again here, but maybe Murphy gets some extended time. He’s not worth a roster spot at all.

 

Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

 

Auto-Starts

 

Max Scherzer vs. MIL – Aces gonna ace.

Joe Musgrove @ PIT – I really hope the slider returns soon as it’s lost horizontal movement this season. A revenge game against Pittsburgh may be what he needs.

Shane Bieber @ KCR – Bieber had his best start of the year last time out, featuring both sliders and curveballs for plenty of whiffs. Kansas City provides the perfect next step for him to solidify his skills.

Jesús Luzardo @ BOS – Luzardo has eradicated much of his misfortune, though the Red Sox are the toughest matchup of this tier.

Brayan Bello vs. MIA – I wonder if the new cutter Bello introduced last start will stick around for another game.

 

Probably Starts

 

Jon Gray vs. DET – I don’t feel comfortable about Gray’s outlook at the moment, though there’s a chance he jumps back into place with his slider and fastball command against the lowly Tigers. Except a few more changeups as well against their left-handers.

Chris Bassitt vs. SFG – Bassitt’s magical kitchen sink arsenal hasn’t come through for him nearly as often as we’ve seen in the past, and yet we’re going to keep starting him. He should help far more than hurt your squads.

J.P. France @ STL – He’s a solid Toby for a winning club against a cold offense.

Clarke Schmidt @ OAK – Schmidt doesn’t have a putaway offering, but his curve and slider are good enough and the Athletics are…bad enough.

Taijuan Walker @ CHC – Walker is such a wild card with his repertoire on a given night. The Cubs make this seemingly worthwhile, though I still have my hesitation. Is the splitter that good? Will we see a fastball comfortably above 93 mph?

Lance Lynn @ LAA – Hoooo boy. The secondaries didn’t soar like they did against the White and yet he was one poor cutter away from a stellar line. My breath has been held all week.

Kyle Hendricks vs. PHI – The sinker and changeup command are there. Maybe we’ll see the curveball return as well?

Patrick Sandoval vs. CHW – It’s unnerving to roster The Irish Panda these days, but the White Sox enable SwStr-focused pitchers to be their best selves.

 

Questionable Starts

 

James Kaprielian vs. NYY – Jimmy Hat reduced his velocity a tinge for the sake of control and it looks like it’s working after two starts. There’s a decent chance here against the laboring Yankee offense.

 

Do Not Starts

 

Emmet Sheehan @ COL – It’s Coors.

Luis L. Ortiz vs. SDP – There’s a chance Ortiz slings fastballs into the zone and induces enough whiffs on his slider. Sure don’t want to chase it, though.

Reese Olson @ TEX – I legit dig what Olson is doing as his slider was filthy in his last outing. It’s far too risky against the Rangers, but take note of his performance – he gets the Athletics next and as long as this isn’t a massive implosion, we’ll likely stream Olson then.

Tommy Henry vs. TBR – The slider is cool, the matchup against the Rays is not.

Adrian Houser @ NYM – How long will he go? Are the Mets actually that bad right now?

Yonny Chirinos @ ARI – Chirinos’ two-pitch approach (okay, maybe three when the splitter is there) carries nothing of exception.

Zack Greinke vs. CLE – Greinke does what Greinke does.

Adam Wainwright vs. HOU – Absolutely not.

Chase Anderson vs. LAD – It’s Coors and the Dodgers.

Ross Stripling @ TOR – He’s not stretched out + the Jays + is he actually productive?

 

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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