Each day of the 2022 baseball season, I’ll go through today’s and tomorrow’s scheduled starting pitchers list and rank their matchups for your fantasy baseball streams.
There’s a lot going on in this, and you can hang out with me on Twitch.tv/pitcherlist to talk about specific grades as I do them every weekday morning from 9am to 11am ET. If you have any questions about these ranks, ask during the morning Twitch AMA. These are my office hours as I generally don’t respond to comments on the site.
There are four tiers in these rankings with 12 teams in mind:
Automatic start – Just do it. Don’t think about it too much, the man begins.
Probably Start – I will probably start these weapons, although I recognize that there is more risk than we would like. Either it’s a tough match for a good pitcher or a weak lineup for a volatile arm.
Questionable start – There are situations where I would like to take the risk, either with a fairly strong upside on the skill side, or with a poor attack that a pitcher could take advantage of.
Do not start – The reward is not worth the risk. Do not do it.
Of course, there will be circumstances where pitchers should move between teams specifically for your situation, and these new levels should serve as a little more help than last year’s direct table.
Keep in mind that streaming is far from perfect playback. In fact, if they work more than half the time, I would consider it a success. These match rankings and streamer picks will be very different from actual results throughout the year, so please have understanding before the comments and fierce tweets. I’m just trying to help!
Be sure to read the notes if you’re wondering why I’m favoring some pitchers over others – I won’t get to all of them and I hope to answer any questions you will have.
There is a second table for that of tomorrow start pitcher pairing as well, helping everyone jump on their night pickups. Note that these pairings are subject to change, however, and there want be times when I have the wrong pitcher going on. I thank you for your future understanding.
Finally, there are my streaming picks of the day and keep that in mind I am forced to choose a streamer every day. Those highlighted in Green I’m in the second level and would roll with them anywhere. The most common are those in Yellow in the third level and should be decent if you are looking for something on any given day. Finally, those are Red that’s me truly I don’t want to start (they are labeled “Don’t Start” after all) but they have no other choice. Don’t stream these guys until you’re truly desperate. A streaming choice is defined as “enrolled in 20% or less of leagues”, which truly underlines the point that I would be happy if over 50% of these worked. I could do the whole sub 30/40% in turns, but that’s not fun. You can use the leaderboards to figure out who those choices would be instead.
(Opening) – Indicates that a launcher has been open for that day and the listed launcher will follow the opening.
As I work out my rankings, I thought it would be helpful to show a table of how we classify offenses. Dave Swan does a incredible I work to show future SP matchups every 2-3 weeks in this article, and I’ve chosen to use his offensive ranks to share with you all here:
Nick’s loose team attack rankings (updated 6/16)
I’m sure it will change over the course of the year + there are differences to be made between teams and LHP or RHP, but it’s a great overall table that you all should keep in mind.
Okay, let’s go to this.
Streamer Record 2022: 43-31
The ranking of starting pitchers today
- The top level is as clear as Thursday, with Joe Musgrove returning from COVID, Clayton Kershaw going to Cincy, e Robbie Ray fresh off two stellar releases and ready to show off his platinum against a poor Oakland formation.
- Both Frankie Montas And Kyle Wright they’ve shown some signs of volatility, but it’s pretty clear you’re starting them indefinitely at this point.
- The second level is … a little wobbly. I see some who want to place this pairing of Framber Valdez versus Jameson Taillon in the questionable Beginning level, although both showed the ability to survive against strong opponents. You don’t even want to give up the chance of a win, making them probably beginnings in my book.
- There is also a touch of temptation in the slot Johnny Cueto in the second level while facing the Orioles. It’s our streaming pick of the day (PLEASE LET ME GET ONE) given its shocking consistency in going deep into games, although I won’t ignore its catastrophic floor that could raise its ugly head, even against Baltimore.
- Further on in the third level there is Devin Founder, which let us down as a stream last time but could bounce back against Cleveland. He is trying to be a Toby and could pass here.
- We have a couple cherry bomb jugs inside Hunter Greene And Dakota Hudson in the questionable Beginning level. Don’t forget that Greene was able to whiz against the Dodgers earlier this year and I don’t rule out the possibility of a repeat in Cincinnati. Hudson … well, he’s always been a coin tosser. Your call.
- The last two arms of the third level are interesting but they are not something I would normally pursue. Alessio Legno he fought against the Pirates and now gets a tougher bout against an Atlanta team that performs well against lefties. He has the ability to be successful, but is it worth it in the end?
- And then there is Justin Steele, whose fastball / breaker combination is overwhelming … maybe once or twice this year. Even against the Pirates, there is a considerable risk that I would rather avoid.
- In the lower end, José Quintana he commanded his launches well and yet maintained poor relations in his starts. Things are very important, all of you.
- There’s a Rocky road vs Marlins match that could pay dividends for both sides Braxton Garrett or Kyle Freeland, and it is incredibly difficult to discern who will come out on top, if one of the two want. There are better plays to be made, but I understand the ones in NL-Only leagues diving in.
Today’s launch streamers
The ranking of tomorrow’s starting pitchers
- We have the usual suspects in the top flight for Friday, including a phenomenal match of Justin Verlander versus Luis Severino. This is the must-see TV and if you have both, it’s in your best interest to start both.
- The last two of the level are a little more contestable. Giulio Uria he’s flirting with an AGA label, allowing me to start him despite being a southpaw against the Atlanta attack. Meanwhile, Nick Pivetta it’s on a Varga’s rule who gained level 1 status against the Guardians. What a world.
- The second level also has exciting beginnings. Jeffrey Springs against Pittsburgh, Michael Kopech opposite the Orioles, e Taijuan Walker getting the pearl in miami are all great solid weapon pairings. Easy decisions are welcome.
- The last two departures for MacKenzie Gore It wasn’t nice to face the Rockies at home and away, but I’m still banging it out there against the Phils. We have seen some volatility over the course of the year from Gore and I anticipate a recovery either early or next. Let it fly.
- In the third band, Michele Lorenzen It wasn’t such a clean start to the year, but a start against the Mariners should be highly regarded. It has the ability to go 6+ frames against an average attack and that’s enough for me.
- normally I would Alex Cobb in the second tier with a start against the Reds, but only threw 60 pitches over the weekend, probably hitting his roof here. I know, it didn’t matter Sonny Gray or Mike Clevinger Wednesday (they both threw more than 80 throws!), but then again, neither hit five frames. Cobb still needs to develop stamina.
- Our streaming pick of the day is Cole Irvin against the Royals, marking the third consecutive start in which Irvin is our man. I can’t say I am eager to get it started here, but it has a good chance of turning through a Kansas City pedestrian formation.
- I also see some who want to stream Mitch Keller, believe it or not. He has made four consecutive starts of 2 ERs or less and faces a non-intimidating Rays team.
- We are starting? Ian Anderson against the Dodgers? I am incredibly conflicted over this as Anderson apparently performs as a cherry bomb regardless of his opponent. Do what you think is right here – it might be worth a bet.
- At the top of the level Don’t start there are Andre Pallante, Zack Greinke, And Dane Dunning, each facing weak teams. Pallante I could make it work, although I wonder if his stuff is really good enough to warrant a flow. Greinke is likely on a low pitch count and the value of him comes from going deep into matches, while Dunning’s lead is everywhere.
- Other considerations are Graham Ashcraft, Rony Garcia, and even Paolo Espino. Ashcraft hasn’t had his ballast command lately, making him all too guilty. Garcia has a strong lead in him and maybe squeezing it against the Sneks, while Espino had moments last year as a reliable streamer and could make it work against Rangers.
- And then there is Cal Quantrill, which has been terribly reliable this year. However, his relationships are highly questionable and a date with the Red Sox is a clear place for me.
The ranking of tomorrow’s starting pitchers
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